Joanna Newsom
Musician, songwriter
Joanna Newsom
Joanna Newsom is an American harpist, pianist and singer-songwriter from Nevada City, California.
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Joanna Newsom's personal information overview.
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Joanna Newsom Shares Unreleased Song, 'Make Hay'
NPR - 4 months
Newsom celebrates the one-year anniversary of Divers with a song recorded during that album's sessions.
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Is Joanna Newsom a serious artist or a pop star? (Get this: She's both)
LATimes - 11 months
Joanna Newsom didn’t hear the question — or at least she pretended not to. Pausing her performance at the Orpheum Theatre on Friday night to tune her massive harp, Newsom opened the floor for an impromptu question-and-answer session. Someone in the audience asked which Kate Bush album is her favorite....
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2015 Recommendations For Every Type Of Pop Culture Fan
Huffington Post - about 1 year
If you're an avid follower of entertainment media, you've probably been inundated with Best of 2015 lists recently. They're everywhere! And they're a lot of fun. But here's the thing: We've always been a little dubious of lists like that. Because no one is capable of watching every TV show or movie, or reading every book, that comes out in a year. And everyone has their own subjective taste. What does it even mean for one movie to be the best of the year?  So we're trying something a little different. Instead of telling you what the best things are, we're just going to tell you about our favorites. And to make it even more subjective, we're going to be really upfront about our own biases and preferences. That way, you can look at a few different lists in each category, and pick the one written by the person whose taste comes closest to your own. Here goes! TV Sasha Bronner's 10 Favorite Character-Focused TV Shows of 2015 Title: Senior Reporter Taste: "I don’t have t ...
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2015 Recommendations For Every Type Of Pop Culture Fan
Huffington Post - about 1 year
If you're an avid follower of entertainment media, you've probably been inundated with Best of 2015 lists recently. They're everywhere! And they're a lot of fun. But here's the thing: We've always been a little dubious of lists like that. Because no one is capable of watching every TV show or movie, or reading every book, that comes out in a year. And everyone has their own subjective taste. What does it even mean for one movie to be the best of the year?  So we're trying something a little different. Instead of telling you what the best things are, we're just going to tell you about our favorites. And to make it even more subjective, we're going to be really upfront about our own biases and preferences. That way, you can look at a few different lists in each category, and pick the one written by the person whose taste comes closest to your own. Here goes! TV Sasha Bronner's 10 Favorite Character-Focused TV Shows of 2015 Title: Senior Reporter Taste: "I don’t have t ...
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Joanna Newsom makes her sonic magic look easy at the Chicago Theater
Chicago Times - about 1 year
Divisive since the first bleat of her distinctive duckling-turned-swan of a voice, Joanna Newsom has remained fearlessly idiosyncratic. Whether sticking with the massive, majestic pedal harp as her instrument of choice or writing complex sagas spilling over with words and fanciful imagery, Newsom...
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Joanna Newsom: Conformity isn't my thing
Chicago Times - about 1 year
Joanna Newsom says she doesn't pay much attention to pop music, and yet she is one of the most popular indie artists on the planet. The Californian sells albums by the hundreds of thousands to an audience that keeps growing by the year. On the recent "Divers" (Drag City) and three previous studio...
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Erykah Badu, Joanna Newsom and Dinosaur Jr.
Wall Street Journal - about 1 year
Those acts and more in New York’s Pop Scene
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Light Me Up</em>: Chats With Bronze Radio Return's Chris Henderson, Steve Forbert, and Martin Turner, Plus a Slaughterhouse-Five/James Franco Exclusive
Huffington Post - over 1 year
JAMES FRANCO INTERPRETS SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five gets the James Franco treatment on Audible Studio's audiobook version of the classic. Vonnegut's breakthrough masterpiece brought him international praise and cult status, and Franco's read personalizes the adventures of Billy Pilgrim with a mix of innocence and eventual world-weariness. The below is an exclusive excerpt from the audiobook that gives a taste of the actor's performance... The performance can be downloaded at http://www.audiblie.com ******************************** A Conversation with Bronze Radio Return's Chris Henderson Mike Ragogna: Chris, Light Me Up, the album not the suggestive overtone, is your band's, what, 20th album? What's the secret to a Bronze Radio Return album these days? Chris Henderson: This is our fourth full-lengther. As for the secret, I don't believe there is one. We are a band of six guys that like writing and playing music. When it comes tim ...
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Popcast: Popcast: Joanna Newsom
NYTimes - over 1 year
Ben Ratliff and Melissa Marturano discuss Ms. Newsom’s new album, “Divers.”
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Joanna Newsom geeks out on the secret weapon of 'Divers' -- the mixing board
LATimes - over 1 year
The musician Joanna Newsom's fourth album, "Divers," arrived Friday to a devoted fan base eager to start studying its 11 songs. The highly anticipated record was mostly created in Los Angeles and recorded by Steve Albini and Noah Georgeson. It took nearly four years to make.   Her fans are a patient...
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Review: Joanna Newsom’s ‘Divers’ Shares Thoughts of Life and Death
NYTimes - over 1 year
Ms. Newsom is preoccupied with thoughts of love and time in her first album in five years.
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Spotify woos Joanna Newsom with invite: 'We'd love to work with her too'
LATimes - over 1 year
Spotify's communications head has responded to the musician Joanna Newsom’s recent comments criticizing the global streaming service. In reference to the composer-harpist’s allegations in The Times regarding Spotify’s payment structure, Jonathan Prince, Spotify’s global head of communications and...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Joanna Newsom
    THIRTIES
  • 2015
    Age 33
    On December 8, 2015, Newsom performed "Leaving the City" on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
    More Details Hide Details Newsom's early work was strongly influenced by polyrhythms. After Ys, Newsom said she had lost interest in polyrhythms. They "stopped being fascinating to me and started feeling wanky." The media have sometimes labeled her as one of the most prominent members of the modern psychedelic folk movement. Newsom, however, claims no ties to any particular music scene. Her song-writing incorporates elements of Appalachian music and avant-garde modernism. Some have classified Newsom as a mezzo-soprano, though others have said that her voice is so high and squeaky that she must be a soprano. Newsom's vocal style (in the November 2006 issue of The Wire, she described her voice as "untrainable") has shadings of folk and Appalachian shaped-note timbres. Newsom has, however, expressed disappointment at comments that her singing is "child-like." Critics noticed a change in Newsom's voice on her album Have One on Me. In the spring of 2009, Newsom developed vocal cord nodules and could not speak or sing for two months. The recovery from the nodules and further "vocal modifications" changed her voice.
    Divers, her fourth solo record, was released on October 23, 2015.
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  • 2014
    Age 32
    She appeared in, and narrated, the 2014 film Inherent Vice.
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  • 2013
    Age 31
    After five years of dating, Newsom's engagement to actor and comedian Andy Samberg was confirmed by his representative in February 2013. They married on September 21, 2013 in Big Sur, California.
    More Details Hide Details In March 2014 Newsom and Samberg purchased the estate Moorcrest in Beachwood Canyon, Los Angeles, which in the 1920s was owned by the parents of actress Mary Astor, and prior to that was rented by Charlie Chaplin. Her second cousin, twice removed, is Gavin Newsom, incumbent Lieutenant Governor of California. Albums Early recordings EPs Singles
    Also in March 2013, Newsom participated in a short film for Melissa Coker's Wren clothing line.
    More Details Hide Details In the film, Newsom wears Wren clothing and performs a cover of Sandy Denny's "The North Star Grassman and the Ravens".
    In March 2013, Newsom contributed to the song "The Man Who Ran the Town" from the album Why Do Birds Suddenly Appear by British skinhead band Hard Skin.
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    Newsom appeared on a track titled "Kindness be Conceived" on Thao and the Get Down Stay Down's album We The Common, released in February 2013.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2012
    Age 30
    On June 25, 2012, Newsom performed at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco with Philip Glass and Tim Fain as part of a benefit for the Henry Miller Memorial Library.
    More Details Hide Details She performed a new song at the concert tentatively titled "The Diver's Wife," a love story concerning pearl hunting, which would eventually become the title track from her next album, Divers. On October 14, she performed another new song tentatively called "Look and Despair" at the Treasure Island Festival, which was renamed "Sapokanikan" and released as the lead single from Divers.
    Newsom began 2012 with television appearances on Austin City Limits (on January 21) and Portlandia (on February 7).
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  • 2011
    Age 29
    In late 2011, Newsom contributed vocals to "The Muppet Show Theme" for The Muppets and appeared on the cover of the 10th anniversary issue of Under the Radar with Robin Pecknold.
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    In June 2011, she filmed her second music video (for the song "Good Intentions Paving Company") with directors Karni & Saul.
    More Details Hide Details Newsom was also chosen by Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotel to perform at the All Tomorrow's Parties festival that he curated in March 2012 in Minehead, England.
    On July 19, 2011, Newsom's second single, What We Have Known, was released on 12" vinyl.
    More Details Hide Details The single was originally the b-side to her first single, Sprout and the Bean.
  • 2010
    Age 28
    In December 2010, a tribute album of Newsom covers was released as a digital download.
    More Details Hide Details Artists involved include M. Ward, Billy Bragg, Francesco Santocono, Guy Buttery and Owen Pallett, with all proceeds going to Oxfam America's Pakistan Flood Relief Efforts.
    She toured throughout Europe and America in 2010 to promote her latest record, supported by a five-piece band.
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    On February 11, 2010, Pitchfork Media reported that Newsom would be the subject of a tribute book titled Visions of Joanna Newsom which has now been published by Roan Press and features a contribution from the author Dave Eggers.
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    Newsom was chosen by Matt Groening to perform at the edition of the All Tomorrow's Parties festival he curated in May 2010 in Minehead, England.
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    It contained a link which led to a short comic strip titled "Joanna Newsom 'Have One on Me'" with a date of February 23, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details Later that day, it was confirmed by Spunk, Newsom's Australian label, that the title and date represented the title of Newsom's upcoming album and its release date. P-Vine Records in Japan announced that Have One on Me, which was recorded in Tokyo in 2009, would be released in Japan on March 3, 2010, as a three-disc CD set, with a total of approximately three hours of new recordings.
  • 2009
    Age 27
    In 2009, she appeared in the music video for the song "Kids" by the group MGMT.
    More Details Hide Details Newsom's work has become prominent on the independent music scene. Her profile has risen, in part, due to a number of live shows and appearances on television such as Jimmy Kimmel Live! on ABC. She has also modelled for Armani. The Milk-Eyed Mender and Ys, from 2007, sold 200,000 and 250,000 copies respectively. On January 12, 2010, an entry cryptically entitled "@!?*(%$#!!" was posted on the Drag City website.
  • 2006
    Age 24
    Her second album Ys was released in November 2006.
    More Details Hide Details The album features orchestrations and arrangements by Van Dyke Parks, engineering from Steve Albini and mixing by Drag City label-mate Jim O'Rourke. On a road trip, Bill Callahan recommended she listen to the album Song Cycle by Parks, which led to his being chosen to arrange her work on Ys. Newsom is known to debut new work at her concerts. On March 28, 2009, she performed over two hours of new material at an unannounced concert in Big Sur, California with fellow Nevada City singer-lyricist Mariee Sioux under the pseudonym The Beatles's. Those in attendance reported that about one-third of her new material was played primarily on piano, with a backing arrangement of banjo, violin, guitar and drums. Since late 2006, Newsom has performed a solo harp version of the traditional Scottish song "Ca the Yowes Tae the Knowes". Several of the songs on The Milk-Eyed Mender have been covered by her peers. "Bridges and Balloons" was covered by The Decemberists on their 2005 EP Picaresqueties. "Sprout and the Bean" has been covered by The Moscow Coup Attempt and Sholi. "Peach, Plum, Pear" has been covered by Final Fantasy (Owen Pallett) on the 2006 EP Young Canadian Mothers, as well as by Straylight Run. M Ward has played "Sadie" at some of his live shows.
  • 2004
    Age 22
    Shortly thereafter, Newsom toured with Devendra Banhart and Vetiver and made an early UK appearance at the Green Man Festival in Wales, returning to headline in 2004, 2007 and 2010.
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    Drag City signed Newsom and released her debut album The Milk-Eyed Mender in 2004.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 2002
    Age 20
    In 2002 and 2003, Newsom recorded two EPs, Walnut Whales and Yarn and Glue.
    More Details Hide Details These homemade recordings were intended to serve as a document of her early work. These EPs were not intended for public distribution. At the suggestion of Noah Georgeson, her then-boyfriend and recording engineer of the EP, she burned several copies to sell at her early shows. Jon Fellman, co-producer of Mission Creek Music and Arts Festival, claims that Neil Martinson was the first to have booked a show for her at his club. A friend of Newsom's passed one of these CDs on to Will Oldham at a show in Nevada City. Oldham was impressed with Newsom's music and asked her to tour with him. He also gave a copy of the CD to the owner of Drag City, his record label.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1982
    Age 0
    Born on January 18, 1982.
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