November 15, 2023 Playlist

Joni Mitchell "Don Juan's Reckless Daughter" (1977)
Joni Mitchell "Don Juan's Reckless Daughter"  1977 (Canada)
Joni Mitchell turned 80 years old this month -- this week's classic album is a listener request from months ago that I was saving up for her birthday. I think a lot of Joni's fans are probably mostly into her early folky classics and her two most commercially successful "singer-songwriter" albums Court And Spark and the double live Miles Of Aisles (both released in 1974 and quite great). But my favorite Joni is her "jazz" period: I think the first "jazzy stuff" was maybe on For The Roses (1972), and it was very much present on those 1974 albums which include musicians who played on Steely Dan records. But from 1975 to 1980, she eschewed folk and pop to make records and tour pretty much exclusively with jazz musicians, including heavyweights like Hancock, Metheny, Pastorious, Shorter, and even the legendary Mingus. The Daughter album has it's share of hardcore jazziness, including a core trio of Joni on guitar and singing accompanied by the great Jaco on bass and John Guerin on drums (Joni's boyfriend for a few years who played drums on Hot Rats!) But also it's a double album with the 16-minute epic "Paprika Plains" which features JM on piano with an entire orchestra, and another track is an Afro/Latin percussion jam with chanting. She was near the end of her record contract, so was feeling like she could do "whatever" at this point. Though there may not be a lot of classic "songs" on this one, the performances and sound are emblematic of her boundless imagination. The album cover is also kind of a classic (and a relic of the freaky 70's): that Black dude on the left? It's Joni in drag (and um, blackface) as her alter-ego "Art Nouveu, the jazz man." (If you don't believe me, just compare "his" teeth to the Joni in the middle of the picture!)
(N) = New Release
(R) = Listener Request

Artist Song Album Year Country
Neil Young (with Crazy Horse)
Like A Hurricane (same as previously released version)Chrome Dreams (N - unreleased album)
1977 (2023 Reprise)Canada/USA
Slow Pulp BroadviewYard (N)
2023 (Anti-)USA
Wilco EvictedCousin (N)
2023 (dBpm)USA
Holy Wave Nothing Is RealFive Of Cups (N)
2023 (Suicide Squeeze)USA
Anton Barbeau GreasyMorgenmusik / Nachtschlager (N)
("Morning Music / Night Pop")
2023 (Think Like A Key)USA
Woods Day Moving OnPerennial (N)
2023 (Woodsist)USA
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Theia
   / The Silver Cord
The Silver Cord (N)2023 (KGLW)Australia
Poppy 1s + 0sZig (N)
2023 (Sumerian)USA
Speedy Ortiz You S02Rabbit Rabbit (N)
2023 (Wax Nine)USA
Psychedelic Porn Crumpets Sierra NevadaFronzoli (N)2023 (What Reality?)Australia
Descartes A Kant
After DestructionAfter Destruction (N)2023 (Cleopatra)Mexico
Joni MitchellOverture / Cotton AvenueDon Juan's Reckless Daughter (R)
Joni MitchellOtis And MarleneDon Juan's Reckless Daughter (R)
Joni MitchellDon Juan's Reckless DaughterDon Juan's Reckless Daughter (R)
Joni MitchellDown To YouCourt And Spark1974Canada
Neil Young with Crazy HorseQuitToastrec. 2000, rel. 2022Canada
Sumikko Discosingle (N)
2023 (Universal)Japan
Wednesday Campanella Prince Shoutokusingle (N)2023 (Warner Japan)Japan Socchi Mononoke ("Socchi Spirit")Mobstrong EP (N)
2023 (Lastrum)Japan
Final CallBlack Box (N)
2023 (Sony)Japan
Atarashii Gakko! ("New School!") Tokyo Calling
single (N)
2023 (88Rising)Japan
Appare! ("Bravo!") Nantoka Naa Re Fanfare ("Let's Do It Somehow Fanfare")single (N)2023 (Appare! Records)Japan
Ano Namida-kun, Kyou Mo Ohayou
My Friend Tears, Good Morning Again")
Neko Neko To To (N - forthcoming album)
("Cat Cat Vomit Vomit")
2023 (Toy's Factory)Japan
The I's (featuring Ano) AkunokabinEienshoudou EP (N)2023 (Nyang Nyang)Japan
Green Milk From The Planet OrangePhoenixThird2019Japan
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard The Silver Cord (extended version)The Silver Cord (N)2023 (KGLW)Australia
Matmos Injection Basic SoundReturn To Archive (N)2023 (Thrill Jockey)USA
Animal Collective Magicians From BaltimoreIsn't It Now? (N)
2023 (Domino)USA
Swans No More Of ThisThe Beggar (N)
2023 (Young God)USA
Neil Young
Too Far Gone (previously unreleased acoustic version)Chrome Dreams (N - unreleased album)
1977 (2023 Reprise)Canada
Neil Young
Hold Back The Tears (previously unreleased acoustic version)Chrome Dreams (N - unreleased album)
1977 (2023 Reprise)Canada

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