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Ohhhh, this album! I was a few months away from 17 when it came out and this tour in December of 2000 was my first PJ Harvey concert. I wore a homemade iron-on PJ Harvey shirt to school that day and brought a friend to the show who hadn't heard any of her music and whose favorite music at the time was Marilyn Manson. It felt like a Huge Fucking Deal to be sharing PJ with somebody since I was painfully self-conscious at that age. Midway through the second song in the set (“This Wicked Tongue”), he turned and yelled “THIS IS FUCKING AWESOME!” in my ear over the roar and scuzz of the music. It's still one of my favorite concerts and one of my favorite music memories, a very, very good moment among all the high school bullshit.
I haven't seen anyone mention the new Goldmund album that came out this week, The Time It Takes. It's Keith Kenniff, who also records as Helios and with his partner Hollie as Mint Julep. Really delicate/soothing/poignant ambient-acoustic compositions with some synths washing through, if you're into that sort of thing.
I can't stop listening. The only thing that would make this EP better is if it were an LP.
The visual is amazing and innovative, and I'm glad everyone was able to safely do their thing. Hard pass for me, though, as the thought of being in a sea of bubbled folks is personal nightmare fuel. I love live music, but I really don't love crowds. The thing that makes being in a regular concert crowd tolerable to me is the fact that I more or less have the option to nope the fuck out of there if I had to. (I don't tend to do a lot of shows where getting caught in a surge of people is an issue anyway.) But being in a bubble crammed in with a bunch of other bubbles and no exit in sight? Nope, nope, nope, nope, nope. Much love to those who are into it. Enjoy! I'll be happy with the video.
I didn't know listening to Iris DeMent go awf was what I wanted today, but it sure was.
Agreed! It is a gem of a song, made all the more poignant by the fact that she wrote it about her kid.
Earlier this week, I was enjoying Transgender Dysphoria Blues and the songs have been megamixing around in my brain since then. This morning, I randomly woke up with “Two Coffins” in my head: “How lucky I ever was to see / The way that you smiled at me” and that acoustic guitar melody. Then I sat down with a mug of tea, loaded Stereogum, and not only did Laura Jane Grace make a new album, but it's mostly acoustic. I almost fell the fuck out of my chair. Can this be a new trend for 2020, please? Waking up with amazing songs in our heads, and then Stereogum reveals surprise projects by those artists?
I didn't anticipate when I woke up this morning that we'd get to hear Eva Hendricks chanting “This shit is bananas! B-A-N-A-N-A-S!” this afternoon, but here we are. Made my whole fucking day, and also prompted me to finally register an account here so I could thank everyone involved in bringing this delight to my eardrums during the continuous dumpster fire that is 2020. Thank you! Hello! Hi!