Tax Day

Tax Day & Opinions on PJ Harvey

More like H&R Rock: Nothing improves the irritation of filing taxes like a good soundtrack. As we prepare to give back to Uncle Sam, Jim and Greg carry out an audit of the best songs for Tax Day. Then, they review the new album from veteran British rocker PJ Harvey.

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Tax Day Special

No matter what bracket you are in, no one likes paying taxes. Nothing makes things more tolerable, though, than great music. So Jim and Greg have compiled the perfect playlist for Tax Day:

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PJ Harvey The Hope Six Demolition Project

English singer-songwriter PJ Harvey's newest album, The Hope Six Demolition Project, drops April 15. This is her ninth album, and Jim and Greg have been following her from the beginning. The self-taught musician came into the spotlight in 1991 and debuted her album Dry in 1992 to critical acclaim. On this new album, Harvey pulls inspiration from her travels to Kosovo, Afghanistan and Washington D.C., where she observed local politics and infused her thoughts on them into her songwriting. Greg notes that her writing style has changed in the past few albums. It was during her eighth album, Let England Shake that she transformed into a storyteller, and that approach comes through on The Hope Six Demolition Project as well. She's an outsider looking in, but her reporting is still personal. Greg appreciates the emotional core of the record as well as the uplifting melodies that color her bleak accounts. The Hope Six Demolition Project is a Buy It for Greg. Jim agrees, taking note that the theatricality of her third album To Bring You My Love returns in this album. Harvey also introduces an anthemic quality— her passion and anger are audible, and Jim loves it, making The Hope Six Demolition Project an enthusiastic double Buy It.

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“You Don't Love Me Yet”The Vulgar Boatmen

Greg takes a trip to the desert island tax shelter this week. Lately, he's been thinking a lot about the rock band The Vulgar Boatmen. The group began in Florida/Indiana in the early 1980s when a University of Florida professor teamed up with one of his former students. They made some cassette-only records before making full albums in 1989 and 1992. The 25th anniversary re-issue of their first album, You and Your Sister, came out a few months ago. Greg started listening to that record again, as well as 1992's Please Panic. The song he chose was a track from their '92 record called "You Don't Love Me Yet." He feels the song exudes all the uncertainty and cautiousness surrounding love and thought it would be the perfect song to hear on the desert island.

Featured Songs

  1. Kelly Clarkson, Piece by Piece, Piece by Piece, RCA, 2015
  2. Johnny Paycheck, Me And The IRS, Armed And Crazy, Epic, 1979
  3. T-Bone Burnett, Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend, Trap Door, Warner Bros., 1982
  4. The Beatles, Taxman, Revolver, Capitol, 1966
  5. Fenton Robinson, Somebody Loan Me A Dime, Somebody Loan Me A Dime, Alligator, 1974
  6. Ol' Dirty Bastard, Got Your Money (Instrumental), Got Your Money (single, Elektra, 1999
  7. Cheap Trick, Taxman, Mr. Thief, Cheap Trick, Epic, 1977
  8. The Kinks, Sunny Afternoon, Face To Face, Reprise, 1966
  9. Wu-Tang Clan, C.R.E.A.M., Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), Loud, 1993
  10. Johnny Cash, After Taxes, I Would Like To See You Again, Columbia, 1978
  11. Barrett Strong, Money (That's What I Want), 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Barrett Strong, Motown, 2003
  12. The Beatles, Money (That's What I Want), With The Beatles, Capitol, 1963
  13. The Flying Lizards, Money (That's What I Want), The Flying Lizards, Virgin, 1979
  14. ABBA, Money, Money, Money, Arrival, PolyGram, 1977
  15. Spinal Tap, Gimme Some Money, This Is Spinal Tap, Polydor, 1984
  16. PJ Harvey, The Community of Hope, The Hope Six Demolition Project, Island, 2016
  17. PJ Harvey, The Wheel, The Hope Six Demolition Project, Island, 2016
  18. The Vulgar Boatmen, You Don't Love Me Yet, Please Panic, Safe House, 1992
  19. The Nerves, Hanging on the Telephone, The Nerves, Nerves Records, 1976
  20. Eleventh Dream Day, Sweet Smell, Prairie School Freakout, Amoeba, 1988
  21. Tori Amos, Winter, Little Earthquakes, Warner Music Group, 1991
  22. Sonic Youth, Teen Age Riot, Daydream Nation, Enigma, 1988

Footnotes

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