Joni Mitchell

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2014

    Is the World of Music Better Now or Better Then?

    Steve Wiley is Up on the Sun's resident Record Store Geek. He shares stories of great music and wacky characters from his continuing 27 years in Valley record stores and the always zany music biz. I'm closing in on a half century of existence -- an existence immersed in the world of entertainmen ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 18, 2014
  • Blogs

    September 8, 2014

    Holiday In Cambodia: Dengue Fever Talks Ley Lines And Working With Jim Jarmusch

    With all this talk about Ebola hemorrhagic fever, perhaps we should think about something to take our minds off it, something like Dengue Fever. No, not the tropical mosquito-borne virus (that'd probably only increase hypochondriacal feelings), let's talk about the six-piece Los Angeles psychedelic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2013

    Folk-Rock Is Revived In "Live From Laurel Canyon"

    Musical hotspots seem to circulate around the country. Hair metal was birthed along the Sunset Strip in late-1980s Los Angeles, but before those boys started teasing their hair and wearing makeup there was a counter-culture movement (mostly make-up free) that happened decades earlier and just a few ... More >>

  • Music

    December 26, 2013
  • Blogs

    September 27, 2013

    10 Female Artists That Helped Me Understand Women

    I can't believe the things I decide to write about. Women? Have I lost my mind? I know as much about women as I do about God--not jack. Yet I continue to study both. In fact, I suspect they are one and the same. Like most subjects in my studies, one of my primary teachers has been and continues ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2013

    It Seems Tough to be a Rock Star These Days

    Over the years, I've wished I was a musician about a zillion times. I've stood and watched guys and girls play (mostly guys, mostly guitar), and wondered what it would be like to make an instrument talk... to connect with a crowd... to say something with lyrics. But lately, I'm not so sure. Maybe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2013

    The Best Decade in Rock and Roll History: 1967-1977

    I'm feeling a little guilty about last week's column, in which I took the crappy popular music of the '80s to task (High School Music: A Reunion from Hell). Why? It was negative, and generally I like to promote good music instead of baggin' on bad stuff. I've fed my family for almost thirty years ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2013

    Jack Howell, What Are You Listening To?

    Jack Howell Howell has been the producer/engineer/musician/owner of WilloDisc Production House since 1989. For more information, go here. When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? KWSS 106.7 FM. What's the first album you bought? Michael Jacks ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2013

    Label of the Month: The EDM Pioneers Behind Ghostly International

    Welcome to our Label of the Month feature, where we'll expound on some of our favorite music manufacturing companies, the folks that help mold the entire picture for amazing artists and shoot those ideas out into the world. This month, we're aiming our sights on Ghostly International, the Ann Arbor, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2012

    Destroyer Got Rejected By Jazz Festivals, Which Is Good for Pop Fans

    If you are excited about Destroyer coming to town -- and we certainly are -- you can thank the world of jazz. When songwriter/vocalist Dan Bejar, who essentially is Destroyer, set out for another round of touring behind the 18-month-old, critically adored Kaputt, he had a specific goal in mind. "I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2011

    Ewan Currie of the Sheepdogs on Rolling Stone, Their Next Album, and Crosby, Stills & Nash

    Emma McIntyre​Earlier this year The Sheepdogs became the first unsigned band to land on the cover of Rolling Stone after they won the magazine's Choose the Cover contest. Although they toured extensively before they entered the contest, their world was turned somewhat upside down when they finally ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2011

    America at Wild Horse Pass Casino, 7-15-2011

    America, though they have aged a bit since this photo was first taken ​America Wild Horse Pass Casino Friday, July 15, 2011 Sure, the venues that America is likely to play these days have gotten smaller, but it doesn't mean that the band isn't still capable of putting on a good show. The crow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2011

    A Recap of the 2011 Grammy Awards: A Quick, Easy Guide to What Happened

    Dan MacMedan, USA TodayNicki Minaj, doing what she does best: always trying to get attention.​The 2011 Grammy Awards kept things classy this year: There wasn't even a single mention of Ke$ha during the entire show!Good job, Grammy people! Thanks for taking out the trash this year. Aside from the l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2010

    Enchantment: Songs About New Mexico (1976)

    Enchantment: Songs About New Mexico​Welcome to Obscuro, a weekly feature where Up on the Sun dives deep into the world of vinyl oddities: private press jobs, major label cast-offs, and general thrift shop clutter that's thus far escaped anyone's attention. These LPs have been hiding out, collectin ... More >>

  • Music

    November 4, 2010
  • Blogs

    July 29, 2010

    The Most Worthlessly Obscure Bands on The Soundstrike's Arizona Boycott List

    ​Well, Thursday is finally upon us -- however, what could have been an entirely shitty day was made less so by the wonderful foresight of U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton and her injunctions on SB 1070. Gov. Brewer's evil army of mercenaries will have to wait until a decision is made on the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2010

    From Print: Blogs Teased in Our 4/29 Issue

    ​This week, New Times ran a box in our print publication highlighting some of the most interesting posts published at Up On The Sun over the past week. Here are links to those posts. How was the Norah Jones show at Dodge Theatre? Why does Joni Mitchell think Bob Dylan is "fake?" What does lo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2010

    Is Bob Dylan a 'Fake?' Joni Mitchell Sure Thinks So

    Bob Dylan's fake? Them's fightin' words, Joni Mitchell​In an interview with the LA Times, noted folk singer Joni Mitchell called out Bob Dylan, telling the interviewer she thought the celebrated musician was  "not authentic at all."The two folk artists are no strangers, having spent plenty of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2010

    Leonard Cohen and the Most Overlooked Live Album of 2009

    ​Leonard Cohen Live at the Isle of Wight 1970 is not just some re-mastered re-issue. It ain't no run-of-the-mill recording. This is the first time that Cohen's entire performance at the historic festival has been released. Why is this exciting and noteworthy, you may ask? For several reasons.& ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2009

    10 Things Under $10 This Weekend: Pirates, Psychobillies, and Creepy Bunnies

    The Bay Area's Nobunny will terrorize the Trunk Space on Saturday night. There are gonna be two kinds of people in the Valley this weekend: Those who can afford to go to Fall Frenzy, and those who can't. Given the $50-$60 price tag for tickets, its to be expected that a few thrifty types might consi ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 26, 2009
  • Music

    October 2, 2008
  • Music

    March 6, 2008

    k.d. lang


  • Music

    February 7, 2008

    Cat Power


  • Music

    November 15, 2007
  • Music

    October 25, 2007

    Joni Mitchell

    (Hear Music)

  • Music

    February 15, 2007

    Madeleine Peyroux

    Falling over in the forest

  • Music

    November 9, 2006

    Joanna Newsom

    (Drag City/Caroline)

  • Music

    February 2, 2006

    Beth Orton

    Comfort of Strangers

  • Music

    February 2, 2006

    Tristan Prettyman

    If Ani DiFranco surfed

  • Music

    September 15, 2005

    The Ditty Bops

    One-ring circus

  • Music

    August 18, 2005

    Paperback Writer

    The 33 1/3 book series lets love-struck authors celebrate their favorite records

  • Music

    July 14, 2005

    Ray LaMontagne

    Follow his bliss

  • Calendar

    November 25, 2004

    It's Noa or Never

    Israeli singer in concert November 27

  • Music

    September 16, 2004

    Various Artists

    This Is Americana
    (Narm Recordings)

  • Film

    August 28, 2003

    Habitat for Inhumanity

    The "asylums" depicted in The Magdalene Sisters undermine both the Catholic Church and the popular image of Ireland

  • Music

    May 16, 2002

    The Band

    The Last Waltz (WB/Rhino)

  • News

    September 6, 2001

    Casal in the Air

    Neal Casal Anytime Tomorrow (Morebarn Records)

  • Music

    August 2, 2001

    Eliza Gilkyson

    Hard Times in Babylon (Red House)

  • Calendar

    May 3, 2001

    Sweet Judy Blue Eyes

    Send in the crowds for folk legend Judy Collins

  • Music

    May 3, 2001


    While they may not top the Billboard charts, this month's batch of jazz, blues and heritage releases is definitely worth hearing

  • Music

    December 21, 2000

    Candy Cane Mutiny

    Consumers fight back! You have the power to make the ultimate Christmas album yourself. Use it!

  • Music

    April 20, 2000

    Joni Mitchell

    Both Sides Now

  • Music

    April 6, 2000

    Bin There

    Where have all the overeducated, underachieving record-store clerks gone?

  • Music

    February 17, 2000

    CSN & Sometimes Y

    How much time was "Wasted on the Way"? Absolutely none, if you like a good rock 'n' roll soap opera.

  • Music

    July 22, 1999

    At Long Lost Live?

    In search of the historic double live album . . . who started it, and who finally finished it off?

  • Calendar

    December 17, 1998
  • Music

    October 10, 1996

    The Good Foot

    A survey of recent blues, soul, R&B and roots releases

  • Dining

    July 8, 1992
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