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I Love You, Joanna Newsom

And I don’t care if the whole world knows it

by Will Vunderink, editor; illustration by Becca Levi, staff artist

I have a crush on Joanna Newsom. Yes, that Joanna Newsom. The songwriting, harp-toting, hyper-literary prose-quoting Joanna Newsom.

Have you ever listened to her music? Her first album came out in 2004, so she hasn’t been around long. She had a sort of Renaissance Faire aura about her for a while—that’ll happen when your primary instrument is the harp—that she’s recently been shedding for a hipper, more stylish and approachable image. Gone are the velvet dresses and elfin hair—lo and behold, she’s hot. It’s like when your best friend’s geeky little sister comes back from being a counselor at summer camp one year during high school, and all of the sudden she’s way too attractive to be your best friend’s little sister. Continue reading

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A Post-Punk Primer

Eight essential debuts from extremely influential bands

by Will Vunderink, editor

Midway through the 1970s, the Beatles had come and gone, the once-mighty—yet criminally underrated—Kinks had begun their downward slide into inane concept albums, and the huge tide of sixties folk music had abated. Classic rock and disco reigned while punk’s popularity skyrocketed, and many people were (understandably) disillusioned by these facts. Classic rock could be grand and ambitious but also undeniably masturbatory (see: Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin), disco was polished and soulless (see: any disco group), and while punk was a breath of fresh air to some, it was too simplistic in both message and musical content to be meaningful to most. In the midst of all of this, a new movement in music—not entirely cohesive in nature, and not easily definable (it wasn’t even given a name until 1980)—emerged. Continue reading

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