Video: Neil Young – “Hitchhiker” From Hitchhiker, out now on Reprise Records. This is the second animated video Neil has released to promote Hitchhiker. We already covered the first one, but this album is really holding up as one of the greatest gems from the Neil Young Archives. It’s such an immediate, intimate, intense collection. … Continue reading New Neil Young video: Hitchhiker
Video: Neil Young – “Powderfinger” From Hitchhiker, out now on Reprise Records. Hitchhiker is an incredible album, and I’m frankly shocked that Neil Young has let it out into the world. In Shakey, Jimmy McDonough revealed that Neil would sometimes hold back the “best” version of a song because it was “too real.” I could … Continue reading New Neil Young video: Powderfinger
It must have been fun to work at Warner/Reprise in 1969. There were so many great groups on their roster: Joni Mitchell, Van Dyke Parks, Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, the Kinks, the Grateful Dead… They were the cool label. Selling those records to all the hip kids must have been a piece of cake. Or … Continue reading Great ideas in record label marketing: Free Dirt
If I am being honest, I am just as guilty as anyone—maybe more so. I see “legacy” acts touring and think, “Why bother? They can’t be as good as in their prime.” Sometimes I’ve been proven right when a band that hasn’t spoken in 20 years gets together for a tour only to realize they … Continue reading Live: Graham Nash in Portland
While the idea that artists can make music that is not what people, fans, mainly, think or expect them to make and yet that music has as much validity as anything that they may have previously recorded or performed raised in this recent entry about Elvis Costello, it has come to my attention that this … Continue reading Songs, Law Suits & Sundaes
Video: Neil Young & Crazy Horse – “Oh Susannah” I love Neil, but my biggest issue with him lately is that ever since his longtime producer David Briggs died in 1995 Neil has favored a spontaneous type of songwriting and recording that has all but buried any sense of craftsmanship. Neil’s best moments have always … Continue reading New Neil Young and Crazy Horse video: Oh Susanna
“The world can be split into two camps: people that like Neil Young and people that don’t. And the people that don’t are fucking idiots. Mind you, I wish he’d spend more than a week making an album.” –Noel Gallagher, Mojo Magazine, September 2011
Watch “Walk With Me,” “Love And War,” and “Hitchhiker” from the new album.
Aww yeah, Neil’s getting weird again. The first taste of Le Noise.
Handpicked selection of the best recent mp3s from Pitchfork.