Fleet Foxes / Joanna Newsom

Folk meets indie rock with Fleet Foxes and Joanna Newsom. Fleet Foxes draw from their latest LP Helplessness Blues. Joanna Newsom follows with her ethereal acid folk. Originally aired January 21, 2012.

EPISODE SETLIST

Sim Sala Bim
Your Protector
The Shrine/An Argument
Helplessness Blues
Blue Ridge Mountains

BAND CREDITS

Robin Pecknold – guitar, vocals
Skye Skjelset – guitar, lap & pedal steel, mandolin, bass
Christian Wargo – bass, guitar, mandolin, vocals
Casey Wescott – piano, organ, mandolin, vocals
Josh Tillman – drums, percussion, vocals
Morgan Henderson – upright bass, guitar, violin, bass clarinet, flute, percussion, vocals

 

EPISODE SETLIST

Bridges and Balloons
Have One on Me
Good Intentions Paving Company

BAND CREDITS

Ryan Francesconi – tambura, kaval, banjo, guitar
Neal Morgan – drums, percussion, vocals
Veronique Serret – violin, percussion, vocals
Mirabai Peart – violin, percussion, vocals
Andy Strain – trombone, jaw harp, percussion, vocals

 

PHOTOS

EPISODE RECAP

Folk music has long been a staple of Austin City Limits. That said, to call either Fleet Foxes or Joanna Newsom simply “folk” is to do them a disservice. As you’ll see when these iconoclasts’ joint episode airs on Saturday, January 20th, there’s much more to these artists than just acoustic instruments.

The first half of this weekend’s episode spotlights the strong songcraft and delicate instrumental interplay of Fleet Foxes. The Seattle sextet interweaves lush vocal harmonies and arrangements that feature everything from 12-string guitar to mandolin to bass clarinet. The band emphasizes its latest record Helplessness Blues, with inspired performances of “Sim Sala Bim” and “The Shrine/An Argument.” But the Foxes’ popular first LP represents with “Your Protector” and the fan-favorite “Blue Ridge Mountains.” It’s a tight set that proves Fleet Foxes has earned their acclaim.

Fleet Foxes “Helplessness Blues” from Austin City Limits on Vimeo.

The second half showcases the daring experimentalism and uncommon musicality of Joanna Newsom. Wielding her harp like a paintbrush and singing like a delirious angel, Newsom leads her unique ensemble (strings, trombone, tamboura, kaval, banjo) through a set drawn mostly from her latest album Have One On Me, including the title track and the mesmerizing “Good Intentions Paving Company.” While you could throw words like “psychedelic” and “folk” and “classical” around when talking about Joanna Newsom, it’s better to simply experience her special sound and vision for yourself.

Joanna Newsom “Bridges and Balloons” from Austin City Limits on Vimeo.

The Fleet Foxes/Joanna Newsom show hits the airwaves this Saturday, January 20 – check your local PBS listings for showtimes. Head over to the episode page for more goodies – pics, setlists, bio info. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr pages regularly, or to sign up for our e-newsletter. Next week: Florence + the Machine and Lykke Li!