Juliana Hatfield

Juliana Hatfield

Performers:
Juliana Hatfield
Bird Streets
All Ages
Juliana Hatfield

Fast on the heels of April 2018’s acclaimed “Juliana Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton-John” comes Juliana Hatfield’s new self-produced all-originals album “Weird”. Freda Love Smith (Blake Babies, Sunshine Boys) and Todd Philips (Lemonheads, The Juliana Hatfield Three) each played drums on multiple songs while Hatfield played all of the other instruments (and some additional drums).

“Weird” is an album about disconnection and discomfort. “I often feel cut-off from other people, from my feelings, from technology, from popular culture,” says Hatfield. “I feel weird, I feel like I’m dreaming my life and that I am going to wake up some day.”

While Hatfield’s songs—melodies and lyrics and structures– are meticulously crafted, her guitar parts are loose and sometimes a little unhinged, first-take expressions of this temperamental uneasiness.

“Personally, I feel like a malfunctioning machine. There’s a screw or two loose. I want my guitar playing to reflect that.”

Bird Streets was born when songwriter John Brodeur, in need of a creative rebirth after years on the music industry margins, reached out to producer Jason Falkner (Beck, Jellyfish, The Grays) about recording some of his songs. The album yielded by this pairing is both fresh and familiar—a dynamic collection of introspective indie-rock and power-pop that draws liberally on the music of decades past without being bluntly nostalgic. Bird Streets was released in August by the Los Angeles-based label Omnivore Recordings and received near-unanimous praise from both fans and critics, being named to numerous of Best Of 2018 lists and earning the project a selection by NPR Music/VuHaus as one of their Slingshot artists. The debut single “Betting on the Sun” received nationwide airplay, including spins on KCRW, WXPN, and WFUV; and Brodeur's live band has recorded sessions for Daytrotter, BreakThru Radio, and Iowa Public Radio.

Venue Information:
Monty Hall
43 Montgomery Street
Jersey City, NJ, 07302