Entries tagged with: Joanna Newsom
British music mag Q just put out their latest issue which has Coldplay on the cover and also includes their Top 50 Albums of 2015 list (not including the new Coldplay album, which isn't out yet). It's got a lot of the bands that the UK press tends to favor more than the American press (Palma Violets, Wolf Alice, Years & Years, Slaves, Everything Everything), tons of the stuff we'll probably see on most lists (Tame Impala, Sufjan Stevens, Kendrick Lamar, Courtney Barnett), and a few surprises.
Check out the full list below...
It's that time of year again when folks start publishing their End of Year Best-Of lists. Almost always first out of the gates is UK-based Rough Trade Shops who dropped their 100 Best Albums of 2015 list today. Coming in at #1 was Bjork's devastatingly personal Vulnicura. And here's their Top 20:
1) Bjork - VulnicuraYou can check out Rough Trade Shops full Top 100 Albums of 2015 list below...
2) Father John Misty - I Love You Honeybear
3) Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit
4) Ezra Furman - Perpetual Motion People
5) Max Richter - From Sleep
6) Wolf Alice - My Love is Cool
7) Kamasi Washington - The Epic
8) Royal Headache - High
9) Romare - Projections
10) Jamie XX - In Colour
11) John Grant - Grey Tickles, Black Pressure
12) Sufjan Stevens - Carrie and Lowell
13) Tame Impala - Currents
14) Nadine Shah - Fast Food
15) Wand - Golem
16) Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
17) Django Django - Born Under Saturn
18) Tobias Jesso Jr - Goon
19) Georgia - S/T
20) Palma Violets - Danger in the Club
Joanna Newsom's upcoming tour with Alela Diane & Ryan Francesconi hits Brooklyn's Kings Theatre on December 10. Tickets are still available, though Ticketmaster says there are "not many left." Newsom has added a show at Apollo Theatre on December 7. Tickets for the Apollo show go on sale Friday (11/6) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Thursday (11/5) at 10 AM.
Updated tour dates are listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
Joanna takes her time getting new albums out into the world, and it shows. Her voice and harp are complemented by meticulous arrangements, and the lyrics are especially striking here too. On the album's title track (and longest song), she asks the questions that philosophers and poets have been asking for centuries ("Tell me why is the pain of birth lighter borne than the pain of death?") but never sounds hollow or redundant. And even if you weren't paying attention to her words closely, you'll be sucked in by the repeated mantra of "you will not take my heart alive" on the song of the same name.The title track of Joanna Newsom's new album Divers (which we discussed here, quoted above) got a Paul Thomas Anderson-directed video that premiered in theaters earlier this month, and now it's here for the internet crowd. Check it out below. If you haven't picked up Divers yet, it's really an excellent album and you can do so at the Drag City webstore.
Joanna begins her tour on Halloween in the UK with Alasdair Roberts, and later in the fall she kicks off the North American run with Alela Diane & Ryan Ryan Francesconi (who also have a new album out now). The tour includes Brooklyn's Kings Theatre on December 7. Tickets for that show are still available.
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Annabel Mehran
Joanna Newsom finally releases her fourth album and first in five years, Divers, this Friday via Drag City (pre-order), and for the next 48 hours it'll be streaming online (and obviously don't expect it on Spotify after that). Joanna's been the kind of artist who consistently blows away her last album with each new release. Her 2004 debut The Milk-Eyed Mender was an instant classic of the mid-2000s freak folk movement, and to follow it up she put out the five-song Ys where each song was its own mini-epic with grand orchestral arrangements from Brian Wilson collaborator Van Dyke Parks. Then she went even more massive with 2010's triple album Have One On Me, her most lush album to date.
After just a few listens, Divers sounds like Joanna's first new album to not instantly top its predecessor. It feels like a condensed and slightly more accessible version of the style she explored on Have One On Me, but of course that still means it's some of the best music coming out today. Joanna takes her time getting new albums out into the world, and it shows. Her voice and harp are complemented by meticulous arrangements, and the lyrics are especially striking here too. On the album's title track (and longest song), she asks the questions that philosophers and poets have been asking for centuries ("Tell me why is the pain of birth lighter borne than the pain of death?") but never sounds hollow or redundant. And even if you weren't paying attention to her words closely, you'll be sucked in by the repeated mantra of "you will not take my heart alive" on the song of the same name.
Even if this album doesn't make a huge musical jump from the last, it does find subtler ways to progress. Twangy electric guitar is more noticeable than ever before on "Goose Eggs" and "Waltz of the 101st Lightborne," the latter of which also throws in some accordion and fiddle playing for an effect not quite like any of her previous material. At times, Joanna's voice is bolder than ever too. She's gotten plenty of Kate Bush comparisons in the past, but some of the real triumphant parts here remind me of Stevie Nicks (in a "Silver Springs" or "Sisters Of The Moon" kind of way). Mostly though, it sounds like an album that only Joanna Newsom could make and it seems like the kind of thing that's meant to reveal itself over time. Head below to listen for yourself (via NPR).
photo by Annabel Mehran
We've already heard two songs from the much-anticipated new Joanna Newsom album, Divers (due 10/23 via Drag City), and now Joanna has announced a tour in support of it with Alela Diane & Ryan Francesconi opening.
She'll hit NYC on December 7 at Kings Theatre, for what will be her first NYC show since Carnegie Hall in 2010. Tickets for that show will go on sale Friday (10/9) at 10 AM with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (10/7) at noon and a venue presale starting Thursday (10/8) at 10 AM.
Joanna will also release the video for the title track of the new album as a theatrical-only release from October 16-22 in US theaters and a few European ones too, and then on 10/27 in various UK theaters. In NYC, it will be showing at the IFC Center. Like the Sapokanikan" video, it was directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. All screening locations and all tour dates below.
For Alela Diane & Ryan Francesconi (the latter of whom contributed arrangements to Joanna's Have One On Me album), they'll be supporting their new collaborative album Cold Moon which comes out October 16 via Rusted Blue Records. You can check out two songs from that below. Before the tour, they play a few release shows, including one with Heather Woods Broderick.
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Annabel Mehran
The great Joanna Newsom releases her much-anticipated fourth album Divers on October 23 via Drag City, and today we get a second single. Following Sapokanikan," "Leaving The City" is another gorgeous song that's keeping our hopes high for this album. Listen below.
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Annabel Mehran
Joanna Newsom's 2010 album, Have One On Me, is still one of the very best albums of this decade so far, and its followup has been much anticipated for a while. Now, finally, five years later we'll get her fourth album, Divers, on October 23 via Drag City. The first single is "Sapokanikan," which so far is making Divers seem like it's gonna be worth the wait. The video for the single was directed by There Will Be Blood / Boogie Nights filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson, who Joanna worked with on Inherent Vice.
The album features arrangements by Nico Muhly, Ryan Francesconi, Dave Longstreth, and Joanna herself, and production by Steve Albini and Noah Georgeson. Watch the new video and check out the album artwork and tracklist, below...
As mentioned, the Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood did the score for Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice which is in theaters now. It includes "Spooks," which was originally to be a Radiohead song and never finished, here performed by Greenwood and Supergrass' Gaz Coombes and Danny Goffey with some of Joanna Newsom's narration laid overtop. The rest of Greenwood's score is more traditional orchestration, with lots of strings and wind instruments. The official soundtrack mixes Greenwood's contribution with songs used in the movie, like Can's "Vitamin C," Minnie Ripperton's "Les Fleur" and Neil Young's "Journey Through the Past." You can stream the whole Inherent Vice soundtrack, via Spotify, below...
Joanna Newsom at Carnegie Hall in 2010 (more by Chris La Putt)
Yesterday we talked about Paul Thomas Anderson's upcoming film Inherent Vice, and how it will be narrated by Joanna Newsom and feature a version of Radiohead's unrecorded "Spooks" by film scorer Jonny Greenwood with Supergrass members Gaz Coombes and Dany Goffey. The song just premiered over at Stereogum, and it also features spoken word by Joanna. Check it out below.
film review by PSquared
Paul Thomas Anderson's new film, Inherent Vice, is out in limited release this Friday (12/12) and goes into wide release on January 19. Here in NYC, it opens Friday at the Angelica and Loews Lincoln Square. It's the first feature adaptation of a Thomas Pynchon novel, and stars Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin. Here's the synopsis:
When private eye Doc Sportello's ex-old lady suddenly out of nowhere shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend whom she just happens to be in love with, and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a looney bin...well, easy for her to say. It's the tail end of the psychedelic `60s and paranoia is running the day and Doc knows that "love" is another of those words going around at the moment, like "trip" or "groovy," that's being way too overused - except this one usually leads to trouble.BV's own PSquared caught the film during the NY Film Festival premiere and liked it a lot:
The landscape is littered with corrupt cops, an undercover stoner sax player, neo nazi gangs, what could be a possible Asian drug running organization or just simple cocaine obsessed dentist tax cheats. It is Anderson's most hilarious film. The benchmarks here are late 40's noir, slapstick comedies, 70's masterworks The Long Goodbye and Chinatown and hippie drug comics like The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers. The all star acting troupe, as you would expect is uniformly superb headed by Joaquin Phoenix as Doc and Josh Brolin eating up scenes as the nasty but "you can't hate him" cop Bigfoot Bjornsen.You can read his whole review below.
Also appearing is Joanna Newsom who plays Sortilege, the film's narrator. You can hear her in action in the brand new trailer for Inherent Vice that also uses Can's "Vitamin C" as part of its soundtrack. This was the first acting role for the indie harpist, who's married to comedian Andy Samberg, apart from an episode of Portlandia. She told Billboard about her first day on the set:
I had a very strong sense that I didn't know what I was doing/ Afterward, Paul came up to me and said, 'You're going to go home and start freaking out and think that you did a terrible job, and I'm just going to tell you now that you didn't, and that it will be easier the next time.' And he was right.Joanna also mentions to Billboard that she's busy working on the follow-up to 2010's Have One On Me but the film did not impact her writing. "I'm so slow anyway with music. [Inherent Vice] did take up some of my creative energy and time, but it was completely worth it." She's not Inherent Vice's only indie music tie-in: the score was written by Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood (also also scored PTA's There Will Be Blood and The Master) and it features a never-recorded Radiohead song, "Spooks," as performed by two thirds of Supergrass.
If you'd like to see Inherent Vice for free, Videology in Williamsburg is giving away a bunch of pairs of tickets tonight (12/9) at their weekly Movie Trivia night. It starts at 8:30 PM as is free to attend (get there early if you want a table).
Psquared's Inherent Vice review and the film's trailer featuring Joanna Newsom's narration, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Yesterday, Pitchfork posted their top 200 tracks of the decade so far, and today they've listed the top 100 albums to have come out between 2010-2014. There's some surprises on there. For example, I didn't expect to see Bon Iver's self-titled, their #1 album of 2011 and with a score of 9.5, rank as low as #27 on this list. I was also surprised to see Chief Keef make it but not, say, Shabazz Palaces or Schoolboy Q. And there's a few other glaring omissions: nothing by The National? Grizzly Bear? One thing that will surprise no one though, is their #1 pick.
You can check out the full list below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
"Also omg i forgot how much i love owen pallett fans. everyone here is lonely and/or gay. i am with my people" - @misandrist
Owen Pallett @ Bowery Ballroom 5/14/2014
Owen Pallett's tour with Doldrums hit NYC this week for two shows. Following Tuesday's at Glasslands (5/13), the played Bowery Ballroom last night (5/14). The Academy Award nominee played good portion of his new album, In Conflict, as well as selections from Heartland, and a few songs from his Final Fantasy days as well (the latter were mostly midset when he did a few solo songs). For his second encore he gave the crowd a couple covers: Tori Amos' "Pretty Good Year" (he reviewed her new album for The Talkhouse), and Joanna Newsom's "Peach Plum Pear." Pictures, setlist and video of "Peach Plum Pear" from Bowery Ballroom are in this post.
As mentioned, Airick Woodhead augmented the live line-up of Doldrums for this tour with his brother Daniel and Maddie Wilde of Moon King and were a solid start to the evening. You can catch Doldrums and Moon King -- on the same bill together for the first time ever -- at Baby's All Right on June 5. Tickets are on sale now.
Pics from Doldrums' Bowery set, plus more of Owen Pallett, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Grimes at ACL 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Whether it's to criticize her or praise her, it's hard to deny that people like talking about Grimes' musical opinions. Her top 10 albums of 2012 list included the most pop (Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber) AND the least pop (Swans), and she totally meant it too. She's defended Beyonce, Mariah Carey, and pop music in general, and denied accusations of trolling when her Boiler Room set included Taylor Swift, Maria Carey, Ramones, Skrillex, and others.
Grimes has now published a list to her tumblr of her favorite songs of all time. It continues her trend of pulling from pop and experimental music with songs from Burial, Mariah Carey, Joanna Newsom, Beyonce, Mazzy Star, Skrillex, Animal Collective, Butthole Surfers, Paramore and more. It's not only newer stuff though, she's also got Patsy Cline, Prince, and Enya, among others.
Check out her whole list (subject to change), via Exclaim, below...
the cast of wacky misfits in 'Brooklyn Nine Nine'
If you didn't already see the many billboards and endless TV promo spots for it, FOX has a new cop comedy debuting this fall called Brooklyn Nine Nine starring Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher. Whether it will be as it be as funny as Car 54 Where Are You? remains to be seen, you'll just have to tune in on September 17 to find out.
Or, if you live in NYC you can catch an early screening on September 12 at Brooklyn Bowl that includes a free live performance from Twin Sister. It's the band's only upcoming live show. The show is free but you do need to RSVP. Twin Sister have already pondered what's on everyone's minds:
Hard Skin at Acheron, August 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
The UK kings of hilarious oi return to the US for a set of appearances on our shores, including known dates in Philly, Chicago and NYC. Look for Hard Skin to return to Acheron on September 12th, snagging support from Brooklyn punks La Misma (check out their demo) & Vanity. Ticketing information is on the way.
Hard Skin recently released their first LPs since 2004's Same Meat, Different Gravy. If you listen to them back to back, you may find that the pair of releases -- On The Balls and Why Do Birds Suddenly Appear -- are pretty similar.
This is a CLASSIC! Well, it's actually TWO CLASSICS! We got some of our sexiest lady mates round to the studio, got them drunk on cheap plonk, and after a few days we had a second version of the album recorded with HARD SKIN as you've never heard us before.Why Do Birds Suddenly Appear? features vocal appearances from Alison Mosshart (The Kills, Dead Weather), Joanna Newsom, Beki Bondage (Vice Squad), Liela Moss (The Duke Spirit), Miki Berenyi (Lush), Roxanne and Marion of Veronica Falls' and many many more. (Stream at Spotify and get your copies at Feral Ward.
All known dates are listed, along with a video for "Council Estate" are below.
UPDATE: new dates have emerged. Full tour schedule is below.
Pitchfork Festival 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
As mentioned, Chicago's Pitchfork Music Festival is returning to Union Park from July 19-21 with sets from Bjork, Joanna Newsom, Belle & Sebastian, R. Kelly, Solange, Rustie, Low, The Breeders, Swans, Savages, Merchandise, Julia Holter, KEN mode, White Lung, TNGHT, Evian Christ, Waxahatchee, El-P, Killer Mike, and more across three stages (Red, Blue, and Green). The set times for the festival have now been announced, and you can check out the full day-by-day schedule below.
3-day passes are sold out, but single day tickets are still available.
Pitchfork Festival 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
The final Pitchfork Festival lineup has now been announced, and in addition to previously announced acts like R. Kelly, Joanna Newsom, and Swans, it now includes M.I.A., Lil B, Solange, Wire, Yo La Tengo, Low, Savages, Toro Y Moi, Phosphorescent, Metz, Autre Ne Veut, Mikal Cronin, Parquet Courts, Merchandise, Woods, Julia Holter, Glass Candy, Andy Stott, Pissed Jeans, Frankie Rose, Ryan Hemsworth, Waxahatchee, Blood Orange, Daughn Gibson, Evian Christ, White Lung, KEN Mode, and DJ Rashad.
Three-day passes and single-day tickets are still available.
In other Chicago music festival news, Lollapalooza early bird passes went on sale today, sold out, and then regular 3-day passes went on sale and sold out. Single day tickets go on sale April 9.
Full Pitchfork Festival lineup and schedule below...
It's been three years since Joanna Newsom released Have One on Me and while we haven't heard anything about a new record in the works, she has just released a lovely cover of "The North Star Grassman and the Ravens," originally by UK folk star Sandy Denny. There's a video for it too which was produced to promote fashion designer's Melissa Coker's L.A.-based collection, Wren. Joanna hangs out with an owl in the video and you can watch it below.
Joanna will be playing Pitchfork fest this year, and hopefully will announce a NYC-area show sometime soon.
Pitchfork Fest 2012 (more by James Richards IV
After already announcing R. Kelly, Björk, and Belle and Sebastian as the headliners for this year's Pitchfork Music Festival, P4k has revealed that those artists will be joined by Joanna Newsom, The Breeders (playing Last Splash), Swans, El-P, Killer Mike, TNGHT, Chairlift, Sky Ferreira, ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead, Rustie, Mac DeMarco, Foxygen, Angel Olsen, Trash Talk, and Tree.
Current lineup/schedule below...
Das Racist at MHOW in 2011 (more by Ryan Muir)
today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* King Britt @ Le Bain
* Brain Cloud @ Barbes
* Chicha Libre @ Barbes
* Tony Scherr @ Living Room
* On Ka'a Davis @ The Stone
* Yoko Ono @ The Times Center
* Alicia Keys @ Avery Fisher Hall
* Black Onassis, We Run @ Mercury Lounge
* The Campilongo Quartet @ Living Room
* Cuckoo Chaos, Empty Chairs @ Spike Hill
* Brandy, Hal Linton, Bridget Kelly @ Best Buy Theater
* Admiral Fallow, Shea Vaccaro @ Mercury Lounge
* Fiona Apple, Blake Mills @ Count Basie Theatre (NJ)
* Pujol, Nude Beach, Strip Mall @ Death By Audio
* Das Racist, LE1F, Safe, Lakutis @ Irving Plaza
* Habibi, The Immaculates, Yellow Dogs @ Brooklyn Bowl
* The Mountain Goats, Matthew E. White @ Bowery Ballroom
* Agent Ribbons, Jordan Hull, Andrew Keoghan @ The Rock Shop
* Sleepies, Mr. Dream, Yvette, Alan Watts, Fasano @ Delinquency
* Mika, The Dolls: Mia Moretti & Caitlin Moe @ Webster Hall
* Stevie Nicks @ Cipriani Wall Street (Elton John AIDS Foundation Benefit)
* Silversun Pickups, Cloud Nothings, Atlas Genius @ Terminal 5
* Sloan (performing Twice Removed) @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Lady Starlight, ROMA!, Eytan & The Embassy, Yankee Bang Bang @ Tammany Hall
* Clinical Trials, The Vandelles, The Foreign Resort, Autodrone @ Cameo Gallery
* Sam Flax, DMTs (OJ from X-Ray Eyeballs), Starred, Alexis and Icewater @ Glasslands
* Scott & Charlene's Wedding, Infinity Shred, Life Size Maps, Murals, Noxious Foxes @ Pianos
* The Dark Lords of Comedy w/ Dan St. Germain, Jared Logan, Mike Lawrence @ Union Hall
* Friend Roulette, Miniboone, Korova, KNTRLR, Osekre & The Lucky Bastards, Slothbear, Fan-Tan, Bad Weather @ Muchmore's
* Broken Comedy Presents Mike Denny, Michael Che, Nimesh Oatel, W. Kamau Bell, Myq Kaplan, Rachel Feinstein, Homo Thugs (Jermaine Fowler & Kevin Barnett) @ Littlefield
'90s R&B star Brandy and Alicia Keys are both back with new albums this year and are playing NYC tonight. Brandy releases her new album, Two Eleven, this week and celebrates it with a release show tonight at Best Buy Theater (tix). Meanwhile, Alicia Keys (the only guest to feature on Miguel's new album) is set to release Girl On Fire on Nov. 27 and she plays Avery Fisher Hall tonight (tix).
Sloan are performing their 1994 classic Twice Removed in its entirety tonight at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets are still available. You can also pick up the album's new three-disc vinyl reissue at the merch table.
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This is part two in a new series that I invented when I found this second tattoo after posting a related one yesterday.
The owner of this colorful red and blue and bird-filled tattoo writes:
"This is my Dave Longstreth/Joanna Newsom tribute tattoo. I admire Joanna for her lyrics, and Dave for his music; they are my two biggest musical influences. The red and blue background is from the album, "Bitte Orca" by Dave's band, Dirty Projectors. The red and the blue intermingling represents how lyrics and music are both needed to intertwine in order to make a song. The two brown finches are reoccurring birds that Dave uses in most of his albums, and the canary and sparrow are from Joanna Newsom's albums "The Milk-Eyed Mender" and "Ys", respectively. The finches also represent my little sisters, as they're my little songbirds, and the canary, my mother, while the sparrow is my father. I'm very happy with it. Done by Jimmy at The Parlour Tattoo in Eugene, OR."PREVIOUSLY: check out this Joanna Newsom tattoo
Speaking of Andy Samberg, well actually that isn't his tattoo, but now the pressure is on for him to outdo this fan whose body art "is based on the Joanna Newsom Ys album and was done by the wonderful Rachel Baldwin at Modern Body Art Birmingham." More pictures of the tat, and a recent video entitled "7 Minutes in Heaven with Joanna Newsom" by Saturday Night Live writer Mike O'Brien, along with a couple of dates, below...
The Treasure Island Music Festival returns to San Francisco on October 13 and 14, featuring an impressive line-up including The xx, M83, Joanna Newsom, Grimes, Public Enemy, SBTRKT, Divine Fits (who just played their first-ever show last night), Ty Segall, The War on Drugs, Youth Lagoon Toro y Moi, Best Coast and more. Tickets are on sale now in both individual day or 2-day packages.
The full Treasure Island Fest line-up is below.
today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* moe @ Hiro Ballroom
* Liam Finn @ The Rock Shop
* Laura Gibson @ Other Music
* Cosmic BB's, Hoist @ Zebulon
* New Music Observatory @ The Stone
* Chairlift, Violens, Dive @ Bowery Ballroom
* Reverend Vince Presents: Meah Pace @ Union Pool
* Comedy Central Corporate Retreat @ UCB East
* Stew and the Negro Problem @ Joe's Pub
* Smoke Dza & Spaceghostpurrp @ Highline Ballroom
* right Light Bright Light, Nova Social @ Cake Shop
* Steve Earle, Allison Moorer, Mike Doughty @ City Winery
* White Suns, The Dreebs, Platinum Vision, Rapstar @ Death By Audio
* Hot Tub w/ Rob Cantrell, Sara Schaefer, surprise guests & more @ Littlefield
* Dan Neustadt plays Wolf Parade's "Apologies to the Queen Mary" @ Knitting Factory
* Remembering Master Storyteller, Jean Shepherd: With Jerry Seinfeld and Keith Olbermann @ Paley Center
* Tony Scherr Trio w/ Anton Fier & Rob Jost, Highspace w/ Jim Campilongo, Tony Mason, Erik Deutsch & Jeff Hill @ Living Room
Jerry Seinfeld is taking part in an event at the Paley Center and tickets are still on sale.
Like Arcade Fire before them, Joanna Newsom (taped in August) and Fleet Foxes (taped in October) apppeared on an episode of Austin City Limits which you can now watch in full online. Check out the video below...
Alex Winston released a video for the song "Choice Notes" off her upcoming debut album (King Con is due 3/6 via V2/Cooperative). Check it out below...