Archive for the 'Neil Young' Category

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Dig into this — a wide array of Neil covers from his first decade or so in action. There’s folk rock, funk rock, country rock, yacht rock, pop rock — all kinds of rock. And plenty of other stuff, too. New perspectives on old favorites. Say hello to Mr. Soul.  / t wilcox

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

40 years after the fact, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young are commemorating their massive, cocaine-fueled 1974 tour with a big box set. Sprinkled amidst the group’s tried-and-true warhorses are several unreleased Neil Young songs — “Pushed It Over The End” (which we highlighted here), “Hawaiian Sunrise,” “Traces,” and “Love Art Blues.” All well and good, […]

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

In almost 50 years full of sharp stylistic left turns and confounding career moves, A Letter Home has to be in Neil Young’s top 10 most Neil Young-y moments. In case you missed it, Neil has spent the last year or so heavily promoting PONO, a new digital music delivery system that is allegedly as […]

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Neil Young had a hell of 1970. Let’s review. He kicked off the year with a quick European jaunt with Crosby, Stills & Nash, where they were hailed as “the American Beatles.” In February and March he took Crazy Horse on a tour of U.S. theaters. The band’s mind-splitting onstage powers can be best heard […]

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

In honor of the man’s 68th birthday today, let’s take a listen to a recently surfaced rarity from the summer of ’77. Neil spent much of that year out of the limelight, only to surface with the short-lived Ducks, a band that included former members of Moby Grape. With multiple vocalists and songwriters, this little […]

Monday, October 14th, 2013

“I’d like to start with a kind of a quiet song,” Neil Young mutters, having popped up unannounced at a Leon Redbone/Ry Cooder gig at NYC’s Bottom Line in May of 1974. “It’s called, um … it’s called … ‘Citizen Kane Jr. Blues.’” So begins one of Young’s most famous bootlegs, during which he debuts […]

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Songs poured out of Neil Young during the 1970s at such a rate that he left entire albums unreleased. He’s dipped into his stash regularly over the years, but there are plenty of tunes still gathering dust, waiting for Neil to finish saving the world with his electric car, and to put the finishing touches […]

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

If we’ve learned anything from the music of Joy Division and The Smiths, it’s that the good people of Manchester, England, can handle bleak, uncompromising music. They were certainly given a bracing shot of it on this autumn night in 1973, as Neil Young opened a seven-date tour of the UK. With the Eagles opening […]

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

On paper, American Stars ‘n Bars is Neil Young’s followup to his 1976 album-length collaboration with Stephen Stills, Long May You Run. The truth, as it often is with Young, is more complicated. Having instructed his busdriver to head east to Tennessee and an open airport as Stills and his band made their way in […]