Entries tagged with: Neil Young
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.
Tame Impala at Terminal 5 in February (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
We know these kinds of listicles get published all the time, and that everyone will always find ways to argue them, but this one is kind of interesting. Rolling Stone published their '50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now' list, where they asked a panel of writers, industry figures, and artists, "who rules the road in 2013?" It's got much of the stuff you'd think Rolling Stone would have on this kind of list (like insisting The Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen are still better live than basically anyone else in 2013), but there's still some surprises, like the inclusion of Tame Impala amongst mainly rock/pop stars.
Check out the full list below...
Neil Young in Atlantic City in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Neil Young & Crazy Horse are going on another tour this year which hits Port Chester's Capitol Theatre on September 2 with Patti Smith and her Band. Tickets for that show are on presale now. General on-sale begins Friday (6/28) at noon.
Other shows coming up at Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY include Willie Nelson & Family on September 18 & 19 (tickets), Bonnie Raitt on November 19 (tickets), and Foreigner on November 30 (tickets).
A bunch of other shows are going on sale or presale today too.
photos by PSquared Photography
Wilco w/ Tommy Stinson // Wilco w/ Yo La Tengo
Wilco have been pretty busy this year. After playing Bonnaroo on June 14, they made their way to North Adams, MA this past weekend (6/21-23) for their own Solid Sound Festival. Wilco themselves performed day 1 and day 2, and we caught them the first day when they did an all-covers set (except for "Kingpin") with a number of special guests.
Yo La Tengo joined them on a cover of YLT's "Tom Courtenay" and during the encore for The Modern Lovers' "Roadrunner." Replacements/Guns N Roses bassist Tommy Stinson joined them on a cover of The Replacements' "Color Me Impressed." And Brooklyn indie pop band Lucius appeared for covers of of The Kinks' "Waterloo Sunset," Abba's "Waterloo," (there's a transition) and The Band's "The Weight." They also did a couple Big Star covers, Pavement's "Cut Your Hair," Grateful Dead's "Ripple," Velvet Underground's "Who Loves the Sun," Neil Young's "Cinnamon Girl," Daft Punk's "Get Lucky," and many more. Pictures from the show are in this post. The full setlist and some videos are below, and you can also download audio of the entire set at NYC Taper.
Wilco have no plans to slow down this summer. They're about to kick off a tour with Bob Dylan (who they also covered at Solid Sound), which comes to the NYC-area for four shows in July. Most of the tour (and three of those NYC-area dates) are with My Morning Jacket, except the Jones Beach (7/27) show, which is with Beck (who also plays Prospect Park in August).
On day 1 of Solid Sound, we also caught a set from the reunited legendary gospel funk group The Relatives. Pictures of their set, more of Wilco's, and the Wilco setlist/videos, below...
Neil Young & Crazy Horse @ Borgata, 12/6/2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Neil Young & Crazy Horse are spending most of the summer on tour in Europe but will be heading back to North America in late August where he'll play the four-day, jam-centric Interlocken Music Festival in Arrington, VA (September 5 - 8), headilining on September 7 (which also features Further, The Black Crowes and more) and festival passes are on sale now.
Before that, Neil has a date in the NYC area, playing Port Chester's The Capitol Theatre on September 2 with special guest Patti Smith and Her Band. Tickets ($153.00 - $228.00) to that show go on sale Friday (6/28) at noon.
Neil will also play the 2013 Farm Aid concert which happens on September 21 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY. Like usual, the lineup also includes Neil's Farm Aid cofounders Willie Nelson, and John Mellencamp, plus Dave Matthews, Jack Johnson and more. Tickets go on fan club presale on Wednesday (6/26) at 10 AM with the regular on-sale happening Friday (6/28) at 10 AM.
All Neil Young North American tour dates are listed below.
Willie Nelson at Wellmont Theatre in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Country music legend/activist Willie Nelson will be airing a special, Willie Nelson & Friends, that he taped at Jack White's Third Man Records on CMT next week (6/23) for their Crossraods series. Willie will be appearing with a number of guests on the show, including Neil Young, who joined him to perform "Long May You Run." Check out a video of Neil and Willie playing that song below (via Stereogum).
Willie Nelson also has a number of tour dates scheduled this year. He just played Montauk's Surf Lodge last week (6/9) and he'll be returning to the NYC-area for shows at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre on September 18 and 19. Tickets for night 1 and night 2 go on sale Friday (6/21) at noon.
All tour dates are listed, along with the CMT video, below...
Lord Huron at Mercury Lounge in October (more by Dan Bracaglia)
As the year comes to a close, we're wrapping up these year-end lists from artists and other people in the music world. Today we posted lists by BV radio host Nick Masi, Gardens & Villa, and Brooklyn Bowl talent buyer Adam Geringer-Dunn. Browse our "Best of 2012" tag for many more. Now here's one from Ben Schneider, frontman of LA folk rockers Lord Huron. The list includes a couple veteran folk singers, who most likely influenced Ben's own writing, two very different and very notable experimental music leaders, Lord Huron tourmates Night Moves, and a '70s Afghan pop star.
Check out the full list, and some tour dates, below...
Nashville's PUJOL got their start with the Nashville garage scene but this year's United States of Being (the band's first for Saddle Creek) is a crunchy, big-sounding record that, like the new JEFF the Brotherhood, owes more to early-'90s alterna-rock than anything else. You can stream the whole thing below (via Rolling Stone). Maybe you saw them at one of our Hotel Vegan day parties in Austin this year during SXSW? Main man Daniel Pujol was kind enough to send us a list of his favorite LPs of 2012 which includes records from fellow Tennesseans Natural Child, Heavy Cream and Turbo Fruits. Check out his complete list below...
As you may remember, Brooklyn old time folk revivalists Spirit Family Reunion released their debut album over the summer and sounds more like something from the O Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack than something from their NYC borrough in 2012. You can stream the whole thing below. The band recently appeared on long-running NPR show Mountain Stage (taped in West Virginia) alongside Dr. Dog, the Mountain Goats, Nellie McKay, and Red Wanting Blue and that episode airs this week, check here for a station near you and look for the episode to go up on their archive next week.
Meanwhile, Spirit Family Reunion have a few live shows coming up, including New Year's Eve in NYC, playing Pianos with Christopher Paul Stelling. Tickets are $15 and include a champagne toast at midnight.
The band were also kind enough to send us their Top 10 LPs of 2012 and if you're expecting a bunch of Bill Monroe reissues on the list, you'd be wrong. Their list includes Ty Segall and Leonard Cohen who maybe they're going to see tonight at Madison Square Garden? Check out their full list below, along with a stream of their album and a list of all upcoming tour dates.
photos by Greg Cristman
Neil Young and Crazy Horse @ Borgata, 12/6/2012
Where were you when Sandy hit?So instead of playing the insanely big 12/12/12 MSG benefit, Neil Young & Crazy Horse played their own Sandy relief benefit at Borgata in Atlantic City on 12/6 with help from Trey Anastasio and Everest. Neil's been busy lately, as you may well be aware, having played Barclays and MSG on his current tour.
NEIL YOUNG: I was on the West Coast. Like everyone else, I was watching this on TV...
How did you arrive at the decision that you wanted to stage this benefit in Atlantic City?
I saw that I was invited to do a big benefit at Madison Square Garden. I saw that it was a star-studded television evening. And I realized that I was just a drop in the bucket. There was already enough star power at that thing to do whatever it could do. Adding me would not make any difference. But I did think that if I went down and had a performance where the damage was, that would be a different approach and whatever I was able to add, I could add. If people want to come and see us they can come right down to the scene and they can see what's left of the boardwalk. - [Wall Steet Journal]
Meanwhile, Trey Anastasio has rescheduled his Capitol Theatre shows that were cancelled due to Sandy. He'll now play the venue on January 23 and 24. Previously-purchased tickets will be honored on 1/23 and tickets to the 1/24 show go on sale Friday (12/14) at noon. Trey also plays Welmont Theatre on 1/25 and tickets to that show go on sale Friday at noon as well.
More pictures from the Borgata show as well as Neil's setlist (which has varied very little from show to show) are below.
Ian O'Neil of Deer Tick @ Carnegie Hall (more by Chris La Putt)
Deer Tick's three-week Brooklyn Bowl residency begins TONIGHT (12/5). As mentioned, they'll be performng different albums and EPs in full at the three shows. Unfortunately no War Elephant (which they recently performed at a Newport Folk Fest afterparty), but we will get:
12.05.12 Born on Flag Day + More Fuel for the Fire EPDoors for each show are at 8pm, and Deer Tick guitarist Ian O'Neil opens each show with a solo set. Other openers include Hollis Brown on 12/5, Viking Moses in 12/12, and Alex Bleeker on 12/19. Deer Tick's other upcoming shows include the Capitol Theater with My Morning Jacket and Maxwell's. They're all listed below.
12.12.12 The Black Dirt Sessions + Holy Shit it's Christmas EP
12.19.12 Divine Providence + Tim EP
Ian O'Neil, like many of our favorite artists before him, told us what his favorite albums of 2012 were. His list includes his recent tour-mates Turbo Fruits, his old band Titus Andronicus (who headlined Webster Hall this week), and legends Neil Young & Crazy Horse (who played Barclays Center this week). Check it out in full below...
by Andrew Sacher
More of the big 2012 year-end lists have been rolling in, with NPR and SPIN recently revealing theirs, and now Rolling Stone have unleashed theirs. Similarly to Uncut, the expected albums from older artists are there, including Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Dr. John, and the number one slot going to Bruuuuuuuuuuuce. It's got huge albums like Mumford and Sons, Taylor Swift, and fun., as well as the token high ranking indie album (Japandroids at #9), the token washed up band who was once classic (Green Day), things you knew you'd see on Rolling Stone's list like Jack White and Alabama Shakes, and... Grimes!
You can read the whole list below...
"It's an indisputable fact that the Barclays Center has one of the best veggie burgers in Brooklyn, somehow." - Joey Arak
""Thank you Jay-Z... Crazy Horse!". - Neil Young's final words on stage at the Barclays Center tonight." - BrooklynVegan
Crazy Horse (more by Gretchen Robinette)
As you know, Neil Young and Crazy Horse aren't really switching up the setlists on this tour. In fact, though some cities get a different song in the encore, the setlist at Barclays Center in Brooklyn last night was exactly the same as the one they played at MSG. Regardless, it was a great Brooklyn show, especially for those who were seeing it for the first time. If you missed both area shows, you can still always head to Atlantic City this week.
Patti Smith and band (Lenny Kaye included) however did mix it up during her powerful 8pm opening set. She ended with "Gloria" like she did at MSG, but we also got her moving cover of Neil Young's "It's a Dream" and hit "Because the Night."
Full setlists for Neil and Patti and some videos below...