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To Bring You My Love Turns 20

In 1995, a few months after she released her best album, I saw PJ Harvey play an American football stadium. Alternative rock was firmly entrenched as a business interest by then, and major labels and radio programmers had started seizing on bands — Candlebox, say, or Bush — who could replicate the sounds of young… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 27, 2015 - 9:03 am

PJ Harvey Selling Lyric Sheets From Her Public Recording Project

PJ Harvey smashed the fourth wall earlier this year when she embarked on her art installation/live recording project Recording In Progress. The month-long process took place behind one-way glass at London’s Somerset House, and to commemorate the session Harvey is now selling replicas of the lyrics sheets she used to record her ninth LP. More »

By: Caitlin White / February 19, 2015 - 5:21 pm

PJ Harvey Records Washington, DC-Inspired Song, Plays Hurdy-Gurdy During First Day Of Public Recording Project

PJ Harvey is recording her next album in public behind one-way glass at London’s Somerset House in an exhibition titled Recording In Progress. The sessions began today, and reports from the first 45-minute viewing window indicate Harvey worked with Flood and John Parish on a song called “Near The Memorials To Vietnam And Lincoln.” Presumably… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 16, 2015 - 1:42 pm

PJ Harvey Will Record Ninth LP In Public Art Installation

PJ Harvey has been busy lately working on a number of projects — including debut poetry collection The Hollow Of The Hand — but hasn’t released a full-length since 2011’s Let England Shake. “If she’s been working on a new full-length since then,” our own Tom Breihan noted last month when reporting on the poetry… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / January 2, 2015 - 11:43 am

PJ Harvey Readies Poetry Book

The great Polly Jean Harvey released Let England Shake, her last album, nearly four years ago. If she’s been working on a new full-length since then, we don’t know about it. We do know, however, that she’s been working on something else: The Hollow Of The Hand, her first collection of poetry. It’ll arrive i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 1, 2014 - 9:32 am

PJ Harvey, M.I.A., Thurston Moore, Tom Morello Issue Statement In Support Of Online Whistleblowers

As Pitchfork reports, a number of musicians have joined the luminaries who signed a public statement that calls for public support of online whistleblowers like Edward Snowden, Daniel Ellsberg, Chelsea Manning, and Jeremy Hammond. The Courage Foundation issued the statement, and the list of musicians who have signed it includes PJ Harvey, M.I.A., Thurston Moore,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 10, 2014 - 12:15 pm

PJ Harvey – “Red Right Hand” (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Cover)

PJ Harvey has released a cover of Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds’ 1994 track “Red Right Hand” that she recorded for the BBC TV series Peaky Blinders. It’s her second new recording since 2011’s Let England Shake — the other was a political protest song that was put out in August 2013 called “ShakerMore »

By: James Rettig / October 29, 2014 - 8:58 pm

PJ Harvey Features Julian Assange On BBC Radio, Stirs Up Controversy

It didn’t get a lot of press over here, possibly because most of us only have the vaguest idea what it means, but last month, Queen Elizabeth II presented one Polly Jean Harvey with a royal honor, the Most Excellent Order Of The British Empire medal. And thanks, perhaps, to that unexpected jolt of societal… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 2, 2014 - 9:39 am

PJ Harvey – “Shaker Aamer”

PJ Harvey has released a new single in support of Shaker Aamer, the last remaining British resident in the US prison at Guantanamo Bay. Aamer was arrested in 2001 in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, and has been detained since 2002. He has been held for over 11 years without trial or charge, despite being cleared for release… More »

By: Liz Pelly / August 3, 2013 - 7:50 pm

Rid Of Me Turns 20

I couldn’t presume to say that there’s a right way or a wrong way to hear PJ Harvey for the first time, but I like the way that I did it. I don’t remember exactly what was happening the first time I heard Polly Jean Harvey’s roar — it was either on the modern-rock radio… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 3, 2013 - 4:09 pm

Dry Turns 20

Polly Jean Harvey is now two decades into a pretty remarkable run, one that’s kept her singular voice intact while roaming all over an aesthetic landscape that she’s invented for herself. She’s been an avenging scrape-rock demon on Rid Of Me, a mysterious and glamorous torch-blues ingenue on To Bring You My Love, a cinematic… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 29, 2012 - 11:15 am

The Top 20 Steve Albini-Recorded Albums

Infamously cantankerous studio rat/national treasure Steve Albini doesn’t like to be called a record producer. He prefers the term “recording engineer.” That’s a dry, clinical term for what Albini actually does, but it makes sense that he’d prefer to be seen that way. Over the past few decades, Albini has overseen the creation of countle… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 26, 2012 - 3:33 pm

James Blake, Kate Bush, PJ Harvey Up For Brit Awards

The Brit Awards are the UK’s annual equivalent to the Grammys, and our British friends have a way of making their award-nominations lists look just slightly cooler than ours. And this year’s list of nominees, which was just announced, is positively packed with indie-friendly names. James Blake, for instance, is up for British Male Solo… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 12, 2012 - 3:04 pm

The Gummy Awards: Your Top 10 Albums Of 2011

It’s been fun, but now it’s time to wrap up the Gummy Awards with the big final list: your picks for the year’s top 10 albums! And the final result is: You guys more or less agree with us! Every album in your top 10 appeared in our top 50, most of them near the… More »

By: Stereogum / December 21, 2011 - 11:23 am

NME’s 50 Best Albums Of 2011

After Rolling Stone, NME is now the second major music magazine to reveal its year-end top-50 list today. And following Uncut and MOJO, it’s also the second British rock rag to name PJ Harvey’s Let England Shake as its album of the year. Those Brits sure do love harrowing battlefield spirit-postcards! The rest of the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 7, 2011 - 12:11 pm

MOJO’s Top 50 Albums Of 2011

Following Q and Uncut, MOJO is the third major British rock magazine to reveal its year-end list of its top 50 albums, and a pattern is emerging. British critics love the shit out of PJ Harvey’s Let England Shake; it topped the Uncut list, and it tops this one as well. And given MOJO’s re… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 2, 2011 - 9:47 am

Uncut’s Top 50 Albums Of 2011

Hey, another year-end list! Today, we’ve already seen Paste and Q name their 50 favorite albums of 2011. Now the British rock mag Uncut also chips in, giving a list that’s heavier on doom-and-gloom visions and old-timey sounds than anyone could’ve expected. The magazine’s album of the year, it turns out, is PJ Harvey’s Mercury… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 29, 2011 - 1:55 pm

PJ Harvey Wins Mercury Music Prize

Great Britain’s annual Mercury Music Prize is a lot of fun. In the annual ceremony, a panel of music-business figures decides the best British album of the year. They often pick grand-consensus records like Suede’s first album and Pulp’s Different Class, but sometimes they go way off the reservation and pick something weird like Speech… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 6, 2011 - 5:51 pm

Mercury Prize 2011 Nominees

This year’s shortlist for the Barclaycard Mercury Prize Album of the Year was announced in London this morning. A group of industry experts will select the winner, who will be announced in a ceremony hosted by Jools Holland 9/6. Winner also gets £20k. (Last year’s winner was the xx.) Here are your nominees:… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / July 19, 2011 - 9:30 am

PJ Harvey @ Piazza Castello, Ferrara, Italy 7/6/11

The Italian festival Ferrara Sotto Le Stelle is underway in the square within Ferrara’s Castello Estence, and last night PJ Harvey performed with her band (John Parish, Mick Harvey, Jean-Marc Butty). Check out some great photos by Elena Morelli in the gallery above. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / July 7, 2011 - 10:48 am
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