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30 Sep

Last night, Neil Young with Crazy Horse headlined the Global Citizen Festival in New York’s Central Park. When it came time for the band to close the show with Young’s “Kep On Rockin’ In The Free World,” they’d welcome all of the performers from earlier in the night: Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, Band of Horses and K’naan. Watch the video below and head over to to find out how you can help support gender equality, primary education, environmental sustainability all throughout the world.

30 Sep

Le Noise Film — a 38-minute black and white film of eight live-in-studio performances every song on Neil Young’s brand-new album Le Noise — is now available for your viewing pleasure.


In addition to the performances, there is also personal introduction by Young himself, along with behind-the-scenes clips from album producer, Daniel Lanois, and more. The performances, shot by filmmaker Adam CK Vollick, feature Young on acoustic and electric guitars at Lanois’ home studio in Silverlake, CA, where Young and Lanois recorded Le Noise.

Neil Young just released his 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.

Young has just wrapped up his Gulf Coast tour, in which he teamed up with Tyson Foods to fight hunger in communities affected by the April oil spill.
He will appear at Farm Aid at Miller Park in Milwaukee, WI, on October 2nd, and will reunite with Buffalo Springfield members Stephen Stills and Richie Furay for this year’s Bridge School Benefit concerts.

The shows, which also feature Pearl Jam, Elton John and Leon Russell, Elvis Costello, Lucinda Williams, and others, will take place at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA, on October 23rd and 24th.

Le Noise Track Listing:

Walk With Me
Sign of Love
Rescue Me
Love And War
Angry World
Peaceful Valley Boulevard


28 Sep

Yes, it’s true…Neil Young is releasing brand-new solo album, Le Noise, today, 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.

Young and Lanois have crossed paths musically over the course of many years (Lanois’ performances at Young’s Bridge School Benefit Concert and Young’s performance at Farm Aid when Lanois was Willie Nelson’s music director) but this is the first time the two have recorded together.


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.

“Neil was so appreciative of the sonics that we presented to him,” Lanois says. “He walked in the door and I put an acoustic guitar into his hands — one that I had been working on to build a new sound. That’s the multi-layered acoustic sound that you hear on the songs ‘Love and War’ and ‘Peaceful Valley Boulevard.’

I wanted him to understand that I’ve spent years dedicated to the sonics in my home and that I wanted to give him something he’d never heard before.

He picked up that instrument, which had everything — an acoustic sound, electronica, bass sounds — and he knew as soon as he played it that we had taken the acoustic guitar to a new level. It’s hard to come up with a new sound at the back end of 50 years of rock and roll, but I think we did it.”




Le Noise Track Listing:

Walk With Me
Sign of Love
Rescue Me
Love And War
Angry World
Peaceful Valley Boulevard


22 Feb

Neil Young Trunk Show – a concert film starring Neil Young – will be released on Blu-Ray and DVD by Reprise Records later this year. The film is the second in director Jonathan Demme‘s planned trilogy about the legendary rocker. Demme also directed the 2006 Young documentary Heart of Gold. Following that film’s premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Rolling Stone called it “an unconscious, raw, in-the-moment concert movie that respects the immediacy of creativity and the creator.”

Shot on hand-held HDCam, HDV, and Super-8mm cameras, Neil Young Trunk Show features scenes from two shows that Young performed at the historic Tower Theater in Upper Darby, PA, on his 2007 Chrome Dreams II theater tour. Fans are treated to acoustic and electric tracks that span his entire songbook, including rarely performed songs like “Mexico,” “Kansas,” and “The Sultan,” the classics “Cinnamon Girl,” “Cowgirl in the Sand,” and “After the Gold Rush,” and more recent work including “The Believer,” and an astonishing 20 minute version of “No Hidden Path.” The film also features some offstage and behind-the-scenes footage. Demme’s film credits include the Oscar-winning dramas Philadelphia and Silence of the Lambs, and the more recent Rachel Getting Married.

Theatrical screenings of Neil Young Trunk Show will be held across the country for one week beginning on March 19th. A list of cities and theaters is below. Watch the trailer here:

Beginning Mar 19:

New York, NY – Sunshine Cinema

Los Angeles, CA – Nuart Theatre

Cambridge, MA – Kendall Square Cinema

Detroit, MI – Maple Art Theatre

Philadelphia, PA – Ritz

Seattle, WA – Landmark Theaters

San Francisco, CA – Landmark Theaters

Berkeley, CA – Landmark Theaters

Chicago, IL – Music Box Theatre

Washington, DC – E Street Cinema

Denver, CO – Chez Artiste

Beginning Mar 26:

Portland, OR – Cinema 21

Minneapolis, MN – Landmark Cinema

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24 Jan

On Friday night January 23rd, Conan O Brien hosted his last episode of the Tonight Show. Only seven months after taking over the show from Jay Leno, Conan will be stepping down (with a multimillion dollar offer, let’s not feel too bad for the guy). For his final show, Conan had Neil Young on as his musical guest who performed “Long May You Run.” Will Ferrell led an all star performance of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Freebird” featuring ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Ben Harper (this guy’s on every show lately!), Beck, and even Mr. O’ Brien on guitar. Oh yes, and a return of the cowbell. We’ll miss you Conan but we look forward to your return. Check out the music performances as well as Conan’s farewell speech below:

Neil Young – “Long May You Run”

Conan’s Farewell Speech

Will Ferrell and Conan – “Freebird”

28 Nov

Every year, Neil and Pegi Young host the non-profit Bridge School Concert, benefiting the unique learning complex which assists children with severe physical impairments and challenging communication needs. The first was held in 1986, and the event is known as a totally unique musical event. Over the years the line-up of participants reads like a history of rock & roll.

Three years ago, Apple’s iTunes began offering live recordings from these legendary shows, and the first three volumes feature some of the most popular musical artists in the world. Since the concerts are basically acoustic presentations, the performers perform versions of some of their biggest songs like they never have before. It has turned the Bridge School Concerts into a yearly highlight, and offers a chance to hear truly original performances.

Volume IV, 22-track collection of live performances is available digitally at iTunes now and features a wide range of artists including John Mellencamp, Josh Groban, Trent Reznor, John Mayer, Tom Waits & Kronos Quartet, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ministry, My Morning Jacket, Norah Jones, Tegan & Sara, Death Cab for Cutie and Band of Horses.

As always, the proceeds from the iTunes digital downloads will be donated to the Bridge School, where one of the thrusts of their learning program is the use of advanced augmentative and alternative communication systems and assistive technology. Over the history of the concerts since 1986, some of the most exciting and surprising performances of live music have become a hallmark of the shows, and most of them are now available for the world to hear and purchase.

The Bridge School Collection, Vol. 4 BUY IT NOW

1) Ministry – Here They Come – 11/2/94

2) Ministry – Paisley – 11/2/94

3) John Mellencamp – Jackie Brown – 10/29/05

4) Jerry Lee Lewis – Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On -10/30/05

5) Trent Reznor – Fragile – 10/22/06

6) Trent Reznor – Hurt – 10/22/06

7) John Mayer – Heart Of Life – 10/27/07

8. John Mayer – Waiting On The World – 10/27/07

9) Regina Spektor – Ain’t No Cover – 10/27/07

10) My Morning Jacket – Gideon – 10/28/07

11) My Morning Jacket – Just One Thing – 10/28/07

12) Tegan & Sara – Dark Come Soon – 10/28/07

13) Tegan & Sara – Like Oh, Like H – 10/28/07

14) Tom Waits & Kronos Quartet – What Keeps Mankind Alive – 10/28/07

15) Tom Waits & Kronos Quartet – The Part You Throw Away – 10/28/07

16) Band of Horses – Marry Song – 10/25/08

17) Band of Horses – The General Specific – 10/25/08

18) Norah Jones – Jesus Don’t Cry – 10/25/08

19) Death Cab For Cutie – Cath – 10/26/08

20) Death Cab For Cutie – I Will Possess Your Heart – 10/26/08

21) Josh Groban – Changing Colors – 10/26/08

22) Josh Groban With Neil Young – Harvest Moon – 10/26/08 (Artwork) (The Bridge Collection, Vol. 1) (The Bridge Collection, Vol. 2) (The Bridge Collection, Vol. 3)

11 Nov

Dreamin’ Man, Neil Young Archives Performance Series #12, will be released
December 8 (vinyl on Jan. 12), 17 years after the original release of Harvest Moon.

The album is a complete live performance of Young’s album Harvest Moon drawn from various solo acoustic shows he performed in 1992 before the actual release of the Harvest studio recording.
The album was produced by Young and John Hanlon and recorded and mixed by Tim Mulligan.

You can stream the track “Dreamin’ Man” here.

Dreamin’ Man Live ’92 track listing:
“Dreamin’ Man”
“Such A Woman”
“One Of These Days”
“Harvest Moon”
“You And Me”
“Hank To Hendrix”
“Unknown Legend”
“Old King”
“Natural Beauty”
“War Of Man”

In other news, Neil Young has been declared MusiCares “Person of the Year” for 2010. The Farm Aid co-founder who also raises millions of dollars annually for physically and mentally impaired children via Bridge School Concerts will be honored as MusiCares Person of the Year for 2010.

Young will receive the award on January 29th, right before the Grammy Awards. Proceeds from the annual GRAMMY Week gala dinner and concert honoring Young will provide essential support for MusiCares, which ensures that music people have a place to turn to in times of financial, medical and personal need.

As part of its ongoing Archives reissue campaign with legendary singer-songwriter Neil Young, Reprise Records will release re-mastered versions of the first four of Young’s classic solo albums, 1969’s Neil Young and Everybody Knows This is Nowhere, 1970’s After the Gold Rush, and 1972’s Harvest.

Available on November 23rd, each re-issue has been re-mastered from the original analog master tapes by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering Studios in Hollywood, CA.
The albums are being reissued on both vinyl and compact disc.

The individual albums are being issued on 140 gram vinyl to retail. There is also a box set of the four albums pressed on audiophile 180 gram vinyl.
Vinyl will be pressed at Pallas MFG/Germany—the world’s premiere record-pressing plant.

The box sets will be individually numbered in gold foil stamp and strictly limited to 3,000 units worldwide. The four albums will also be released on 24 karat gold CDs, packaged in Gary Burden designed cardboard wallet packs. The four gold CD albums are housed in a numbered slip case, limited to 2,500 worldwide.

The box sets and gold vinyl be be available only through and

All four titles have already been released to retail on standard CDs, housed in jewel boxes.

21 Sep

Episode 3 of Transmissions From The Cosmic Egg comes to you this week from the Laserium in Los Angeles, where Cosmic Egg was debuted for the first time to a very lucky clutch of fans, media and Wolfmother alumni. Watch the trippy laser lights, set to the atmospheric rock sounds of Wolfmother as the band explains the story behind Cosmic Egg. Front man Andrew Stockdale described Cosmic Egg as being “Subconsciously about rebirth, phoenix rising coming out of the ashes… uncertain beginnings to a triumphant victory.”

In other news, Wolfmother have been invited to perform at the Bridge School Benefit on October 24th and 25th, hosted by Neil and Pegi Young. Proceeds benefit The Bridge School, a program for the communicative and educational development of children with severe speech and physical impairments. Tickets are on sale now at

Cosmic Egg will hit stores October 27th, and is available on iTunes now along with the single “New Moon Rising.” Watch the webisode below the tour dates:

October 24 – Shoreline Amphitheater – Mountain View, CA
October 25 – Shoreline Amphitheater – Mountain View, CA
October 29 – House of Blues – Dallas, TX
October 30 – Stubbs – Austin, TX
October 31 – Voodoo Festival – New Orleans, LA
November 2 – Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA
November 3 – The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC
November 4 – 9:30 Club – Washington, D.C.
November 6 – Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
November 7 – House of Blues – Boston, MA
November 8 – Terminal 5 – New York, NY
November 11 – Kool Haus – Toronto, ONT
November 12 – Clutch Cargo – Pontiac, MI
November 13 – Riviera Theater – Chicago, IL
November 14 – State Theater – Minneapolis, MN
November 16 – Ogden Theater – Denver, CO
November 17 – The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT
November 19 – Roseland Theater – Portland, OR
November 20 – Paramount Theatre – Seattle, WA
November 21 – Queen Elizabeth Theater – Vancouver
November 23 – Fox Theater – Oakland, CA
November 24 – The Wiltern Theater – Los Angeles, CA

13 Jan

Well, let’s see what we know. Coachella is confirmed for April 17-19. Three day passes will most likely go onsale soon.

    Coachella Lineup

(via Brooklynvegan via LAist)
Confirmed Artists: the Airborne Toxic Event, the Bug, Buraka Som Sistema, Crystal Castles, Drop The Lime, Fleet Foxes, Flying Lotus, Girl Talk, the Hold Steady, the Killers, No Age, Noah and the Whale, Late of the Pier, Los Campesinos!, Peanut Butter Wolf, the Presets, Sébastien Tellier, Themselves, Tinariwen

Confirmed DJs: DJ Gina Turner, DJ Hipnotic Starr, DJ Luis Segura, DJmorales, DJ Zegon

Rumored Artists: Animal Collective, Basement Jaxx, the Black Keys, Black Lips, Blur, Britney Spears, the Comedians of Comedy, Four Tet, the Gaslight Anthem, Glasvegas, Gui Boratto, Gus Black, Heartless Bastards, Hot Little Pony, José González, Keane, KONGCRETE, Mexican Institute of Sound, Monotonix, Morrissey, Mr. Lif, N.A.S.A., Neil Young, OutKast, Plump DJs, the Pretenders, the Prodigy, the Replacements, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Roni Size Reprazent, the Smiths, the Thermals, Turbonegro, We Are Scientists, White Lies, the White Stripes

Reading Festival organizers Festival Republic are warning people against buying fake festival tickets. Only buy tickets from, or (or from me on StubHub jk)

Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young and Blur might be performing at the Glastonbury festival.

Oh yeah, Keane wants to play Glastonbury too.

We’ll keep you up to date on all of them. except Stagecoach or the little crappy festivals. Mainly because we don’t care about them unless Tom Petty’s there.