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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Neil Young Archives | Letter to the Editor: Mailing-List?

Obviously, we found the above Letter to the Editor on Neil Young Archives Times-Contrarian to be amusing. :)

So thanks for the support Vili!

A couple of points here -- if we may -- regarding Neil Young News. Now that the Neil Young Archives is running full time with daily updates, we've found our mission here at TW is in question. We've gotten this coming from 2 directions: 1) Is TW just re-hashing NYA T-C? 2) TW needs to be more timely in announcing concert ticket pre-sales.

So. Of course we're grateful that folks still visit TW and drop the occasional comment. As Vili says above, TW feeds are active and pinging our subscribers with the most up to date reports. Originally, we set this feature up to generate one notice per day, around 9AM EST. But depending on timing, it might be 24 hours before the feed notification occurs. So we've heard from readers to do real time updates.

At the moment, we would say the best way to stay current with TW updates is via our Twitter feed -- -- which is real time. (As everyone knows, Facebook suspended Thrasher's Wheat back in 2015. So, don't say we didn't warn everyone about the ongoing Social Media clamp down which we presciently -- and sadly -- predicted.)

Well, not to get too off track here, but what do TW readers want these days given the ability to obtain Neil news instantly?

Let us know in comments below.

In the meantime, we still see the vista. We still hear the muse. We still continue.
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pss - Our plan is to continue forward and keep on bloggin' until the power goes out and our battery's dead. Thanks to all of you who support what we do here at Thrasher's Wheat.  Appreciated with all of our hearts.


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At 3/21/2019 09:11:00 AM, Blogger Acoustic FeedBack said...

TW is a daily check for me!!!!

At 3/21/2019 09:56:00 AM, Blogger Cat said...

Minimum of twice daily for me!


At 3/21/2019 10:00:00 AM, Blogger Julie said...

Three times a day for me

At 3/21/2019 10:01:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

I rely on the daily email from TW! You provide a valued service.

At 3/21/2019 10:12:00 AM, Blogger Phil R said...

I would appreciate an additional email on days when a new show is announced, preferably as close to when the show is announced as feasible. I understand Twitter is real time, but if I had Twitter notifications on, I’d be pinged 50x per day. Email gets my attention as there are far fewer of them than social media posts. Thank you for all that TW does for us. .

At 3/21/2019 10:16:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep it up Thrasher, it's a daily visit for me.

This site does something no other site does, it has ALL the NY and related news under one roof.
Much of the content is unrelated to NY official site,
things like side projects, ex and current POTR/Crazy Horse?CSNY articles & essays, and other material which is often interesting to me.

Don't you dare go anywhere - please !!

At 3/21/2019 10:26:00 AM, Blogger no soy said...

I'll probably never check NYA for news. I like RSS for catching up (daily and if I'm away for a few days), and Twitter for right-now (ticket onsales!) Thanks TW

At 3/21/2019 10:27:00 AM, Blogger Peacelover Doc said...

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At 3/21/2019 10:30:00 AM, Blogger Peacelover Doc said...

Neil's site is full of information but navigating it can be time consuming. It's great for listening to music but this site is much more user friendly which is why we should all try to throw the Thrashers a few bucks every now & then. Like Neil, Thrasher is sponsored by nobody!

At 3/21/2019 10:31:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

I'm on your mailing list,Trasher Wheat,and I love to read it.There's always something "inaresting" about Neil,be it old or be it new news.I appreciate Neil Archives-site,but today I had problems with the streaming of it.I wanted to look and listen to it's theatre,but it didn't succeed.It's a pity.Keep sending your messages,thrasher & thrasherette!Cees Mostert.

At 3/21/2019 11:09:00 AM, Blogger wsanjose01 said...

your site is a valuable service for information in all things Neil Young. Its fun and interactive. The news you provide is very timely. I need no other alerts than to check your site once AM once PM. I usually go to NYA once you tell me to by talking about something I may want to see, like buying tickets or live shows or video in the Hearse. Thank You Thrasher. You work well in tandem with NYA.

At 3/21/2019 03:17:00 PM, Blogger Celtglass said...

I may not always post a comment, but I do find your page to be a valuable resource, and check it every time you send it out through email or twitter. It's also very easy to navigate back to articles or information I want to re-read. Keep it coming Thrasher!

At 3/21/2019 04:28:00 PM, Blogger Kathy Shanahan said...

Thanks for the pings!

At 3/21/2019 04:41:00 PM, Blogger The FarmAidians said...

Daily visit for the FarmAidians

At 3/21/2019 04:54:00 PM, Blogger Dionys said...

TW is nothing short of constantly being "on the digital rail". It's the place where knowledgeable Neil Young fans meet, exchange their info, views and sometimes (creepy) politcal attitudes from the whole spectrum of what they believe somehow is related to Neil Young and his musical and other output. While NYA is priceless with regards to information, sometimes even straight from the Horse's mouth, it can only cover certain ground (the stage), it cannot replace the audience (the pit, the rail, the GA area) which is another conditio sine qua non of any performance.

Can't do without, thanks Thrasher

At 3/21/2019 05:11:00 PM, Blogger Gary A. Lucero said...

I'm that guy that's thrilled with the NYA discography, loves watching the live concerts, would love the ticket sales if the guy ever came to my neck of the woods, but am not so thrilled with the rest of the web site.

I'll pay Neil for NYA as long as it or I am around, and maybe when the Android app finally releases I'll be happier, but for now I just think it is too little to infrequently.

Release more music and add fewer photos Neil. And I don't really give a damn about most of what's there. And I don't really steam the music either.

As far as Thrashers Wheat goes, what can you do differently? I appreciate what you tweet and post here even if I've already read it on NYA.

At 3/21/2019 06:39:00 PM, Blogger Steve Rust Downunder said...

I would prefer TW found away to get back on Facebook....I know thats problem ...But a
new account with a little name change say add NY on the end of Thrashers Wheat .... FB its nice to be able to repost cool things to friends who are part time Neil fans, Also much simpler to add stuff we might have.

At 3/21/2019 06:54:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

Thanks so much for your support and suggestions.

It means so much to mean so much to our readers.

From time to time wee get a little jolt that makes everything we do here @ TW worthwhile. So nice to hear that even with NYA cranking it out, we're still able to provide the value add.

So we'll consider more closely communication options and coverage tweaks. Hopefully get something going before the next concert runs and tour ticket announcements.

As always, drop us a line anytime.

At 3/22/2019 02:15:00 AM, Blogger Vili said...

Well, this is amusing indeed.

Illustrative of the situation, I would never have seen this NYA post had Thrasher & Thrasherette not posted it here. As much as I want to support Neil and the archives project, there are just way too many websites in the world to check. And so, I go to none of them, but ask them to come to me. When it comes to Neil Young news, Thrasher's RSS feeds have served me for, what, close to twenty years now? Thank you, guys. Without this website, Neil wouldn't be such a daily part of my life.

Another amusing bit is the little branding exercise that the NYA post is engaged in. Their personal reply to me last month was very kind and friendly. This one is blunt and rock and roll. Which is understandable, but the contrast is quite hilarious.

You ask what role Thrasher's Wheat can play now that NYA is posting their own updates. Well, as I alluded above, as long as NYA's news posts are behind a walled garden and hard to access, they probably get seen by fewer people than Thrasher's "re-hashes" of them. Secondly, while I hope that the NYA website will be here to stay, the reality is that official Neil Young websites have come and gone, while Thrasher's Wheat stays. Your quarter of a century milestone is coming soon.

It is also important that the fan base has an independent outlet for news and discussion. While Thrasher's Wheat itself may not engage in much criticism of Neil's doings, the commenters here have shown to be more than capable of taking care of that aspect, both constructively and in terms of just letting off steam. I have been a lurker for two decades but enjoy reading the discussions. Thank you, everyone.

At 3/22/2019 09:19:00 AM, Blogger thrasher said...

@ vili - well, as you say -- quoting TW and re-quoting you -- this is amusing indeed.

So amusing in fact, that we must make this the TW Comment of the Moment right NOW!


At 3/28/2019 05:21:00 PM, Blogger romat73 said...

I usually come by TW about 2 to 3 times a week, depending on if its a busy Neil Season or not...although some weeks I check it a little less. I do usually see NYA updates here 1st because I visit the NYA less frequently. Although I'm seeing this post 6 days late =) so I guess I haven't been by since last week.


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