Joanna Newsom Opens for Wilco at The Hollywood Bowl, 9/30
Just eight years ago, Joanna Newsom was playing keyboards with a San Francisco group and writing songs on the harp more or less as an exercise, taping them just to remember how she put them together. One thing led to another, and her home-recordings seemed worthy enough to sell at shows. They fell into some influential hands, feet, and eventually into the paws of Drag City, who asked her to make a record. The Milk-Eyed Mender was recorded in late 2003 with Noah Georgeson at the board, highlighting the awesome dynamic range of Joanna’s harp and the delightful qualities of her voice. A relentless touring schedule followed, matched by continued and growing interest in the newness of her sound.
In 2006, Joanna got down to her second album, Ys. Conceived as a song-cycle with orchestrations scored by Van Dyke Parks, the emotional landscape of the songs (and the movements therein) produced marvelous arrangements. The first pressing sold out all across the world. (The packaging for the vinyl and CD were an intense challenge, involving a booklet, an o-card for the disc and...gilding.) 2007 passed in a blur of tour dates as Ys soared to new heights, most excitingly in the selected places where Joanna and her Ys Street Band were booked with orchestral backing, including her debut at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
The following years were largely spent executing the songs for the record that would become Have One On Me. As with Ys, a number of new songs had been brought forward earlier, during the concerts of ’07 and ’08. It’s a triple album produced by Newsom herself and mixed by long-time collaborators Jim O'Rourke and Noah Georgeson, with the accompanying arrangements by Ryan Francesconi. It got sequenced and adorned with lovely new-phase art in the history and career of Joanna Newsom, who’s been touring since.
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