Juliana Hatfield Courts Failure w/New LP


Also will be donating a
chunk of money to a pair of well-deserving charities.


Blurt Staff


Hatfield’s new album, Speeches Delivered To Animals and Plants,
is set to drop August 30th on her own Ye Olde Records. It was
entirely fan-funded via www.pledgemusic.com,
wherein individuals pledged varying amounts in advance of the album’s
completion for different returns including Hatfield memorabilia, a guitar used on the recording of the new
album, original Hatfield
artwork, song workbooks, demos, and more.


PledgeMusic gives artists
the option to build a charitable donation into their campaigns; Juliana will be donating a percentage
of the funds raised to two of her favorite charities, the Save a Sato animal
shelter in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and the
Northeast Animal Shelter in Salem,


a statement, Hatfield noted, “I
really think that PledgeMusic and similar sites are the future of music,
especially for people like me who have devoted cultish fanbases but who have
never sold a ton of records and don’t really fit in anywhere at major labels.
Working with this new model, you go straight to the fans, who become your
patrons, in a very direct and vital way. They have a special kind of access to
you in a way that makes them happy – they see the progress of the album-making
in real time with the video and audio updates I post at the PledgeMusic site.
And I have total ownership of the music at all stages, present and future. I
love working like this.”


(Read BLURT’s feature on
music patronage and sites such as PledgeMusic here.)


Speeches… is the follow up
to last year’s Peace and Love and was cut at Q Division Studios in Somerville, Massachusetts.
Hatfield produced and played all
the six-string guitars and keyboards on the new album. Ed Valuaskas played bass
and Pete Caldes played drums.


Hatfield describes the
album as a conceptual piece about “failure”:


“I think that when
people get to the presumed halfway point in their lives, they inevitably look
back and assess what they have or have not accomplished. There is an acceptance
of one’s limitations, a scaling back of goals, a settling into the way things
are,” observes Hatfield.
“I think I have always had a pretty measured perspective-I am always
grateful for all the good opportunities I’ve had but at the same time I’m never
really content. I always want to do more, to be better-a better singer,
performer, writer, person, friend, sister, daughter, etc. I don’t shy away from
the dark stuff -without the darkness there would be no light.


“I’ve gotten to a
place where I am really proud of the large body of work that I have produced,
regardless of how my work is or is not received, or how many records I’ve
sold,” she reflects. “I know my weaknesses but I also know that I have
gifts and I’ve made the most of them with this new album.”




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



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