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Ever wonder what "The Last Waltz" sounded like

before Robbie Roberston got his filthy paws on it and overdubbed the hell out of it? Now you can hear it, untouched, in order, as it was played. [more inside]
posted by old_growler on May 25, 2014 - 36 comments

oh, what a nice drug

"Everything is fine and the world is beautiful. It's raining, it's dark, I woke up at 5:30AM, I'm commuting in traffic. I would have had a headache, I would have been miserable, I would have wondered how my life took me to this point. This point I'm at right now. But no, no, everything is fine. Life is beautiful. The rain drops are just falling and in each one I see the reflection of every persons life around me. Humanity is beautiful. In this still frame shot of traffic on this crowded bus I just found love and peace. Heroin is a wonder drug. Heroin is better than everything else. Heroin makes me who I wish I was. Heroin makes life worth living. Heroin is better than everything else." [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Feb 4, 2014 - 106 comments

Neil Young at the GRAMMY Producers & Engineers, speechifying

Neil clarifies the difference in not being able to sing and not being able to use his voice, among other observations. In text form from RS. [more inside]
posted by readery on Jan 26, 2014 - 12 comments

Scratch my back, and I'll scratch yours.

Back at the beginning of 2010, Peter Gabriel released Scratch My Back, an album of covers of various artists. He had hoped those same artists would, in turn, cover songs he had written. Well, it didn't all come together as smoothly as he had planned, and not all the artists participated, but he's finally released And I'll Scratch Yours. NPR has a limited time preview of both albums running right now. [more inside]
posted by hippybear on Dec 29, 2013 - 42 comments

More barn!

Graham Nash on hearing Neil Young's 'Harvest' album for the first time.
posted by brokeaspoke on Oct 21, 2013 - 19 comments

Pete Seeger makes a surprise appearance at Farm Aid 2013.

Pete Seeger made a rare and surprise appearance at Farm Aid 2013, and brought a sharp new verse for an old classic. (SLYT)
posted by Capt. Renault on Sep 29, 2013 - 22 comments

There's More to the Picture than Meets the Eye.

A 6 minute re-enactment of Neil Young's "Into the Black" from Rust Never Sleeps. (SLYT)
posted by Smart Dalek on Sep 15, 2013 - 14 comments

Needs more Colin James

HuffPo presents the worst Canadian album covers [more inside]
posted by TheWhiteSkull on Jul 19, 2013 - 84 comments

Willie and Trigger

A biography of Trigger, Willie Nelson's guitar. [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Dec 17, 2012 - 33 comments

O'er the land of the free...

The latest record from Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Americana (released June 5, 2012), is a surprising collection of grungy covers of classic American folk songs, many of which are better known for their contemporary use as children's songs or camp songs. Of the record, Neil Young said:
Every one of these songs has verses that have been ignored. And those are the key verses, those are the things that make these songs live. They’re a little heavy for kindergarteners to be singing. The originals are much darker, there’s more protest in them...[cite]
Nevertheless, many of NY&CH's renditions skip some of the juicier bits from the history of these songs' performance. Read on for a listing of tracks with some of their darkest verses. [more inside]
posted by yourcelf on Jul 14, 2012 - 30 comments

Response Records: Answers to Hit Songs

Before hip-hop beefs, there were response records, also known as answer songs, usually replies to well-known songs. There are a few key eras: blues and R&B recorded music in the 1930s through 1950s, including a number of responses to "Work With Me, Annie" (1954), recorded by Hank Ballard & the Midnighters, with answers including "Annie had a Baby," and "The Wallflower" by Etta James; and Big Mama Thornton's "Hound Dog" (1953), with a quick response by Louis Innis and Charlie Gore, made a mere week after the original was released, and Rufus Thomas' "Bear Cat" (1953), Sun Records' first hit. Country, rock & roll, doo-wop and pop music picked up where the blues left off, with most activity in the 1950s to 60s. Two examples from this era are "Are You Lonesome To-night" and "Who Put The Bomp," and responses to both. The most well known from the next decade was Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama" (1974), a response to Neil Young's "Southern Man" (1970) and "Alabama" (1972). Until the 2000s, no answer songs had charted as high as the original hits. That changed with Frankee's "F.U.R.B. (Fuck You Right Back)" (2004), a response to Eamon's "Fuck It (I Don't Want You Back)" (2003), which was the first answer song to reach number 1 in the UK. Six years later and across the pond, Katy Perry's "California Gurls" was a response to "Empire State of Mind" by Jay-Z. It was the first answer song to reach No. 1 in the Billboard Hot 100. More Responses inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Mar 31, 2012 - 53 comments

WIGGLE WIGGLE WIGGLE WIGGLE

Together again at last: "Neil Young" and Bruuuuuuuuce are "Sexy and I Know It".
posted by FelliniBlank on Mar 3, 2012 - 49 comments

Can you tell me where the Bank of Scotland is?

Neil Young busking in Glasgow, 1976. (and the story behind it)
posted by msalt on Feb 29, 2012 - 17 comments

Milk Blood To Keep From Running Out

Haunting stop-motion animation to Laura Marling's cover of The Needle and the Damage Done
posted by criticalbill on Feb 29, 2012 - 10 comments

Ronnie and Neil

Lynyrd Skynyrd and Neil Young is a long and link-heavy examination of the relationship between Neil Young's "Southern Man" and Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama." If you'd prefer a briefer, much more rocking version of the story, try the song "Ronnie and Neil" by the Drive-By Truckers.
posted by Bookhouse on Feb 7, 2012 - 39 comments

Occupy Audio

Neil Young isn't happy about the current state of music consumption. A 30 minute panel discussion from D: Dive into Media. Whether you agree or disagree with him, it's hard to deny the man still cares.
posted by davebush on Feb 7, 2012 - 119 comments

Whip it good

'Neil Young' + The Boss + Willow Smith's "Whip My Hair" = A classic American ballad is born.
posted by Potomac Avenue on Nov 18, 2010 - 45 comments

Full Moon Fever

Daniel Lanois, discusses the making of Le Noise with Neil Young. [more inside]
posted by timsteil on Sep 29, 2010 - 31 comments

I'm livin' in a dreamland.

The sleeve was printed on blotter paper. The liner notes were written in Dutch. The recording artist had had a sort of breakdown, and sometimes wore a Richard Nixon mask.

Tonight's The Night is officially released on June 20, 1975, two years after it was recorded at Studio Instrument Rentals, Hollywood ("Can we bash a hole in your wall?"). The centerpiece of Neil Young's moody, alienated Ditch Trilogy, it met with poor commercial sales, but enduring cult interest. [more inside]
posted by ovvl on Jun 20, 2010 - 18 comments

Minimum orbit intersection distance

In the loosely related fields of planetary science and apocalyptic fiction, the phrase “minimum orbit intersection distance,” or MOID, describes the closest point of contact between the paths of two orbiting objects. Most vividly invoked whenever an asteroid encroaches on our corner of the solar system, that bit of jargon also has its aesthetic uses. Consider the coordinates of Neil Young and Miles Davis on the evenings of March 6 and 7, 1970, at the juncture of East Sixth Street and Second Avenue in Manhattan.
Mapping the intersections of Miles Davis and Neil Young.
posted by shakespeherian on Mar 29, 2010 - 21 comments

Well, what do *you* do?

What do you do when you run out of gancha?
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Jan 17, 2010 - 62 comments

Neil Young's new album and car

Neil Young has a new album out. Ever innovative, Neil has written his new album about his electric car. [via]
posted by peewinkle on Apr 13, 2009 - 43 comments

Bob and Neil

Bob and Neil have a history of friendly competition. They have, on occasion, shared a stage. Neil has covered Bob. Bob has covered Neil. Neil has name-checked Bob. Bob has name-checked Neil. Neil admires Bob. Bob visited Neil's childhood home.
posted by Knappster on Nov 10, 2008 - 33 comments

This is Hank William's guitar. I try to do the right thing with the guitar. You don't want to stink with Hank's guitar.

The Martin D-28. You have heard it thousands of times before. Its modest appearance belies its history and influence; there have been several changes in its design and construction over the years, but it remains largely the same since its introduction in 1934. [more inside]
posted by jimmythefish on Oct 25, 2008 - 24 comments

Single-Note Solos

During the Spring of 1996, Neil Young and Crazy Horse were recording a new album at his ranch in the Santa Cruz mountains. To prepare for the forthcoming tour, they embarked on what has become known as ‘The Northern California Bar Tour of 1996’. If you want to learn how to sound like Neil Young, you need to study these three photos taken at one of the shows. They provide a glimpse of what Neil calls ‘the whizzer' (PDF interview about his equipment). It's a device that physically turns his amp's knobs via switches on his pedalboard. Of course, you also need to be playing an exact replica of Old Black through vintage amps that are ready to explode. If this all sounds too complicated, you can shell out money for the Crazy Horse pedal by Durham Electronics, which was designed to be 'Neil Young in a box’. Yeah, because that's totally possible.
posted by AdamFlybot on May 1, 2008 - 31 comments

Illegal attacks

Ian Brown, the former lead singer with The Stone Roses has a new single out. Illegal Attacks is an anti-war song featuring Sinead O'Connor urging the US and UK governments to "bring the soldiers back home". The striking thing about the song, to my mind, is its scarcity value. The War in Vietnam brought us anti-war songs by Glen Campbell (Galveston); Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young (Ohio); Edwin Star (War!); Donovan (The Universal Soldier); Steppenwolf (Draft Resister); Billy Joel (Goodnight Saigon); Bruce Springstien (Born in the USA); Jimmy Cliff (Vietnam) Nina Simone (Backlash Blues) and many, many more . Why have the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which are as deeply unpopular, not generated a similar body of work?
posted by MrMerlot on Aug 29, 2007 - 86 comments

HOWL

Shout, shout, while the dirt continues leaving… Main Page: English | Español
posted by sluglicker on Mar 22, 2007 - 10 comments

Living with War

Living with War. Neil Young's new album is being streamed over the internet in its entirety. (via TMW)
posted by XQUZYPHYR on Apr 28, 2006 - 131 comments

The needle and the damage done

"Livin' with war everyday": Alicia Morgan was one of about 100 singers summoned Wednesday to a secret recording session in Los Angeles. "When the lyrics we were supposed to sing flashed on the giant screen," she writes on her blog, "a roar went up from the choir. I'm not going to give the whole thing away, but the first line of one of the songs was "Let's impeach the President for lyin'!" Get ready: Neil Young's got a new album coming.
posted by docgonzo on Apr 16, 2006 - 191 comments

Michael Moore directs new video

The new video for "Rockin' In The Free World" by Neil Young The new video for "Rockin' In The Free World" directed by filmmaker Michael Moore is now posted on the Warner Reprise site as reported by Baron on BNB. The video intercuts footage from the film Fahrenheit 9/11 and performance footage of Neil Young and Crazy Horse performing the song on the 2003/4 Greendale tour. Much of the audience footage appears to come from the May 18, 2002 broadcast of the Rockam Ring Festival in Nurburgring Racetrack, Eifel, Germany.
posted by Postroad on Nov 28, 2004 - 24 comments

Greendale

Greendale. For his recent tour, Neil Young is staying true to form and surprising the hell out of people by performing his new multimedia-rock-opera-dvd-epic-type-thing in its entirety and yelling at the increasingly unruly audience who came to hear his classics. Although a project of this magnitude has long been the domain of wonderfully, unashamedly pompous old bands in the 70's, I find myself rather intrieged. Am I alone in welcoming this kind of concert surprise?
posted by ghastlyfop on Jul 3, 2003 - 47 comments

Awesome Canadian Musicians

Paul Anka was born in Ottawa. Guy Lombardo hailed from London, Ontario. Believe it or not, but the Auld Lang Syne that we sing at New Year's was popularized by him. Neil Young was born in Toronto and sang (sometimes) about Canada. Oscar Peterson is from Montreal. Canadiana Suite, 1964. How have these amazing Canadian musicians affected your life, if at all? Are there other Canadian musicians that the world should know about, but for some reason does not (like the Tragically Hip, or Holly Cole, say)?
posted by ashbury on Jun 28, 2003 - 70 comments

More tea, Vicar?

To survive in New York, you need to be a bit street savvy. Over here in London, we simply request that you don't spread your legs. I wonder what Emily Post would make of it? I rather suspect she would have been mortified to know that girls no longer go to dances, chaperoned by their maids. Neil Young has a different perspective!
posted by apocalypse miaow on Jun 22, 2003 - 23 comments

Shakey: Neil Young's Biography. . .

Shakey: Neil Young's Biography. . . Any big Neil Young fan, and I have to admit to being one, also spends a lot of time hating a lot of his artistic output (i. e. the cringe-enducing Let's Roll, as well as his all-over-the-map politics. In the LATimes book review Hal Epsen mentions that the reliably perverse Young has been a staunch Reagan supporter and proponent of the death penalty, as well as a devoted husband and a stalwart parent to three kids, two of whom were born with cerebral palsy. He also asserts that Young appeals almost wholly to male listeners. Young has been discussed here before but not, I believe his biography, which, as has been Neil Young's M. O. from the get-go, is a dictionary-perfect example of a "mixed bag."
posted by Danf on May 16, 2002 - 35 comments

It’ll Never Be The Same Again

It’ll Never Be The Same Again (~2.5mb mp3 down at the bottom there.) After Neil Young’s predictable homage, Paul McCartney’s song I can’t stand nor can I escape; Bono’s immense display of poor taste; the atrocious "What’s Going On" cover (I laugh at you Limp Bizkit!); I finally found a tune that makes sense of 9.11 for me. Ryan Adams’ "New York, New York" doesn’t count because it isn’t about that Tuesday. Fine track though.
posted by raaka on Feb 5, 2002 - 23 comments

Keep on rockin in the free world.

Keep on rockin in the free world. You go Neil! "People for the American Way, which once described the goal of the PMRC censors as "to bring children and parents together on music selection," gave Neil Young its Spirit of Liberty award at a December 11 Beverly Hills banquet. Young used the occasion to proclaim his support of the USA/Patriot Act, which became law on October 26. "To protect our freedoms," Young said, "it seems we're going to have to relinquish some of our freedoms for a short period of time." One of John Ashcroft's favorite rockers?
posted by martk on Jan 11, 2002 - 48 comments

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