So heres the shit: Joanna Newsom’s new album, Ys, to the sheer delight of girls and boys who have read the Chronicles of Narnia too many times (like me), was leaked this past August. Pitchforkmedia.com, the simultaneous wicker-man and holy shrine of all that is indie as you may know, allegedly allowed a folder full of unreleased music to sit, steaming, on a windowsill of their message board for any red-handed yokel or internet hobohemian to steal.
Inevitably, Pitchforkmedia.com removed the folder, but the penchant for internet music geeks to act like plump german children in a lederhosen factory whenever album leaks occur led to the burgle of hundreds of unreleased albums. Some of the most notable albums were by Newsom, The Decemberists, and TV on the Radio. Newsom’s album is most notable because it was looted in late August when it was not set to be released by Newsom’s label, Drag City, until mid November; a full three months later.
The new album, called Ys after a mythical city featured in ancient folk of the Breton culture, features five songs, each clocking in at no less than nine minutes. Regardless of the leak, come November 14 every disciple of the recent freak-folk trend will be unbearable in their shrilly defense of the harpist’s shrilly vocals and every Newsom detractor will be unbearable in his or her analogies to toddlers being beaten in burlap sacks, or Lisa Simpson.By the way, I'm going to her release party on monday night at 9:30, throw me a few furtive glances if you're there too.
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