Entries tagged with: Neil Young
photo: Neil Young at Farm Aid 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Neil Young will release a new album with Promise of the Real, the band featuring Willie Nelson's sons Lukas and Micah, called The Monsanto Years, on June 16. The album criticizes Monsanto, a corporation which genetically engineers seeds that Neil has spoken out against for years.
Neil and Willie's sons are also going on a tour together in support of the album. A few dates will be opened by Band of Horses, including the NJ show on July 16 at Susquehanna Bank Center. They also play Bethel Woods on July 17 (where Woodstock was located) (no opener announced), and Jones Beach on July 21 with Norah Jones' country band Puss 'N' Boots. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (4/24) at 10 AM, and the Jones Beach show has a Ticketmaster presale starting Thursday (4/23) at 10 AM.
All dates are listed, with a video of Neil playing with Lukas Nelson at a recent show, below...
photo: Blitzen Trapper at Terminal 5 in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
When Portland folk rockers Blitzen Trapper toured their 2013 album, VII, they included two hometown shows that had them also performing Neil Young's Harvest in full. They recorded it, and will now release Live Harvest on Record Store Day (4/18).
They're also touring again this month, and playing Harvest again at a few stops -- specifically the Chicago, NYC and Nashville locations of City Winery.
The NYC stop happens April 17 with an early and late show. Tickets for both are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with a short clip of Blitzen Trapper playing Neil's "Old Man," below...
As mentioned, the Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood did the score for Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice which is in theaters now. It includes "Spooks," which was originally to be a Radiohead song and never finished, here performed by Greenwood and Supergrass' Gaz Coombes and Danny Goffey with some of Joanna Newsom's narration laid overtop. The rest of Greenwood's score is more traditional orchestration, with lots of strings and wind instruments. The official soundtrack mixes Greenwood's contribution with songs used in the movie, like Can's "Vitamin C," Minnie Ripperton's "Les Fleur" and Neil Young's "Journey Through the Past." You can stream the whole Inherent Vice soundtrack, via Spotify, below...
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Curran Reynolds w/ Today is the Day at MDF 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Eyehategod/Neurosis/etc-related supergroup Corrections House will kick off their previously-discussed tour with Statiqbloom this weekend. As discussed that tour hits NYC for a sweet show at Saint Vitus on Monday (12/1) with Uniform (ex-The Men, Drunkdriver) and Body Stuff. Tickets for Vitus are still available.
In our initial post, we referred to Body Stuff as a one-man project, and it is indeed the brainchild of local heavy polyglot Curran Reynolds (ex-Today is the Day and much more). Only the live show at Saint Vitus will feature a four-piece lineup including Rush Moody, Ryan Jones and Matt Kepler. Ryan is also ex-TITD and is a member of local rippers Mutilation Rites, who Rush has also joined as a live member. Matt is known for metal-related design projects and also worked at the now-closed Lit Lounge. Body Stuff's self-titled EP, which is streaming below, is a bracing slab of industrially-oriented hardcore, and this band should give it full, brutal expression in a live setting (this is the only show they'll be playing in 2014).
Speaking of Mutilation Rites, they've been added as openers for the previously-discussed Black Breath show happening at Saint Vitus on December 14. Also on that bill is White Widows Pact and Blackest. Tickets are still available. Ryan Jones will also be taking part in the upcoming Brooklyn Rock Lottery on December 6 at Baby's All Right which also includes members of Drive Like Jehu, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Dismemberment Plan, Parquet Courts, and more (tickets).
Meanwhile, Corrections House covered Neil Young's "Cortez the Killer" which premiered over at Noisey. Stream that, with their full list of dates and a stream of the Body Stuff EP, below...
We just posted Q Magazine's Best of 2014 albums list and now here's the same from sister publication MOJO. Not only do they share a publisher, but also more than half of same albums appear on both lists. The War on Drugs was #2 here, making war for Beck's Morning Phase in the top spot. Check out the whole list below.
While MOJO is seen as a safe haven for "heritage" acts, there are some records in their Top 10 that don't prominently feature acoustic guitars: coming in at #3 is Sleaford Mods' Divide and Exit. You can catch the Mods' North American live debut this Saturday (11/29) at The Wick with The Gotobeds, The Rogers Sisters and "very special guests" who will be announced closer to the show. Tickets are still available.
MOJO's full Top 50 LPs of 2014 list below...
Rock n' roll founding father Jerry Lee Lewis just turned 79 but is still going strong, having just released a new album, Rock & Roll Time, this week (10/27). The record features a bevy of guest stars, including Stones guitarists Keith Richards and Ron Wood, Neil Young, Robbie Robertson, Shelby Lynne, and songs include covers of Johnny Cash ("Folsom Prison Blues"), Bob Dylan ("Stepchild"), Lynyrd Skynyrd ("Mississippi Kid"), Chuck Berry ("Little Queenie," "Promised Land"), Jimmie Rodgers ("Blues Like Midnight") and more. You can stream the whole thing via Rdio below.
There's also a new biography on Killer, titled Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story, out this week as well. He's in NYC as we speak, celebrating the release of both tonight (10/29) at BB King Blues Club. Tickets are still available. You may have seen Jerry sitting in with Paul Schaffer on Letterman this past Monday (10/27).
Jerry Lee Lewis has a couple other select dates on his calendar. All are listed, along with the new album stream, below...
As you may know, in addition to the April Record Store Day, there's a RSD Black Friday (November 28) too, with its own exclusive releases. The list for this year's is out now and features releases from The Afghan Whigs, Against Me!, The Beatles, David Bowie, The Decemberists, The Flaming Lips, The Grateful Dead, Green Day, Husker Du, Iron Butterfly, J Mascis, Judas Priest, Jenny Lewis, Mastodon, Metallica, New Order, Conor Oberst, Outkast, Phil Spector, St Vincent, The Doors, Ramones, They Might Be Giants, Johnny Thunders, Wu-Tang Clan, Neil Young and more. Check out the full list here.
Neil Young at Carnegie Hall in January (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Neil Young's already had a very busy year. He filed for divorce, appeared on Chrissie Hynde's album, unveiled his Pono audio system, and released a "low-tech" album on Third Man, to name a few things. Now he's releasing another album, Storeytone, in November via Reprise which he worked on with a full orchestra like he told Billboard he would earlier this year:
"I'd like to make a record with a full-blown orchestra, live -- a mono recording with one mic," he explains. "I want to do something like that where we really record what happened, with one point of view and the musicians moved closer and farther away, the way it was done in the past. To me that's a challenge and it's a sound that's unbelievable, and you can't get it any other way. So I'm into doing that."The album features his new song "Who's Gonna Stand Up?," which he's currently streaming in three versions: the orchestral version, the live Crazy Horse version, and the live acoustic version that he played at Farm Aid.
Listen to all three below...
Pegi & Neil Young at The Bell House in 2010 (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)
Rolling Stone reports that Neil Young is filing for divorce...
Neil Young has filed for divorce from Pegi Young, his wife of 36 years and frequent musical collaborator. A petition for dissolution of marriage was filed by Young in their hometown of San Mateo, California, on July 29th. A hearing is scheduled for December 12th. A rep for Neil Young had no comment.The article also mentions that though Pegi was billed for Farm Aid 2014, she's been removed from the lineup.
Pegi is the inspiration for some of Young's most enduring love songs, including "Such a Woman," "Unknown Legend" and "Once an Angel." She began serving as his background singer in the 1990s, sharing the stage with him at the 1994 Academy Awards and numerous tours over the past 20 years. They last performed together at the Bridge School Benefit in October of 2013.
Neil Young at Farm Aid 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The 2014 Farm Aid Concert happens on September 13 in Raleigh, NC. As usual, the Farm Aid founders Neil Young, Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp are playing, and this year's also includes Jack White as a headliner. Also on the bill is Farm Aid board member Dave Matthews, as well as Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Jamey Johnson, Delta Rae, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Carlene Carter, Pegi Young & The Survivors, and Insects vs Robots. Tickets are on presale now.
photos by Greg Cristman
Drive by Truckers / The Hold Steady @ The Paramount, 6/28/2014
"Throughout the evening, there was a striking contrast between frontmen Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley. Hood, who often leaped into the air mid-song, overflowed with emotion as he performed signature tunes like "Box of Spiders" and "Hell No, I Ain't Happy." On the opposite end of the stage, straight man Mike Cooley was a study in detached cool. From the moment he strapped on his black Flying V and launched into the hard bitten lyrics of "Birthday Boy," Cooley's mellow, sardonic attitude oozed from every pore." - [Elmore Magazine]The separate, ongoing tours of Drive-By Truckers and The Hold Steady converged with two shows in the NY area, first at Asbury Park, NJ's Stone Pony (6/27) then Long Island's The Paramount Theatre (6/28). Both bands have been touring in support of new albums, and they each played sets that highlighted the new stuff while also drawing from much of their enviably vast back-catalogues of material. The two modern rock'n'roll institutions even joined forces for an encore at The Paramount, where they covered Bruce Springsteen ("Adam Raised a Cain"), Neil Young ("Rockin' in the Free World"), and The Jim Carroll Band ("People Who Died").
Check out more pictures from the show, setlists for both bands, and video of that collaborative "Rockin'" encore.
by Andrew Sacher
It's your first solo album but in many ways the Pretenders have felt like a solo band for a long time, where they just a flag of convenience?The Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde is releasing her first-ever solo album this year. It's called Stockholm, was co-written and produced by Bjorn Yttling of Peter, Bjorn and John, features guest appearances by Neil Young and John McEnroe (!), and will be out on June 10 via Caroline. The first single, "Dark Sunglasses," hearkens back to the power pop/new wave of The Pretenders' prime era, and newer single "You Or No One" gets a little closer to pop balladry (but not like, "I'll Stand By You" levels). Listen to both, with the album tracklist, below.
'I always said the Pretenders is a band. I was getting fucked off with having to defend the name of the band over the years. I was never a solo artist and never wanted to be a solo artist. I like being in a band. That's what I do. What's in a name? interestingly this solo album has been more of a collaboration than my last Pretenders stuff- it's lot more of a collaboration.' [Louder Than War]
Chrissie hasn't announced a full solo tour as of yet, but she does have a few upcoming appearances scheduled, including two UK festivals and an in-store at Rough Trade NYC on June 1 at 6 PM. To get into that, you have to pre-order the album from Rough Trade starting May 27. Space is limited.
All currently known dates are listed, with those song streams, below...
Neil Young talking Pono @ SXSW (via @allisonleighwalter)
Neil Young talked about his new Pono high-resolution music system yesterday (3/11) at SXSW and cleared up a few things. It uses FLAC files but the sample rate is 192 kHz. (CDs uses 44.1 kHz). (The Toblerone-shaped Pono player will play other formats too.) Said Young:
When all the artists and engineers, all the arrangers and musicians that played on giant tracks by people like Phil Spector, with 12 tambourines and two pianos -- those people were still in the studios in Los Angeles, playing. But all of [that] started to die -- it was the most amazing thing, this vibrant creative culture started to go away. And it was because of the MP3 and the cheapening of the quality to the point where it was practically unrecognizable.Then things got real awkward. Billboard reports that after Young's speech, Pono CEO John Hamm (not Jon Hamm) opened the floor to questions:
...the last question from the audience shifted the tone of the entire presentation. A young man asked: "What's your cut?" Referring, of course, to Apple's now-famous 30% cut of sales on the iTunes Store.Perhaps his cut will be addressed by the time the Pono goes on presale this Saturday (3/15) via via Kickstarter. Watch a demo video below.
Hamm, after a flustered moment, responded: "It surprises most people that everyone who buys music from the record labels pays exactly the same amount." To which several audience members shouted, "What?!"
"That's a delicate question, isn't it?" Young asked. After which Hamm turned to the moderator, slightly flushed at this point, and said, "We can end it." "You can answer the question if you like," Snider said. Hamm shook his head slightly before Snider closed the discussion.
Pono Kickstarter video below...
No 'Zune' jokes, please
Neil Young has been working on his own digital music format and player for a while and has just announced details. Originally called "PureTone," the company is now called Pono and promises "the highest-quality digital music to discerning, passionate consumers, who wish to experience music the way the artists intended, with emotion, detail and power intact."
What that entails is a new lossless music format and also its own portable high-resolution digital-music player (pictured above) that holds 128 gigs of music, which comes out to "about 100-500 high-resolution digital-music albums, depending on the resolution and length of the original recording." You can use memory cards for additional music. There's also an iTunes-like Pono interface.
While the lossless Pono format may only appeal to audiophile types, the player might hold some interest for others. One of the biggest criticisms lobbed at the iPod was it's not-very-good internal amplifier and digital-to-analog converter. So if you've always wanted a better-sounding player... this could be it. There are some questions, such as "Will this also play my MP3s?," "Will I have to repurchase albums I already own in other formats," "Can I rip my CDs into the Pono format," "Is there cloud storage?," "Can I play Words With Friends on it?" and "If this all goes belly-up do I get my money back?" Those remain unanswered but you can pre-order your Pono player starting March 15 via Kickstarter.
Some of those questions might be addressed by Neil Young himself who will talk about Pono on Tuesday (3/11) at SXSW.
Neil @ Carnegie Hall recently (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
It was widely reported last week that Neil and Jack were getting together, but Neil Young just posted the following to his Facebook. "False Rumours: Neil Young and Jack White are not doing a record of duets as has been erroneously posted on various outlets. We are certain those rumours have no basis in truth." Well, that's too bad!
HOWEVER, Jack White's label Third Man Records reports today that,
Third Man Records unearths NEIL YOUNG's A LETTER HOMEThat's kind of vague, but Rolling Stone seems to confirm that "Neil Young's Low-Tech New Album 'A Letter Home' [is] Due in March"! Neil told Rolling Stone, "it's one of the lowest-tech experiences I've ever had."
An unheard collection of rediscovered songs from the past recorded on ancient electro-mechanical technology captures and unleashes the essence of something that could have been gone forever. -- Homer Grosvenor
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Neil Young surrounded @ Carnegie Hall on 1/9/2014
Neil Young has just one night left -- tonight (1/10) -- of his four-night run at Carnegie Hall. We already posted videos and setlists of the first two nights, and now we've got a set of pictures of night 3, which happened last night (1/9), in this post. The shows have seen Neil in solo mode, focusing mostly on his early '70s era. Here's what the NY Times had to say:
At times, there was a rustling quiet while Mr. Young fiddled with his harmonicas; these moments were often punctuated by exhortations or song requests. ("You guys finished?" Mr. Young groused at one point, shooting a look toward the balcony. "No, you paid real good money to get in here, so you should be able to listen to each other.")More pictures of night 3, along with a few videos and the setlist (which have basically been the same each night) from that show, below...
But whatever tensions gathered around the stage, they served a function, notably when Mr. Young was unpacking songs with a social or political bent. The tune that got derailed by the offbeat clapping, and then successfully restarted, was "Ohio," which he wrote in response to the 1970 Kent State shootings, and recorded as a member of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. It led into a grave, potent version of "Southern Man," with Mr. Young tightening his voice into a blade as he spit the lyrics "I heard screamin'/And bullwhips cracking."
by Andrew Sacher
Neil Young @ Carnegie Hall (via Jeff Rusnak)
Some of the best moments of the night came when he resurrected material from the Buffalo Springfield catalog. "On the Way Home" was absolutely spellbinding, and he proved why "Flying on the Ground Is Wrong" is one of his most under-appreciated masterpieces when he played it on the upright piano. But the most radically rearranged song of the night was "Mr. Soul," which he played on the pump organ.The legendary Neil Young kicked off his four-night run at Carnegie Hall this past Monday (1/6), continued on Tuesday (1/7), and has remaining dates on Thursday (1/9) and Friday (1/10). According to Carnegie Hall's website, there's still possibly limited availability for those shows if you call the venue.
Other highlights included a banjo rendition of the Tonight's the Night gem "Mellow My Mind," a rollicking "Are You Ready for the Country?" and a climactic "After the Gold Rush," both on the standup piano. The only real complaint is that he played so many early Seventies classics that he neglected all other eras of his long career. Not a single note of music was played from the past 22 years, nor did he go near anything from 1978 to 1989. The late Sixties and the Seventies were obviously the period when he produced his best work, but there's been a lot of amazing stuff since then, and it would have been nice to hear just a little more of it. [Rolling Stone]
Though Neil spent the last year or so playing terrifically noisy Crazy Horse shows, these shows see him in solo mode with little more than his acoustic guitar and piano (much like his just-released 1970 live album, Live At The Cellar Door). For both shows (the setlists were basically the same), he played mostly off Harvest and other favorites from his early '70s albums, plus a few from the late '80s/early '90s period, and some covers. I wasn't there myself, but from the sounds of the videos taken at the show, the whole thing seemed pretty beautiful.
Check out some of those videos, along with setlists from both nights, below...
by Nick Masi
Pearl Jam & Sleater-Kinney in Portland - 11/29/13 (via @eli_w_n)
August 12, 2006 was the last time Sleater-Kinney performed together...that was until November 29, 2013! Corin Tucker, Janet Weiss and Carrie Brownstein joined Pearl Jam at the Portland, Oregon stop of their tour for a cover of Neil Young's 'Rockin in the Free World' at the Rose Garden last Friday, like Pearl Jam, Carrie and St. Vincent did in Dallas a couple weeks ago. Corin sang, Janet banged the drums with Matt Cameron and Carrie played guitar. Ah, the good ole days.
On our BrooklynVegan Blog Radio show on SiriusXMU, we have played a Sleater-Kinney song on every show since their hiatus and claimed that it wouldn't stop until they reunited. Does this count as a reunion? Personally, this isn't what I was holding out for, but it may be the start of something good. Fingers crossed. Check out the video below.
St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark), who spent most of last year and this year on her David Byrne collaboration, is finally looking like she's set to release the followup to 2011's excellent Strange Mercy. She just announced a European tour, and in the video for the announcement, there's a 30-second clip of new music. Check out the video and list of tour dates below.
Annie also teamed up with Pearl Jam and Sleater-Kinney/Wild Flag/Portlandia's Carrie Brownstein in Dallas over the weekend (11/15) to cover Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World." Check out a video of that (via Stereogum) below.
Neil himself will be in NYC soon for four nights at Carnegie Hall.
Videos and list of dates below...
Neil Young's four January shows at Carnegie Hall just went on sale at 11 AM and, unsurprisingly, the interest in tickets put a little strain on Carnegie's website which generally has more gentle traffic. It wasn't a Krafterwerk-MoMA style full meltdown, but the website is slllllooooowwwwwww -- some people are still waiting? It still might be quicker than signing up for Obamacare, though.
Did you get through for tickets?
Neil Young @ Farm Aid 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
In other news, just a few days after playing the Bridge School benefits in San Francisco, Neil Young headed down to Los Angeles to play a benefit (10/30) for the Silverlake Conservatory of Music, a non-profit educational organization founded by Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers (via Rolling Stone). The event,t which happened in the back yard of the Paramour Mansion in Silverlake, featured sets by Neil and RCHP, and the two came together for a cover of VU's "Waiting for the Man," not unlike what happened at the Bridge School benefit.
Neil Young & Crazy Horse in Atlantic City in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Neil Young, who just played the Bridge School Benefit and was supposed to play Capitol Theatre with Patti Smith last month but had to cancel, has just announced new NYC-area shows, but not at The Cap. Neil will do four nights at Carnegie Hall on January 6, 7, 9 and 10. Tickets to see Neil at the historic venue go on sale Monday (11/4) at 11 AM with a presale beginning Friday (11/1) at 10 AM. They're his only announced dates that we're aware of at the moment.
A couple videos of Neil from the Bridge School benefit and another recent live video below...
Neil Young & friends during Lou Reed tribute
The annual Bridge School Benefit Concert went down over the weekend (10/26 & 10/27) with sets from Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, Arcade Fire, Tom Waits, My Morning Jacket, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits and more. On the first day, Neil Young joined Arcade Fire (like he did at the 2011 benefit), this time for a new song that Win said was written in a dream and inspired by Neil, and hence titled, "I Dreamed A Neil Young Song." Neil also joined MMJ for "Harvest Moon." You can check out an 8-hour full-set video of day 1 below (MMJ comes on around 4:50, Arcade Fire around 5:40, QOTSA around 6:40, and CSNY around 7:40).
On the second day, Neil Young, Elvis Costello, MMJ, Jenny Lewis and others performed The Velvet Underground's "Oh! Sweet Nuthin" as a tribute to Lou Reed (who passed away earlier in the day). Tom Waits also performed his first concert in five years, and was joined by Primus' Les Claypool on upright bass. His set, along with the Lou Reed tribute, can be watched below.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
John, Willie, Pete, Dave and Neil @ Farm Aid 2013
"Friends, I'm ninety-four and don't have much voice left," said surprise Farm Aid guest Pete Seeger when he took the stage near the end of the annual benefit concert. "Here is a song I think you may know. I think if we sing it together we'll make it a good song." He wasn't kidding about the state of his voice, but he projected as much as he could and 26,000 fans joined him in a sing-along rendition of "If I Had A Hammer," a tune he wrote with Lee Hayes a stunning sixty-four years ago.Farm Aid 2013 happened on Saturday (9/21) at Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY and this year's benefit concert featured sets from founders Neil Young, Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp, plus Dave Matthews, Jack Johnson, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Charlene Carter, Pegi Young (Neil's wife -- he sat in on few songs), and more. The highlight, as mentioned in the quoted article above, was a surprise appearance by folk legend Pete Seeger. Pictures from the whole day are in this post.
Seeger, making one of his first major public appearances since the death of his wife Toshi in July, then invited Farm Aid board members Dave Mathews, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Willie Nelson onstage for a rousing "This Land Is Your Land." None of them brought guitars, allowing Seeger and his banjo to take the lead. He guided the crowd, and the four music icons huddled beside him, through the oft-ignored "private property" verse (causing Young to raise his arms in victory). They even introduced a new verse about New York state that culminated with "New York was made to be frack free." - [Rolling Stone]
Money raised at Farm Aid goes to help keep family farmers on their land. Lots more pics below....
Bad news, Neil Young fans: Crazy Horse pianist Poncho Sampedro has injured his hand and will need extra time to heal up, forcing the cancellation of some of their upcoming tour dates, including September 2 show at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre. The full list of canceled shows:
8/31 Dundas, ON - Greenbelt Harvest PicnicFor now, Farm Aid at Saratoga Springs on September 21 is still on. Official word from the band: "We are sorry for any inconvenience this causes to our fans or the Festivals where we were scheduled to appear. As you must be, we too are disappointed at this unfortunate turn of events."
9/02 Port Chester, NY - Capitol Theatre
9/04 Ottawa, ON - Ottawa Folk Festival
9/07 Arrington, VA - Interlocken Music Festival
We wish Poncho a speedy recovery.