Joanna Newsom played a remarkable show at the Tivoli on Saturday night. It's the first time I've seen her live and, apparently, her first show in about a year and a half. I'm a pretty big fan and have been pretty excited about her new album, Have One On Me, which is due out Feb via Drag City (probably earlier in Aus) and the set was filled with new material, the first time her and her band had played it live. There were occasional mistakes in the performance but her pretty much boundless grace, humour and obvious talent more than made up for it as the crowd were spellbound for the two hour long show. My friend nabbed the setlist afterwards and there were ten new songs in the set, and all remarkable. The music was phenomenal, somehow more accessible than Ys but still containing the bravery and beauty of her poetic story telling and verse.
Joanna Newsom - Emily