Juliana will be doing a 5-show East Coast tour in April in support of her new record, Pussycat, to be released on April 21st.
“I wasn’t planning on making a record,” says Juliana Hatfield, of her new Pussycat album. In fact, she thought her songwriting career was on hiatus, and that she had nothing left to say in song form; that she had finally said it all after two decades as a recording artist. But then the presidential election happened. “All of these songs just started pouring out of me. And I felt an urgency to record them, to get them down, and get them out there.”
Pussycat comes on the heels of last year’s Hatfield collaboration with Paul Westerberg, the I Don’t Cares’ Wild Stab album, and before that, 2015’s Juliana Hatfield Three (“My Sister”, “Spin The Bottle”) reunion/reformation album, Whatever, My Love.
The tour will include stops in Hatfield’s hometown of Cambridge, MA, Philly, Vienna, Virginia and at NYC’s Mercury Lounge. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 24th at 12 noon EST.
Juliana will also be part of the Boston Stands with the ACLU show at the Paradise in Boston, MA on March 18th.
We're thrilled to announce we've done a very special reissue of The Caulfield Sisters debut EP "Say It With Fire" on a one-time, limited edition run of 150 cassettes. We took great care in preparing this one. Our good friend and designer Lonny Unitus reworked the original CD artwork and added some rare live photos by photographer Jasper Coolidge. We choose a beautiful purple tint cassette shell, and spared no expense duplicating at National Audio Company on the very best Chrome Plus tapes with Dolby B NR. You may stream the album and purchase cassettes here.
Our good friends at J Mack Studios not only screenprint all our tees, but they have an awesome design team too. We worked with our buddy Ken to create this new tee design inspired by the Shasta Tin Can Trailer. We absolutely LOVE the retro vibe. Screenprinted by hand on super comfortable, high-quality American Apparel 100% Cotton t-shirts. Pre-orders begin today!
We’re excited to announce we’ve partnered with our good friends at Turntable Kitchen to offer you all a very special Ltd Ed 7" pressing consisting of 4 standout tracks from our Smiths tribute. If that wasn't cool enough, the pressing is on Bronze-colored vinyl.
On Side A, Kitten tackles the iconic single “Panic.” The original was released by The Smiths in 1986 as a 7” single through Rough Trade Records and lambasts the pop music of the time (which, Morrissey lamented, “says nothing to me about my life”). It’s followed up by Built To Spill front man Doug Martsch offering a jangly and sparkling acoustic take on the opening track, “Reel Around The Fountain,” from The Smiths’ 1984 self-titled debut album.
Side B opens up with an exquisite, stripped down version of “What She Says” by La Sera mastermind Katy Goodman. With lush harmonies and a dusty vibe, it’s beautifully atmospheric and floating. Finally, Girl in a Coma offer up a version of “Rubber Ring” that’s both foot-stompingly rugged and raggedly exotic. It’s simply dripping with snarl and ominous mystery.
Turntable Kitchen pressed 525 copies on Bronze-colored vinyl, of which we have 100 copies to offer on our store. These are going to go quickly so order today to guarantee your copy.
Due to popular demand, we've done a very special reissue of "Whatever, My Love" on black vinyl. The first pressing sold-out in pre-orders. This new one is another small run of 500 copies. All LP's include a vinyl-exclusive bonus track and a digital download card + promotional decal inside the jacket. Buy direct or from Amazon.
Give the gift of music this holiday season with CD's, LP's, and Cassettes from our ever-growing catalog. Use code BEMERRY and enjoy 20% OFF all orders placed between now and Dec 20th. Happy Holidays!!!
This third tribute to the forlorn, tragic Smith, whose odd 2004 death was ruled a suicide—fourth including a one-man piano instrumental LP—is the finest. Say Yes is less emotionally tear-jerking than 2005’s collection of valiant little-knowns on 2005’s A Tribute to Elliott Smith or 2006’s better, more localized/poignant To Elliott From Portland, but perhaps that’s helpful—with 12 years distance now, just the songwriting’s moving qualities govern this soulful, graceful, measured look at a unique talent that—for once—was recognized in his prime. The marquee names deliver, especially Tanya Donelly, Swervedriver’s Adam Franklin, Lou Barlow, his Dinosaur Jr. bandmate J Mascis, and Massachusetts contemporary Juliana Hatfield. But the darkly lovely coolness of Julien Baker, ex-Dresden Doll singer Amanda Palmer, and acoustic-pretty William Fitzsimmons and Wild Sun are the clear winners. Overall, Smith’s gifts are herein preserved and rediscovered anew. – Jack Rabid, The Big Takeover
Say Yes! A Tribute to Elliott Smith is available on CD, LP, Cassette.
Many thanks to Allan Raible for the outstanding album review on ABC News. Check it out!
Our Elliott Smith tribute officially releases today worldwide. We are extremely proud of this project and eternally grateful to all the outstanding artists who covered tracks exclusively for this tribute. Say Yes! A Tribute to Elliott Smith is available on CD, LP, Cassette, and Digital. We've provided some links below for easy purchase.
Hear Amanda Palmer cover Elliott Smith's "Pictures Of Me" from Say Yes! A Tribute to Elliott Smith out October 14th on CD, LP and Cassette.
“I’ve been an admirer and constant listener of Elliott’s whole catalogue since someone first gave me XO in the 90s. It’s just impossible to get bored of listening to his songwriting, which is so sonically quiet yet emotionally loud. He was always curating this paradox of himself for the listener, giving you pieces of the puzzle. ‘Pictures of Me’ has always been one my favorites of his, lyrically, because, like his best stuff, he deals with the struggle by putting the struggle on display. I tried to keep the arrangement personal and simple, just piano and voice, because I felt like adding any more was going to just get in the way of the intimacy. And as a blanket commentary on fame and image, c’mon: ‘Everybody’s dying just to get the disease’ as a double entendre? It’s genius….I mean that’s up there with the best Leonard Cohen lyrics. I so wish Elliott was around to keep sharing his genius. The best we can do now is just keep the songs and his soul in circulation." - Amanda Palmer