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Saturday, September 11, 2021

Thrasher's Wheat Radio 2.0 Vodcast - Episode #9 | 9-11 Memories, Our Troubles + Farm Aid 2021 | Hosted by

Thrasher's Wheat Radio 2.0 Vodcast/Podcast
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Our soft launch continues as we bring you episode #9 of Thrasher's Wheat Radio 2.0 Vodcast/Podcast, hosted by our good friend Tony @  in Burlington, Vermont.



Thrasher's Wheat Radio 2.0 Vodcast/Podcast - Episode #8
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This week's episode honors the 20th anniversary of 9-11, the thrashers recent troubles, and previews Farm Aid 2021 logistics, as well as, a look back with Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real @ Farm Aid 2019 Highlights - Alpine Valley, Wisconsin .

Recently, we premiered Episode #1 of a revamped Thrasher's Wheat Radio 2.0 Vodcast/Podcast --  after a longer than expected hiatus -- in honor and celebrating Thrasher's Wheat 25th Anniversary: 1996 - 2021

(See all episode links @ Podcast Archive: Thrasher's Wheat Radio 2.0  | Hosted by


 Thrasher's Wheat Celebrates 25th Anniversary: 1996 - 2021
Consider these first episodes to be a soft launch of pilot tests as we shake down various technical issues. As we get the kinks worked out, we'll be bringing in additional features and special guests. 

Please provide feedback below.  peace

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Sunday, August 01, 2021

The Music Saved Our Lives ... Seriously & Literally

Thrasher's Wheat International Headquarters 

We can truly say that "The Music Saved Our Lives" -- both seriously and literally.

As we discussed throughout 2020 ... everybody knows "Live Music Is Better", of course. (And again most recently in our "Live Music Is Better" - Mid-Summer 2021 Edition #2.)

Last Wednesday night, we attended a concert by Aoife O'Donovan w/ Members of the Knights at Wolf Trap, Vienna, Virginia.

Aoife O'Donovan w/ Members of the Knights 
@ Wolf Trap, Vienna, Virginia - July, 28, 2021
photo by thrashette


The Knights joined Grammy Award-winner Aoife O’Donovan at the majestic Wolf Trap National Park, the only national park in the U.S. dedicated to the Performing Arts. O’Donovan and The Knights performed her riveting new song cycle, "America". 


After the concert, we returned home only to be hit almost immediately with a "tornado"* without any warning whatsoever.

The Wind and The Damage Done


The good news is that we were not injured.

Paris Was Saved 

While our home and TW HQ suffered very heavy damage, most of our invaluable possessions escaped relatively unscathed, including our Paris oil painting  we brought  home for thrashette after the Neil Young with Crazy Horse | Alchemy Europe Concert Tour in 2013.   
Where Thrashers Would Normally Be If The Music Had Not Called
So we can safely say that if we had not been out at a concert, we would most likely have been in our bed and crushed by a tree limb that came through the roof.

The Tree Root Ball and The Damage Done

Similar to previous hardships here at TW, once again we say that while we appreciate the sentiments, we do NOT want your money, your $'s... or your sympathies.  

Alas, it is during such challenging times when one finds out who really are their true friends and neighbors.  And we thank you all for the love and support.

But all the money and sympathy in the world can never bring back the music lost. However, you can help us make sure that the music never stops, the dream never dies and that the road goes on forever by simply sharing our love of music with your friends.  That is all we ask in seeking our reader's help and support during this difficult time: share the music.

We will be back again someday and plan to still see everyone at Farm Aid 2021 in Hartford, CT on Sept. 25.

thrashers @

* see comment below

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Neil Young @ Canterbury House 1969: "Timeline Concerts of the Week" | NYA

"Timeline Concert of the Week" | NYA


Today, another full concert has been uploaded to Concert Performance Timeline on Neil Young Archives @ One Night at the Canterbury House | NYA.

One Night at the Canterbury House

Dates: Oct 16, 1969

Venue: The Canterbury House, First Set - Ann Arbor, Michigan

From Jim on Rust Group:

On my first cup of coffee but worked for the medical wing of the Canterbury House so have some knowledge of this era but was too young to attend any of the shows. 

Didn't start attending concerts until summer of 1972 seeing Joni MItchell/LA Express, Loggins and Messina with Jim Croce, Airplane/Commander Cody that year at various area venues.

Have been waiting for this release for decades, holy cow!   Hope the other two sets get released since this night in Ann Arbor was filled with solo rarities.   This show was less than a couple of months after Woodstock in the midst of recording "Deja Vu."   

This is a one off show because the Canterbury House was very good at picking "up and coming acts" so they required you sign a contract for two appearances.  So they signed Neil Young just after the Springfield broke up and then had him under contract to return as CSNY and Crazy Horse broke wide in 1969.   Elliot Roberts really liked the Canterbury House and sent them nice thank you notes that are in their archives.

Some of the other acts that played the venue and were recorded on reel to reel superbly are very early Little Feat, Buddy Guy, even more Joni Mitchell than has been released already, Gordon Lightfoot, Jim Kweskin Jug Band with Geoff Muldaur, Richie Havens, Odetta, MC5, Janis Ian, early Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, Tom Rush, Roosevelt Sykes,  Richie Havens, Jesse Fuller (!), Jim and Jean, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Doc Boggs, John Micaleff, Jeremy and the Satyrs, Skip James, Sun Ra, Doc and Merle Watson, Joan Baez and on and on.

David Siglin, who managed the Ark Coffeehouse in Ann Arbor for decades, said the Ramblin' Jack Elliott show at the Canterbury House was among the best live performances he ever saw (or something to that effect).

Neil Young played three sets that night in 1969 and here is the song list from Sugar Mountain.

To be clear this is the 2nd appearance but fourth day at the Canterbury House in 1969.  In 1968 he played three nights and then came back in 1969 to play three sets in one night.

Notes:  Per Ghosts On The Road, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere contains an unpublished verse and the second Country Girl contains alternate lyrics. The 1956 Bubblegum Disaster>It's My Time is just fragments of each song.

via Sugar Mountain

Neil Young solo
October 16, 1969
Canterbury House with seating for a little over 200 people for each set
Ann Arbor, Michigan

* - song debut

1. On The Way Home
2. Helpless*
3. Dance, Dance, Dance*
4. I've Loved Her So Long
5. Down By The River
6. I Am A Child
7. Everybody's Alone*
8. Wonderin'
9. Oh, Lonesome Me
10. Flying On The Ground Is Wrong
11. Country Girl*
12. On The Way Home
13. Helpless
14. Cinnamon Girl>The Loner
15. Birds
16. I Am A Child
17. Everybody's Alone
18. Dance, Dance, Dance
19. The 1956 Bubblegum Disaster>It's My Time
20. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
21. The Old Laughing Lady
22. I've Been Waiting For You
23. Here We Are In The Years
24. Wonderin'
25. Down By The River
26. Country Girl
27. Down To The Wire
28. On The Way Home
29. Helpless
30. Flying On The Ground Is Wrong
31. Dance, Dance, Dance
32. Birds
33. The Loner
34. Everybody's Alone
35. I Am A Child
36. I've Been Waiting For You
37. Country Girl




An interesting concluding comment from review by Fed LaBour:

"Neil is pure and he knows who his spiritual enemies are and I hope that his particular knowledge doesn't, of necessity, lead to early, lonely death."
Well, thankfully that reviewer's comment did not come to pass!

BTW, here is episode #7 of Thrasher's Wheat Radio 2.0 Vodcast/Podcast, hosted by our good friends  in Burlington, Vermont. This episode features our very first special guest Rustie Lone Red Rider who discusses the new Concert Performance of the Week series.


Thrasher's Wheat Radio 2.0 Vodcast/Podcast - Episode #7 | Hosted by

 w/ Special Guest Rustie Lone Red Rider


Also, see Neil Young Archives: Complete Listing of "Timeline Concerts of the Week" + UPDATE: NYA Subscriber News

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Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Half-Decade of Neil Young's Music from 1972-76: A Comprehensive, Meticulous,  and Flowing Account

Uncropped Image for Neil Young's Decade
by Tom Wilkes
(See Neil Young's Decade: The Images Behind The Album Cover )
Here  is a preview  of a Neil Young Archives Vol #2 review by long time TW contributor Metamorphic Rocker
His approach is quite in depth and a personal passion project.  For this first section, he explores "Half-Decade: A Comprehensive, Meticulous,  and Flowing Account of Neil Young's Music from 1972-76."  Still to come are reflections on The Old Homestead and Walk-on discs.  The intention is to publish a section for each full moon July -- September. 

Please let us know what you think of Meta Rocker's submission!

Half-Decade: A Comprehensive, Meticulous,  and Flowing Account of Neil Young's Music from 1972-76

by Metamorphic Rocker


Part I:  Homegrown>Old Homestead>Walk On

July 2021

Neil Young's second Archives compendium arrived more than ten years after the first.


It covers half the time span of Vol. I (which runs from Neil's earliest known 1963 recordings to the commercial apogee of Harvest, released in early '72). Arguably, though, Archives Vol. II compensates for breadth with depth, offering (for this fan) about twice the value in content of its precursor. This is a subjective take, however: depending on which albums or epochs of Young's work you most appreciate, the music may or may not be more rewarding than what Vol. I offered. For deluxe bells and whistles, certainly, this 10-CD box set does not match the original DVD or blu-ray editions of Vol I. Essentially, the mass market release of Vol. 2 is equivalent to Vol I.'s CD release: the economy edition. If one wanted all the trimmings, one would’ve had to catch the limited edition released last November exclusively through Neil Young's website at $250.00 a pop.


Personally, although I still love the big book that came with Vol I., I don't mind not having to search for storage space for another file cabinet-sized box. In most respects, and particularly for the interests of the average consumer, the compact Vol 2 CD box is an aesthetic and practical improvement in design. If anything, it makes the Vol. I box look sprawling and clumsy by comparison. While I did enjoy the immersive experience of Vol I (and the 1966-67 Buffalo Springfield demos and outtakes in particular offer from pure gems), this time they've cleaned up the formatting, making the package sleeker at no cost to music quantity or quality.


  This review will be split into several installments, each concentrating roughly three or four of the ten discs: one part will cover Crazy Horse (Tonight’s the Night/Roxy/Dume/Odeon-Budokan); another for the Stray Gators (Everybody’s Alone/Tuscaloosa) plus the Stills/Young Band era (Look Out for My Love); and this, the first installment, which will focus on what amounts to a bridge between Gators and Horse: the late “ditch” period recordings documented on Homegrown, The Old Homestead, and Walk On). 


   I prefer to start in the middle because Homegrown, a “lost” album which was released on its own ahead of the box set and is the only disc that was designed at the time of recording as a cohesive album, is in many ways the core and lynchpin of this period of Neil Young’s career, encompassing within a concise yet erratic self-portrait all of the sounds, styles, and moods that haunt the other discs in a less concentrated form. Homegrown, in other words, captures the essence--the ethos and the flavor--of the music Young was making in this period, and although at the time, it was shelved in favor of Tonight’s the Night, it sounds remarkably like a melding of Harvest and On the Beach. Interiority is the word that comes to mind for this record. The tinkling piano of "Mexico" is almost too beautiful and fragile, its lyric a thin vapor trailing into the familiar weary twang of "Love is a Rose". "Rose" and the closing "Star of Bethlehem" (with Ben Keith’s sweet harmony vocal raised in the mix) are the same recordings featured on Decade and American Stars 'n' Bars, just as the severely underrated "Little Wing" is the track eventually released as Hawks and Doves' opener.


 The album’s fragmentation is its cohesion, its patchwork flow of loose ends and stray notes coming together as a vivid portrait of a fractured, strained psyche. The looseness of recordings like “Homegrown”, “We Don’t Smoke it”, “Florida” (featuring only voice, piano strings, and wine glasses), and “Kansas” perfectly evoke a sense of malaise and confusion that make this one of Neil’s most enigmatic and deeply contemplative albums. A fascinating aspect of Homegrown that has been overlooked is how its first half, in particular, mimics the structure of Harvest’s side one. Compare the doleful opener, “Separate Ways” (of which more is to be said when we reach the Stills-Young disc) with “Out on the Weekend”. Take the London Symphony off of “A Man Needs a Maid” and end up with a song eerily close, in feeling and structure, to “Mexico”. “Love is a Rose” is the would-be single to follow up “Heart of Gold”, another country-inflected anthem about searching restlessly for love.


Many thanks here Meta Rocker! Indeed, a "Comprehensive, Meticulous,  and Flowing Account!"  Very much looking forward to future installments on Full Moons!


No problem on length or complexity.  We're trying to make this blog something along the lines of "anti-short attention span" writing. 


Enjoy and give Meta Rocker some feedback! 

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Monday, July 26, 2021

Lucinda Williams w/ Emmylou Harris & Neil Young: "Greenville" - 1999 Bridge School Benefit

1999-10-30 & 31
Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, California, USA
(Reviews @ Bridge School Benefit Concerts)
Here is Lucinda Williams w/ Emmylou Harris & Neil Young on "Greenville" from  Bridge School Benefit 13 in 1999.

More on reviews of 13th Annual Bridge School Benefit concerts with The Who, Pearl Jam, Sheryl Crow, Green Day, Billy Corgan & James Iha, Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams and Brian Wilson @ Bridge School Benefit Concerts.

The Bridge School

The Bridge School Concerts
25th Anniversary Edition

**100% of Proceeds to Benefit Bridge School***

Also, see Lucinda Williams & Buick 6 cover Neil Young's "Rockin' In The Free World" at Paradiso in Amsterdam in January 2016.

Also, see more on Emmylou Harris and Neil Young.


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Willie for a Nobel!

Willie Nelson for Nobel Peace Prize
for Farm Aid and his work on
alternative fuels, and world peace initiatives.

Farm Aid

Go Farmers Markets!

"In the >field< of opportunity
It's plowin' time again."

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(Home of the FarmAidians)
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Demand justice for Aaron:
Support "Aaron's Law" and inquiry into his prosecution

(... he didn't kill himself either...) #AaronDidntKillHimself

Induct Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Please Help Support Independent Media &
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The Hypocrisy of the Mainstream Media

It's Been Called The
"Missing Link" in the Ditch Trilogy


Sign the Release "Time Fades Away" Petition
Join The 10,000+ Who Have Already Signed


Neil Young Appreciation Society

Sugar Mountain

Neil Young Setlists
Rust Radio


Bands Covering Neil Young songs


Official Neil Young News Site

The Bridge School

The Bridge School Concerts
25th Anniversary Edition

**100% of Proceeds to Benefit Bridge School***

The Essential Neil Young

Fans Favorite Neil Albums

Top 50 MP3
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Top 10 Best Selling Neil Albums Today
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In the fields of wheat

"Children of Destiny" will NOT be harvested
However, the chaff will be burned by unquenchable fire

Neil Young + Promise of the Real

Europe 2016 Tour Dates

2015 Rebel Content Tour

Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Alchemy Concert Tour Reviews

Fall 2012 N. America Tour
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

Features Elvis Costello, Crosby Stills & Nash, Sheryl Crow, Josh Groban, Ben Harper, Elton John, Norah Jones, Lady Antebellum, Dave Matthews, James Taylor, Keith Urban, and others.
Proceeds from sales go to MusiCares,
which helps musicians in need of
financial and medical assistance.


"There's more to the picture
Than meets the eye"



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 & Have A Life

"Everything Is Bullshit" +
"Turn Off The News"
Turn Off the News (Build a Garden)

Neil Young 2016 Year in Review:
The Year of The Wheat

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?

The Four Dead in Ohio

May The FOUR Be With You #MayThe4thBeWithYou


dissent is not treason
Dissent is the highest form of patriotism

Rockin' In The Free World

Sing Truth to Power!
When Neil Young Speaks Truth To Power,
The World Listens

Emmylou Harris and Neil Young

Wilco and Neil Young


Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young


Elton John and Neil Young

Lynyrd Skynyrd and Neil Young


The Meaning of "Sweet Home Alabama" Lyrics

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

What does the song mean?

Random Neil Young Link of the Moment

Bonnie Raitt and Neil Young

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?"
Full Disclousre Now

"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."
... and symbolism will be their downfall...

Brighter Planet's 350 Challenge
Be The Rain, Be The Change

the truth will set you free
This Machine Kills Fascists

"Children of Destiny" - THE Part of THE Solution

(Frame from Official Music Video)

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

"greed is NOT good"
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?


Show Me A Sign

"Who is John Galt?"
To ask the question is to know the answer

"Whosoever shall give up his liberty for a temporary security
deserves neither liberty nor safety."

~~ Benjamin Franklin


(Between the lines of age)

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

~~ John & Paul

the zen of neil
the power of rust
the karma of the wheat