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Wednesday, December 07, 2016

INTERVIEW: Neil Young on "Peace Trail" | L.A. Times


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Neil Young's new album "Peace Trail" is due to be released on December 9, Friday.

From a recent interview with Neil Young on "Peace Trail" in the Los Angeles Times by Randy Lewis:
“This record has a good feeling,” he said. “When something may be worn out, thank God or the Great Spirit or whoever for something new that is coming. That’s the greatest news you could ever have. Maybe it’s a baby, maybe it’s a movement, maybe it’s a way of thinking, maybe it’s evolution. Who knows? But it’s a big deal, and it’s not a bad feeling.”

One of the new songs that generated a hearty response at Desert Trip was “Show Me,” in which Young sings, “When the women of the world are free to stand up for themselves/And the promises made stop gatherin’ dust on the shelves.”

That couplet sparked a hearty chorus of cheers among women in the audience.

“When I first sang that, I think it was in Telluride, and I heard that sound,” he said. “I’ve never heard that before: all the women in the audience spontaneously erupting into applause, or encouragement, or whatever it was — recognition? ”
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“I gave up a lot of disciplines on this record,” he said. “There are several technical things about the poetry of writing this that are pretty sloppy. But it didn’t matter. So I feel good about that. I didn’t feel the need to go back and correct things.

“I don’t have spell-check,” he said with a sideways smile. “I don’t make [spelling] mistakes that are totally stupid mistakes like spell-check does. But I make my own kind of mistakes — typing errors. “

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“What’s happening at Standing Rock is actual history being made right now,” Young told The Times. “The BBC called it the largest gathering of Native American tribes in more than a century.”

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“I still have to Google ‘self-righteous’ because I’ve got to figure out what it means, to see if it’s a good thing,” he said. “Somebody said that about the record, and maybe it’s true, because that’s the way I feel. Could that be a bad thing? I can’t figure it out. But I’m OK with it either way.”
Full interview with Neil Young on "Peace Trail" from Los Angeles Times by Randy Lewis.

Also, see more on Neil Young's new album "Peace Trail" .

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7 Comments:

At 12/08/2016 02:13:00 PM, Blogger Roberto Winkler said...

Peace trail is out in Italy and whole Europe I guess. My copy is waiting for me to pick her up tomorrow.

 
At 12/08/2016 03:21:00 PM, Blogger Babbo B. said...

U.S. release is tomorrow (Friday), not "next week"

 
At 12/08/2016 03:25:00 PM, Blogger Thrasher Wheat said...

Thanks Roberto & Babbo!
Corrected and updated.
We're looking forward to your reactions.

 
At 12/08/2016 07:19:00 PM, Blogger mrtew said...

I am really getting into the first three songs released on iTunes so far and I'm really pleasantly surprised. I'm a huge fan but the last three albums have left me a little cold. I always resist giving up on NY but it's tough sometimes. "My Pledge" especially I find really intriguing the way the speaks and sings over himself the entire song and yet it works and the story makes you really think. I really welcome the return of melody as well! I can't wait until tomorrow to hear the whole thing but I have to rant again about my biggest disappointment: the Album-Cover. It's bad enough that he proudly dashes out a record in two days and sells it for $30 when Radiohead spends a year or two on theirs to make it something special, but to just scrawl the title on a piece of trash and call that the album cover that people have to stare at for the next 30 years is unconscionable when there are thousands of starving artists that would KILL to design a brilliant cover for him for free that we could all enjoy. Or he's a multimillionaire: He could pay $1000 each for every submission and choose the one he liked the best and pay $10,000 for it and really have something. It's just insulting to his fans and to the album cover designers of the world to release such crap like he doesn't care about them at all. We love you Neil, how about a little something in return.

 
At 12/09/2016 12:10:00 AM, Blogger Andy Walters said...

The Guardian gets it right with two stars which is rather kind to this this poor lazy record.

 
At 12/10/2016 05:29:00 AM, Blogger Roberto Winkler said...

About Peace trail cover...I can see the point on artists even paying to have their name on a Neil album cover, but I believe he simply does not give a damn about it. He's into music and all the rest is irrilevant..

 
At 12/10/2016 05:30:00 AM, Blogger Roberto Winkler said...

About Peace trail cover...I can see the point on artists even paying to have their name on a Neil album cover, but I believe he simply does not give a damn about it. He's into music and all the rest is irrilevant..

 

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