17.12.06 Camden Roundhouse

Jarvis played the entirety of his new LP at the 2,500-capacity Camden Roundhouse last night. His band were joined by electric cellist Philip Sheppard on Quantum Theory and by Antony Genn who provided backing vocals on Don't Let Him Waste Your Time and Running The World. The set included a cover of Hawkwind's Silver Machine and the entire show was filmed by Granada.

The setlist was: Fat Children, Don't Let Him Waste Your Time, Heavy Weather, One Man Show, I Will Kill Again, Baby's Coming Back To Me, From Auschwitz To Ipswich, Tonite, Big Julie, Disney Time, Big Stuff, Black Magic. Encore: Cunts Are Still Running The World, Silver Machine, Quantum Theory.

17.12.06 New Jarvis Single

Jarvis releases his first proper single on 8 January which is available on CD and 2x7":

CD (RTRADSCD385): 1. Don't Let Him Waste Your Time, 2. The Mouse, The Bird & The Sausage (Jarv Cast), 3. Running The World (Karaoke Video)

7" (RTRADS385): A. Don't Let Him Waste Your Time, B. Big Stuff

7" (RTRADSX385): A. Don't Let Him Waste Your Time, B. One Man Show

A one-track promo CD (RTRADESCDP385) has also been pressed, its sleeve shown along with the others above. The blurb on its release sticker says: "Taken from Jarvis' highly acclaimed solo album comes Don't Let Him Waste Your Time. Jarvis takes an idea of grand musical scale and fits it within the swaggering frame of a memorable instant anthem. A cautionary tale about men's intransigence within relationships, Jarvis struts through it all telling it like it is: "Some skinny bitch walks by in some hot-pants / And he's a-running out the door". Originally written for Nancy Sinatra as "his blow for feminism", it marks this long awaited return of a great British icon and voice of a generation."

20.11.06 French Connection

France Inter are broadcasting Jarvis' Black Session performance this evening. You can listen online by visiting the Radio France website and will need to click the 'écoutez le direct' link. [Update: Jarvis played Cunts Are Still Running The World, Don't Let Him Waste Your Time, Heavy Weather, I Will Kill Again, From Auschwitz To Ipswich, Tonite, Big Julie, Disney Time, Fat Children and Black Magic.] Rendez-Vous Magazine have also uploaded an interview with Jarvis - those who can't read French will at least find the photos worthwhile! Meanwhile, 'Jarvis' reached number 37 in the UK Album Charts last night.

16.11.06 Jarvis Performs Live on TV

Jarvis is due to appear on a number of upcoming TV shows - he'll be playing on tomorrow night's edition of Newsnight Review (11pm, BBC 2), followed by The Culture Show on Saturday (7.10pm, BBC 2), The Album Chart Show (1 December, Channel 4) and The Jonathan Ross Show on 22 December. He's also gaining plenty of good reviews for last night's performance at Camden's Koko Theatre where he played the same set as Brighton but rounded off with a cover of David Bowie's Space Oddity. Click the thumbnail on the right to read the review from today's Evening Standard and here to see The Guardian's review.

08.11.06 Jarvis Kicks Off Live Shows

Jarvis kicked off the first of his solo concerts last night, playing to a sold-out crowd at the Brighton Concorde. He was joined on stage by Richard Hawley (guitar), Steve Mackey (bass), Ross Orton (drums), Simon Stafford (keyboards and backing vocals) as well as an additional guitarist. Most of the tracks from his new LP were performed including an upcoming b-side called One Man Show and Big Stuff - a song he'd originally written for Lee Hazlewood. Candida Doyle made a surprise appearance helping out on keyboards for From Auschwitz To Ipswich. Jarvis acknowledged he was nervous about the gig but was exceptionally chatty throughout, often talking about his new songs. Big Julie, for example, was about a girl Jarvis knew from Loughborough who'd developed breasts at the age of 12 - it was, he reckoned, 'a bit of a problem for her'. The set consisted of 12 songs and lasted 65 minutes. The setlist was: Fat Children, Don't Let Him Waste Your Time, Heavy Weather, One Man Show, I Will Kill Again, From Auschwitz To Ipswich, Tonite, Big Julie, Disney Time, Big Stuff, Black Magic, Cunts Are Still Running The World (encore).

05.11.06 Jarvis Press

Jarvis was interviewed in last Friday's copy of The Times newspaper (transcribed here) and features in their current podcast available through iTunes (well worth a listen!). There's also a 5-page interview with Jarvis in the December copy of Mojo magazine who rate his new album as four stars out of five. Q Magazine also reckon it's a 4/5 whilst Uncut magazine deem it only a 3/5. Jarvis also appears on this week's episode of Later With Jools Holland (Friday, BBC2, 11:35pm).

15.10.06 Jarvis Edits The Observer Music Monthly

Jarvis has guest edited this month's Observer Music Monthly (available only with today's edition of The Observer newspaper). As well as designing the cover (pictured right), the magazine is packed full of Jarv-related features including: photos from the Dublin performances of Came So Far For Beauty: An Evening Of Leonard Cohen Songs * on 4th and 5th October; a round-table discussion with some of the other performers from the Leonard Cohen concert about 'whether music still matters'; a review of Jarvis' upcoming LP; an interview with Lee Hazlewood by Richard Hawley; a feature about scary songs, and some stills from French photographer Jean-Marie Perier.

* The soundtrack LP from the accompanying film, I'm Your Man, was released in the UK earlier this month and features a live performance of Cohen's I Can't Forget with Jarvis on vocals. Also worth tracking down is another recent LP called Rogue's Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys which features Jarvis' performance of Drop Of Nelson's Blood.

11.10.06 Jarvis LP Details

The tracklisting and artwork for Jarvis' new LP, due out on 13 November, have now been confirmed. The LP includes two tracks he originally wrote for Nancy Sinatra - 'Don't Let Him Waste Your Time' and 'Baby's Coming Back To Me' - which appeared on her self-titled LP in 2004. The full tracklisting for 'Jarvis' is: Loss Adjuster (Excerpt Pt. 1), Don't Let Him Waste Your Time, Black Magic, Heavy Weather, I Will Kill Again, Baby's Coming Back To Me, Fat Children, From A to I, Disney Time, Tonite, Big Julie, Loss Adjuster (Excerpt Pt. 2), Quantum Theory, Cunts Are Still Running The World (Hidden Track).

Jarvis will also be playing at the Concorde 2 in Brighton on Tuesday 7 November, but tickets for the show have almost sold out, so hurry if you're interested.

07.09.06 Jarvis Live Shows

Following his sell-out UK debut at London's Koko on 15 November, Jarvis will be performing at the newly re-opened Camden Roundhouse on Saturday 16 December. Tickets go on sale 9am tomorrow priced £17.50 and if you book via the venue's website you'll also save £4 per ticket on the booking/postage fees. Jarvis is also appearing as a guest vocalist in Jean Claude Vannier's live performance of Serge Gainsbourg's classic LP Histoire de Melody Nelson at the Barbican Theatre on 21 October. Jarvis collaborated with Serge's daughter Charlotte Gainsbourg on her new LP titled 5:55 which was released earlier this week.

28.08.06 Pulp's Peel Sessions To Be Released

All of Pulp's session tracks recorded for Radio 1's John Peel Show are to be released on double CD on 9 October 23 October. Tracklisting details for The Complete Peel Sessions have yet to be confirmed but should include all 14 tracks from across the four sessions:

  • Turkey Mambo Momma, Please Don't Worry, Wishful Thinking, Refuse To Be Blind (recorded 7 November 1981)
  • Pink Glove, You're A Nightmare, Acrylic Afternoons (recorded 7 February 1993)
  • Underwear, Common People, Pencil Skirt (recorded 9 September 1994)
  • Sunrise, Weeds, I Love Life, Duck Diving (recorded 12 August 2001)

    All tracks are previously unreleased with the exceptions of You're A Nightmare and Pink Glove. Since the 14 tracks barely take up a single CD, it's possible the second CD will contain some live concert performances which were originally aired on the John Peel Show. More details to follow.

    Update: Tracklisting for CD1 confirmed as above. Tracklisting for CD2 is:

  • Theme From Peter Gunn, Sorted..., Help The Aged, This Is Hardcore, Sunrise (Live at Kings College, London, 24 September 2001)
  • Mile End, Do You Remember The First Time?, Babies (Live at Bristol University Anson Rooms, 21 April 1995)
  • Weeds, Weeds II, The Fear, The Trees, I Love Life, Party Hard, Common People (Live at Birmingham Academy, 31 October 2001)

    24.07.06 Jarvis on Radio 4

    Jarvis will be presenting a series of three half-hour programmes on Radio 4 titled 'The Art Of Pop'. The first episode will be broadcast tomorrow from 11:30am - 12 noon. In Jarvis' own words, "it's partly a history of British art schools but more specifically, in the postwar period, how art schools have been a hotbed for pop groups." Click here to listen to the programme again on the Radio 4 website.

    20.07.06 Pulp Re-Issue Frenzy

    Perhaps the most exciting Pulp news since 2001 is that Universal are set to re-issue the His 'n' Hers, Different Class and This Is Hardcore LPs on 21 August (put back until 11 September), each with a bonus CD packed full of b-sides, demos and rarities. Each CD will retail at approximately £15, but boast some superb gems from Pulp's recording archive.

    The unreleased tracks from His 'n' Hers are: Live On (BBC Mark Goodier Show, 30 May 1992), Space (BBC Hit The North Session Soundcheck Outtake, 11 September 1991), The Boss (Demo, 7 May 1992), Watching Nicky (Demo, 7 May 1992), You're Not Blind (Demo, May 1993), and Frightened (Demo, September 1993).

    The unreleased tracks from Different Class all appear to be pulled from their sessions at the Axis Studio in Sheffield during 5-12 June 1995. They are: Paula (Demo), Catcliffe Shakedown (Demo), We Can Dance Again (Demo) and (Don't) Lose It (Demo).

    The unreleased tracks from This Is Hardcore are: Cocaine Socialism (Proper Version) Tomorrow Never Dies (Rough Mix), Can I Have My Balls Back Please? (Demo), Street Operator (Demo), Modern Marriage (Demo), My Erection (Demo), You Are The One (Demo) and She Said She Was A Dancer (Recording Session Outtake).

    Separate to these re-issues, Universal have also recently re-issued the Pulp Hits LP, but in a rather cheap cardboard CD slide-pack which doesn't include the original photo-booklet.

    20.07.06 Jarv Space

    In the approach to his long awaited solo LP (due out in October), Jarvis has recently set up a webpage on MySpace. The site already contains a few of Jarvis' blog entries as well as streaming audio and a live video of his song 'Cunts Are Still Running The World'.

    13.01.06 BBC Three Documentary

    BBC Three are airing an hour long programme about the making of Common People this Sunday (15th) at 8pm. Featuring interviews with the entire band as well as producer Chris Thomas, Sadie Frost, Franz Ferdinand and the Kaiser Chiefs, it's sure to be worth watching. Click here for further information.

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