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Balancing old and new-school soul with Bruno Mars panache, this Danish singer's debut is a fine argument for pop optimism. His string-buoyed hit "7 Years" collapses Joni Mitchell's "The Circle Game" into the Beatles' "When I'm Sixty-Four" for a life-journey meditation. "Drunk in the Morning" is a piano-and-brass-driven booty call...

Improving the Lives of Women From Two Different Sides

Years ago Joni Mitchell sang about looking "at life from both sides now." With apologies to Mitchell, that's exactly how I felt recently in a 24-hour period...I saw two sides of the efforts to improve the lives of women and girls - efforts that are literally worlds apart. Show More Summary

Watch Prince Cover Bowie’s “Heroes”

Prince played two shows in Toronto on the Piano & A Microphone tour, and his sets featured a series of covers: the artist performed his take on David Bowie’s “Heroes,” along with Joni Mitchell’s “A Case of You,” Vince Guaraldi’s “Linus & Lucy,” and Bob Marley’s “Waiting in Vain.” Watch recordings of the covers at Pitchfork.

Facing Down The Paradigm: John Craigie At Kuumbwa Jazz, Santa Cruz, CA (SHOW REVIEW)

“Let’s get one thing straight: Bob Dylan never played here Joni Mitchell never sang here Dr. King never preached here This is a new stage This is a new space And even if they had What would it matter anyway? ‘Cause the ghosts of theShow More Summary

Back To The Garden

Saffron Fields Vineyard Yamhill Carlton AVA Willmatte Valley Oregon "And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden," wrote Joni Mitchell, but I always hear the urgency of Crosby, Stills and Nash when I think of these words. Today I arrived back in Oregon for the Oregon Wine Symposium right on the heels of finishing Premiere Napa Valley. Show More Summary

Sex, Death, and Understanding in Paul Lisicky’s ‘The Narrow Door’

Everybody loves an origin story: the loss that fueled Joni Mitchell, for instance, or the difficulties with Gauguin that led to Van Gogh’s undoing. We love to see story of the mud and blood that come together to sculpt the artists we read and idolize. Show More Summary

Glenn Frey: 20 Essential Songs

"In the beginning, we were the underdogs," Glenn Frey once said of the Eagles' formative days on the L.A. rock scene of the early Seventies. "Being in close proximity to Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell, and Crosby, Stills and Nash, this unspoken thing was created between Henley and me, which said, 'If...

Dizzy Gillespie -- In Praise of Liner Notes

4 months agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Joni Mitchell was onto something. You don't miss liner notes until you don't have them. I admit: Many liner notes leave me cold, for two reasons. First, they're way too detailed, especially in jazz. Every take has to be scrupulously annotated. Who played third trumpet in that big band? Was that Bird... [ read more ]

‘Queen Of Funk’ Chaka Khan Will Sing At Natalie Cole’s Funeral; Working On Joni Mitchell Tribute Album

Chaka Khan, the “Queen of Funk” and 10-time Grammy award winner, will sing at Natalie Cole’s funeral. Cole will be laid to rest on Monday, January 11. The service will be held at the West Angeles Church of God in Christ, which the singer attended for many years. Show More Summary

My Greatest Hits (And Biggest Misses) Of 2015

It’s that time of year again! As I did in 2014, 2013, and 2012, I’m channeling my inner Joni Mitchell by linking back to some of my most popular articles of the year and also reanimating some of the things that I loved but you hated....Show More Summary

Chaka Khan dishes on her "tough" time on "DWTS" and her Joni Mitchell tribute album

The 62-year-old Queen of Funk, who began her career singing with the band Rufus, is currently working on a Joni Mitchell tribute album, which she hopes to release in February.

And Now for a Message from Joni Mitchell

4 months agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

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Morning Reads for Tuesday, December 22, 2015

There are so many Christmas songs to share! First, there’s Ashley Monroe’s lovely cover of Joni Mitchell’s River – but perhaps you’re more the type to gather at the roadhouse with your next of kin to celebrate the Swayziest Christmas of them all? The reads: The lead in the drinking water in Flint, Michigan, is …

How Did This Depressing Joni Mitchell Piece Become ‘A Traditional Christmas Song’?

4 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

“Perhaps it’s ascended to holiday-hit status precisely because it’s an antidote to all those ‘songs of joy and peace.'”

How a ‘thoroughly depressing’ Joni Mitchell song became a Christmas classic

Michael Ball, a British stage actor and singer, was watching a performance of traditional Christmas music at a London drama school several years ago when the students unwrapped Joni Mitchell’s “River.” Ball said he was somewhat startled, given that the classic 1971 confessional isn’t really a Christmas song. Never mind that its opening melody is […]

See Ashley Monroe's Delicate Cover of Joni Mitchell's 'River'

Joni Mitchell's 1971 LP Blue is universally acknowledged as one of the most acclaimed albums of all time and a landmark for female artists in the Seventies. And although it's not a Christmas record, the starkly arranged album nevertheless produced the beautiful ballad "River." One of the greatest (albeit most...

Watch Ashley Monroe Cover Joni Mitchell’s “River”

5 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

The A.V. Club’s A.V. Undercover series has been commissioning Christmas covers throughout this holiday season, and the latest is also the greatest. Ashley Monroe, one of today’s finest country singers, took on Joni Mitchell’s timeless Blue ballad “River,” a tune that flips the typically cheery “Jingle Bells” melody into something deeply, profoundly sad. It’s a […]

Holiday Undercover: Ashley Monroe covers Joni Mitchell

As one of country’s music’s crossover stars, Ashley Monroe is adept at mixing the classic and the contemporary, as evinced by her pair of Grammy nominations for her third album, The Blade. For this installment of Holiday Undercover she offered a take on “River” from Joni Mitchell’s iconic 1971 album, Blue. Show More Summary

Flashback: Joni Mitchell Plays a Gorgeous Version of 'A Case of You'

When Joni Mitchell recorded "A Case of You" for her 1971 masterpiece Blue, the track included guitar backing from James Taylor, her boyfriend at the time. But onstage in London on April 22nd, 1974, Mitchell performed it alone, befitting the song's lyrics: It's a song about the first blush of...

Jaco Pastorius documentary by Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo out now (watch a clip)

Jaco Pastorius, the late jazz bassist who was a member of Weather Report from 1976 to 1981, a player on multiple Joni Mitchell albums and more, was given the documentary treatment this year with Jaco, which Metallica bassist Robert....

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