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Neil YoungI haven't heard Neil Young's 8-CD box set Neil Young Archives, Vol. 1: 1963-1972 yet, but this could be my favorite box set of 2009 with over 40 previously unreleased tracks.

Young isn't the only veteran rocker with a release this week, Elvis Costello drops Secret, Profane and Sugarcane this week as well.

Aside from the Neil Young box set and the Elvis Costello disc, the week abounds with worthwhile releases. From what has already been sent my way, I can recommend Cass McCombs' Catacombs, Diane Birch's Bible Belt, Girl in a Coma's Trio B.C., Patrick Wolf's The Bachelor (which very well may make my year-end favorite albums list), and The Sounds' Crossing the Rubicon.

What new music can you recommend this week? What's on your shopping list? Did I miss any releases?

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Neil YoungNeil Young's ode to his electric car, Fork in the Road hits store shelves today. I'm not enamored with this album, but it does whet my appetite for the 8-CD box set coming June 2nd, Neil Young Archives Volume I (1963 - 1972).

I am still in love with the new Micachu release, Jewellery, which sees its U.S. release today.

Other albums I have already heard and can recommend include Bat for Lashes' Two Suns, Bob Mould's Life and Times, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone's Vs. Children, Doves' Kingdom of Rust, The Hold Steady's live album A Positive Rage, Richard Swift's The Atlantic Ocean, Superchunk's Leaves In The Gutter EP, The Thermals' Now We Can See, and The Veils' Sun Gangs.

The Score! 20 Years of Merge Records compilation features bands covering their favorite songs from the Merge Records catalog. The star studded list of contributors includes Ryan Adams, Okkervil River, the Mountain Goats, Bright Eyes, and many more talented artists.

The Beastie Boys' remastered Check Your Head (complete with bonus disc) is out today. Two Siouxsie and the Banshees remastered albums, Hyaena and Tinderbox round out the week's notable reissues.

What new releases can you recommend? Have I left anything off the list?

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Whos the boss

"I can reveal veteran rockers NEIL YOUNG and BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN will join ageing Brit-poppers BLUR as bill-toppers at next year's event.

Ticket sales for the most recent bash were the slowest in years.

It was even feared that the event would not sell-out for the first time in its 38-year history.

Many people pointed the finger of blame squarely at the line-up, which was devoid of any truly legendary acts. But now it looks like Somerset native Eavis has come up with the goods in spectacular fashion." [The Sun] (thx Hiro)

Blur have also confirmed another show in the UK in July, and people are wondering if they will play Coachella. Bruce Springsteen is also rumored to play Bonnaroo. Neil Young recently played two nights @ MSG in NYC.

photos by Paul Searing

hugs @ MSG in NYC - Dec 16, 2008
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[Wilco] were no match for Mr. Young and crew: Mr. Keith, the bassist Rick Rosas, the keyboardist-guitarist Anthony Crawford and especially the drummer Chad Cromwell, whose time feel suggested the perfect blend of slouch and surge. Mr. Crawford sang background vocals with Pegi Young, Mr. Young's wife, sounding strong on standards like "Cinnamon Girl" and fine on chugging new fare like "When Worlds Collide."
[NY Times @ night one]
Neil Young, Wilco and Everest played their second of two shows in a row at MSG in NYC last night (12/16). Neil's setlist on night two was almost the same, if not exactly the same, as it was the night earlier.

Wilco (including Jeff Tweedy), Jeff Tweedy's son and Everest joined Neil at the end of the pre-encore set to help sing the chorus of Rockin in the Free World. The tour ended with hugs all around (see above). Some more pictures (kindly submitted by Paul Searing), and the setlist, below...

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Neil Young @ MSG, NYC - Dec 15, 2008 (penfifteenclub)
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Neil Young, Wilco and Everest played their first of two shows together at Madison Square Garden in NYC last night (12/15). They do it again tonight. Neil's set list from last night, below...

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When Worlds Collide

Over Christmas 2008 and New Year 2009, [Crowded House's] Neil Finn has invited the core band from his 2001 Seven Worlds Collide project, plus some other special guests, to create a new album at Roundhead studios in Auckland, New Zealand.

Guests confirmed so far are Radiohead's Phil Selway and Ed O'Brien, legendary guitarist Johnny Marr, founder member of The Smiths and current member of US alternate rock innovators Modest Mouse, Soul Coughing's Sebastian Steinberg, multi-instrumentalist Lisa Germano, Wilco members Jeff Tweedy, John Stirratt, Glenn Kotche and Pat Sansone, Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall, along with NZ musicians Liam Finn, Don McGlashan and Bic Runga. All proceeds from this very special recording will go to support the continuing great work of Oxfam International.

There will also be a short series of intimate and informal live performances in New Zealand at Auckland's Powerstation on 5, 6 and 7 January 2009.

Wilco kick off their tour-ending two night run with Neil Young at Madison Square Garden tonight (Monday, December 15th).

Everest opens both shows. Everest frontman Russell Pollard's wife's band The Watson Twins (like Everest's album and) play Town Hall in NYC in February.

Neil YoungI have been streaming Neil Young's Sugar Mountain - Live At Canterbury House 1968 at NPR for the past week or so, and am looking forward to watching the accompanying DVD of the performance that catches Young in an early solo performance. This disc also has me eagerly awaiting the next installment in the Neil Young Archives Performance Series.

Aside from the Neil Young live disc, I only plan to pick up the import version of Mark Olsen & Gary Louris's Ready for the Flood, the reunion of the Jayhawks members, while rummaging through the bargain bins and finishing my holiday shopping.

What new releases can you recommend? What music are you giving as holiday presents?

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bridge by fox creek (?) on the road to dawson city (kat cruickshank)
Rust Never Sleeps

Neil Young, Wilco & Everest @ Madison Square Garden, NYC
Dec 15, 2008 - sold out?
Dec 16, 2008 - Neil Young presale NOW, Wilco presale NOW, TM presale THU
(thx MB)

Wilco @ Baltimore Virgin Fest (more by Bao Nguyen)
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The August 12 appearance of the alternative rock band Wilco at Tanglewood has been the subject of numerous articles in and letters to The Berkshire Eagle. Guido's Fresh Marketplace would like your readership to know about our experience with Wilco.

Wilco connected with Guido's when our B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Bag) program caught the band's attention. In our stores, using one's own bags enters customers into monthly Guido's gift certificate raffles. Wilco donated 1,000 custom-printed, reusable cloth tote bags to be liberally distributed to shoppers in both store locations. Winners of the July B.Y.O B. raffle were given premium shed tickets to the Wilco performance. A generous number of Wilco at Tanglewood lawn tickets were made available for our customers and were given away at in-store events.

Wilco's popular music brought a large, youthful audience to Tanglewood. This enthusiastic crowd enjoyed a hugely successful concert while also benefiting the local economy through increased tourism.

Wilco has come and gone in Berkshire County, leaving a solid win-win aftermath: satisfied fans, a boosted local economy, and Wilco cloth totes as souvenirs to use for years to come. We appreciate Wilco's willingness to engage local independent businesses in their promotional efforts. We look forward to the appearance of like-minded performers at Tanglewood in the future!

MATTHEW MASIERO (Richmond) & CHRIS MASIERO (Lenox)
The authors are the co-owners of Guido's Fresh Marketplace in Pittsfield and Great Barrington
[Berkshire Eagle Online]

Tickets for Wilco & Neil Young's December 15th MSG show go on sale today @ 10 AM. All tour dates HERE.

Neil Young (cred)
Neil Young

Tickets for the December 15th Madison Square Garden show go on "presale" (again) Friday at 10AM (password = oboe) (thx Neilson & Chris).

Human HighwayHuman Highway

We are very proud to announce the debut release from Toronto's Human Highway, a duo featuring Islands' frontman Nick Thorburn, alongside seminal Canadian songwriter, Jim Guthrie, entitled "Moody Motorcycle."

To celebrate the album's release, courtesy of the good folks at Suicide Squeeze Records, the band has announced their first ever live performances for the lucky few in the New York Metropolitan area. Appearing as co-headliners w/ Harper Simon, Thorburn and Guthrie will bring Human Highway, for the first time ever, to New York's Cake-Shop on Monday, September 15th, and the lovely Joe's Pub on Tuesday, September 16th.

Joe's Pub tickets don't seem to be available as of the time I'm writing this. Cake Shop probably won't have advance tix.

Stream the entire Human Highway album on their MySpace. The tracklist is below.

"Human Highway" is also "a 1982 comedy film starring and co-directed by Neil Young under his pseudonym Bernard Shakey." Neil Young also just announced some shows.

Nick Thorburn's other band Islands is playing a NYC show on August 23rd.

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Live Nation announced today that music icon Neil Young will embark on a North American tour commencing October 14th in St. Paul, Minnesota and continuing for eight weeks, culminating at New York's Madison Square Garden on December 15th. The new tour comes on the heels of Young's hugely successful 2008 European tour that brought him before audiences in 14 countries over the course of three months...

...The concerts will feature Young with the same band that so ably backed him in Europe -- Ben Keith, Rick Rosas, Chad Cromwell, Anthony Crawford and Pegi Young. Song sets are expected to be eclectic, featuring both newer material and classic Neil Young hits. Death Cab For Cutie and Everest will support dates from October 14 through November 5; Wilco and Everest are on the bill for dates starting November 29 through the tour's conclusion, with the exception of the December 9 Chicago date which will feature (TBD) and Everest in support.

All shows for this tour will be general admission floor with reserved seating in the stands. General admission tickets will be prices at $75.00 with reserved stand tickets ranging in price from $45.00 to $250.00 (plus all applicable service charges).

That means NYC gets Wilco. MSG tickets go on sale September 15th. Other dates go on sale even sooner. Death Cab's next NYC show is at Radio City Music Hall. Wilco's last NYC show was at McCarren Pool. Neil Young's last NYC shows were at United Palace. All Neil Young tour dates below...

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Neil Young spider

An East Carolina University biologist, Jason Bond, discovered a new species of trapdoor spider and opted to call the arachnid after his favorite musician, Canadian Neil Young, naming it Myrmekiaphila neilyoungi.

"There are rather strict rules about how you name new species," Bond said in a statement.

"As long as these rules are followed you can give a new species just about any name you please. With regards to Neil Young, I really enjoy his music and have had a great appreciation of him as an activist for peace and justice." [Reuters]

In slightly older news, Neil Young to release Archives volume one on Blu-ray

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Mobius BandMobius Band

Brooklyn/Massachusetts-based trio Mobius Band is not unfamiliar with the EP format. They produced four separate EP's before their first LP, "The Loving Sounds of Static," was released in 2005. Now, on the heels of the bands sophomore LP "Heaven" comes a new twist on an old theme - a free covers EP of love songs recorded in Massachusetts, and just in time for you and your sweetie (or perhaps your ex) to celebrate Valentine's Day.
Mobius Band leave on a tour of Europe with Editors next week. Those dates below...

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Neil YoungCinnamon Girl: Women Artists Cover Neil Young for Charity is my personal favorite release of the week for the following three reasons: I am a huge Neil Young fan; women with guitars make me weak; and all proceeds from the album go toward a great cause. Casting for Recovery is a national non-profit support and educational program for women who have or have had breast cancer. Stream some of the tracks at the album's MySpace page. The whole tracklisting is below.

British Sea Power returns with Do You Like Rock Music?, its most accessible album yet. Robert Pollard fans can pick up his latest album, Superman Was a Rocker. Look Mexico releases a collection of two EPs and b-sides, The Crucial Collection

Interesting reissues include three discs by Athens' Japancakes: Down the Elements, If I Could See Dallas and Japancakes: The Sleepy Strange

What new releases you picking up this week? What can you recommend? Have I left anything worthwhile off the list?

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Neil Young paintingsNeil Young paintings

Two down. Four to go. The above paintings are a sample of what Neil will be auctioning off for charity.

by Eric M. Townsend

Neil Young @ United Palace

Due to a last minute fire inspection and electrical problems inside the venue that began around 4pm on Wednesday fans were stuck waiting outside in the cold for nearly 2 hours before they were let inside the venue. The roughly 3,000 people stretched blocks around the side of the theater under a fairly underwhelming police presence (the crowd photo is of the fans waiting). Once inside the venue they announced that the opener, Neil's wife Peggi, was allowing Neil to just get straight into his set which still began nearly 45 minutes later than scheduled. The NYFD maintained a strong presence throughout the show and Neil cracked a few jokes at the NYPD’s expense saying that everything was hopefully under control as long as he did not catch on fire.

Neil Young @ United Palace

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Neil Young is a notorious control freak, as he joked during Thursday's show. And he wasn't kidding. Fans walking into the Orpheum Theatre were given a small slip of paper informing them when, exactly, they could consume a beer. (During the opening act was fine, but not when Young took the stage.)

A pre-show announcement requested quiet and no shouted-out requests. Young had carefully developed his playlist, the voice said over the P.A. Please respect the artist. [The Boston Globe]

Neil Young plays the first of six NYC shows at United Palace tonight (Dec 12). Tickets were expensive, and some people will be standing. The first half of his sets are solo acoustic. The second half is electric with a band. Get there early if you want to get drunk? ha. Details on some paintings Neil will be selling to benefit the Bridge School, below....

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Cinammon Girl"Standing room" tickets have been released for all six NYC Neil Young shows. They cost $75, but they come with a "free" copy of Chrome Dreams II - Harp Magazine's 9th favorite album of the year.

"Cinnamon Girl" is an all-women Neil Young tribute CD that's coming out in February for charity. Tracklist below....

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Miracle Fortress @ the 2007 Polaris Awards (CRED)
Miracle Fortress

Miracle Fortress, Sunset Rubdown, Basia Bulat, Handsome Furs, The Acorn, The Besnard Lakes, Tokyo Police Club, Patrick Watson, The Weakerthans, Land of Talk and Neil Young are among the list of 33 hot Canadian bands this year. In related news, Jessie from Miracle Fortress recently left a message about their recent problem at the border....

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They said it was "final" when it was the fifth show. Now they say this sixth one is the final one too.Neil Young

Neil Young @ United Palace in NYC, 2007
Dec 12 - sold out
Dec 13 - sold out
Dec 15 - sold out
Dec 16 - sold out
Dec 18 - sold out
Dec 19 - tickets on sale Mon Oct 29 @ 10am
TICKET PRICES: $186.00, $106.00, $86.00, & $61.00
Listen to four new songs. More tour dates here.