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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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  • 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.

    Yesterday 10:43am Reply
  • urrrgh

    TE AMO

    26 Jul 1:59am Reply

    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
  • epicmeme

    NO. DON'T GIVE US THE ALBUM UNTIL IT'S REALLY REALLY READY. I hope it's better than HOOM - if so, Scaruffi's crazy legs will go crazier and he'll finally give JOANNA SAMBERG a 9

    16 Jun 2:06am Reply
  • R-Mac

    First listened to her when Ys came out and I hated her music. Now.. everything has clicked. [2] i had a similar experience. Her music was way too deep for me to appreciate on the first listen.

    1 Jun 7:04pm Reply
  • Joshua_Lastfm

    Its been 3.5 years, please dont tease me anymore and give us the album!

    26 May 2:44am Reply
  • LuisaBR

    super hermosa <33333

    22 May 2:29pm Reply
  • darth_pigeon

    >tfw Andy Newsom ;_;

    19 May 6:16pm Reply
  • flavor_country

    >tfw Joanna Samberg [3] thats w/e glad she found luv but it bothers me that a lot of have one on me was ostensibly written about the man andy samberg ew

    18 May 9:33am Reply
  • gabrieltoscanov

    How isn't Ys the top album? [2]

    17 May 8:03pm Reply
  • Melodeh

    If anyone's looking for new music, you should listen to First Aid Kit, their new song is amazing.

    5 May 2:50am Reply
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