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Joanna Newsom “On A Good Day” On Letterman

Joanna Newsom brought her harp and two taxidermy peacocks to The Late Show last night. Before she played, Letterman joked that the set looked like “… Sarah Palin’s den” and asked Newsom if she did her own taxidermy. She laughed. Here’s her performance:… More »

By: jessica / December 15, 2010 - 9:47 am

M. Ward Covers Joanna Newsom

M. Ward’s cover of “Sadie” appears on Versions Of Joanna, a 22-track Dylan-punning compilation that also features Billy Bragg, Owen Pallett, and Ben Sollee remaking songs by Joanna Newsom. Ward’s Ward-like take doesn’t have the charm or energy of the original, but it did remind me to pull out Milk-Eyed Mender, an album that caughtMore »

By: brandon / December 9, 2010 - 10:55 am

Joanna Newsom Denies Simpsons Rumors

Earlier this week a rumor started going around that Joanna Newsom was set to appear on The Simpsons. According to Malibu Magazine, Newsom’s credentials included, “… a future scheduled stop with her harp on The Simpsons” (the line has since been removed from the story). Her appearance at the Matt Groening-curated ATP Festival earlier thi… More »

By: jessica / October 20, 2010 - 2:13 pm

It’s Friday, So Here’s A 2-Year-Old Singing Joanna Newsom

The best part of this video, however, is the description. It lets us know that Madeline has been asking to listen to Joanna Newsom since she started to talk, and that she refers to Newsom as “baby singing.” Kids say the darnedest, most accurate things. Here’s Madeline doing “Sprout and the Bean”:… More »

By: jessica / September 24, 2010 - 11:06 am

Joanna Newsom On Kimmel

Joanna Newsom returned to Jimmy Kimmel Live (she did “Sprout And The Bean” years ago) to do “Me And You, Bess” and “81.” Watch:… More »

By: jessica / August 12, 2010 - 12:58 pm

Joanna Newsom, Robin Pecknold @ Orpheum Theater, Los Angeles 7/31/10

Photos of a sold-out show on Saturday in L.A. by Joanna Newsom (complete with standing ovation and a female would-be-stage-crasher blocked by security), with an opening set by an apologetic Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes, paranoid that his voice wouldn’t work properly after having quit smoking. (Of course it did, and also CONGRATS ROBIN everybody… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 3, 2010 - 1:39 pm

Morning Benders Cover Joanna Newsom Over A J Dilla Beat

‘Tis the season for summer mixes. I made mine, the morning benders’ Chris Chu put one together for L.A.-based site Say Mayday. Plenty to love in there, like the Avalanches, Twin Sister, Bibio, Arthur Russell. One thing you get when Chu makes you a mix that you don’t get with someone like me, though, i… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 7, 2010 - 2:12 pm

The Roots – “Right On” (Feat. Joanna Newsom & STS)

Over the past year, the Roots have stretched mightily on Late Night, home of TV’s most adventurous music programming. It was hardly a surprise to learn folky folks like MMJ, Joanna Newsom, and (especially) the gals from Dirty Projectors would cameo on the hip-hop crew’s “positive”-minded How I Got Over. It’s out officially on Tuesday,… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / June 18, 2010 - 6:26 pm

ATP 2010: Curated By Matt Groening @ Butlin’s Holiday Centre, Minehead, UK

This past weekend was the Matt Groening-curated ATP, which went down in Butlins, Minehead, UK. Iggy Pop and Toumani Diabate were the highlights of the first night (along with ATP staples Built To Spill, Broadcast, Liars, and Shonen Knife). Day 2 featured performances from the xx and Boredoms (both bands would place twice, the latter… More »

By: jessica / May 10, 2010 - 6:07 pm

Joanna Newsom Is Done Reading Blogs

Joanna Newsom becomes less of an enigma with each interview. The polarizing songwriter is Under The Radar’s spring cover girl and between the pages is an enlightening ten page spread: a far-reaching interview conducted at the Bowery Hotel in February by Chris Tinkham accompanied by photos from Crackerfarm (example above).

Stereogum has covered… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / May 10, 2010 - 12:52 pm

Joanna Newsom Brings “’81” To Jools Holland

Joanna Newsom in on tour in the UK right now, and she stopped by Later With Jools Holland last night to do “’81” from Have One On Me (she did “Soft As Chalk” for Late Night With Jimmy Fallon in March). As with the studio version, Newsom handled the performance with just her harp and… More »

By: jessica / May 5, 2010 - 9:42 am

Roots Recruit Joanna Newsom, Jim James

The Roots’ forthcoming How I Got Over will feature John Legend and Jim James, as well as a sample of The Milk-Eyed Mender’s “Book OF Right-On.” Newsom didn’t re-record it — she appears in sampled form. For his part, Jim James re-made Monsters Of Folk’s “Dear God” without his fellow Monsters. There’s still no release… More »

By: brandon / April 23, 2010 - 10:26 am

MusicNOW Festival 2010 @ Memorial Hall, Cincinnati

Shaky YouTube video of Sufjan Stevens performing a haunting “John Wayne Gacy, Jr.” at MusicNOW in Cincinnati is what first put the festival in the back of my mind. (That and the city’s historic Memorial Hall as an unmistakable backdrop.) The take is from 2007. Bryce Dessner, who sits in with Stevens in that clip,… More »

By: brandon / April 2, 2010 - 4:22 pm

Fred Armisen Joins Joanna Newsom In Concert

If you didn’t know, Fred Armisen lets his hair down and records music/instructs drumming for Drag City as epic skinsman Jens Hannemann. He’s in the midst of opening a couple of shows with his labelmate Joanna Newsom. One of those shows took place last night at the Jefferson Theatre in Charlottesville, Virginia where Armisen took… More »

By: brandon / March 25, 2010 - 1:50 pm

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

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… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 15, 2010 - 5:06 pm

Watch Joanna Newsom’s Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Debut, 2002 Music Video Cameo

First off, check out an abridged “Soft As Chalk” from the singer/songwriter’s ambitious new “triple” album Have One On Me. This aired on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night and I believe it Joanna’s US TV debut it marks her second American TV performance (see Kimmel ’05). According to @UncleGrambo,SNL’s Fred Armisen, Akiva Schaffer,… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / March 6, 2010 - 5:09 pm

Premature Evaluation: Joanna Newsom – Have One On Me

Joanna Newsom’s always been a storyteller. On 2004’s The Milk-Eyed Mender the tales were richly and eccentrically meandering, even if the songs have retrospectively proven to be the most concise and straightforward in a catalog that includes 2006’s Van Dyke Parks orchestral Ys and now her most ambitious collection Have One On Me. Ambitious because… More »

By: stereogum / February 23, 2010 - 12:34 pm

Joanna Newsom – “Kingfisher”

We’ve heard the stylistically diverse “81” pastoral and jazzy “Good Intentions Paving Company” outing. Now, after adding the gorgeous 9-minute madrigal/short story “Kingfisher” to the Have One On Me tracklist, the only thing to be sure of is that the 3-CD collection won’t be following one specific path. But color me impressed. You can hear… More »

By: brandon / February 9, 2010 - 12:38 pm

New Joanna Newsom – “Good Intentions Paving Company”

So far people have been focusing more on Joanna Newsom’s press photos and album art than her sounds. Two songs into the three-disc Have One On Me we’ve gone from “’81“‘s plaintive, pastoral (and quite beautiful) Garden Of Eden to the upbeat, piano-pulsed, country-jazzed (and sorta Peanuts) “Good Intentions Paving Company,” which should hopefully shift… More »

By: brandon / February 2, 2010 - 12:57 pm

Joanna Newsom Have One On Me Cover Art

There’s always a shade of intrigue surrounding Joanna Newsom’s album cover art. Perhaps that’s because she’s cultivated such a marketable image these past few years. Take the halcyon Ys era: Some of you balked at the authenticity of its cover when we first posted. After it was confirmed, you threw darts at it anyway. And… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 1, 2010 - 1:33 pm