The bra commercial, the urban mom video cameo, popping up as an anonymous model on a street-style blog, and now a photo for Giorgio Armani’s United Artist campaign for W mag: Joanna Newsom’s in the midst of a clear shift from the forests to the fashion set. So it’s only fitting that tidbits about a long awaited Ys followup are bubbling up not from the bowels of the blogosphere but from mags trading in haute coture. Aside from the occasional new song, Newsom’s been mum on developments concerning her next album, but twentyfourbit points to a quote from a Vogue post on the opening of high fashion boutique Opening Ceremony in Tokyo, placing Joanna and Samberg at the afterparty and starting the trail of clues:

Yoko Ono and son Sean Lennon held court by the deejay booth while Joanna Newsom (in town recording her new album) chatted with her boyfriend, SNL’s Andy Samberg.

(Joanna and Andy love to afterparty — they were at the Dirty Projectors’ post-Bowery shindig last night, too). So Newsom was in Tokyo in August … why so far east? Well, that’s where Ys co-conspirator Jim O’Rourke is living these days.

And if you read the blurb accompanying the aforementioned W spread:

“Her debut album, The Milk-Eyed Mender, was released in 2004 and was followed by Ys (2006). She recently finished work on a new album.”

Can’t wait.

As for Joanna the model … the girl’s a pro. (Start at 1:25…)

Comments (30)
  1. Now would be a good time to cast your Indie Crush vote

  2. Wait, you mean there’s an even BIGGER reason to hate Andy Samberg besides “Lazer Cats II”?

  3. Lisa  |   Posted on Nov 23rd, 2009 0

    Joanna has always loved fashion–she’s mentioned it in a few interviews. She might be dressing differently than she was in 2004, but she was less famous then, and she probably couldn’t afford to buy the stuff she really wanted. People think she used to be anti- high fashion–just because she liked to dress in vintage, “hippy” dresses. I think she just liked that 70′s aesthetic…

  4. troll  |   Posted on Nov 23rd, 2009 0

    as long as she doesn’t open her mouth to speak/attempt to sing i’m fine — better seen than heard, but that’s the case with most women? M I RITE?

  5. Edie 73  |   Posted on Nov 23rd, 2009 0

    that’s got to be the most awkward pose I have ever seen – and I’m all for angular model shots but this is craptastic…where’s her other arm? she looks like an amputee…

  6. Joanna Newsom’s boyfriend is Andy Samberg? That’s seems like a strange match.

    Also if Joanna Newsom releases a new album next year, 2010 is going to make me lose my shit

  7. Ricardo  |   Posted on Nov 23rd, 2009 0

    she’s fug

  8. Charlie  |   Posted on Nov 23rd, 2009 0

    I’ve come to the conclusion that having been in relationships with Joanna Newsom and Cat Power, Bill Callahan is a contender for Luckiest Git in Music.

  9. Bob K.  |   Posted on Nov 23rd, 2009 0

    Her head looks like it was photshopped onto the body from a different picture.

  10. Richie  |   Posted on Nov 23rd, 2009 0

    The high fashion modelling stuff would’ve seemed totally bizarre when she arrived on the scene in ’04 looking and acting like some kind of lost Victorian-age elf child that had grown up in isolation in the mountains.. Can’t say I ever really took ‘Ys’ to my heart or that I’ve listened to her all that much in the last couple of years, hopefully the new album will reignite the love affair.

  11. toto  |   Posted on Nov 23rd, 2009 0

    “Booo! Keep the sexist comments to yourself.”

    What’s wrong with be sexy?

  12. don’t how no one noticed it says in the w mag article the album is completed. and that makes me happy.

  13. edit: it’s “giorgio” not “georgio” armani.

  14. you’re my sartorial-checking cuz

  15. Looking forward to new stuff by Joanna Newsom but could care less about any fashion photos on a trendy corporate magazine.

  16. Sal  |   Posted on Nov 23rd, 2009 0

    That photo is really, really weird. It really does look like they photoshopped a huge head on it at a weird angle.

  17. I think what she is doing is great, her music, her modeling. Maybe she’ll start acting soon?

  18. grittychris  |   Posted on Nov 24th, 2009 0

    hmmm, maybe she should stick to music

  19. Slum Baby  |   Posted on Nov 24th, 2009 0

    Beck out of nowhere had a great video and song to give us last week…

  20. She’s on the list for My musician dream girls:

    -Jenna Lewis
    -Zooey Deschanel
    -Emily Haines (Metric)
    -Chan Marshall (Cat power
    - And now Joanna Newsom

  21. I’m glad to find this post. It’s pretty frustrating when an Andy Samberg fan blog is the only news source on Ms. Newsom you can find. ( )

  22. andyluvr  |   Posted on Feb 1st, 2010 0

    what a strange couple…am sry but joanna is ugly!
    andy deserves so much better than her!

  23. dgummy  |   Posted on Feb 1st, 2010 0

    ummm….why are there poko dots on joannas face on the side of her face!??
    her boyfriend Andy Samberg from SNL is cute though…..but Joanna yuck!?
    Andy it’s time to move on…..

  24. alylaurens  |   Posted on Feb 1st, 2010 0

    she really pretty………PRETTY UGLY!!!!!!!!!! :X
    i agree with dgummy on that one :)

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