PJ Harvey has announced a show in Shibuya, Tokyo at Orchard Hall, Bunkamura on 31 January, 2017.… https://t.co/xisdacOoar
PJ Harvey (born Polly Jean Harvey, 9.10.1969)
PJ Harvey is an English singer-songwriter who rose to fame in the 1990s, gaining adulation from the alternative music press for her caustic and emotive performances.
Childhood: PJ Harvey was born and raised in Dorset, where she grew up on a small farm. She is daughter to a stonemason and a sculptor. It was her parents that introduced her to music, listening to blues and jazz, such as Robert Johnson and John Lee Hooker, as well as rock music such as Captain Beefheart and Jimi Hendrix.
As she grew up, Harvey would listen to bands such as Soft Cell and Spandau Ballet, moving on to US guitar bands such as Television and The Pixies. PJ Harvey has been frequently compared to Patti Smith, though she has never claimed her as an influence.
When she was growing up, PJ Harvey learned to play saxophone and guitar, frequently contributing to bands such as The Stoned Weaklings, the Polekats and one of John Parish's early bands, Automatic Dlamini.
Musical Career: In 1991, PJ Harvey formed an eponymous 3-piece band. The other two members of the band were Rob Ellis on drums and Ian Olliver on bass (later, Olliver was replaced by Steve Vaughan), while Harvey sang and played guitar. Their debut gig resulted in them being asked to stop, as all the customers at the Antelope Hotel in Sherborne had left.
PJ Harvey's debut single, 'Dress' was released on the Too Pure label. John Peel was the guest reviewer of Melody Maker that week and made it Single of the Week.
Harvey's second single was 'Sheela Na Gig.' It was quickly followed by her debut album, Dry, in 1992. Kurt Cobain once claimed that Dry was one of his favourite albums. Rolling Stone magazine named Harvey as Best Songwriter and Best New Female Singer that year - she was still only 22 years old.
In April 1992, PJ Harvey created a stir when she appeared topless on the cover of NME.
PJ Harvey went on to sign to Island Records and quickly released another two albums. Rid Of Me was engineered by Steve Albini and was followed by some of the demo tapes made for the songs on Rid of Me, entitled simply 4-Track Demos.
When Rob Ellis, Steve Vaughan and PJ Harvey parted ways in August 1993, PJ Harvey embarked on a solo career. Her first solo album was To Bring You My Love, Released in 1995, it was produced by John Parish and Flood and sold over 1 million units. The track 'Down By the Water' became a surprise radio hit, as Harvey's previous music had never really had a radio-friendly sound to it. Harvey's performance at Glastonbury, in a pink catsuit, remains one of the most iconic performances in the festival's history.
PJ Harvey's next studio album was entitled Is This Desire? The album was a departure from her trademark guitar sound, relying more heavily on keyboards, piano and bass guitar. The album was released in 1996, to a mixed response.
In 2000, PJ Harvey released the Mercury Music Prize winning Stories From the City, Stories From The Sea. Rob Ellis was back on board for the album, which also featured Mick Harvey, a highly respected multi-instrumentalist. The album was written in Paris, Dorset and New York. The album also featured vocals from Thom Yorke, of Radiohead.
In 2004, PJ Harvey released Uh-Huh Her. Harvey produced the album herself, and played almost all of the instruments (except for the drums). Two years later, Harvey's first live performance DVD was released, entitled Please Leave Quietly. The DVD also featured behind-the-scenes footage. In October 2006, PJ Harvey's sessions on John Peel's radio program were collected together and released as The Peel Sessions 1991-2004.
Harvey's eighth studio album, White Chalk, was released in November 2006. Eric Drew Feldman, John Parish and Flood all worked on the album with her. The album was comprised mainly of piano ballads.
Early in 2009, Harvey contributed some original incidental music to a Broadway production of Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler, starring Mary Louise Parker.
In March 2009, PJ Harvey and John Parish released a collaborative album entitled A Woman A Man Walked By. In 1996, the pair had released Dance Hall at Louse Point together.
Side Projects and Collaborations: PJ Harvey has contributed to Josh Homme's Desert Sessions series. She also appeared on Nick Cave's Murder Ballads album, as well as Tricky's Angels With Dirty Faces.
Thursday: As you walk the steady incline up to the festival site, chatter sparks from all directions from your fellow festival-goers as you reach the first gate to pass through. Swallowed by the atmosphere, you briefly snap out of your daze and remind yourself that you're surrounded by your friends equally happy to be reunited together.
Todd Terje is on in 20 minutes at the Bowers & Wilkins Sound System stage. Inhaling from my cigarette I look up and see a small stage to my left but more impressively, the Parc Del Forum at large. It's a beautiful structure which dominates the immediate skyline, towering over the site and its weekend habitants with the Mediterranean ocean stretching out behind it. You're at Primavera Sound - and trust me when I say that it's one of the best festivals you can experience on this side of the Atlantic.
We enter the Sound System Stage and I immediately notice that the speakers are ridiculously crisp. With Terje about to start, we queue up for some incredibly boozy mojitos and caipirinhas and head over to the tent which is already packed at 4pm. He is warmly welcomed onto the stage by a happy-go-lucky crowd as he punches into his much loved disco-revivalism, fiddles with classics and modern tracks alike as well as throwing in a couple of his much beloved hits.
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As summer edges itself into our periphery, as does the annual build-up of festival season. Entering its 16th year, Primavera Sound has grown vastly from its humble origins in 2001.
Situated in Barcelona at Parc del Forum by the seaside, it's garnered international acclaim for obtaining some of the most diverse line-ups in the circuit, accommodating for some of the most iconic and internationally known artists as well as celebrating independent and underground music. It provides an inter-generational space for music lovers and festival-goers the world over.
The main festival this year is spread out over four days, beginning on the 1st of June and ending on the 5th. Throughout that time-frame well over 200 artists will perform at one of the most sought after festivals of the summer, which has now completely sold out. Spread out over nine stages (including a Hidden Stage), Primavera Sound will be bringing once again an eclectic line-up to the sunny shores of Barcelona.
Continue reading: Preview Of Primavera Sound Festival 2016
'The Hope Six Demolition Project' has gone straight in at the top spot this week.
PJ Harvey is celebrating her first ever UK number one with her ninth studio album The Hope Six Demolition Project. The album has scored widespread acclaim from music critics and beats her previous chart best, 1993’s Rid of Me which peaked at number two.
PJ Harvey has scored her first ever UK number one album with The Hope Six Demolition Project.
In the number two spot this week is Adele’s 25, which has now clocked 22 consecutive weeks in the top five since its release on November 20th last year. The number three spot belongs to former choirboy Aled Jones, whose One Voice climbs for the third week running.
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In years gone by, simpler more uncomplicated times maybe, you could look forward to an album release as just that, a new album by a band or artist that you liked/loved/adored/respected etc. Over time the lyrics may have undergone closer attention or even been subjected to some scrutiny, the artist may have later told you the inspiration, where it was written, who or what it was about. There was however often some mystery left in your own discovery of whatever album you'd happened upon or whatever song had grabbed you. There was less of a pre-amble and little chance of an essay by a PR company appraising you on the cultural significance of said material.
People are all different, thankfully, and some may love the detail new releases are afforded, some may want to know the ins and outs of every line before they've heard a note and for some the back story may make sense out of the content and thus make the album more understandable and ultimately embraced.
The new album from PJ Harvey, her 9th solo album, and first since her 2011 Mercury Prize winning 'Let England Shake', is most definitely an album that could either be confused by its paraphernalia or complimented by it; it's a question of balance and very subjective. For me, whilst not forgetting, or dismissing, how the album was arrived at, I'd prefer just to concentrate solely on whether the album's any good or not. (The book, documentary, photography, poetry, somewhat contrived recording etc, whilst in no way insignificant, shouldn't really detract from how good or bad the album is, they're just points of interest for consideration) Let the music speak for itself.
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The singer will go head-to-head with Pyramid Stage headliners Coldplay on the final evening of the festival
The eagerly anticipated Glastonbury 2016 line-up continues to unfold as PJ Harvey is announced as the Other Stage headliner on Sunday evening - facing Coldplay on the Pyramid Stage and complimenting Jeff Lynne’s ELO, performing in the Sunday afternoon ‘legends’ slot.
PJ Harvey will be taking to Glastonbury's Other Stage on the Sunday night
PJ Harvey will be taking to the muddy fields for her first Glasto performance in 12 years after she took to the stage at the iconic festival in 2004.
The one and only PJ Harvey returns with a new single, video and album. Polly's ninth studio album The Hope Six Demolition Project will be released in April and is the follow-up to her album Let England Shake which won the Mercury prize in 2011. The video for The Wheel was made in collaboration with photographer/filmmaker Seamus Murphy.
It's been a long-time coming, but it's finally on the way.
PJ Harvey has finally announced the finished album that she was seen recording last year in London. 'The Hope Six Demolition Project' is due to be released this Spring, and the announcement comes alongside the lead single 'The Wheel' which debuted today (January 22nd 2016).
PJ Harvey finally has a title for her new album
The album was recorded in 2015 as part of a London art project called 'Recording in Progress' at Somerset House, where she and her team including producers Flood and John Parish recorded and produced it while visitors were able to watch the process through one-way glass.
Continue reading: PJ Harvey Unveils 'The Hope Six Demolition Project' This April
The highly acclaimed musician will make the recording of her ninth studio album an art exhibition in central London.
Two-time Mercury Music Prize winner PJ Harvey has announced plans to make her ninth album, which include one rather eye-catching detail: she will be recording it in public.
Having turned a room at Somerset House in central London into a recording studio, the star will invite members of the public to watch her work in the studio over a four week period beginning on January 16th.
PJ Harvey is set to turn herself into an art exhibit when she records her ninth album later this month
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Other honorees include Rowan Atkinson, Clare Balding, Tony Robinson and Rob Brydon
Adele has yet another award to stick on the mantlepiece; this time the singer has been awarded an MBE by Queen Elizabeth II as part of the royal's annual Birthday Honours List. Fellow female singer PJ Harvey has also been recognised with an MBE, with sports broadcaster Clare Balding being handed an OBE, capping off a successful honours list for women, in which 47% of the list were female.
After winning yet another arm-full of Grammys and her first ever Oscar (not to mention giving birth to her first child), Adele has had yet another remarkable year in her career, with 2012 becoming the second year in a row that the singer became the highest-selling artist for the year. Harvey meanwhile has been a darling in alternative circles for most of her career and her last album, Let England Shake, even won the singer the coveted Mercury Music Prize. Thanks to her appearance throughout the Olympics, Balding endured herself to the British public even more and after a triumphant year of British sport she has emerged as one of the main stars of the year, with her royal honour no doubt being the icing on the cake of what has been a glorious twelve months.
There were of course decorations being handed out for the men too, with Welsh comic Rob Brydon being handed a MBE for his services to entertainment. In a rather unusual turn-up for the book, Blackadder star Tony Robinson has been knighted, whilst his co-star Rowan Atkinson - who has achieved worldwide fame for his roles in various movies and for his portrayal as Mr Bean - was only given a CBE. Robinson told the press upon the news that he is to be made a sir that he is "thrilled, flattered and a little gob-smacked" to get the honour, pledging, "that from this day on I'll slaughter all unruly dragons, and rescue any damsels in distress who request my help."
Polly Jean Harvey has never done anything but totally fu**ing flourish, no matter what she has done. From the balls-out, armpit-hair out, scratchy, primal rock howling of her 4 track demos to the elegantly grown-up ‘Stories From The City, Stories From the Sea’ and back halfway between the two with ‘Uh-Huh Her’, she stands alone, never resting easy under any journalistic tagging system. Whether flouncing about a Glastonbury stage in a pink leotard, or strumming sensually on a guitar that dwarfs her miniscule frame, she is never less than enticing.
And so to album Number Eight. Eschewing her guitar for a piano, on most of the tracks, is something of a genius move. Never one to dwell in a comfort zone, the less-than expert playing of the piano lends the songs a naivety, denied by the lyrical content and also harks back to the early days of her guitar playing, when you could almost sense her fingers scraping clumsily up the fret board.
That’s not to say, however, that White Chalk sounds in any way amateur. It has a kookiness not unlike fellow pianist Frida Hyvonen and a gentleness befitting of a woman who has run through the gamut of angst and angers and found confidence in articulating them. The histrionics on ‘The Mountain’ are insane, in both the best and worst senses of that word. At the other end of the scale, ‘Dear Darkness’ is elegiac, tiptoeing on the piano keyboard, delivered as though the words are coming out of her mouth, and the notes springing forth from her fingers, for the very first time.
PJ Harvey's vocals seem tamed, to some extent; perhaps by the introduction of the piano into the fray. So it’s not until the third or fourth listen that the vocals and lyrics really hammer home: until then, the whole album is like a cloud of emotion and atmosphere hanging in the background, waiting to be invited in.
I’d put the kettle on, the company is worth the wait.
Date of birth
9th October, 1969
PJ Harvey has announced a show in Shibuya, Tokyo at Orchard Hall, Bunkamura on 31 January, 2017.… https://t.co/xisdacOoar
PJ Harvey has been nominated for two @QMagazine Awards: Best Solo Artist and Best Video for 'The Community of Hope'… https://t.co/WMmL4UuktB
PJ Harvey Playlist 2: Brexit Blues Listen now on @Spotify https://t.co/8LeKvWdyVr Also available on @AppleMusic https://t.co/F5JwgidJiP
PJ Harvey will participate in @BBC’s National Poetry Day on 6/10, with readings on @BBCRadio3 & @BBCRadio4. Details… https://t.co/VcJa76dsGd
PJ Harvey has added a second show at Brisbane's Tivoli Theatre on 28 January. Tickets: https://t.co/fvNYQ31yc0 https://t.co/6KzXyS8gyZ
PJ Harvey to read from The Hollow of the Hand @CrossingBorder in The Hague, NL on 5 November https://t.co/Hmrq14f0Nk https://t.co/Ywi5Fe1jOa
PJ Harvey will return to to Australia & New Zealand in January 2017. Visit https://t.co/fvNYQ31yc0 for full details. https://t.co/ON53FKQrbF
PJ Harvey will play a second LA show @FondaTheatre on 19 August. Tickets available now from https://t.co/fvNYQ31yc0 https://t.co/hR0r3x88WH
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PJ Harvey will appear at #Woerdz Spoken Word Festival in Lucerne, Switzerland on 22 October. https://t.co/hgjRq13H2v https://t.co/qjvMj2S9cU
PJ Harvey will play a second night at Copenhagen's Falconer on 9 October. Tickets: https://t.co/Y1XQTt8YQb https://t.co/PoVnDdmOuJ
PJ Harvey will compose the score for Ian Rickson’s production of The Nest. More details at https://t.co/fvNYQ31yc0 https://t.co/pEy3yplZGK
PJ Harvey has announced a second show @Terminal5NYC next month. For full details visit https://t.co/CfvRzPaM8l https://t.co/DNgGbdU3wE
PJ Harvey and Seamus Murphy to appear at Australia's @MelbWritersFest on 1 September https://t.co/CVeSZoNaYF https://t.co/kuvXTn3Bly
PJ Harvey Curates: Volume 1 A monthly selection of tracks, curated by PJ Harvey. Listen now: https://t.co/WmGH2HRP3B https://t.co/QCSIA0z9o2
'Guilty' is available now on @iTunes @AppleMusic @Spotify & @YouTube. Full details at https://t.co/fvNYQ31yc0 https://t.co/B2rdVDMtUC
PJ Harvey will release new song ‘Guilty’ on digital platforms this Wednesday 13 July. https://t.co/gqV4N8awE8
PJ Harvey will play 17 headline dates across the UK and Europe this autumn. Full details at https://t.co/fvNYQ31yc0 https://t.co/DiNAka9mXL
PJ Harvey & Seamus Murphy will be @rencontresarles this weekend. Full details at https://t.co/fvNYQ31yc0 https://t.co/mTVBVZs4Q3
PJ Harvey will read a small selection of poems from The Hollow of the Hand at Gimme Shelter @bookslam on 15 July https://t.co/yAnbnceBZA