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Joanna Newsom

Discussion in 'On Tour' started by pd, Aug 22, 2007.

  1. pd

    pd Slightly Desperate Staff Member

    On my search for information on Ms Newsom, who I'd not heard of until Monday, I found a decent interview at the Observer: http://music.guardian.co.uk/folk/story/0,,1929503,00.html

    I have also listened to a mini EP of hers. It's going to take some getting used to - very interesting sparse instrumentation and a very distinctive vocal style. I'm getting hold of her last album "Ys" which purports to have a fuller sound.

    Actually I think it's rather refreshing to have a "challenging" artist that doesn't seem to fit in with any of the usual bored old music clich├ęs.

  2. The Monster

    The Monster I've got a zappy little nappy

    I'm in same boat - read some exceptionally complimentary reviews of Ys and nearly bought it on the strength of that, although suspect she's a bit of an acquired taste - like someone said about Wagner - 'his music's better than it sounds'
    Think it got very close to No1 in album chart

    I'm quite looking forward to seeing her, as I'll be incredibly mellow by the time she comes on!
  3. pd

    pd Slightly Desperate Staff Member

    I'm two tracks into "Ys" at the moment (the joys of working from home!) and I must say, it's excellent.
  4. Shane

    Shane Computer stained fingers

    i cant stand her voice, all i hear is lisa simpson
  5. pd

    pd Slightly Desperate Staff Member

    I can see your point there Shane, but I am thinking more "Bjork" really.

    The interesting thing is, a lot of people are put off of Roy because of his voice (my wife included!). It's all part of one of music's great qualities, I think, which is that it's extremely subjective and every listener has their own interpretation.
  6. Paul in Ringwood

    Paul in Ringwood I've got a zappy little nappy

    I am listening to ''Ys'' right now and I am astonished by the stunning originality, scope and eccentricity of her work.
    Wonderful stuff!
  7. Bob Jacobs

    Bob Jacobs Ride away in style


    I've had this album for some time now. You have to be in the right mood to listen. I found it incredibly irritating as background music but fascinating as foreground music. The flow of thoughts is difficult to follow at times and the voice is annoying at times but charming at others. The musicianship and arrangements are superb. I think she will prove to be the perfect follow up to a punchy 45 minutes of Roy. Have fun all you lucky folk who have got tickets!

  8. aspwatterson

    aspwatterson The Unknown Soldier

    Quiz time...?

    Fill in the missing word in the following...

    "Now they know how many ____________ it takes to fill the Albert Hall
    I'd love to turn you on..."

    Andy in Blackburn Lancs.
  9. Bob Jacobs

    Bob Jacobs Ride away in style

    What have holes in Blackburn got to do with Joanna Newsom?
  10. aspwatterson

    aspwatterson The Unknown Soldier

    Albert Hall

    "Now they know how many Harpernauts it takes to fill the Albert Hall"?

    AW [still in nappies]
  11. Kenny_Wisdom

    Kenny_Wisdom Computer stained fingers

  12. pd

    pd Slightly Desperate Staff Member

    Oh, that's a wonderful article, thank you! I especially like the way they acknowledge Stormcock as being prog. It's what I've been saying all along. And no, I don't think El Rose frequents these forums... :rofl:
  13. pd

    pd Slightly Desperate Staff Member

    I'm just back from the Albert Hall. It was wonderful! I sat down with a pen and paper to write down what he played... and my notes read:

    All of Stormcock!

    And that was the 45 minutes. Wow. Nicely done Roy.

    Joanna said, when she came on and later on at the end, that she's had many moments to cherish in her life but the most important one, the one she would tell her grandchildren, was that she was able to sit in a box in the Albert Hall and see Roy Harper play all of "Stormcock". It's her favourite album.

    I think she was somewhat in awe of the venue too; she had someone get her mobile phone from the dressing room so she could take a photo of everyone from the stage with the house lights up.

    I'm completely won over, she's great.
  14. SHAUN I

    SHAUN I It's so clear on the wings of the dawn

    Shaun I - Royal Albert Hall..

    I agree with Joanna, I didn't get back to Preston until 7.30 this morning, a night on a cold railway station,but it was all worth it to see the live set of Stormcock at the RAH. I thought the acoustics and reverb sound, coupled w3ith Matt Churchill's playing was fantastic..

    NICE ONE - ROY..
  15. Ben Naga

    Ben Naga Guest

    So, did anyone record for posterity by any chance?
  16. pd

    pd Slightly Desperate Staff Member

    Not me, I found it really spoiled my enjoyment of a concert on the couple of occasions I did try to record a gig. Might be worth keeping an eye out on places like dimeadozen though I suppose!
  17. Reverbeffect

    Reverbeffect I've got a zappy little nappy

    Joanna Newsome on Jools Holland

    I saw Joanna Newsome on Jools show on the Beeb a few months ago.

    She has a quirky ubiquitous style and its very apt that Roy would provide a musical support.

    Cripes I wish I had been able to go!!!

    Just got bath from Bath having taken Hannah-Rei who starts her MA in Songwriting next week for a year.

    Her latest songs are on myspace.com/hannnahrockcliffe
    in case anyone is interested.

    Peace and Love to all
  18. Bob Jacobs

    Bob Jacobs Ride away in style

    I assume you just got back from Bath and that Hannah's myspace site has only 2 "n"s?
  19. Reverbeffect

    Reverbeffect I've got a zappy little nappy

  20. dave w

    dave w Computer stained fingers

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