Joanna Newsom is a singer-songwriter harpist from Nevada City, CA. She's released two records on Drag City, "The Milk Eyed Mender" (2004) and "Ys" (2006). Both were critically acclaimed, especially Ys which received many 5 star reviews and placements on critic top 10 lists. Ys also featured arrangements from legendary Beach Boys collaborator Van Dyke Parks as well as production by Steve Albini and mixing by former Sonic Youth member Jim O'Rourke.
"Hey, have you ever listened to Joanna Newsom?"
"Yeah, Ys was by far my favorite album last year!"