First up, I've got another album review that will go up in about seven or eight hours. I'm praising an album and I do think it's one of the best of the year. That said, I'm also going to piss a few people off because I don't believe in elder abuse and that really is the term for Joni Mitchell's Newport appearance.
Sadly, they want to turn that into a live album. PITCHEFORK reports:
Joni Mitchell has revealed she’s working on a new live album. During a rare interview with Elton John on his Apple Music 1 show Rocket Hour, the folk legend opened up about her plans to document her surprise set at Newport Folk Festival in July. It was Mitchell’s first show in 22 years and she was joined by Brandi Carlile, Blake Mills, Taylor Goldsmith, Marcus Mumford, Wynonna Judd, and Lucius’ Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig. Her last album of original songs, Shine, came out in 2007.
“[We] didn’t have any [rehearsal],” Mitchell said of the Newport Folk Festival set. When talking about the performance of “Just Like This Train,” during which she played an electric guitar solo, Mitchell said, “I couldn’t sing the key, I’ve become an alto, I’m not a soprano anymore, so I couldn’t sing the song. And I thought people might feel lighted that if I just played the guitar part, but I like the guitar part to that song. So anyway, it was very well received, much to my delight.”
John used part of his interview to urge Mitchell to record a studio album at her house. “One day, I want you to sit in this room like we’re doing now, but with some recording equipment,” he said. “I want you to make an album in this room because it’s so magical. Every corner of this room is Joni. Everything about it is Joni… and I really want you to consider making a record, maybe new songs, the way you are going, you are tearing up the world at the moment.” Mitchell didn’t announce any plans to do so, but she did reveal that she had recorded “some background vocals up in the balcony once.”
Mitchell and John also discussed her recent resurgence, her love of Chuck Berry, and Brandi Carlile’s 2019 concert where she covered Blue in full. “She did such a good job,” said Mitchell. “There have been a lot of covers of my songs, but she’s very true to the original. So it was kind of like going to my own concert.” Watch select clips from the interview below.
While speaking with none other than Elton John on the November 12 episode of his Apple Music show, Rocket Hour, Mitchell revealed that she wants to release an album of the performance and has been in talks with Newport about it. “You haven’t heard things from the Newport Folk Festival yet, but I think there’s going to be an album coming out of that one?” John teases, to which Mitchell simply replies, “Yeah, we’re trying to put that out.”
BILLBOARD has posted clips of the interviews. If you stream them, see if you can notice Joni's canny con. Don't know how else to phrase it but if you are a longterm Joni fan, you'll note she's flattering an age group with false words.
It was a nice day here -- I think 58 was the hottest it got today. Wally called and said get over to C.I.'s because she was making chicken soup. I was in the car right away because she does make the best chicken soup. I don' know all the spices but the ingredients include celery, bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, carrots, corn, potatoes and it's just delicious.
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"
|Alabama||Rep||Earl Hilliard||D||retired from office|
|Florida||Rep||Carrie Meek||D||retired from office|
|Illinois||Rep||Jesse Jackson Jr.||D|
|Illinois||Rep||Bill Lipinski||D||retired from office|
|Michigan||Rep||John Conyers Jr.||D|
|Michigan||Rep||Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick||D|
|Minnesota||Rep||Martin Olav Sabo||D|
|Missouri||Rep||William Clay Jr.||D|
|MIssouri||Rep||Karen McCarthy||D||retired from office|
|New Jersey||Sen||Jon Corzine||D|
|New Jersey||Rep||Rush Holt||D|
|New Jersey||Rep||Robert Menendez||D|
|New Jersey||Rep||Frank Pallone Jr||D|
|New Jersey||Rep||Donald Payne||D|
|New Mexico||Sen||Jeff Bingaman||D|
|New Mexico||Rep||Tom Udall||D|
|New York||Rep||Maurice Hinchey||D|
|New York||Rep||Amo Houghton||R|
|New York||Rep||John LaFalce||D|
|New York||Rep||Gregory Meeks||D|
|New York||Rep||Jerrold Nadler||D|
|New York||Rep||Major Owens||D|
|New York||Rep||Charles Rangel||D|
|New York||Rep||Jose Serrano||D|
|New York||Rep||Louise Slaughter||D|
|New York||Rep||Edolphus Towns||D|
|New York||Rep||Nydia Velazquez||D|
|North Carolina||Rep||Eva Clayton||D||retired from office|
|North Carolina||Rep||David Price||D|
|North Carolina||Rep||Melvin Watt||D|
|North Dakota||Sen||Kent Conrad||D|
|Ohio||Rep||Stephanie Tubbs Jones||D|
|Pennsylvania||Rep||William Coyne||D||retired from office|
|Rhode Island||Sen||Lincoln Chafee||D|
|Rhode Island||Sen||Jack Reed||D|
|Rhode Island||Rep||James Langevin||D|
|South Carolina||Rep||Gresham Barrett||R|
|South Carolina||Rep||James Clyburn||D|
|Tennessee||Rep||John Duncan Jr||R|
|Texas||Rep||Eddie Bernice Johnson||D|
|Texas||Rep||Ciro Rodriguez||D||retired from office|
|District of Columbia||Rep||Brian Baird||D|
|West Virginia||Sen||Robert Byrd||D|
|West Virginia||Rep||Alan Mollohan||D|
|West Virginia||Rep||Nick Rahall||D|
|Wisconsin||Rep||Jerry Kleczka||D||retired from office|
He's a Moron with a War On -- even if he needs Viagra to get it up.
Inflation rose at an unadjusted annual rate of 7.7 percent in October, according to data published by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Thursday morning. The report noted that consumer prices rose by 0.4 percent over September, the same rate as the previous month.
While consumer prices are still rising at a pace not seen since the early 1980s, with devastating consequences for working class living standards, the October rate was less than the 7.9 percent that had been predicted by analysts.
The BLS Consumer Pricing Index (CPI) summary said the inflation rate for October was “the smallest 12-month increase since the period ending January 2022,” and was down from the September rate of 8.2 percent.
The statement said that the “all items less food and energy index rose 6.3 percent over the last 12 months.” But in the critical categories of energy and food, prices increased by 17.6 percent and 10.9 percent respectively.
Democrats will need bold leadership in 2024. We're calling on Joe Biden to announce that he's not running for re-election.They note:
In 2024 the United States will face the dual imperatives of preventing a Republican takeover of the White House and advancing a truly progressive agenda. The stakes could not be higher. The threat of a neofascist GOP has become all too obvious. Bold and inspiring leadership from the Oval Office will be essential.
Unfortunately, President Biden has been neither bold nor inspiring. And his prospects for winning re-election appear to be bleak. With so much at stake, making him the Democratic Party’s standard-bearer in 2024 would be a tragic mistake.
“Moderate” policies have failed to truly address such pressing concerns as the climate emergency, voting rights, student debt, health care, corporate price-gouging, and bloated military spending in tandem with anemic diplomacy.
Biden triumphed over Donald Trump in 2020 with vital help from extraordinary grassroots efforts in swing states by progressive organizations (including RootsAction). A president is not his party’s king, and he has no automatic right to renomination. Joe Biden should not seek it. If he does, he will have a fight on his hands.
Can you imagine the GOP putting a presidential candidate in a debate with Joe, someone under 62, who stands on the stage with energy and awareness? The Democratic Party cannot afford Joe.
Salhy is Iraqi, and in 2004 covered the Battle of Fallujah and the American invasion. She is not easily frightened. But as Iraq changed in the years since, paramilitaries have taken prominent roles in the country’s economy, security, and government and operate with practical impunity. Since the end of 2019, paramilitaries are suspected to have been behind at least thirty-six assassinations, with activists and journalists as their primary targets. In November 2021, they went as far as to conduct a drone attack on Iraq’s Prime Minister Mustafa al-Khadimi, an assassination attempt that was widely seen as retaliation for his attempts to bring a paramilitary “death squad” to justice.
Social media attacks can serve as a precursor. In May 2020 Hisham al-Hashimi, a renowned analyst of paramilitaries and terrorism, saw an uptick in posts targeting him. Just weeks later, on June 9, 2020, he was shot by two gunmen on the back of a motorcycle as he returned home.
Salhy’s sister is in fact a politician, and the two had kept their being related a secret to protect each other. Salhy did not want her sister to become a target because of what she had written; nor did she want her work to be associated with her sister’s political positions. Now the paramilitaries were letting them know that their relationship was not only understood but monitored. “It was just telling me they can reach me,” Salhy said. “And if they cannot reach me, they can reach my family.”