Tomorrow Bonnie Raitt's Slipstream comes out, her new album. She spoke about it with Melinda Newman (Hit Fix):
“I was thinking about doing the record in three different parts, in New Orleans, and maybe working with Joe Henry,” she says. “Coincidentally, Joe was hearing from Mose Allison and Alan Toussaint when he just worked with them— they’re good friends of mine —and they said you should really work with Bonnie. So it was synchronicity that I came out of it with the idea of starting with Joe and he was thinking the same thing. It was really meant to be and that whet my appetite for getting back in the studio.”
Raitt’s recording hiatus came as she dealt with the deaths of both her parents, her brother, and one of her best friends. At some point, she realized she had to unplug: “I knew I wasn’t any good to anybody if I didn’t take a break.” She went to hear music for sheer enjoyment’s sake, instead of going to sit in, and she listened to music without thinking about whether they were songs she might want to eventually record, as she has done for her past albums. And sure enough, she got the “itch” to record and play again.
When it did come time to select songs for “Slipstream,” she turned to some of her favorite authors: there are two Bob Dylan songs on the album, as well as tracks from Irish singer/songwriter Paul Brady, Loudon Waintwright III and Gerry Rafferty (her video for “Right Down The Line” is below). Raitt also co-wrote a song, “Down To You.” “Finding great songs is what the hard part of my gig is — not as hard as songwriting, that’s much more daunting and a self exploration and a lot more time— but I love playing other people’s music if it speaks to what I want to say,” she says. “If I need to come up with something, I’ll write it, but primarily I was looking for great grooves that I wanted to play and ways to say things that I hadn’t said before and these songs I’m really proud of because lyrically they’re as beautiful as they are musically.”
Randy Lewis (Los Angeles Times) adds, "The album is the first release on her own label, Red Wing Records. It's largely run by trusted associates so Raitt can focus on being a musician, 'but ultimately,' she said, 'I'm saying yes or no to everything. If you've got a good management team and you can find a good distributor and a great PR company, it works better than being at a label. If somebody's not working out, you can change it, which you can't always do on a label'." Elysa Gardner (USA Today) reviews the album and I'll note this from the review, "At 62, she sounds as sexy and self-assured as ever, but her singing, as always, serves the message and the groove above all else."
I mentioned back in early March that the only album I was waiting on was Bonnie Raitt's. I'll be downloading this as soon as I get done running tomorrow morning. I'll get up, brush my teeth, go run, come back in, pull up Amazon, start downloading the album and then hop in the shower.
Bonnie Raitt is one of my favorite artists. I like to listen to her playing sometimes and just see the colors of the notes from her slide guitar. I think she's far more talented than she's ever been given credit for (and, yes, I know she's got like a closet full of Grammys).
So she's the only reason I'm blogging tonight. I'm really tired. But her album comes out tomorrow. Download it or purchase the CD.
It's going to be $7.99 on Amazon for download -- click here. I just looked that up. That may just be a one-day sale, so if you're a Bonnie fan and you want the album, download it tomorrow.
I'll do Nikita tomorrow. Dallas and the following worked on the latest Third:
The Third Estate Sunday Review's Jim, Dona, Ty, Jess and Ava,
Rebecca of Sex and Politics and Screeds and Attitude,
Betty of Thomas Friedman Is a Great Man,
C.I. of The Common Ills and The Third Estate Sunday Review,
Kat of Kat's Korner (of The Common Ills),
Mike of Mikey Likes It!,
Elaine of Like Maria Said Paz),
Cedric of Cedric's Big Mix,
Ruth of Ruth's Report,
Wally of The Daily Jot,
Trina of Trina's Kitchen,
Marcia of SICKOFITRDLZ,
Stan of Oh Boy It Never Ends,
Isaiah of The World Today Just Nuts,
and Ann of Ann's Mega Dub.
And this is the content we came up with:
I'm tired so that's it, sorry.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"
Nouri's State of Law came in second in the March 7, 2010 elections and Iraqiya came in first -- despite the efforts by Nouri to demonize Iraqiya and use the Justice and Accountability Committee to outlaw various Iraqiya candidates weeks prior to the election. Nouri refused to let go of the post of prime minister and, since he had the backing of Barack's White House, he was able to dig in his heels for over months (Political Stalemate I). The gridlock was only ended when all parties signed off on the US-brokered Erbil Agreement. Nouri used the agreement to get a second term as prime minister and trashed the rest of it. That is the beginning of Political Stalemate II (December 2010) which is the country's current crisis. Since last summer, the Kurds have been calling for the Erbil Agreement to be honored. Iraqiya has joined that call as has Moqtada al-Sadr.
Chihod shows more ignorance of the Constitution he allegedly took an oath to when he declares the KRG is in violation of the Constitution for refusing to hand Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi over to Baghdad. There is nothing in the Constitution about that. The Constitution does cover immunity for office holders, however. Demonstrating that his ignorance is not limited to the Constitution, Chihod then accuses KRG President Massoud Barzani of visiting the US last week in order to lead on a no-confidence vote in Nouri. A no-confidence vote would take place in the Iraqi Parliament. While it's true that many MPs live outside of Iraq, they're not living in the US.
Meanwhile Al Rafidayn reports on State of Law's whisper campaign against Barzani in which they hurl everything at the wall hoping something will stick. This includes the claim that Barzani's a failure because he wanted the Arab League Summit in Erbil and it was held in Baghdad. Apparently State of Law's inability to govern resulted in a heightened sense of awareness as compensation thereby allowing them to read minds. Barzani's made no comment regarding the Arab League Summit being held in Erbil. It was scheduled for Baghdad and scheduled to be held there in 2011. It was finally held there in 2012. He has called for the national conference (to resolve the political crisis) to be held in Erbil. State of Law brings up the allegations of smuggling oil to Iran and insist these are true and that Barzani is behind the smuggling (the way they go on, we're apparently supposed to picture Massoud Barzani with a hose and gasoline can, stopping beside an oil tanker, ready to siphon the tank). Barzani's trip to the US is called a failure (no reason for that judgment call is given). The whispers also include that Barzani's made a deal with Ahmad Chalabi wherein Ahmad will replace Nouri.
Trend News Agency reports that Barzani appeared on Al Arabiya TV and stated Nouri is leading Iraq "to the dicatorship" and that, "If all parties fail to agree on specific changes, then the Kurdish autonomy will no longer regard al-Maliki as Iraqi prime minister". Wladimir van Wilgenburg (Rudaw) adds:
After increased tensions between the Iraqi and the Kurdish governments, Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani told Alhurra TV last Thursday that Baghdad is considering the use of F-16 fighter planes against the Kurds.
In the interview, Barzani says the issue with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is not personal, but it is about his dictatorial policies. "I still consider him a brother and a friend," he said. According to Barzani, division commanders in the Iraqi army are supposed to be approved by parliament, but this hasn't happened.
Barzani told Alhurra that he has confronted the Iraqi PM many times and been told by Maliki that he will act, but he hasn't, and suggested there is talk of a "military solution" to confront the Kurds in Baghdad. Barzani said that in an official meeting with Iraqi military commanders, it was stated that they should wait for F-16s to arrive to help push back the Kurds.
Aswat al-Iraq notes, "Shiite Sadrist leader Muqtada al-Sadr said that 'some want to build a dictatorship under the so-called new false reconciliation,' according to the Media Center of his Trend. He did not mention names."
The community has been neglected by both the Kurdish and Iraqi governments, says Monsignor Yousif. Water is sometimes cut off for days. There are almost no jobs.
Over the years, some townspeople have made their homes within the crumbling stone walls of the remains of centuries-old homes.
Exploration companies have been lured to sign contracts with the KRG as it has offered attractive production sharing contracts while the central government has given out service contracts that compensate players based on a production linked fee.  The better security environment in Kurdistan also makes the region more lucrative to companies intending to set up local operations. However, despite these advantages, most oil majors have stayed clear of pursuing deals with the KRG to avoid antagonizing the central government, which does not recognize the validity of such regional contracts.
ExxonMobil is not the only issue of difference between the Nouri's government and the Kurdistan Regional Government. Pierre Betran (International Business Times) noted KRG President Massoud Barzani's visit to DC this week and points out, "At the heart of the Kurdish-Arab dispute is a constitutional provision that Kurdish President Massoud Barzani said last week hasn't been implemented by Baghdad. Speaking in Washington, he said the provision is designed to set governing and power-sharing agreements between the two governments. The law would also repatriate strategic oil-rich parts of Iraq to Kurdistan."
On April 5, 2010, WikiLeaks released the Collateral Murder video, depicting the killing of civilians and Reuters journalists, and the severe wounding of two children by a U.S. apache helicopter in Iraq. The Reuters news organization had unsuccessfully filed a Freedom of Information Request after the incident to obtain the video. However, it was the WikiLeaks whistle-blower, allegedly PFC Bradley Manning, who took action to expose the horror that took place that day.
Since then, WikiLeaks has become well known worldwide, and Bradley Manning has been nominated twice for the Nobel Peace Prize.
To honor the second anniversary of the video's release, we ask that you gather your friends and neighbors sometime during the week of April 15-21 to show them the video and start a discussion about why Bradley Manning deserves to be freed.
Below are links to a downloadable version of Collateral Murder and an interview with soldier Ethan McCord, seen rescuing children out of the van in the video. You can share the videos with your guests to start the discussion about advocating for Bradley.
- How are you feeling after watching this video?
- Have you seen the video in the news or have you heard friends talk about it? How do you think the release of the video has impacted your community?
- In his supposed Instant Messaging conversation with Adrian Lamo, the hacker who reported Bradley to the authorities, Bradley states the information should be in the public domain because "without information, you cannot make informed decisions as a public." Do you agree?
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