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  • Joanna Newsom @ Calvin College, Grand Rapids 3/12/10
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Joanna Newsom

The Have One On Me support shows started back in Australia, migrating Friday night to our end of the world for a North American kick off show at Calvin College. The set was just ten songs, but of course that spanned 90 minutes because roughly nine-minutes per song is about right for Joanna Newsom’s labyrinth pop madrigals. describes the set as a hushed and sweeping affair, dropping a few tidbits from the 25-minute Q&A with Newsom that followed. For example: she doesn’t like to listen to music while writing and recording, unless that music is Dirty Projectors — clever girl. That’s a fact framed in her recent NYTimes profile that is long, but if you’ve made it through the knotty depths of her recent triple-disc triumph, you can make it through the piece. (An interesting note: Milk-Eyed Mender and Ys sold 200K and 250K albums, respectively. Have One’s week one was somewhere around 7,000. That’s gotta be drag city.) Of course Joanna gives good photo, and so we sent Graeme Flegenheimer to document the night opened by fellow forest-dwellers Bowerbirds. Here’s the evening’s setlist, along with some so-so video if you’re into that sorta thing:

01 “Jackrabbits”
02 “Have One On Me”
03 “Easy”
04 “Inflammatory Writ”
05 “Soft As Chalk”
06 “In California”
07 “The Book Of Right-On”
08 “Emily”
09 “Baby Birch”
10 “Peach, Plum, Pear”
11 “Occident”

The encore:

Comments (12)
  1. I sure hope she adds a Seattle date, and plays “Good Intentions Paving Company.”

  2. Thanks for the photos and the songs! Always nice to hear more about our favorite purveyor of “labyrinth pop madrigals” (!). Your readers might be interested to know that there’s a new book devoted to Ms. Newsom’s work: “Visions of Joanna Newsom” from Roan Press

  3. Hey Stereogum,

    Your post is a little misleading.

    I was at the show and Q&A, and she said that now that she is done with the writing and recording of her music she can listen to music again.

    She said she was playing catch up with music, and Dirty Projectors is what she is listening to now,
    not while she was recording.

  4. As much as I’d like to see her, it appears it a total crapshoot as to whether she’d play the songs I like, given how insanely long most of them are that doesn’t afford her the chance to play a wide variety and unfortunately much of her material bores me to tears (that encore for instance) and she didn’t play 2 of my favorites from the new one. Seems risky. It’s a great place to scream at her and be a faniac though

  5. The sales numbers quoted are not accurate. Looking at Soundscan (what most of the labels use to gauge sell through for bigger releases)–Ys has sold 77,000 to date. Milk Eyed Mender is 60,000 to date. The label has gone through mutliple pressings on this release in the few weeks it has been out, too.

  6. She did a 25 minute artist talk at Calvin and I taped the whole thing. I think the footage is really special since there is so little footage of Joanna Newsom doing interviews. (note: 720p available on all 3)


    part 1:
    part 2:
    part 3:

  7. G-Rap Represent!!!

  8. Bowerbirds are so amazing. I appreciate Joanna for recognizing their talent. If I were her I would rate my success on having had such a great band as my opening act.

    Anyone know what their set list was?

  9. I was there! Hooray me!

  10. I guess I don’t understand why I didn’t know about this….bummer man.

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