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"Titus Andronicus at Webster Hall tonight aka what all rock & roll should be" - Alison McCarthy

"Ceremony. Most aggro pit I've ever seen. Lots of punching. @ Webster Hall" - Dave Surgan

Titus Andronicus @ Webster Hall, 12/2/2012
Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus wrapped up their tour with Ceremony in NYC last night at Webster Hall (12/2) after playing Maxwell's in Hoboken the night earlier. But before either band took the stage, Buffalo's Lemuria treated the crowd to a set of their raw Thermals-y pop punk. The place couldn't have been more than half full for their set but Lemuria still looked like they were having the time of their lives and delivered as such. You can catch them in NYC again opening for Fucked Up at Warsaw on December 21 with Night Birds and Parquet Courts. TIckets for that show are still available.

Next up was Ceremony, who, like their Matador labelmates Fucked Up, have been bringing real-deal punk rock to the indie kids, so when they were tapped to open on tour for Titus it sounded like it made a lot of sense. And I can't judge the other 40 something dates on the tour, but at Webster Hall they hardly came off like an opener. In fact, I'd be curious to know how many people bought tickets just to see Ceremony and left after their set. The second Ceremony's drummer, who was donning a Titus Andronicus 'Local Business' shirt, began the drum intro to their opening set, a massive pit broke out and the kids only got more intense throughout the set. Bassist Andy Nelson actually addressed the pit later on in the show: "I know it's really hard to be a white male in America and you have to let out a lot of aggression, but when you punch people you don't know in the face, you look fucking ridiculous." And he actually got a lot of cheers for saying that. On the band's newest record (and their Matador debut), Zoo, they again evolved their ever-changing sound, in favor of Stooges-y garage punk, and cuts off that album like "Hysteria" and "Citizen" fit right into the band's ruthless live show. But before leaving the stage, they played a few songs their early powerviolence days "for the punk kids."

Finally, a few minutes after 10:30, Titus Andronicus took the stage, with frontman Patrick Stickles returning the favor of their tourmates, decked out in a Ceremony tee. With no more than the quick floor tom roll that kicks off Local Business, Titus went into that album's opener, "Ecce Homo," and as they do on tour and on record, seamlessly transitioned into "Still Life With Hot Deuce On Silver Platter." Local Business has received some (unfair) criticism, much of which is due to living in the shadows of the epic The Monitor, but the fans still love it. There were just as many fist-raised singalongs during the Local Business tracks as there were during "No Future Part Three, "Titus Andronicus," "A More Perfect Union," and the number of other older favorites they played. Titus didn't inspire too much moshing like Ceremony before them, but the masses of fans jumping around had Webster's floor shaking and the stage diving never ceased on the fans' end, and Patrick leapt into the crowd once himself.

One of the things Local Business has become known for is the fact that it's the first record Titus recorded with the same lineup they tour with, and that really came across at the show. It was no longer the Titus Andronicus led by Patrick Stickles, who produced a Civil War epic, putting together a band to take on the road with him. And the results were pretty humbling. Patrick has always felt very much like the frontman at TItus shows -- and he is and deserves to appear that way -- but on this tour he comes off as a member of a band, and for people who embrace DIY aesthetics and local business as much as they do, those communal elements are a big deal. The band have learned a few other new tricks for this tour too, like Patrick ending "(I Am the) Electric Man" with "I am the electric man. Now you know. But there's still something I gotta know..." and then whipping out The Contours' "Do You Love Me." They also learned a cover of the Rolling Stones' "Brown Sugar" for this tour, which after repeated cheers from the crowd they came out to play as an encore. Patrick prefaced the encore with, "We don't usually do this, but if you insist..." and from the looks of past setlists, it's true.

At the show, Patrick mentioned he and the guys are headed to catch Neil Young at the Barclays Center tonight (12/3), and while they didn't play any of Neil's songs last night, they did play "Down by the River" in Neil's hometown of Ontario at their Lee's Palace show (11/27), and you can watch a video of that cover below. He also mentioned on stage that they'll be the surprise guests at the now sold out Tom Scharpling-presented Sandy benefit at The Bell House on Friday (12/7) with Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, Chris Elliott, John Hodgman, Jon Benjamin, Julie Klausner, and Andrew W.K..

The "Down by the River" video and two videos from the Webster Hall show are below, along with video of Ceremony on Last Call with Carson Daly.

Continue reading "Titus Andronicus, Ceremony and Lemuria rocked Webster Hall (pics, review, videos)"

Leonard Cohen

UK music magazine Uncut put out their list of the top 75 albums of 2012. The top ten leans pretty heavy on long-running '60s/'70s survivors who put out new albums this year, but plenty of the list-topping regulars from newer acts are on there too, along with a few interesting surprises (Sun Araw, M Geddes Gengras & the Congos!). You can check out the full list below.

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"Watching Neil young in Phili. He's telling us all we are fuck ups. This is interesting. He isn't just banging out hits." - Beach House

Neil Young & Crazy Horse at MSG on Tuesday (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Neil Young

After playing MSG on Tuesday (11/27), Neil Young & Crazy Horse continued their tour with Patti Smith at the Wells Fargo Center in Philly last night (11/29). The setlist was the same as MSG (and basically the rest of the tour), except for the encore which Neil sometimes changes up, treating Philly to the massive "Like A Hurricane." The full setlist is below.

As mentioned, Neil Young & Crazy Horse will play a Hurricane Sandy benefit in Atlantic City at the Borgata on December 6. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10 AM.

Patti Smith isn't on that one but you can still catch her with NY&CH in Brooklyn at the Barclays Center on Monday (12/3) (tickets).

Philly setlist below.

Continue reading "Neil Young played Wells Fargo Center in Philly (setlist); Atlantic City show tix on sale"

Neil Young at MSG on Tuesday (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Neil Young

Neil Young & Crazy Horse are on tour with Patti Smith and Everest now, having just played MSG on Tuesday (11/27) and he was interviewed on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart last night (11/28). You can watch the video of that interview, which was on his memoir, Waging Heavy Peace, below.

The tour returns to NYC for a show at Barclays Center on Monday (12/3) and after that, Neil Young & Crazy Horse will play a Hurricane Sandy benefit in Atlantic City at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa on December 6. Everest will open the show, but unfortunately Patti Smith won't be on this one. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (11/30) at 10 AM via TheBorgata.com or by phone at 866-900-4TIX (4849) and proceeds will go to the American Red Cross.

A list of updated dates and Daily Show video are below.

Continue reading "Neil Young was interviewed on The Daily Show, adds Hurricane Sandy benefit in Atlantic City (video, updated dates)"

photos by Gretchen Robinette, words by Andrew Sacher

Neil Young

When Neil Young walked out in a saggy red flannel last night (11/27) at the Madison Square Garden stop on his first tour with Crazy Horse in almost a decade, the "Godfather of Grunge" alarms were going off like crazy. And while you can't necessarily pin a man's style of music to his choice of attire for the evening, once Neil and Crazy Horse began jamming, their lasting impact on grunge and noise rock became the most apparent thing in the room. Like they've been doing on the rest of the tour, they opted for a night of the dirt, sludge, and raw noise that has been littered throughout Neil Young and Crazy Horse's career, and still comes across terrifically on their new album, Psychedelic Pill. They checked the pretty songs at the door, save for a solo acoustic performance of "The Needle and the Damage Done" from Harvest, but played nothing else from that album, After the Gold Rush, Deja Vu, On the Beach, or many of his other classics. And if that's what you were expecting to hear (which I imagine a large amount of people were expecting at a MSG show), the show may have come as a disappointment. But if you embraced what he did play, it was pretty damn amazing.

It's not very unusual for artists who have been at it as long as Neil Young to keep their new material to a minimum at shows and focus on the old hits, but with four of his thirteen songs being off Psychedelic Pill and two of those passing the fifteen-minute mark, Neil did nothing of the sort. And those Psychedelic Pill cuts not only hold up, but were highlights of the show. The most inspiring moment for me came from the massive "Walk Like a Giant," which pieces together short verses with extended fuzz-drenched guitar solos and ended with about five straight minutes of psychedelic noise. Of course the show wasn't without the old Crazy Horse favorites too though. They ended the set with three of the best and most characteristic moments of their career, "Cinnamon Girl, a stretched-out "Fuckin' Up," and "Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)." During that stretch of classic Crazy Horse, they also took things further back, squeezing in a cut from Neil's time with Buffalo Springfield, "Mr. Soul." They had a bit going on production wise too, with colossal mock Fender amps and a microphone, set up like a giant would be using them, a 50's-style TV screen that projected footage of the band on stage, and a road crew dressed as mad scientists and construction men. But overall, the show just felt like four guys rocking out together, and getting that from Neil Young in 2012 is a great experience to be part of.

Patti Smith

Before Neil Young and Crazy Horse took the stage, we were graced with a short but sweet set from Patti Smith and her band. Like Neil, Patti also has a very worthy album out this year, Banga, and the two songs she played off that ("April Fool" and "Fuji-san") fit right in with her classics like "Pissing in a River" and "Gloria." Patti also showed no signs of slowing down, and took over Madison Square Garden with her howls and screams piercing through her midst of punk poetry in a way where you knew she belonged in a small club, but could handle MSG with ease. In between songs, Patti gave short speeches about saving our world, rebuilding our cities after Hurricane Sandy, the honor of playing with Neil Young, and dedicated a song to Jimi Hendrix, who would've turned 70 yesterday. And Patti's voice wasn't the only thing as sharp as her early days. Like they've done in the past, Patti's band turned the acoustic "Beneath the Southern Cross" into a Velvet Undergroundy noise buildup that would've sounded at home on one of Patti's first two records.

The tour continues and returns to NYC on Monday (12/3) at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Tickets for that show are still available. More pictures from last night's show, including the other opening band, Everest, and Neil Young and Patti Smith's setlists, are below.

Continue reading "Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Patti Smith, and Everest played Madison Square Garden (pics, review, setlists)"

Neil Young & Crazy Horse @ TD Garden, Boston 11/26/2012 (via @giovannibolivar)
Neil Young

Because he's trained his audience to not need an hour of hits, because he doesn't have to sing like Brian Wilson or shake his behind in chaps like David Lee Roth, his sound and delivery endure. No one but Young (with Crazy Horse) could play an almost half-hour-long "Walk Like A Giant" that was 5 percent melody, 95 percent feedback and over-driven bass and have fans dig it.

That's not to say "the hits" weren't the highlights. A tune as sweet and pure as "Cinnamon Girl" remains rare, and at times the new stuff seemed to pile up crushing the audience instead of uplifting it.

But when an artist can have a great night in front of ten-thousand without playing his most popular songs (no "Old Man," no "Like A Hurricane," no "Heart of Gold"), it's a stunning achievement. - [Boston Herald]

Neil Young & Crazy Horse played Boston's TD Garden last night (with Patti Smith opening), a 13-song, two-and-a-half-hour set that The Boston Herald said may have been their "best show ever." You can check out the setlist below. They'll do it tonight (11/27) at Madison Square Garden with Patti Smith opening and tickets are still available. Tickets are also still available for their show on Monday (12/3) at the Barclays Center (also with Patti Smith and Everest).

Meanwhile, at the Morrison Hotel Gallery in SoHo they are currently showing Jenice Heo's "Neil Young Series," a exhibition of paintings based on Young's music. A couple of her works from the series can be seen below and the exhibit will be on view until December 31st, 2012.

Continue reading "Neil Young played TD Garden (setlist), hits MSG tonight; "Neil Young Series" on display at Morrisson Hotel Gallery"

Converge at House of Vans in 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Converge

today in NYC
* ASSSSCAT 3000
* Dharana @ Zebulon
* Chris Isaak @ Beacon Theatre
* Ralph Stanley @ City Winery
* Sebastian Baverstam @ Barbes
* The Joy Formidable @ Littlefield
* Zulu Nation 39th anniversary @ SOB's
* Marion & Shawn Wayan @ Caroline's
* Victor Wooten, Jimmy Herring @ BB King's
* Missy Mazzoli @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Mount Moriah, Cat Martino @ Union Pool
* Tinderbox Music Festival @ Webster Hall
* Phil Lesh & Friends @ Roseland Ballroom
* Robby Krieger Band @ The Wonder Bar (NJ)
* Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Janeane Garofalo, MadDog @ Eastville Comedy Club
* Jonah Matranga, We Are the Woods @ Mercury Lounge
* Oy Vey, Osekre & the Lucky Bastards @ Hosh Yoga
* Hannibal Buress, Prince Paul, Lil Rel @ Knitting Factory
* The Young, Dignan Porch, Eraas @ Cameo Gallery
* Run DMT, Ami Dang, Narwhalz of Sound @ Shea Stadium
* Kaki King, Lady Lamb The Beekeeper @ Glasslands Gallery
* Red Fang, Black Tusk, Indian Handcrafts @ Bowery Ballroom
* Dr. John and The Blind Boys of Alabama @ State Theatre (NJ)
* Converge, Torche, Kvelertak, Whips/Chains @ Highline Ballroom
* Laura Stevenson & The Cans, The Shondes, Leda @ Public Assembly
* The Asteroids Galaxy Tour, MillionYoung @ The Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Vulture Shit, Big Ups, Graffiti Monsters, Low Fat Getting High @ Party XPO
Heliotropes, Zula, Shark Week, Fatasmes @ Bar Matchless (Sandy benefit)
Ouija Allin, Automotive High School, A. Rex & J. Rex, Freddy Hall @ Cake Shop
* The Max Levine Ensemble, Shellshag, Marvin Berry and The New Sound, Trepanning @ Death By Audio

The BrooklynVegan-presented movie screening of The Comedy, which is 100% free, happens tonight at Knitting Factory Brooklyn. It stars Tim & Eric and James Murphy and many other familiar names. Doors open at 5 PM and the screening starts at 5:30.

Tinderbox Music Festival goes down on three stages at Webster Hall tonight (main stage, Marlin stage, and the Studio) with Cocorosie, Jean Grae, Selebrities, Computer Magic, ZZZs, Hard Nips, and more.

Screaming Females and Black Wine would have played Maxwell's tonight but they cancelled their tour due to illness.

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Neil Young made a video for "Driftin' Back," the almost-half hour long opening track on his new album with Crazy Horse, Psychedelic Pill. Check it out below.

What else?

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Dave Grohl, Neil Young & Dan Auerbach  / Olivia Wilde / Band of Horses, Global Festival, 9/29/2012
Global Fest 2012
Global Fest 2012
Global Fest 2012

A crowd of 60,000 strong showed up at the Great Lawn in Central Park yesterday (9/29) for Global Festival, a concert to raise awareness about (and funds to help) global hunger, featuring names like Neil Young, Foo Fighters, Black Keys, Band of Horses and K'naan:

The acts seemed especially stunned by the size of the Central Park crowd. "This event is so great, I can't get over it," marveled Band of Horses frontman Ben Bridwell. Auerbach was similarly moved: "What an amazing thing, it feels great up here," he said. The Keys proceded to fill the giant space with their fast, fuzzed-out riffs, Auerbach buzzing across the stage during cuts like "Howlin for You" and "Money Maker," backed by Patrick Carney's tight grooves. The highlight? When 60,000 fans clapped during the furious breakdown of "I Got Mine," and Auerbach lost himself in the monster riff.

Dave Grohl launched the Foo Fighters' set with a mellow solo version of "Times Like These," before the band kicked in raucously and Grohl bounced across each end of the stage headbanging. Grohl seemed most psyched to be there out of anyone, letting out several throaty howls and leading huge sing-alongs on "My Hero" to "All My Life."...Grohl seemed determined to savor every moment; at one point, he made it clear that this would be the band's last show for a while. "I wish we could play all night - but I'd rather see Neil Young," he said. "We don't have any shows after this. This is where we play as many songs as we can in a short period of time, because, honestly, I don't know when we're gonna do it again." -[Rolling Stone]

The evening ended with an incendiary set from the great Neil Young, who closed the festivities with a 10-minute version of "Rockin' In The Free World" featuring Dave Grohl and Dan Auerbach. If you missed it, although Foo Fighters probably won't be around the block any time soon, you can catch Neil Young on his upcoming tour that hits both MSG and Barclays Center before the end of 2012.

Pictures of that collaboration as well as all bands and cameos from Olivia Wilde, Selena Gomez, John Legend and more, are below.

Continue reading "Neil Young, Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, Band of Horses & K'Naan fought hunger at the Global Festival (pics / setlists)"

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Tomorrow, Saturday, 9/29, is that huge event in Central Park. If you didn't get a ticket, you can always just watch it online. Says the PR:

AEG Digital Media (AEGDM) is partnering up with AEG Network LIVE to deliver the complete online experience platform for the Global Citizen Festival, the largest syndication of a live music charity webcast and broadcast in history, live from Central Park in New York City on September, 29, 2012.

Fans around the globe will be able to access a constant stream of live content powered by AEG Digital Media's Online Broadcasting Center to ensure a flawless viewing experience.

Online viewers can also experience a concert-like atmosphere with HD content and audio clarity streamed through AEGDM's industry leading Live Experience Platform. Leveraging the platform allows multiple levels of interactivity where the online audience can collaborate with one another as well as socialize with festival goers actually on site in Central Park to share their concert experience in real-time. The Live Experience Platform features include trivia, text messaging, audience polling, postings and an aggregate news feeds of all social media networks such as Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus, etc. In addition, fan goers everywhere can upload and share their own photo experiences and images via an Instagram aggregation - all in real time.

The Live Experience Platform developed by AEG Digital Media enables the audience to directly contribute the Global Poverty Project, as well enhance the experience for all joining of this historic event around world.

"We are excited to provide a truly engaging online experience platform for the 2012 Global Festival that enables users to not only see the show, but truly be immersed in an interactive experience that will have a global impact on extreme poverty," said Chris Roach, Head of Business Development at AEG Digital Media.

For the first time in live broadcast events, AEGDM's event producers will have a two-way communication with viewers across six major internet portals. Social media will play a huge part in producing global engagement, through Facebook and Twitter, users will see what people are saying about the event and be able to share their thoughts on the festival.

This event marks another global milestone for AEG Network LIVE, who is producing the entire event. Leading broadcast sponsor Australian technology company, Vividas, along with online distribution partners including VEVO, YouTube, AOL/ Huffington Post, Yahoo!, VH1.com, and NYTimes.com are all on board to stream the event live. In addition, television partners AXS TV Palladia, Globo Brazil, and Fuse, will carry the live program.

Neil Young, Foo Fighters, Black Keys, Band of Horses and K'naan are all playing the show.

In related news, Band of Horses, who recently played a free show at House of Vans, just announced more tour dates. They're all listed below...

Continue reading "Global Citizen Fest is in Central Park Saturday (and on TV and streaming online) -- who got a ticket?"

St. Vincent

In addition to everything else we posted, today, here's some more, and some reminders too...

Hope to see you at Pianos tonight, unless of course you're celebrating Yom Kippur which started at sundown (or under 21).

It's also National Voter Registration Day, as miss Annie Clark has so kindly reminded us above. Did you register to vote yet? We also would like to know, however, what's the deal with the Tiny Tim photo in the background?

That photo is actually part of a series orchestrated by HeadCount where over 200 celebrities, including Jeff Tweedy, were photographed with "Register to Vote" clipboards. You can see them all here.

Speaking of St. Vincent, it's David Byrne / St. Vincent Week here in NYC. Their first of three area shows together happens tonight at the Beacon Theater, as Kelly Pratt pointed out in the latest edition of his tour diary.

Neil Young has started a Twitter account and will be taking your questions via it in October. Right now, though, @NeilYoung seems to handled by a marketing intern.

Prince took a 40 minute encore break last night in Chicago.

Paper Bag Records just released the free David Bowie tribute album, Paper Bag Records vs. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, with covers by Austra & CFCF, PS I Love You, The Luyas, Yamantaka/Sonic Titan and more. Download it for free HERE.

Speaking of Yamantaka/Sonic Titan, they performed at the Polaris Prize Gala in Toronto last night, but ended up losing to Feist.

Converge is back with "Shame In the Way" a new song from their forthcoming LP All We Love We Leave Behind. Stream that new track, coupled with an interview with vocalist Jacob Bannon in the latest Show Now Mercy at Pitchfork. Look for the LP on 10/9 via Epitaph.

Sweden's Terrible Feelings have released a new video for "Next Round's On You" from their Shadows LP. Check that out below.

Field Report visited the A.V. Club's HQ in Chicago and took on the Sufjan Stevens mainstay "Chicago" for their Undercover series. Check out the clip below.

You can also check out Thee Oh Sees' side of the new Famous Class' "LAMC" 7" series which they were selling last night at their very sweaty Death by Audio show. It's streaming below.

Main Mountain Goat John Darnielle talks (vegetarian) food - including pizza, popcorn and, yes, hummus over at FoodRepublic. He and the band will be in NYC next month.

More stuff below...

Continue reading "ALSO: Register to Vote Day; Neil Young on Twitter; Free Bowie Tribute LP; new Converge, Cat Power's band & more"

53%ers
Jay Z Beyonce Obama

We already posted lots of posts today. Here's some more, and some reminders too...

Jay-Z & Beyonce raised a cool $4M for Barack Obama at their benefit last night ("Beyonce could not be a better role model for my girls," Obama said,). Go on and brush your shoulders off, Jigga.

If you bought a ticket to that fundraiser, may we interest you in a live entertainment company?

Meanwhile, the President was on The Late Show with David Letterman last night, chatting about the Mitt Romney "47%" video and other things. Watch it below.

In other money news, Amanda Palmer is now going to pay those previously-volunteer musicians and her new LP debuted at #10 on Billboard.

If you were wondering the #1 album is, it's Dave Matthews Band's Away from the World which beat out Bob Dylan. The xx's Coexist came in at #5, not too bad!

Check out what David Byrne & St. Vincent played last night in Chicago.

Look at pictures from our Jon Spencer Blues Explosion record release party that was last night.

Hope to see you at our Rafiq Batia record release party that Anti-Pop Consortium is also playing.

Check out an excellent profile piece on the legendary Neil Young that appeared in the NY Times Magazine.

Sinead O'Connor wrote to Russian president Vladmir Putin, demanding Pussy Riot's release. Is that helping or hurting?

Deftones are back with "Leathers", the new song from their upcoming Koi No Yokan due on 11/13. Check out that song below in a video stream and/or down load your copy at their site.

more stuff below...

Continue reading "Also: Jay-Z raises serious $$$ for Obama, Yo Gabba Gabba, Deftones, 'Ice Ice Baby' analyzed, Wilco, Neil Young & more"

Neil Young

To quote Warner Brothers:

As previously reported, Neil Young & Crazy Horse will release their second set of new recordings on Oct. 30th, titled PSYCHEDELIC PILL. This is the band's second new album this year following the June 5th release of AMERICANA. PSYCHEDELIC PILL features all new original compositions and is their longest album set of recorded music in their long-celebrated history as a band, taking the listener further into new sonic terrain as its title suggests.

The original album artwork recently revealed has been revised (pictured above) and taken on a stronger, more direct image to reflect the commanding and expansive music heard on the two CD or three vinyl disc sets.

The double-CD is available for pre-order here. The triple-vinyl, which will be available on Nov. 23rd, is also available for pre-order here.
As mentioned, Neil Young & Crazy Horse will be touring with Patti Smith later this year and hitting NYC on November 27 at Madison Square Garden and December 3 at Barclays Center. Tickets are at Ticketmaster. All dates are listed, along with the new album tracklust, below...

Continue reading "here's the new cover art for Neil Young's "Psychedelic Pill""

by Andrew Sacher

Neil Young

A now-fixed typo on NBC News headlined that "Astronaut Neil Young, first man to walk on moon, dies at age 82." Clearly, the publication meant astronaut Neil Armstrong (RIP Mr. Armstrong), but the hilarious typo is pictured above for your enjoyment via Reddit (via Daily Swarm).

Neil Young is not only alive and well, but he's already got plans for a second album with Crazy Horse due out in 2012. Back in June, he released Americana, his first album with the full Crazy Horse lineup since 1996's Broken Arrow. It was comprised entirely of sludgy versions of traditional folk songs, and really wasn't as weird a move for Neil Young as many people made it out to be, being that reinterpreting traditional songs has been in the folk and folk rock tradition for most of the genre's existence. However, it was a little too tongue-in-cheek hearing lyrics from the massively familiar tunes like "Oh Susannah" and "Clementine" set to Crazy Horse guitar riffs.

He's now set to release a followup in October of entirely original material with Crazy Horse and this one's called Psychedelic Pill. That sounds more like it. It's being issued as a double-CD/tripe-vinyl due to "the lengths of many of the songs, some of which were previewed in Crazy Horse's live performances earlier this month." So we can only assume that it will include the 20-minute "Walk Like A Giant," which you can watch 16+ minutes of from Neil's performance of the song at Red Rocks.

As mentioned, Neil Young & Crazy Horse will be touring with Patti Smith later this year and hitting NYC on November 27 at Madison Square Garden and December 3 at Barclays Center. Tickets for the Barclays Center show are still available.

A list of updated dates and that video are below.

Continue reading "Neil Young not dead, releasing 2nd LP of 2012 (live video)"

The Global Festival aims to mobilise more than 50,000 people to take action in support of ending extreme poverty, and to secure more than $100m in new commitments from charities, businesses and governments to fight extreme poverty through our NGO partners. Beyond that, the Global Festival is being run to help shine a spotlight on the progress that's being made fighting extreme poverty, and showcase some of the amazing organisations and individuals who are doing it.

The Black Keys at Catalpa (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
Black Keys
Global Fest

Neil Young, Foo Fighters, Black Keys, Band of Horses and K'naan will share the stage at the Great Lawn in New York's Central Park on September 29th as part of the Global Festival, a concert designed to bring awareness and funds to the cause of ending global poverty.

"We wanted to make it different from other benefit concerts - we didn't want it to be the same as, say, Live 8," Hugh Evans, co-founder of the Global Poverty Project, tells Rolling Stone. The team organized Global Festival in conjunction with Goldenvoice/AEG, the veteran team behind the landmark Coachella music festival. "We wanted to do something unique for our generation."

Adds Rick Mueller, concert promoter at Goldenvoice,"Central Park is iconic." The venue has hosted legendary concerts from the likes of Elton John, Simon and Garfunkel, Diana Ross and, more recently, Dave Matthews, Bon Jovi and the Black Eyed Peas. "It's a worldwide platform, one that few get to play, so it's the perfect stage for a charity and a cause - especially considering the caliber of artists involved. I don't know if there's been a rock show this big at Central Park; it's a cohesive lineup that really makes a statement." -[Rolling Stone]

As all shows on Central Park's Great Lawn must be free with tickets distributed by lottery, the system for getting them involves you earning points by "learning, sharing and taking action against extreme poverty." Details of how it works are at the Global Citizen website.

The Central Park show is a month before Neil Young & Crazy Horse's tour returns to NYC for shows at Madison Square Garden and the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Band of Horses meanwhile are touring with My Morning Jacket.

Patti Smith at Castle Clinton in 2011 (more by Tamara Porras)
Patti Smith

As mentioned, Patti Smith will be supporting Neil Young on his late fall tour which hits NYC on November 27 at MSG and December 3 at Barclays Center. As usual, Patti takes part in other NYC events throughout the year in addition to her larger concerts (like the ones with Neil) and her next will be TONIGHT (8/6) at Community Book Store Brooklyn Bridge Park as part of their "Books Beneath the Bridge" series (brought to you by Community Book Store). She'll be doing a reading, Q&A, and book signing. Tonight's reading starts at 7 PM.

In related news, the apartment at 160 Hall Street in Brooklyn, where Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethrope shared their first apartment, is now up for sale. The asking price is currently $1,000,000.

In more related news, Patti Smith contributed vocals to Helen Burns, the new solo EP from Red Hot Chili Pepper/Atoms for Peace bassist Flea. The EP is out on the Silverlake Conservatory website and you can download it for any price ranging from $0 to $500. It was also pressed on 180 gram vinyl, but those have since sold out. Regarding the EP, Flea writes:

Hi people who like The Red Hot Chili Peppers! I love you a lot! Mucho! Just wanted to give you a heads up about this little record "Helen Burns" I am putting out on the Silverlake Conservatory website.

Warning! It is not a Chili Peppers record. It does not have songs that are like the Chili Peppers at all. It is a mostly instrumental, weird and arty record, the music is mostly just me creating soundscapes that are very emotional for me, but certainly not for everyone! Just me tripping out at home. I am putting it out to raise money for The Silverlake Conservatory of Music a community based non profit music school that i am an integral part of. There you have it. See you all soon i hope!

All Patti Smith tour dates are listed below.

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Neil Young Journeys

Neil Young Journeys, the new film documenting Neil Young's 2011 tour which was made with Jonathan Demme, will be opening in theaters today (6/29) in NYC and LA. It's the third film that Neil has made with Jonathan Demme (after Heart of Gold and Neil Young Trunk Show), director of such other music films including Stop Making Sense and Storefront Hitchcock, in addition to Hollywood films like Silence of the Lambs, Something Wild, and others. AV Club reviewed the film, giving it an A-:

As on Le Noise itself, the overcranked echo of Young's distorted guitar dominates the songs, captured via Young's trademark "PureTone" process. (For the film's première, held in Massey Hall during last year's Toronto Film Festival, Young trucked in his own sound system.) It's fascinating to hear old chestnuts like "Cortez The Killer" and "Cinnamon Girl" cut loose from their rhythm-section moorings, left to find new shapes or simply drift on a chord as thick and rough as a granite slab.
Neil Young Journeys opens in NYC today at Landmark Sunshine Cinema (tickets) and AMC Empire 25 (tickets). It will open in other theaters across the country within the next few weeks. Stay tuned for the full release schedule, which will appear on the website. The trailer is below.

As mentioned, Neil Young will be touring with Patti Smith later this year. That tour brings them to NYC for shows at MSG on 11/27 and Brooklyn's Barclays Center on 12/3. Tickets for both of those shows are still available.

The film's trailer is below.

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Neil Young

After a mysterious and shortlived presale, tickets for the Neil Young & Crazy Horse Dec. 3 show at the Barclays Center go on sale at 10AM. Other upcoming Neil dates include Madison Square Garden and Austin City Limits.

Tickets are on pre-sale now for the Neil Young & Crazy Horse show at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn (Live Nation password = amplify). General sale begins Monday at 10am.

Neil Young

Neil Young & Crazy Horse have expanded their previously announced tour, which hits NYC on November 27 at Madison Square Garden with Patti Smith (tickets), to also include a Brooklyn show at the new Barclays Center on December 3. Tickets for that show go on sale Monday (6/25) at 10 AM. No opener is listed for this show at the moment, but it falls in the middle of Neil's run with Patti Smith, so it won't be too unlikely if she's playing this one as well.

Updated dates are below.

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Neil and Patti

As mentioned, Neil Young and Patti Smith are going to head out on a tour together in the fall, both supporting new albums that came out this week. But the two met up even sooner (this past Wednesday to be exact) when Patti interviewed Neil at BookExpo America about Neil's new memoir, "Waging Heavy Peace," which is due out in October. Patti has also released a book, "Just Kids," which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction in 2010. Here's a bit about the interview via New Yorker:

From there, the conversation wound pleasantly through a variety of topics, much as Young's book sounds like it might. The two of them discussed songwriting, history, money, memory, and technology. Smith asked about the circumstances surrounding Young's composition of the 1970 protest anthem "Ohio," a story that has been told several times but that Young obligingly told again, noting that the song came together in a rush when he saw John Filo's famous picture of Mary Vecchio crying over a student shot dead by National Guardsmen at Kent State. "When we put the song out," he said, "it was kind of the social networking of the day, the way it could get played on radio so quickly. We had pressed it on acetates, so you only got seven or eight plays out of them." That led to one of several moments of productive nostalgia, as Young remembered rock-and-roll radio. "There were no programmers," he said. "d.j.s played what they wanted, and they had a personality." He paused. "We have to be careful here. I'm liable to go off."
Neil Young and Patti Smith's tour comes to NYC for the previously discussed MSG show on 11/27. Presales (internet presale and Live Nation Mobile App) for that show begin today at 10 AM and run through 3 PM. General sale starts Sunday (6/10) at noon.

Patti Smith covers Neil Young's "After the Goldrush" on her new album, Banga. Have a listen to that below...

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Americana

Neil Young & Crazy Horse's new album Americana is out today (stream it in full HERE) and he's just announced a fall tour, part of which is with Patti Smith (Yes it's the Godfather of Grunge together with the Godmother of Punk). That tour brings Neil and Patti to NYC for a show at Madison Square Garden on November 27. Tickets to the MSG show go on sale June 10 at noon with a presale happening Friday, June 8 at 10AM.

Patti Smith also has a new album out today; it's called Banga and it's her first new album of original material since 2004's Trampin'. Check out a stream of the title track below (via Rolling Stone) and a spotify stream of the full album, along with a list of all dates and a video trailer for Neil Young's Americana.

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PS I Love You at SXSW 2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
PS I Love You

today in NYC
* Carioca @ Barbes
* Dither @ The Stone
* Nass Gnawa @ Zebulon
* Casual Hearts @ XPO 929
* Dylan Fest @ Irving Plaza
* People's Champs @ Barbes
* Ski Beatz @ Le Poisson Rouge
* The Dig, Taurus @ Glasslands
* Xray Eyeballs (DJ) @ Manhattan Inn
* Lalah Hathaway @ Highline Ballroom
* Manitoba, The Naked Heroes @ Maxwell's
* Static Summer, Skaters, Threats @ Pianos
* Mike Doughty, Susan Justice @ City Winery
* PS I Love You, Army Girls @ Mercury Lounge
* Soft Spot @ Open Road Rooftop (Rooftop Films)
* John Butcher, Twistycat @ Issue Project Room
* LE1F, Big Baby Gandhi, Lakutis @ Knitting Factory
* Mason-Jam-Ja Band @ Brooklyn Academy of Music
* Stefano Scodanibbio Tribute Concert @ The Stone
* Psychic Ills, PC Worship, Ex Cops @ Death By Audio
* Nels Cline, Julian Lage, Kalabalik @ Le Poisson Rouge
* We Are Scientists, Kuroma, Beach Arabs @ Union Pool
* Traxman, Howse, Octo Octa, Naka Naka, Rezzie @ 285 Kent
* Deviated Instinct, Dresden, Koward, Nomad @ The Acheron
* Soltero, Phantom Buffalo, The Sanctuaries @ The Rock Shop
* The So So Glos, Lost Boy?, Life Size Maps, Big Ups @ 285 Kent
* Bok Bok, Kingdom, Rizzla, Rem Koolhaus @ Santos Party House
* Great Lakes, Frank Smith, Bright Brown, Scrapers @ Union Hall
* The Dearloves, Nathan Xander, Painting Soldiers @ The Gutter
* Hoots & Hellmouth, Tall Heights, Darlingside @ Mercury Lounge
* Dangermuffin, American Babies, Tall Tall Trees @ Brooklyn Bowl
* O'Death, Tim Fite, Gimme Drugs, Chris Lecompte @ Asbury Lanes
* Church of Misery, Rwake, The Gates of Slumber @ Cameo Gallery
* Pedestrian Deposit, Pregnant Spore, Decimus, C. Lavender @ La Sala
* that dog., Kurt Braunohler, Baron Vaughn @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Clear Plastic Masks, Lunic, Flyin Fisch, Isle of Rhodes @ Knitting Factory
* Amen Dunes, Gary War, Highlife, Francisco Franco, Woodsman @ Shea Stadium
* Bad Indians, Scott & Charlene's Wedding, Juan Wauters (of The Beets) @ Cake Shop
* BAIO (DJ), Autobot (DJ), Full Nelson (DJ) @ Le Bain at The Standard
* The Can't Tells, The Denzels, Big Ups, Deathrow Tull, Twitchers, Kung Fu Crime Wave @ Spike Hill
* Simian Mobile Disco, Michael Mayer, Lindstrom, JDH & Dave P, Alex English & Rekles @ Webster Hall

Your movie options for Memorial Day Weekend include Wes Anderson's latest exquisite whimsy Moonrise Kingdom and Men In Black 3, the latter of which has gotten surprisingly good reviews.

A Place to Bury Strangers and Blood Orange both released new videos, and they're oddly similar. Check them out below.

Neil Young & Crazy Horse released their cover of British national anthem, "God Save the Queen," with found footage of the queen herself. Check it out below.

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ACLACL

After teasing us with lineup addictions day by day over the past few days, the full lineup of Austin City Limits 2012 is finally here. Check it out below....

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Neil and Jonathan

Like they did at Sundance, Neil Young and Jonathan Demme will have a chat in NYC at 92Y's Kaufmann Concert Hall on Friday, Jun 8, 2012 at 8 pm....

Join rock legend Neil Young in conversation with acclaimed director Jonathan Demme (Married to the Mob, Rachel Getting Married) and see an excerpt from the forthcoming film Neil Young Journeys, their third collaboration, in which Demme follows Young on a road trip to his hometown in Ontario for the last nights of his world concert tour.
Tickets are still available.

Neil Young & Crazy Horse's new album is out June 5th and they've announced an appearance at Outside Lands in August.

Neil Young Journeys is getting a theatrical release June 29 . Watch some videos below...

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Outside Lands

"Another Planet Entertainment, Superfly Presents and Starr Hill presents, in a partnership with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, are proud to announce the lineup for the fifth annual Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival. The world's only gourmet music festival will once again take place in San Francisco's historic Golden Gate Park August 10 - 12, 2012. Tickets will go on sale Thursday April 19 at 12 noon PDT via www.sfoutsidelands.com. A significant portion of every ticket sold will directly benefit San Francisco's Recreation and Park Department."
Pretty massive lineup for the San Francisco festival this year. Check it out below....

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