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Friday, December 09, 2016

Meta Reviews: Neil Young's "Peace Trail"

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Neil Young's newest album "Peace Trail" is due to be released today, December 9, Friday.

As with tradition, meta reviews of Neil Young's album "Peace Trail". (And feel to add your impression in comments below.)

USATODAY | Neil Young is political as ever on 'Peace Trail' by Maeve McDermott:
While many of his rock peers spend their late-era careers recording cover albums and embarking on wildly lucrative tours, Neil Young, 71, is as prolific and fiery as ever. And given the heightened political climate into which he releases his latest studio album Peace Trail (** and a half out of ****, out Fri.), there's no shortage of societal ills for the legendary singer-songwriter to condemn, his trademark reedy voice only slightly shakier with age.

But in 2016, protest music looks, and sounds, much different than the guitar-strumming screeds Young has spent his career recording. As this point, he's documented a half-century of injustice in song, from early favorites like Southern Man and Ohio to more recent crusades against Monsanto and big agribusiness. And from the sounds of Peace Trail, the weight of the world is still sitting heavy on Young’s shoulders. His new songs pulse with immediacy, moving down a checklist of 2016’s most salient political topics, particularly the Dakota Access Pipeline protests.

Over pow-wow drums and acoustic guitars, highlights Indian Givers and the album's title track paint a dramatic picture of the conflict at Standing Rock, the songs’ heroes fighting for the fundamental right to their land. "There’s a battle ragin’ on the sacred land / Our brothers and sisters had to take a stand," he sings on Indian Givers. Meanwhile, John Oaks tells a story of police brutality from a different perspective, focusing on a farmer struggling to protect his workers, killed in his truck by an officer's gun.
This cover of 'Peace Trail,' the latest album by Neil

Peace Trail sees Young in Woody Guthrie mode, disinterested in beautiful turns of phrase, opting for spare arrangements and plainspoken storytelling. At its best, it's almost comforting to hear him paint precarious current events as noble, good-versus-evil crusades. But as is the case with many of his later, social justice-minded recordings, he walks a fine line between truth-telling and ornery. On Peace Trail's weakest moments, Young sounds less like a soothsaying voice of reason and more like an old man railing against new technology he doesn’t understand. At times, that's intentional. "I'm lost in this new generation, left me behind it seems / Listening to the shadow of Jimi Hendrix, Purple Haze sounding like TV," he sings on My Pledge over disembodied Auto-Tuned vocals.

As valid as Young's complaints are, that technology has rendered humans devoid of empathy, he often adds flourishes of electronic music that make his point too literally, particularly the chorus of automated voices on album closer My New Robot. And for a new generation of listeners, who’ve connected with the rallying cries of Kendrick Lamar’s Alright and the charged imagery of Beyonce’s Formation video, Peace Trail's guitar-strumming storytelling may seem quaint in comparison.

Still, even if he’s not the voice speaking for the new wave of civil unrest, Young’s is still an essential one, with Peace Trail the latest entry in a storied songbook spanning 60 years of protest. Recently, Bob Dylan made history by winning the Nobel Prize for his contributions to the American musical tradition; while Dylan may be his generation’s poet, Young is the dogged historian, still standing with the protesters, decades after Dylan left them behind.
From Boston Globe | The power of protest on Neil Young’s ‘Peace Trail’ by Maura Johnston:
Young’s distinctive paper-thin voice guides the album, quivering with import and plainspoken lyrics that have clearly been thrumming inside him for a while. On “Indian Givers,” he takes aim at the chronic mistreatment of Native Americans; its video, unveiled in September, was released as a show of support with the protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline. (“Show Me,” which creeps along on a delicate riff and a lazy-day bassline, touches on this as well.) The shambolic “John Oaks” is a folk ballad focused on a farmer who’s been slowly radicalized while watching the shoddy treatment received by his workers; Young was one of the founders of Farm Aid, the long-running concert series benefiting family farmers. “Glass Accident,” one of the few tracks to focus on more personal matters, is drenched in regret and reverb.

“Peace Trail” is a hard record to get a hold of at times. The songs are so bare-bones — and, at times, meandering — that it feels a bit tossed-off. (Young wrote and recorded the album at rock guru Rick Rubin’s Shangri-La Studios over a weeklong span; “I gave up a lot of disciplines on this record,” he told the Los Angeles Times.) Sometimes the songs suffer, particularly when the arrangements go beyond the guitar-drums-bass setup. The generational lament “My Pledge,” where Young is shadowed by what sounds like his Auto-Tuned ghost, doesn’t quite land, while “My New Robot,” a harmonica-accented commentary on technology’s encroachments on humanity, cedes vocal duties midway through to virtual siblings of Siri and Alexa in a commentary that works better conceptually than it does on record. That Young can make such an idiosyncratic, pointed piece of mass-produced art, though, is a testament to his status as a rock-music beacon who can, possibly, lead his fellow musicians — peers and followers — to a place where they raise their voices as well.
From Daily Cal | Neil Young supports Standing Rock activists with novelty in ‘Peace Trail’ by
Sahana Rangarajan:
Written over four days, Peace Trail follows a cohesive path through the history of colonial exploitation and othering, weaving through the mire of the recent protests opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline for its negative environmental and cultural impacts. Young has demonstrated his unity with the activists at Standing Rock through public statements and performances, including one he gave on his 71st birthday in honor of the protestors.

Out of the 10 tracks of Peace Trail, three (“Indian Givers,” “Show Me” and “Terrorist Suicide Hang Gliders”) are explicitly linked to contemporary activist causes. The idiom “Indian givers” is one steeped in a history of racism and exploitation, alluding to the early colonists’ perception that Native Americans cut deceptive deals, making trades out of supposed gifts. Young turns the phrase on its head by using it to describe the current “battle raging on the sacred land.” For the past “500 years,” Young warbles, the indigenous populations of the United States have had their resources, culture and sacred lands robbed from them by European colonists and their descendants; if any one group were “Indian givers,” it would be the settlers.

In both “Indian Givers” and “Show Me,” Young laments the Standing Rock conflict and expresses his discontent with big oil’s impact on public policy: “Behind big money,” he sighs in “Indian Givers,” “justice always fails.”

“Terrorist Suicide Hang Gliders,” while also socially critical, takes a more ironic tack, examining xenophobia by simulating it. With its sensationalist title at odds with its mellow instrumentals, this song grasps attention at first listen; add in the lyrics of a suspicious narrator verging on hawkish (“I think I know who to blame — it’s all those people with funny names moving into our neighborhood”), and “Hang Gliders” begins to resemble the witch-hunt of vigilante anti-terrorism. This blurred line between national security and overt racism, an especially relevant theme today, is more subtly commented upon here. By creating a dubiously trustworthy narrator, Young urges listeners to perhaps reconsider our own inner monologues next time we wonder about outsiders “if they’re bad or good.”

Even in Peace Trail tracks that don’t target current events, Young demonstrates the lyrical and musical acumen that has earned him renown. Given folk’s antiquated roots, Peace Trail simultaneously respects the genre’s grounding and transmutes it into a more modern art form.
From Neil Young - Peace Trail album review: Cantankerous Young takes the lesser road travelled by Joe Breen
Of course, being Neil Young, even a near-shambles has an endearing character and fascination; you can’t fault his enthusiasm. His stand against pipelines running through Native American lands (Indian Givers) and the targeting of the Other (Terrorist Suicide Hanglider) are heartfelt, while the admissions in Can’t Stop Working betray a deep sadness and sense of guilt.

The two best tracks by some distance are the title number, with Young’s wistful voice counterpointed by signature electric guitar, and Show Me, a bluesy riff on activism that is just the right side of understated. Suffice it to say, Peace Trail is more a quirky footnote than a chapter in a mighty career.
From The Guardian | Neil Young: Peace Trail review – a political dream defaced by Alexis Petridis:
Fans of Young’s fabled screw-you contrariness might argue that there’s a certain pleasing perversity about My New Robot’s return to the vocoder experiments of 1982’s Trans, given the general dismay the vocoder experiments of 1982’s Trans caused in the first place, or indeed about the way Texas Rangers contrives to make a musician as adept as legendary session drummer Jim Keltner sound like he hasn’t got a clue what he’s doing, but the novelty wears off pretty quickly, particularly on the latter track, which is so embarrassing you find yourself wondering where to look as it plays. At least one reviewer has gamely described it as “jazz-influenced”, which tells you more about the endless willingness of diehard Young fans to give the old guy the benefit of the doubt than it does the song itself, which is based around a riff recalling the nursery rhyme This Old Man and resembles jazz only in the sense that it sounds like Young is literally making it up as he goes along.

The flimsiness of the music focuses attention on the lyrics, which might well be the point, but turns out to be the very definition of a mixed blessing. Show Me aims for the terse sharpness of Ohio – both songs are done in 10 lines – but somehow ends up sounding woolly, a mass of confused platitudes. John Oaks is a talking blues that at eight minutes seems infinitely longer than the half-hour feedback-drenched jams that so annoyed the punters last time Crazy Horse came to town. It’s obvious from the outset that the titular hero – “a mellow guy … drinkin’ chai and smokin’ weed” – is going to come to a sticky end at the hands of the police who do the shadowy bidding of the giant corporations. By about halfway through, you find yourself willing the police and the shadowy giant corporations to get a move on and whack him, which surely can’t have been Young’s aim. Meanwhile, Indian Givers’ peevish chorus of “I wish somebody would share the news” smacks of both those social media posts that tell you the Mainstream Media don’t want you to know something that’s patently been all over the Mainstream Media like a rash, and of Neil Young’s apparently unshakeable conviction that he’s the only musician currently writing protest songs: a theory that was demonstrably ridiculous when he mooted it around the time of 2006’s Living With War – an album that arrived in the shops 18 months after Green Day’s 15m-selling American Idiot – and seems even more ridiculous now, in an age when Beyoncé pays homage to the Black Panthers at the Superbowl and hip-hop feels more explicitly politicised than it has in years.

That said, there are moments when Peace Trail fitfully sparks into life.
The frequent blasts of distorted harmonica that whack you in the face feel suitably disruptive, while the title track is genuinely great: a song admitting Young’s confusion at the sheer pace of current events, it’s infinitely more impactful and affecting than all the sloganeering and hectoring around it, not least because it boasts the album’s solitary indelible tune.

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Wednesday, December 07, 2016

INTERVIEW: Neil Young on "Peace Trail" | L.A. Times

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Neil Young's new album "Peace Trail" is due to be released on December 9, Friday.

From a recent interview with Neil Young on "Peace Trail" in the Los Angeles Times by Randy Lewis:
“This record has a good feeling,” he said. “When something may be worn out, thank God or the Great Spirit or whoever for something new that is coming. That’s the greatest news you could ever have. Maybe it’s a baby, maybe it’s a movement, maybe it’s a way of thinking, maybe it’s evolution. Who knows? But it’s a big deal, and it’s not a bad feeling.”

One of the new songs that generated a hearty response at Desert Trip was “Show Me,” in which Young sings, “When the women of the world are free to stand up for themselves/And the promises made stop gatherin’ dust on the shelves.”

That couplet sparked a hearty chorus of cheers among women in the audience.

“When I first sang that, I think it was in Telluride, and I heard that sound,” he said. “I’ve never heard that before: all the women in the audience spontaneously erupting into applause, or encouragement, or whatever it was — recognition? ”
“I gave up a lot of disciplines on this record,” he said. “There are several technical things about the poetry of writing this that are pretty sloppy. But it didn’t matter. So I feel good about that. I didn’t feel the need to go back and correct things.

“I don’t have spell-check,” he said with a sideways smile. “I don’t make [spelling] mistakes that are totally stupid mistakes like spell-check does. But I make my own kind of mistakes — typing errors. “

“What’s happening at Standing Rock is actual history being made right now,” Young told The Times. “The BBC called it the largest gathering of Native American tribes in more than a century.”


“I still have to Google ‘self-righteous’ because I’ve got to figure out what it means, to see if it’s a good thing,” he said. “Somebody said that about the record, and maybe it’s true, because that’s the way I feel. Could that be a bad thing? I can’t figure it out. But I’m OK with it either way.”
Full interview with Neil Young on "Peace Trail" from Los Angeles Times by Randy Lewis.

Also, see more on Neil Young's new album "Peace Trail" .

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The Illusion of The Matrix Shatters: Corruption, Fake News & The Big Shift

Facebook: An Epic Orwellian Fail
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Just prior to the election, we laid it all out here on Thrasher's Wheat about how a perfect storm was forming as the elite mainstream media headed towards meltdown in the face of alternative, crowd sourced, citizen journalism outing the massive global corruption which would lead towards what we have termed "The Big Shift" (see transparency and full disclosure).

greendale flag
For longtime TW readers, you know that with 2003's release of Neil Young's "Greendale" -- which hit us like a sledgehammer to the anvil of truth -- we have been covering the ever expanding vortex of corruption while trying to mix in some of Neil's activities in the areas of music, film, literature, and technology, among other assorted random musings.

'She was welded to the eagle's beak
sun green leaned into that megaphone
and said, "truth is all i seek" '
"Sun Green"
by Neil Young

Again, for longtime TW readers, you know that we have been quite alarmed by the accelerating events propelling us well beyond the prophecies laid out by George Orwell's 1984 and Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. Today, we have an ever growing clamor by the elite media to reign in "fake news" that would make the crusading anti-Communist Joseph McCarthy quite proud. It is without irony, that nowhere in the establishment is there a concern whatsoever about infringing on our Constitutional rights of free speech and free press.

Officer Carmichael in Greendale
As everyone is recognizing, the real threat to democracy and freedom is the propaganda spewing elite mainstream media which is ramping up their war on "Fake News". And the irony of ironies is that the war on "Fake News" is being waged with -- what else -- fake news.

"Fake news" is just the new re-branding of the old "conspiracy theory" psy-op. To know the mockingbird, is to kill the mockingbird.

The Hypocrisy of the Mainstream Media

None other than the establishment Washington Post (owned by Amazon Corp.'s CEO billionaire Jeff Bezos) published an article on "Fake News" that was immediately found to be in fact "fake" because it was sourced from the non-existent entity ProporNot.

Afterall, the esteemed New York Times committed the gravest of journalistic sins when "reporter" Judith Miller falsely reported that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction in 2003. This was epic, egregious and massive fake news. What is chaff and what is wheat? Like we say, always use disCERNment.

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Open up the tired eyes. Eyes wide shut, we tried to lay it all out very specifically just prior to the election. And then clarified any mis-understandings shortly after the election.

The Devil Comes to Greendale

And to crystallize our point, we made this comment using a quote from the late-great gonzo Hunter S. Thompson. That said, just as Neil Young takes no pleasure in being right yet again, nor do we in speaking truth to power. No one does. We all pray to be proven wrong.

The Truth Can Not Be Censored

And we won't quit, either, because we also wish somebody would share the news. We'll keep on bloggin' till our batteries are dead.

Greendale Sign

So be aware that the eternal divide and conquer strategy is alive and well. So stay calm, no fear and rock on. We don't want no stinkin' civil wars, thank you.

There's a war on truth. So light that candle. And keep the flame of love burning brightly.

"Give Peace A Chance"
Paul McCartney and Neil Young

Desert Trip Festival - October 8, 2016

ps - OK Toto, let's go and get ready for Mr Trump's visit to the Land of Oz...


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Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Comment of the Moment: Bands of Neil Young

"Ramada Inn"
Neil Young & Crazy Horse - The Plenary, Melbourne Australia - 13th of March 2013

With the recent combination of news that Neil Young has cancelled tour plans for 2017 and Guitar World Magazine naming Crazy Horse as the #1 Best Backing Band of All Time, it is natural that Neil fans are a bit scattered.

So here's one Neil Young fan's reaction to all of this from Scotsman as the TW Comment of the Moment:
Classic Neil Young, I agree.

I think the most likely explanation here is the obvious one: after two years of extensive touring with the same group, he's worn out and needs either a rest or (more conceivably) a change.

Neil wrote in Waging Heavy Peace that the long 2008/2009 tour exhausted him, not physically, but mentally:

"I am currently tired of my musical self...I have OD'd....It has happened a few times before. The last time was near the end of 2009; I finished that tour and had to stop. Too much of a good thing".

I think the same thing may well be happening here.

So hopefully there are no medical concerns other than those generally asociated with 71-year-old musicians who "ought to know better and thankfully don't" (McDonough).

So what comes next? That's the exciting question! 2016 has again been a good year for Neil musically. I think his touring with POTR has generally been solid this year, and Earth is a very rewarding album to my ears.

David Briggs on his death-bed told Neil to "put as much of himself into the music as possible". By that, he didn't mean "don't play with bands". He was in fact talking about a very distilled, intense form of musical greatness which (to my ears) has been just a little bit diluted recently with impressive but ultimately superfluous layers.

Rule #1: Alone in the spotlight, Neil Young rises to the occasion. That's why the Horse is so powerful: because they give him a rock solid platform and push him to the forefront. They put him alone onto that precipice of greatness and give him a safety net. The same is true of Neil's solo acoustic performances. Or even his shows with 'Poncho and the MGs' or the Bluenotes (a very big band who again had the ability to put Neil Young's guitar playing at the centre of an exciting but uncrowded musical picture frame).

So I'm hoping that when Neil returns to the studio or stage, refreshed and invigorated, we are going to hear some more of this distilled magic, whatever exciting form it may take. And until then, I hope he enjoys a rest and has a wonderful Christmas and New Year.


ps - ...And to demonstrate my point above, do yourself a favour and watch this particularly rich version of Ramada Inn from Melbourne 2013: [see video above]

Hard to believe this was less than 4 years ago.

It demonstrates just how magical Neil still can be when he combines the right ingredients. BANG! Like a chemical reaction. It's deceptively simple, it's straightforward, everything slots together and has room to breathe.

All the emotional depth and urgency, the hard-boiled rhythmic gutsiness (Poncho is a huge part of this song's greatness), the sense of wide open wondrous space and the heart-twisting eloquent guitar solos are captured perfectly in this magnificent performance. Some of these qualities have been missing recently. It's soulful, but unike some of Neil's more recent songs, it's also profound and substantial. You can get your teeth into it. By all means, go and experience it for yourself.
And Scotsman continues down the thread...
...Worth remembering that Neil has spent the last 50+ years relentlessly following "The Muse". This has generally been good for his art and not so good for his relations with other people. People never know where they are with him. In the past, whole tours and bands have been abandoned at VERY short notice because Neil changed his mind and wanted to do something else. As Niko Bolas said about the Bluenotes: "they planned their life around this band that we knew was just another one of Neil's toys".

Or as Poncho puts it: "Neil doesn't turn corners, he ricochets". He's also very impressionable. People consistently make the mistake of thinking that because NY wants to do something now, he will also want to do it tomorrow. But listen to Don't Take your Love Away From Me on Bluenote Cafe for a chilling and honest confession of how just how fickle he can be.

Look at Neil's touring career and you will rarely find 3 consecutive years where he has essentially done the same thing in a row. And his usual way of dealing with his instinct to shake things up is to make a sudden hard turn, one that inevitably puts a spanner in the works for other people's plans.

This is why some of us scoffed at all the "POTR are putting the Horse out of business" talk. The same was naively said about the Lost Dogs, the MGs, Pearl Jam, the Electric Band etc.

So obviously we can't rule out health concerns (I wish we could), but it seems to me that we're just seeing the continuation of a pattern that has repeated itself for several decades now. In some ways, it's reassuring.

Also worth noting that Peace Trail has already been recorded with a different band (again, for some reason, many people were surprised by this). I wouldn't take this use of a different band as any intended insult to POTR whatsover; their live versions of these songs are clearly accomplished. But it's fair to observe that a change of style was already underway long before this live cancellation.

Thanks as always Scotsman! And thanks for reminder on the CH video! enjoy.

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Monday, December 05, 2016

#Still Standing at Standing Rock

Drone 2 B Wild: Drone Footage from Standing Rock

Over the past several months, we here at Thrasher's Wheat have closely followed the developments at Standing Rock and the Dakota Access Pipeline (see here, here, and here) as protesters moved closer to victory.

Last week, Neil Young and Daryl Hannah wrote a joint statement to U.S. President Barack Obama requesting that he intervene in the Standing Rock protest and halt construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Now -- just days after posting the letter and a series of benefit concerts -- it looks as if the pipeline project has been defeated and will likely be re-routed.

Dave Archambault, II, Chairman
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe:

Yesterday we were notified that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will not grant the easement to cross Lake Oahe for the Dakota Access pipeline. Instead, they will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement regarding alternative routes for the pipeline. This action strongly vindicates what the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has been saying all along – that we all have a responsibility to protect our waters for future generations.

This is an historic moment. For centuries, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and tribes across the country, have faced fundamental injustice at the hands of the federal government – which time and again took our lands and tried to destroy our way of life. Our Treaties and our human rights were ignored, our interests in protecting lands and waters were considered unimportant, and our voices were not heard.

It was this shared history that led Tribes to come together as never before to seek the protection of our waters against the threat of the Dakota Access pipeline. With peace and prayer, indigenous people from hundreds of Tribes said: our future is too important. We can no longer be ignored. The goal was to protect these sacred waters, and to do so in the name of our children.

And, with yesterday’s decision, it is clear that our voices have at long last been heard.

Yesterday’s decision demonstrates that, despite all the challenges that Tribes face and all of the terrible wrongs the federal government has committed in dealing with us over the years, justice for Indian people still remains possible. My thanks to the Obama Administration, and particularly to Assistant Secretary Darcy, for upholding the law and doing the right thing.

Yesterday’s decision belongs in large measure to the thousands of courageous people who put their lives on hold to stand with Standing Rock in support of a basic principle — that water is life. At Standing Rock, our youth played an important role in spreading our message and I am so proud of what they have been able to accomplish.

But Standing Rock could not have come this far alone. Hundreds of tribes came together in a display of tribal unity not seen in hundreds of years. And many thousands of indigenous people from around the world have prayed with us and made us stronger. I am grateful to each of you. And, as we turn a page with yesterday’s decision, I look forward to working with many of you as you return to your home communities to protect your lands and waters, and the sovereignty of your tribes.

My thanks to all of our allies, here and around the world, each of whom contributed to this effort. I want to give a special mention to the veterans who have come to Standing Rock in recent days. I am sure that the strength of your message in support of Standing Rock, and the rights of the Water Protectors, had a powerful impact as the Army made its decision. I appreciate all you have done.

While today is a great day, there is still much that needs to be done to protect Tribal rights and ensure justice for indigenous people everywhere. Using peace and prayer as our guideposts, and with the teachings of our elders and with inspiration from our youth, I believe there is much we can accomplish for the future.

Dave Archambault, II, Chairman
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
But it's not over until it's over.
Standing Rock Has No Confidence ETP Will Stop Drilling

DECEMBER 5, 2016

John Bigelow
Standing Rock Sioux

Water Protectors Dig In For the Long Haul

The Dakota Access Pipeline was denied the necessary permit to drill beneath the Missouri River by the Army Corps of Engineers (ACoE). The decision to deny the permit came from the Obama Administration. This represents an enormous victory for the communities of Standing Rock, and 18 million people living downstream of the proposed pipeline crossing.

According to the Army’s website, “Darcy [of the ACoE] said that the consideration of alternative routes would be best accomplished through an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) with full public input and analysis.”

Unfortunately, the lights are still on, and the helicopters are still buzzing overhead. Until we can go to the drill pad and see they’ve left – this is not over.

Although we are deeply pleased with this victory, we know this is one battle in the larger movement against injustice from the oil-based energy sector that has a tendency to prioritize profit over ecological safety and social responsibility. Trump’s Justice Department is unlikely to prioritize any lawsuit or penalties levied against DAPL should they drill against ACoE orders.

Congressman Kevin Cramer of North Dakota said, “Today’s unfortunate decision sends a very chilling signal to others who want to build infrastructure in this country.”

We could not agree more, Congressman. It is sad that infrastructure developers cannot seem to operate with respect to First Nations by consulting them properly and the environment that belongs to everyone by conducting full EIS. The Water Protectors felt chilled on many nights by the elements, and especially by the fire hoses used on us on November 20th. We’re happy you’ve felt something of what we have had to face to protect our sovereign land.

Energy Transfer Partners stated yesterday that they “are fully committed to ensuring that this vital project is brought to completion and fully expect to complete construction of the pipeline without any additional rerouting in and around Lake Oahe. Nothing this Administration has done today changes that in any way.”

ETP has a responsibility to their investors. We have a responsibility to protecting water for future generations.

We are not going anywhere.

Mni wiconi!

~ #StillStanding at Standing Rock ~
This decision by the Army Corp of Engineers is not a complete victory. Finding an alternative route for the pipeline does not address the fact that an energy corporation has clearly broken the law by illegally using a loophole in the US Conservation Law in order to avoid having an independent environmental impact study done and thus threatens an environmental disaster by being allowed to continue.

So why not Take The Fork in the Road and Get on That "Peace Trail"?!

Onward. Solidarity.


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Sunday, December 04, 2016

Crazy Horse: #1 Best Backing Band of All Time | Guitar World

Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)
"Ragged Glory" Tour 1991
As everyone knows, Crazy Horse has been Neil Young's primary band from the get go.

Now comes word from Guitar World that Crazy Horse is considered to be the #1 "Best Backing Band of All Time".

Guitar World writes that members of good backing bands must have the following 3 attributes:

• Humility.
• Natural talent and/or undeniable skill.
• Personality.

From Guitar World by Damian Fanelli:
Crazy Horse: #1

From 1969’s Everybody Knows This is Nowhere all that way up through the excellent Psychedelic Pill from 2012, the partnership between Neil Young and Crazy Horse stands as one of the most prolific in rock lore.

While the band has gone through its share of incarnations through the years, the drum-tight rhythm section of Billy Talbot and Ralph Molina has been intact since the Sixties, and guitarist Frank “Poncho” Sampedro has been a steady fixture since 1975’s Zuma.

In the realm of backing bands, Crazy Horse are far from the tightest act around, drifting lazily but deliberately between tempos with the occasional burst of cacophonous noise thrown in for good measure. But Young has never tapped them for metronome-like precision; he always comes back to them because, in the purest musical sense, they complete each other.

“I don’t think of my guitar solos as guitar solos,” said Young in a classic Guitar World interview, “because when we play, we’re like a big band jamming and taking long rides together.”

And so Crazy Horse stand atop the heap of backing bands for an unparalleled ability to elevate their frontman to new heights, never hesitating to take a leap out of the pocket when the music calls for it. Assuming their signature stance, huddled tightly around Molina's drum set, you get the undeniable impression that they're in another world entirely, journeying through strange landscapes with no particular destination in mind.

Neil Young said it himself: “I can’t do this with anyone else.”
Also, see other great backing bands of all time at Guitar World by Damian Fanelli.

More on Crazy Horse -- whom Bill Graham once called "the 3rd Best Garage Band in the World".

And how about Crazy Horse being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame someday soon?

Also, see Remembering Danny Whitten: 1943 - 1972.

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Spring 2013 Australia/New Zealand Tour
Summer 2013 Europe Tour

Europe Summer 2014 Concert Tour
Neil Young & Crazy Horse

Thrasher's Wheat Radio Supporters Go To Europe

Neil Young Films

2010 MusiCares Honors Neil Young

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Neil Young FAQ:
Everything Left to Know About the Iconic and Mercurial Rocker
"an indispensable reference"

Paul McCartney and Neil Young


"You can make a difference
If you really a try"

John Lennon and Neil Young

"hailed by fans as a wonderful read"

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young:
The Supergroup of the 20th Century

Director Jonathan Demme's Exquisite film "Heart of Gold"

eddie & neil
Eddie Vedder and Neil Young

Revisiting The Significance of
The Buffalo Springfield

"The revolution will not be televised"
... it will be blogged, streamed,
tweeted, shared and liked
The Embarrassment of Mainstream Media

Turn Off Your TV

2014 Neil Young Year in Review:
Yes, Only Love Can Break (& Fix) Your Heart

Kurt Cobain
Kurt Cobain and Neil Young

Neil Young's Feedback:
An Acquired Taste?

Young Neil: The Sugar Mountain Years
by Rustie Sharry "Keepin' Jive Alive in T.O." Wilson

"the definitive source of Neil Young's formative childhood years in Canada"

neil & joni
Joni Mitchell & Neil Young

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Bob and Neil

So Who Really Was "The Godfather of Grunge"?

Four Dead in Ohio
kent state
So What Really Happened at Kent State?


dissent is not treason
Dissent is the highest form of patriotism

Rockin' In The Free World

Sing Truth to Power

Emmylou Harris and Neil Young

Wilco and Neil Young


Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young


Elton John and Neil Young

Lynyrd Skynyrd and Neil Young

Neil Young Nation -
"The definitive Neil Young fan book"

What does the song mean?

Random Neil Young Link of the Moment
I'm Proud to Be A Union Man


When Neil Young is Playing,
You Shut the Fuck Up

Class War:
They Started It and We'll Finish It...

A battle raged on the open page...
No Fear, No Surrender. Courage

"What if Al Qaeda blew up the levees?"

"I've Got The Revolution Blues"

Willie Nelson & Neil Young
Willie Nelson for Nobel Peace Prize

John Mellencamp:
Why Willie Deserves a Nobel


Love and Only Love

"Thinking about what a friend had said,
I was hoping it was a lie"

We're All On
A Journey Through the Past

Neil Young's Moon Songs
Tell Us The F'n TRUTH
(we can handle it... try us)

Does Anything Else Really Matter?

"Nobody's free until everybody's free."
~~ Fannie Lou Hamer

Here Comes "The Big Shift"

Maybe everything you think you know is wrong? NOTHING IS AS IT SEEMS
"It's all illusion anyway."

Propaganda = Mind Control
Guess what?
"Symbols Rule the World, not Words or Laws."
Brighter Planet's 350 Challenge
Be The Rain, Be The Change

the truth will set you free
This Machine Kills Fascists

war is not the answer
yet we are
Still Living With War

"greed is NOT good"
Occupy the Music

Hey Big Brother!
Stop Spying On Us!
Civic Duty Is Not Terrorism

The Achilles Heel
Orwell (and Grandpa) Was Right
“Emancipate yourself from mental slavery.”
~~ Bob Marley

The Essence of "The Doubters"

Yes, There's Definitely A Hole in The Sky

Even Though The Music Died 50+ Years Ago
Open Up the "Tired Eyes" & Wake up!
"consciousness is near"
What's So Funny About
Peace, Love, & Understanding & Music?




(Between the lines of age)

And in the end, the love you take
Is equal to the love you make

~~ John & Paul