(On the advent of Halloween.)

Posted by Job O Brother, October 24, 2011 02:16pm | Post a Comment

Worst... lollipops... ever.

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! It’s almost time for Halloween! And you know what that means? Stressing out about costumes, making the Sophie’s Choice over which parties to attend (basically an exercise in letting your friends know who you like most) and experiencing undue suspicion of apples. (Is an apple stuck with hidden pins healthier if it’s organic? And do child-killers have a preference between Braeburns or a Cox’s Orange Pippin?)

Halloween: the scary holiday. You know what’s scary? How my body can turn two, tiny Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups into a week’s worth of adult acne.

If it sounds like I’m anti-Halloween, know that I’m not. It’s just that, unlike Walrus Day, this holiday bears with it certain responsibilities, just like all the other more pious celebrations. Granted, one usually isn’t pressured to hang out with family members on Halloween (I actually like my family, but a lot of people have to settle for loving theirs), and no-one’s expected to cook lavish feasts (unless you count opening a fun-size Snickers “cooking”), but you are expected to have a lot of fun. This presents someone like me with real challenges.

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Listen to PJ Harvey's Recent SF Show

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 21, 2011 09:50am | Post a Comment

Still teary because you missed PJ Harvey's show in SF this past week? Well, NPR's got the whole thing streaming for all of us, anywhere in the world! Click here to listen.

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out this week 2/8 & 2/15...PJ Harvey!!!...Bright Eyes...Mogwai...Twilight Singers...

Posted by Brad Schelden, February 23, 2011 06:55pm | Post a Comment

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is back! I love this lady like no other. I really get so excited every time she has a new album. She never stops impressing me and all her albums are so different but they are all uniquely PJ and they are all uniquely brilliant. This new album again switches things up and you might not like it at first but you can never go into a new PJ Harvey album expecting it to sound like any of her older albums. Dry and Rid Of Me remain two of my two favorite albums of all time and I would love to have those albums come out all over again but she has already done that. She doesn't need to go back and recreate the same style or energy she was working with back then. If you want those albums again then just go back and listen to them again! Her new album is called Let England Shake. It deals with some dark stuff, but remember, this is still PJ Harvey. The album deals mostly with war and fighting but not just in England, and it is a beautiful album at the same time. The album is what you make it. I am so happy she continues to impress me and make one great album one after the other.

PJ Harvey got her start way back in 1992 with her brilliant debut Dry. It came out in the beginning of summer, just weeks after I graduated from high school. As soon as one of my best friends played me the cassette in her car...I was in love. I think we all needed this album in our lives. It came at the perfect time for me. "Oh My Lover," "Dress," Sheela-Na-Gig," "Plants & Rags," "O Stella," & "Hair" are all on this album. I actually love every single song. It is one of those records that stands up almost 20 years later! I can't really even believe it has been that long. The album was dark and weird, powerful and full of this crazy energy. She seemed to just come out of nowhere. Other than Siouxsie, I really didn't love a whole lot of female musicians at the time. I pj harvey rid of meneeded some more in my life for sure. Little Earthquakes by Tori Amos had come out earlier that year. Debut by Bjork was right around the corner. Rid of Me came out the following year, in May of 1993. I was so excited to check out her second album -- I really had probably listened to Dry hundreds of times already at that point. Rid Of Me was perfect. It was even louder and more aggressive than Dry. I am sure it was not exactly the album that her label wanted her to make but it was another brilliant album and I couldn't get enough. The album featured "50ft Queenie," "Man Size," "Rid of Me," "Legs," & "Yuri-G." I actually didn't get around to seeing her live until her third album. I regret to this day that I didn't see those first two tours!

Her third album was To Bring You My Love in 1995. The album featured "Down by the Water," "C'mon Billy," "Long Snake Moan," & "To Bring You My Love." "Down by the Water" was the first single and I think the first time I heard the song was when I saw the video on MTV. It was for sure a different direction for her. The song became one of her biggest singles. I was still in love and I couldn't get enough. I finally got to see her live and PJ was, of course, amazing in person. I have never missed a live show since. She has continued to release a new album every couple of years. Is This Desire? in 1998, Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea in 2000, Uh Huh Her in 2004, White Chalk in 2007, and now her new album, Let England Shake, in 2011. Not everybody liked White Chalk but I have loved them all. Stories from the City is one of my favorites of the later albums. I have been listening to this new album a bunch -- I just keep it on repeat. I didn't really fall in love until about the 4th or 5th time through. PJ Harvey stands up there with Siouxsie as one of my favorite female musicians of all time and her 8 albums all have a special place in my heart, coinciding with different parts of my life. I feel like I have grown up with her! She has been there with me from the month after high school right until now. I look forward to where she takes me on her journey. I love you, PJ Harvey.

Check out the video for PJ Harvey's new song "The Words That Maketh Murder" from her new album Let England Shake...

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Primavera Sound 2011 Lineup Announced

Posted by Billyjam, February 2, 2011 07:44pm | Post a Comment

  "La Truita" by Barcelona's Aias, who will perform at this year's Primavera Sound

Sure, it's all the way over in Spain, but Primavera Sound is well worth the trip! The mind-blowing lineup for their upcoming 11th annual music festival in Barcelona the last weekend in May was announced today. I have yet to attend but have many friends from WFMU who have over the past two years to broadcast from various stages and also hang out. They say that it Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffitiis one of the best festivals ever, with an excellent mix of acts from all over (including lots from the US), and in the perfect location.

Barcelona is an incredible city to visit and of course if you travel that far you probably would plan extra days/weeks to travel round other parts of Spain, nearby France, and/or other European destinations. But more importantly, the music festival itself is excellent because the Primavera Sound bookers have impeccable taste and a knack for booking headliners that are both rising new talents and established (but still cool) performers.

Additionally, as WFMU's Jason Sigal, who also works on the FMA (Free Music Archive) noted, they have a great ear towards the music scene in Spain, like the hometown female trio Aias who sing in Catalán and, according to Sigal, "were inspired to form a band after seeing the Vivian Girls at Primavera Sound a couple years back." Their latest video from a couple of months ago is above.

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PJ Harvey Announces Exclusive SF Show

Posted by Miss Ess, January 26, 2011 03:17pm | Post a Comment

I can still feel the thrum in my chest from the heavy hitting vibe of the PJ Harvey show I saw at the Great American Music Hall years back. Good news for fans in San Francisco -- not only is PJ releasing a new album, Let England Shake, on Feb 15, she's also just announced a very exclusive date here in our fair city, April 14 at the Warfield! (It's then just a hop, skip and a jump down our lovely state to her next stop at Coachella -- her only other show in the US!)

Tickets for the April 14 show go on sale this Sunday and are sure to sell out in a virtual snap. Catch 'er while you can!

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