Entries tagged with: Neil Young
Pegi Young & The Survivors are currently out on the road supporting a new release entitled "Bracing For Impact". That tour brought Neil's better half and band to Jimmy Fallon the other night, and has them back in NYC for an early show at Rockwood Music Hall tonight (4/9). Watch the Fallon video with a list of all dates, below...
Crosby, Stills and Nash have an extensive amount of upcoming international tour dates for 2012, including a Northeast run in June which includes dates in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey. None of those shows are in NYC but a few of the NJ shows come pretty close. At the end of the month the band will play Wellmont Theatre on June 26 and 27 in Montclair, Count Basie Theatre on June 29 in Red Bank, and Borgata Spa & Resort on June 30 in Atlantic City. Tickets for the 6/26 and 6/27 Wellmont shows go on sale Friday (3/23) at noon. Ticket info for the other shows is not available yet. All dates are listed below.
Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Americana
In related news, Neil Young, who is not currently acting as a member of CSN(Y), he recently announced the release of Americana (due out June 5), his first album with Crazy Horse members since 2003's Greendale and first with the full band (Billy Talbot, Ralph Molina and Frank "Poncho" Sampedro) since 1996's Broken Arrow. That's the artwork above. The album features reinterpretations of traditional American folk songs including "This Land Is Your Land," "Oh Susannah," "Clementine," "High Flyin' Bird," and "She'll Be Comin' Round The Mountain." A press release explains the album's concept:
"What ties these songs together is the fact that while they may represent an America that may no longer exist," says a press release announcing the new album."The emotions and scenarios behind these songs still resonate with what's going on in the country today with equal, if not greater impact nearly 200 years later. The lyrics reflect the same concerns and are still remarkably meaningful to a society going through economic and cultural upheaval, especially during an election year. They are just as poignant and powerful today as the day they were written."Rolling Stone mentions that though Neil Young and Crazy Horse performed live for the first time since 2004 last month at a Paul McCartney tribute in LA (they played "I Saw Her Standing There"), they have no touring plans. Check out the tracklist below.
All CSN dates and Neil Young tracklist below...
Georgia band Dead Confederate will take on Neil Young's "Tonight's The Night"... tonight (9/22) at Brooklyn Bowl. FREE before 7pm, though note there are two opening bands and the whole show starts at 8pm. If you want to win a free pair of tickets, email your first and last name to BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM with the subject "I want free Dead Confederate tickets". You'll be notified if you win. Dead Confederate play Poppped! Fest in Philly tomorrow.
The B Street Band celebrates Bruce Springsteen's birthday
on a Rocks Off boat at BB KIng's tonight.
Tragedy: A Heavy Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees, who have played Brooklyn Bowl many times, and who have a member who runs Rocks Off, will play Bowery Ballroom on 11/12. Tickets are on AmEx presale now and go on general sale Friday.
Start Making Sense: Talking Heads Tribute play Mercury Lounge on 11/18. Tickets are on sale now.
Buffalo Springfield at Bonnaroo (via WNCX)
Crosby, Stills and Nash's previously mentioned show at Beacon Theatre is sold out. They've since added a second date the next night (8/31) at the same venue which still has tickets available. They also have a show coming up in Mountain View, CA with Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Jason Mraz, The Doobie Brothers, Tom Morello and others to support disaster relief efforts.
Buffalo Springfield (Furay, Stills and Young) went on their first (short) tour since 1968 leading up to a headlining slot at Bonnaroo this year. They told Rolling Stone they'd do a 30-date tour in the fall which would hit LA, NYC, and other cities. The tour, which was still never officially announced, is now postponed until 2012. According to a post on guitarist Richie Furay's facebook:
"For those of you getting excited about the Buffalo Springfield fall tour - word has just come to me that it has been moved to the first of next year," he wrote. "I'm not going to spend a lot time here with details as you speculate among yourselves - there's nothing to speculate about, the tour has simply been moved."Meanwhile, Neil Young wants to work with Justin Vernon. Though the serial-collaborator may be on the verge of slowing down:
"I think the easiest way to explain it is that before, when I had other jobs or whatever, all I ever wanted to do was play music all of the time. So now whenever anything comes along - a Peter Gabriel cover, or recording Hadestown with Anaïs, it's like yes! Of course! And then you get tired, and you think, 'Well, I'd better say no to everything from now on.' But then the Kanye thing happens. Or ... Neil Young called two days ago, and I'm almost like: 'Oh fuck,' because whatever he's going to say I'm going to want to deal with, you know?"Maybe Neil will give Justin a break and collaborate with Taylor Swift, who he is reportedly a fan of, instead.
Updated CSN dates (all three of them) below...
Crosby, Stills & Nash at Jones Beach last year (photo by Buzz Person)
Crosby Stills & Nash will play Beacon Theater on August 30th, their only current tour date before Stephen Stills hits the road for a still-unannounced Buffalo Springfield fall tour. Tickets are currently on fan presale, and go on regular sale Saturday (5/14) at 10AM.
Meanwhile, Crosby-Nash is currently on tour and will play NYC at Town Hall on Saturday (5/14). Tickets are still available. Their May 22nd CT will also be broadcast live on HDNet. Buffalo Springfield, who reunited for Bridge School Benefit in 2010, have announced dates scheduled out West in June, and are playing Bonnaroo the same month.
In related news, Buffalo Springfield member Neil Young, who just swung through town on a solo tour, is the subject of a new DVD documentary which is out on June 21st, Here We Are In The Years. The disc "traces the astonishing musical journey of Neil Young from the day he first heard Elvis to his most recent offerings". Check out a clip from that DVD, alongside all Buffalo Springfield & Crosby-Nash dates, below...
photos by Graeme Flegenheimer
Charles Bradley in LA -- 5/4/2011
Charles Bradley & The Menahan Street Band are in the midst of a whirlwind West Coast tour that includes a date in Oakland on 5/6 which is the same night they'll appear (again) on Carson Daly (they'll be doing "Golden Rule"). Last night (5/4), they played The Echo in Los Angeles and pictures from that show adorn this post.
This week also marks the digital release of Charles Bradley's new soulful cover of the Neil Young classic "Heart of Gold". Released in April as a 45 via Daptone Records (where you can preview it and buy it in both formats now), you can now also get the song on iTunes. Bradley also recently released his album No Time For Dreaming.
After a tour in the EU in June and July, Charles Bradley will return to NYC and play a free, headlining show with The Menahan Street Band in Brooklyn's Fort Greene Park on July 26. Soon after that he head heads to Canada to play Osheaga and Sappy Fest, and in August he returns to California for Outside Lands. Check out all tour dates and more pictures from The Echo below.
"Guitar hero, acoustic balladeer, country bumpkin, grunge pioneer, electronic dabbler: Neil Young has played all these roles in his 45 year career. But at Avery Fisher Hall Sunday night - for the first of two sold-out shows - he melded two into something winningly rare.Bert Jansch opened the show and he does again tonight (4/25). Last night's setlist below...
Appearing alone, as he periodically does, Young roamed between acoustic and electric guitars, as well as piano, pipe organ, and harmonica. But the most interesting pieces found him mashing up two roles he usually keeps apart: solo performer and electric jammer. Some songs that Young might commonly have rendered as full-on band rave-ups with Crazy Horse, like "Ohio" or "Cortez The Killer," he delivered with just a lone, purposely distorted electric guitar." [Daily News]
DOWNLOAD: Black Dub - Last Time (live) (MP3)
It was the official Canadian music-industry consecration of Arcade Fire at this year's edition of the Juno Awards, with the Montreal alt-rockers nabbing four trophies, more than any other artist. Arcade Fire won album of the year for "The Suburbs", group of the year, songwriter of the year ( for "Ready to Start", "We Used To Wait", and "Sprawl II"), and alternative album (also for "The Suburbs").Congrats to Neil Young, Arcade Fire, Caribou, Katy Perry ("Best International Album") and Daniel Lanois on their Juno wins.
The Juno Awards, Canada's music awards, were doled out at a ceremony at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto Sunday (3/27) night, with the show broadcast live on the CTV Network.
The multiple wins for Arcade Fire follow the ultra-hot outfit's recent win for best album at the Grammy Awards, a win that took many by surprise. Shortly after the Grammys, Arcade Fire also won for best international group and international album at the Brit Awards in London.
... Canadian pop star Justin Bieber also won two Junos, for pop album (for "My World 2.0") and the Juno Fan Choice Award. Bieber was in Rotterdam Sunday, on tour, and accepted his awards via pre-taped video acceptance speeches.
Canadian rock icon Neil Young was voted artist of the year, which led him to quip on stage: "What year is this?" Young was also given, as previously announced, the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award and his moving acceptance speech was one of the highlights of the night. On Saturday night, in a non-broadcast ceremony, Young also won for adult alternative album for "Le Noise". Daniel Lanois also won as producer of the year for both "Le Noise" and his own project, the self-titled Black Dub album. -[Variety]
Lanois will head back out on the road with his Black Dub project in May and June. The newly announced set of dates inclues a NYC show at Webster Hall on 6/15 with Rocco DeLuca. Tickets go on AmEx presale at noon on Wed (3/30) with regular sale hitting on Friday.
All dates, all Junow winners and some videos below...
Tickets are now on AmEx presale (through Friday, March 25 @ 10pm) for the two Neil Young shows happening at Lincoln Center's very Fisher Hall in April. Bert Jansch has been announced as the opener.
Neil Young will hit the road solo on April 15th, stopping for two nights at NYC's Avery Fisher Hall along the way. Neil's new album was released towards the end of 2010. His Warner Brothers-affiliated label points out that:
"The eight-song Le Noise, among Young's most critically-embraced albums, is a collaboration between the acclaimed rock icon and musician, songwriter, and multiple Grammy Award-winning producer Daniel Lanois, known for his work with U2, Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel, Brian Eno, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, The Neville Brothers and many others. Le Noise was released by Reprise Records on September 28th, 2010."Keep an eye on Lincoln Center's website for the NYC show tickets. All tour dates are listed below...
Bonnaroo (June 9-12 in Manchester Tennessee) has announced the 2011 lineup (slightly early), and like the rumored Lollapalooza lineup, Eminem is among the headliners. Bonnaroo also has Grammy winners Arcade Fire and the Black Keys, in addition to Lil Wayne, Mumford & Sons, the Strokes, The Decemberists, Florence & the Machine, Girl Talk, Beirut (haven't seen them in a while), and many more. Full list below...
Bettye Lavette at Highline Ballroom (more by Jacob Blickenstaff )
A quick reminder that one of the greatest songwriters of all-time, Neil Young, will be celebrated at Carnegie Hall in two days (2/10) as part of a benefit for music & arts programs of underpriviledged youth. The bill is beyond diverse, featuring The Roots, Nada Surf, Glen Hansard, DeVotchka, J Mascis and Bettye Lavette just to name a few of the twenty+ that are on board. "100% of the net proceeds from this event" will benefit charities like Fixing Instruments for Kids in Schools, Church Street School for Music & Art, The Pinwheel Project, Music Unites, The American Symphony Orchestra and Young Audiences New York, so pick up your tickets with a clear conscious!
Meanwhile, quite a few of the Neil Young-tribute artists have recently been or will be very active. Glen Hansard recently played City Winery and the Doveman show at LPR. Patti Smith & Jesse Smith are scheduled to play the Tibet benefit at Carnegie Hall in March. When Questlove of The Roots isnt going to see Prince or spinning at Brooklyn Bowl, he can be found on Jimmy Fallon. Nada Surf recently played Mercury Lounge and Rock Shop. DeVotchKa will play Highline in March with El Mariachi Bronx. Juliana Hatfield & Evan Dando were just at Maxwell's and the Bell House. J Mascis has his upcoming tour with shows at Mercury Lounge and MHoW.
Ben Ottewell of Gomez plays the Neil Young event and an early solo show at Mercury Lounge the next day.
And last, but certainly not least, Bettye Lavette, besides paying tribute to the great rock'n roll patriarch from the North, also has quite a NYC residency in the spring when she'll set up shop at Cafe Carlyle from 5/24 - 6/3 (no shows on 5/29, 5/30). Ticketing info is forthcoming, but all tour dates, the full Neil Young Tribute lineup and some videos are below...
words & photos by Benjamin Lozovsky
Conor Oberst and crew might have co-opted the Monsters of Folk moniker, but they've only grown to their current size by standing on the shoulders of even larger mythical beings. Two more likely candidates for that title, Bert Jansch and Neil Young, graced the Bell House Wednesday night. The two didn't perform together, but the long-standing connection between the six-string
English Scottish troubadour and the American Canadian highwayman was noticeably present through their music.
Young made the surprise guest appearance as part of his wife Pegi's backing band, the opening act, and kept to the shadows most of the night. Bathed in dark crimson light, he filled in his wife's rollicking, twangy sound with subdued yet accented guitar licks, that unmistakable gritty rhythm style, and on one occasion harmonica. Even in just a supporting role, his focus was impenetrable. When Neil Young raises his guitar neck and dons that irascible stare, it commands attention like a force of nature. Pegi finished off her set with a version of Neil outtake "Doghouse," graciously letting her man share the spotlight as he sang backup and finally splayed out a solo.
But the highlight of the show was Jansch; his complex acoustic ruminations sprang to life like a Celtic fable, and his vocals, softer with age, tranquilly voiced stories that were equally anguished and joyous. For the most part Jansch's newer work blended seamlessly with his old material as one singular vision. The wistful classic "Rosemary Lane" from his eponymous 1971 album never felt out of touch with more recent songs like "My Donald," from 2001's Crimson Moon. That song was about his departed friend, the "hardest man in Scotland" who was both a failed lumberjack and a real whaler. As he told the stories behind his numbers in between songs, he sounded like Michael Caine with a guitar; understated, satirical, and spotlessly adorable. One song he wrote after a series of gigs with maligned rock star Pete Doherty. With deadpan wit, he noted, "I don't think he's allowed in your country."
More pictures from the Bell House show below...
10PM UPDATE: Neil played a set with Pegi. Will he also play with Bert?
NEXT DAY UPDATE: No he didn't play with Bert, and now we have pictures.
After cancelling his string of East Coast shows and a few with Neil Young earlier this year due to complications from lung cancer, Burt Jansch is back out on the road and will play The Bell House on December 15th (tickets) and two shows at Iridium on December 20th (tickets still available for for the 8PM and the 10PM). As with the previous cancelled tour, the Pegi Young Band is out with him, though they drop off before the Iridium dates.
In related news, Neil Young will get the royal treatment at Carnegie Hall on Feb 10th as part of a benefit for Music and Arts Programs for Underprivileged Youth. The show will feature a gang of artists paying tribute to the music of the giant, including Patti Smith, Living Colour, Devotchka, Bettye LaVette, Bebel Gilberto, Aimee Mann, The Roots, Cowboy Junkies, Antibalas, St. Vincent, J Mascis, with "additional artists to be announced". Tickets are on sale.
Full tour dates are below, as well as some video taken the other night at Johnny Brenda's in Philadelphia.
"Buffalo Springfield issued only three studio albums during the influential band's short two years together from 1966-68: "Buffalo Springfield," "Buffalo Springfield Again" and "Last Time Around."The reunited Buffalo Springfield played both nights of this year's Bridge School Benefit, as did Pearl Jam and the slightly less established Grizzly Bear, whose only other show since their August Governors Island gig, was their September Hollywood Bowl show with Phoenix and Girls. In fact, Grizzly Bear only played eight North American shows in 2010. The other four were Coachella, Lollapalooza, Dickinson Colleage, and Williamsburg Waterfront with Band of Horses.
All indications going into the group's reunion performances last month for Neil Young's annual Bridge School benefit concerts in Northern California seemed to suggest that the operative album title for this latter-day get-together was going to be "Last Time Around."
However, "Buffalo Springfield Again" might be the more fitting choice, as Pop & Hiss is hearing rumblings of some additional performances next year, possibly even a summer tour. (It wouldn't come as a big surprise to any of those who were on hand to witness the joy the group members appeared to be having being in one another's company once again.)
It had been 42 years since Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay last performed together as Buffalo Springfield before they reunited for the Bridge School event, which benefits the Northern California institution that serves severely disabled students and their families. Young and his wife, Pegi, have been staging the annual benefits for 24 years now, and their son, Ben, has been a Bridge School student. (The other two original band members, bassist Bruce Palmer and drummer Dewey Martin, died in 2004 and 2009, respectively.)
Their set included such Springfield touchstone numbers as "Mr. Soul," "Rock and Roll Woman," "For What It's Worth (Stop, Hey, What's That Sound)," "Kind Woman," "Bluebird," "Go and Say Goodbye" and "Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing."" [LA TIMES]
Back in 2007, Grizzly Bear headlined a tour with Beach House and Papercuts (it hit Bowery Ballroom). In 2008, Papercuts opened for Beach House on a tour again, but that time Beach House was the headliner (it hit Bowery Ballroom). And now it has been announced that it will in fact be Papercuts who heads out on the road with Beach House in 2011. Tickets for the Webster Hall show go on sale at noon (though you can still also buy them through the presale with a sweatshirt).
No new Buffalo Springfield, Grizzly Bear, Beach House or Papercuts dates to report, though the latter two's tour is reposted, with some videos, below...
"Neil Young. The Boss. Willow Smith's "Whip My Hair". A classic American ballad is born." The video from Tuesday night's Bruce Sprinfsteen-filled episode of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, below...
The release isn't that far removed from the recent motorcycle accident which sidelined Black Dub in early summer:
Daniel Lanois says he is lucky to be alive following a motorcycle crash last month in Los Angeles in which he suffered six broken bones, a cracked pelvis and internal bleeding around his right lung. "I was on my bike with a friend of mine on the back and a guy coming the other way decided to turn in front of me into a variety store," says Lanois, who has produced albums for U2 and Bob Dylan. "I veered to miss him, but I hit an industrial box on the sidewalk going 35 miles per hour. I blacked out and when I came to I was laying on my back in the parking lot and people were telling me 'don't move.' Then they hauled me away to a hospital and I had to lay there like a vegetable for three weeks." -[Rolling Stone]Good to hear he's up and at it, and also back in the producer's chair, like he was for the upcoming Neil Young LP, Le Noise:
Yes, it's true...Neil Young is releasing brand-new solo album, Le Noise, Sept 28th on Reprise Records. The eight-song album is a collaboration between the acclaimed rock icon and musician/songwriter/producer Daniel Lanois, known for his work with U2, Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel, Brian Eno, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, The Neville Brothers and many others....Some pretty harsh guitar tones on that record, which you can stream in full at NPR now. Neil Young is prepping to reunite with his old band Buffalo Springfield at the end of next month.
Recorded in Lanois' home in the Silverlake area of Los Angeles, Le Noise features Young on acoustic and electric guitars with Lanois adding his trademark sonic textures, creating one of the most sonically arresting albums Young has ever recorded. No band, no overdubs, just "a man on a stool and me doing a nice job on the recording," as Lanois puts it.
All Black Dub dates, as well as some new Neil Young videos are below...
Neil Young is going on a tour of the Gulf Coast (aka Florida & MS) in September:
Music legend Neil Young will perform several shows in the Gulf Coast in September to aid residents affected by the oil spill. Young has teamed up with his friend John Tyson, chairman of Tyson Foods, Inc., which will donate 100,000 pounds of chicken products to be distributed to the Bay Area Food Bank. Tyson will deliver four truckloads of chicken, the equivalent of almost 400,000 meals, to the Bay Area Food Bank, which serves Central Gulf Coast communities in Alabama, Florida, and Mississippi.Bert Jansch will support Neil on all of those dates which are listed below.
Young is also asking concert-goers to bring non-perishable food items, which will be given to the food bank. All proceeds from the sale of unique, limited-edition Neil Young t-shirts, available only at the concerts, will also be donated to the food bank.
The hunger relief effort is the result of the long-standing friendship between Young and Tyson. "Millions of people who live along the Gulf Coast struggle with hunger and the economic impact of the oil spill has only made matters worse," Young says. "I appreciate the willingness of John Tyson and his company to get involved by helping the regional food bank help feed those in need. We both encourage concert-goers to spend money locally and support local business."
After supporting Neil, Bert will then play a series of more intimate shows with Pegi Young. That run kicks off October 6th at the Bell House in Brooklyn. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday at noon. All dates below...
As far as new records...
"Bert's latest studio album was 2006's highly acclaimed The Black Swan which was greeted with accolades worldwide. Last year (2009) Drag City brought out the long-awaited first time CD releases of the three albums Bert recorded in the 1970s for The Famous Charisma Label: The seminal LA Turnaround, Santa Barbara Honeymoon and A Rare Conundrum. These most sought after albums in Bert's catalog had been out of print for decades and had never been available on CD before. We also reissued them in handsome new vinyl packages. Bert is currently working on new material so stay tuned!" - Drag CitySome videos and all dates below...
Three videos from last night's episode of Fallon, below...
DOWNLOAD: Peter Gabriel - Flume (Bon Iver cover) (MP3)
Peter Gabriel's new record Scratch My Back is an all-cover, orchestra-backed collection of songs from Bowie's "Heroes" to Arcade Fire's "My Body Is a Cage." There's also a Bon Iver cover, a soft-spoken take on "Flume," which you can get above (full track list below). The record is described as "the first part of a series of song exchanges in which Peter and other leading artists reinterpret each others songs." It comes out in UK/Europe on February 15th (through EMI), in Canada on February 16th (through Universal Music) and in the US on March 2nd through Gabriel's own Real World Records.
Gabriel's album-supporting tour is short and sweet. He plays three European cities in March, then there are three North American stops - one night in L.A. and Montreal, and two nights at New York's Radio City Music Hall on May 2nd and 3rd. Tickets go on AmEx presale Sunday, Febraury 7th. General sale starts Tuesday, February 16th at 10am. For all the dates, he'll have a 54-piece orchestra in tow.
In other rock legends playing Radio City news, tickets go on general sale Friday for a show Ringo Starr and his All Star Band are playing at the venue in July.
Full Peter Gabriel tracklist w/ album art, an audio interview with Peter about the album, and tour dates, below...
Eclectic rocker Neil Young, who has made no secret of his disdain for the Grammys, finally won a coveted trophy on Sunday for the first time in a career spanning almost 50 years.Kings of Leon won three. MGMT won none. Loudon Wainwright, Steve Earle, Levon Helm, Steve Martin (bluegrass), and Michael J Fox all won Grammys. Phoenix won for best Alternative Music Album. David Byrne & Brian Eno's CD won for 'Recording Package'. Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Les Paul and Michael Jackson were honored. Stephen Colbert won in the comedy category which came later in the show than his iPad bit. Video of that with the full list of winners below...
Fittingly, the Canadian singer/songwriter was honored for a long-delayed boxed set collecting more than 120 tracks from his early days.
"Neil Young Archives Vol. 1 (1963-1972)" won the Grammy for best art direction on a boxed or special limited-edition package. Young, 64, shared the award with fellow art directors Gary Burden and Jenice Heo.
"Thanks a lot, everybody," Young said as he accepted his statuette.
He also competed for best solo rock vocal Grammy but lost to Bruce Springsteen, whose career total rose to 20.
On Friday he was honored by the music industry at its annual MusiCares charity fundraiser in recognition of his annual concerts for the Bridge School for disabled children.
The 10-disc "Archives" boxed set has been in the works for years, with Young frequently delaying its release so that technology could catch up with his vision. It boasts studio and live tracks, demos, outtakes and other rarities, as well as videos and the first digital release of his directing debut, "Journey Through the Past."
Fans have the choice of three configurations: CD, DVD and Blu-ray -- the most expensive at more than $200. [Reuters]
DOWNLOAD: Deerhunter - Carve Your Initials Into the Walls of the Night (mediafire)
Atlas Sound @ MHOW in October (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
It's one of two dates currently booked for the group. The other is a February 26th show in San Francisco.
Over the weekend (12/12), Bradford posted a 2005 Deerhunter CD-R, Carve Your Initials Into the Walls of the Night, as a free download on his blog. He writes: "It features only me and Moses and is very experimental in nature. This was during our "tape phase" when we would often play shows as a duo (or as a trio with colin) playing only tape machines and vocal loops." The recording is linked above. Its tracklist, more info, Bradford's favorite albums of 2009, and tour dates below...
Phosphorescent & Willie Nelson @ Farm Aid 2009 (Ebet Roberts, Farm Aid)
Neil Young - "Stop Factory Farms" @ Farm Aid 2009 (Matt Edson, Farm Aid)
Farm Aid finally planted its deep seeds in St. Louis for the first time Sunday, with the big benefit event unfolding all day at a sold-out Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.Wilco and Phosphorescent were also on Sunday's bill. As you can see above, Phos even shared a stage with his hero Willie (who he made a tribute album for). If you want to watch the whole event, it seems to just be continually streaming at Farm Aid's website. A few YouTubes from Neil Young's set below...
It was a long day of messages -- just say "no" to factory farming and "yes" to family farming. The point couldn't be stressed enough, it seemed, whether via the interactive Homegrown Village area, the concessions, the PA system on the concourse and the performers from the stage.
"We want our farms back," said rock icon Neil Young at the top of his set. Later, he said: "I hope you're enjoying Farm Aid. We'd enjoy it more if you'd give us some money."
But it was the music, not the messages necessarily, that packed the joint, the wall-to-wall rock and country music. And Farm Aid overflowed with it, culminating in headliners Willie Nelson, Young, Dave Matthews and John Mellencamp, all Farm Aid board members. [St Louis Dispatch]
Jack White returns this week with Horehound from yet another band on his resume, The Dead Weather (where he is joined by The Kills' Alison Mosshart). Promotions for this album have been running high with a Third Man Records store even opening in NYC for two days, and a 'takeover' of online radio station WOXY by the band. You can listen to their one hour set from Monday HERE.
Remastered albums from Neil Young (After the Gold Rush, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, Harvest (remastered), Neil Young) and the Rolling Stones (A Bigger Bang (remastered), Bridges to Babylon, Dirty Work, Steel Wheels, Voodoo Lounge) highlight the week's reissues, along with a remastered edition of the Beastie Boys' Ill Communication (complete with bonus disc).
What new music can you recommend this week? What's on your shopping list? Have I left any interesting releases off the list?