Published Jan 12, 2010For the last few months, the Internet has been buzzing with rumours about a new album from orchestral freak folk songstress Joanna Newsom. A fashion-focused article in W Magazine started off the commotion with a simple sentence: "She recently finished work on a new album." Now, her label, Drag City, has added to the insanity with a cryptic comic strip.
Stereogum points to the weird four-panel strip that Drag City posted on the label's news page. The comic is titled "Joanna Newsom 'Have One On Me'," and shows a man lifting a woman's dress, only to reveal a smaller version of himself. On the top right corner, the date 2-23-2010 is listed. The link to the comic says: "The Noose...um, draws closer."
Many people are inferring that the comic means that Newsom's album will drop on February 23, be titled The Noose, and include a song called "Have One On Me." While we can definitely back the song title and release date, "The Noose" seems more like a goofy nickname the singer would have gotten from her boyfriend, SNL's Andy Samberg, than an actual album title.
Regardless, Newsom definitely seems to be getting her music career up and running this year with some scheduled shows kicking off later this month. Two of those stops will be in Montreal on March 14 and 15.
1/16 Brisbane, Australia - The Tivoli
1/18 Sydney, Australia - Sydney Opera House
1/20 Melbourne, Australia - The Forum Theatre
1/21 Canberra, Australia - The Playhouse (Canberra Theatre Centre)
1/23 Thirroul, Australia - Anita's Theatre
1/30 Christchurch, New Zealand - The Harbourlight
1/31 Wellington, New Zealand - The Paramount
2/2 Auckland, New Zealand - The Dorothy Winstone Centre
2/6 Osaka, Japan - Sunsui
2/7 Tokyo, Japan - Unit
3/12 Grand Rapids, MI - Calvin College Chapel
3/14 Montreal, QC - Ukrainian Federation
3/15 Montreal, QC - Ukrainian Federation
3/17 Cambridge, MA - Sanders Theatre
3/19 Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
3/20 Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
3/22 Washington, DC - Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
3/26 Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
3/27 Knoxville, TN - Big Ears Festival
4/2 Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater