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Joanna Newsom

Joanna Newsom is an indie singer and a harpist. She was born in Nevada City, California in 1982.

Early life

Newsom was not allowed to watch television or listen to the radio when she was a child. She went to a Waldorf school. After high school Newsom studied composition and creative writing at Mills College in Oakland, California.


Newsom's first album The Milk-Eyed Mender was released by Drag City on the 23rd of February 2003. Pitchfork gave the album a score of 8 out of 10. Newsom's second album Ys was given a score of 9.4 out of 10.

Personal life

She married comedian Andy Samberg in September 2013.


  • The Milk-Eyed Mender (Drag City, 2004)
  • Ys (Drag City, 2006) US #134, UK #41
  • Have One on Me (Drag City, 2010) US #75, UK #28
Early unofficial recordings
  • Walnut Whales (self-released, 2002)
  • Yarn and Glue (self-released, 2003)
  • Joanna Newsom and the Ys Street Band (Drag City, 2007) UK #135
  • "Sprout and the Bean" (Drag City, 2004)
  • "What We Have Known" (Drag City, 2011)

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