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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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Joanna Newsom Does 7 Minutes In Heaven

SNL writer Mike O’Brien has a web series called 7 Minutes In Heaven, a show that features Mike and a celebrity guest in a closet. Each episode culminates with O’Brien trying to kiss the guest — it’s basically awkwardness porn. This week’s episode featured Joanna Newsom, who is admirably game. Watch it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / July 17, 2012 - 12:08 pm

Joanna Newsom – “The Diver’s Wife” (Live In San Francisco)

On Monday night, Joanna Newsom performed with Philip Glass during a benefit for Big Sur’s Henry Miller Memorial Library at San Francisco’s Warfield Theater, and during the performance she played a new, harp-led song called “The Diver’s Wife.” It’s a spare, labyrinthine ballad. Listen to it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / June 27, 2012 - 9:55 am

Joanna Newsom – “Instrumental 1999″

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,”… More »

By: Corban Goble / March 19, 2012 - 12:14 pm

Watch Joanna Newsom, Low, The Fall Play ATP Minehead

Over the weekend, the Jeff Mangum-curated ATP festival went down in Butlins, Minehead, UK, and as a result there’s some footage out there from the likes of Joanna Newsom, Low, and the Fall. Check that out down below, and if other stuff pops (perhaps from the likes of Magnetic Fields, Thurston Moore, Mangum himself, etc.),… More »

By: Corban Goble / March 12, 2012 - 12:37 pm

Watch Joanna Newsom On Portlandia

On this Friday’s episode of Portlandia, Joanna Newsom shows up in a sketch. And you don’t actually have to wait until then to watch it; it’s below. In said sketch, Newsom plays part of a group of flower-children (including Robin Pecknold) having an ethereal meadow jam session that goes sour when someone tries to jam… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 13, 2012 - 5:04 pm

The Top 20 Steve Albini-Recorded Albums

Infamously cantankerous studio rat/national treasure Steve Albini doesn’t like to be called a record producer. He prefers the term “recording engineer.” That’s a dry, clinical term for what Albini actually does, but it makes sense that he’d prefer to be seen that way. Over the past few decades, Albini has overseen the creation of countle… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 26, 2012 - 3:33 pm

Watch Fleet Foxes & Joanna Newsom Full ACL Episode

Last week, we posted a pair of previews of the Fleet Foxes/Joanna Newsom episode of the PBS music-performance show Austin City Limits. The episode aired over the weekend, and now the entire thing, 54 minutes of straight freak-folk bliss, is online. Watch it below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 23, 2012 - 10:55 am

Preview Joanna Newsom & Fleet Foxes On Austin City Limits

The next episode of the much-loved PBS music show Austin City Limits promises to be a serious bucolic freak-folk party. The show’s January 21 episode will have performances from both Fleet Foxes and Joanna Newsom, which almost seems like overkill. And below, we’ve got a pair of previews from the episode: Fleet Foxes playing “Helplessne… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 18, 2012 - 4:27 pm

Joanna Newsom – “Good Intentions Paving Company” Video Excerpt

Joanna Newsom’s highly anticipated “Good Intentions Paving Company” video was directed by Karni & Saul way back in June. We showed you fun behind-the-scenes photos then; now, we’ve got some live action footage, albeit less than one minute long. Still, enough to keep us excited for the eventual seven minute visual package of the HaveMore »

By: Scott Lapatine / December 6, 2011 - 11:33 pm

Joanna Newsom Wears Fancy Clothes In Magazine

Joanna Newsom recently shot a fashion spread for Bullett styled to pay homage to 1971’s The Hired Hand. In the photos, Joanna’s wearing Chanel, Rodarte, and oh, what’s that jacket? Margiela? Check the photos out above via the Framenoir Tumblr. Also on the Newsom front, Gigs In Paris recently shot a five-part interview with the… More »

By: Corban Goble / November 16, 2011 - 11:25 am

Hear Joanna Newsom & Feist’s Muppets Soundtrack Songs

Here’s an early listen to the new “Muppet Show Theme,” which we learned last month features vocals from Joanna Newsom. It’s not much of a cameo, but keep in mind the song’s less than a minute and they’ve gotta fit Miss Piggy’s ego in there. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / November 7, 2011 - 12:24 pm

Watch Joanna Newsom & Robin Pecknold Armwrestle

Joanna Newsom and Fleet Foxes frontman Robin Pecknold don’t exactly seem like the physical type, but you need some sort of arm-strength to keep playing harp for hours on end, just like you need some forearm power to chop wood, which is what I assume Pecknold is doing whenever he’s not harmonizing with somebody. At… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 19, 2011 - 12:36 pm

The 10 Best Indie Rock Songs Under 2 Minutes

Time is a valuable thing, and the musicians who can make a quick point in a short amount of time deserve their props. We’ve put together a quick list of ten excellent songs from indie’s past (and from a few associated genres), all of which end in 120 seconds or less. These tracks throw their… More »

By: Stereogum / October 17, 2011 - 10:56 am

Joanna Newsom, Feist Set For Muppets Soundtrack

Jason Segel’s rebooted Muppets movie is coming out soon, and a few indie-universe types have cameos on the soundtrack album. Bret McKenzie, one half of Flight Of The Conchords, wrote four new songs for the movie. One of them is called “Life’s A Happy Song,” and it features vocals from Feist and Mickey Rooney, which… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 10, 2011 - 3:55 pm

End Of The Road Festival 2011 In Photos

Last week, the UK’s Larmer Tree Gardens hosted a hilariously deep bill for the End Of The Road Festival, a lineup that featured Joanna Newsom, Kurt Vile, Tinawiren, Lykke Li, Best Coast, the Walkmen and dozens of other notables. Elena Morelli was there to magnificently document the epic lineup. There’s a peacock in one of… More »

By: Corban Goble / September 7, 2011 - 10:39 am

Joanna Newsom @ Teatro Comunale, Ferrara, Italy 7/27/11

Last night Joanna Newsom and Josh T. Pearson closed out Ferrara Sotto Le Stelle 2011, the Italian festival we covered earlier this month when PJ Harvey performed. The show was moved from the Cortile del Castello (castle’s courtyard) to the Teatro Comunale because of bad weather. Joanna remarked that the venue reminded her of the… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / July 28, 2011 - 12:12 pm

Joanna Newsom Plans ACL Taping, “What We Have Known” 12″

“Sprout And Bean”‘s b-side (“What We Have Known”) is getting its own slab of single-sided vinyl (well, only one side is playable; the other has an etching and it all comes in a “Civil War styled jacket” because obviously it does) thanks to Mrs. Drag City and her fine record label. In other Joanna News,… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 23, 2011 - 9:00 am

Photos From Joanna Newsom’s “Good Intentions Paving Company” Video Shoot

A set of behind-the-scenes photos posted on directors’ Karni & Saul’s Flickr reveals that Joanna Newsom has filmed a music video for Have One On Me standout “Good Intentions Paving Company.” The images show a various outfitted Joanna dancing in a field, riding a bicycle, petting a dog, and standing amongst assorted curiously dressed co-stars. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / June 19, 2011 - 9:55 am

Wild Beasts Smother Under The Influence

Hopefully by now you’ve heard Smother, the third album from Wild Beasts. As with all their records, it feels like it comes out of nowhere. And as always, I have trouble finding reference points to give people when recommending them (Antony? Talking Heads?). That’s why I asked the band to talk about some of the… More »

By: jessica / May 13, 2011 - 10:14 am

Indie Rockers Before They Were Famous

After watching the recently unearthed footage of Arcade Fire playing a house party in 2002 and a 17-year-old Robin Pecknold covering Radiohead and Simon & Garfunkel, I thought it would be fun to collect more early videos of our favorite bands from before we ever heard them. Well, fun for us, maybe not so much… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / April 21, 2011 - 4:01 pm