New Joanna Newsom Album "Ys" Due Nov 14

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Yeah, I can't wait. Arrangements by Dyke Van Parks, and I've heard Jim O'Rourke is involved somehow on the engineering or producing end.

Whoever posts the first "twee hippy-dippy forest fairy with a broken voice" crack wins a hangnail.

Ys
Drag City
11/14

Track Listing:
1. Emily
2. Monkey & Bear
3. Sawdust & Diamonds
4. Only Skin
5. Cosmia

Also, she's playing McCarren Pool in Brooklyn on Thursday, August 24. With Martha Wainwright and Neko Case - an indie fuX0r's wet dream!

Edward III (edward iii), Wednesday, 9 August 2006 15:04 (thirteen years ago) link

clearly a remake of the Il Balletto di Bronzo record

Dominique (dleone), Wednesday, 9 August 2006 15:16 (thirteen years ago) link

This is going to cause mass confusion in Italian prog circles.

Edward III (edward iii), Wednesday, 9 August 2006 15:22 (thirteen years ago) link

Good...I was just wondering what she was up to (but was too lazy to actually investigate). How timely. Thank you. I'd beter sharpen my broadsword.

J. Grizzle (trainsmoke), Wednesday, 9 August 2006 15:33 (thirteen years ago) link

pitchfork reports cover art leaked

http://www.falcom.co.jp/licence/character/image/ys_logo.jpg

Doctor Casino (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 9 August 2006 15:35 (thirteen years ago) link

holy crap only 5 tracks? I guess she's gone in exactly the direction I was really hoping she wouldn't :(

fandango (fandango), Wednesday, 9 August 2006 15:40 (thirteen years ago) link

Yeah, I don't interpret that as encouraging either.

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Wednesday, 9 August 2006 15:42 (thirteen years ago) link

Casino---
i started laughing, but then realized that you might not be joking.

J. Grizzle (trainsmoke), Wednesday, 9 August 2006 15:43 (thirteen years ago) link

she played those 5 songs in their entirety at last year's ArthurBall... the participation of VD Parks has made me more interested than I was, to be honest.

Shakey Mo Collier (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 9 August 2006 15:50 (thirteen years ago) link

If that was the cover art I would preorder the album. Dear Joanna Newsom...

Doctor Casino (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 9 August 2006 16:02 (thirteen years ago) link

she's been playing the new material for ages - they're long 10min+ suites. "Only Skin" is fucking amazing.

sean gramophone (Sean M), Wednesday, 9 August 2006 16:08 (thirteen years ago) link

I'm still eager to hear it, but I was definitely hoping for a bunch of ultra-catchy harp pop songs.

Tiki Theater Xymposium (Bent Over at the Arclight), Wednesday, 9 August 2006 16:15 (thirteen years ago) link

I've heard most of the material via live boots, and the songs are strong, which is a relief (I loved The Milk-Eyed Mender but was doubtful she could follow through - bracing myself for the sophmore slump).

Last I heard of "Only Skin," it was about 14+ minutes long, a high-wire feat of derring-do filled w/ striking imagery and memorable melodies, stretching her style to see how much it can take. If you don't dig the literary aspects of what she's doing, you might snap off the stereo in disgust, but unless the production fucks this thing up I'd say she's challenged herself and was not found wanting. Possesses the same sense of ineffable longing that got "Sprout and the Bean" stuck in my craw. If you've listened to enough of her stuff you can sense her rhythms burbling through the lyrics, even if the song's unheard:

rowing along among the reeds, among the rushes
i heard your song before my heart had time to hush it
smell of a stonefruit being cut and being open
smell of a low and of a lazy cinder smoking

and when the fire moves away,
fire moves away, son
why would you say
i was the last one?

...

and the cities we passed were a flickering wasteland
but his hand in my hand made them pale and harmless
and down in the lowlands the crops are all coming; we have everything
life is thundering blissful t'wards death
and the stampede of his fumbling green gentleness

Not sure how fitting an introduction this album will make for newbies, however. Like, where's the single, man?

Edward III (edward iii), Wednesday, 9 August 2006 16:21 (thirteen years ago) link

ha..i was just listening to that other y's on saturday

bb (bbrz), Wednesday, 9 August 2006 16:26 (thirteen years ago) link

This COULD work well if she's broadened her music a bit instrumentation wise. All I keep thinking of w/r/t this however is what a crap job Van Dyke Parks did on Victoria Williams debut album.

I mean... she's twee enough already so I really hope this doesn't emphasise the fairies & unicorns side *even more* because what's convinced friends of mine of her greatness is the live shows being (allegedly!) really raw and unpolished and more compelling by far than her studio arrangements.

I will definitely make an effort to hear this though.

fandango (fandango), Wednesday, 9 August 2006 16:26 (thirteen years ago) link

but i agree i also want a cd of amazing harp pop songs.

sean gramophone (Sean M), Wednesday, 9 August 2006 16:27 (thirteen years ago) link

fandango OTM - I wouldn't have complained if her first three albums were just her + harp. I hesitate to call her sound "fragile," but I've never heard her play with anyone and had it sound as good as her solo. Then again, I'm a Pink Moon kind of guy, so YMMV.

Edward III (edward iii), Wednesday, 9 August 2006 16:35 (thirteen years ago) link

Also several of the songs are about sex w/ Bill Smog which may be a dealbreaker for some.

Edward III (edward iii), Wednesday, 9 August 2006 17:12 (thirteen years ago) link

only 5 songs? geez

rizzx (Rizz), Wednesday, 9 August 2006 17:28 (thirteen years ago) link

Never buy a Can album.

Edward III (edward iii), Wednesday, 9 August 2006 18:08 (thirteen years ago) link

haha yeah, are these long songs then? i didn't think of that with Joanna Newsom

rizzx (Rizz), Wednesday, 9 August 2006 18:45 (thirteen years ago) link

At ArthurBall she played the entire album in order, she said it was the first time she'd ever performed it in public. Five songs, around an hour total. Thousands of words. Incredible.

JayBabcock (jabbercocky), Wednesday, 9 August 2006 18:52 (thirteen years ago) link

Dammit, Dr. C beat me to Falcom joke.

Marmot (marmotwolof), Wednesday, 9 August 2006 18:54 (thirteen years ago) link

...

his fumbling green gentleness

...

cws (cws), Wednesday, 9 August 2006 18:59 (thirteen years ago) link

O'Rourke's involvement makes me happy. As far as I'm concerned, he's never steered an artist wrong.

james brooks (j_brooks), Wednesday, 9 August 2006 19:07 (thirteen years ago) link

I'm gonna listen to that live stuff again, I downloaded the last 3 tracks of this a while back but... I dunno. Will keep an open mind.

fandango (fandango), Wednesday, 9 August 2006 19:08 (thirteen years ago) link

Thousands of words. Incredible.

yeah I didn't come close to digesting the songs; I was struck so dumb at the sheer endurance involved in that performance it was impossible to follow the plots music-wise or lyric-wise(between the stretches of anxious boredom lets be honest). Jim O'Rourke yay though.

tremendoid (tremendoid), Wednesday, 9 August 2006 19:14 (thirteen years ago) link

tremendoid - i hear what you say about being struckdumb by the endurance involved in the performance, but i don't remember being ever bored, or even close to it, there was always something interesting going on, (that is: follow the notes; or follow the lyrics; or just gaze in awe; or check watch and see that song is now in its 13th minute)... (hmm i guess this was similar to seeing dylan in 2005...!)

JayBabcock (jabbercocky), Wednesday, 9 August 2006 19:22 (thirteen years ago) link

It's definitely material you're not going to grok on one listen.

Edward III (edward iii), Wednesday, 9 August 2006 19:29 (thirteen years ago) link

(and that's a good thing)

Edward III (edward iii), Wednesday, 9 August 2006 19:32 (thirteen years ago) link

Five songs, around an hour total. Thousands of words. Incredible.

makes me think of the 20+ minute Cerberus Shoal songs from a few years ago, where a female voice goes on and on and never ends. oddly moving and trance-inducing.

jergins (jergins), Wednesday, 9 August 2006 22:29 (thirteen years ago) link

She forgot the "i" in the album title!

Seriously though, it sounds like this might be the one I finally like. I've tried unsuccessfully with the others.

sleeve (sleeve), Thursday, 10 August 2006 01:54 (thirteen years ago) link

i am really excited about this.

Amateur(ist) (Amateur(ist)), Thursday, 10 August 2006 02:34 (thirteen years ago) link

The Jim O'Rourke contribution is in the mixing. It's been recorded by Steve Albini.

Officer Pupp (Officer Pupp), Thursday, 10 August 2006 12:50 (thirteen years ago) link

The songs on this album are clearly too short.

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy (Kerr), Thursday, 10 August 2006 12:51 (thirteen years ago) link

this is gonna rock, gently.

wogan lenin (dog latin), Thursday, 10 August 2006 13:07 (thirteen years ago) link

So...
Arrangements: Van Dyke Parks
Engineer: Steve Albini
Mix: Jim O'Rourke

What's next?
Producer: Brian Eno
Tape Op: John Goodmanson
Gofer: Thurston Moore
Footrubs: Flood

Edward III (edward iii), Thursday, 10 August 2006 13:34 (thirteen years ago) link

Heh, yeah. It is going to sound pretty fucking sweet though.

Officer Pupp (Officer Pupp), Thursday, 10 August 2006 14:09 (thirteen years ago) link

http://www.secureit-usa.com/images/weapons-cartlg.jpg

I think if we all grab one of these we can have her body strung up by dawn tomorrow.

Jimmy Mod: THE HANDLESS ORGANIST (The Famous Jimmy Mod), Thursday, 10 August 2006 14:12 (thirteen years ago) link

not cool

dmr (Renard), Thursday, 10 August 2006 16:03 (thirteen years ago) link

I think if we all grab one of these we can have her body strung up by dawn tomorrow.

But then you'd have to deal with Smog going all Charles Bronson on your ass...

Edward III (edward iii), Thursday, 10 August 2006 16:07 (thirteen years ago) link

"Also several of the songs are about sex w/ Bill Smog which may be a dealbreaker for some."

Does Callahan basically nail every female artist loosely related to the new folk movement?

I don't think I want to know about Bill screwing, I have an established image that I don't want ruined (teeth gnashing through flesh, girls held down on hardwood floors, etc.)

paid in cigarettes (paid in cigarettes), Thursday, 10 August 2006 17:03 (thirteen years ago) link

SMOG ALONE CAN'T BEAT MY AK

Jimmy Mod: THE HANDLESS ORGANIST (The Famous Jimmy Mod), Thursday, 10 August 2006 23:54 (thirteen years ago) link

there was always something interesting going on, (that is: follow the notes; or follow the lyrics; or just gaze in awe; or check watch and see that song is now in its 13th minute)...

add HEAT and BREATH emanating from a sea of sweaty motherfuckers equals ANXIETY. That I enjoyed it as much as I did is a testament to her (enjoyable, on the whole)performance - seriously - but I was just fried at that point. When's the next Arthurthingy anyway Jay?

tremendoid (tremendoid), Friday, 11 August 2006 05:23 (thirteen years ago) link

"Also several of the songs are about sex w/ Bill Smog which may be a dealbreaker for some."

WTF?

like murderinging (modestmickey), Wednesday, 16 August 2006 20:47 (thirteen years ago) link

i remain to be convinced by this, but it sounds fascinating. i mean, she couldn't really do more of the same, and this sounds like a potentially perfect progression.

or a big pile of over-indulgent bolls. we'll see. i'm hoping for the former, natch.

grimly fiendish (grimlord), Wednesday, 16 August 2006 22:20 (thirteen years ago) link

Cover art. Hmm.

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y176/edwardiii/ys.jpg

Edward III (edward iii), Monday, 21 August 2006 16:42 (thirteen years ago) link

Clearly the Ren Fester album of the year.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 21 August 2006 16:46 (thirteen years ago) link

Yeah, it's a bit much.

Edward III (edward iii), Monday, 21 August 2006 16:52 (thirteen years ago) link

i thought i was the only Newsom fan in the world who still revered Milk-Eyed Mender and wasn't thrilled with where she headed, at least superficially speaking, on the bulk of her music after that: I just think that the comments about her voice must have got to her, or maybe she just decided she'd had enough of it too, but I regret the turn toward the "pretty," both vocally and in Newsom's arrangements - for me there was something extremely unique (and still mostly un-revisited, apart from some spots on HOOM) in the way she played on a tension between lullaby and clamour. few singer-songwriters have made songs that RING so much, even in quiet yearning moments.

still some incredible tracks though on Ys and after

sean gramophone, Wednesday, 18 September 2019 00:36 (one month ago) link

Didn't she have an operate at some point that changed the timbre/tenor of her voice?

Just found this interesting exchange:

STEREOGUM: You once very notably referred to you voice as being essentially “untrainable” …

NEWSOM: That’s one of my least favorite things I’ve ever said. The innocence or ignorance of youth or whatever.

STEREOGUM: I remembered that quote while listening to this record, I guess because I really don’t think that’s a true statement about your voice. Particularly on this record, your voice sounds very controlled and very strong in a way that it didn’t used to.

NEWSOM: I think when I called my voice “untrainable” — which was, like, 107 years ago, when I made my first record — I think it was kind of a defensive thing to say. I think it was probably after having been told by like 8,000 journalists that they thought my voice was confrontational. They thought I was willfully trying to comment on popular conventions of vocal beauty, and like there was something kind of punk rock about it, and I think at that point I was trying to say, “Well, I can’t help it. I can’t sing another way. I can’t train myself to sing another way.” But “untrainable” was the wrong word to use, because after I made that first record, I started touring a lot, and in a non-formal sense, I started training it. When you use your voice at two-hour concerts every single night, it shapes and changes it.

Then I did it again with Ys — my voice was different on that record. Then I toured again for a few more years, and I was playing two-hour shows every night for months on end, and then I got vocal-cord nodes right before recording Have One On Me and decided to go to a vocal coach in order to try to prevent that from happening again. I learned some warm-ups that are geared toward not getting vocal-cord nodes. Then I toured that record for a couple of years, and in the course of touring, I was doing these vocal warmups every single night before a show. I do my vocal warmups every time I rehearse, every time I record, before anything. That is a kind of training.

STEREOGUM: It’s amazing what a huge difference it makes.

NEWSOM: I think I gained over an octave. If you add top and bottom range, I think just from doing vocal warmups every night, I think I gained an octave and a half in total. At least maybe five or six whole steps in either direction.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 18 September 2019 00:39 (one month ago) link

just watched a live "baby birch" on YT and holy shit

fremmes with neppavenettes (rip van wanko), Wednesday, 18 September 2019 00:39 (one month ago) link

sean I’m glad I’m not the only one! I’m just grateful that she was able to capture such a perfect snapshot of her creative thrust at that time, grateful we got two Versions Of Joanna in this life instead of just the one

flamboyant goon tie included, Wednesday, 18 September 2019 00:46 (one month ago) link

I hope she does not Kate Bush tMEM and re-sing re-record any of it in a revisionist way

I mean it’d be lovely but please let us keep the original as canon

flamboyant goon tie included, Wednesday, 18 September 2019 00:47 (one month ago) link

i'd like to hear a proper live album from her some day that includes things like the live version of "peach plum pear", as ys street band is great but i'd love to hear more like that. a 'reworks' album would be a shame though but i don't think that seems likely any time soon

ufo, Wednesday, 18 September 2019 00:52 (one month ago) link

also looked into the story of her having had an operation for vocal cord nodes which i did remember hearing but apparently that had been misreported - she did lose her voice while recording have one on me but there wasn't any surgery.

ufo, Wednesday, 18 September 2019 01:03 (one month ago) link

Yeah, looks like she just had voice lessons.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 18 September 2019 01:30 (one month ago) link

A good friend of mine played in the Ys Street Band. I asked him, given all the skill on stage, if there was ever much room for improvisation within or around all these winding, intricate songs, and he said (not surprisingly) not really, but that there was often room for interludes and long intros that worked out OK. One time I saw her (with a different band) and while she was ... tuning the harp? Or something else time consuming? Anyway, her guitarist at the time basically took requests for metal songs he then performed in a classical style. Just a bit of fun.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 18 September 2019 01:34 (one month ago) link

the version of "cosmia" on ys street band is a prime example of extending things out a bit like that.

ufo, Wednesday, 18 September 2019 01:42 (one month ago) link

And with Divers, Newsom achieved it and surpassed it, with exquisitely wrought arrangements from Muhly and Longstreth, her fantastic list of collaborators, I think it is a stunning achievement and I frankly cower before it.

- fgti

i echo this completely; divers is intellectually and emotionally head and shoulders above any music i've heard in the past 20 years. the fact that she can write and perform at that level while also seeming funny, self-aware, and even remotely approachable is almost crazier.

call all destroyer, Wednesday, 18 September 2019 01:53 (one month ago) link

ugh I can't believe "ozymandian" kept me from erm diving in for so long, it just seemed so brutally thesaurist right off the bat even though it is exactly the right word and well-deployed upon subsequent examination

flamboyant goon tie included, Wednesday, 18 September 2019 02:05 (one month ago) link

hah, tbh having that song drop first didn't move any needles for me. i think it works best as sequenced in the album.

call all destroyer, Wednesday, 18 September 2019 02:09 (one month ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxwWVdcRNpY

here's "time as a symptom" into "anecdotes". really wonderful

ufo, Wednesday, 18 September 2019 02:11 (one month ago) link

ugh, I want to see one of these shows

jmm, Wednesday, 18 September 2019 02:37 (one month ago) link

She seems looser than normal in these new clips, like she's treating it as rehearsal.

jmm, Wednesday, 18 September 2019 02:42 (one month ago) link

'Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie' is what split it apart for me - my way in. I agree that it's perfect. The lyric that gets me most (because it makes me think of my sister for obscure reasons) is:

And some great bellies ache with many bumblebees
And they sting so terribly.

And there are some mornings when the sky looks like a road which is pure Joni.

Christ, I filled up just typing those out.

I've seen her twice live, both in 2007 - at the Albert Hall, which (I guess unsurprisingly) was a bit mannered but still extraordinary, and at the Green Man festival as the sun set over the mountains.

Life is a meaningless nightmare of suffering...save string (Chinaski), Wednesday, 18 September 2019 13:03 (one month ago) link

ugh I can't believe "ozymandian" kept me from erm diving in for so long, it just seemed so brutally thesaurist right off the bat even though it is exactly the right word and well-deployed upon subsequent examination

For some reason when she does this stuff I don't mind it, but with the Decemberists I find it insufferable.

She seems looser than normal in these new clips, like she's treating it as rehearsal.

I suspect it is! I know she took a break from touring/playing live, but I also think she took a break from playing, period, focusing on being a parent. It's been a while since she toured solo, hasn't it? So I suspect she's getting her chops back in order before she finishes work on a new album. Have the setlists of these multi-night engagements featured much in the way of new material?

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 18 September 2019 13:13 (one month ago) link

xp Oh yes, also "it feels so good to be a rose" is a lyric where you see the end of it coming before she arrives (what else is going to rhyme with "nose"?) but the image is so specific that you can't actually think she's gonna go there but she does

Something very nice about the usage of rather banal-sounding words like "rose" and "road" for intricate purposes.

fgti (flamboyant goon tie included), Wednesday, 18 September 2019 13:14 (one month ago) link

I thought for a while that "Ozymandian" might be her own coinage. It helps to know that it's a real word.

jmm, Wednesday, 18 September 2019 13:23 (one month ago) link

for an embarrassingly long time i thought she was saying "you're patty hearst" instead of "you're badly hurt" in 'go long'

dynamicinterface, Wednesday, 18 September 2019 23:45 (one month ago) link

there hasn't been any new material played i think but hopefully there'll still be an album next year

ufo, Thursday, 19 September 2019 00:45 (one month ago) link

robin pecknold was posting some photos of jn (and her harp!) on his instagram some days ago and now he's been posting a lot of studio photos. i am hopeful that either she will be on the next fleet foxes thing or he will be on her next thing. seems probable as they have toured together a few times.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Thursday, 19 September 2019 04:12 (one month ago) link

XP totally totally forgot I went to see her in the Royal Albert Hall in 2007.

in twelve parts (lamonti), Thursday, 19 September 2019 05:12 (one month ago) link

FYI this concert from the Divers tour is really spectacular and a great recording:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHVHEQRbFC8

in twelve parts (lamonti), Thursday, 19 September 2019 07:02 (one month ago) link

Thanks, this is gorgeous. It's amazing how many great songs she has at this point (and I would claim, not a single dud.)

jmm, Thursday, 19 September 2019 13:58 (one month ago) link

thanks for the link

i'd love to read a JN poll.

piscesx, Thursday, 19 September 2019 15:36 (one month ago) link

lamonti, thank you so much for the link! The uploader also posted high-quality recordings of four other shows (Munich 2005, Alabama 2006, Washington 2010, Paris 2011), it seems it's his pet project:

I wanted to make available a collection that was entirely high quality audio, that spanned all of Joanna’s career so far, and was easy to find and enjoy via stream and/or download. It was a project that was surprisingly challenging, but very rewarding. Particularly when it comes to “Live at Bottletree Cafe”, as I was eventually able to clean up the digital clicks and pops in ‘Emily’, and patch over the audio glitch in ‘Monkey & Bear’, making this fantastic bootleg even better for the next generation of Joanna fans.

They all seem to sound pretty fantastic.

YouTube playlist with all 5:
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLMhu9WD0R5W2UtpGX_GaLML8HyWwgg0_f

MP3 download:
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1QqTI0GZx8BcnPQM4MZAg1nafZtYm2fb3

I remember listening to the Alabama 2006 bootleg shortly after Ys was released. What a trip down the memory lane!

ˈʌglɪɪst preɪ, Thursday, 19 September 2019 19:02 (one month ago) link

I too would love a JN poll! I have no idea what track would win... prob “Emily” or “California”? No idea

fgti (flamboyant goon tie included), Thursday, 19 September 2019 19:03 (one month ago) link

"Peach, Plum, Pear" maybe? Even fans whose fave album isn't tMEM would place that one, surely.

Le Bateau Ivre, Thursday, 19 September 2019 19:17 (one month ago) link

Sawdust & Diamonds

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Thursday, 19 September 2019 20:01 (one month ago) link

Yeah it's a tough pick between her epics ("Only Skin"), her bagatelles ("On A Good Day"), her ballads ("Crab, Clam...") and her pop tunes ("The Book Of Right-On"). I feel like my vote would favour her long pieces, even if I care for them less, but because I respect her ambition, and they seem to be, really, the most important aspect of her overall vision.

fgti (flamboyant goon tie included), Thursday, 19 September 2019 22:50 (one month ago) link

I wouldn't mind a POLLANNA NEWSOM, my top 5 would be all the tracks from Ys, which has not one wasted second on it, and is an exhilarating ride from start to finish.

(A poll would also force me to reckon with the rest of her discog, which I've felt less compelled to explore because Ys is already so expansive.)

Doctor Hu (Leee), Thursday, 19 September 2019 22:57 (one month ago) link

i would kinda want to wait for her next record but otherwise yes i'm in

american bradass (BradNelson), Thursday, 19 September 2019 23:02 (one month ago) link

yup same

call all destroyer, Thursday, 19 September 2019 23:06 (one month ago) link

Would love and actively participate in that poll!

Lavator Shemmelpennick, Thursday, 19 September 2019 23:40 (one month ago) link

Does she have a new record on the horizon?

Doctor Hu (Leee), Thursday, 19 September 2019 23:42 (one month ago) link

idk i'm just hoping

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 20 September 2019 00:01 (one month ago) link

putting my wish out into the universe here

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 20 September 2019 00:01 (one month ago) link

God, I love that version of "Bridges and Balloons" from the Boise concert.

jmm, Friday, 20 September 2019 02:45 (one month ago) link

i'd hope and sort of expect a new album is due next year, and a bit after that a poll would be lovely. "sawdust & diamonds" would be my #1 probably but after that i've got no clue, she has too many masterpieces

ufo, Friday, 20 September 2019 07:43 (one month ago) link

I think Monkey and Bear, while still a masterpiece, would place a little lower. But the other 4 Ys tracks could easily go Top 4 in some order, akin to Remain in Light's side 1 on the Talking Heads poll.

Milk Eyed Mender tracks are hampered by her voice on the actual album, which is part of why these live shows are such a treasure. If folks haven't heard the Ys Street Band EP, it's got a gorgeous Clam Crab. Does anyone know if she was/is playing Colleen on this recent tour? That's a great one that can be overlooked.

Lavator Shemmelpennick, Friday, 20 September 2019 10:50 (one month ago) link

"monkey and bear" is one of my favourite lyrics of hers but is certainly the weakest musically on Ys. not bad by any means just not quite on the same level as the rest of it

ufo, Friday, 20 September 2019 10:56 (one month ago) link

I think "Monkey And Bear" is marvellously arranged and recorded, but it's the most RennFaire of all her songs; the medievalist melody is rather trite-- and weirdly familiar, now that I think of it? I wouldn't be surprised if it was actually borrowed from Tallis or something. It's an amazing creation, really, definitely the most daringly un-hip thing she's ever done.

fgti (flamboyant goon tie included), Friday, 20 September 2019 12:02 (one month ago) link

"goose eggs" goes further in that medieval-ish direction and that's why it particularly grates on me, "monkey & bear" at least has its wonderful climax

ufo, Friday, 20 September 2019 12:05 (one month ago) link

The instrumental parts of "Kingfisher" have always given me this renfaire vibe as well, tbh.

ˈʌglɪɪst preɪ, Friday, 20 September 2019 12:50 (one month ago) link

I'm glad she embraces it instead of shies away. I mean, the first song I ever heard by her references "Cair Paravel" in the first verse, so,

fgti (flamboyant goon tie included), Friday, 20 September 2019 13:42 (one month ago) link

I can bear a lot but not that POLL

jmm, Friday, 20 September 2019 13:44 (one month ago) link

I'd be up for a poll. Confession: I've only listened to Divers twice. If nothing else, this would give me the kick up the arse I need with that.

Life is a meaningless nightmare of suffering...save string (Chinaski), Friday, 20 September 2019 14:09 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

I missed this Larry King interview:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvRs2g81muQ

... (Eazy), Wednesday, 9 October 2019 03:16 (one week ago) link


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