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PJ Harvey on the Andrew Marr Show… with David Cameron

This morning, two-time Mercury Prize winner PJ Harvey appeared on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show for the second time. On her debut, in April 2010, she performed “Let England Shake” (when it was still using the Constantinople sample) in front of then-Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

Today, in October 2011, she performed “The Last Living Rose” in front of current Prime Minister David Cameron, who informed us that his wife, Samantha, had “bought the album off iTunes” after Harvey’s Mercury win last month.

Here’s the video

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PJ Harvey on The Culture Show 2011

PJ Harvey’s appearance on BBC2’s The Culture Show, on February 10, 2011

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Song of the Day: Judee Sill – “The Pearl”

This wonderful performance of “The Pearl,” from an early 1973 episode of The Old Grey Whistle Test, was recently rebroadcast as part of BBC4’s Singer/Songwriters season, and finds Judee Sill in spellbinding form. It’s gorgeous, sparse, and haunting. And look at her guitar playing!

Thanks to YouTube user wilfridthesiger for uploading it.

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Song of the Day – Judee Sill: “The Kiss”

Judee Sill’s extraordinary life and music deserves a blog all its own (and it will get one soon), but for now marvel at the hymnal intensity of this song. Performed live at the BBC TV studios in February of 1973 for The Old Grey Whistle Test, here is “The Kiss.”

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