Juliana Hatfield has announced a new album called Pussycat, which is coming April 28 via American Laundromat. Hatfield wrote the album as a reaction to the 2016 presidential election. “All of these songs just started pouring out of me,” she said in a statement. “I felt an urgency to record them, to get them down, and get them out there.” It features songs called “Short-Fingered Man” and “Kellyanne.” The full-length follows last year’s project with Paul Westerberg, Wild Stab, as the I Don’t Cares. The Juliana Hatfield Three’s last album Whatever, My Love was released in 2015.
The listener may be forgiven for not knowing that any Debussy "Edgar Allan Poe Operas" existed, for neither of the works recorded here was ever completed. Moreover, and you don't learn this unless you read the notes or have investigated for yourself, one of them was hardly begun. After the success of Pelléas et Mélisande in New York, Debussy was encouraged to adapt a pair of Poe's short stories for a new American production. Debussy needed little encouragement and quickly produced a pair of scenarios, but other projects intervened, and the operas were never finished. The more complete one is La chute de la maison Usher (The Fall of the House of Usher), for which there are substantial sketches and several full realizations including the one here by "creative musicologist" Robert Orledge.