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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

CONCERT PHOTO GALLERY: Neil Young @ the Academy of Music - 2014

Neil Young @ the Academy of Music
Photo by Meredith Kleiber | City Paper
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A nice concert gallery of Neil Young @ the Academy of Music in Philadelphia - October 8, 2014 by Meredith Kleiber.


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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Linda Ronstadt Cover of Neil Young's "Birds"

Linda Ronstadt covering Neil Young's "Birds" (from album After the Goldrush) on her 1972 self titled album.

Linda Ronstadt, with James Taylor, sang backup on "Heart of Gold" -- Neil Young's only number one hit single in his long musical career. Also, Ronstadt, with Nicolette Larson, sang on Neil Young's 1977 album, American Stars 'n Bars, with Linda Ronstadt on the tracks "Old Country Waltz", "Saddle Up the Palomino", "Bite the Bullet", "Hold Back the Tears", and "Hey Babe".

"Hanging on a Limb" and "The Ways of Love" on Freedom. (Thanks Jeff G.!)

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

RARE POSTER: Human Highway Film

Rare Human Highway Film Poster
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Here's a rare Human Highway by Neil Young film poster via Steve Cross in Wichita, Kansas.

It's hand numbered #109/200 edition and signed by Neil Young , Russ Tamblyn and Dean Stockwell at the bottom
border, dated 3/19/1980. This poster appears to be an early version/promo that came out before the often seen movie poster.

Thanks Steve C in Wichita!

More on Neil Young at SXSW for Human Highway Director's Cut Screening and on last night's Thrasher's Wheat Radio on WBKM.org.

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Neil Young 2004 Interview + First 8 Minutes of Greendale Film

After today's posting on our beloved Greendale album, here's an interview with Neil Young from 2004 via SPIKE.

Also, here is the first 8 minutes of Greendale.

Not a concert film and not a musical, but elements of both are mixed with astral elements straight from the brain of filmmaker and rock legend Neil Young to create a unique storytelling collage. A young girl named Sun Green has her sociopolitical awakening when a member of her family is accused of killing a cop. Young's songs percolate through the film and ostensibly out of the mouths of his characters -- they're lip-synching to give full aural effect to the music.

More on truth of Neil Young's Greendale .

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Yes, There's Corruption on THE HIGHEST FLOOR: Yet More Inconvenient Truth in Greendale

'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

As many of our long time readers here at Thrasher's Wheat know, we have long since declared "The Inconvenient Truth of Greendale".

Mainly this observation centered on the album's environmental call to action and it's plea to respect Mother Nature and all of her creations. But environmentalism is but just one of the many themes of Neil Young's 2003 album Greendale, which we once boldly declared "the most important album of 2003, the musical equivalent of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring".

Greendale Graphic Novel
By Joshua Dysart/Cliff Chiang

The really, truly inconvenient truth of Greendale is its uncomfortable confrontation with themes such as the power of mass media and global corporations, loss of personal freedoms and privacy, destruction of the environment, rampant fraud and corruption, an out of balance government and breakdown of the family. All of which we've detailed before here, here, and here.

And, yes, there is corruption on the highest floor. Quite obviously... at least to us from where we stand. Maybe not to you. Maybe not yet. But if it is not obvious to you as of yet, hopefully it will be before it's too late. Not to sound ominous here or anything, but into your life it will creep.

We all remember those post 9-11 days when so much made so little sense. For us, Greendale was like a sledgehammer to the anvil of truth and awakened this blog from it's post-9/11 dormancy. We can specifically recall receiving a comment back in late 2002/early 2003 which said: "Something has gone seriously wrong."

But what? How? And more importantly, how to fix this derailed streetcar named "Democracy"?

Officer Carmichael Pulling Over Jed
' "Carmichael you asshole,"
the new widow sobbed beneath her veil,
"shot down in the line of duty
is this how justice never fails?" '

Over the intervening years, we've often alluded to the problem and solution. Sometimes directly, sometimes obliquely. And while we could just type it all out plainly in all caps HERE'S THE PROBLEM and HERE'S THE SOLUTION, we know that this approach will not work. Here's why.

Everyone has to find their own truth and deal with it. Right now, our truth and our solution is likely to be so vastly different for so many that to do so would be unhelpful. That said, anyone who puts in the effort can find that liberating freedom, inner peace and unconditional love.

Just remember, "It's all illusion anyway".

“You take the blue pill, the story ends. You wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe.
You take the red pill, you stay in wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.”

~~ The Matrix

But do not get trapped in the duality of the Matrix. It's not simply a choice between a red pill and a blue pill. It's about dropping the "Psychedelic Pill".

A Psychedelic Pill

When Neil says drop the "Psychedelic Pill", recall that his mother had told him a trip was a fall... and don't mention babies at all... never. Yet you must use discernment at all times.

Greendale Sign

So onward towards the looming "Big Shift"...

You can make a difference if you really try so be the rain!

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Neil Young at SXSW for Human Highway Director's Cut Screening

Human Highway poster image

Tomorrow, Neil Young will be at SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas to attend a screening of his 1982 movie ‘Human Highway’ at the Paramount on Congress. Young will hold a Q&A after the screening.

Neil Young's 1982 post-apocalyptic musical comedy, has long been out of circulation and is regarded as a cult classic with its mythical history of production mayhem, post-production chaos and forgotten legacy.

Earlier this year - just prior to the World Premiere of Human Highway (Director's Cut) at the Toronto International Film Festival -- Thrasher's Wheat had an exclusive Q&A session with a member of Neil Young's Shakey Pictures crew who worked on the research, editing and meticulous restoration under the supervision of Director Bernard Shakey.

Image from Human Highway

Human Highway (Director's Cut) Trailer from Shakey Pictures on Vimeo.

Human Highway (Director's Cut) Clip 1 from Shakey Pictures on Vimeo.

Human Highway (Director's Cut) Clip 2 from Shakey Pictures on Vimeo.

More at Shakey Pictures - Human Highway.

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So What Really Happened at Kent State?


dissent is not treason
Dissent is the highest form of patriotism

Rockin' In The Free World

speak truth to power

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What does the song mean?

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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"

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Love and Only Love

"Thinking about what 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

Does Anything Else Really Matter?

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

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Maybe everything you think you know is wrong?
"It's all illusion anyway."

Propaganda = Mind Control
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
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"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

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Yes, There's Definitely A Hole in The Sky

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