The Julie Ruin – “Blueberry Island”

The Julie Ruin released their debut album, Run Fast, in September 2013, marking the welcome return of Kathleen Hanna, who had been on a musical hiatus for health reasons. Hanna’s struggle to re-emerge as a musician after suffering from undiagnosed Lyme Disease is well-documented in last year’s documentary The Punk Singer, directed by Sini Anderson. The Run Fast B-Side “Blueberry Island” was featured in The Punk Singer, and will now be released on a 7″ put out by TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek on his label Federal Prism. The reverse side of the 7″ features a YACHT remix of the Run Fast track “Right Home.” Federal Prism will be opening up an online pop-up shop for 60 days, selling unique merchandise and recordings from a hodgepodge collection of artists (Thelonius Monk, Frankie Rose, and Johnny Cash, to name a few). I remember seeing The Punk Singer with my mom around this time last year, and I do remember hearing “Blueberry Island,” with its choral hook, “Have you seen her? Mary Christina?” and thinking, “Damn, why didn’t they put this one on the album?” Listen below.

You can pre-order the 7″ on Federal Prism’s pop-up website.