Posted in music | pictures on March 27, 2009

photos by Jacob Blickenstaff

PJ Harvey

"PJ Harvey's previous album with John Parish was 1998's Dance Hall at Louise Point, but the 12-year wait was worth it. Harvey's brutal doctrine - that nothing should sound like anything either of them has done before - has produced a thrilling, boundless work. The songs are riots of changing themes and multiple musical personalities. Black Hearted Love, in which Parish's granite riff fuels one of Harvey's best ever rockers, finds two lovers frolicking in the abyss, while Pointless, Passionless chillingly catalogues a stone-cold relationship. April, with its snail's pace, is plaintive and purifying. Harvey's vocals range from animalistic shrieks to haunted narratives, as she depicts everything from the gleeful humiliation of a cuckold ("lily-livered balls!") to the days that follow a death. It all hangs together brilliantly, suggesting the mutual understanding of two artists at the peak of their powers." [Guardian]
PJ Harvey and John Parish have now finished up a short U.S. tour that included a stop at SXSW (pic, setlist), a stop on Leno (Hulu video), a visit to KCRW (video), a show in LA (setlist below), and a show at Irving Plaza in NYC last night (3/26). More pictures from that last one, below...

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PJ Harvey & John Parish @ El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles 3/23/09 - setlist (via)
Black Hearted Love
Sixteen, Fifteen, Fourteen
Rope Bridge
Urn With Dead Flowers In A Drained Pool
Civil War
The Soldier
Taut
Cercle
The Chair
Leaving California
A Woman A Man Walked By / Crow
Passionless
Cracks In The Canvas
Pig Will Not

encore:
False Fire
April

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Comments (98)

Why can't you use a cellphone at the Irving Plaza box office?

(Memo to The Guardian: Their previous album was "Dance Hall at LOUSE Point.")

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 11:18 AM

is that the doorman from the continental in the 3rd pic from the bottom?

Posted by wembley | March 27, 2009 11:20 AM

why are the photos from so far away?

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 11:26 AM

"is that the doorman from the continental in the 3rd pic from the bottom?"

the owner, yes

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 11:33 AM

The photos are from so far away because increasingly that is the only place the army of PR people, publicists, label people, tour managers, security guards and other helpful sorts will let you work. The only shooting area available was a 2x3 foot roped off area at the rear of the balcony that one had to be 'escorted' to. Shooting was permitted only during the 3th and 7th songs (or something silly like that). PJ's peeps got rid of the pit for the show. Bowls of red m&m's were placed precisely at 2 cubit intervals at the bars.(taking license here) Of course every knucklehead with a point and shoot had one in her face the entire time.

Posted by jacob | March 27, 2009 11:44 AM

wow, Trigger at a PJ Harvey show. got to say i'm a bit surprised.

Posted by argyle | March 27, 2009 11:49 AM

Jazzmaster much?

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 11:56 AM

@jacob: Good for them! It keeps the pros from annoying the audience.

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 12:09 PM

@ jacob..well that sucks!

12:09, you're an idiot

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 12:12 PM

@jacob: I am one of your knuckleheads with a point and shoot.

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Though I tried to savor the performance as much as possible without bringing out my camera, I did get some good (closer) shots, including a video of "The Soldier."

So happy with the new stuff!

Posted by Qbertplaya | March 27, 2009 12:14 PM

I saw PJ and JP on Jay Leno the other night. It was as dreadful as it sounds.

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 1:08 PM

Yeah, that performance was pretty bad, but that song sounded great last night..

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 2:15 PM

I will admit that half of the problem is there are plenty of annoying photographers out there, in photographing bigger shows, the line between photog and paparazzi gets very thin. the pit/3 song rule = the red carpet.

But in an Ideal World, I would think musicians would prefer an observant, creative photographer respectfully making killer pictures that serve history rather than a half observant fan jumping around like a ninny, beer in a plastic cup sloshing in one hand, camera or iphone held arm's length in the other.

Posted by jacob | March 27, 2009 3:19 PM

@jacob the elite camera weilding "artist"

did i get beer on your dress? sorry, i must've been too busy enjoying myself at the rock show to notice.
get a better zoom lens and stop crying.

Posted by pointandshootist | March 27, 2009 6:00 PM

wow, i'm glad i saved my money & passed on this show. not a single bonafide pj harvey song-- just as i had suspected. i love her & all, but her stuff with john parish doesn't hold a candle to her regular solo material. (the beacon show last year was still one of my favorite gigs-- ever!)

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 6:03 PM

I. WILL. NOT!

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 7:11 PM

Anno 6:03. You missed a great show. Have you listened to their new cd? It's very good. I have seen her many times. I do not need to hear her drag out all of her hits again. I enjoy hearing something new. As for pictures, if I were an artist I would just be happy people still want to take my picture. That being said there are a lot of idiot phographers out there. As for their appearence on Leno, maybe you have lousy TV speakers. I thought they were great. BHL did of course sound better last night.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2009 12:22 AM

12:22: I couldn't have listened to the new CD since it's not out yet. I don't do the downloading leaked albums bullshit. I'll go out Tuesday & buy it.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2009 12:52 AM

PJ HARVEY TOUR DATES!!!

Jun 2 2009 8:00P
Center Stage Atlanta, Georgia
Jun 3 2009 8:00P
Madison Theatre Covington, Kentucky
Jun 5 2009 8:00P
Warner Theatre WASHINGTON, Washington DC
Jun 6 2009 8:00P
Beacon Theatre New York, New York
Jun 7 2009 8:00P
The Trocadero Theatre Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jun 12 2009 7:30P
Riviera Theatre Chicago, Illinois
Jun 13 2009 7:30P
Weesner Amphitheater Apple Valley, Minnesota
Jun 19 2009 8:00P
Warfield Theatre San Francisco, California

Posted by Anonymous | April 16, 2009 3:16 PM

Video was mind blowing.

Posted by Noritake China | October 22, 2009 6:08 PM

Really pissed that I missed it! Thanks for sharing the photos and the review!

Posted by Music Lover | October 23, 2009 3:45 PM

great post, and great photo !

Posted by animedb | October 24, 2009 3:27 PM


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Posted by Cheap Directory Submissions | November 3, 2009 3:59 PM

PJ Harvey & John Parish are my favorites, great to see them together.

Posted by car agmes | November 14, 2009 1:34 PM

The singers are very useful to the entertainment and for the songs purpose .So those should be the respectable.The only shooting area available was a 2x3 foot roped off area at the rear of the balcony that one had to be 'escorted' to. Shooting was permitted only during the 3th and 7th songs (or something silly like that). PJ's peeps got rid of the pit for the show....

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those are some good pictures good luck

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Nice pics. I would think musicians would prefer an observant, creative photographer respectfully making killer pictures that serve history rather than a half observant fan jumping around like a ninny.
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I will admit that half of the problem is there are plenty of annoying photographers out there, in photographing bigger shows, the line between photog and paparazzi gets very thin. the pit/3 song rule = the red carpet.

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I like 1998 PJ Harvey's previous album.

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Great night it is!

Posted by Will | March 19, 2010 3:00 AM

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Great blog about the event, sorry i missed it, look like a fun time was had by all!

Posted by Laundrymats For Sale | April 13, 2010 5:41 AM

PJ was awesome in Calgary. Can't wait to see her again.

Posted by General Contractors | June 8, 2010 5:10 PM

I wish such shows were in my country! However, i have to content with what I have here :(

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nice photos! and that woman it's very beautiful!

Posted by Chinga2 | July 5, 2010 5:49 AM

PJ Harvey had an awesome album in 1998. I like it the most

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Great photos and seems to be a great tour. Would be a great entertainment watching from home.

Posted by Kenmore Parts | September 3, 2010 9:26 AM

PJ was awesome in Calgary. Can't wait to see her again.

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Posted by entertainment | September 5, 2010 6:37 PM

well!! I loved the concert a lot... it's the best thing I have ever heard of.. the pics were too good... great it is..

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You have nice photo and beautiful night :)

Posted by photoshop | September 26, 2010 6:47 AM

nice band and I like 1998 PJ Harvey's previous album.

Posted by pulsa elektrik | October 9, 2010 6:39 PM

Great pictures from the event, i like them a lot. PJ Harvey's songs have always been my top choice for long now.

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the pictures look amazing. she's always been a true artist in my opinion.

Posted by anthony a. | October 12, 2010 5:05 AM

the pictures look amazing. she's always been a true artist in my opinion.

Posted by Dedicated Servers | November 4, 2010 1:06 PM

Yeah, that performance was pretty bad, but that song sounded great...

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Posted by يوتيوب | November 11, 2010 3:30 AM

awesoooooooome show.

Posted by katrina kaif | November 12, 2010 1:41 AM

i'm a church lover and i am very encouraged with these kind of stuff. concerts as such are very inspiring and my youth days were all spent for it. i say, it was all worth it and as to where i am now, what i've gone through with church is where my roots started.

Posted by Boresha | December 12, 2010 1:37 AM

This lady is very beautifuk & sexy ,The all photos r so good.Great pictures from the event, i like them a lot. PJ Harvey's songs have always been my top choice for long now.

Posted by Knights Helmet | December 20, 2010 4:14 AM

I love PJ Harvey. When she sings, it's not just a song, it's a story told with a rush of released emotion. Simply amazing.

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PJ Harvey is very much underrated as a performer. She always seems to put everything into her performances. She is also very innovative as the post says - she always tries to come up with something that sounds different to what she's done before.

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Posted by robiul | March 19, 2012 11:52 AM

I miss this. It will be great for my if i will be there. :-)Thanks for give us this nice concert moment.

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