Sunday, August 1, 2010

Joanna Newsom with Robin Pecknold at the Orpheum Theater, 7/31/10

Robin Pecknold

A kitsch-free master
Of a genre, passionate
Although humorless

Joanna Newsom

My generation's
Best poet is also our
Finest musician.

Set List:

1. '81
2. Have One On Me
3. Easy
4. You And Me, Bess
5. Cosmia
6. Autumn
7. In California
8. Soft As Chalk
9. Good Intentions Paving Company
10. Peach, Plum, Pear
(encore break)
11. Baby Birch


Anonymous said...

I didn't want the show to end. What a wonderful musician. The accompanying band was excellent. The guys screaming out I love you was just out of context. How about we love your music Joanna. I am 54 yrs old and I have been watching concerts since Hendrix and this was so very very good. Rock on, play on.....or whatever we call your music. Thank you Joanna and company.

Shawn said...

Pecknold has a tremendous sense of humor, typically showcased between songs in banter with drummer Josh Tillman. I also think there's a justifiable tradition of non-exposed hilarity in folk music, and I'm thinking of the very funny but very song serious Townes Van Zandt, and I think passionate sincerity is graceful, and I think grace can sometimes substitute for humor, if the grace is well-meaning.

Just a thought.

Christina Gubalalalala said...

I saw the Fleet Foxes play a bunch when they were on their first tour, and I really agree with you. I think he is delightful. I don't know if it was the venue or the weird sexual tension in the air in that place, but he was ALL BUSINESS Saturday night (dramatically so) and the poem that resulted was affected by that.

Shawn said...

Oh, right, sorry. I confused a concert haiku with a character haiku!

Christina Gubalalalala said...

Haha, it happens. I try to keep the haikus limited to the evening in question. :) Glad you like those Fleet Foxes.

Also, Mr. Annonymous, THANKS for your comment. It made my whole day brighter and I totally agree with you. :)