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September 7, 2004

Joanna Newsom, "Yarn and Glue (live)" (Tuesday Tune)

This past April I made a last minute decision to see Joanna Newsom and Smog. I had seen Smog several times and always been impressed with Bill Callahan, but was especially excited at the chance to see Joanna Newsom for the first time. She didn't disappoint, opening with "Yarn and Glue" (mp3 link) from the 2003 ep of the same name. Performing the song acapella with only her hands and feet as accompaniment to her room-filling voice, she had the audience in the palm of her hand after only a few notes. Her performance that night is one of my favorite live music experiences this year. Accompanied only by her harp, her voice filled the room and enchanted us all. Her 2004 album, The Milk-Eyed Mender holds that same distinction among this year's album releases for me.

Bonus Joanna Newsom love:

a 2003 Free Williamsburg interview, given while Newsom was touring to promote the Yarn and Glue ep.

"Sprout and the Bean" video [mov]

"Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie" [mp3] from The Milk-Eyed Mender

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