as discussed on Guy/Gal With a Guitar (Or Anything Else): Rolling Folk/Singer-Songwriter/Americana Thread 2015ILX Gonna Shine in My Backdoor Someday (new post-Fahey folk for ppl posting in Takoma/Tompkins Square threads Pt II)totally great singer-songwriter.
― tylerw, Wednesday, 25 November 2015 22:35 (five years ago) link
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktSYVR6cn0wrecent clip w/ will oldham
― tylerw, Wednesday, 25 November 2015 22:38 (five 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 (five years ago) link
― scott seward, Wednesday, 25 November 2015 22:55 (five years ago) link
I'm a bit in love with our Joan.
― Poacher (Chinaski), Thursday, 26 November 2015 15:56 (five years ago) link
this is happening! if you're in colorado, or know anyone in colorado, or want to drive to colorado ... https://40.media.tumblr.com/7fd50f07edb289f65c8cd293e7b8dc4b/tumblr_nyorda4Q2J1qzy30io1_1280.jpgif you can't read my chicken scratch, that's tywilc AT gmail.com
― tylerw, Tuesday, 1 December 2015 15:43 (five years ago) link
this woman was sent to us straight from heaven
― alpine static, Saturday, 5 December 2015 06:42 (five years ago) link
I found a cheap used copy of Electric Ursa on vinyl yesterday. *incredible* album.
― nomar, Saturday, 12 December 2015 22:30 (five years ago) link
so jellz of tylerw like RIGHT NOW
― alpine static, Sunday, 13 December 2015 02:38 (five years ago) link
show was great! everyone should have her and salsburg play in their living room. https://41.media.tumblr.com/64489ac3b3ae51c240e4bd21547ca214/tumblr_nzcsrweV0T1qzy30io1_540.jpggot a copy of the Maiden Radio album, Joan's old-timey group. Really nice!
― tylerw, Tuesday, 15 December 2015 16:50 (five years ago) link
― tylerw, Tuesday, 15 December 2015 16:51 (five 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?
― something totally new, it’s the AOR of the twenty first century (tipsy mothra), Tuesday, 15 December 2015 21:11 (five years ago) link
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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 devastatinghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=perCiNp5-ZE
― tylerw, Tuesday, 15 December 2015 21:42 (five years ago) link
worship June Tabor
that song is a heartbreaker, for sure
― Jimmywine Dyspeptic, Tuesday, 15 December 2015 23:04 (five years ago) link
xps looks great tyler!
― niels, Wednesday, 16 December 2015 12:15 (five years ago) link
really was wonderful, feels a bit like a dream at this pointthey 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five years ago) link
here's that etown broadcast: https://soundcloud.com/etown-3/sets/episode-1606-bob-schneider-joan-shelleydefinitely 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, INFeb 18 - Vic Theatre - Chicago, ILFeb 19 - The Accord - Champaign, IL
JOAN SHELLEY EUROPEAN TOUR feat Nathan SalsburgFeb 27 - Auditorio de Espinho - Espino, PortugalMar 2 -De La Warr Pavilion - Bexhill-On-Sea, UKMar 3 - The Islington - London, UKMar 4 - The Band Room - Farndale, UKMar 5 - The Glad Cafe - Glasgow, UKMar 6 - The Basement - York, UKMar 8 - The Castle - Manchester, UKMar 9 - South St Arts Centre - Reading, UKMar 10 - The Prince Albert - Brighton, UKMar 11 - N9 - Eeklo, BelgiumMar 12 - London Calling Festival - Amsterdam, NetherlandsMar 13 - Cloud Nine Club - Utrecht, NetherlandsMar 14 - Monarch - Berlin, GermanyMar 16 - White/Noise - Stuttgart, GermanyMar 18 - Hauskonzerte - Munich, GermanyMar 19 - El Lokal - Zurich, SwitzerlandMar 21 - Black Market - Rome, ItalyMar 22 - House Show - Turin, ItalyMar 24 - Espace B - Paris, FranceMar 25 - Broadcast, Brussels, Belgium w/ Broeder Dieleman
West Coast Tour April/May April 27 - Bootleg Theater - w/ Emmet Kelly - Los Angeles, CAApril 30 - Vines on the Mary Crest - Paso Robles, CAMay 1 - Folktale Winery - Carmel By The Sea, CAMay 2 - Freight & Salvage - Berkeley, CAMay 4- Old St. Francis School - Bend, ORMay 5 - Axe & Fiddle - Cottage Grove, CAMay 6 - The Old Church - Portland, ORMay 7 - Ballard Homestead - Seattle, WAMay 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 (five years ago) link
looks like there's a new record in the can -- with Tweedyhttps://scontent.fapa1-2.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/p843x403/15493637_1192138917568779_4233230122179903918_o.jpg?oh=4530e41cd0bdce186d9442572fe15860&oe=58B14467
single that came out this summer was perfect, too https://joanshelley.bandcamp.com/album/cost-of-the-cold-b-w-here-and-whole
― tylerw, Tuesday, 13 December 2016 15:49 (four years ago) link
who's the guy holding tweedy?
her last album was so great.
― nomar, Tuesday, 13 December 2016 16:26 (four years ago) link
her new album is out today??
― nomar, Friday, 5 May 2017 16:30 (four years ago) link
yeahhh, it's great
― tylerw, Friday, 5 May 2017 16:35 (four 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 (four 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 (four 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 (four years ago) link
the right decision on the new one, that is ...
The right soundtrack to the not-quite-spring weather.
― Josh in Chicago, Friday, 5 May 2017 22:03 (four 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 (four years ago) link
― tylerw, Wednesday, 10 May 2017 17:50 (four years ago) link
Tyler your living room is huge!
― Evan, Wednesday, 10 May 2017 18:24 (four years ago) link
haha, yes we've also upped our light show game
― tylerw, Wednesday, 10 May 2017 19:08 (four years ago) link
she is playing in the berghain tonight. i'll be there.
― Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Monday, 4 September 2017 14:28 (three 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 (three years ago) link
Yeah she's great esp w SalsbergDid 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 (three 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 (three years ago) link
This record is so beautiful
― niels, Monday, 18 September 2017 16:13 (three years ago) link
and there's a new covers EP https://joanshelley.bandcamp.com/album/rivers-and-vessels
― niels, Saturday, 31 March 2018 08:24 (three 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 (three years ago) link
Beautiful new tender song, album will come out late August.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95WaiDfPwu8
― je est un autre, l'enfer c'est les autres (alex in mainhattan), Friday, 19 July 2019 07:28 (two years ago) link
― alpine static, Saturday, 7 September 2019 21:08 (one year ago) link
the new album
it's even better than Over And Even and the s/t
i did not think that was possible
this is officially an all-time three-record run
― alpine static, Saturday, 7 September 2019 21:09 (one year 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 (one year 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 suffering...save string (Chinaski), Sunday, 15 September 2019 19:23 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link
not sure, but maybe?
― tylerw, Tuesday, 17 September 2019 15:53 (one year ago) link
Do you have many people play at your house or just Joan Shelley?
― Dan Worsley, Tuesday, 17 September 2019 17:07 (one year ago) link
just joan shelley
― tylerw, Tuesday, 17 September 2019 17:16 (one year 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 (one year ago) link
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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link
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 greatdidn't know there was a live recordhaving seen her I can't imagine it's not wonderfulthe 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
Joan and Nathan had a baby! Yay!
― alpine static, Saturday, 26 June 2021 17:32 (one month ago) link
Ginko and Electric Ursa are being reissued: https://joanshelley.bandcamp.com/merch
― willem, Friday, 16 July 2021 09:06 (two weeks ago) link