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Saturday, November 22, 2014

NEW VIDEO: "All Those Dreams" by Neil Young + Thrasher's Wheat Radio Tonight


Here's a new music video of the song "All Those Dreams" by Neil Young from the new album Storytone.

Video features 92-piece, in-studio orchestra that was arranged, conducted and co-produced by Michael Bearden and Chris Walden.

This is video #6 of the Storytone album rollout.

Also, see Review of the Moment: Neil Young's 'Storytone'.

Tonight, Saturday, Nov 22 at 9:00 PM EST, the Thrasher's Wheat Radio on WBKM.org will have new music by Neil Young, conversation and news.

Tune in details and podcast info @ Thrashers Wheat Radio Hour.


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REVIEW: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: CSNY 1974

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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's long awaited box set from the 1974 concert tour was finally released earlier this year and still providing lots of enjoyable listening -- even as the guys continue to bicker about among themselves.

From a review of CSNY 1974 in All About Jazz by Doug Collette:
Quite early on CSNY 1974 clarifies that the group's democracy was a misconception pure and simple. While Crosby eventually wrote some of the most memorable of the group's latter-day songs (an early example of which here is "The Lee Shore"), neither songs of his like "Carry Me" nor those of Nash such as "Immigration Man" measure up to those of Stills even at his most facile, like this hard-to-recognize arrangment of "Love the One You're With." And Neil Young consistently trumps the other three with the haunting poetry in material like "Helpless," the result of which dynamic renders it little surprise that the unmistakable vibrancy of genuine chemistry, fleeting at best over the four hours plus total playing time , is usually most noticeable on tunes of the erstwhile Canadian's, such as "Only Love Can Break Your Heart." Intentionally or unintentionally, this (excruciatingly?) detailed archive piece may then be the most accurate depiction of the imbalance of talent and skill within this volatile set of relationships including the erratic one with its audience. As such, it may constitute an act of courage on the part of the group to release it.
Se full review of CSNY 1974 in All About Jazz.


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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Neil Young’s Producer Niko Bolas Reflects On New LP Storytone | Live Design


Niko Bolas and Neil Young

Neil Young’s new album Storytone was produced by Niko Bolas, who has worked with Young before on several other albums, including Freedom (1989), Ragged Glory (1990), and Living With War (2006).

From an interview with Niko Bolas in Live Design:
Bolas recalls, “In working on the album’s fuller version, which we recorded second, the main experiment was to have Neil sing without holding an instrument. I encouraged him not to hold an instrument because it changed his phrasing completely – he became a singer, not a singer-songwriter. There is a big difference there, and it’s one that we hadn’t gotten around to exploring before. Suddenly you’re focusing on where you put your consonants, how long you hold your vowels, how you deliver the lyric. And that is not to take anything away from Neil’s vocal takes on all the other records he’s done, with me or otherwise – obviously he’s one of the all-time great rock singers, period; but taking the guitar or keyboard away from him really changed his approach, and he adapted beautifully, and frankly it sets this work apart from all the other great albums in his catalog.”

That isn’t to say that Bolas was pushing Young into uncomfortable territory or commandeering the project: “There’s really no ‘producing’ Neil,” Bolas laughs. “What you have to do is gather the adjectives he’s giving you and figure out how to build it. He had noted to me before how it was a dream of his to stand in the middle of a room and sing with an orchestra. When we started tracking his vocals, on the downbeat it was terrifying, but within about 30 seconds, he understood and was comfortable, and there was no stopping him after that.”
Complete interview with Niko Bolas in Live Design.

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TRIBUTE: Happy 69th Birthday, Neil Young, Santa Barbara, CA - Nov. 25


Songwriters At Play presents a tribute to the legendary Neil Young.

Songs planned include: Sugar Mountain, Helpless, Southern Man, Harvest Moon, Heart of Gold, Mister Soul, Rockin' in the Free World, and many more. Performers include Kiki Ebsen, Pi Jacobs, Ben Justus, CV Wells, Karen Tyler, Daniel Lower, James Houlahan, Joe Hamilton, Steve Key, and Susan Marie Reeves.

Cover charge is $12; tickets are available at the door. This show is open to all ages. Doors open 6:30, show begins at 7:30pm. To get the best seats, make dinner reservations at 805-962-7776. Soho Restaurant & Music Club, 1221 State Street #205, Santa Barbara, www.sohosb.com

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Tribute! Happy 69th Birthday, Neil Young
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

UPDATE: Neil Young Says Goodbye to Starbucks & Starbucks Says "Hello???"


Last week, Neil Young published an open letter on his official news site where he said Goodbye to Starbucks Coffee Corporation. Neil was motivated by the GMO labeling controversy in Vermont that the Monsanto Corporation is involved in.

Naturally, this seemed to have agitated many coffee drinkers and GMO supporters around the world, judging by the comments we received on ThrashersWheatNeverSleeps | Facebook (101) and elsewhere.

Now, Starbucks has responded and Says It Has Nothing to Do With a High-Profile GMO Lawsuit | TIME. The coffee giant released a statement denying that it is involved in the litigation.
“Starbucks is not a part of any lawsuit pertaining to GMO labeling nor have we provided funding for any campaign,” the statement says. “Starbucks is not aligned with Monsanto to stop food labeling or block Vermont State law.”
So, as with many thing, this has gotten a bit complicated.

First, here is the SomeOfUS petition language referenced in his statement:
Starbucks doesn't think you have the right to know what's in your coffee. So it's teamed up with Monsanto to sue the small U.S. state of Vermont to stop you from finding out.

Hiding behind the shadowy "Grocery Manufacturers Association", Starbucks is supporting a lawsuit that's aiming to block a landmark law that requires genetically-modified ingredients be labeled. Amazingly, it claims that the law is an assault on corporations' right to free speech. Even a local Vermont company, Green Mountain Coffee, has joined in.

SumOfUs members have already chipped in to support Vermont's legal defense fund. Now, we need to undermine the Grocery Manufacturers Association's base. Monsanto might not care what we think -- but as a public-facing company, Starbucks does. If we can generate enough attention, we can push Starbucks to withdraw its support for the lawsuit, and then pressure other companies to do the same.

Sign the petition to tell Starbucks and Green Mountain Coffee to withdraw their support for the lawsuit against Vermont, and stop fighting accurate food labeling.

Vermont is a small, entirely rural state with just 600,000 people. It’s a classic David and Goliath fight between Vermont and Monsanto. Considering that Starbucks has been progressive on LGBT and labor issues in the past, it's disappointing that it is working with the biggest villain of them all, Monsanto.

There’s much more at stake here than just whether GMO foods will be labeled in a single U.S. state. Vermont is the very first state in the U.S. to require labeling. Dozens of other states have said that they will follow this path -- in order to encourage this, we need to ensure that Vermont's law stands strong.

That's why Monsanto and its new allies are fighting so hard to kill GMO labeling in Vermont.

But whatever you think of GMOs, corporations should not be using massive lawsuits to overturn legitimate, democratic decisions with strong public backing.

SumOfUs is already fighting back -- we helped Vermont raise almost a quarter of a million dollars to defend themselves against Monsanto’s bullying! But the next strategic step is to pressure and call out members of the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the shadowy body leading the lawsuit.

Add your voice now. Tell Starbucks and Green Mountain Coffee to stop supporting the lawsuit against Vermont.
So -- naturally -- lots of spin and hairsplitting on the subject.

Second, folks on both sides of the GMO issue are making claims about the health impacts of GMO food.

Last we checked, according to a new correlation study published in the Journal of Organic Systems:
“Within the last 20 years there has been an alarming increase in serious illnesses in the US, along with a marked decrease in life expectancy (Bezruchka, 2012). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that the cost of diabetes and diabetes-related treatment was approximately $116 billion dollars in 2007.

Estimated costs related to obesity were $147 billion in 2008 and cardiovascular diseases and stroke were $475.3 billion in 2009. Health care expenditures in the US totaled 2.2 trillion dollars in 2007 (CDC, 2013a). The onset of serious illness is appearing in increasingly younger cohorts. The US leads the world in the increase in deaths due to neurological diseases between 1979-81 and 2004-06 for the 55-65 age group (Pritchard et al., 2013).”

“During this same time period, there has been an exponential increase in the amount of glyphosate applied to food crops and in the percentage of GE food crops planted (Benbrook, 2012). We undertook a study to see if correlations existed between the rise of GE crops, the associated glyphosate use and the rise in chronic disease in the US.”
So if you think that GMO's are great, it would appear that you might just be onboard with the de-population agenda, because it sure seems to be working pretty well.

The bottom line is that if citizens of the State of Vermont want to require GMO labeling, that's their business and Starbucks, Monsanto and Grocery Manufacturers Association should stop interfering.

Freedom of choice

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Human-Highway.org Back Online! Rainer Lives!

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After a 7-month hiatus, Human-Highway.org and Bad-News-Beat.org are back in business, thanks to a team dedicated to keeping the work of Baron Rouge (Rainer) and those who came before him - alive.

Human Highway is a community created to talk about all things Neil-related, and the many eclectic tangents that ensue. Bad News Beat is more newsy - but both are user friendly and interactive. This year BNB surpassed 1 million guest views.

Updating both sites and fine-tuning all of the capabilities and offerings will take a little bit of time. The fuzzy lyrics search engine on HH is up and running. As always, both sites welcome comments, opinions, reviews from roving reporters, etc.

A message from the Albert, the "Lighthouse," the new owner of HH & BNB:
"Thrasher, maybe you remember this time in Berlin (June 2013) with Baron Rouge and me. We exchanged T-shirts in a club just before the Neil Young & Crazy Horse concert.

After almost 20 years of knowing each other on the Internet, always on the Human Highway with all this Neil stuff, you and Baron Rouge met for the first time, personally. You were standing facing each other, looking at each other and shaking hands.

Some time later, suddenly and unexpectedly our Baron, died. We, the Neil Young community of Germany and the U.S. were very distressed and sad. It was our Baron Rouge, who especially brought so much energy and spirit in this NY stuff. His websites and mailing lists "Human-Highway" and" Bad-News-Beat " were our sources of information - our platforms for the joy and pleasure in everything Neil and what we made of it.

The Baron was working constantly, with tremendous energy to on these, his babies.

When he passed away, we felt this great loss of energy and love. A vacuum opened, which was obviously not to close. The websites were frozen and "Cortez" shut down, his beloved server.

Who`s gonna stand up? Yes, here we did! The whole 20-year-old work of the Baron's for the Human Highway should not be in vain.

I am very, very proud to have these friends, who helped here in Germany and in the U.S. to revive these beloved and historical projects.

So here was are again on the Human Highway and BNB. Cortez is on. He will continue, otherwise determined, because the shoes of our beloved Baron Rouge were very large.

We do our best to Neil and the people on the Human Highway.

Thrasher, for you many, many good wishes! I hope you gallop for a long time on your Highway!

Thanks,
Albert "Opa" Lighthouse
Thanks, Sharon & Albert for the great news! Human Highway, BNB & Rainer Live On!


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Sunday, November 16, 2014

▶ Neil Young Speaks Out Against Pipeline and Tar Sands in CANADA



Earlier this year, Neil Young launched the "Honor The Treaties" tour and spoke out against the Tar Sands Pipeline in Canada.

Speaking with David Suzuki at Massey Hall, Toronto on Jan 12, 2014.

As the issue continues to heat up, we know who's gonna stand up ... and we know who the sitters are as well.

Who's gonna stand up and save the earth?
Who's gonna say that she's had enough?
Who's gonna take on the big machine?
Who's gonna stand up and save the earth?
This all starts with you and me!


It's up to you & me now...

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

LIVE STREAM: Happy Neil Young Birthday Tribute from WBKM.org



In honor of Neil Young's birthday, WBKM.org will be hosting a celebration tonight. It's WBKM's birthday, as well, so if you're in Burlington, VT area, check it out.

So Happy Birthday Neil! Long may you run. It's all just a magical ride. enjoy.

The Neil Young Tribute band Real Old & Insane Donkey is scheduled to hit the stage about 9:30EST.



Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

A long-standing landmark on Main Street in Burlington, VT, Nectar’s restaurant and bar has been the headquarters for thousands of local, regional and national music acts. From Phish to Grace Potter, from reggae to rock, Nectar’s Bar and Lounge is known as "THE" place to see live music in downtown Burlington.

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Neil Young Says Goodbye to Starbucks Coffee Corporation

Well, Neil Young continues on his roll against the ongoing global insanity in his latest open letter published on the official news site NY Times. After denouncing corporate corruption, fossil fuel foolishness, and poor quality MP3's -- among other crusades -- now Neil Young is going after Starbucks Corporation, Monsanto Corporation and GMO's. And standing up for the good folks up in Vermont.
GOODBYE STARBUCKS!!!

I used to line up and get my latte everyday, but yesterday was my last one.

Starbucks has teamed up with Monsanto to sue Vermont, and stop accurate food labeling.

Tell Starbucks to withdraw support for the lawsuit -- we have a right to know what we put in our mouths.

Starbucks doesn't think you have the right to know what's in your coffee. So it's teamed up with Monsanto to sue the small U.S. state of Vermont to stop you from finding out.

Hiding behind the shadowy "Grocery Manufacturers Association," Starbucks is supporting a lawsuit that's aiming to block a landmark law that requires genetically-modified ingredients be labeled. Amazingly, it claims that the law is an assault on corporations' right to free speech.

Monsanto might not care what we think -- but as a public-facing company, Starbucks does. If we can generate enough attention, we can push Starbucks to withdraw its support for the lawsuit, and then pressure other companies to do the same.

Vermont is a small, entirely rural state with just 600,000 people. It's a classic David and Goliath fight between Vermont and Monsanto. Considering that Starbucks has been progressive on LGBT and labor issues in the past, it's disappointing that it is working with the biggest villain of them all, Monsanto.

There's much more at stake here than just whether GMO foods will be labeled in a single U.S. state. Vermont is the very first state in the U.S. to require labeling. Dozens of other states have said that they will follow this path -- in order to encourage this, we need to ensure that Vermont's law stands strong.

That's why Monsanto and its new allies are fighting so hard to kill GMO labeling in Vermont.

But whatever you think of GMOs, corporations should not be using massive lawsuits to overturn legitimate, democratic decisions with strong public backing.

SumOfUs is already fighting back -- they helped Vermont raise almost a quarter of a million dollars to defend themselves against Monsanto's bullying! Help them by going to SumOfUs and registering to donate or sign a petition. The next strategic step is to pressure and call out members of the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the shadowy body leading the lawsuit. Your backing can help.

Add your voice now. Tell Starbucks to stop supporting the lawsuit against Vermont.

Thanks for caring!

Neil Young
Nov 9, 2014
Vancouver BC Canada

"Dream up, dream up, let me fill you cup..."

OK, so what's next? Maybe we can get Neil to go after endless war? Oh yeah, "Living with War". Maybe support alternative fuels? Oh yeah, Linc Volt. Support family farmers and healthy food maybe? Oh yeah, Farm Aid concerts.

And don't get Neil started on environmentally destructive cotton t-shirts for concert tours...

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That Neil. Such a Humanitarian Rebel With Causes.

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