WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 30: Musician Joanna Newsom attends the Irene Neuwirth Flagship Grand Opening on October 30, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Irene Neuwirth)
Most of you probably figured Pitchfork’s Top Albums list would feature some combination of Joanna Newsom, The Hold Steady, and TV On The Radio in the top three slots (at least based on their nine-point-whatever scores). Well most of you are wrong! But, aside from a hindsight bump-up to the #1, the Forkers were mostly… More »
Head to NPR for a great podcast session with Joanna Newsom, where she spins some songs near to heart and answers questions about Van Dyke Parks, her songwriting process, and the influence her chosen artists have had on her writing.
It’s a great listen for most of its 37 minutes, but when she… More »
When we showed you guys the cover to Joanna Newsom’s Ys, some of y’all debated the image’s quality and authenticity. Well we all know the cover was for reals, but what about your thoughts about the artwork’s beauty? Venus zine sat with Joanna and aired your sentiments to the songstress in a piece set to… More »
P4K’s got a cool interview with Colin Meloy up today. The Decemberists frontman gives props to Lily Allen, thumbs down to Fergie, and claims album-of-the-year contender The Crane Wife is not a concept LP. There is, however, one LOL moment spawned by a true fanboy question.Pitchfork: You play a lot of covers, I’m curious about… More »
This weekend, the New York Times profiled the burgeoning market for rare, often folk, private-press releases, recorded in the ’60s and early ’70s, and produced “largely in runs of a few hundred copies and in many cases far less.” The article describes the appeal to collectors (“But for music fans who celebrate obscurantist work, a… More »
I’ve been doing this Stereogum thing for a number of years now. And there are a number of tacit rules that the music blogging community seems to agree upon. Most are pretty obvious (e.g., if a label asks you to take an MP3 down, you take it down!). But there is one part of the… More »
You probably read that Drag City is releasing Joanna Newsom’s Ys on 11/14. It’s got only five songs (55 minutes total). It was recorded with Steve Albini, mixed with Jim O?Rourke, and features orchestration arranged by Van Dyke Parks. Which means it’s gonna be Stereogum’s favorite album of the year.
1. Emily… More »
The “indie rock hottie” poll took forever ’cause none of you spell the same way. And then I had to research who was in what band. So that’s why I’m listing the ENTIRE tally before revealing who won. Plus, some of you were pretty explicit about Tegan NOT SARA and vice versa.
I took… More »
As usual I was unable to narrow down my favorite releases of the year to just ten. So here are Stereogum’s 14 favorite discs of 2004. To make it easier for myself, I arbitrarily disqualified compilations, reissues, and Brian Wilson. And for your listening enjoyment are links to a related remix/b-side/live cut/etc… for each entry… More »
Stream NME’s “CoolList” here.
1. Goldie Lookin’ Chain “21 Ounces”
2. Kaiser Chiefs “I Predict A Riot”
3. The Futureheads “First Day”
4. The Rakes “Strasbourg”
5. Nine Black Alps “Cosmopolitan”
6. Bloc Party “Helicopter”
7. The Dears “Lost In The Plot”
8. The Concretes “Chico”
9. Babyshambles “Babyshambles”
10. Selfish Cunt “I Love… More »
One of the most unlikely stars of this “avant-folk” or “anti-folk” or whatever-you-wanna-call-it movement (Devendra, Panda, Sufjan, et al) is beautiful Bay Area gnome Joanna Newsom. Joanna (not really a gnome) has played keys with The Pleased; now she’s steadily winning over indie rockers with wintry ballads informed by Appalachian folk music. She performs them… More »
Catbirdseat’s October playlist is one of his best yet. White Magic, Earlimart, Arcade Fire, Joanna Newsom (beautiful cut, but I stupidly bought this LP on vinyl, which means it’s not on my iPod; no more buying new albums on vinyl!). Download here.