Archive for May 10th, 2010

Joanna Newsom’s thoughts on Lady Gaga

May 10, 2010

“I may have contradicted myself. My problem isn’t actually with Lady Gaga. But there’s not much in her music to distinguish it from other glossy, formulaic pop. She just happens to wear slightly weirder outfits than Britney Spears. But they’re not that weird– they’re mostly just skimpy. She’s fully marketing her body/sexuality; she’s just doing it while wearing, like, a ‘fierce’ telephone hair-hat. Her sexuality has no scuzziness, no frank raunchiness, in the way that, say, Peaches, or even Grace Jones, have– she’s Arty Spice! And, meanwhile, she seems to take herself so oddly seriously, the way she talks about her music in the third person, like she’s Brecht or something. She just makes me miss Cyndi Lauper. […] I shouldn’t have called Madonna a dumb-ass. Her music and she have just gotten so boring to me, this last decade. I think maybe she doesn’t hold her money very gracefully, the way some people can’t hold their drink. But one thing she is surely not is dumb.”

I pulled this quote off of the pitchfork article: Newsom Takes on Gaga, Madonna, The DJ’s from standing on the verge pointed this one out, you should listen to them on Wednesdays from 7 till 9pm at KRUI 89.7fm Iowa City.

Here’s Joanna, with an awfully pretty tune entitled Sprout and the Bean: