PJ Harvey has a general disregard for today’s popular music.
The 41-year-old is a music veteran with a total of eight studio albums in her catalogue. The singer, who is famed for her eclectic tastes and varied looks, is uninterested by today’s chart and contemporary music.
‘Not for a lack of knowing it exists, but because I find nothing that interests me,’ she said when asked why she doesn’t keep up with recent records.
‘ listen to older artists, The Doors and things that excite me, and I find very little that excites me that’s happening today.’
PJ says the music today is bland and lacks any deep undertones.
The songstress insists that her view may completely differ to everybody else’s, but she just doesn’t feel a connection to the music in the charts today.
‘[It's] largely unoriginal. I think mostly that’s the reason, because I’ve already heard it a hundred times better before, and it doesn’t speak to my soul,’ she said in an interview with NME magazine.
‘Everybody is different in that way. I’m not saying there isn’t great work existing now ‘ for many people there is ‘ but for my own personal taste there’s nothing that grabs me and makes me want to go out and do more investigation into this music.’
Paolo Nutini is announced as the fifth headliner at this summer’s Eden Sessions. The soulful singer-songwriter will play the Eden stage on Tuesday July 13, joining Jack Johnson (June 26 – sold out), Mika (June 27), Doves and Mumford & Sons (July 2 – sold out) and Calvin Harris and Audio Bullys (July 3) on a blockbuster bill. Paolo launched his career with 2006 quadruple-platinum debut These Streets, including the top-ten single Last Request. He followed it up with last year’s second long-player Sunny Side Up. That album went straight to number one in the UK album charts and returned to the top on two separate occasions. Hailing from Paisley in Scotland, Paolo has been singing and working in the music industry since leaving school at 16, including stints as a roadie and studio engineer. As a result, he has shown an understanding of live performance that belies his age and Atlantic Records recognised his potential early on and signed him just after his 18th birthday in 2005. Paolo was nominated in two categories in this year’s BRITs – British Male Solo Artist and British Album for Sunny Side Up – and has rubbed shoulders will rock royalty, supporting Led Zeppelin at their O2 comeback show and sharing a stage with the Rolling Stones at the Isle of Wight Festival in 2007. Tjarko Wieringa, Eden Sessions Creative Director, said: “We’re proud to announce Paolo’s appearance at this year’s Eden Sessions – another fantastic coup! His laid-back brand of motown-tinged folk rock will be a perfect match for Eden’s beautiful surroundings. “With five announcements behind us, this year’s Sessions are promising to be our best yet. We have some of best, most high-profile artists in the world already on the bill and there will be more exciting announcements to come.” The Sessions are famed not only for bringing top acts to Cornwall but also for their festival feel, with extra bands and entertainers playing around the site in the run-up to the main event. Massage and alternative therapies will also be showcased around Eden on the day of each Session. The 2010 Sessions will be the ninth season of summer gigs at the Eden Project. Performers in previous years include Oasis, Kasabian, Florence and the Machine, Vampire Weekend, Paul Weller, Hot Chip, Muse, Editors, Snow Patrol, Basement Jaxx, Amy Winehouse, Moby, PJ Harvey and The Verve.
Paul McCartney’s son James has announced his first UK headline tour, to take place this February and March. The jaunt comes after he played a raft of secret gigs last October under the name Light. McCartney has spent much of the last two years recording his debut album, though no release date is confirmed at present. Speaking about his songs, he said: “The music was inspired by The Beatles, Nirvana, The Cure, PJ Harvey, Radiohead – and all good music. It is basically rock’n'roll, clean-sounding and vocal. We are mixing our album in Sussex and New York. The words on the album refer to spirituality, love, family, trying to sort out one’s life, and many other things. I have written the songs over a 10-year period.”
James McCartney plays:
Liverpool O2 Academy 2 (February 25)
York Fibbers (26)
Newcastle O2 Academy 2 (28)
Manchester The Ruby Lounge (March 2)
Nottingham Bodega (4)
Tunbridge Wells The Forum (7)
Brighton Audio (8)
London Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen (9)
London 100 Club (10)
Bristol Cooler (13)
Edinburgh Cabaret Voltaire (14)
Glasgow King Tut’s (17)
Birmingham O2 Academy 3 (19)
Cardiff Barfly (20)
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