Listening to the show is almost as much fun as photographing it!
By Uncle Blurt
More than one contributor to this publication has been raving about how brilliant indie harpstress Joanna Newsom has been on her current American tour (last October she released the album Divers). Sadly, the staff has not yet been able to attend, and one of our photographers had planned to shoot a concert but ultimately cancelled those plans due to the ultra-restrictive contract that photographers are required to sign beforehand. At any rate, apparently the April 2 show in Salt Lake City was particularly noteworthy, for according to Big O zine:
Somewhat unusual setlist for a Joanna Newsom show, “crowdsourced” as she puts it, with a rare appearance of “The Things I Say”, as well as a requested “Go Long” and a requested-but-eventually-nixed “Sawdust and Diamonds” because by the end of the show, Jo had lost her voice. Show notable for a broken string during “Go Long” which led to an impromptu Q&A session after Jo figured out that she did not have that specific replacement string available and would have to fashion one out of a different string. In the midst of this, she called for a “Bulgarian Something Or Other” from Ryan Francesconi to entertain the crowd, and was pretty blunt with a few audience members who asked about her personal life. The harmonies with Robin Pecknold on the last few songs (especially “Time, As A Symptom”) are really beautiful.
Go to the above link at Big O to snag a free download of the entire show, in excellent audience-sourced sound quality. There’s downloadable artwork as well. Below is the tracklist.