Over the weekend, Drag City posted a previously unreleased Joanna Newsom track called “Instrumental 1999″ which — get this — is an instrumental track put together in 1999. During that period, Drag City notes, Newsom was “newly armed with a driver’s license and a Dodge Caravan” and “making waves in the greater Tahoe-area wedding-music circuit,” so if you want some context, you’re going to have a hard time finding better details than that. The Caravan makes a ton of sense with the harp though — someone should do a sketch about that! Oh. Download the track below.
Will “Portlandia did it!” become the new “Simpsons did it!” for music-based sketch comedy? Time will tell.