Everything about Polly Jean Harvey was a revelation when she emerged in the early ’90s. Her first two albums with the trio PJ Harvey, 1992’s Dry and 1993’s Rid Of Me, were both as raw and tender as a newly scraped knee, all electric guitar fury and abrasive vocals. In 1995, … More »
One of the all-time great American movies is all about characters who look down on movies as an inferior form of art. 1950’s All About Eve, written and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, is the story of Bette Davis’ aging Broadway star and Anne Baxter’s idealistic young fan, who finds her way into Davis’ life … More »
Look alive, bird dogs: John Parish has a new solo album for you to sniff out. It’s called Bird Dog Dante — out June 15 on Thrill Jockey. And speaking of sniffers, he almost snuck this one out under PJ Harvey’s nose, too — she only appears on one (!!!) song.
The album is being billed as Parish’s first “song-oriented” (i.e. not film music) album in nearly a decade. The aforementioned Harvey feature comes in the form of a duet on advance track “Sorry for Your Loss.”
Parish has been prolifically collaborating with Harvey since the ‘80s; their creative output includes two co-billed full-lengths, in addition to myriad Parish production/playing credits on Harvey’s solo material. The material on Bird Dog Dante reportedly originated from the time Parish spent as musical director on Harvey’s world tour following 2016’s The Hope Six Demolition Project, during which Parish used Harvey as a sounding board for lyric ideas.
Before Bird Dog Dante drops like a dead pheasant in June, Parish will also give a commemorative performance of Nick Drake music on what would have been the British folk musician’s 70th birthday. “Remembered for a While – The Music of Nick Drake,” will take place at St. George’s in Bristol on April 12, and it will feature, in addition to Parish, a variety of other performers including Aldous Harding, Nadine Khouri, H. Hawkline, and the Lochrian String Quartet.
But for now, pre-order Bird Dog Dante from Thrill Jockey, and check out “Sorry for Your Loss” (and gander at the album’s full tracklist) down below.
Bird Dog Dante tracklisting:
01. Add To The List
02. Sorry For Your Loss
03. The March
04. Let’s Go
05. Type 1
09. Le Passé Devant Nouse
10. Carver’s House
11. The First Star
The English multi-instrumentalist and producer John Parish has been working closely with PJ Harvey for more than two decades, and the pair have released two collaborative albums, 1996’s Dance Hall At Louise Point and 2009’s A Woman A Man Walked By. Later this year, Parish will release a new solo album called Bird Dog … More »
PJ Harvey recorded a cover of the traditional English folk song “An Acre Of Land” for the upcoming film Dark River, which was directed by Clio Barnard and is coming out in the UK on 2/23. A trailer for the film has just been released and you can hear Harvey’s cover in it. Watch below. More »
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Bowery Presents — the concert promoter responsible for booking Bowery Ballroom, Terminal 5, and Music Hall Of Williamsburg (among others) in New York, and a number of other places throughout the Northeast — is opening a new venue called Brooklyn Steel in East Williamsburg. As a new New York Times profile and press … More »
OK, hear me out: Reykjavik is a great place to host a festival. Sure, it’s far away and prohibitively expensive, but it’s also small and hospitable and super, super beautiful. Iceland Airwaves operates in a similar way to SXSW: The city center is replete with venues, cafes, and dive bars, and when the festival’s underway, … More »