In 2008, Oneida began the Thank Your Parents triptych with Preteen Weaponry. Since, the Brooklyn band—Kid Millions, Bobby Matador, Baby Hanoi Jane, Showtime and Barry London—has completed it with 2009’s Rated O and the new Absolute II (Jagjaguwar). The quintet is touring Europe in August and is also playing the Asbury Park, N.J.-based All Tomorrow’s Parties in October. In addition, Millions will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand new Q&A with him.
Millions: One time, I found myself in the possession of Joni Mitchell’s phone number. So, of course, I called her. It was 1994, and she hadn’t put out any new music in a while. She actually picked up the phone and said, “Hello?”
I froze. And then I said, “Keep writing.”
She kind of laughed, “Is that you, Crosby?”
No shit. She really said this.
Crosby had just had a liver transplant and was in the hospital at the time.
I hung up.
I submitted this story to an open call for inspirational moments related to Joni Mitchell from the producers of her as-yet-unreleased boxed set. They never got back to me about it.
Apparently, Joni Mitchell has a huge ego, but sometimes, that’s what it takes to survive.