Joan Shelley

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tylerw, Wednesday, 25 November 2015 22:38 (six years ago) link

i'm a fan! hits my sandy/joni/heidi buttons in a good way.

scott seward, Wednesday, 25 November 2015 22:54 (six years ago) link

scott seward, Wednesday, 25 November 2015 22:55 (six years ago) link

I'm a bit in love with our Joan.

Poacher (Chinaski), Thursday, 26 November 2015 15:56 (six years ago) link

this is happening! if you're in colorado, or know anyone in colorado, or want to drive to colorado ...
if you can't read my chicken scratch, that's tywilc AT

tylerw, Tuesday, 1 December 2015 15:43 (six years ago) link

this woman was sent to us straight from heaven

alpine static, Saturday, 5 December 2015 06:42 (six years ago) link

I found a cheap used copy of Electric Ursa on vinyl yesterday. *incredible* album.

nomar, Saturday, 12 December 2015 22:30 (six years ago) link

so jellz of tylerw like RIGHT NOW

alpine static, Sunday, 13 December 2015 02:38 (six years ago) link

show was great! everyone should have her and salsburg play in their living room.
got a copy of the Maiden Radio album, Joan's old-timey group. Really nice!

tylerw, Tuesday, 15 December 2015 16:50 (six years ago) link

tylerw, Tuesday, 15 December 2015 16:51 (six years ago) link

Wow, "Over and Even" is great. My favorite discovery so far from year-end lists. The Maiden Radio album sounds nice, too. So her earlier albums are worth digging up too?

i haven't heard her first one, but Electric Ursa from last year is fantastic too -- a bit more of a "band" sound, but really great.

tylerw, Tuesday, 15 December 2015 21:28 (six years ago) link

electic ursa and over and even both have that quality that just makes me want to play them over and over. maybe that's just called playability. i have them on vinyl but almost considering getting them on cd to play at the store. so that i can play them over and over at work as well as at home.

scott seward, Tuesday, 15 December 2015 21:34 (six years ago) link

I like her earlier records fine, but Over & Even hit me way harder. I "appreciated and respected" her before, now I'm a superfan. I think the addition of Salsburg has a lot to do with it. That, and she seems to be in a really great place right now, songwriting-wise.

Anyone heard her album with Daniel Martin Moore? That's the only one I'm missing (I think)

Jimmywine Dyspeptic, Tuesday, 15 December 2015 21:36 (six years ago) link

yeah i do think this latest one is her best yet, but i dig it all so far...
on saturday she closed with a cover of this June Tabor song, which was devastating

tylerw, Tuesday, 15 December 2015 21:42 (six years ago) link

worship June Tabor

that song is a heartbreaker, for sure

Jimmywine Dyspeptic, Tuesday, 15 December 2015 23:04 (six years ago) link

xps looks great tyler!

niels, Wednesday, 16 December 2015 12:15 (six years ago) link

really was wonderful, feels a bit like a dream at this point
they also sounded amazing during the etown taping i saw, which was a bigger space and more of a pro setting.

tylerw, Wednesday, 16 December 2015 16:44 (six years ago) link

this is a really nice set on NPR tiny desk concerts

Amira, Queen of Creativity (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 16 December 2015 17:37 (six years ago) link

Funny, I literally just a few minutes ago sent that link around to some family + friends I thought might like it.

Evan, Wednesday, 16 December 2015 17:49 (six years ago) link

one month passes...

here's that etown broadcast:
definitely skip bob schneider.

buncha tour dates coming up

Feb 14 - Mountain Stage - Charleston, WV (SOLD OUT)

(As MAIDEN RADIO Opening for Bonnie "Prince" Billy)
Feb 17 - Buskirk-Chumley Theater - Bloomington, IN
Feb 18 - Vic Theatre - Chicago, IL
Feb 19 - The Accord - Champaign, IL

Feb 27 - Auditorio de Espinho - Espino, Portugal
Mar 2 -De La Warr Pavilion - Bexhill-On-Sea, UK
Mar 3 - The Islington - London, UK
Mar 4 - The Band Room - Farndale, UK
Mar 5 - The Glad Cafe - Glasgow, UK
Mar 6 - The Basement - York, UK
Mar 8 - The Castle - Manchester, UK
Mar 9 - South St Arts Centre - Reading, UK
Mar 10 - The Prince Albert - Brighton, UK
Mar 11 - N9 - Eeklo, Belgium
Mar 12 - London Calling Festival - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Mar 13 - Cloud Nine Club - Utrecht, Netherlands
Mar 14 - Monarch - Berlin, Germany
Mar 16 - White/Noise - Stuttgart, Germany
Mar 18 - Hauskonzerte - Munich, Germany
Mar 19 - El Lokal - Zurich, Switzerland
Mar 21 - Black Market - Rome, Italy
Mar 22 - House Show - Turin, Italy
Mar 24 - Espace B - Paris, France
Mar 25 - Broadcast, Brussels, Belgium w/ Broeder Dieleman

West Coast Tour April/May
April 27 - Bootleg Theater - w/ Emmet Kelly - Los Angeles, CA
April 30 - Vines on the Mary Crest - Paso Robles, CA
May 1 - Folktale Winery - Carmel By The Sea, CA
May 2 - Freight & Salvage - Berkeley, CA
May 4- Old St. Francis School - Bend, OR
May 5 - Axe & Fiddle - Cottage Grove, CA
May 6 - The Old Church - Portland, OR
May 7 - Ballard Homestead - Seattle, WA
May 8 - Concerts at the Barn - Kingston, WA

May 20-22 The Moonshiner's Ball

June 2-5 Nelsonville Music Festival, OH

July 15-17 Forecastle Festival, Louisville, KY

Aug 18-21 Green Man Festival, Brecon Beacon, Wales

tylerw, Thursday, 11 February 2016 16:41 (six years ago) link

ten months pass...

looks like there's a new record in the can -- with Tweedy

single that came out this summer was perfect, too

tylerw, Tuesday, 13 December 2016 15:49 (five years ago) link

who's the guy holding tweedy?

her last album was so great.

nomar, Tuesday, 13 December 2016 16:26 (five years ago) link

four months pass...

her new album is out today??

nomar, Friday, 5 May 2017 16:30 (five years ago) link

yeahhh, it's great

tylerw, Friday, 5 May 2017 16:35 (five years ago) link

Absolutely. Phantastic. Reminds me a little of Gillian Welch with a grain of Margo Timmins. Bluegrass as I like it.

Alex in Spree-Athen (alex in mainhattan), Friday, 5 May 2017 21:28 (five years ago) link

It's so great. Not sure if it'll surpass Over and Even for me but it's right there.

alpine static, Friday, 5 May 2017 21:52 (five years ago) link

yeah over and even is tough to beat. i think they made the right decision to keep things pretty sparse -- there's probably the temptation to add bells n whistles but you really don't need a lot when it comes to that voice, these songs.

tylerw, Friday, 5 May 2017 21:54 (five years ago) link

the right decision on the new one, that is ...

tylerw, Friday, 5 May 2017 21:54 (five years ago) link

The right soundtrack to the not-quite-spring weather.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 5 May 2017 22:03 (five years ago) link

xpost: agree, i feel like Tweedy's best decision on this was to stay out of the way and let the songs do their thing.

BUT if you look in the promotional stuff (like the graphs on Joan's Bandcamp) she essentially says "Tweedy protected the songs by stopping us from doing too much."

whatever, it worked.

for me, Over and Even currently wins out *maybe* on overall strength, but the thing is ... Over and Even has its title track, Not Over By Half and Subtle Love. those three songs are beautiful and affecting and *perfect* -- as good as anything anyone has done in recent years. and i feel like the s/t might be as strong as O&E ... it might even have a song or two that competes with those three ... but i just can't imagine it overcoming the way I feel about those three songs in particular.

time will tell, of course.

alpine static, Friday, 5 May 2017 23:34 (five years ago) link

tylerw, Wednesday, 10 May 2017 17:50 (five years ago) link

Tyler your living room is huge!

Evan, Wednesday, 10 May 2017 18:24 (five years ago) link

haha, yes we've also upped our light show game

tylerw, Wednesday, 10 May 2017 19:08 (five years ago) link

three months pass...

she is playing in the berghain tonight. i'll be there.

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Monday, 4 September 2017 14:28 (four years ago) link

The concert was phantastic. Her voice is incredibly pure. Besides Margo Timmins it reminded me of Sandy Denny. She can hit very high registers without warbling. The songs were mostly from her last s/t record. Most of them instant classics. Usually very soothing and calming. They are grounded very deep in the earth. Often they are short pastiches with simple but beautiful tunes which seem to end in the middle. She was accompanied by Nathan Salsburg who is a guitar virtuoso. Her in between song banter was great, she is such a warm person. There were only about 50 people in the canteen of the Berghain, maybe also because it was Monday. If she is in your town go and see her, she is stunning.

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Monday, 4 September 2017 21:09 (four years ago) link

Yeah she's great esp w Salsberg
Did Jake Xerexes Fussel open up?

Just listened to Over and Even tonight actually, I think I slightly prefer it to the new one but it's close

Universal LULU Nation (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 5 September 2017 04:26 (four years ago) link

No, the opener was Emma Elisabeth. She was great too.

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Tuesday, 5 September 2017 04:45 (four years ago) link

This record is so beautiful

niels, Monday, 18 September 2017 16:13 (four years ago) link

six months pass...

and there's a new covers EP

niels, Saturday, 31 March 2018 08:24 (four years ago) link

A covers record with no songwriting credits, just "all songs arranged by joan shelley." That's...odd.

Paul Ponzi, Saturday, 31 March 2018 11:35 (four years ago) link

one year passes...

Beautiful new tender song, album will come out late August.

je est un autre, l'enfer c'est les autres (alex in mainhattan), Friday, 19 July 2019 07:28 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

you guys

alpine static, Saturday, 7 September 2019 21:08 (two years ago) link

the new album

alpine static, Saturday, 7 September 2019 21:08 (two years ago) link

it's even better than Over And Even and the s/t

i did not think that was possible

alpine static, Saturday, 7 September 2019 21:08 (two years ago) link

this is officially an all-time three-record run

alpine static, Saturday, 7 September 2019 21:09 (two years ago) link

I was disappointed that I didn't love the s/t as much as Over & Even but she's really back with this one. Beautiful stuff.

Paul Ponzi, Saturday, 7 September 2019 21:30 (two years ago) link

The s/t kind of passed me by but this is really lovely. I know this was recorded in Reykjavik but this feels very 'home'. I've been reading lots of John Jeremiah Sullivan and have felt the Kentucky pull; this has come at the right time and intensified that tug.

Life is a meaningless nightmare of string (Chinaski), Sunday, 15 September 2019 19:23 (two years ago) link

I was disappointed that I didn't love the s/t as much as Over & Even
my introduction to her was the s/t, i love it to pieces. i saw her on the subsequent tour and she was stunning to say the least. this new one is slowly sinking in, over and even i haven't listened to seriously. for the time being the s/t is still my fave. which actually says nothing as it is the only one i really know.

je est un autre, l'enfer c'est les autres (alex in mainhattan), Monday, 16 September 2019 15:51 (two years ago) link

she's playing at my house again next week! crazy. if you're in colorado and want to come, get in touch tywilc at gmail.

tylerw, Tuesday, 17 September 2019 15:30 (two years ago) link


That's awesome Tyler, if I was anywhere near Colorado I'd reach out. Enjoy! Any chance it is being taped?

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 17 September 2019 15:34 (two years ago) link

not sure, but maybe?

tylerw, Tuesday, 17 September 2019 15:53 (two years ago) link

Do you have many people play at your house or just Joan Shelley?

Dan Worsley, Tuesday, 17 September 2019 17:07 (two years ago) link

just joan shelley

tylerw, Tuesday, 17 September 2019 17:16 (two years ago) link

(actually, after the last time, I was like "we should do this all the time!" but we haven't done it since.)

tylerw, Tuesday, 17 September 2019 17:17 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

Was surprised to pull up Wtf on the podcast app just now and see Joan as the interview.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 31 October 2019 13:22 (two years ago) link

Yikes, this is the most clearly out of his element he's been in a long time.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 31 October 2019 14:01 (two years ago) link

eight months pass...

This recent live album is fantastic so far, I somehow had missed last year's album but "Coming Down For You" is a highlight.

JoeStork, Saturday, 11 July 2020 05:42 (one year ago) link

Yes the live album is so good! The version of "The Fading" on there damn near made me cry the first time I heard it, and that's a song I thought I had worn out from constant replaying.

handsome boy modelling software (bernard snowy), Saturday, 11 July 2020 13:28 (one year ago) link

the latest studio album was great

didn't know there was a live record

having seen her I can't imagine it's not wonderful

the line from "Like a River to the Sea" - "to tear apart Summer's stuffy and stale rooms/with fresh air and wind and waves" really tugs at my heart in quarantine

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, 11 July 2020 13:42 (one year ago) link

eleven months pass...

Joan and Nathan had a baby! Yay!

alpine static, Saturday, 26 June 2021 17:32 (ten months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Ginko and Electric Ursa are being reissued:

willem, Friday, 16 July 2021 09:06 (ten months ago) link

nine months pass...

Bill Callahan collaboration out

corrs unplugged, Friday, 6 May 2022 10:59 (one week ago) link


Indexed, Friday, 6 May 2022 15:24 (one week ago) link

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