Archive for the 'Neil Young' Category

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 […]

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Coming on the heels of the vexing Americana comes Neil Young & Crazy Horse’s second album of 2012, the double disc Psychedelic Pill. And it’s a doozie. Longtime fans of ol’ Shakey have begun, in recent years, to resemble battered wives. High ticket prices, ludicrous marketing antics, terrible records, and the kind of vanity projects […]

Monday, September 24th, 2012

“I’d like to do this song for Rodan the Flying Monster,” announces Neil Young towards the end of the opening acoustic set on this excellent audience tape. The song that follows is a mellow rendition of the chart-topping “Heart of Gold“. But Neil obviously had Japanese monsters in mind this evening: he returns for the […]

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Next to Buddy Miles version of “Down By The River,” this is one of the stronger explorations of Neil Young’s work in the vein of soul/r&b. Culled from the 1971 album Givin’ It Back, the Brothers set the tone with a military drum cadence before sliding in nice and slow. Working up a medley between […]