It's true: at a recent show in Oakland, Joanna Newsom and Robin Pecknold (lead singer of Fleet Foxes) continued the time-honored tradition of indie rockers covering mainstream pop hits by trotting out a rendition of that old Kid Rock/Sheryl Crow chestnut, "Picture." They, uh, sound pretty good, actually.
Joanna Newsom tunes her own harp.I found this fascinating for
some reason. Shouldn't someone of Newsom's stature - she's niche for
sure, but still popular enough to sell out Harvard's Sanders Theatre on
St. Patrick's Day - be able to outsource such mundane tasks? Is it tough
to find a harp tuner on short notice? Does she not trust anyone else
with the job? Whatever the reason, there she was before the show tuning
away - and the amusing thing was that for a good thirty seconds or so,
everyone remained silent and watched.
"Have one on me," indeed, it would seem.
Drag City almost pulled it off.
Joanna Newsom's widely-anticipated new album, Have One On Me, is scheduled to be released in stores this coming Tuesday (February 23rd). And for a while, it really did look like it would be the first high-profile new release in a long, long time to make it to record-store shelves without appearing on the internet first.
Last week, Joanna Newsom announced her new album, Have One On Me, via a cryptic webcomic on the Drag City site. And so on Monday, she previewed some of that new material at a show in Australia. It sounds more accessible than most of Ys to me, but not necessarily in a bad way. More new songs down below (hat tip to Stereogum), titles unknown at this time.