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My favorite music releases this year (so far)

Adele- 21
–soulful, heartfelt, strong

Death Cab for Cutie- Codes and Keys
–adore this melodic indie band

Nick Jaina- The Beanstalks that have Brought Us Here Have Gone
–impressive range of moods, vocals and compositions. talented women with distinctive voices

The Decemberists- The King is Dead

PJ Harvey- Let England Shake
–songs about England’s history told in a manner only PJ Harvey can do. such an amazing album.

Cake- Showroom of Compassion
–quirky, infectious, great to work-out to

If By Yes- Salt on Sea Glass

The Strokes- Angles

Elbow- Build a Rocket Boys
–so understated that its simplicity is its charm

Rachel Platten- Be Here
–underlying cerebral, often serious-minded messages amidst catchy chords and dulcet vocals.

The Coathangers- Larcey & Old Lace
–The Coathangers growl, grind and sneer through its power rock songs.

The Living Sisters- Love to Live
–This lush aural tapestry with sweet voices harmonizing will make you put the album on repeat.

Juliana Hatfield- There’s Always Another Girl
–I’ve always liked Hatfield’s moody songs as I can easily relate to the topics Hatfield frequently sings about.

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Juliana Hatfield to release Speeches Delivered To Animals and Plants on August 30th

The fan-funded album will be released on Hatfield’s own Ye Olde Records, which is distributed by Junketboy. She’ll be donating a percentage of the funds to two of her favorite charities– the Save a Sato animal shelter in San Juan, Puerto Rico and the Northeast Animal Shelter in Salem, Massachusetts.

Hatfield produced and played all the six-string guitars and keyboards on the new album which was recorded at Q Division Studios in Somerville, Mass. Ed Valuaskas played bass and Pete Caldes played drums.

Track Listing:

1. Stray Kids

2. Taxicab

3. Vagabond

4. Sex and Drugs

5. Failure

6. Someone Else’s Problem

7. Change The World

8. Batteries

9. Don’t Wanna Dance

10. There’s Always Another Girl

11.Candy Wrappers

12.Thousands Of Guitars

13.Wasting Time

Juliana’s website

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music review: Juliana Hatfield

Juliana Hatfield
Peace & Love
Ye Olde Records

When I profiled Juliana Hatfield six years ago, she told me: “My instinct is that I want people to cry. It sounds pretentious but it means the song has power.” Hatfield has always written about some of the most tenuous moments in one’s life: rejection, unrequited love, regretful decisions and longing. Her songs resonate because she can be so frank and honest. Her voice plays a part in the message as she changes it to fit the mood. And the layered combinations found in the melodies drive home the messages even more.

Hatfield captivates her audience with a unique flair for being honest and straightforward in her craftsmanship and in her songwriting. I’ve always liked Hatfield’s moody songs as I can easily relate to the topics Hatfield frequently sings about. Peace & Love definitely sounds much more mature than earlier releases– completely introspective, open, and quieter. It’s a stripped down, simpler Hatfield. The Berklee College of Music graduate writes and sings in a style which embraces her faults and weaknesses. She’s not resigned to these emotions, but seems more accepting of herself and exudes confidence. Stand-outs include: the wistful, melodic “Why Can’t We Love Each Other,” the haunting, jangly “What is Wrong,” the bittersweet twang of “Evan,” and the lilting, contemplative “I’m Disappearing.”

Hatfield sings from an experienced, tattered heart. I can listen to Peace & Love repeatedly [and DO], it is just that first-rate. She also did everything herself: songwriting, performing, recording, engineering, and mixing. Hatfield continues to impress with her musical prowess. She is a true talent– a unique, vulnerable yet street smart treasure.

Juliana’s website

Thank you to Bobbie Gale of Big Hassle Media for an advance copy of Peace and Love
[and apologies for taking so long to write my review].

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