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A podcast in which we analyze Joanna Newsom songs, one song at a time.

A Hopeless Endeavor: The Joanna Newsom Podcas‪t‬ Nikki Fortier & Sam Morgan

    • Music Commentary
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A podcast in which we analyze Joanna Newsom songs, one song at a time.

    13. Only Skin, Part 5

    13. Only Skin, Part 5

    The final episode on Only Skin. What a trip. Thank you all for listening, and thank you to David Pizarro for his Cosmia beat. “All my bones, they are gone, gone, gone. Take my bones, I don’t need none.”

    • 49 min
    12. Only Skin, Part 4

    12. Only Skin, Part 4

    We get confused about lights, undiluted and weaving, babies out back, and anointing guns. Thank you so much to you all for listening. Thank you so much, too, to David Pizarro for the music. “Stay with me for a while. That’s an awfully real gun. I know life will lay you down, as the lightning has lately done.”

    • 1 hr 27 min
    11. Only Skin, Part 3

    11. Only Skin, Part 3

    We continue our discussion on Only Skin! We talk about sex, drugs, birds, Sisyphus, and the Bible, hitting a bunch of the usual Joanna themes. Thank you so much to Blessing All the Birds, to David Pizarro for the Cosmia beat, and to Rachana for her absolutely gorgeous and impressive cover of Only Skin. Thanks also to everyone who contributed their theories. “I have got some business out at the edge of town, candy weighing both of my pockets down till I can hardly stay afloat from the weight of them (and knowing how the common folk condemn what it is I do to you to keep you warm: Being a woman).”

    • 1 hr 32 min
    10. Only Skin, Part 2

    10. Only Skin, Part 2

    We talk a lot about nurturing. Thank you so much to everyone for listening. Thank you, too, to David Pizarro, aka Peez, for his Cosmia beat (“Framed Your Eyes”). “Press on me, we are restless things. Webs of seaweed are swaddling. And you call upon the dusk of the musk of a squid: shot full of ink, until you sink into your crib.”

    • 1 hr 25 min
    9. Only Skin, Part 1

    9. Only Skin, Part 1

    We’ve done it. We have attempted to tackle the enormity of Only Skin. It took us a long time, but come on, it *should* take a long time to talk about this modern, masterpiece of an epic. I don’t even know how to write this preamble. It’s all just too good. Thank you so much to Alexis and Av for their supportive and insightful contributions. Thank you as well to Rachel Hottle for her incredible (over our heads with its brilliance) essay, “Unconventional Formal Structures and Function in the music of Joanna Newsom”. Thank you, as ALWAYS, to Melissa Marturano and Rachel Parent for the complete genius (and blood, and sweat, and tears) that is Blessing All the Birds. Thank you so much to David Pizarro, aka Peez for his Cosmia beat, which is called “Framed Your Eyes”. David also does all sorts of producing/mastering sorcery on our audio that we would be lost without, so thank you so much, David. And thank you all for listening. Buckle in, because our Only Skin journey is about to get wild. “My sleeping heart woke, and my waking heart spoke.”

    • 1 hr 41 min
    8. Sawdust & Diamonds, Part 3

    8. Sawdust & Diamonds, Part 3

    It’s the last episode on this gorgeous song. We finish up our discussion of Sawdust & Diamonds. Nikki goes on a wild tangent about Lolita. Thank you so much to everyone who listens! Thank you to David Pizarro for the music (this beat is called “Framed Your Eyes”, and you can find more here: https://m.soundcloud.com/peezismyname ). “Darling, we will be fine, but what was yours and mine appears to me a sandcastle that the gibbering wave takes.”

    • 1 hr 3 min

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26 Ratings

26 Ratings

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