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Sunday, December 21, 2014

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

Neil Young Dedicates the Hall of Fame Award to Ben Keith in Heaven
Nashville, 1/28/14
Photo by Karen Kraft / The Tennessean

Neil Young
The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing GRAMMY Event
Village Recording Studios, Los Angeles, California - January 21st, 2014

Neil & Pegi Young - GRAMMY's 1/27/2014

Stephen Stills & Neil Young
The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing GRAMMY Event
Village Recording Studios, Los Angeles, California - January 21st, 2014

NEW ALBUM: Neil Young's A Letter Home Vinyl LP Released

Neil Young
Dolby Theatre, Los Angeles, CA, 04/02/2014
Photo by Jeff Allen

Thoughts on the Return of “Thrasher” After 36 Years
Setlist Los Angeles, CA, 3/29/2014
Photo by Candy Butterscotch

Maybe The Best Neil Young Concert Review EVER
Dallas 18 Apr 2014
photo by Sten Thorborg

Jack White and Neil Young on The Tonight Show - May 12

Neil Young & Crazy Horse cover "Born In The USA"
w/ Nils Lofgren & "The Signing Cheerleaders"
Photos via Wildaboutmusic - David Wild

Laurel Krause (Allison Krause's sister)
44th Anniversary Update on Kent State Truth Tribunal

Neil Young Rejects & Protects: KXL Rally - Washington, DC - April 26, 2014

Neil Young and Crazy Horse Europe Summer 2014 Concert Tour Reviews

Neil Young & Crazy Horse
2014-07-12, Hyde Park, London, England
Photo by Paolo Brillo

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's Live 1974 Box Set Details Announced

Neil Young's Donates To Coexistence Music Following Israel Concert Cancellation

"Plastic Flowers"

Neil Young is Back in the Recording Studio with Full Orchestra + Choir (Storytone Album)
George Doering, Chris Walden, and Neil Young (L to R)
Recording Chris Walden's arrangements at Sony Pictures Scoring Stage
via Gina Zimmitti Music Contracting | Facebook

Interview: "You can't conceive of the pleasure in my smile" - Neil Young's early years explored by Canadian author Sharry Wilson

Neil Young at Farm Aid 2014 Press Conference
Walnut Creek Amphitheatre - Raleigh, North Carolina - September 13, 2014

Human Highway poster image
EXCLUSIVE: Q&A on Human Highway Director's Cut
World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival

Field of Dreams: "Harvest the Hope" Cornfield Concert


"Who's Gonna Stand Up?"

Lukas Nelson, Neil Young, Micah Nelson & Promise Of The Real
HIGHLIGHTS: 2014 Bridge School Benefit Concerts - Pearl Jam, Florence & The Machine, Brian Wilson, Norah Jones, + More
Photo by Jay Blakesburg | Facebook

"Happiness is the valuable commodity and that's what makes life good"- Neil Young | WSJ
Photo by Matt Furman for The Wall Street Journal

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

Neil Young Keynote at DreamForce '14

Special Deluxe: A Memoir of Life & Cars by Neil Young

Neil Young On Howard Stern

The Colbert Report Interviews Neil Young, Oct. 14

Neil Young & Crazy Host

Neil Young's 1st Art Gallery Exhibit: Special Deluxe

36 Years Since Our Last "Thrasher": Neil Young, Philadelphia - October 8, 2014
Neil Young, Philadelphia - October 8, 2014
(Video by Sister Terri)

"The Missing Link" in Neil Young's "Ditch Quadrilogy" Finally Released

Neil Young Says Goodbye to Starbucks

Crazy Horse's Billy Talbot Suffers Mild Stroke, Expects Full Recovery
Melbourne, AUS Concert Reviews of Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Mar 13, 2013
via Michael S.J. | Photos of Rusties

Broken Arrow Magazine To Cease Publishing - The Final Issue for NYAS?
Photo by Uwe Grahl | Facebook

Dr. Rainer B., AKA “The Baron,” “Baron Rouge” and “Dr. Nusskopf”
In Memory of The Red Baron: Human Highway Founder Completes Final Upload To Cloud

Rick Rosas: 1949 - 2014
Liverpool, England - July 13, 2014
Photo by Paolo Brillo

Neil & Pegi + Ben & Friends
2014 Bridge School Benefit Concerts
Photo by Chuck N. | Rusties | Facebook

"Who's Gonna Stand Up and Save The Earth?"
Neil Young @ "Harvest the Hope Concert
Photo by Ryan Henriksen for The New York Times

Unlike some of those years of Neil Young past -- 2014 was one of the most heartbreaking years of all.

The man's productivity, resilience and sheer drive continues to be both amazing and inspiring.

We began 2014 with our sense of dread as the looming "Big Shift" rolled on, yet here we all are -- both irrevocably changed -- and yet still much the same as we ever were.

2014 had many amazing highlights as noted above for both Neil Young and Thrasher's Wheat.

Once again, we ponder that age old question: Is Neil burning out or fading away? We argue that he is neither. Neil Young is the quintessential survivor.

So we celebrate the music, achievements and all the good folks at Shakey Pictures. Onwards to 2015!

As for us? We're still excited about evolving our collaboration Thrasher's Wheat Radio with WBKM.org. So we'll see you down the road in 2015.

because it's not about us.
and it's not about you.
it's all about about us.
you & me.

peace & love,
thrasher & thrashette
ps - For all of you who help us wage heavy wheat and made contributions of support recently, thank you notes have been going out and we hope to get them all completed by the end of the year. Apologies on delay and we truly appreciate your support.

It means that much to us, to mean that much to you.

Cowboy Indian Alliance Protests Keystone XL Pipeline in Washington, D.C. - April 26, 2014
Photo by Hounds That Howell


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FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT: Poncho Sampedro - Uncut Magazine, Jan 2015

Poncho & Neil - ~1991

As we promised on last night's Thrashers Wheat Radio Hour on wbkm.org, we've now linked the full transcript from Uncut Magazine's Jan 2015 Neil Young cover issue interview with Frank "Poncho" Sampedro on Uncut.co.uk by Michael Bonner:
Uncut Magazine: How’s Billy doing?

Poncho: I talked to him last week. He seemed to be fine. He went to The Bridge concert and I also talked to some people who saw him there and they said he looked fine. He looked just the same as ever, just maybe moving a little slower. He’s just finished another record, he’s working on his own music. I talked to him he said he played piano on a lot of songs and he’s playing guitar and bass. Al his faculties are back. He’s got to gather his strength, they put you on a lot of medications when you have a stroke. So it’ll be a matter of time before they take him off some of those.

Uncut Magazine: You’d been rehearsing with Billy before he had a stroke?

Poncho: We rehearsed for three days for that tour at the Fox Theater in Oakland, California. Rehearsals were going really well. We had a set made up, at least a lot of possibilities for a set. Neil was going to work on that. We were going to have a few more days to rehearse in Iceland before we started. Then I came home from that. I got a phone call the next day; on the drive home, Billy was driving from Oakland to South Dakota and that’s where he suffered the stroke. I got a phone call from Elliot Roberts telling me that Billy had a stroke. We were pretty worried at that time. His wife was driving. He actually told me, it was kind of odd, he said he didn’t even know that he had a stroke. They stopped, I guess at Salt Lake City, Utah, he said then when he went to step out of the car, his foot wouldn’t work. He said, ‘If I hadn’t got out of the car I wouldn’t even know that I’d had a stroke.’ So I guess it was a mild stroke, my mother had a few mild strokes and she said she just felt like she took a nap. So unless it’s something that really disables part of your system, you don’t notice it too much.

Uncut Magazine: Was it ever likely the tour might not happen?

Poncho: My first inkling when Elliot called me was the tour is cancelled. Then the next day, I got a call from Neil and he said he talked to Rick Rosas and said, “We got a bass player, we can do this.” He said, “Why don’t you just sing most of Billy’s parts?” You know I don’t sing that often in the band. I’m not the world’s best harmony singer, in fact I pretty much suck at it. If I know a part, once I get it, I can sing it over and over again forever. But getting it is the hard thing! I was enthusiastic that morning. I told Neil, “Yeah, I’ll fill in for Billy, I’ll take over, I’ll do what I can.” I worked on it all that day. I went through all the songs we had, I started singing background parts to figure out Billy’s parts. I remember I called Neil back the next morning, my voice was hoarse. I said, “Neil, I can’t do it. I’m going to be the cause of really screwing up some shows if I have to sing on all of those. It’s not going to be fun.” He said, “Don’t worry, we’ll get some background singers.”
(Thanks bh @ BNB, Nathan & all!)

To continue to full transcript from Uncut Magazine's Jan 2015 Neil Young cover issue interview with Frank "Poncho" Sampedro on Uncut.co.uk by Michael Bonner.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Neil Young's Pono Coming to Tesla & Lincoln Continental Cars | Digital Trends

Tesla Roadster 2.5

Well, when we started blogging on TW way back when, we never imagined that we would veer into such esoteric topics as hybrid car technology or Tar Sands or pristine audio or GMO's or whatever Neil's passion of the moment might be.

So once again, here we go with a post that doesn't exactly target the typical TW reader/Neil Young fan (however you may define that aside). That is unless you're in the market for a car with a MSRP of $109,000 or so.

The latest automotive news is that Neil Young's Pono is coming to future Tesla and Lincoln Continental cars via Digital Trends By Nick Jaynes:
Harman has been working to create eerily quiet cabins by installing its sound-cancelling technology into cars. With this revelation, we now know it’s working to do more than alleviate road-caused white noise. It also wants to fill your cabin with high-def music as well.

Perhaps most interesting, though, is the idea that the PonoPlayer’s hi-res music will go hand in hand with Harman’s noise cancelling tech, not only giving users a silent ride, but a cabin that is specifically enhanced to allow the driver to enjoy the precise detail and greater dynamic range afforded by hi-res music. We can only hope the rest of the system components will be up to snuff as well.

While we’re simply speculating at this point, we can imagine that Harman will install Pono’s high-def audio hardware into its in-car sound systems. Together with onboard LTE Wi-Fi, we can imagine owners will also be able to download tracks from the Pono music store directly to their car.
More on Neil Young's PONO and quest for the perfect note.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Randy Bachman Planning to Release "Heavy Blues" Album in 2015 Featuring Neil Young, Frampton & Other Stars - Music News - ABC News Radio

Randy Bachman & Neil Young - ~2009

Randy Bachman is planning to release an album titled "Heavy Blues" in 2015 which features Neil Young, Peter Frampton and others according to ABC News Radio. (Thanks HoundsThatHowell!)

Bachman tells ABC News that he's recording a new blues album that he's planning to call Heavy Blues, which he expects to release in March 2015. Among the stars he's tapped to contribute to the record are his old pal Neil Young, Peter Frampton, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, contemporary blues whiz Joe Bonamassa and Scott Holiday from the modern-rock act Rival Sons. In addition, Randy reveals that the release will include a live collaboration between him and the late Jeff Healey that Healey's wife gave to him.

Bachman reports, "I've already mixed half the album, which will include 12 songs." He adds, "It absolutely blows me away."

The singer/guitarist says one of his main inspirations for the album was Young, who made a suggestion when Randy told him he had signed a new worldwide record deal that would allow him to do anything he wanted.

"He said, 'Take some advice. Don't do the same old crap and call it something new,'" Bachman recalls. "I said, 'What do you mean?' He said, 'Don't do the same thing and say it's a new album…Stop, get out of the box, do something fearless, be fierce, be ferocious, reinvent yourself.' And I go, 'OK, great advice.'"
More on Randy Bachman & 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

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 Embarrasment of Mainstream Media

Turn Off Your TV

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

speak 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 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

Here Comes "The Big Shift"

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
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

Yes, There's Definitely A Hole in The Sky

Wake up!
"consciousness is near"
What's So Funny About
Peace, Love, & Understanding & Music?




(Between the lines of age)