• March 19, 2010
    By Ryan Stewart

    Joanna Newsom, "Emily," live at Town Hall in New York, March 18.

    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.

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  • February 19, 2010
    By Ryan Stewart

    "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.

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