Joanna Newsom covers Sandy Denny's "North Star Grassman and the Ravens" for Wren

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, March 15, 2013 04:42pm | Post a Comment
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We've caught neither peep nor lead regarding a follow up to Joanna Newsom's 2010 Have One On Me triple LP the future Mrs. Andy Samberg has been making news recently, case in point. Last year a couple of new songs, "Look and Despair" and "The Diver's Wife", were caught during two live different live performances in San Francisco and subsequently released into the wild, as happens more often that not in this increasingly borderless world of oversharing we live in (no complaints here). After dangling the carrot that was the announcement of a video shoot to showcase the jaunty, up-beat "Good Intentions Paving Company" music video in June of 2011 and later, in March 2012, the shaved vignette of a preview for the clip (as one comment sardonically pointed out, "this video is practically the indie Chinese Democracy") it feels good to finally see something new from Lady Jo, even if the newness is a "fashion video" for the Fall/Winter 2013 collection of Los Angeles based clothing line Wren, and the song is not new material but rather a Sandy Denny cover (again, no complaints whatsoever).

Concerning Hobbit Rock: Exploring A Beloved Micro-Genre

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, January 25, 2013 06:41pm | Post a Comment
Given all the hubbub this past holiday season surrounding the opening of Peter Jackson's newest venture into J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, I think it's time to shift the spotlight onto a little known sub-subgenre tucked away, much like a hobbit hole snugly abutting a hillside, within Amoeba Music's extensive Rock Various Artists section: Hobbit Rock.

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Now, I have to admit the first time I clocked the Hobbit Rock bin card I was taken aback, gagging on the  question: what the heck is this? Browsing though the titles it began to make sense. Much like unfolding a map of Middle Earth to explore a visual representation of the diverse cultures and histories that Tolkien invented to people his fictional universe, browsing Hobbit Rock is to peruse a Led Zeppelin hobbit rock lord of the rings lyrics robert plant hippy hippie rock collection of music that either inspires sincere impressions of Middle Earth or is unequivocally informed by Tolkein's fantasy writings.

In other words, if an artist makes blatant Tolkien-esque references in lyric  (apparently Led Zeppelin couldn't resist slipping more than a little Middle Earthliness into practically every album) or otherwise artistic content (see my list below) then that, friends, is pure, gem mint ten Hobbit Rock.

A Benefit for Big Sur's Henry Miller Memorial Library with Philip Glass and Joanna Newsom with Tim Fain, 6/25

Posted by Billyjam, June 7, 2012 11:44am | Post a Comment

Joanna Newsom (live on UK TV) who, along with Tim Fain & Philip Glass, will perform at the
Warfield in SF on June 25th in a benefit for the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur

It is always a good thing to support music and musicians, whether buying CDs and records at Amoeba or attending concerts and shows, but supporting good music when it benefits a needy, worthwhile cause makes you feel even better. Grab the perfect  opportunity with the recently announced benefit concert for The Henry Miller Library with Philip Glass and Joanna Newsom with Tim Fain at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco on Monday, June 25th.

(((folkYEAH!))) and The Day & Nights Festival presents this impressive concert, planned out of a need to support the financially challenged Big Sur-based Henry Miller Library. The library, which operates exclusively on donations, is a financial pinch right now and needs to raise $140,000 in funds to cover the costs of construction upgrades that are been enforced by country regulation laws.

Tickets are still available. For more information click here

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A Valentine in Three Dimensions

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, February 14, 2012 06:06am | Post a Comment
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Anyone familiar with "Lucky Night" by the Sugarcubes knows when to appreciate the magic of a good thing come in threes (as in 1+1=3). The latest coincidence of this two-at-once plus one more collision of indulgence coordinates occurred as a result of Joanna Newsom freewheeling a song that can only be called "Tom Bombadil" on IFC's sassy Portlandia sketch TV show. Well, I've seen a lot and most things excite me but what tops it all is enjoying several things at once. Seeing the lovely J-New (as we are wont to call her at the fort) perform a song about the most fried, free-loving hippie-drippy character Tolkien ever invented (yet sadly, like Radagast the Brown wizard, never made it into Peter Jackson's version of the Lord of the Rings saga) on a show that smacked love-at-first sight vibes upon initial encounter (more Women & Women First, please) was, altogether, not unlike taking a plate of your favorite thing - scattered, smothered, and covered with your other favorite things - to the face like a little pig divin' in the slop trough. A valentine inside a valentine inside... you get the picture. Check out the clip below and if you love this even half as much as I do then Happy Valentine's Day to you, friend - we're practically besties!

(In which we return from where our roots are rooted.)

Posted by Job O Brother, January 3, 2012 11:59am | Post a Comment

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Home is where the hearth is. Downtown Nevada City, California.

The boyfriend and I have recently returned from frolicsome fun in my hometown of Nevada City, California. This year my most shiny of celebrations was neither Christmas nor New Years, but my sister Jacquie’s 50th birthday (for which I provided the cake, subsequently learning that Christmas day is a lousy time to buy baked goods).

Some highlights of the trip were…

Teaching my mother how to prepare absinthe. Who doesn’t love this quintessential Christmas pastime*? Equipped with a curvaceous reservoir glass and ornate, slotted spoon I enthusiastically gave a demonstration on how to prepare absinthe in both the traditional French method and the more dramatic (and efficient) Bohemian method. Both methods were merely informative, not practical, as my Mammy and me prefer our green fairy sans sucre.

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My Mom, enjoying her beverage
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Armed with our booze and one clove cigarette each, we sat in her English garden and contentedly sinned with some of Satan’s most pleasingly perfumed indulgences. Once we felt sweetly weak-in-the-knees it was time to make some pie. (Drinking and driving is a bad idea, but drinking and pie making is a sign of advanced evolution in a species. Word.)

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