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Joanna Newsom

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Nevada City CA, United States (2002 – present)

Joanna Newsom (born January 18, 1982) started taking piano lessons at a very early age and played for a couple of years, but switched to the harp at seven. Her approach to the harp, from the percussive aspects of her playing to her chord changes, was also influenced by West African and Venezuelan harp music, which she began studying at a folk music camp she attended in her early teens. At the same time, she also listened to more vocal-based , , and like Karen Dalton, Texas Gladden, Patti Smith, and Billie Holiday. By the time she reached high-school age, Newsom decided she wanted to become a composer, and while that became the focus of her studies, in her free time she began writing and recording instrumental songs. Eventually, Newsom’s passion for songwriting won out, and she began studying creative writing to work with words in the same way she was accustomed to working with music.

Although Joanna Newsom’s Appalachian-meets- take on music is her most celebrated work, her range is even more inclusive than her solo career suggests: the classically trained harpist adds a decidedly different, textural sound to Nervous Cop, the noise rock trio that also features Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier and Hella’s Zach Hill, and she also plays keyboards for The Pleased, another San Francisco-area band more akin to Blondie or Television than her other projects.

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  • TrveVictimizer

    Ys is one of the greatest albums ever written. I totally like HOOM too, but Ys is over the top on so many levels. <3

    26 Nov 12:08am Reply
  • Primitive3D

    I missed listening to her. Cold weather begs for her voice. Hopefully her next release will see her doing something with the same mood of Ys or HOOM.

    12 Nov 10:44pm Reply
  • trilled_bees

    new record coming 2025

    24 Oct 2:32am Reply
  • jacobdylan11

    the four new songs floating on youtube are soul crushing and so uplifting. my god.

    16 Oct 9:37pm Reply
  • TheSuperCrasher

    Ys and Have One on Me are works of art and absolute masterpieces.

    6 Oct 3:46pm Reply
  • jpzitoleopold

    Her main pic is the best main pic of the entire site, fuck.

    30 Sep 11:00pm Reply
  • mirrormont

    zomg an official new thing feat. Joanna on vocals: http://youtu.be/wZfs22E7JmI

    30 Sep 12:57am Reply
  • hamisugar

    bullshit

    28 Sep 6:41pm Reply
  • urrrgh

    I've read somewhere that she didn't like the final result of the video of Good Intentions Paving Company... Joanna or Drag City, or even both. I'm not sure.

    23 Sep 10:29pm Reply
  • barbwireboy2

    I need a new album, the song she played at the pitchfork festival was gorgeous.

    13 Sep 10:37pm Reply
  • dankonichiwa

    honey you please me, even in your sleep <3

    11 Sep 4:02pm Reply
  • JorechDalc

    Video of Good Intentions Paving Company? :O I didn't know that :(

    9 Sep 10:45pm Reply
  • giftedcursed

    joanna is my main drug

    30 Aug 6:57pm Reply
  • BoyWithAntlers

    She DID perform a new song, at a festival fairly recently. It was SO GOOD, different than her previous work lyrically. I was impressed even by her standards. It's still untitled as of yet but you can hear it in full live: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBfh0v1KH2Y

    29 Aug 8:22am Reply
  • CWAS91

    Pls come to Ireland or the UK at the very least.

    28 Aug 8:37pm Reply
  • BerLa

    Does someone know what happened to the video of Good Intentions Paving Company? I know she made a video, but it was never released

    27 Aug 2:38pm Reply
  • Joshua_Lastfm

    I will cry if there's no new album this year.

    26 Aug 11:56am Reply
  • dzzzt

    Damn I even dreamt her new cd was out. It was called Orléans or something and it was actually an old cd from 1998.

    24 Aug 10:09am Reply
  • chronicplutonic

    As someone wisely quipped once where wisdom rarely occurs (a youtube comment box) - 'Once you 'get' Joanna, you never go back.'

    18 Aug 5:45pm Reply
  • dzzzt

    drag city doesn't want to release it for whatever reason

    17 Aug 9:02am Reply
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