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Wood nymph.” “Teething infant.” A “faerie [who has] a squeaky voice that sounds like it’s been stepped on.”

These are but a few of the ways journalists and other content curmudgeons have characterized the songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joanna Newsom. If I didn’t know better, I’d think these writers were describing a woman with… More »

We published our 50 Best New Bands of 2015 list this week, which is exciting! We love to debate things here at the ‘Gum, and putting together that thing took a lot of back-and-forth emailing and maybe even a few IRL conversations. The best songs of the week this time around doesn’t boast any “new”… More »

The first thing you need to know about Divers is that it is manageable. Eleven tracks with a combined runtime of 54 minutes might not seem short by most artists’ metrics, but for a Joanna Newsom album five years in the making, following an ambitious triple-LP comprising more than two hours of music, this one… More »

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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…
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…
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,"…
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…
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…
Tom Breihan | September 26, 2014 - 12:41 pm

The Milk-Eyed Mender Turns 10

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…
John Everhart | March 21, 2014 - 11:26 am

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. // Last night Hollywood gathered…
Chris DeVille | January 13, 2014 - 9:30 am

The 100 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2014

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.
Chris DeVille | December 23, 2013 - 11:23 am

Backtrack: Various Artists The Golden Apples Of The Sun

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…
Sam Hockley-Smith | September 25, 2013 - 4:28 pm

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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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,…
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…
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…
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…
Andrew Youssef | October 1, 2012 - 2:39 pm

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.
Corban Goble | July 17, 2012 - 12:08 pm