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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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  • 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

    4 hours ago Reply
  • Joshua_Lastfm

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

    Yesterday 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
  • lrreplaceable_

    whatever happened to the good intentions video? lol

    17 Aug 7:25am Reply
  • Charlohh

    My ears are happier with her new voice on Have One on Me.

    13 Aug 7:42pm Reply
  • fleetingmoment

    i want to make love to a beautiful girl while listening to joanna newsom

    13 Aug 9:25am Reply
  • CWAS91

    You think four years is a long time to wait for new music? Try being a Kate Bush fan! Anyway, Joanna should take as long as she wants/needs. Creativity is not something that can be forced.

    31 Jul 10:43am Reply
  • urrrgh

    TE AMO

    26 Jul 1:59am Reply
  • BLACKENEDPLAGUE

    a bit grating...

    17 Jul 7:10pm Reply
  • giftedcursed

    RusselChap, that simply shows that you've never truly been enchanted by joanna.

    8 Jul 4:24am Reply
  • majo334

    'Ys' enchanted me, words cannot describe

    3 Jul 8:34pm Reply
  • Randwer

    Another drag city newsletter passed by without a mentioning. So a release in 2014 is doubtful.

    28 Jun 11:20am Reply
  • oddbirdforever

    I'm actually happy, when the artist take their time and only release an album in every ten year. I mean, it's probably not total crap.

    24 Jun 7:40pm Reply
  • RussellChap

    If you don't release something soon I will lose interest and not care when you finally do release an album.

    24 Jun 9:27am Reply
  • marinho3003

    G-zus, 4 years since HOOM DD: It's time 2 release something new, Joanna, PLEASE

    24 Jun 6:14am Reply
  • Leyden

    the milk-eyed mender is the best record to start! still my favorite...

    20 Jun 3:15pm Reply
  • erikisPSYCHO

    Could you imagine what Joanna's vocal warmups sound like?

    18 Jun 7:10am Reply
  • kate8771

    I will never close the dog-gone door on Joanna.

    17 Jun 9:10pm Reply
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