Kurt Vile made a Neil Young playlist for Neil Young Archives
We’re stoked to start off this week’s Subscriber’s News with the announcement of a brand new feature here at the Archives: Curated Playlists! Every once in a while somebody special is gonna drop in and take you on a personal tour of the music here on NYA, write a little something about their history with Neil’s music, and pick out tunes that’re near and dear and what they want you to hear.
We’re especially thrilled to introduce our flagship playlist-auteur, Kurt Vile, whose latest record Bottle it In has been in such heavy rotation in the Archives office that it’s crept into at least one archivist’s dreams. Kurt has been an NYA member from the jump–and we’ve been fans of his since 2008’s Constant Hitmaker–so we figured he’d be the perfect person to kick off this new feature and we were thrilled that he was as into the idea as we were. Kurt is currently on tour with Toronto, Canada’s own The Sadies – so check’em out.
Head on over to those front few folders in the Filing Cabinet to listen to “stumblin’ with Neil…” and read Kurt’s thoughts on the playlist in the description tab. We’re just about as a new to this playlist concept as you are, so we’re not sure how often playlists will rotate or how long “stumblin’ with Neil…” will be available–you best get while the gettin’s good.
Kurt wrote a lot about the playlist, but here’s an excerpt:
I’m proud. I’m inspired. I CAN’T FUCKING BELIEVE the good people at Neil Young Archives have presented me with the greatest of honors in a territory uncharted:
Guest playlist #1 on the NYA.
Is this real?
“Only real… in the way… that I feel… from day to day.”
[…] It would take me forever to explain why every song on this list is important to me.
Each one strikes a chord and precise memory… or many memories… the strings of nostalgia pulled upon once again.
[…] All these tunes I picked here punch me in the guts and there are so many, of course, that I haven’t included. This is after all NEIL YOUNG’S ARCHIVE…And though I’m aware I have access to the whole catalogue, I decided to stick mostly with the album cuts I’ve grown up on… But this is often a heady trip (although not exclusively and at other times far from it), I should point out that I decided to narrow my sights to include songs no earlier than Time Fades Away. I love the records all the way back to the Springfield and onward (of course!) but it was fun to start moody…
Kurt’s playlist includes “On The Beach,” “Cortez the Killer,” “Buffalo Springfield Again,” “Goin’ Back,” “My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue,” “Albuquerque,” “Transformer Man,” and more. Check out the whole thing HERE and read more HERE.