4th - Channel4 finally get round to screen the half hour television program on Polly Harvey and her influence on fans. The program is not so much a biography but more of a look at what effect Polly has had on her fans. An interesting angle. I met the producers and I am a little dubious as to the content. We shall have to see... C4 Thurs 4th Dec 0.55am UK.
Sound Travels - C4 PJ Harvey documentary.
The 20-minute documentary was shown on C4 TV last night. Rather than focusing in on PJ Harvey's music, the program was more focused on Polly's history and the fans. Two guys drive around the UK 'following' Polly's career. Starting in Dorset the pair meet a local promoter (great clip of Automatic Dlamini with Polly shown), then onto London to talk about the Rough Trade shop secret show (error: they played inside the store NOT outside - I was there!), then backwards and forwards between Dorset and London for more 'historical' sightings. A few clips were shown (Sheela, Dress, A Place Called Home, This Is Love) as well as the Automatic Dlamini piece. The two guys then attend the premiere of Kyle's 'Stories From The Road' and talk to the man himself as well as hanging out on the beach where Polly allegedly wrote 'Stories...'
I felt the program was a little too focused on the two presenters and more could have been said (or shown) about Polly's music. No mention of 'To Bring You My Love' or 'Is This Desire?', two of Polly's greatest successes. Also they seemed to ridicule Polly's stance to keep her privacy, ludicrously standing outside a pub in Dorset that would not let them in and complaining that Polly likes to keep her life private (I expect they did not know that the pub is closely linked to Polly, her family and friends).
Added the lyrics for the Desert Sessions tracks on the Rarities lyric page.
Polly recently gave a self portrait photograph to charity for auction. The photograph was sold on ebay.com with the money going to charity.
3rd - 'Crawl Home' - Desert Sessions single released. The single and video both feature Polly and the B-side is a Josh Homme cover version of 'The Whores Hustle And The Hustlers Whore'.The CDSingle also includes an enhanced section with the video to 'Crawl Home'.
A Promo Cd single has been released of the Desert Sessions track 'Crawl Home'. The sleeve and more details are under the Promos section.
24th - Later with Jools Holland - Polly will appear with the Desert Sessions collective. The two tracks performed were 'Crawl Home' and 'I Want To Make Wit Chu'.
6th - Desert Sessions 9 & 10 released in the UK. More details can be found under Guest Spots. Polly features on many of the tracks. THIS ALBUM IS A MUST FOR POLLY FANS - FANTASTIC!
The WINNER of last month's competition to win a copy of 'The B-Sides' promo CD was Phil Sanders (London, UK). Congratulations to him.
Josh Homme - Desert Sessions 9 & 10. Out in October. This release features Polly Harvey. More details as they come in.
The latest competition has now CLOSED. The winner has been notified and will be announced shortly when I have the approval to publish their name. Many thanks to all of you who entered the competition.
Well, the tour is over now and I see on many forums and websites that it was a magnificent success. It seems PJ Harvey really stole the show at most of the concerts! Now we can sit back, relax and look forward to the new album out next year.
Also remember to keep checking back for News on recent collaborations involving Polly...
Eden Project Concert - A fabulous evening was had by all. Elbow did a fantastic job as support act. PJ Harvey played songs spanning Polly's career and the 4,000 strong crowd loved every minute. I have posted the setlist on the Tour News page. Two new songs were played, even though these songs were debuted in Australia earlier this year.
Pictures from Eden added to 2003 gallery (performance and rehearsals).
Review added to setlist page - thanks to Oliver Gray.
The summer shows begin on Friday at Eden in Cornwall UK. Please send in set lists if you are lucky enough to attend one of more of the shows.
A new date has been added to the tour in Spain on 20th August.
Rob Ellis is currently working with Martina Topley Bird and their first TV performance was shown last night on Later with Jools Holland / BBC.
Please check Tour News for all tour dates so far... continuing to be updated...
Unfortunately I did not get the news about the Tate Modern show until it had sold out! The tickets went within two hours on Tuesday morning. Think yourself very lucky if you got a ticket!
The official site is offering live recording from the Australasian tour. Go here to listen: www.pjharvey.net
5th - Later... Louder DVD Released in the UK.
The second DVD to come from Jools Holland's BBC show 'Later With Jools Holland' features PJ Harvey performing 'Big Exit' from the 2001 performance. There is also an interview with Polly on the DVD.
T-Moblie - a communications company are currently using 'This Is Love' in their TV commercial in the UK. The advert consists of lovers kissing and concludes with a 'This Is Love' ringtone! It is still on regular airplay so watch out for it!
More dates announced: TICKETS ON SALE NOW
V Festival - Red Hot Chilli Peppers, David Gray, Queens Of The Stone Age, PJ Harvey, Underworld, Morcheeba, The Coral...
'Stories From The Road' was shown at the 17th Lesbian & Gay Film Festival in London this week. The viewing received an ecstatic response and the performance was only just a few seats short of a sell-out. Kyle also undertook a questions and answers session after the film which had some interesting questions asked by PJ Harvey fans and film fans.
9th - The unofficial road movie from PJ Harvey's 'Stories' tour in 2001 is to be premiered next week during the 17th Lesbian and Gay Film Festival in London. The film has been made by an American film maker and the film follows three fans as they travel North America and Europe following the PJ Harvey tour. Venue: National Film Theatre 1, South bank, London 6.30pm
Fender Eurpoe are offering a chance for you to win tickets to this years V2003 festival in the UK. They claim PJ Harvey are appearing and i believe this to be true, though no official announcement has been made as yet! But where's the harm in entering.
Dates announced for European Festival Appearances this coming summer.
There are more to be announced soon... watch this space...
August 24th - Glasgow Green, Scotland with Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Foo Fighters and Queens Of The Stone Age.
August 23rd - Slane Castle, Ireland with Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Foo Fighters and Queens Of The Stone Age.
Polly is currently working with Mark Lanegan and Josh Humme (both from Queens Of The Stone Age) on their respective forthcoming solo albums.
PJ Harvey were scheduled to play this year's Glastonbury but unfortunately the band cannot play due to previously made commitments.
But it has been confirmed that PJ Harvey will be playing this year's V2003 festival in August. The festival will be headlined by the Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Coldplay. August 16th in Stafford and August 17th in Chelmsford.
P.S. Rob Ellis tells me that 'Desperate K' is in fact 'Desperate Kingdom Of Love'
The Australasia tour was a massive success, if you would like to send in pics or reviews, please do, happy to show them to everyone!
Coming soon... News on European Festival dates this summer... watch this space...
The kind people at www.bristolcancerhelp.org are holding an auction to buy celebrity signed Sloggi pants. Celebrities from the West Country, here in the UK, have personally signed individual pairs of these pants.
New songs played so far in Australia include: 'Shame', 'Who The ****' and 'Desperate Kingdom Of Love'.
PJ Harvey's "Down By The Water" has been included on Slant Magazine's list of the greatest music videos of all time.
FLY TV (Jan 25th) - ABC Television.
Channel V Australia (February 8th & 9th)
For starters, as there's only one week to go, i'll let you know that the Australasian shows will feature just a three-piece!!! How great is that? Just like the old days...
Polly will play guitar, Rob Ellis on Drums and Mick Harvey on bass. Many songs from the early period were rehearsed and hopefully a couple of new ones may be thrown in!
Check here for the setlists if I get them quick enough!
The band have also announced a low-key warm-up appearance in Auckland on Thurs 16th January.
Happy New Year!
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL AND A VERY HAPPY 2003
AUSTRALASIA TOUR LOOMING...
A few suprises are coming to those who will be attending the upcoming PJ Harvey shows in Australia and New Zealand. The line-up (which is a surprise in itself!) have been rehearsing and the setlists are going to be brilliant! Expect 5 or 6 new songs thrown in too across the concerts...
There are more plans for 2003 as Polly is very excited about the new material and wants to get back to working...
Please send in the set-lists if you get them for these upcoming shows.
MANY APOLOGIES FOR THE SITE BEING UNACCESSABLE FOR ONE WEEK.
This was due to Globalnet's change of server configuration. Shame they didn't announce this to their customers!!! Typical!!
Thanks to everyone who mailed in and let me know especially Tim Allard!
18th - "Ten Years Later... with Jools Holland" is released on Region 2 DVD. The DVD features PJ Harvey's performance of 'Down By The Water' from 1995. Other artists featured include: Portishead, Coldplay., Oasis, Morrissey, Bjork, Massive Attack and The Verve among others. Visit www.play.com to buy (UK).
3rd - John Parish played a fantastic warm-up show at the Quicksilver Mail pub in Yeovil. The show was fantastic and the band were electric. Portishead's Adrian Utley and The Playwright's Ben Shillabeer and Aaron Dewey were part of the 9 piece band. Maria Mochnacz also took some photos and had a few drinks! Polly was expected but couldn't make the show. For more details on John Parish's highly recommended upcoming dates in europe, visit his site: www.johnparish.com
Best wishes to Eric Drew Feldman on his wedding in San Francisco.
Happy Birthday Polly!
You lucky australians - PJ Harvey is to perform at the Big Day Out festival in January 2003.
P J Harvey is to play in New Zealand & Australia in January to perform on the main stage at The Big Day Out Festival. There is no news yes as to the line up of the band but more news as it comes in! Unfortunately there are no plans to play anywhere else!
Warner Music Vision have announced "Ten Years Later... with Jools Holland" for a Region 2 DVD release on 18th November 2002. The DVD features PJ Harvey's performance of 'Down By The Water' from 1995. Other artists featured include: Portishead, Coldplay., Oasis, Morrissey, Bjork, Massive Attack and The Verve among others.
The Jeff Buckley tribute concert is not to include a performance from Polly as far as I know now... BUT John Parish is touring and playing in London in Oct or Nov so look out for those dates... you never know if Polly may appear to sing 'Airplane Blues'.
This compilation features performances from the BBC series and the tracklisting includes "MORRISSEY Suedehead 10/12/92".
10th - John Parish 'How Animals Move' released. Featuring Polly (vocals) on 'Airplane Blues'. More details below...
2nd - Gordon Gano 'Hitting The Ground' released. Features Polly (vocals) on 'Hitting The Ground' and Polly (guitar) on 'Hitting The Ground' - Gordon Gano vocal version. More details below...
September 2nd sees the release finally of Gorodn Gano's solo debut 'Hitting The Ground' on Cooking Vinyl records. The album features a collection of songs written for some of rock music's most influential and notable figures, including PJ Harvey, the Velvet Underground's Lou Reed and John Cale, Frank Black, They Might Be Giants, Mary Lou Lord, and others! Visit Cooking Vinyl here.
The album is out in the states on Aug 20th on Instinct Records.
The Tricky DVD has been released in the UK and does indeed feature 'Broken Homes', a duet between Tricky and Polly. Details on the Video page.
Want to be in the new PJ Harvey film 'Stories From The Road'??? Well now you can. The team who made the film are auctioning off film credits. You could be a set designer, truck driver or Polly herself! There is also a premiere party and more auctions going down soon.
Visit the site here www.followingpj.com for more details or get bidding at www.ebay.com, keywords SFTR or PJ Harvey should help you find the auctions. The film is almost ready to be released and should be shown at various film festivals etc...
Re: Jeff Buckley
Several tribute concerts will be organized in November in New York, London and Paris with the announced participations of Chris Cornell (Soundgarden), Tom Waits, Bono, PJ Harvey, Patti Smith, Bonnie Raitt, Coldplay, Bob Dylan, Jacob Dylan...
September 10th sees the release of John Parish's 'How Animals Move' on Thrill Jockey records. Polly contributes lead vocals to the track 'Airplane Blues'. More news as it comes in. Also guesting on the album are Jim Barr, Adrian Utley and Eric Drew Feldman. I have added the lyrics to the 'rarities' lyrics section.
The Tricky DVD was put back again and is now scheduled for release sometime in July.
For all of you looking to hear The Family Cat's 'Colour Me Grey' (featuring Polly's vocals), a free MP3 will be made available soon here: www.thefamilycat.com
The long awaited Gordon Gano album 'Hitting The Ground' is finally to be released in the U.S. at the end of August. The album was recorded years ago and features Polly's vocals on the title track. Promo copies are floating about so have a look out....
17th - Tricky's new compiltion DVD 'The Ruff Guide to Tricky' is released and will include the 'Broken Homes' video featuring an appearance by Polly.
5th - Piano Magic - Live performance at The Spitz, London. This performance featured a specially commissioned film by Maria Mochnacz.
Total Lee - a various artists tribute album dedicated to the work of Lee Hazelwood is about to be released. It does not include the rumoured track recorded by Polly and Vincent Gallo. It does, however, feature tracks recorded by Tindersticks, Calexico, Lambchop, Jarvis Cocker and St Ettiene amongst others.
27th - Tricky's new compiltion CD 'The Ruff Guide to Tricky' is released and will include 'Broken Homes', a previous single featuring a duet between Polly and Tricky. The DVD compilation follows on 17th June and will also include 'Broken Homes'. These dates are for UK release dates from Island Records.
7th - Gordon Gano's 'Hitting The Ground' featuring Polly's vocals on the title track was due to be released on this date BUT unfortunately the release has been put back and no release date has been issued!
20th - In the NME's 50 Greatest Artists of all Time, PJ Harvey resides at 50. A very small article is featured showing the famous 'topless' PJ Harvey NME cover in April 1992.
I finally got hold of the rare Sparklehorse CDR of 'Piano Fire' featuring Polly's vocals. The CDR features a remix with extra instrumentation and Polly's vocals more prominent. This is not the video mix. Details on the Promos page.
John Parish is to release a new album entitled 'How Animals Move' on Thrill Jockey records in September. The album is rumoured to included two songs featuring Polly on vocals. More news as it comes in...
The 'Six Feet Under' soundtrack is released and features the old B-side track 'One Time Too Many'.
Rasputina - (I believe) have recorded a track mimicing a mock conversation between Polly, Bjork, Vincent Gallo and Matthew Barney. It's is available to download from various places on the web - search for it if you can be bothered - it's terrible and I've heard better impersonations on Stars In Their Eyes (and that's saying something!!).
The Tricky - Best Of CD and DVD is scheduled for a release in early May and will probably feature 'Broken Homes' - check out the excellent www.play.com for DVDs (UK only).
Added details for the brand new PJ Harvey Webring: A Place For Making Noises.
'Stories From The Road' is nearing completion and may grace the festival screens in the summer in the U.S. Watch this space...
A 'Tricky - Best Of' is planned. I guess this will included 'Broken Homes' with Polly duetting and there may also be a DVD release with the video included.
As you probably have guessed, Polly did not win any awards at the Brats or the Brits!! A shame but then again, it gives time for Polly to relax and think aboutthe next project.
18th/19th - GIANT SAND - 'Cover Magazine' released featuring PJ Harvey on 'Johnny Hit & Run Pauline'. The album also features a cover version of 'Plants & Rags' written by Polly and Rob Ellis. Other acts getting Howe and co's treatment include Goldfrapp and Nick Cave. 18th - UK, 19th - USA. See Guest Spots for more details of the album.
25th - NME BRAT AWARDS - Remember to vote for PJ Harvey in the current NME Brat awards. You may also like to vote for this site as your favourite site???? PJ Harvey has been nominated in the Best Solo Artist category.
21st - BRIT AWARDS - Televised on ITV (UK) after awards ceremony on Feb 20th.
11th - Sparklehorse - 'Piano Fire/Eyepennies' 7" released in the U.S. See 'Guest' section for more details.
10th - The South Bank Show Awards will be televised on ITV on Feb 10th. As far as I know, Polly will not be appearing despite winning the award for the Popular Music Category.
6th - South Bank Show Awards - PJ HARVEY WINS THE SOUTH BANK SHOW AWARD
Elvis Costello picked up the award for an absent Polly, the award was presented by Mel B from the Spice Girls.
PJ Harvey has been nominated for the South Bank Show Award. The album 'Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea' has been nominated. The other three acts to be nominated in the Popular Music Category are U2 & Roots Manuva. The awards will be televised on ITV on Feb 10th after the awards ceremony on Feb 6th.
'One Time Too Many' by PJ Harvey will appear on the soundtrack to the U.S. HBO show 'Six Feet Under'. The album is released on March 5th in the U.S.
William Baldwin (UK) was the winner of last months competition. He won the U.S. promo 'Rarities' CD. Thanks to all who entered, a record number of people for this one! Many thanks again to Fiona Jatsura and Kyle for the fun had with this competion.
Updated the Links section with links to official sites of other artists you may like to discover such as Bjork, Captain Beefheart, Kate Bush, Kristin Hersh, Tom Waits, Pooka and many others. These are acts I think you may well be interested in...
PJ Harvey has been nominated for a Brit Award in 2002. Polly is nominated under the 'British Female Solo Artist' category along with Dido, Geri Halliwell, Sade & Sophie Ellis Bextor. Polly has been nominated in this category four times previously in 1994, 1996, 1999 and 2001.
The awards will take place on Weds 20th February and televised on the 21st on ITV (UK).
MARCH 19TH is the release date for the new Howe Gelb album 'Cover Magazine'. The album features Polly duetting with Howe on X's 'Johnny Hit And Run Pauline' and Howe also performs a version of Polly's 'Plants & Rags'. The album will be released by Thrill Jockey records.
GRAMMY AWARDS 2002 - PJ Harvey has been nominated in 2 catigories for this years Grammy Awards. See below for nominations. The Awards Ceremony will be held in LA, USA on February 27th.