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I Like To Keep Myself in Pain

Bloodshot Drinking Buddies, Kelly Hogan

Both new and instantly classic.

" I hope that people love the songs as much as I do and I hope people will listen to them and make out to them.”-- Love, Kelly

Full Description

On her most recent solo album for ANTI‐, “singer’s singer” Kelly Hogan takes her vast experience working with Neko Case, Andrew Bird, Mavis Staples, Drive‐By Truckers, The Decemberists, The Mekons, and so many others, and molds that into something both new and instantly classic.

I Like to Keep Myself In Pain finds Hogan curating an ambitious collection of songs, many written specifically for her, from a who’s who of indie songwriters [Ed. and many Bloodshot friends!], including M. WardVic Chesnutt,The Magnetic Fields’ Stephin MerrittThe Mekons' Jon LangfordThe Handsome FamilyFreakwater's Catherine IrwinJohn Wesley HardingRobbie Fulks, Gabriel RothRobyn Hitchcock, and the aforementioned Andrew Bird.

She is backed on the album by an all‐star group of musicians: R&B legends Booker T Jones and James Gadson (Bill Withers, Marvin Gaye, Beck), as well as talented young lions Gabriel Roth (of Daptone Records, The Dap‐Kings) and Hogan's long‐time collaborator Scott Ligon (of the newly resurrected NRBQ). The result is an album that captures the country‐soul elegance of albums like Dusty In Memphis while updating the sound with a modern literary sensibility.

“This record is my history and all my acquired tools and these really amazing songs that people sent me,” Hogan says. “I’m just this person who loves music. And it’s my life. And I hope that people love the songs as much as I do and I hope people will listen to them and make out to them.”

Short Description
  • Despite the lineup of notable contributors, I Like To Keep Myself In Pain is fully Hogan’s album, built around her captivating country-tinged vocals.

    — Onion AV Club
  • There’s a reason these respected artists have always called on Hogan—listen to this album and you’ll understand why.

    — Paste
  • On I Like to Keep Myself in Pain, she does justice to that remarkable cross-section of songwriting talent, blending vintage country, classic soul and pop into a sound worthy of any era.

    — NPR First Listen

Track List

  • 1. Dusty Groove (Catherine Irwin of Freakwater)
  • 2. We Can't Have Nice Things (Jack Pendarvis/Andrew Bird)
  • 3. I Like To Keep Myself In Pain (Robyn Hitchcock)
  • 4. Haunted (Jon Langford)
  • 5. Daddy's Little Girl (M. Ward)
  • 6. Golden (Hogan)
  • 7. Ways Of This World (Vic Chesnutt)
  • 8. Slumber's Sympathy (Gabriel Roth)
  • 9. Plant White Roses (Magnetic Fields)
  • 10. Sleeper Awake (John Wesley Harding)
  • 11. The Green Willow Valley (Handsome Family)
  • 12. Whenever You're Out Of My Sight (Robbie Fulks)
  • 13. Pass On By (Margaret Ann Rich)

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