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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!"
by Matt Albertsen May 18, 2007
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An inexplicably up-and-coming harpist, harpsichordist, singer, and songwriter with a very distinctive singing style and a more than eccentric fanbase.
Dane: Just wait until you hear "Bridges and Balloons." It's so deep and moving, and probably my favorite Joanna Newsom song.

James: Wtf, turn that sh** off -- she sounds like a dying cat!
by Thomas Sartorius April 06, 2008
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