History Music / JoannaNewsom

20th Apr '17 9:10:57 AM SinNanna
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* BeastFable: "Monkey and Bear" is one.


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* PurpleProse: A positive example. Her lyrics are incredibly verbose and intricate, but they're still very well-written and never feel overwrought like many other examples of this trope.
15th Apr '17 11:30:25 PM BadSplice
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Newsom's songs are ''highly'' intricate fairy tales, with difficult melodies and very poetic lyrics, but they're always less abstract and more coherent than they seem to be at first. Newsom is most easily compared to The Incredible String Band and [[Literature/GoblinMarket Christina Rossetti]], adding her own {{Cloudcuckoolander}} philosophy to her stories and telling them with compelling melodies. Many of her poems star complicated characters and feature separate fantasy worlds. Some are BeastFable tales, others just describe nature, and some are classic folk. Most critics call her an acquired taste; in many cases citing difficulties in getting used to her distinct vocal style (which is high, throaty and airy and distinctly childlike although, due to VocalEvolution, less childlike than it used to be).

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Newsom's songs are ''highly'' intricate fairy tales, with difficult melodies and very poetic lyrics, but they're always less abstract and more coherent than they seem to be at first. Newsom is most easily compared to The Incredible String Band and [[Literature/GoblinMarket Christina Rossetti]], adding her own {{Cloudcuckoolander}} philosophy to her stories and telling them with compelling melodies. Many of her poems star complicated characters and feature separate fantasy worlds. Some are BeastFable tales, others just describe nature, and some are classic folk. Most critics call her an acquired taste; in many cases citing difficulties in getting used to her distinct vocal style (which is high, throaty and throaty, airy and distinctly childlike although, childlike, but due to VocalEvolution, less childlike than it used to be).
1st Apr '17 12:22:16 PM CassandraLeo
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* {{Corpsing}}: In an April 2, 2016, performance in UsefulNotes/SaltLakeCity that has been [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes bootlegged in soundboard quality]], one of Joanna's strings broke, so she had to interrupt the show for a few minutes to change it. The new string kept going out of tune while it was being broken in, and a dissonant note in a performance of "Emily" caused her to crack up audibly. (She also apologizes at the end of the song for skipping two verses, noting that she'd been distracted by trying to think of a way mid-song to avoid using the dissonant string).

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* {{Corpsing}}: In an April 2, 2016, performance in UsefulNotes/SaltLakeCity Salt Lake City that has been [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes bootlegged in soundboard quality]], one of Joanna's strings broke, so she had to interrupt the show for a few minutes to change it. The new string kept going out of tune while it was being broken in, and a dissonant note in a performance of "Emily" caused her to crack up audibly. (She also apologizes at the end of the song for skipping two verses, noting that she'd been distracted by trying to think of a way mid-song to avoid using the dissonant string).
1st Apr '17 12:17:48 PM CassandraLeo
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* {{Corpsing}}: In an April 2, 2016, performance in UsefulNotes/SaltLakeCity that has been [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes bootlegged in soundboard quality]], one of Joanna's strings broke, so she had to interrupt the show for a few minutes to change it. The new string kept going out of tune while it was being broken in, and a dissonant note in a performance of "Emily" caused her to crack up audibly. (She also apologizes at the end of the song for skipping two verses, noting that she'd been distracted by trying to think of a way mid-song to avoid using the dissonant string).



* GriefSong: "Cosmia"
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Lola Montez in "Have One on Me"

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* GriefSong: "Cosmia"
"Cosmia".
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Lola Montez in "Have One on Me"Me".


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* TakeThat: In the Salt Lake City show mentioned above, Joanna makes a (possibly somewhat affectionate) joke at Music/JustinBieber's expense after her string breaks and also, in response to an audience question, says that she doesn't care as much who wins the Democratic primary or what kind of dirty secrets they have in their past as she does whether the winner can beat UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump.
31st Mar '17 5:06:16 PM CassandraLeo
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* CloudCuckooLander: Her reputation tends toward this impression, but if you actually listen to or read one of her interviews, you'll see that this is definitely [[http://web.archive.org/web/20110615123238/http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/music/article7032768.ece not the case.]]

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* CloudCuckooLander: Her reputation tends toward this impression, but if you actually listen to or read one of her interviews, you'll see that this is definitely [[http://web.archive.org/web/20110615123238/http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/music/article7032768.ece not the case.]]case]]:
-->"The big myth about Joanna Newsom is that she is fragile. An extraordinary idea when you think how radical, how ballsy, her choices have been. Her albums conform to no prescribed ideas about how many songs they should contain (the last one had five, this one has 18, songs vary hugely in length ó and letís not forget theyíre written on a harp). [[CrazyAwesome Does anybody else put superglue on their fingers to make sure the callouses donít grow soft?]] Schlep around the world to lead a different symphonic orchestra in playing her songs every night with barely any rehearsal time, everywhere from the London Barbican to the Sydney Opera House? Playing a huge 7-pedalled harp is tough stuff. And who else, aged 18, would go alone to a wild place down by the river, arrange some stones into a circle, and then sit inside that circle and stay there for three days, fasting. (Her friends camped a few miles away and left her small amounts of rice and water while she slept.) It’s a determination like none Iíve ever encountered."



** "The big myth about Joanna Newsom is that she is fragile. An extraordinary idea when you think how radical, how ballsy, her choices have been. Her albums conform to no prescribed ideas about how many songs they should contain (the last one had five, this one has 18, songs vary hugely in length ó and letís not forget theyíre written on a harp). [[CrazyAwesome Does anybody else put superglue on their fingers to make sure the callouses donít grow soft?]] Schlep around the world to lead a different symphonic orchestra in playing her songs every night with barely any rehearsal time, everywhere from the London Barbican to the Sydney Opera House? Playing a huge 7-pedalled harp is tough stuff. And who else, aged 18, would go alone to a wild place down by the river, arrange some stones into a circle, and then sit inside that circle and stay there for three days, fasting. (Her friends camped a few miles away and left her small amounts of rice and water while she slept.) It’s a determination like none Iíve ever encountered."
31st Mar '17 5:01:51 PM CassandraLeo
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* CloudCuckooLander: Her reputation tends toward this impression, but if you actually listen to or read one of her interviews, you'll see that this is definitely [[http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/music/article7032768.ece not the case:]]

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* CloudCuckooLander: Her reputation tends toward this impression, but if you actually listen to or read one of her interviews, you'll see that this is definitely [[http://entertainment.[[http://web.archive.org/web/20110615123238/http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/music/article7032768.ece not the case:]]case.]]
31st Mar '17 4:54:17 PM CassandraLeo
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* DreamTeam: Many people regarded ''Ys'' as an example of this. Joanna employed orchestral arrangements by Van Dyke Parks, known for cowriting Music/TheBeachBoys' ''Music/{{Smile}}'' and for his own album ''Song Cycle'', and her voice and harp were recorded by acclaimed producer Music/SteveAlbini.

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* DreamTeam: Many people regarded ''Ys'' as an example of this. Joanna employed orchestral arrangements by Van Dyke Parks, known for cowriting Music/TheBeachBoys' ''Music/{{Smile}}'' and for his own album ''Song Cycle'', and her voice and harp were recorded by acclaimed producer Music/SteveAlbini. Jim O'Rourke (known for his work with Music/SonicYouth and his own solo career) also worked on the album, as did well-known session bassist Leland Sklar and singer-songwriter Bill Callahan (with whom Joanna was romantically linked for a time).
31st Mar '17 4:51:11 PM CassandraLeo
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* DreamTeam: Many people regarded ''Ys'' as an example of this. Joanna employed orchestral arrangements by Van Dyke Parks, known for cowriting Music/TheBeachBoys' ''Music/{{Smile}}'' and for his own album ''Song Cycle'', and her voice and harp were recorded by acclaimed producer Music/SteveAlbini.
31st Mar '17 4:44:20 PM CassandraLeo
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* BaroquePop: With her complex compositions, intricate arrangements, and strong melodic sensibilities, she is likely one of the best modern examples of this genre.

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* BaroquePop: With her complex compositions, intricate arrangements, and strong melodic sensibilities, she is likely one of the best modern examples of this genre. The orchestra on ''Ys'' makes it a particularly pertinent example.



* ProgressiveRock: Due to the complexity of her compositions and arrangements, she arguably qualifies as the most prominent modern example of progressive folk. "Only Skin" is the best example, being a multipartite seventeen-minute composition, but all the songs on ''Ys'' and about half the songs on ''Have One on Me'' could be considered examples, as could "Colleen" and the longer songs from ''Divers''.

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* ProgressiveRock: Due to the complexity of her compositions and arrangements, she arguably qualifies as the most prominent modern example practitioner of progressive folk. "Only Skin" is the best example, being a multipartite seventeen-minute composition, but all the songs on ''Ys'' and about half the songs on ''Have One on Me'' could be considered examples, as could "Colleen" and the longer songs from ''Divers''.
31st Mar '17 4:39:25 PM CassandraLeo
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* BaroquePop: With her complex compositions, intricate arrangements, and strong melodic sensibilities, she is likely one of the best modern examples of this genre.


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* ProgressiveRock: Due to the complexity of her compositions and arrangements, she arguably qualifies as the most prominent modern example of progressive folk. "Only Skin" is the best example, being a multipartite seventeen-minute composition, but all the songs on ''Ys'' and about half the songs on ''Have One on Me'' could be considered examples, as could "Colleen" and the longer songs from ''Divers''.
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