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High Five

Joan Wasser on the future

Asked to name five things that are inspiring her next album, Joan Wasser was appalled by what initially sprang to mind.

“The things I wrote down were: ‘utter aloneness,’ ‘death and disappearance,’ ‘trusting one’s self-desperation,’ ‘ecstasy,’ ‘frustration,’ ” said Wasser, who records under the name Joan as Police Woman (and got her start in Boston bands such as the Dambuilders). “I was like, ‘Wait a minute. No one will come to see this show or ever buy this record!’ ”

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