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A Hopeless Endeavor: A Joanna Newsom Podcast

A Hopeless Endeavor: A Joanna Newsom Podcast

By Nikki Fortier & Sam Morgan
A podcast in which we analyze Joanna Newsom songs, one song at a time.
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91. Sapokanikan, Part 6
The journey continues. Here is our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ahopelessendeavor?fan_landing=true. Our email is ahopelessendeavor@gmail.com. We are @ahopelessendeavorpodcast on Instagram, and we’re on Facebook too. Here are the (as always) brilliant Blessing All the Birds articles on “Sapokanikan”: (1) https://allthebirds.tumblr.com/post/135152459418/delving-into-divers-sapokanikan/amp, (2) https://allthebirds.tumblr.com/post/132340584396/sapokanikan-memory-art-and-power-some-early/amp, (3) https://allthebirds.tumblr.com/post/630971003500101632/re-sapokanikan-and-a-pin-light-bent-and/amp. Here is the “Sapokanikan” Bible (the Cultured Arm article): https://culturedarm.com/themes-and-references-in-joanna-newsoms-sapokanikan/ Here are the two Medium articles we mention: (1) https://medium.com/@hexagn/11-wild-allusions-you-d-have-never-guessed-joanna-newsom-was-making-in-her-song-sapokanikan-febfb19bd079, (2) https://medium.com/@hexagn/the-text-will-not-yield-6872a6894ab3#.puu9xx9kx. Here is the Ozymandias YouTube video we mention: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_Egz2bDQ0o Thank you so much, as always, to David Pizarro for his sick beats, and for doing the audio processing every single week. Here is a link to all his Joanna beats on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.app.goo.gl/mA6TgWNi9EDhDt2C7. Thank YOU all so much for still being here with us. “The map of Sapokanikan is sanded and beveled, the land, lone and leveled, by some unrecorded and powerful hand.”
49:48
August 13, 2022
90. Sapokanikan, Part 5
WE FINALLY GET TO DISCUSS HIDDEN WOMEN IN PAINTINGS OMG. Here is our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ahopelessendeavor?fan_landing=true. Our email is ahopelessendeavor@gmail.com. We are @ahopelessendeavorpodcast on Instagram, and we’re on Facebook too. Here are the (as always) brilliant Blessing All the Birds articles on “Sapokanikan”: (1) https://allthebirds.tumblr.com/post/135152459418/delving-into-divers-sapokanikan/amp, (2) https://allthebirds.tumblr.com/post/132340584396/sapokanikan-memory-art-and-power-some-early/amp, (3) https://allthebirds.tumblr.com/post/630971003500101632/re-sapokanikan-and-a-pin-light-bent-and/amp. Here is the “Sapokanikan” Bible (the Cultured Arm article): https://culturedarm.com/themes-and-references-in-joanna-newsoms-sapokanikan/ Here are the two Medium articles we mention: (1) https://medium.com/@hexagn/11-wild-allusions-you-d-have-never-guessed-joanna-newsom-was-making-in-her-song-sapokanikan-febfb19bd079, (2) https://medium.com/@hexagn/the-text-will-not-yield-6872a6894ab3#.puu9xx9kx. Here is the Ozymandias YouTube video we mention: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_Egz2bDQ0o Thank you so much, as always, to David Pizarro for his sick beats, and for doing the audio processing every single week. Here is a link to all his Joanna beats on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.app.goo.gl/mA6TgWNi9EDhDt2C7. Thank YOU all so much for still being here with us. “Beneath a Patch of Grass, her bones the old Dutch master hid, while, elsewhere, Tobias and the Angel disguised what the scholars surmised was a mother and kid.”
01:05:23
August 06, 2022
89. Sapokanikan, Part 4
This discussion is… unwieldy. Here is our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ahopelessendeavor?fan_landing=true. Our email is ahopelessendeavor@gmail.com. We are @ahopelessendeavorpodcast on Instagram, and we’re on Facebook too. Here are the (as always) brilliant Blessing All the Birds articles on “Sapokanikan”: (1) https://allthebirds.tumblr.com/post/135152459418/delving-into-divers-sapokanikan/amp, (2) https://allthebirds.tumblr.com/post/132340584396/sapokanikan-memory-art-and-power-some-early/amp, (3) https://allthebirds.tumblr.com/post/630971003500101632/re-sapokanikan-and-a-pin-light-bent-and/amp. Here is the “Sapokanikan” Bible (the Cultured Arm article): https://culturedarm.com/themes-and-references-in-joanna-newsoms-sapokanikan/ Here are the two Medium articles we mention: (1) https://medium.com/@hexagn/11-wild-allusions-you-d-have-never-guessed-joanna-newsom-was-making-in-her-song-sapokanikan-febfb19bd079, (2) https://medium.com/@hexagn/the-text-will-not-yield-6872a6894ab3#.puu9xx9kx. Here is the Ozymandias YouTube video we mention: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_Egz2bDQ0o Thank you so much, as always, to David Pizarro for his sick beats, and for doing the audio processing every single week. Here is a link to all his Joanna beats on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.app.goo.gl/mA6TgWNi9EDhDt2C7. Thank YOU all so much for still being here with us.
54:41
July 30, 2022
88. Sapokanikan, Part 3
This song is bonkers. Here is the third part of our discussion in which we wonder who Milton is. Here is our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ahopelessendeavor?fan_landing=true. Our email is ahopelessendeavor@gmail.com. We are @ahopelessendeavorpodcast on Instagram, and we’re on Facebook too. Here are the (as always) brilliant Blessing All the Birds articles on “Sapokanikan”: (1) https://allthebirds.tumblr.com/post/135152459418/delving-into-divers-sapokanikan/amp, (2) https://allthebirds.tumblr.com/post/132340584396/sapokanikan-memory-art-and-power-some-early/amp, (3) https://allthebirds.tumblr.com/post/630971003500101632/re-sapokanikan-and-a-pin-light-bent-and/amp. Here is the “Sapokanikan” Bible (the Cultured Arm article): https://culturedarm.com/themes-and-references-in-joanna-newsoms-sapokanikan/ Here are the two Medium articles we mention: (1) https://medium.com/@hexagn/11-wild-allusions-you-d-have-never-guessed-joanna-newsom-was-making-in-her-song-sapokanikan-febfb19bd079, (2) https://medium.com/@hexagn/the-text-will-not-yield-6872a6894ab3#.puu9xx9kx. Here is the Ozymandias YouTube video we mention: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_Egz2bDQ0o Thank you so much, as always, to David Pizarro for his sick beats, and for doing the audio processing every single week. Here is a link to all his Joanna beats on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.app.goo.gl/mA6TgWNi9EDhDt2C7. Thank YOU all so much for still being here with us. “The map of Sapokanikan is sanded and beveled, the land, lone and leveled, by some unrecorded and powerful hand.”
01:09:26
July 23, 2022
87. Sapokanikan, Part 2
This song is bonkers. This is the second part of our discussion, which is going to be… long. Here is our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ahopelessendeavor?fan_landing=true. Our email is ahopelessendeavor@gmail.com. We are @ahopelessendeavorpodcast on Instagram, and we’re on Facebook too. Here are the (as always) brilliant Blessing All the Birds articles on “Sapokanikan”: (1) https://allthebirds.tumblr.com/post/135152459418/delving-into-divers-sapokanikan/amp, (2) https://allthebirds.tumblr.com/post/132340584396/sapokanikan-memory-art-and-power-some-early/amp, (3) https://allthebirds.tumblr.com/post/630971003500101632/re-sapokanikan-and-a-pin-light-bent-and/amp. Here is the “Sapokanikan” Bible (the Cultured Arm article): https://culturedarm.com/themes-and-references-in-joanna-newsoms-sapokanikan/ Here are the two Medium articles we mention: (1) https://medium.com/@hexagn/11-wild-allusions-you-d-have-never-guessed-joanna-newsom-was-making-in-her-song-sapokanikan-febfb19bd079, (2) https://medium.com/@hexagn/the-text-will-not-yield-6872a6894ab3#.puu9xx9kx. Here is the Ozymandias YouTube video we mention: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_Egz2bDQ0o Thank you so much, as always, to David Pizarro for his sick beats, and for doing the audio processing every single week. Here is a link to all his Joanna beats on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.app.goo.gl/mA6TgWNi9EDhDt2C7. Thank YOU all so much for still being here with us. “The map of Sapokanikan is sanded and beveled, the land, lone and leveled, by some unrecorded and powerful hand…”
54:50
July 16, 2022
86. Sapokanikan, Part 1
This song is bonkers. This is the first part of our discussion, which is going to be… long. Here is our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ahopelessendeavor?fan_landing=true. Our email is ahopelessendeavor@gmail.com. We are @ahopelessendeavorpodcast on Instagram, and we’re on Facebook too. Here are the (as always) brilliant Blessing All the Birds articles on “Sapokanikan”: (1) https://allthebirds.tumblr.com/post/135152459418/delving-into-divers-sapokanikan/amp, (2) https://allthebirds.tumblr.com/post/132340584396/sapokanikan-memory-art-and-power-some-early/amp, (3) https://allthebirds.tumblr.com/post/630971003500101632/re-sapokanikan-and-a-pin-light-bent-and/amp. Here is the “Sapokanikan” Bible (the Cultured Arm article): https://culturedarm.com/themes-and-references-in-joanna-newsoms-sapokanikan/ Here are the two Medium articles we mention: (1) https://medium.com/@hexagn/11-wild-allusions-you-d-have-never-guessed-joanna-newsom-was-making-in-her-song-sapokanikan-febfb19bd079, (2) https://medium.com/@hexagn/the-text-will-not-yield-6872a6894ab3#.puu9xx9kx. Here is the Ozymandias YouTube video we mention: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_Egz2bDQ0o Thank you so much, as always, to David Pizarro for his sick beats, and for doing the audio processing every single week. Here is a link to all his Joanna beats on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.app.goo.gl/mA6TgWNi9EDhDt2C7. Thank YOU all so much for still being here with us. “The Cause is Ozymandian.”
58:26
July 09, 2022
85. Anecdotes, Part 5
The fourth part of our discussion on Anecdotes! The last part is up on Patreon! Here is our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ahopelessendeavor?fan_landing=true. Our email is ahopelessendeavor@gmail.com. We are @ahopelessendeavorpodcast on Instagram, and we’re on Facebook too. Thank you so much, as always, to David Pizarro for his sick beats, and for doing the audio processing every single week. Here is a link to all his Joanna beats on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.app.goo.gl/mA6TgWNi9EDhDt2C7.
01:01:11
July 02, 2022
84. Anecdotes, Part 4
The fourth part of our discussion on Anecdotes! The last part is up on Patreon! Here is our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ahopelessendeavor?fan_landing=true. Our email is ahopelessendeavor@gmail.com. We are @ahopelessendeavorpodcast on Instagram, and we’re on Facebook too. Thank you so much, as always, to David Pizarro for his sick beats, and for doing the audio processing every single week. Here is a link to all his Joanna beats on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.app.goo.gl/mA6TgWNi9EDhDt2C7.
55:21
June 25, 2022
83. Anecdotes, Part 3
The third part of our discussion on Anecdotes! The last two parts are up on Patreon! Here is our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ahopelessendeavor?fan_landing=true. Our email is ahopelessendeavor@gmail.com. We are @ahopelessendeavorpodcast on Instagram, and we’re on Facebook too. Thank you so much, as always, to David Pizarro for his sick beats, and for doing the audio processing every single week. Here is a link to all his Joanna beats on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.app.goo.gl/mA6TgWNi9EDhDt2C7.
48:09
June 18, 2022
82. Anecdotes, Part 2
The second part of our discussion on Anecdotes! The other three parts are up on Patreon! Here is our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ahopelessendeavor?fan_landing=true. Our email is ahopelessendeavor@gmail.com. We are @ahopelessendeavorpodcast on Instagram, and we’re on Facebook too. Thank you so much, as always, to David Pizarro for his sick beats, and for doing the audio processing every single week. Here is a link to all his Joanna beats on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.app.goo.gl/mA6TgWNi9EDhDt2C7.
58:12
June 11, 2022
81. Anecdotes, Part 1
The first part of our first conversation on the first song of Divers! Hope we don’t do it too much of a disservice. The other four parts are up on Patreon! Here is our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ahopelessendeavor?fan_landing=true. Our email is ahopelessendeavor@gmail.com. We are @ahopelessendeavorpodcast on Instagram, and we’re on Facebook too. Thank you so much, as always, to David Pizarro for his sick beats, and for doing the audio processing every single week. Here is a link to all his Joanna beats on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.app.goo.gl/mA6TgWNi9EDhDt2C7. “Sending the first scouts over, back from the place behind the dawn: horse, bear your broken soldier, eyes frozen wide at what went on.”
01:07:14
June 04, 2022
80. Divers Overview
Oh my god, we have made it to Divers! Well, kinda. Instead of delving right into the first Divers song, we just talk about the album as a whole in this first episode. We will start next week with our discussion on Anecdotes. All five parts of that discussion are currently up on Patreon. Here is our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ahopelessendeavor?fan_landing=true. Our email is ahopelessendeavor@gmail.com. We are @ahopelessendeavorpodcast on Instagram, and we’re on Facebook too. Thank you so much, as always, to David Pizarro for his sick beats, and for doing the audio processing every single week. Here is a link to all his Joanna beats on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.app.goo.gl/mA6TgWNi9EDhDt2C7.
01:00:05
May 28, 2022
79. Have One On Me Album Art, Part 2
We finish our conversation about the gorgeous HOOM album art by Annabel Mehran and Becca Mann. Here is Annabel Mehran’s website: http://annabelmehran.com Here is Becca Mann’s: http://www.beccaevamann.com Here is the link to the HOOM outake photos that we briefly discuss: https://nudeasthenews.wordpress.com/2010/03/09/joanna-newsom-por-annabel-mehran/ Here is our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ahopelessendeavor?fan_landing=true. Our email is ahopelessendeavor@gmail.com. We are @ahopelessendeavorpodcast on Instagram, and we’re on Facebook too. Thank you so much, as always, to David Pizarro for his sick beats, and for doing the audio processing every single week. Here is a link to all his Joanna beats on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.app.goo.gl/mA6TgWNi9EDhDt2C7.
01:04:50
May 21, 2022
78. Have One On Me Album Art, Part 1
We talk about the gorgeous HOOM album art by Annabel Mehran and Becca Mann. Here is Annabel Mehran’s website: http://annabelmehran.com Here is Becca Mann’s: http://www.beccaevamann.com Here is the link to the HOOM outake photos that we briefly discuss: https://nudeasthenews.wordpress.com/2010/03/09/joanna-newsom-por-annabel-mehran/ Here is our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ahopelessendeavor?fan_landing=true. Our email is ahopelessendeavor@gmail.com. We are @ahopelessendeavorpodcast on Instagram, and we’re on Facebook too. Thank you so much, as always, to David Pizarro for his sick beats, and for doing the audio processing every single week. Here is a link to all his Joanna beats on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.app.goo.gl/mA6TgWNi9EDhDt2C7.
49:27
May 14, 2022
77. Does Not Suffice, Part 2
The last episode for the last song of Have One On Me! How did this happen?! Thank you so so much to Simon for his brilliant, extremely helpful voice memo doing some really cool music mastery. Here is our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ahopelessendeavor?fan_landing=true. Our email is ahopelessendeavor@gmail.com. We are @ahopelessendeavorpodcast on Instagram, and we’re on Facebook too. Thank you so much, as always, to David Pizarro for his sick beats, and for doing the audio processing every single week. Here is a link to all his Joanna beats on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.app.goo.gl/mA6TgWNi9EDhDt2C7. “Now, you can see me fall back here, redoubled, full bewildered and amazed. I have gotten into some terrible trouble, beneath your blank and rinsing gaze.”
52:00
May 07, 2022
76. Does Not Suffice, Part 1
We are somehow about to finish up our discussion of Have One On Me. Here is the first part of our two part episode on Does Not Suffice. Here is our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ahopelessendeavor?fan_landing=true. Our email is ahopelessendeavor@gmail.com. We are @ahopelessendeavorpodcast on Instagram, and we’re on Facebook too. Thank you so much, as always, to David Pizarro for his sick beats, and for doing the audio processing every single week. Here is a link to all his Joanna beats on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.app.goo.gl/mA6TgWNi9EDhDt2C7. “I will pack up my pretty dresses.
I will box up my high-heeled shoes.
A sparkling ring, for every finger,
I'll put away, and hide from view.

Coats of bouclé, jacquard and cashmere;
cartouche and tweed, all silver shot —
and everything that could remind you
of how easy I was not.“
56:17
April 30, 2022
75. Kingfisher, Part 7
BREAKING NEWS: We finished our conversation about Kingfisher, and documented it. Here is proof. Thank you so much if you’re still listening. Thank you so much to Katie for the brilliant voice memo from the episode last week. Here is the excellent Blessing All the Birds article: https://allthebirds.tumblr.com/post/171895685753/kingfisher-lie-with-the-lion-arthurian-threads/amp. Here is our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ahopelessendeavor?fan_landing=true. Our email is ahopelessendeavor@gmail.com. We are @ahopelessendeavorpodcast on Instagram, and we’re on Facebook too. Thank you so much, as always, to David Pizarro for his sick beats, and for doing the audio processing every single week. Here is a link to all his Joanna beats on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.app.goo.gl/mA6TgWNi9EDhDt2C7. “I saw that my blood had no bounds, spreading in a circle like an atom bomb, soaking and felling everything in its path, and welling in my heart like a birdbath.”
50:44
April 23, 2022
74. Kingfisher, Part 6
The penultimate episode of the longest series we’ve ever done on a song. Thank you so much if you’re still listening. Thank you so much to Katie for the brilliant voice memo. Here is the excellent Blessing All the Birds article: https://allthebirds.tumblr.com/post/171895685753/kingfisher-lie-with-the-lion-arthurian-threads/amp. Here is our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ahopelessendeavor?fan_landing=true. Our email is ahopelessendeavor@gmail.com. We are @ahopelessendeavorpodcast on Instagram, and we’re on Facebook too. Thank you so much, as always, to David Pizarro for his sick beats, and for doing the audio processing every single week. Here is a link to all his Joanna beats on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.app.goo.gl/mA6TgWNi9EDhDt2C7. “We came by the boatload, and were immobilized: worshipping volcanoes, charting the loping skies. The tides of the earth left us bound, and calcified, and made as obstinate as obsidian, unmoving, save our eyes: just mooning and blinking from faces marked with coal. (Ash cooling and shrinking cracks loud as thunder rolling.) I swear I know you. You know me. Where have we met before? Tell me true: to whose authority do you consign your soul?”
01:02:12
April 16, 2022
73. Kingfisher, Part 5
This is part 5 of the longest series we’ve ever done on a song. Thank you so much if you’re still listening. Thank you so much to Sarah and Skyler for their absolutely gorgeous cover that you can hear at the end of the episode. Check out more of Sarah’s music here: https://hoonah.bandcamp.com/music. Here is the excellent Blessing All the Birds article: https://allthebirds.tumblr.com/post/171895685753/kingfisher-lie-with-the-lion-arthurian-threads/amp. Here is our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ahopelessendeavor?fan_landing=true. Our email is ahopelessendeavor@gmail.com. We are @ahopelessendeavorpodcast on Instagram, and we’re on Facebook too. Thank you so much, as always, to David Pizarro for his sick beats, and for doing the audio processing every single week. Here is a link to all his Joanna beats on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.app.goo.gl/mA6TgWNi9EDhDt2C7. “I can bear a lot, but not that pall! Kingfisher, cast your fly. Oh, Lord, it happens without even trying, when I sling a low look from my shuttering eye.”
01:14:30
April 09, 2022
72. Kingfisher, Part 4
We talk about fishers! Kings! Fisher kings! Kingfishers! And more. Here is the excellent Blessing All the Birds article: https://allthebirds.tumblr.com/post/171895685753/kingfisher-lie-with-the-lion-arthurian-threads/amp. Here is our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ahopelessendeavor?fan_landing=true. Our email is ahopelessendeavor@gmail.com. We are @ahopelessendeavorpodcast on Instagram, and we’re on Facebook too. Thank you so much, as always, to David Pizarro for his sick beats, and for doing the audio processing every single week. Here is a link to all his Joanna beats on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.app.goo.gl/mA6TgWNi9EDhDt2C7. “He was a kind, unhurried man with a heavy lip, and a steady hand, but he loved me just like a little child; like a little child loves a little lamb.”
01:01:32
April 02, 2022
71. Kingfisher, Part 3
We talk about fishers! Kings! Fisher kings! Kingfishers! And more. Here is the excellent Blessing All the Birds article: https://allthebirds.tumblr.com/post/171895685753/kingfisher-lie-with-the-lion-arthurian-threads/amp. Here is our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ahopelessendeavor?fan_landing=true. Our email is ahopelessendeavor@gmail.com. We are @ahopelessendeavorpodcast on Instagram, and we’re on Facebook too. Thank you so much, as always, to David Pizarro for his sick beats, and for doing the audio processing every single week. Here is a link to all his Joanna beats on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.app.goo.gl/mA6TgWNi9EDhDt2C7. “And for the sake of that pit of snakes, for whom did you allay your shyness, and spend all your mercy, and madness, and grace in a day, beneath the bending cypress?”
01:02:17
March 26, 2022
70. Kingfisher, Part 2
A miracle: we actually talk about the lyrics! Here is the excellent Blessing All the Birds article: https://allthebirds.tumblr.com/post/171895685753/kingfisher-lie-with-the-lion-arthurian-threads/amp. Here is our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ahopelessendeavor?fan_landing=true. Our email is ahopelessendeavor@gmail.com. We are @ahopelessendeavorpodcast on Instagram, and we’re on Facebook too. Thank you so much, as always, to David Pizarro for his sick beats, and for doing the audio processing every single week. Here is a link to all his Joanna beats on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.app.goo.gl/mA6TgWNi9EDhDt2C7. “In this life, who did you love, beneath the drifting ashes, beneath the sheeting banks of air that barrenly bore our rations?”
57:06
March 19, 2022
69. Kingfisher, Part 1
Look, you might expect us to talk about the lyrics to Kingfisher on the first episode about Kingfisher, but we do not do that. It’s an intimidating song! Here is the excellent Blessing All the Birds article: https://allthebirds.tumblr.com/post/171895685753/kingfisher-lie-with-the-lion-arthurian-threads/amp. Here is our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ahopelessendeavor?fan_landing=true. Our email is ahopelessendeavor@gmail.com. We are @ahopelessendeavorpodcast on Instagram, and we’re on Facebook too. Thank you so much, as always, to David Pizarro for his sick beats, and for doing the audio processing every single week. Here is a link to all his Joanna beats on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.app.goo.gl/mA6TgWNi9EDhDt2C7. “Whose is the hand that I will hold? Whose is the face I will see? Whose is the name that I will call when I am called to meet thee?”
01:01:07
March 12, 2022
68. Ribbon Bows, Part 3
The last part on Ribbon Bows! Here is our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ahopelessendeavor?fan_landing=true. Our email is ahopelessendeavor@gmail.com. We are @ahopelessendeavorpodcast on Instagram, and we’re on Facebook too. Thank you so much, as always, to David Pizarro for his sick beats, and for doing the audio processing every single week. Here is a link to all his Joanna beats on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.app.goo.gl/mA6TgWNi9EDhDt2C7. “But, though I get so sad (could swear the night makes a motion to claim me, around that second verse), I reckon I've felt worse, and still held fast. But, later on, when I am alone, alone at last, well I take my god to task. I take my daggone god to task.”
42:40
March 05, 2022
67. Ribbon Bows, Part 2
It’s Ribbon Bows time, baby. Here is our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ahopelessendeavor?fan_landing=true. Our email is ahopelessendeavor@gmail.com. We are @ahopelessendeavorpodcast on Instagram, and we’re on Facebook too. Thank you so much, as always, to David Pizarro for his sick beats, and for doing the audio processing every single week. Here is a link to all his Joanna beats on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.app.goo.gl/mA6TgWNi9EDhDt2C7. “What a beautiful day to catch my drift, or be caught up in it. You want your love, Love?Come and get your love; I only took it back because I thought you didn't.”
42:44
February 26, 2022
66. Ribbon Bows, Part 1
The first of three Ribbon Bows episodes! We hope you enjoy. Here is our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ahopelessendeavor?fan_landing=true. Our email is ahopelessendeavor@gmail.com. We are @ahopelessendeavorpodcast on Instagram, and we’re on Facebook too. Thank you so much, as always, to David Pizarro for his sick beats, and for doing the audio processing every single week. Here is a link to all his Joanna beats on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.app.goo.gl/mA6TgWNi9EDhDt2C7. “There is a spring not far from here. The water runs both sweet and clear - both sweet and clear, and cold: could crack your bones with veins of gold.”
58:48
February 19, 2022
65. Autumn, Part 4
Our final (for now, at least) thoughts on Autumn. Here is our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ahopelessendeavor?fan_landing=true. Our email is ahopelessendeavor@gmail.com. We are @ahopelessendeavorpodcast on Instagram, and we’re on Facebook too. Thank you so much, as always, to David Pizarro for his sick beats, and for doing the audio processing every single week. Here is a link to all his Joanna beats on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.app.goo.gl/mA6TgWNi9EDhDt2C7. “Wherever I go, I am snowbound by thoughts of him whom I would shun. I loved them all, one by one. Cannot gain ground, cannot outrun; but time marches along. You can’t always stick around. But, when the final count is done, I will be in my hometown.”
44:06
February 12, 2022
64. Autumn, Part 3
More about Autumn! Stick around to the end for a ridiculous blooper time. Here is our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ahopelessendeavor?fan_landing=true. Our email is ahopelessendeavor@gmail.com. We are @ahopelessendeavorpodcast on Instagram, and we’re on Facebook too. Thank you so much, as always, to David Pizarro for his sick beats, and for doing the audio processing every single week. Here is a link to all his Joanna beats on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.app.goo.gl/mA6TgWNi9EDhDt2C7. “I lay low when I return, and I move like a gurney whose wheels are squeaking, alone, here in my home, and I laugh when you speak of my pleasure-seeking.”
01:02:51
February 05, 2022
63. Autumn, Part 2
We talk about Autumn! Which involves discussions of Persephone and Demeter, Joanna Newsom’s insane abilities as a lyricist, Nabokov, Only Skin, and, you guessed it, death all around. Here is our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ahopelessendeavor?fan_landing=true. Our email is ahopelessendeavor@gmail.com. We are @ahopelessendeavorpodcast on Instagram, and we’re on Facebook too. Thank you so much, as always, to David Pizarro for his sick beats, and for doing the audio processing every single week. Here is a link to all his Joanna beats on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.app.goo.gl/mA6TgWNi9EDhDt2C7. “I may have changed. It’s hard to gauge. Time won’t account for how I’ve aged. Would I could tie your lying tongue. Who says that leaving keeps you young.”
01:02:48
January 29, 2022
62. Autumn, Part 1
The first episode about the criminally underrated Autumn. We spend a lot of time at the beginning of the episode talking about some super insightful listener thoughts and theories. Then we go on to discuss the first verse (especially the sentence structure of the first line). Here is our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ahopelessendeavor?fan_landing=true. Our email is ahopelessendeavor@gmail.com. We are @ahopelessendeavorpodcast on Instagram, and we’re on Facebook too. “Driven through by her own sword, Summer died last night, alone. Even the ghosts huddled up for warmth. Autumn has come to my hometown.”
54:51
January 22, 2022
61. Esme, Part 2
The last episode on sweet Esme. Here is our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ahopelessendeavor?fan_landing=true. Our email is ahopelessendeavor@gmail.com. We are @ahopelessendeavorpodcast on Instagram, and we’re on Facebook too. “The phantom of love moves among us at will. Each phantom-limb lost has got an angel (so confused, like the wagging bobbed-tail of a bulldog): kindness, kindness prevails.”
01:16:31
January 15, 2022
60. Esme, Part 1
The first episode on sweet Esme! Shockingly, we discuss water, and what it might MEAN. Here is our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ahopelessendeavor?fan_landing=true. Our email is ahopelessendeavor@gmail.com. We are @ahopelessendeavorpodcast on Instagram, and we’re on Facebook too. “I can feel a difference. Today, a difference: all of us, in our tents, fearing god like a mistress.”
01:00:59
January 08, 2022
59. Soft as Chalk, Part 4
Here is the last episode on Soft as Chalk! In this episode, we talk vaguely about the Bible. We will miss this gorgeous song, and we are sad to let it go. Please send us thoughts on it so that we can talk about it more. Here is our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ahopelessendeavor?fan_landing=true. Our email is ahopelessendeavor@gmail.com. We are @ahopelessendeavorpodcast on Instagram, and we’re on Facebook too. “I knew a little bit, but, darling, you were it, and, darling, now it is long gone.”
43:39
January 01, 2022
58. Bonus Episode
Hello sweet people! We thought we would release one of our bonus Patreon episodes to the main feed in case anyone needs a little something to get through the holidays. Also, as a thank you for being the best listeners in the whole entire world. This is a silly episode where we take a quiz to determine which Joanna song we are. Hope you like it! Here is our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ahopelessendeavor?fan_landing=true. Our email is ahopelessendeavor@gmail.com. We are @ahopelessendeavorpodcast on Instagram, and we’re on Facebook too.
28:30
December 27, 2021
57. Soft as Chalk, Part 3
This is the third and penultimate episode on Soft as Chalk! We mostly try to figure out what the black bear is up to. There is a slight audio issue that gets better around the 20 minute mark. Sorry about that! As always, our profound gratitude goes out to Blessing All the Birds writers, Melissa Marturano and Rachel Parent. Here is a link to an article of theirs that we discuss in this episodes: https://allthebirds.tumblr.com/post/1092411853/when-bear-stepped-clear-of-bear/amp. Thank you all so much for listening, and thank you to David Pizarro for the audio processing and for the sick beats. Here is our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ahopelessendeavor?fan_landing=true. Our email is ahopelessendeavor@gmail.com. We are @ahopelessendeavorpodcast on Instagram, and we’re on Facebook too. “While, over and over - rear up! stand down! lay round! - trying to sound-out, or guess the reasons, I sleep like a soldier without rest. But there is no treason where there is only lawlessness.”
59:01
December 25, 2021
56. Soft as Chalk, Part 2
We’ve got your motes; we’ve got your beams. And we hope you enjoy this second episode on Soft as Chalk. As always, our profound gratitude goes out to Blessing All the Birds writers, Melissa Marturano and Rachel Parent. Here is a link to an article of theirs that we discuss in one of the Soft as Chalk episodes: https://allthebirds.tumblr.com/post/1092411853/when-bear-stepped-clear-of-bear/amp. Thank you all so much for listening, and thank you to David Pizarro for the audio processing and for the sick beats. Here is our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ahopelessendeavor?fan_landing=true. Our email is ahopelessendeavor@gmail.com. We are @ahopelessendeavorpodcast on Instagram, and we’re on Facebook too. “Tell me, honey, was your heart at rest when, darlin’, all the mourning doves were howling us a song of love’s godawful lawlessness?”
01:04:03
December 18, 2021
55. Soft as Chalk, Part 1
Come join our discussion on goats, theodicies, and some good old fashioned righteous anger. Thank you SO MUCH to Rachana for a truly *breathtaking* cover of Soft as Chalk that we’ve included at the end of the episode. Be sure to listen to it. We promise that it’s worth it. As always, our profound gratitude goes out to Blessing All the Birds writers, Melissa Marturano and Rachel Parent. Here is a link to an article of theirs that we discuss in one of the Soft as Chalk episodes: https://allthebirds.tumblr.com/post/1092411853/when-bear-stepped-clear-of-bear/amp. Thank you all so much for listening, and thank you to David Pizarro for the audio processing and for the sick beats. Here is our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ahopelessendeavor?fan_landing=true. Our email is ahopelessendeavor@gmail.com. We are @ahopelessendeavorpodcast on Instagram, and we’re on Facebook too. “So, so long ago, and so far away, when Time was just a line that you fed me when you wanted to stay, we’d talk as soft as chalk till morning came, pale as a pearl: No time! No time! Now, I have got all the time in the world.”
55:10
December 11, 2021
54. Occident, Part 2
Our final episode on the second record of HOOM. We talk about loose, sodden, spread, rushing and unhinged universes. As always, our profound gratitude goes out to Blessing All the Birds writers, Melissa Marturano and Rachel Parent. Here is a link to their super insightful post comparing Occident to Divers: https://allthebirds.tumblr.com/post/643379032632721408/occident-and-divers Thank you all so much for listening, and thank you to David Pizarro for the audio processing and for the sick beats. Here is our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ahopelessendeavor?fan_landing=true. Our email is ahopelessendeavor@gmail.com. We are @ahopelessendeavorpodcast on Instagram, and we’re on Facebook too. “The universe is getting loose: sodden spread from some leaden disuse, rushing, unhinged, towards diminishing lights, like a headless caboose.”
59:01
December 04, 2021
53. Occident, Part 1
The first episode on the last song on the second record of HOOM. Bonkers. We talk about small talk, about battering elements baiting kin, and a lot about death. As always, our profound gratitude goes out to Blessing All the Birds writers, Melissa Marturano and Rachel Parent. Here is a link to their super insightful post comparing Occident to Divers: https://allthebirds.tumblr.com/post/643379032632721408/occident-and-divers Thank you all so much for listening, and thank you to David Pizarro for the audio processing and for the sick beats. Here is our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ahopelessendeavor?fan_landing=true. Our email is ahopelessendeavor@gmail.com. We are @ahopelessendeavorpodcast on Instagram, and we’re on Facebook too. “All my life I’ve felt as though I’m inside a beautiful memory, replaying with the sound turned down low.”
01:20:25
November 27, 2021
52. Go Long, Part 5
The final episode on Go Long! We will miss this life-changer of a song. Thank you all so much for listening, and thank you to David Pizarro for the audio processing and for the sick beats. Here is our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ahopelessendeavor?fan_landing=true. Our email is ahopelessendeavor@gmail.com. We are @ahopelessendeavorpodcast on Instagram, and we’re on Facebook too. “There’s a man who only will speak in code, backing slowly, slowly down the road. May he master everything that such men may know about loving, and then letting go.”
01:07:12
November 20, 2021
51. Go Long, Part 4
It’s the penultimate episode on Go Long! We wonder what lodge, and why the woods are the probable cause of… what? Thank you all so much for listening, and thank you to David Pizarro for the audio processing and for the sick beats. Here is our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ahopelessendeavor?fan_landing=true. Our email is ahopelessendeavor@gmail.com. We are @ahopelessendeavorpodcast on Instagram, and we’re on Facebook too.
01:06:34
November 13, 2021
50. Go Long, Part 3
In our 50th episode (!), we talk about the Mekong, football moves, and what else “you” could be covered in. Thank you all so much for listening, and thank you to David Pizarro for the audio processing and for the sick beats. Here is our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ahopelessendeavor?fan_landing=true. Our email is ahopelessendeavor@gmail.com. We are @ahopelessendeavorpodcast on Instagram, and we’re on Facebook too. “You burn in the Mekong to prove your worth. Go long! Go long! Right over the edge of the earth!”
01:18:20
November 06, 2021
49. Go Long, Part 2
In the second episode of our long go at Go Long, let us tell you how Jessica Simpson is relevant to the song! Princess Diana comes up again too, because obviously. We also learn about odalisques, and we wonder if they have been a theme this whole time. Thank you all so much for listening, and thank you to David Pizarro for the audio processing and for the sick beats. Here is our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ahopelessendeavor?fan_landing=true. “We both want the very same thing. We are praying I am the one to save you. But you don’t even own your own violence. Run away from home - your beard is still blue.”
01:02:19
October 30, 2021
48. Go Long, Part 1
In this episode, we spend over an hour not making it past the first verse! We talk about Bluebeard, obviously. But like a lot. And also about Princess Diana. Thank you all so much for listening, and thank you to David Pizarro for the audio processing and for the sick beats. Here is our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ahopelessendeavor?fan_landing=true. “Last night, again, you were in my dream. Several expendable limbs were at stake.”
01:17:53
October 23, 2021
47. Jackrabbits, Part 2
This is Jackrabbits, so we talk about some dark, heavy stuff! Also, we stumble over some Bible business. Thank you all so much for listening, and thank you to David Pizarro for the music. Here is our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ahopelessendeavor?fan_landing=true. “I’m squinting towards the East. My faith makes me a dope. But you can take my hand, in the darkness, darling, like a length of rope.”
01:01:52
October 16, 2021
46. Jackrabbits, Part 1
Our first episode of the incredibly heavy Jackrabbits! We talk about heavy things. Please let us know what you think, because I feel like we need some help with this song! Thank you all so much for listening, and thank you to David Pizarro for the audio processing and for the music. Here is our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ahopelessendeavor?fan_landing=true. “I was tired of being drunk. My face cracked like a joke. So I swung through here like a brace of jackrabbits with their necks all broke.”
01:26:11
October 09, 2021
45. In California, Part 4
Okay. So I legit don’t get what happened with the last episode. From what I understand, there is new content, but only like 3/4 of the way through the episode. Technology, man. So! Here is an early release of the rest of our In California coverage. Thank you very much for being patient, and I’m so sorry! Hope you enjoy this last bit. Here is the Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ahopelessendeavor. “If I lose my head, just where am I going to lay it?”
49:45
October 03, 2021
44. In California, Part 3
***I messed up the audio on this one, guys. Very sorry. There is new content like 3/4 ish of the way through, so please just skip ahead.*** The penultimate episode on In California. We talk about deer and their creepy walleyed eyes, koi fish, and wellness. Thank you so much for listening! We want to hear from you (ahopelessendeavor@gmail.com). Our Patreon is here (the final episode of In California is up there now): https://www.patreon.com/ahopelessendeavor. “I don’t belong to anyone, my heart is heavy as an oil drum. And I don’t want to be alone, my heart is yellow as an ear of corn. And I have torn my soul apart from pulling artlessly with fool commands.”
01:00:24
October 02, 2021
43. In California, Part 2
Here is the second part of our discussion on In California! We talk about scary deer, puns, and probably the Sopranos. Thank you all so much for listening, and thank you to David Pizarro for the audio processing and for the music. Here is our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ahopelessendeavor?fan_landing=true. “Sometimes I am so in love with you (like a little clock that trembles on the edge of the hour, only ever calling out ‘Cuckoo, Cuckoo’).”
01:29:58
September 25, 2021
42. In California, Part 1
Bears! Bark-beetles! Beheadings! It’s all coming your way from our series on the majestic masterful masterpiece that is In California. Thank you all, so much, for listening. Thank you so much to David Pizarro for his beats and for making us sound good every single week. We want to hear your thoughts! Let us know what you think about In California or any other song at ahopelessendeavor@gmail.com. Our Patreon is https://www.patreon.com/ahopelessendeavor. There are five bonus episodes up there so far. You also get early releases! Check it out if you want. “My heart became a drunken runt on the day I sunk in this shunt to tap me clean of all the wonder and the sorrow I have seen since I left my home.”
01:13:19
September 18, 2021
41. You and Me, Bess, Part 2
The final part of our discussion of the gorgeous masterpiece that is You and Me, Bess. Possibly even the last reference to a horse on the album too, but who ever knows. We talk about the logistics of being caught, about whether this is all just a lonely hallucination, and about snow thumps. Thank you so much for listening! Thank you to David Pizarro for the music and for his incredible audio processing skills. Here is our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ahopelessendeavor. “Forever I’ll listen to your glad neighing.”
01:31:22
September 11, 2021
40. You and Me, Bess, Part 1
In this episode, we speculate more about our narrator being a horse, about highwaymen in the 1700s, alfalfa, and more! I hope you all enjoy. Thank you so much for listening, and thank you to David Pizarro for his sick beats and audio processing skills. Here is our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ahopelessendeavor. “Hope Mother Nature has not overheard! (Though, she doles out hurt like a puking bird.)”
01:11:57
September 04, 2021
39. On a Good Day, Part 2
In this last part of our On a Good Day episodes, we talk about how we talk a lot about this one minute and forty-something second song, ruined mills, wills, and water, because of course water. Thank you all for listening. Thanks to Simon for his Instagram insights! Thank you to David Pizarro, as always, for his gorgeous (new) beats. Here is our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ahopelessendeavor?fan_landing=true. “Will you leave me be so that we can stay true to the path that you have chosen?”
01:01:53
August 28, 2021
38. On a Good Day, Part 1
We have made it to the second record of HOOM! It’s a short song, but don’t let that fool you into thinking we don’t have much to say. Here is our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ahopelessendeavor?fan_landing=true. Thank you all so much for listening. Thank you to David Pizarro for his sick beats (there’s a new one this week!), and for processing our audio. Thank you to Sam for recording our Zoom conversations, which is the only reason we still have this recording. “I saw a life, and I called it mine. I saw it drawn so sweet and fine. And I had begun to fill in all the lines, right down to what we’d name her.”
01:33:08
August 21, 2021
37. Baby Birch, Part 4
The final part of Baby Birch. We will miss this song, but also, oh my god, what a relief. Since we are talking about the last verse this entire episode, it is obviously… heavy. Here is our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ahopelessendeavor?fan_landing=true. Thank you all, so much, for listening. Thank you to David Pizarro for the sick music, and for the audio processing of every single episode. “I saw a rabbit as slick as a knife and as pale as a candlestick, and I had thought it’d be harder to do, but I caught her and skinned her quick: held her there, kicking and mewling, upended, unspooling, unsung, and blue; told her, ‘wherever you go, little runaway bunny, I will find you.’ And then she ran, as they’re liable to do.”
54:56
August 14, 2021
36. Baby Birch, Part 3
This is a very heavy episode because… Baby Birch. Part 4, the final part, of our discussion of this song is up now on Patreon. Here is our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ahopelessendeavor?fan_landing=true. Thank you all for listening. Thank you so much to David Pizarro for the sick Joanna beats, and for all the time he spends getting the audio just right for every single episode. “You poor little cousin. I don’t want your dregs (a little baby fussing over my legs).”
52:12
August 07, 2021
35. Baby Birch, Part 2
We talk some more about this masterpiece of a song. The topics we cover include stars, cars, engines, brakes, breaks, and probably more because the episode is somehow an hour and a half. Here is our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ahopelessendeavor?fan_landing=true. “We heard the rushing slow intake of the dark, dark waters and engine breaks (sic? Maybe not. But maybe).”
01:25:35
July 31, 2021
34. Baby Birch, Part 1
Well, guys. We’re here. We have somehow made it. Thank you all so much for listening. Check out our Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/ahopelessendeavor?fan_landing=true. Thank you to David Pizarro for the music, and for processing the audio for us week after week. “This is a song for Baby Birch, though I will never know you.”
01:17:09
July 24, 2021
33. No Provenance, Part 3
Our final part of this criminally underrated song. Please let us know what you think! Here is our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ahopelessendeavor?fan_landing=true. “And you, with your ‘arrangement’ with Fate, nodded sadly at her lame assault on that steady old gate, her faultlessly etiolated fishbelly-face; the muzzle of a ghost.”
59:09
July 17, 2021
32. No Provenance, Part 2
We talk some more about waking up, about finding yourself, about change arising from nothing… Ya know. Thank you to everyone for listening. Thank you to David Pizarro for the music and audio processing. Here is our Patreon where you can find all three of the No Provenance episodes, along with two bonus episodes: https://www.patreon.com/ahopelessendeavor?fan_landing=true “I’m afraid of the Big Return. There’s a certain conversation lost, and that loss incurred with nobody remaining to register who had passed this way, in the night, in the middle of the night (negating their grace and their sight), till only I remember, or mark, how we had our talk…”
01:04:44
July 10, 2021
31. No Provenance, Part 1
Listen. If you are a person who is not sold on this song, please give us the chance in the next three episodes to convince you of its absolute greatness. In this episode, we talk a lot about myths, barns, and betrayal! Thank you to you for listening; thank you to David Pizarro for his sick beats and audio processing skills. Here is our Patreon where all three of our No Provenance episodes are already up (along with a bonus episode!): https://www.patreon.com/ahopelessendeavor?fan_landing=true. “I have died happy, and lived to tell the tale to you. I have slept for forty years, and woke to find me gone.”
01:24:02
July 03, 2021
30. Good Intentions Paving Co., Part 2
More hell talk! More fog talk! More gender roles talk! Also, happy happy happy birthday to Sam, who is obviously completely incredible. Thank you all so much for listening. Thank you to David Pizarro for the lovely music and his audio processing skills. Check out our Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/ahopelessendeavor?fan_landing=true. “And I know you meant to show the extent to which you gave a goddang- you ranged real hot and real cold, but I’m sold, I am at home on that range.”
01:26:24
June 26, 2021
29. Good Intentions Paving Co., Part 1
We mess up some idioms, and talk about fist-fighting with fog, ignoring signposts on the way to hell, rebirth, nightmare vibes, fatalism, and obviously gender. We published our first bonus episode to Patreon this week wherein we discuss some real cool listener submissions. Check out our Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/ahopelessendeavor?fan_landing=true. Thank you all so much for listening, and thank you to David Pizarro for his sick beats and his audio processing skills. “And I regret, I regret how I said to you, ‘honey, just open your heart’ when I’ve got trouble even opening a honey jar. And that, right there, is where we are.”
01:19:53
June 19, 2021
28. ‘81, Part 2
In this episode, Sam and Nikki set out to prove their ability to find tangents and to make loose connections. We talk about kindness, dragons, empathy, etc. Here is a link to our Patreon, where we offer early access to episodes (as well as some sporadic bonus content): https://www.patreon.com/ahopelessendeavor?fan_landing=true. Thank you all so very much for listening. Thank you to David Pizarro for the music and audio. “The unending amends you made are enough for one life. Be done.”
54:41
June 12, 2021
27. ‘81, Part 1
We talk about The Garden of Eden, get confused about “A.D.”, speculate about more narrator-mysteries, and revel in general about this song. We have a Patreon that you can find here: https://www.patreon.com/ahopelessendeavor?fan_landing=true. Thank you so much to you all for listening. Thank you to David Pizarro for the beats and for the audio stuff he does every week. “It was dirt, and dirt is all the same.”
01:06:07
June 05, 2021
26. Have One On Me, Part 3
We say goodbye to Lola, and have a hard time with that. Syphilis comes up more than you would think. Goodbye, Lola. We love you forever. Thank you all so much for listening, and thank you to David Pizarro for the beautiful music and mysterious audio techniques. “Meanwhile, I will raise my own glass to how you made me fast and expendable, and I will drink to your excellent health, and your cruelty.”
01:14:04
May 29, 2021
25. Have One On Me, Part 2
Here’s Sam and Nikki, ta-da, to do a lot of talking about Lola! We talk a lot about how we’re heart-broken/devastated/deflated/saddened at nearly every part of the song. We also discover and react to Louis’ age. And who tf is narrating?! We will explore it all. Thank you to David Pizarro for the music, and thank you to every listener for listening. https://www.patreon.com/ahopelessendeavor?fan_landing=true. “Heaven has no word for the way you and your friends have treated poor Louis. May god save your poor soul, Lola! (But there is nothing I adore apart from that whore’s black heart.)”
01:15:09
May 22, 2021
24. Have One On Me, Part 1
In this first episode on the titular track, we talk a lot about the one and only Lola Montez. We talk so much about her that we only cover the first verse, but IT’S IMPORTANT, OKAY? Thank you all so so much for listening. Thank you to David Pizarro for the sick beats. Also, I should have been thanking David this whole time for cleaning up our audio because he does that every single week. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Email us at ahopelessendeavor@gmail.com. “I felt so bad cause I didn’t know how to feel bad enough to make him proud.”
01:17:16
May 15, 2021
23. Easy, Part 3
CW that we didn’t mention at the beginning: we have a brief discussion about ABA. Okay, this episode is, once again, off the rails. Brace yourselves. We talk about Canadianisms, love languages, acid... and then, against vehement protests from Sam, Nikki tempts Bloody Mary, and she makes herself known. Thank you all for listening (especially if you somehow make it through this episode), and thank you so much to David Pizarro for the music. “You must not fear; you must meet me to see me, I am barely here.”
45:16
May 08, 2021
22. Easy, Part 2
Fogs! Ports! Bays! We have it all in this episode. Thank you all so much for listening, and, as always, thank you to David Pizarro for the sick beats. “Come on, you little life-giver: give your life.”
44:43
May 01, 2021
21. Easy, Part 1
Our first part of the first song of the masterpiece that is Have One On Me. We talk about rivers, beds, syllables, etc. Thank you to everyone for listening, and a special thank you to David Pizarro for the brand spanking new beat that he made for the new endeavor that is HOOM. He made three beats for HOOM - one for each of the three records. THANK YOU, DAVID. “No one knows what is coming, or who will harvest what we have sewn, or how I’ve been dulling, and dumbing in the service of the heart alone.”
01:12:23
April 24, 2021
20. Colleen, Part 3
The final episode on Colleen! We talk more about names, narwhals, the patriarchy, and other usual topics. Thank you so much, again, to Melissa Marturano from Blessing All the Birds. Check out her incredible post from a few weeks ago here: https://allthebirds.tumblr.com/post/647478743591436288/divers-colleen-and-monkey-bear-and-a. Thank you to David Pizarro for the music. And thank you to everyone who listens! We’ll be back next week with our first episode from Have One On Me, in which we discuss “Easy”. “Have you come here to rescue me? He laughed, and said, ‘From what, Colleen? You dried and dressed most willingly. You corseted and caught the dread disease by which one comes to know such peace’”.
52:02
April 17, 2021
19. Colleen, Part 2
We continue our discussion on this utterly captivating song. Thank you so much again to Melissa of Blessing All the Birds. The blog post that she wrote up in conjunction with last week’s episode can be found here: https://allthebirds.tumblr.com/post/647478743591436288/divers-colleen-and-monkey-bear-and-a. Thank you, too, to everyone who listens. And as always, thank you to David Pizarro for the gorgeous beat.
01:04:55
April 10, 2021
18. Colleen, Part 1
In this super special collaborative episode with the brilliant Melissa Marturano from Blessing All the Birds, we start our dive into the endlessly fascinating Colleen. Melissa has a post on Blessing All the Birds in which she discusses what she brought up in this episode (which you can find here: https://allthebirds.tumblr.com/post/647478743591436288/divers-colleen-and-monkey-bear-and-a ). Thank you so much, Melissa. For the rest of the episode, your fin-wife hags discuss selkies, naming, identity, seducing, and more! We hope you enjoy. Thank you so much for listening, and thank you to David Pizarro for his sick beat.
01:27:41
April 03, 2021
17. Ys Album Artwork, Part 2
Part 2 of the gong show that is this discussion. We talk about syphilis finger, harpsicles (harp-sickles?), more flowers, monkey chair-arms... who even knows. Thank you so much to all of you who have been with us throughout our whole Ys adventure. Thank you too, to David Pizarro, for his magical Cosmia beat.
01:17:03
March 27, 2021
16. Ys Album Artwork, Part 1
Okay, listen. This episode is a bit off the rails. We don’t know how to analyze fine art, but we gave it a go, and here is what we came up with. We dive into (and possibly drown in) Benjamin Vierling’s gorgeous, intricate masterpiece that is the Ys album art. I am pretty sure we mispronounce something several times a minute. WE TRIED. Please let us know if you have any thoughts or theories. We need your help, especially on this stuff. Good luck with this one. Thank you so much for listening. Thank you to David Pizarro for the lovely music.
01:15:11
March 20, 2021
15. Cosmia, Part 2
The last part of the last episode of the last song on Ys. (Except we’re doing an episode on the album art next week so as to cling to this album as long as possible.) We hope you all enjoy! Special thanks to Av for his ridiculously helpful and informative video on Ys and music. Thank you, as always, to David Pizarro for the beautiful beat. Send us your thoughts on literally any Joanna song (ahopelessendeavor@gmail.com). We would love to hear them. After the album art episode next week, we are going to cover Colleen before diving into Have One On Me. Thank you so much for listening. “Wild Cosmia, what have you seen?”
01:04:31
March 13, 2021
14. Cosmia, Part 1
We start our discussion on the last song from (what is probably) the greatest album of all time. We are sad about that, so you should email us (ahopelessendeavor@gmail.com) theories and questions about anything Ys related so that we can revisit it one more time. In the meantime, buckle in for some moth-talk. Thank you, as always, to David Pizarro for the beautiful Cosmia beat. Thank you also to the people who contributed to this episode! We appreciate you so much.
01:31:06
March 06, 2021
13. Only Skin, Part 5
The final episode on Only Skin. What a trip. Thank you all for listening, and thank you to David Pizarro for his Cosmia beat. “All my bones, they are gone, gone, gone. Take my bones, I don’t need none.”
49:59
February 27, 2021
12. Only Skin, Part 4
We get confused about lights, undiluted and weaving, babies out back, and anointing guns. Thank you so much to you all for listening. Thank you so much, too, to David Pizarro for the music. “Stay with me for a while. That’s an awfully real gun. I know life will lay you down, as the lightning has lately done.”
01:27:13
February 20, 2021
11. Only Skin, Part 3
We continue our discussion on Only Skin! We talk about sex, drugs, birds, Sisyphus, and the Bible, hitting a bunch of the usual Joanna themes. Thank you so much to Blessing All the Birds, to David Pizarro for the Cosmia beat, and to Rachana for her absolutely gorgeous and impressive cover of Only Skin. Thanks also to everyone who contributed their theories. “I have got some business out at the edge of town, candy weighing both of my pockets down till I can hardly stay afloat from the weight of them (and knowing how the common folk condemn what it is I do to you to keep you warm: Being a woman).”
01:32:03
February 13, 2021
10. Only Skin, Part 2
We talk a lot about nurturing. Thank you so much to everyone for listening. Thank you, too, to David Pizarro, aka Peez, for his Cosmia beat (“Framed Your Eyes”). “Press on me, we are restless things. Webs of seaweed are swaddling. And you call upon the dusk of the musk of a squid: shot full of ink, until you sink into your crib.”
01:25:22
February 06, 2021
9. Only Skin, Part 1
We’ve done it. We have attempted to tackle the enormity of Only Skin. It took us a long time, but come on, it *should* take a long time to talk about this modern, masterpiece of an epic. I don’t even know how to write this preamble. It’s all just too good. Thank you so much to Alexis and Av for their supportive and insightful contributions. Thank you as well to Rachel Hottle for her incredible (over our heads with its brilliance) essay, “Unconventional Formal Structures and Function in the music of Joanna Newsom”. Thank you, as ALWAYS, to Melissa Marturano and Rachel Parent for the complete genius (and blood, and sweat, and tears) that is Blessing All the Birds. Thank you so much to David Pizarro, aka Peez for his Cosmia beat, which is called “Framed Your Eyes”. David also does all sorts of producing/mastering sorcery on our audio that we would be lost without, so thank you so much, David. And thank you all for listening. Buckle in, because our Only Skin journey is about to get wild. “My sleeping heart woke, and my waking heart spoke.”
01:41:34
January 30, 2021
8. Sawdust & Diamonds, Part 3
It’s the last episode on this gorgeous song. We finish up our discussion of Sawdust & Diamonds. Nikki goes on a wild tangent about Lolita. Thank you so much to everyone who listens! Thank you to David Pizarro for the music (this beat is called “Framed Your Eyes”, and you can find more here: https://m.soundcloud.com/peezismyname ). “Darling, we will be fine, but what was yours and mine appears to me a sandcastle that the gibbering wave takes.”
01:03:36
January 23, 2021
7. Sawdust & Diamonds, Part 2
The penultimate part of our discussion on the gorgeous, moving, earth-shattering Sawdust & Diamonds. Sam is completely brilliant on this episode (and always) so I just also want to thank her for her brains and her sweet heart. Thank you so much, too, to David Pizarro, aka Peez for his beat, “Framed Your Eyes”. Find more of his stuff at www.SoundCloud.com/peezismyname . Thank you, especially, so much to everyone who listens. Email us at ahopelessendeavor@gmail.com. “Push me back into a tree. Bind my buttons with salt. Fill my long ears with bees, praying please, please, please, love, you ought not! No, you ought not!”
01:01:32
January 16, 2021
6. Sawdust & Diamonds, Part 1
In our first episode about Sawdust & Diamonds, we talk about big themes throughout the song, the myth of the city of Ys, and a bunch of other stuff. Thanks so much to Jack, Alexis, and Lise for their contributions to today’s episode, and thank you to David Pizarro, aka Peez, for the wonderful music (his beat is called “Framed Your Eyes”). You can check out the rest of his stuff at https://soundcloud.com/peezismyname . Thank you, too, to every single person who listens. “Drop a bell off of the dock. Blot it out in the sea. Drowning mute as a rock; and sounding mutiny.”
01:14:51
January 09, 2021
5. Monkey & Bear, Part 3
We finish up our discussion on Monkey & Bear, and our hearts break a little bit/a whole lot. Thank you so much to Dirick for their Monkey & Bear cover (which we play at the end of the episode) and to David Pizarro for his Cosmia beat (which is called “Framed Your Eyes”). Also, thank you, thank you, thank you to Zak for his really wonderful and insightful voice memo, to Cory and Jack for their write-ins about M&B, to Alexis for her undying support, and to the entirety of Blessing All the Birds for their absolutely incredible analyses. Melissa and Rachel, we are forever indebted to you. The Blessing All the Birds posts about M&B are particularly amazing and people are missing out if they aren’t on top of that. Hope you all enjoy the episode! “If you could hold up her threadbare coat to the light, where it’s worn, translucent in places, you’d see spots where almost every night of the year, bear had been mending, suspending that baseness. Now her coat drags through the water, bagging, with a life’s-worth of hunger, limitless minnows; in the magnetic embrace, balletic and glacial of bear’s insatiable shadow.”
59:35
January 02, 2021
4. Monkey & Bear, Part 2
Our second of three parts on Monkey & Bear! What a trip. Thank you all so much for listening. Thank you again to David Pizarro, aka Peez for the music. “When the blackbirds hear tea whistling, they rise and clap, and their applause caws the kettle black, and we can’t have none of that.”
01:23:51
December 26, 2020
3. Monkey & Bear, Part 1
This is the beginning of our long, long discussion (maybe 3 parts?) on Monkey & Bear. We want to thank M.M. Wright, Alexis, Zak, Cody, Av, and Dirick for their wonderful insights, and their apparently unconditional support. Thank you so much. For real. Thank you, too, to David Pizarro, aka Peez for his sick Cosmia beat. And thank you to actually everyone who listens to this. Lastly, thank you SO MUCH to Melissa Marturano and Rachel Parent for the entirety of Blessing All the Birds. “You know that we must unlearn this allegiance to a life of service, and no longer answer to that heartless hay-monger, nor be his accomplice. (That charlatan with artless hustling.)”
01:09:46
December 19, 2020
2. Emily, Part 2
In this episode we finish up our discussion on Emily. Thank you so much to Selene for their super insightful voice memo, and thank you to everyone who listens. Music by the super talented David Pizarro, aka Peez. “Peonies nod in the breeze, and while they wetly bow with hydrocephalitic listlessness, ants mop up their brow.”
01:30:18
December 12, 2020
1. Emily, Part 1
The inaugural episode of A Hopeless Endeavor. We talk about the first half-ish of “Emily”, and say “totally” a lot. “Let us go though we know it’s a hopeless endeavor!” Music by Peez, aka David Pizarro.
01:08:59
December 05, 2020
A Hopeless Endeavor Trailer
A trailer for our new Joanna Newsom podcast! The first full episode comes out on December 5th. We’re looking forward to hearing all of your theories and interpretations. Music is by David Pizarro, aka Peez.
04:16
November 19, 2020