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Monday, October 20, 2014

Neil Young opens up on life, love of cars in 'Super Deluxe' | Q with Jian Ghomeshi | CBC Radio

From Q Exclusive: Neil Young opens up on life, love of cars in 'Super Deluxe' | Q with Jian Ghomeshi | CBC Radio:
In a two-part Canadian broadcast exclusive, Neil Young joins Jian to discuss his second memoir Special Deluxe: A Memoir of Life and Cars. In it, Young uses his obsession with cars to lead the reader on a journey through his life as an artist, musician, father and husband. "[Classic cars] are beautiful pieces of sculpture, and the artists who created them were reflecting the spirit of the time," says the singer-songwriter, whose iconic career has spanned more than five decades.


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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Al Gore and Neil Young: DreamForce '14 Keynote Address - FULL VIDEOS

Last Thursday, Neil Young gave a Keynote Address at DreamForce '14.

We found the proceedings to be quite extraordinary, seeing Neil Young give it his best with Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore on the subjects of clean energy, pure sound and the music of love.

If you're pressed for time and can not watch the full video, we would suggest that you try and find about 3 minutes to watch from ~13:00 to 16:06. This segment -- for us -- crystallizes the essence of Neil, his mission and his music.

Reimagine. Everything. indeed

And here is the following segment from DreamForce '14 where Neil Young lays out the PONO eco-system.


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Pegi Young & The Survivors: Interview + Tour Dates (updated)

Pegi Young
Photo: Tom Bejgrowicz

As we reported last month, Pegi Young & The Survivors have a new album coming out and a Fall tour scheduled.

Pegi Young & The Survivors' new album is titled "Lonely In A Crowded Room" and set for a October 27, 2014 release on New West Records. "Lonely In A Crowded Room" is Pegi's 4th album since her first release in 2007.

In a recent interview Pegi Young makes up for lost time with solo album, tour - SFGate by Aidin Vaziri:
Q: You don’t make any albums for 30 years, and now you’re on your fourth. Are you making up for lost time?

Pegi: Well, you know, timing is everything. This record was really done months ago, mostly last year. I’ve already got another set of songs just waiting to be recorded.

Q: How would you describe your brief evolution from your self-titled debut in 2007 to “Lonely in a Crowded Room”?

A: Oh, gosh. The band makeup has changed, and it took a turn to a more R&B sound. I’m quite comfortable there. I’m a California native, but I must have some Southern roots because I’ve always loved the blues, girl groups and Muscle Shoals sound. I’m also a big lyrics person.

Q: So you probably know people are going to be looking for all kinds of clues about your personal life with the songs on this record. Were you anticipating that?

A: No, not at all. Not in the slightest. This record was done well before any of the recent drama in my personal life.

Q: “Lonely in a Crowded Room” seems like such a loaded title.

A: I think it’s self-explanatory. The record was done in January. There’s very little relevance to what’s going on in my life now.

Q: Is this the first time your name is actually appearing on the bill for the Bridge School Benefit?

A: Yes, it only took 28 years. I’m so pleased.
Full interview continues at Pegi Young makes up for lost time with solo album, tour - SFGate.


October 25 ¬– Mountain View, CA @ Bridge School Benefit Concert at Shoreline Amphitheatre
October 26 ¬– Mountain View, CA @ Bridge School Benefit Concert at Shoreline Amphitheatre
October 28 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
October 30 – Seattle, WA @ Rendezvous
October 31 – Portland, OR @ White Eagle
November 2 – Vancouver, BC @ Media Club
November 3 – Bellingham, WA @ Wild Buffalo
November 5 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Moe’s Alley
November 7 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Mint
November 8 – San Juan Capistrano, CA @ Coachhouse
November 9 – Big Bear, CA @ The Cave
November 11 – Tucson, AZ @ The Fox Theatre
November 13 – Denver, CO @ Lost Lake
November 16 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas
November 17 – Pontiac, MI @ Pike Room
November 19 – New York, NY @ Rockwood
November 20 – Boston, MA @ Atwoods Tavern
November 21 – Philadelphia, PA @ Tin Angel


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The Road RasCals Arrive! Bridge Ride Update

The Road RasCals have completed their journey and arrived safely on the West Coast.

Earlier this year, we learned of a delightful planned adventure of some Bridge supporters this Fall. (see The Road RasCals To Ride Across The West for The Bridge Kids).

Kloe and Lilly biked from Denver, CO to Los Angeles, CA this Fall in order to raise money for The Bridge School.

Here's a final update:
To all my loyal friends,

It has been close to two weeks since we arrived at Manhattan Beach (which is in LA). I would have sent this out sooner, but coulda-shoulda-woulda.

I want to send a final thank you to everyone for supporting The Bridge School and us in this adventure. We raised over $2,000 for the school and even got a thank-you comment on the blog from the executive director of The Bridge School.

As many of you know (because I never stopped talking about it), this trip absorbed my life for the six-plus months leading up to it, and I want to say a particular thanks for putting up with me having no other conversational topics during that time.

I could go on for a while saying thanks and telling you all how amazing you are, but unlike me, you all have jobs and don’t have endless time to read the emails I send.

So alas, I’ll just end here with a final Thank You for helping raise money for a school that I care a lot about and that does some amazing work.


Awesome job Kloe and Lilly! Keep on pedaling in the free world!


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Friday, October 17, 2014

"Happiness is the valuable commodity and that's what makes life good"- Neil Young | WSJ

Neil Young
Photo by Matt Furman for The Wall Street Journal
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Here's to all of our happiness.


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Thursday, October 16, 2014

LIVE STREAM: Neil Young Keynote at DreamForce '14

Neil Young & Al Gore

“I don’t think there’s anybody, I know a bunch of musicians, I know the culture, and I don’t think there’s anybody in the world that has the position and respect that you have in the music community. All these young rockers out there, they look up to you.”
~~Al Gore

Here's the live stream feed of Neil Young's Keynote at DreamForce '14 | Reimagine. Everything.

About this session

We would like to introduce you to some incredible individuals whose work is literally transforming the world for the better. These speakers will inspire us, deepen our awareness and help us take action on what it takes to create a fully vibrant and thriving life for ourselves and the planet. Neil Young is here to talk about how we can access the highest quality music that has ever been created. Al Gore will talk about how we can - indeed must - develop greater awareness of our global ecosystem. And Arianna Huffington and Eckhart Tolle will talk about what it means to truly thrive as human beings. These amazing individuals, each in their respective fields, show us that by re-imagining the way we live and work, we can transform ourselves and the world.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

"He was definitely not like anybody else": Bob Lefsetz on Neil Young on Howard Stern Show

Neil Young On Howard Stern

Yesterday, Neil Young had a busy day in New York City.

He was the guest on the Howard Stern Show | Sirius XM, Mad Money with Jim Cramer | CNBC and , The Colbert Report | Colbert Nation | Comedy Central. Oh, and a book signing at Barnes & Noble that had a line out the door and around the block by 9AM, hours ahead of Neil's arrival.

OK, so Neil's out hawking product right? A book, album, film, music file player, etc. Well, yes and no. Actually, out of all this, not much news was made whatsoever. Way too much David Crosby for our tastes. Not that we have anything against C or S or N anything, but really. Didn't we go through this all once before in the 1970's?

So how about that Howard Stern interview with Neil Young yesterday? Lots of chatter and thoughts out there on the internets. From the consummate music industry insider/outsider Bob Lefsetz -- one of the very few music writers today that begins to come close to understanding Neil Young -- on the Howard Stern Show.

Neil Young On Howard Stern by Bob Lefsetz

What an original!

We’ve been told that selling out is a choice. But the truth is Neil Young is just wired different. You can’t emulate him, because you’re not him.

This interview was very slow to get going. Because Neil was reluctant. And he was mimicking his hero Bob Dylan, refusing to explain his songs and obfuscating in interviews. But then Neil started revealing his choices and they were so different from everybody else’s that you couldn’t help but marvel.

Like being pissed at the cameramen at Woodstock, to the point of yelling for him to get off the stage, the result being Neil’s absence from the movie. But he didn’t care.

And this is fascinating, because dedicated Stern listeners know that Leslie West believes his career cratered as a result of not being in the flick, that his manager’s decision for Mountain not to be in the movie hurt him forevermore.

But then there was the refusal to be on the “Tonight Show” with Buffalo Springfield because it wasn’t their audience. Can you imagine that today? Someone refusing to do press because the audience might not be right? Ever since the Police the goal is world domination, and if you’re not interested, I’m gonna beat you over the head and convince you.

And then the refusal to get back together with CS&N. Sure, he’s got a feud with Crosby, but even more interesting was the lack of motivation. Howard talked about the fans, Neil didn’t care about the fans, he cared about the music, to go play the greatest hits so people could hear them and everybody could make money held no interest.

And then Neil unloaded on AGT [America's Got Talent TV game show]. He repeated it a few times, wondered why Howard Stern did the show.

And that’s when the gap was fully evident. Neil Young was refusing to play the game. He wasn’t gonna come on and reveal all his warts and make like they’re all friends just to sell his latest forgettable product.

And let’s be clear, that is why he was on, to flog Pono and his book and his album, which is kind of sad, I’d be more impressed if Neil dropped by with nothing to sell, but in these moments the divide between broadcaster and talent, between talker and singer, between performer and artist, could not have been more evident. Neil Young was gonna be himself, he could only be himself, and it made Howard and his show look small.

That’s how it used to be, when musicians were giants who walked the earth towering over all other media. Before the best and the brightest went into tech and all we got was an endless parade of yes people willing to bend over to get reamed by not only the industry but the corporations. Who can believe in people like that?

And sure, there was some detailing of how the songs came together, but to say this interview was great would be to overestimate it. At the end it finally flew, Neil relaxed, didn’t deny he was dating Daryl Hannah, said he loved to paddle board, but this was not a morning in the clubhouse so much as a glimpse into the mind of an artist.

Who lives in his own head and doesn’t follow the charts and has no idea of this popular culture of which you speak because he’s doing his own thing.

And I don’t agree with all of Neil’s choices, nor do I think much of his recent material is genius. Then again, even he thinks he’s repeating himself.

But you don’t often get a chance to peek into the brain of an original artist who impacted the culture and is still here, with his faculties intact, not retired, but continuing to push the envelope.

I implore everybody making music to listen to this interview. Not because it’s great, because, as I stated above, it’s not, but because it illustrates you’ve got choices.

You don’t have to write hits.

You don’t have to listen to your label.

Your manager’s job is to free you up, to respect your wishes, to allow you time to create.

We’re so far from the garden I doubt we can ever get back.

There will always be music.

But that does not mean it will be art.

Art requires artists. Who question. Who take chances. Who hew to the vibrations of their own inner tuning fork, who we pay attention to because of their strength in following their vision, in continuing to search without compromise.

Whew. It was definitely Neil.

But he was definitely not like anybody else.
Thanks Bob! And thanks Howard. We, listened. Yes, there will always be music but not necessarily art. And there will always be Neil but not necessarily music or art (maybe cars or tech gadgets or films or books) -- just the real truth. Neil's truth.

Everyone owns their very own real truth. All else is illusion...

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