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Kelly Hogan's Moment

The new record from Chicago staple Kelly Hogan - I Like To Keep Myself in Pain - is scheduled for release by Anti- Records on June 5th and she's already had quite a run in lead-up publicity. Here are a few links to early reviews as well as interviews she's given, followed by videos for songs on the new album as well as some recent performance video.


"The album makes it clear that the alt-country label is obsolete as a description of Hogan's music, a beautiful blend of classic soul, pop, jazz, and country," Robert Loerzel writes for The A.V. Club. "Hogan's trusted collaborator Scott Ligon, a whiz on guitar and keyboards who also plays in NRBQ, joined her in the studio. So did legendary keyboardist Booker T. Jones, veteran session drummer James Gadson, and bassist Gabriel Roth, a.k.a. Bosco Mann, the band leader for Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings."


A.V. Club: It's been 11 years since your last album. What took so long?

Hogan: People ask me that question. I'm like, "Dude, I was too busy!" I mean, I did that thing for 'XRT, a cover song a week for a year. I still have all that stuff in the can.


"She's been singing in bands since her teens, and her knowledge of soul, country and pop history is encyclopedic," Greg Kot writes for the Tribune. "Her passion connected with Andy Kaulkin, who runs the California-based Anti label, home to artists such as Case, Staples, Tom Waits and Nick Cave."


Kot: How did producer Hogan tell the legendary Jones that what he's playing didn't exactly match what she had in mind?

Hogan: Very meekly. Booker and the other guys would say things to me, too, about what could make a song better. It was always about the song. Booker is like a method actor who wants to know everything about a song so he can give his best performance, lyrics included. He'd say stuff like, "This song is like water. Somebody has got to be the tide, somebody has got to be the sunlight on top of the water, and you can be the fish."

(Kot gives the record 4 out of 4 stars here.)


"[I]'s great top to bottom," Peter Margasak writes for the Reader. "Hogan is a meticulous artist who pays little heed to the conventions of the music industry. She follows her own instincts and, obviously, her own timetable - but as much of a cliche as this is, the wait was worth it."


Anti- Promo.


"We Can't Have Nice Things." Written by Andrew Bird and Jack Pendarvis.


"Plant White Roses." Written by the Magnetic Fields.


"Golden." A Kelly Hogan original about Neko Case.


"Haunted," same show. Written by Jon Langford.


"Dusty Groove." Written by Catherine Irwin.


"I Like To Keep Myself In Pain." Written by Robyn Hitchcock.


"Whenever You're Out Of Sight." Written by Robbie Fulks.


Comments welcome.


Posted on May 31, 2012

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