Is This The Nicest YouTube Comment Ever? Quite Possibly.


Deep congratulations, Ms Harvey. Few artists could boast to have such a flawless career, even more difficult nowadays. And it’s been from the very begining, and it appears it will be a lasting thing. On my behalf, thank you very much, honestly, thanks.

The song and film aren’t half bad either. It’s one of a series of short films made by award-winning documentary photographer Seamus Murphy to accompany all the tracks on PJ Harvey’s latest album, Let England Shake.

Read more about the project in an interview with Murphy.

November Covers

Click the little play icons to, well, play the songs. Helpfully, they’ll also work as a playlist, so you only really have to click the first one. If you click the play icon whilst you’re on the main page of the blog, be aware that all audio files that are on the page will be added to the playlist.

I’ll try and do one of these once a month, and archive them in the music section.

“Helpless”, Buffy Saint-Marie

“Divine Hammer”, Jóvenes y Sexys

“Back For Good”, The Wedding Present

“Losing My Religion”, Nina Persson

“Paint It Black”, The Avengers

“Celebrated Summer”, Mark Kozelek

“Take On Me”, Anni B Sweet

“Stop In The Name Of Love”, Toadsuck Symphony

“Cissy Strut”, Trinidad Steel Drummers

“Crazy”, The Kooks


Delighted to discover that Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss are working on a new project with Mary Timony and Rebecca Cole.

Even better than that, the first album by the Corin Tucker band has just been released, and she started a low key west coast tour on Thursday. A few more tracks below.

Apologies for the profusion of Pitchfork links, I do my best to avoid them whenever possible due to hipster fatigue but couldn’t find any alternatives right now.

Get It While You Can

Janis Lyn Joplin died 40 years ago today in the Landmark Hotel, Los Angeles. For more on her life and career, try the biographies and other extensive information at (official site), (unofficial), Wikipedia and

Like Otis Redding, Joplin potentially had so much more to give creatively, effectively illustrated by the fact that while many have tried to emulate her, none have really come that close.

That they are able to try is testament to how Janis didn’t just open the doors to the male dominated world of rock, she blew them right off their hinges.

All the links below go to video or audio of interviews and songs, live wherever possible because that’s really what Queen Janis was all about.

“The thing about Janis is that she just looked so unique, an ugly duckling dressed as a princess, fearlessly so. Seeing her live was like watching a boxing match. Her performance was so in your face and electrifying that it really put you right there in the moment. There you were living your nice little life in the suburbs and suddenly there was this train wreck, and it was Janis.”

Chrissie Hynde

[Tom Wilkes]

Shy “superstar rock lady“.

[Baron Wolman]

Spiritual descendant of Bessie Smith, queen of the blues.

[Jim Marshall]

World famous yet sadly lonely – “Onstage, I make love to 25,000 people – then I go home alone.”

[Steve Banks]

Owner of one of the greatest sets of lungs ever known.


“I read a story about some old opera singer once, and when a guy asked her to marry him, she took him backstage after she had sung a real triumph, with all the people calling for her, asked, ‘Do you think you could give me that?’ That story hit me right, man. I know no guy ever made me feel as good as an audience.”

Janis Joplin


“I’m thrilled!! I can be Haight-Ashbury’s first pin-up“.

Janis Joplin, letter to sister

[Baron Wolman]

Texan ‘beatnik’, civil rights activist and infectious cackler.


Not the most popular girl in high school.

[Amalie R. Rothschild]

“Janis was like an angel who came and paved a road white chicks hadn’t walked before. I began feeling proud to be her role model. When I heard her sing, I recognized my influence, but I also heard the electricity and rage in her own voice. I loved her attitude.”

Etta James


“People, whether they know it or not, like their blues singers miserable. They like their blues singers to die afterwards.”

Janis Joplin

[Jim Marshall]

Wearer of extraordinary and improbable headgear. Much missed legend.

PS, I obviously couldn’t write this post without including ‘Piece of my Heart‘. Turn that one up to eleven.