Joanna Newsom at the Showbox, Seattle | 4 December 2006
A Few things about the show last night…
- I wasn’t sure how long a harp could hold my interest, but man if it didn’t.
- After opening with a few songs of just her + harp, she was joined by her band to play the new record in it’s entirety. During the first song, Emily you could hear a pin drop in the Showbox. Everyone seemed to be simply mesmerized by the sound coming from the stage.
- That voice…is a bit too much on Ys, If you ask me. I don’t think Steve Albini was the best choice to record her. Too much quirkiness is captured in her voice on record, almost as if it was intentional to make her voice difficult to appreciate . Live, her voice was much smoother, as if she forgot to add in all of the yelps and squeaks, and the songs were much better because of it.
- As my friend Mike pointed out, who new you could replace and entire string section with an accordion? Actually she had 5 other musicians with her to recreate the Ys sound.
- Bjork has got nothing on Joanna Newsom. Actually if Bjork played the harp, you might not be able to tell the two apart.
- This would have been a great sit down show! If her popularity continues on its current trajectory, I may get my wish.
- I can’t believe I got to see someone play the saw twice within four days. Amy Millan now Joanna Newsom, the next thing I know Pitchfork will be giving a 8.9 to some record by an indie rock saw player.
- The show was sold out, not bad for a harp player that writes 15 minute songs with no choruses.
- Opener Smog/Bill Callahan has a cool, smokey, gunslinger kind of a voice. I just have never been able to get into his stuff. His performance tonight was good, but didn’t make me convert.
- She came back out and performed solo for her encore. Peach, Plum, Pear astonished me with her playing both bass and guitar with the harp, and oh yeah she sang at the same time too.