“I’ve always had this — and my friends know this about me — dark fantasy about breaking my leg and having to be in the hospital where I'm not allowed to move,” White says. “I fantasized about some outside influence forcing my hand to do something I would not normally do.”
White became so immersed in the furniture world, he even took time to check out his “competitors,” including Target and Walmart. (“They have interesting lamps and chairs — stuff they didn’t have when I was a kid.”) When he drove with his girlfriend from Nashville to Detroit in late 2020, White went somewhere he’d never been before: IKEA. Intrigued by a billboard off the freeway, they went to see what the fuss was about.
“It’s got interesting stuff going on!” he says adamantly, gesticulating with his arms for emphasis. “The way they direct you [through the store is interesting], how you have to walk this path through. And I gotta say, for the price range, there’s some pretty cool stuff.”
But home decor couldn’t fully scratch White’s itch: White’s decision to step away from songwriting barely lasted eight months.
When he arrived in Michigan, White immediately hunkered down at his Kalamazoo hideout, writing music for the first time in over a year. He was now in a new mental space, partly due to a severely restricted diet. With the exception of coffee and water, White adhered to strict long-term fasting, inspired by Upton Sinclair’s 1911 book The Fasting Cure. The text opened his eyes to fasting “being a cure for lots of things.” He’d go five days at a time without eating, which inspired some of the best work of his career.
“I thought I hadn't written a song in a year and a half because I’d been on tour with the Raconteurs [before that],” he says of his time in Michigan. “It was getting to be like, ‘Now this is a good time to go and spend by myself alone.’ And I thought, ‘If I'm going to do that, maybe I should write a couple songs while I'm there.’”
As the studio sessions continued, everything seemed to be taking a different shape than anticipated. Unlike White's signature loud-quiet balance on previous albums, there was something distinctly different about the sessions that stretched into 2021.
The electric songs that would comprise Fear of the Dawn, his Beefheartian thunderbolt of an album, spilled out. Initially, White envisioned these tracks, dominated by roaring guitars, on one eclectic album with those he penned in Michigan. But they “started slowly getting into their own world.”
“It was obvious,” White explains. “The playlists on my computer were all the heavy ones and all the soft ones. I would try to take a soft one, put it in and juxtapose, but it wasn’t working like it usually did. They were too different. In a way, the harder ones stayed together and the softer ones stayed together. Not just that they're quieter and softer, but they actually worked together. They had a nice flow to them.”
Daniel Kohn wrote the feature.
New music from Jack?
That's his new video "What's The Trick?"
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"
Thursday, April 28, 2022. The bloom's falling off Barack's rose and the persecution of the Kurds gets some international attention.
Building on comments Rebecca ("follow it back to barack") and Elaine ("Joe Biden continues to hurt other Democrats") made last night, let's note how much self-inflicted prominent Democrats have done to the party.
Due to his extreme youth upon being first sworn in as president, it was always doubtful Barack Obama was going to be able to cast through to a natural death on the whorish press he got. A historical reckoning was due and would likely be forthcoming many years before his state funeral.
But Barack appears to be hastening his own reckoning.
Joe Biden's questionable actions as vice president with regard to raking in money via Hunter Biden's corrupt deals? We would not be talking about it now if Barack hadn't fixed the process so that Joe got the nomination.
The press had willfully and gladly looked th other way in real time. They had pronounced Barack scandal free -- ignoring many problems that were visibile all along and I'd certainnly include releasing Iraqis that had murdered US soldiers in a trade for the dead bodies of some British soliders. That was not in the interest of the US and it did not play well with the families. THE NEW YORK TIMES, to their credit, did front page that. No one else did. But they -- and CNN -- made it a one day story. Most Americanns still don't know about that to this day.
Or that the terrorist group who secured the release of their members them publicly mocked Barack to the Iraqi media repeatedly.
Barack knew Joe wasn't up to the job which is why he refused to back Joe for the longest and why his mouth pieces made sure to hype others. At one point, Barack was even willing to back Elizabeth Waren for the nomination. But in his desire to stop Bernie Sanders, Barack conspired with others to deliver the blow to Bernie.
And his thanks? We now know just how corrupt his administration was. We now know that Joe Biden was a part of Hunter's uethical schemes, that Joe was part of pay-to-play and granted White House access and face-to-face meetings to ensure that his family raked in millions.
Joe is the face of corruption.
And that's another reason that Anie Apples and all the rest don't want to get serious about Hunter today.
She's at THE ATLANTIC today but that's not where she was then. And she wasn't overing reality back then. She was whoring -- as a cheap whore will do.
For eight years they sat on their asses ad looked the other way over and over as Barack broke promises, as Barack ad his administration broke ehtical rules, as contempt of Congress was rewarded by Barack.
Someone lied to Cogress? Well, Barack loves James Clapper. And we all know David Peatraeus' downfall was not because of that affair and shared sectrets, it was because David was being asked to run against Barack in 2012.
There was always more than enough scandal to see if we had a functioning press.
Barack pimped Joe and secured the nomination for him. And that's bad when you grasp how unfavorable Joe has become to the American people. There's a reason you should be careful before writing a letter of recommenation for someone -- your support then reflects on you.
But the other reason that Barack should be kicking himself regarding Joe is that all the rot of his administration may be exposed. He brought it on himself.
And he's so unpopular himself today.
I twas always seen as the 'right' thing to support Barack. So people lied. They thought it was the socially acceptable thing to do.
When the corporate media is telling you that there is only good and evil, and we started noting this over a decade ago, and digging through the polling data to show the conflicting responses, you're not going to get honest responses.
The edia has repeatedly demonized Repubolicans for many, many years.
It's not enough that they have a different opinion than I do, they, the voters, have to be demonized. They're evil. They're racist, they're stupid, they're this, they're that.
That sort of garbage shouldn't take place. But if it does, it should be from the rival major party.
Instead, it came from what was supposed to be neutral and impartial media.
It's not just their lies about Iraq that tarnished the media's reputation.
It's garbage like Brian Stelter who pretends to do a media critique for CNN. Howie Kurtz used to do that job. And I could criticize him for being elitist. But he was striving to be impartial when it came to partisan outlooks. Not so with Brian Stelter whose mind must be as grotesque as his body.
The corporate media has refused to take accountability for their consuences of their actions, they refuse to even acknowledge their actions.
Their lack of accountability only further breeds mistrust in them from healthy portion of the public -- throughout the political spectrum.
And, yes, a Special Counsel is needed. And, Elaine is right, it is hurting the Democrats as they go into the mid-terms. Don't be surprised, as Americans continue to face inflation, if the GOP doesn't use Hunter against incumbent Democrats in various races. 'Joe was getting fat while you're struggling to pay bills. Unlike ____, if you elect _____, we will hold the corrupt accountable."
Turning to Iraq. The beggar media has followed corporate media i dismissing any interest in the Turkish government's ongoing bombing of Iraq, setting up military bases in Iraq and targeting the people of Kurdistan. Silence. This has been going on for years. THE NATION hasn't been interested. JACOBIN hasn't been interested. It's not a 'lifestyle' piece so you know THE PROGRSSIVE won't write about it. DEMOCRACY NOW and all the rest of the beggars have refused to cover it.
That may change. Their British poster boy has weighed in.
Turkey’s latest military operation in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq began early last week, with Ankara launching an air and ground offensive targeting the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in pockets of Duhok province on April 18.
These operations against the PKK, an armed group fighting for the autonomy of Turkey’s southeast and considered a terrorist organisation by Ankara, have become a regular occurrence over recent years. However, they are growing more controversial in Iraq, and not just in areas administered by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).
“This operation is basically trying to intervene and establish networks of observation, monitoring, and bases,” Sardar Aziz, an analyst and former adviser to the KRG parliament, told Al Jazeera. “This time Turkey is planning to stay.”
Only days before Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ordered the launch of the operation, dubbed Claw-Lock, he met with the KRG Prime Minister Masrour Barzani, an apparent signal that the KRG was supportive, to a certain extent, of the operation. Erdogan has also said that the Iraqi government cooperated with the operation.
Demonstrations took place in Kurdistan.
This is not about the PKK. It is about targeting Kurds and the Turkish government makes that clear with their actions outside of Turkey as well as inside. They persecute the Kurds and they've done it for decades. The PKK is a rsponse to this persecution -- a detail a whorish media always 'forgets' to point out. The PKK did not rise up because things were perfect for the Kurds in Turkey.
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