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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Neil Young on Twitter Highlights

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Today, Neil Young took questions from fans on Twitter and it was quite amusing. As we all know, Neil Young is considered to be a "Social Networking Genius" who has always been ahead of the curve while behind the 8 ball.

Neil's Twitter session made some news and seems to have been a huge hit in the Twitter-verse. At one point, the hashtag #AskNeil trended up to the #2 position.

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First, the news. Looks like a Europe tour next year. And, yes, Time Fades Away will finally be re-released ... on PONO ... when that technology is completed, manufactured and ready to be sold to the public. So any day now. (In the meantime, just sign the Release "Time Fades Away" Petition.)

And here some other random tweet highlights...











Q: Why does "Harvest" make me cry?




You can check all the tweets on Neil's Twitter page Twitter / neilyoung.

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At 10/24/2012 06:12:00 PM, Blogger SONY said...

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At 10/24/2012 06:13:00 PM, Blogger SONY said...

'ask me in two weeks'...that's a great response

 
At 10/24/2012 06:27:00 PM, Blogger Kimball said...

I'm no twit(terer), so it was a bit disorienting trying to follow the happenings. I think at one point though that Neil said that Axl Rose is going to be on a world tour with them, apparently the Crazy Horse Euro and beyond tour next year. I'm also pumped about PONO, I want to see what its all about. I've heard 192/24 etc and will be astounded when PONO tops its smoothness. Looks like Archives Vol 2 may be a PONO release with TFA being included or an option? Did you notice how you didn't see Neil and Archives guy at the same time??? Just kidding. Some. We need a ThrashersWheat chat with Neil.

 
At 10/24/2012 06:47:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@neilyoung: Ok. Any chance of you & Axel releasing an album together?

@RugbyGuy Axl and I are doing a world tour together

@RugbyGuy ...that was proof you can't believe everything you read

 
At 10/24/2012 08:03:00 PM, Blogger Dan1 said...

Some funny tweets from today's gig on Rolling Stone, for those of who can't figure out how to access the whole thing:

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/neil-young-ribs-fans-bono-during-twitter-q-a-20121024

 
At 10/24/2012 09:33:00 PM, Blogger dean farinha said...

Neil answered my Tweet!! Woo Hoo. I almost threw up. lol

It's still up on http://neilyoungpsychpill.warnerreprise.com/
Today I'm walking like a giant!

 
At 10/24/2012 10:50:00 PM, Anonymous Soldier Steve said...

Hey Thrasher, where is this weeks podcast #9 from 10/20. I look forward to listenening every week to Thrashers Wheat Radio. Thanks & Keep On Rockin'

 
At 10/24/2012 11:17:00 PM, Anonymous Darth Malt said...

Has anyone gotten the stream to work on a Mac? I guess I can wait for the CD to hit next week though, then it's just a matter of clearing the house of the wife and kids. I just wish the blu-ray was a simultaneous release (and that it included either the CD or a download code for a high-res or CD-quality download), so I don't have to buy the album two times to a) listen to it on the day it comes out and to transfer it to my digital players and b) enjoy the high-res/blu-ray sound (Neil's team - please consider this and help your fans avoid forced double-dipping).

Dean, which one was your tweet? I think the warner page was broken in some way, as it didn't display all the tweets and responses that you could see on Twitter...

 
At 10/25/2012 12:24:00 AM, Anonymous Gillis said...

Nice som festivals 2013 in Europe

 
At 10/25/2012 05:44:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where's Archives Guy when you need him?
A pop up window keeps coming back. Can't get rid of it.

"The application OraStream quit unexpectedly"

Never seen this before.

 
At 10/25/2012 05:45:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dyld Error Message:
unknown required load command 0x80000022

 
At 10/25/2012 07:02:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Euro Tour 2013?! I probably won't sleep until the dates are announced now!!

Hopeful for Scottish/UK dates for a starter, then I'll see where I can afford to go after that.

Excited at the sheer thought of it... already!

:-)

David from Scotland

 
At 10/25/2012 07:15:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Euro Tour 2013?!
With Axl Rose or Crazy Horse or both.

PP will be in stores over here tommorow. Today I am going to listen to Tempest again since that stream doesn't work on my Mac.

 
At 10/25/2012 08:55:00 AM, Blogger dean farinha said...

The feed died for me after about the 10 min mark.
@ Darth Malt
My comment was the xjenniferjoyx one (business name)

@xjenniferjoyx
#askneil #askneil A car/dog book is a must! Any car you regret selling or, not buying? What is that one car you absolutely want to own?

Neil Young
@neilyoung
@xjenniferjoyx the volkswagen levitating car #askneil

 
At 10/25/2012 09:39:00 AM, Blogger Mr Henry said...

Hey Dean, I saw your question yesterday when Neil first answered...very cool and good for you! I just happened to check emails around that time and had one from Neil about the Tweet session, so I checked it out and there you were. And a great answer from Neil about the VW Levitating Car; hope that he gets one someday or at least gets to drive one.

I had a '65 VW Notchback for a couple years back in the mid 70's, and that was the most unique car I have ever owned. Bought it after owning a couple Renault R10's (great for the gas embargo periods during the 70's!). The VW Notchback was commonly known as "The Canadian Volkswagen" because it was never exported to the US and (apparently) only came across the border from our friends up North. It had dual carburetors and was only a 1500CC engine, which was basically a poor man's Porsche engine. The electrical system was a 6 Volt, so it would never start once the temp got around 20 or lower; I'd park on inclines and get strangers to help me pop start the car during cold weather. The heat was almost non existent--got minor hypothermia during long drives--and it broke down at least once a month. Also totally lost my breaks once and flew through a red light with success.

But I really loved that car and remember it more than the other fifteen or twenty that I've owned in my lifetime (but I did love them all in their own way). I've owned other VW's that were more "usual" and reliable but none nearly as memorable. Sounds like the kind of car that Neil would totally love! And when I checked to see if it was really called a "notchback" (yes it was/is), found one for sale in Newport Beach. So Neil, if you happen to read this you might want to consider adding this to your barn. Well enough of my Fahrvergnugen...keep on rockin'!

 
At 10/25/2012 10:04:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great story, Mr Henry. But please remember Neil is Neil and this is the car he wants to own:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ew4Y5HLyT6c

; )

 
At 10/25/2012 10:06:00 AM, Blogger Thrasher Wheat said...

Thanks Mr H & all.

Great car story. Never heard of the model.

Fahrvergnugen forever!

 
At 10/25/2012 10:41:00 AM, Blogger bobdylanfan said...

It would have been nice if he tweeted at night, when more people would be home from work. I thought about tweeting at work, but I forgot. I did not get a chance to. When you are working, it can slip by you so quickly..... So hopefully Neil, next time it will be at a time when people on the Pacific coast are at home from work. Just a little note.... Just sayin'..... :)

 
At 10/25/2012 10:43:00 AM, Blogger Dad said...

Axl was hours late for Bridge School show over weekend, Neil had to call Eddie Vedder to cover.

 
At 10/25/2012 11:02:00 AM, Blogger dean farinha said...

@ Mr Henry.

I'm Canadian and owned a 72 VW Notchback back in the 80s'! I bought it with intentions of removing that Pancake motor to use in a dune buggy. It ran strong and we would drive it through the bush at night. It was never registered and one night it ran out of gas and I parked it in front of a friends house. It was winter and the city towed it since the plows were running and it had no plates. I tried to get it back but it would have cost more for the fees than the car was worth. Good bye Notchback... and my good tow-bar.
I could listen/share car stories all day. I'm now working on modding/restoring a 61' Falcon. My goal is to get in done and do some serious driving. I will also install a PONO. Bet Neil has a Falcon story. It seems everyone has a Falcon story. Some good, some bad.

If you ever want to share car stories, My info is on my google i.d. Thanks for sharing!

 
At 10/25/2012 11:33:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are a lot of people having trouble with the album stream? I can't get it going. Tried on 2 computers. Why can't we just get one standardized online player so I don't need to download plug ins and new browsers and a bunch of crap every time I want to listen to an album? Looks like I'll just wait until Tuesday to buy the damn thing. Ugh.

 
At 10/25/2012 11:49:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Same shit over here. Busy all day to restore my computer after all updates and downloads for Neil. The link for the Java player goes to Orastream. Looks like they want to stream Pono sized files. Maybe they are streaming this already. I don't know... The good thing is I can still go to TW but it's kinda funny that NY dot com doesn't work for me anymore... it's all Neil's fault.

 
At 10/25/2012 12:20:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@bobdylanfan. Neil's fans don't all live in the US. Just sayin'.

 
At 10/25/2012 12:22:00 PM, Blogger Matthew L. said...

Here's my favorite twitter highlight:

@jana_pe
#askNeil what would happen if you were locked alone in a room with only a jar of nutella?

Neil Young
@jana_pe creative things


Wow, I wonder what kinds of creative things? I could only imagine what Neil is capable of given a jar of nutella and no distractions.

 
At 10/25/2012 12:37:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well Matthew, if someone would ask me this question on this specific day after all this computershit that happened because of Streaming Uncle Neil:

@... what would happen if you were locked alone in a room with only Neil Young?

My answer would definitely be:
@... creative things

 
At 10/25/2012 01:23:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can we get Archives Guy on the case for the stream? I am not a computer idiot and have gone through the steps laid out to stream but still can't get it to connect. I think I have entered my email address about 7x now, so I should have no excuse for missing any Neil news in the future but this seems like a hell of a lot of work for something that should take the click of one button. Just a fan that is excited to hear the new record but rather frustrated right now...not sure if being in Canada makes a difference but my buddy can't make it work either.

 
At 10/25/2012 02:05:00 PM, Blogger Matthew L. said...

I will be attempting to connect to Neil and crew's audio-stream tonight. We'll see how it goes. Sure seems like they like to complicate things.

I was perfectly happy with the way they've been doing the streaming thing for the past 5 or so years - just an automatic audio stream when you open the website.

But I suppose all this complicated browser-updating, plugin-installing, email-confirming frustration inducement is for the good purpose of accessing a higher quality stream.

I hope it works. I'll report back should I experience any problems with it. I'll probably report back should I not, anyway. Heck, I'll probably report back no matter what anyway. Unless the setup process accidentally causes me to be teleported to a mountaintop somewhere where I have no wireless access, which you all will know took place due to my sudden lack of participation here, so I'd appreciate if someone calls 911 for me and just lets them know of my unfortunate, accidental teleportation.

 
At 10/25/2012 02:12:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You better contact Elliot Mazer directly.

 
At 10/25/2012 02:22:00 PM, Anonymous Union Train said...

Neil looks like the 'Old Man' from the Pawn Stars show...some people's children...

~Union Train

 
At 10/25/2012 03:06:00 PM, Blogger dean farinha said...

I assumed the feed was only working during the live twitter chat? Mine worked until the point when the, "Answer" panel froze. I have since tried to get it to work and nothing.

 
At 10/25/2012 04:08:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neil and his people would probably want to know that everyone is having problems with the stream. What's the point of putting it out there for fans if nobody can hear it? Seems like they have been pretty good about responding to a better user experience in the past (ie MP3s along with the Blu Ray Archives purchase - which I think they got the idea from here). Not sure how to let them know other than posting here though. I am all for better quality files but need to be able to access them to enjoy it.

 
At 10/25/2012 06:12:00 PM, Blogger joelookout said...

Dear Archives's Guy, I do not manage to listen to the album on streaming.Is there any restriction in Europe? (I am from Rome, Italy) or it is me that I am doing something wrong...(even though I followed the instructions....) tks and have a good and peaceful day

 
At 10/25/2012 06:29:00 PM, Blogger dean farinha said...

I notice the full cd is online. Is this from the stream yesterday? If not, who releases this stuff?

 
At 10/25/2012 08:05:00 PM, Blogger Thrasher Wheat said...

@Soldier Steve: Thanks for the interest in TW Radio! Glad you like it.

We had a little glitch this week but podcasts now archived here.

@all - yeah, not sure what the deal is on the Pill stream? Only made one attempt thus far. Plugin downloaded but not streaming. May require browser restart or re-boot?

others?

 
At 10/26/2012 12:32:00 AM, Blogger asg said...

"why does Harvest make me cry?" "Because you're a sad bastard"

NOT funny, Neil...

 
At 10/26/2012 09:33:00 AM, Blogger Mr Henry said...

Dean that's amazing that you also had a Notchback...serendipity strikes again! And I love your comment about "...my good tow-bar". My '65 Notchback used to break down all the time and provided me with many such adventures. Way before the days of cell phones and "we'll be there w/in the hour" AAA, it could take me all day (or night) to get that car somewhere safe.

My dad was incredible and would always help me out when the Notchback would have troubles. But we didn't have a good tow-bar and I remember some real white knuckle trips with him pulling the car and me in the VW, trying not to smash into his van whenever we'd stop or go downhill. But again, I have so many great memories of that car and especially my dad helping me out, looking at me with that "here we go again" expression but never complaining and always ready to "get behind the wheel".

Sorry you lost your Notchback in a snowstorm, but at least that's another memorable time. Mine just finally stopped working and was towed away at some point for the last time...I honestly don't even remember when or how. And yes, it will be great to trade more car (and dog!) stories with you. Sounds like you're much more a mechanic than I am...which is crucial when you love the old cars. The '61 Falcon must be a beauty and much fun to work on. I learned to drive in a '62 Comet. It was my mom's car and she taught me when I was only 12 years old; we lived in the boonies and she thought it safest if I could drive "in an emergency". Of course, she was soon letting me drive the back roads home from shopping and such; that is until the State Trooper who lived a mile or so away saw me driving and stopped by for a chat with my mom!

Talk with you soon....

 
At 10/26/2012 03:09:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One quality that Neil has had throughout his career is mystique in addition to respect.

Unfortunately the mystique factor has been erased due to ridiculous tv appearances, interviews, and now a book?

A Twitter session?

Neil Young?

Geez...

I can only wonder what David Briggs would have though about the internet and all of the musical landscape changes that have come with it.

But I'm fairly confident that Briggs would have HATED to see this over-the-top media blitz that Neil is on.

The respect is still there my friends no doubt.

But that air of mystery surrounding the great Neil Young has faded away.

He freaking goes to Costco and uses an electric toothbrush...great...

What's next? Neil does a webcast from the ranch where fans can look around?

How about a VIP package through Live Nation with a laminate trinket to go with the $200+ ticket?

I know I'm crazy but the coolest thing Neil could have done would have been to take the Horse on a club tour. Not fancy theaters like he's been doing since 2007. Clubs.

 
At 10/26/2012 10:01:00 PM, Blogger Mr Henry said...

"It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things."
--Leonardo da Vinci


"I think of art, at its most significant, as a DEW line, a Distant Early Warning system that can always be relied on to tell the old culture what is beginning to happen to it."
--Marshall McLuhan

 
At 10/27/2012 10:10:00 AM, Blogger SONY said...

Neil Young lives in the present and future tense. He is a comunicator, that's why he is using all media to contact the planet. I think it's a great move for him. He's broadcasting his knowledge, his memories, his stories, his music, his ideas, his dreams. He's a freaking radio station, beaming out to the world.

He is not the recluse of his youth. He has grown into himslef as folks typically do after 50 years of doing anything. AND he don't care what anybody thinks, he's told us that. So, Briggs could have either hung on for the ride and embraced it or have been tossed to the ditch as far as any other opinion to what Neil has taken on in the past several years. It doesn't look to me like Neil wants to be this mystery anymore, the shell has cracked and been discarded, it's all an open road forward it seams. And that is a treat for us. It's new and unususal too, no mystique, no guessing anymore.

I keep hearing about this go back, go forward decision we're gonna make in a couple Tuesdays with THE VOTE> Well, which Neil do YOU want?

 
At 10/27/2012 12:18:00 PM, Blogger Thrasher Wheat said...

@SONY - we have to agree with you here on NY's opening up phase.

Go back and listen to Hitchhiker from the Twisted Road tour. We found the song's inclusion in the setlist to be a real keystone to this past, present future state that his career has entered.

"Then came paranoia
And it ran away with me
I couldn't sign my autograph
Or appear on TV
Or see or be seen
See or be seen
Or see or be seen."

That was a past he no longer wants.

He's now comfortable with is gift and wants to share it. maybe the time has come that folks better understand where he's coming from. We've caught up.

yes, mystery & mystique is cool. Sometimes its just a cover for a lot paranoia & uncertainty.

Embrace the openness. Appreciate the gift and pass it on.

peace

 
At 10/27/2012 09:13:00 PM, Blogger dean farinha said...

@ Mr Henry.

That story made me smile. It's funny, we started to drive at the same age. I started a Neil/car blog and added your story.

 

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