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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Neil Young Working with Big Baby D.R.A.M. at Rick Rubin's Shangri-La Studios

We're not quite sure what to make of this video clip with Neil Young?

DRAM? IM$T? (Is my shit tight?) Say what? If you figure out what this is all about, let us know.

In the video, Big Baby D.R.A.M. discusses his session with Neil Young & The Social Experiment (including Nico Segal fka Donnie Trumpet) on Bob Dylan's old tour bus that sits in the backyard of Rick Rubin's Shangri-La Studios. Apparently, this all occurred back in February although the clip has just been posted.

The Virginia singer spoke to Brooklyn Magazine about working with Young.
“I worked on one of his records, he worked on one of my records,” he said of collaborating with Young. “It was really, really cool, man. I mean, a guy from the old school, like, a real, Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer. Just embracing my take on music, my sound, and the fact that I’m able to collaborate with someone so legendary, from a whole ‘nother side of the spectrum… it’s monumental. It’s one of those real defining moments, like, ‘you’re really out here.’”
Well, whatever this was all about, we do know that Neil Young did have a successful recording experience at Rick Rubin's Shangri-La Studios.


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At 11/17/2016 03:53:00 AM, Blogger Babbo B. said...

D.R.A.M. and Donnie Trumpet were on the "Earth" version of "People Want To Hear About Love," so that's part of the puzzle.

At 11/17/2016 09:42:00 AM, Blogger Thrasher Wheat said...

OK, thanks Babbo. Good to know.

The randomness of things lately has gotten a bit strange, if you know what we mean...

At 11/17/2016 09:59:00 AM, Blogger TOM said...

If you wanna give God a laugh,
Tell him your plans

At 11/17/2016 10:31:00 AM, Blogger ShittyHorse said...

Is my shit tight? Yes! Just ask my Proctologist. Loose stool is bad news. Word to the butthole!

At 11/17/2016 05:36:00 PM, Blogger Andy Walters said...

Neil wake up

At 11/18/2016 12:37:00 AM, Blogger (D.) Ian Kertis said...

@Andy Walters--Have a listen to the three new tracks now available on streaming services. The album, Peace Trail, lands next month, and the songs released so far--especially My Pledge, which I just finished for the first time--suggest he may actually be more awake than he's been in a while.

At 11/18/2016 09:57:00 PM, Blogger TopangaDaze said...

Just listened to "My Pledge" Ian, but so far, only one time.

Initial thoughts:

To me, it most closely echoes his work on Greendale, but after the first listen, I didn't like the overdubs/distracting dual vocals/use of auto tune (or whatever device he's using at times through the song) which lessens the charm and immediacy it could have had.

Lyrically and vocally the song is eerily similar to many songs on Greendale, finding Neil using his spoken word singing style with a mix of interesting though at times somewhat awkward lyrics.

It's far from terrible, but like most of his recent work, the production value is off. It would be much better if he just sang and played guitar directly, but he forced other elements into the mix detracting from the simple power it could have had.

Of course my opinion can and likely will change if I choose to listen to it a few more times. But I must say, if it was anyone other than Neil, I wouldn't listen again...

Take my advice
Don't listen to me

At 11/18/2016 10:00:00 PM, Blogger TopangaDaze said...

Hey, is this something new?

Comment moderation has been enabled. All comments must be approved by the blog author.

At 11/21/2016 06:08:00 AM, Blogger John said...

It appeared a little while ago when Thrasher wanted to get the last word in that thread about the Muslim guy being worried about one of Neil's new songs. Apparently, because it was meant to be ironic, he shouldn't be upset because the white people who are bigger Neil Young fans than him told him so. He was accused of being a bot (posting on Facebook) and I was told my outrage was faux (no, I actually am saddened and frustrated by the thread here. Hippie dream indeed); are there any more real comments? My reply to Thrasher after he put me down required approval before posting (my initial comment didn't) and never made it out to view. I imagine this one will go nowhere either.

The great irony is that Thrasher has now posted a long rant against facebook's contradictory and broken system, how it silences platforms like his and how discussion is suppressed as it does not fit with Facebook's grand scheme. All well and good, it is a deeply flawed (and perhaps dangerous) medium but Thrasher is doing the same thing here.

Remember, if Neil Young says A, don't you dare say B. And always use his lyrics to support your argument like they were bible scripture ("Hey Mr. Clean, you're dirty now too.")

Most of this outrage is faux by the way, the comments on that thread did rankle with me (especially now the US has voted in a man who is making White Supremicism great again) but honestly, Thrasher can do what he likes with this site given that it is his site. I'll still come for the news but the sense of community seems a little lost right now so I'll probably keep my comments to myself from now on.

At 11/21/2016 02:16:00 PM, Blogger Thrasher Wheat said...

@SH - you picked a fine time to post a comment. Where have you been?

@TopangaD - moderation was turned on b/c of the recent Pegi story which seems to provoke some to make some very nasty comments.

@John - thanks for the thoughts. Lots to unpack here and we're not sure if we can do it justice in a few sentences.

That said, we have a mission here @ TW to "separate the wheat from the chaff".

Anything which we consider a distraction to our core mission gets called out.

In this case, we made a mistake and corrected.

We could post a few recent links to support this but we think if you're a regular here or poke around a bit you'll understand.

At 11/22/2016 09:17:00 AM, Blogger John said...

Much appreciated, Thrasher. As I said, the sense of community here seems fractured compared to before (the European tour threads were a delightful return to discussion of music and possibilities) but I don't think it's unique to here. I said my piece, time to move on now :)

At 11/22/2016 10:17:00 AM, Blogger Thrasher Wheat said...

Thanks much John for your understanding. Yes, it does seem that the spirit around here has gotten a bitten agitated of late. But as you say, that seems to be reflective of the larger shift underway.

Darkest before the dawn ... but that big sun is a coming and a new day will begin ... someday...

At 11/30/2016 05:49:00 PM, Blogger Francesco Marano said...

here's something I wrote up about the song


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