Neil Young's new release "Official Release Series Discs 13, 14, 20 & 21 " is now available for pre-order. Order here
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Sunday, June 26, 2022

Neil Young + Promise of the Real's New Album "Noise & Flowers": Release Date - August 5th

"Noise & Flowers"
Neil Young + Promise of the Real 
  Release Date - August 5th 
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Neil Young + Promise of the Real's new album "Noise & Flowers" is scheduled for release on August 5th. 

Album #21 from the "Performance Series" will be released as CD, double LP and limited box set including Blu -Ray video. Pre-sale has begun. (Please shop locally & independently. But if you can't, we appreciate your supporting Thrasher's Wheat by clicking this link . Thank you!!!)

The preview track "From Hank To Hendrix", is now streaming on NYA, as well as, on YouTube with concert footage.


 Official Music Video for Neil Young's "From Hank To Hendrix (Live)" From 'Noise & Flowers'

The 14 songs from "Noise & Flowers" were recorded on the 2019 European tour with "Promise of the Real". 



Noise & Flowers - Neil Young + Promise of the Real

01. Mr. Soul - Berlin, Waldbühne, July 3, 2019
02. Everybody Knows This is Nowhere - Berlin, Waldbühne, July 3, 2019
03. Helpless - Berlin, Waldbühne, July 3, 2019
04. Field Of Opportunity - Berlin, Waldbühne, July 3 .2019
05. Alabama - London, Hyde Park, 12.7.2019
06. Throw Your Hatred Down - Kilkenny, Nowlan Park, 14.7.2019
07. Rockin' In The Free World - Berlin, Waldbühne, 3.7.2019
08. Comes a Time - Dresden, Filmnächt am Elbufer, July 2, 2019
09. From Hank To Hendrix - Antwerp, Sportpaleis, July 9, 2019
10. On The Beach - Antwerp, Sportpaleis, July 9, 2019
11. Are You Ready For The Country? -Antwerpen, Sportpaleis, 9.7.2019
12. I've Been Waiting For You - A msterdam, Ziggo Dome, 10.7.2019
13. Winterlong - Mannheim, SAP Arena, 5.7.2019
14. F...In Up - still unknown ( incorrect according to NYA: Berlin, Waldbühne, 7/3/2019)


As Rusted Moon observes, 8 of the 14 songs on the album were recorded at concerts in Germany. The Berlin Waldbühne concert on July 3, 2019 has the most tracks with six songs.

Neil Young + Promise of The Real
Photo by Richard Tidwell
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The summer concert tour of Europe with Neil Young + Promise of The Real lead up to the great co-headlining events of Bob Dylan & Neil Young Concert: Hyde Park, London on 12 July 2019 and Nowlan Park, Kilkenny, Ireland on 14 July 2019.

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Farm Aid 2022 on September 24th; Venue TBD

Farm Aid 2022 on September 24th 
Venue TBD

Farm Aid organizers have announced the annual benefit concert will be on September 24th at a venue TBD.

Venue details, pre-sales and other artists are to be announced at the end of July.

Whether Neil Young will  be making his first live appearance in three years is also TBD.  Other Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews and Margo Price are expected to perform live, in concert this year.

Click here for all the Farm Aid 2022 Details.

The Farm Aid presale starts @ TBD on

Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young & Dave Matthews
2018 Farm Aid Press Conference - Hartford, CT, Sept 22
Photos by Hounds That Howell


Willie Nelson Joined by Farm Aid Friends
photo by thrashette
 (See  Farm Aid 2019 Highlights - Alpine Valley, Wisconsin )

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Nicolette Larson: Inside the Life and Career of 'Lotta Love' Singer | Rolling Stone

"Lotta Love"
Neil Young with Nicolette Larson

1985 Meadowbrook Rochester, Michigan
photo via Jim Munro‎ on Neil Young's Ditch Trilogy | Facebook
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A major article on Nicolette Larson: Inside the Life and Career of 'Lotta Love' Singer | Rolling Stone by Angie Martoccio.

Nicolette Larson is often best remembered for her 1979 cover of Neil Young's "Lotta Love" which was a #1 hit and launched her musical career.

Nicolette Larson: 1952 - 1997

Regarding the song "Lotta Love", Nicolette said "I got that song off a tape I found lying on the floor of Neil's car. I popped it in the tape player and commented on what a great song it was. Neil said: 'You want it? It's yours.' "

We found this article to be one of the most insightful ever into the ways and whims of Neil Young's "shakey style".

From  Rolling Stone article:

" “With the possible exception of [Crazy Horse guitarist] Danny Whitten, Nicolette sang better with Neil than anyone,” says Young archivist and photographer Joel Bernstein. “Nicolette and Danny absolutely were the two best singers with Neil who really understood his singing, his soulfulness, and what to get across. When you hear Comes a Time now, many years later, it pulls at your heartstrings as much as it did the first time you heard it.” "

A Tribute To Nicolette Larson: Lotta Love Concert
Artist & Track Details

From Neil Young biography Shakey, Nicolette Larson remembers how Young greeted her that rainy night. “He said, ‘I guess I’m supposed to meet you, ‘cause I called three people lookin’ for a singer and everyone told me your name.’ Neil’s kinda cosmic about things like that.” 

"Young’s half-sister, Astrid, who sang with Larson and remained friends with her for the rest of her life, agrees: “Where she was at in her career and what she was doing was not really what he was looking for. I think he wanted something that was a little bit more home. [They] were on different roads. Even though they parted ways on a personal level, I think they still had a lot of love and respect for each other. Neil valued her so much on the work that she did with his music that was so incredibly pivotal to the sound at the time.” "

Nicolette Larson


Another key singer during this mid-70's period was Linda Ronstadt, who was a close friend of Nicolette Larson.

"Larson moved in with Ronstadt after the breakup, telling Crawdaddy, “One thing that I learned from the whole Neil episode: Good friends are essential. Linda pulled me through so much of that.” Ronstadt tells Rolling Stone she thought the split was for the best: “We go through those things, and they’re a drag. It was hard for her because they sang really well together, but I don’t think it was meant to be. Neil is really sweet, but he’s moody, and I think that was puzzling to Nicolette. He’s a real complicated guy, and he’s got a wonderful heart.” "

Linda Ronstadt & Nicolette Larsen w/ Neil Young
via "American Stars & Bars" sessions 

After Larson's death, an all-star tribute concert was held in February 1998 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, featuring Ronstadt; Crosby, Stills, and Nash; Bonnie Raitt; Jackson Browne; Carole King; and others.

""Young’s absence at the tribute was felt by many, including him. “I just couldn’t do it,” he says. “I just didn’t want to go. Because I have my own memories of her, and I just felt like I couldn’t do it at that time. But now I would like to say how great she was, and what a wonderful person she was.”"

“She was absolutely fearless,” Young tells Rolling Stone of Larson. “She told me, ‘I’m the best one. I can follow you anywhere you want to go. No one can follow you better than I can.’ And she could.”

Full article @ Nicolette Larson: Inside the Life and Career of 'Lotta Love' Singer | Rolling Stone by Angie Martoccio.

 More on RARE PHOTO: Nicolette Larson & Neil Young - 1985.

 More on Linda Ronstadt and Neil Young (Updated).

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Sunday, June 19, 2022

MORE BARN (?): New Neil Young w/ Crazy Horse Album Produced by Rick Rubin

Magazine  - September 2022
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In 2021, the album BARN by Neil Young & Crazy Horse was released, after being recorded literally in a barn high up in the Colorado rockies.

Now comes word on a followup album by Neil Young w/ Crazy Horse being completed from the latest issue of UNCUT Magazine in an interview with Billy Talbott about the unreleased album Toast. (thanks Julia & Mike!)

The UNCUT interviewer Michael Bonner says: 'The Horse have just finished recording with Rick Rubin...

Billy Talbott: 'Yeah, we did. It was a lot of fun.'


Crazy Horse, 2021
Photo by dhlovelife 


Also, per NYA and Letters to Editor, new songs on the upcoming album include "Break the Chain" and  “Chevrolet”.

Also confirmed on NYA | Letters to Editor, the album has had a playback session with Reprise executive Mo Ostin who "loved it".

In another  NYA | Letters to Editor, Neil replies:

“Chevrolet” may take you to outer space. There’s a good chance in the 13 minutes it plays.

While the album title remains unconfirmed, earlier speculation was that 2021's BARN followup would be titled MORE BARN, fwiw.

More on first impressions of BARN --  the 2021 album by Neil Young & Crazy Horse.


UNCUT Magazine  - September 2022
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Friday, June 17, 2022

John Mayer & Neil Young Sit Down and Have "The Talk"

Neil Young and John Mayer 

John Mayer and Neil Young have finally sat down and had "The Talk". 


In what can only be described as a meeting of two Olympian musical gods, eternal wisdom and TRUTH is imparted to us mere mortal rustie beings.

Thank you John & Neil for sharing these insights -- as only you both can do -- in your own unique and inimitable ways. 

More on fun with Neil Young. Also, see "Everything is Bullshit" and eventually gets REAL.

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Guster, Wood Brothers & David Wax Museum Cover Neil Young's “Harvest Moon” | JamBase

Guster, Wood Brothers & David Wax Museum Cover Neil Young's “Harvest Moon”  
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Neil Young's “Harvest Moon” was covered by Guster with The Wood Brothers and David Wax Museum at Rose Music Center at The Heights, Ohio on Tuesday, June 14. 


See full review on  Guster, Wood Brothers & David Wax Museum Cover Neil Young In Ohio | JamBase by Scott Bernstein.

More on  Neil Young's  beloved song "".

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Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Oh To Live on Sugar Mountain's Setlist Database & All Things Neil Young

Lost in Rock Formations?
Members| Times-Contrarian | Neil Young Archives

So you've been a data miner for a Heart of Gold, eh?

Then if so, then presumably you're not "Lost in Rock Formations" and actually  living on Sugar Mountain.

And if so, then you must be aware of "some lesser-known features of the Sugar Mountain website @

No, you say?

Well then, be sure to check article on Members| Times-Contrarian | Neil Young Archives by Robert Broadfoot:

Many think of the Sugar Mountain website as ‘just’ the definitive listing of Neil’s live performances and setlists to date – which of course it is. 

But there is so much more information there, and so many more great features which many may not know about. Here then, together with direct links, is a selection of some of the most interesting of those lost ‘rock formations’. 

Check them out!

Examples include:

  • Timeline Concerts Locator
  • Neil Young Song Raps
  • Neil Young’s singles, compilation albums and more

This is Robert Broadfoot's ( third in a series of features based on the fascinating information to be found at .

A RUST Trio*
Thrasher (Thrashers Wheat), Scott Sandie (Broken Arrow Magazine | NYAS) & Tom Hambleton (Sugar Mountain | Neil Young Setlists)

(* We just missed Roel of by a minute for a full RUST Quartet!)

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Monday, June 13, 2022

"Dead Man" Film Blu-ray Reissue [Criterion Collection] w/ Neil Young Soundtrack

"Dead Man" Film Blu-ray Reissue  [Criterion Collection] 
Directed by Jim Jarmusch

In 2018, Criterion Collection reissued the film "Dead Man" (1995) in Blu-ray format with a new 4K digital restoration, supervised and approved by director Jim Jarmusch.

Johnny Depp as Bill Blake

"Johnny Depp’s only collaboration with the brilliant Jim Jarmusch, Dead Man is one of the most striking modern westerns ever made, a stylised, fatalistic fable following the timid Bill Blake (Depp) as he arrives in the town of Machine to start a new life, only to be implicated in a murder and pursued across country by various bounty hunters and law enforcers, while suffering from a mortal bullet wound. Accompanying him is Nobody (Gary Farmer) a Native American who believes that Blake is the reincarnation of the poet William Blake, and decides to help him on his journey to the afterlife.

Neil Young‘s hypnotic, foreboding score gives the film the momentum of a train, constantly moving, and as the characters move further from civilization, the melody slowly fades, giving the impression of a slowing pulse, or a death rattle. "


-New 4K digital restoration, supervised and approved by director Jim Jarmusch
-New Q&A in which Jarmusch responds to questions sent in by fans
-Rarely seen footage of Neil Young composing and performing the film's score
-New interview with actor Gary Farmer
-New readings of William Blake poems by members of the cast, including Mili Avital, Alfred Molina, and Iggy Pop
New selected-scene audio commentary by production designer Bob Ziembicki and sound mixer Drew Kunin
-Deleted scenes
-Jarmusch's location scouting photos
-PLUS: Essays by film critic Amy Taubin and music journalist Ben Ratliff


"DEAD MAN SESSION" - Directed by Jim Jarmusch
Neil Young Archives | HEARSE THEATER

Neil Young writes the following on recording the soundtrack:

While I watched the movie and played along live. 

Jim Jarmusch filmed me. He cut this together. That’s how we did the soundtrack for DEAD MAN too . . . I think that movie is a masterpiece. 

The soundtrack is available on Vapor records.


The Recording Of Dead Man - Directed by Jim Jarmusch

Directed by Jim Jarmusch, "The Recording Of Dead Man" documents the scoring of the 1995 film "Dead Man" by Neil Young (more below).

This is also a good time to look a little closer at the creative relationship between filmmaker Jim Jarmusch and Neil Young.

Jim Jarmusch & Neil Young

Jim Jarmusch discussed his masterpiece DEAD MAN starring Johnny Depp in a Q&A during Film Society of Lincoln Center's complete retrospective "Permanent Vacation: The Films of Jim Jarmusch" in 2014. (Thanks Hounds That Howell!)

Be sure to check first ~10:00 minutes of session where Jarmusch discusses recording the film soundtrack with Neil Young.

Jim Jarmusch: "You can not trick Neil Young! Don't even try, trust me. He is way ahead of all of us!"

(More on Jim Jarmusch on Recording Neil Young for 'Dead Man' Film Soundtrack.) 

Dead Man poster

Director Jim Jarmusch's film Dead Man -- with a Neil Young soundtrack -- was considered by critic Greil Marcus in Salon Magazine to be "the best movie of the end of the 20th century." Among reasons that Marcus cites are: "For a film set more than a century ago, an electric guitar, playing a modal melody, surrounded by nothing, sounds older than anything you see on the screen."

In an interview, Jim Jarmusch said of Neil's efforts:

    "What he brought to the film lifts it to another level, intertwining the soul of the story with Neil's musically emotional reaction to it - the guy reached down to some deep place inside himself to create such strong music for our film."

Dead Man dvd
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"There's more to the picture
Than meets the eye"



Neil Young FAQ:
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"an indispensable reference"

Paul McCartney and Neil Young


"You can make a difference
If you really a try"

John Lennon and Neil Young

"hailed by fans as a wonderful read"

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young:
The Supergroup of the 20th Century

Director Jonathan Demme's Exquisite film "Heart of Gold"

eddie & neil
Eddie Vedder and Neil Young

Revisiting The Significance of
The Buffalo Springfield

"The revolution will not be televised"
... it will be blogged, streamed,
tweeted, shared and liked
The Embarrassment of Mainstream Media

Turn Off Your TV & Have A Life

"Everything Is Bullshit" +
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Turn Off the News (Build a Garden)

Neil Young 2016 Year in Review:
The Year of The Wheat

Kurt Cobain
Kurt Cobain and Neil Young

Neil Young's Feedback:
An Acquired Taste?

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"the definitive source of Neil Young's formative childhood years in Canada"

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Joni Mitchell & Neil Young

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Bob and Neil

So Who Really Was "The Godfather of Grunge"?

Four Dead in Ohio
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So What Really Happened at Kent State?

The Four Dead in Ohio

May The FOUR Be With You #MayThe4thBeWithYou


dissent is not treason
Dissent is the highest form of patriotism

Rockin' In The Free World

Sing Truth to Power!
When Neil Young Speaks Truth To Power,
The World Listens

Emmylou Harris and Neil Young

Wilco and Neil Young


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The Meaning of "Sweet Home Alabama" Lyrics

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What does the song mean?

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Bonnie Raitt and Neil Young

I'm Proud to Be A Union Man


When Neil Young is Playing,
You Shut the Fuck Up

Class War:
They Started It and We'll Finish It...

A battle raged on the open page...
No Fear, No Surrender. Courage

"What if Al Qaeda blew up the levees?"
Full Disclousre Now

"I've Got The Revolution Blues"

Willie Nelson & Neil Young
Willie Nelson for Nobel Peace Prize

John Mellencamp:
Why Willie Deserves a Nobel



Love and Only Love

"Thinking about what a friend had said,
I was hoping it was a lie"

We're All On
A Journey Through the Past

Neil Young's Moon Songs
Tell Us The F'n TRUTH
(we can handle it... try us)

Does Anything Else Really Matter?

"Nobody's free until everybody's free."
~~ Fannie Lou Hamer

Here Comes "The Big Shift"

Maybe everything you think you know is wrong? NOTHING IS AS IT SEEMS
"It's all illusion anyway."

Propaganda = Mind Control
Guess what?
"Symbols Rule the World, not Words or Laws."
... and symbolism will be their downfall...

Brighter Planet's 350 Challenge
Be The Rain, Be The Change

the truth will set you free
This Machine Kills Fascists

"Children of Destiny" - THE Part of THE Solution

(Frame from Official Music Video)

war is not the answer
yet we are
Still Living With War

"greed is NOT good"
Hey Big Brother!
Stop Spying On Us!
Civic Duty Is Not Terrorism

The Achilles Heel
Orwell (and Grandpa) Was Right
“Emancipate yourself from mental slavery.”
~~ Bob Marley

The Essence of "The Doubters"

Yes, There's Definitely A Hole in The Sky

Even Though The Music Died 50+ Years Ago
Open Up the "Tired Eyes" & Wake up!
"consciousness is near"
What's So Funny About
Peace, Love, & Understanding & Music?


Show Me A Sign

"Who is John Galt?"
To ask the question is to know the answer

"Whosoever shall give up his liberty for a temporary security
deserves neither liberty nor safety."

~~ Benjamin Franklin


(Between the lines of age)

And in the end, the love you take
Is equal to the love you make

~~ John & Paul

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the power of rust
the karma of the wheat