Joanna Newsom comes to “Portlandia”


Joanna Newsom plays like no one else. When her debut album The Milk-Eyed Mender came out in 2004, she introduced the world to her totally singular sound that combines the pedal harp, allusive lyrics, and a voice that inspires a thousand metaphors from wood sprite to child, but truly sounds like nothing else. Her distinctive folk-rock post-pop songs have won her fans worldwide and she has managed to create an unlikely indie rock career based on her skill playing the harp. So obviously she’s quite attached to her instrument.

In this week’s episode of “Portlandia,” she joins Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein for an idyllic retreat in a sun-spotted meadow for fun, frolicking, and an impromptu jam session. Being a genial group, when it comes time to head home, Joanna asks for a lift from Fred and Carrie who are more than happy to help out a friend. Watch what happens and then tune in on Friday at 10/9c for a new episode of “Portlandia”:

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