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If something portends future classic status for an album, it may well be contemporary artists covering songs from the record shortly after its release. This was certainly the case with Joanna Newsom’s The Milk-Eyed Mender, which will be 10 years old on Sunday. The Decemberists covered “Bridges And Balloons” for years, including a baroque reading… More »

We’re almost (almost!) done reflecting on the year that was, so it’s time to start taking a closer look at the year that will be. For the past several years, we’ve ranked our most anticipated albums. Today the feature returns, bigger than ever, with a whopping 100 records we’re looking forward to hearing, enjoying, debating,… More »

Looking back, it’s actually difficult to capture just how weird and momentous the freak folk movement of the first half of the 2000s felt. It wasn’t cobbled together so much as it was a united front of weirdos that were obsessed with their own skewed vision of the past — AM radio gold sat comfortably… More »

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Watch Tegan And Sara And The Lonely Island Perform On The Oscars

Tegan And Sara and the Lonely Island took to the Academy Awards stage tonight for a deliriously fun performance of “Everything Is AWESOME!!!,” the Oscar-nominated song from The Lego Movie. Human counterparts of Lego figures (construction workers, astronauts, cowboys) and an “awesome possum” populated the stage. Joining the vocalists were Questlove, Mark Mothersbaugh (who co-produced… More »

By: James Rettig / February 22, 2015 - 9:41 pm

Jonny Greenwood, Gaz Coombes, & Danny Goffey – “Spooks” (Feat. Joanna Newsom) (Stereogum Premiere)

When Radiohead debuted “Spooks” back in 2006, it was a rollicking guitar-powered instrumental the likes of which the band hadn’t tackled since “Electioneering.” (Actually, the closest corollary in the band’s discography is probably the Bends-era B-side “The Trickster.”) Now Jonny Greenwood plus former Supergrass members Gaz Coombes and Danny Goffey have reworked the song for… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 10, 2014 - 9:30 am

Joanna Newsom Says She’s Working On Music, Discusses Ferguson In New Interview

Other than her role in the new Paul Thomas Anderson film Inherent Vice, it’s been a while since we’ve heard anything from human wonder machine Joanna Newsom. In fact, Have One On Me, Newsom’s staggering triple album, will turn five next year. But Newsom has some ideas percolating, and in a new interview, she talk… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 8, 2014 - 2:38 pm

Johnny Greenwood & Supergrass Reworked Radiohead Rarity “Spooks” For Inherent Vice

Slate reports that Inherent Vice, Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film that was scored by Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood, contains an unreleased Radiohead instrumental called “Spooks,” which the band began playing live during the In Rainbows era. The film, which is narrated by Joanna Newsom’s character Sortilège, was screened this weekend at the New York Film… More »

By: James Rettig / October 6, 2014 - 8:16 am

Watch The Inherent Vice Trailer Narrated By Joanna Newsom

We’ve known for a while that Joanna Newsom was going to play a role in the film adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice, but it was only last week that we found out that she would narrate the whole thing. For a novel as densely plotted as Pynchon’s, the narrator will presumably play an important… More »

By: James Rettig / September 30, 2014 - 8:56 am

Joanna Newsom’s Inherent Vice Role Revealed

Last year, we learned that Joanna Newsom would play a role in the movie Inherent Vice, a Thomas Pynchon adaptation from the director Paul Thomas Anderson. Today, we learn what she’s doing in this mysterious movie. According to The New York Times, Newsom plays the “earth-goddess-like” Sortilège, who narrates the movie. Newsom co-stars with Joaqui… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 26, 2014 - 12:41 pm

U2 Win Golden Globe, Shoot “Invisible” Video For Super Bowl Spot

UPDATE: Last night Bono reportedly told Showbiz 411 U2’s new album is now coming in June.

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Last night Hollywood gathered for the 71st annual Golden Globes, that annual mishmash of movie and TV awards that’s slightly less reverent and/or relevant than the Oscars or Emmys. The big musical winner wa… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 13, 2014 - 9:30 am

Andy Samberg & Joanna Newsom Got Married Yesterday

After five years of dating, Andy Samberg and Joanna Newsom are now married. The couple’s wedding took place yesterday at a luxury retreat in Big Sur, the Post Ranch Inn, according to US Weekly. “He liked her music and would go to her shows,” a friend of Samberg’s said in an interview with the magazine. More »

By: Liz Pelly / September 22, 2013 - 5:13 pm

Joanna Newsom Cast In Inherent Vice

Joanna Newsom has been cast in Paul Thomas Anderson’s upcoming film Inherent Vice, screen adaptation of reclusive novelist Thomas Pynchon’s foray into pulp fiction of the same name. The story is about a mediocre, pothead detective as he investigates the kidnapping of his ex-girlfriend. There is no word on who Newsom will be playing, a… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / August 8, 2013 - 12:37 pm

The 10 Best Things At Pitchfork Music Festival 2013

This past weekend, Chicago’s Union Park played host to Pitchfork Music Festival. The two-and-a-half-day event was packed tight with performances from the indiesphere’s current marquee artists and its icons. But it wasn’t just music — there was also a large fair offering crafts, handmade wares, and records; a mini-festival of print posters (a lust item… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / July 22, 2013 - 4:44 pm

Watch Joanna Newsom Debut A New Song At Pitchfork Festival

Folks attending Pitchfork Festival this weekend (including Claire and Liz on our end) got a nice surprise from Joanna Newsom’s set. As you can see from the fan videos below, Newsom played some new songs. One (played on harp) is still untitled, while the others are the previously performed “Look And Despair” and “The Diver’sMore »

By: Miles Bowe / July 20, 2013 - 4:16 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Usually, especially during the weeks where I liked a K-pop video or two, I do my best to explain what, exactly, I enjoy about the videos I list here. This week, though, Scott and I are on our way out the door to Stereogum’s Range Life party, which is about to start. That means I… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 15, 2013 - 12:47 pm

Joanna Newsom – “The North Star Grassman And The Ravens” (Sandy Denny Cover) Video

The newly engaged Joanna Newsom hasn’t given us a whole ton of new music since the Have One On Me motherlode a couple of years ago, but she recently hit the studio to record a cover of Sandy Denny’s 1971 folk song “The North Star Grassman And The Ravens.” Given its vintage, the song sadly… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 14, 2013 - 11:35 am

Joanna Newsom & Andy Samberg Are Engaged

Everyone enjoy this moment, since we may never again get to see Joanna Newsom’s name on the Us Weekly website. According to that venerable institution, Newsom and her boyfriend of five years, SNL vet and Lonely Island lead Andy Samberg, are engaged. Us Weekly also has a bunch of quotes from an anonymous friend who’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 25, 2013 - 4:24 pm

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down – “Kindness Be Conceived” (Feat. Joanna Newsom)

Thao Nguyen will release We The Common, her newest album of fractured indie-pop under her Thao & The Get Down Stay Down name, in a couple of months. She’s already shared early tracks “Holy Roller” and “We The Common (For Valerie Bolden),” but the album track that most of us were most amped to hear… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 24, 2013 - 10:30 am

Watch Joanna Newsom Play A New Song At Treasure Island Festival

As made apparent by some other recent live appearances, Joanna Newsom seems to be cooking up some new material. Giving further cadence to this idea is this live footage from this weekend’s Treasure Island Festival in San Francisco, where Newsom played a new, flighty piano ballad that’s been given the unofficial title “Look And Despair.”… More »

By: Corban Goble / October 15, 2012 - 11:04 am

Wilco, Joanna Newsom @ Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood 9/30/12

After playing the Wiltern earlier this year, Wilco triumphantly closed out their tour of the country with a magical evening at the Hollywood Bowl. Some of the highlights included the crowd singing along to “Jesus, Etc.”, the cascades of feedback on end “Art Of Almost,” and a soaring rendition of “Ashes Of American Flags.” Joanna… More »

By: Andrew Youssef / October 1, 2012 - 2:39 pm
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