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Tuesday, December 07, 2021

"Neil Young Has a Lot More To Give" | Rolling Stone Interview + BARN Track List

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Neil Young is interviewed in a new Rolling Stone article "Neil Young Has a Lot More To Give."  (Thanks Alan in Seattle!)  

In the interview by ANGIE MARTOCCIO,  Neil Young discusses ‘Barn,’ his new album with Crazy Horse; 50th anniversary plans for ‘Harvest’; upcoming ‘Archives 3’; and more. 

Rolling Stone: Let’s get into the band. What do you see as the biggest differences in the sound between the Poncho [Sampedro] Crazy Horse and the Nils [Lofgren] Crazy Horse?

Neil Young: Poncho is huge. 

Poncho is a strong player, and he’s a great player. He’s heavy, his chords. He and I play the same thing sometimes, so it sounds like this guitar from somewhere else, because we play the same notes at the same time. It’s very simple, but it’s huge. What Nils has is a lot of finesse. He really listens, and he’s incredibly adept at moving around on his instruments, no matter what they are. But he’s a great musician, world class. On this record, you get to hear Nils Lofgren. You get to hear all the detail. It’s not that much else going on. It’s Crazy Horse, pretty simple. 

So you get to appreciate him for who he is [and] what he brings.

Full Neil Young interview in Rolling Stone  "Neil Young Has a Lot More To Give" by ANGIE MARTOCCIO.

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More on first impressions of BARN --  the upcoming album by Neil Young & Crazy Horse.

 by Neil Young & Crazy Horse
(See more on 1st IMPRESSIONS: "Song Of The Seasons" by Neil Young & Crazy Horse

BARN Track List:
1. Song of the Seasons
2. Heading West
3. Change Ain’t Never Gonna
4. Canerican
5. Shape of You
6. They Might Be Lost
7. Human Race
8. Tumblin’ Thru the Years
9. Welcome Back
10. Don’t Forget Love

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At 12/07/2021 06:42:00 PM, Blogger Abner Snopes said...

This is a decent interview. I have read some of the initial reviews of the album. I am not sure why I bother as there is so little insight, as if some of the writers are recycling an old mediocre review. It makes me miss the days of two page single-spaced review in the Village Voice. I could then see ACTUAL reasons given for good, bad or mediocre. The "critics" are now useless.

At 12/07/2021 11:09:00 PM, Blogger Old Dan said...

Neil has taken over channel 27 Deep Tracks on SiriusXM for the next week. Also on the app until January 5th.

At 12/08/2021 06:42:00 AM, Blogger Andy Walters said...

Let's hope the new album meets up to all the talk

At 12/08/2021 11:50:00 AM, Blogger thrasher said...

@ Abner - good point. music criticism -- like so much -- has degraded over time, esp independent voices like the immortal Lester Bangs.

Most "music criticism" has really just been Label PR for the most part.

@ Old Dan - thanks for notice. Someone posted this in another comment as well. Thanks TopangaDaze!

It'll be interesting to see if Sirius subscribers get BARN b4 NYA subscribers. That would likely risk Rustie wrath.

@ Andy - would you not agree that even just w/ the 3 preview tracks thus far, BARN meets the talk already?

At 12/08/2021 01:35:00 PM, Blogger Hambone said...


NPR "World Cafe" have a track by track breakdown with Neil on their site, along with a 30sec teaser of the actual music. Got the link below from Reprise on F@ceb**k.

I've decided not to listen to it or read any reviews yet until I've had a chance to hear the whole Barn fresh on Friday. Either I'll have to physical package in hand and crank the hi-fi up to 12 or download the hi-res tracks and do the same.

Can't wait.

Tony "Hambone" in the UK

At 12/08/2021 03:24:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

@ Hambone - thanks for linkage. Agree on 30 sec clips as massive spoiler.

@ All - please continue to feel free to drop descriptive links in comments here anytime

At 12/08/2021 04:35:00 PM, Blogger Peacelover Doc said...

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At 12/09/2021 01:13:00 AM, Blogger Alan said...

Hello All. I too am avoiding the sneak peaks other than complete songs. I am enjoying the 3 songs very much. It’s so nice that Nils can step in again and help bring in the music, or bring out the music! One is like netting fish, the other is like releasing them! The Will to Love is what these 4 have.

So cool to hear about the quick takes from Nils (see link to Nils interview). Neil Young is still a vital musician and his band is too. Why swim upstream when you can go with the flow (under the moon) and reach new and exciting places! With faith, friendship, veteran skills, and a Barn, NYCH has made something beautiful and real for us to listen to. I say “beautiful” based on the 3 songs I have heard. Alan in Seattle

At 12/09/2021 03:47:00 AM, Blogger Happy Andy said...

Robert Christgau stated the following

Neil Young & Crazy Horse: Barn (Reprise) In case you haven’t been keeping track, I have. It’s been a full dozen years since the once inexhaustible Young released an album of new songs worth hearing: Fork in the Road, his eco-car statement back when his passion was a revamped Continental that got 100 miles per gallon on “domestic green fuel” and Crazy Horse could thud along like it was old times. Here Crazy Horse is quieter and gentler as the green consciousness their boss embraced as of 2003’s Greendale turns ever more militant and also, unfortunately but fittingly, much darker: “Canerican” is defiantly bipatriotic, “Change Ain’t Never Gonna” takes direct aim at the yahoo yokels whose side he’s always tried to see, and “Today’s People” blames those people for killing the planet and “the children of the fires and floods” who’ll go out with it. There’s relief in the credible romantic passion of “Tumblin’ Through the Years” and “Don’t Forget Love.” But the full-bore astonishment is the penultimate 8:28 “Welcome Back”: “Gonna sing an old song to you right now/One that you heard before/Might be a window to your soul I can open slowly/I’ve been singing this way for so long,” it goes, and that’s just the vocal. What convinces you he means it is the guitar, so quiet and caring it feels like love. A

At 12/09/2021 01:11:00 PM, Blogger Dionys said...

Marginalia: A while ago somebody mentioned that bumper stickers should be issued, now they have them on the GH website (although I had hoped for a “More Barn!” design, instead of what they put out now).
I liked the Zuma bus photo taken by DH during the Polar Vortex excursion and wrote to NYA about it and that I would like to have a higher resolution print-out of that one, suggesting they could add it to their merchandise rollout. Now there are photos of this sort coming with the Barn vinyl. Neil Young and his archivists are obsessed with every detail, be it as marginal as a fan’s idea or want for hard copy visual material. I am delighted of course.

At 12/09/2021 03:33:00 PM, Blogger Abner Snopes said...

Not surprising to me that Robert Christgau points to the key moment. "Welcome Back" seems to me connected very closely to "Change Your Mind." I am not sure if there has ever been a better "middle aged" song about love. Welcome Back takes me past middle age, to something and someone who is taking all of the stages into itself. I hesitate to comment more. "Heading West" may then be equally ecological as a point of evolution past "Don't Be Denied" (but not contradicting or refuting anything about that song). What some hear as "nostalgia" might also be a form of gratitude to something we forgot or overlooked that truly was elemental, simple, and kind. Recalling a mother's love does not need to conflate with nostalgia, especially as the lyrics and the music are essentially joyful, funny, and robust.

At 12/09/2021 09:03:00 PM, Blogger Alan said...

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At 12/09/2021 09:59:00 PM, Blogger Happy Andy said...

Alan In Seattle. You mixed up Andy Waters and Me. I’m not Andy Waters. I’m the exact opposite. Your ignorance is matched by your lack of manners.

At 12/09/2021 10:04:00 PM, Blogger Happy Andy said...

Alan in Seattle. Re-reading your comments you take Robert Christgau’s comments as being mine. While I respect his views I don’t agree with them. I’ve found much to enjoy in the last decade. However, I do agree with him about Barn. Do you even know who Christgau is?

At 12/09/2021 10:32:00 PM, Blogger Abner Snopes said...

Hello Friends, Cristgau is a very good critic and a responsible intellectual. So, we should think seriously about his views. Happy Andy, go easy on Alan for some confusions. We are on the edge of a strange development, another resurrection for Neil in popular culture. I sure hope it keeps moving that way.

At 12/09/2021 11:04:00 PM, Blogger Alan said...

@Happy Andy ... Sorry! My Bad. No, I don't know who that is. Alan in Seattle. Deleting my misguided comment.

At 12/09/2021 11:12:00 PM, Blogger Alan said...

So, after removing my foot from my mouth, I can only defend my ignorance by saying that I have great taste in Neil Young music. Christgau's opinion is negative. I say, "You look through your own lens. You hear nothing good for 10 years. That must suck. I live in a different place of appreciation than that, gladly. And you like the new album, that is positive. But as the Dude says, “That’s just, like, your opinion, man.” I hear better music from Neil that you do."

New motto: "Ready, Fire, Aim!" I'm an All American. Yikes. I am not always rude. I say and do some swell stuff. That comment, now deleted, wasn't so great. So much for a quick post from the toilet at work. Alan in Seattle.

Speaking of Tone:

At 12/09/2021 11:53:00 PM, Blogger Alan said...

@Happy Andy .... I wasn't confusing you with the other Andy. I was confused in a other ways. I thought your handle was different than your name or something. Foolish! I did not intend to give hostility to an undeserving individual such as yourself. I demonstrated how not to do it. I apologize.

I don't pay much attention to critics at all. I had not heard of Christgau.

Sometimes I get a little carried away when I think I hear people dissing my aging musical Hero.

I will endeavor to redeem myself. Alan in Seattle

At 12/10/2021 05:02:00 AM, Blogger Cubanpete said...

Two listens through. Its pleasant without being amazing but as always are grateful for new Neil.

At 12/10/2021 02:22:00 PM, Blogger Jonathan said...

Robert Christgau thinks Fork in the Road was an album with Crazy Horse? Good grief...

At 12/10/2021 03:51:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

@ Alan in Seattle - to apologize is to redeem thyself. All is forgiven.

Listen, man, totally understand how these things happen as we multi-task ourselves to oblivion.

One of the best pieces of early internet advice (back in the days of text only) was:
"Take a deep breath and step away from the keyboard."


ps enjoy BARN!

At 12/10/2021 09:14:00 PM, Blogger Alan said...

Thank you Thrasher. That IS great advice! Listening to the new album right now for the first timer Loving Change Ain’t Ever Gonna! And he drops a reference to 10 men workin’! 😀 -Alan

At 12/10/2021 09:14:00 PM, Blogger Alan said...

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At 12/11/2021 02:34:00 PM, Blogger Jonathan said...

again Alan - post it again you can do it!

At 12/12/2021 01:21:00 AM, Blogger Alan said...

@Jonathan : Yes, I click the post button once, and two show up. Its amazing. This is not a rusult of me accidentally posting it twice. It happens for mysterious Tech reasons. What else have you got to say? Anything about Neil Young?


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