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by She Keeps Bees

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    From Other Music NYC:

    She Keeps Bees has been steadily gaining steam since Jessica Larrabee self-released her chilling solo album Minisink Hotel back in 2006. Two short years later, everyone seems to know the name. No doubt it was the raw power of Larrabee's heartbreakingly open, bluesy debut that inspired the word-of-mouth frenzy, but it would not surprise us if her soulful, arresting live performances with drummer Andy LaPlant and tantalizing, hand-collaged limited vinyl EPs continue to be what keeps 'em coming back to the hive for more.

    So we were thrilled when store sweethearts She Keeps Bees walked up to our counter to deliver Nests, their sophomore full-length. Whereas Minisink Hotel almost played like a best-of singles compilation, effortlessly rivaling the earnestness of early Chan Marshall and undercutting the dark intensity of Dry-era PJ Harvey, their latest picks up where She Keeps Bees last left off on their most recent EP, with the blistering, aching rocker "Pile Up."

    Nests is packed with similarly straightforward, rocking electric guitar -- and there is a triple-header on this album that's a shoo-in for one of the new music highlights of the year. "Release" is just that, a cathartic, adrenaline-charged, bluesy tambourine-smacker that reminds ya less of Nina Simone than '60s rock 'n' roll legends like Janis Joplin. "Gimme" follows right on its heels, a soul-grunge jam in which Larrabee's improvised wail confidently pushes itself to sound its strongest yet. Completing the triplet is "Get Gone," a loose, intimidating kiss-off with echoes of Cat Power.

    To sweeten the pot, Nests features a couple rootsy acappella folk songs, for those known to clap along to their stereos. This 26-minute full-length is a must have follow-up in the handmade She Keeps Bees oeuvre! [KS] (August 15, 2008)
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Ribbon 02:05
don't follow me honey not the road you want to be on yeah the skies may seem sunny but i know i'll be the one you gotta lean on you've got some time to spit and shine what you think you may want you've got the nerve to be so kind find yourself a little rabbit hole too dark for believing in light stand up and fight the river you damned won't dry and the feelings you have it's alright just please sister please give it time cause not everybody walks a straight line tie the ribbon round you all you gonna feel is love
Wear Red 02:12
I'm gonna wear red till I pass on this side run me tired run me down boy put my mind at rest tell me where you go out you got the nerve yeah go ahead and tell it to me don't you worry baby dont you worry about me just a little crazy worry for me yeah you gonna see green when I got my summer walk on by you got the nerve yeah go ahead and prove it to me I got my lights on I'll turn my lights on if you coming by you know what I'm needing
Release 02:06
brick by brick she's gonna take you down she's gonna take your whole goddamn world down say what you want I believe you're the one who can't stand to hear me say she is chipping away she is removing everything your brain won't let you see get out both your claws we're gonna shred her to the bone i'm not leaving until you say I release, release release release ain't no body gonna tell me where to put my well i'm gonna dig wherever I please how can you sit and watch as she ties you in knots you're tangled and frayed so spare me the debate I won't listen anyway you have got to say it with me I release, release release release
Gimmie 03:01
ever was a judge I would take it back ever was a need I would cut and run gotta be a way I can prove I love you I'm on my knees you've got to put your shoulder, shoulder to the wheel or you can be lazy, yeah not with me gimmie, give it to me daddy work me like my back ain't got no bone
Get Gone 02:36
take your dirty socks off my floor I want you gone gone gone when I get home you ought to know what you did wrong don't even speak to me I'm taking care of my heart you ought to know I don't house no dogs get your coat I'll meet you at the front door get out go go get out go go go go get gone
lord I am tired of the same old bullshit let us go in peace haven't we been through enough your persistance and psychotic tendencies is how you rip the meat of the bones you still think you keep I'm your punisher, right I'm the punisher, I'm your I got nerve, don't I I have got some nerve who's afraid of you who could be afraid of you who's afraid the more you take you give nothing nothing nothing not a thing you must live in love
my bones are tired my dress is weathered I got no place or home to cling to so give me water, give me life, give me the strength I can remember
Focus 03:13
holding on puffed and proud you take the simple way out I know you're breaking from the sound it's what you harbor in your soul will never let you be free temper tantrums that you pull I'll never let you get to me focus for a minute baby focus you're the victim again unscathed, intimidating is how you see yourself isn't it if it's the world that treats you so bad maybe you should just play dead snake your way out I don't anymore I can't take anymore I don't any more no more cut me out it's all I ask
You Can Tell 02:18
you can tell yes I believe you can I never thought I needed to help your hands yes I can tell oh I can tell if I don't see you more than I can take then I will promise to read you as long as I can take give me one good reason give me one good stay never mind the reasons stake your claim if I don't see you ever again then that's a promise I'm keeping as a friend you need someone to blame well I'm the one to blame
Strike 02:43
I ain't gonna take it leave it on my doorstep shot your own brother down how you gonna tie this to me cover all your bases baby just tell me one thing you like the way it is you've been addicted to it you love the way it is the world must owe you something may white lighting strike when you lie be reminded you like the way it is you are addicted to it you love the way it is the world must owe you something uh ah I am lie lies when it strike strike strike now when it strikes it'll strike strike strike
Cold Eye 02:52
don't you tell him what to do just sit yourself down we don't do these things to you so sit yourself down it's never between us how you see right through that tar pride it's that pride you got means everything to you when I hit you on the knuckles baby look me dead in the eye watch you sear right through me too keep your pride find somebody else who will keep all our actions your doings justified leave him be


recorded at home. mastered by gradwell house studios and keith reynaud.


released August 8, 2008


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She Keeps Bees New York, New York

She Keeps Bees have self-recorded and released music made at home since 2006. Their debut album, Minisink Hotel, was described by NYC’s Other Music as “the best album you’ve never heard." Nests, their second full-length, was admired by the Guardian as “sparse, soulful and defiantly retro.” Their third LP, Dig On, was praised by the BBC as "an album of fire, spirit, and sweat." ... more

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