Neil Young's new release ""Noise and Flowers" + Promise of the Real " is now available for pre-order. Order here
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Friday, September 30, 2022

THIS WEEKEND: Film "PARADOX" Screening on Neil Young Archives

PARADOX will be showing on @NeilYoungNYA this weekend
And if there is not enough Neil Young news already, the film "PARADOX" will be screening on Neil Young Archives | Hearse Theater/MovieTone this weekend.

Also, dhlovelife (Neil's wife) is set to appear on ‘Long May You Young’ podcast.


From  NYA | T-C:
"dhlovelife will be talking about her film PARADOX, made with ‘Neil Young and Promise of the Real’ featuring Lukas Nelson, Micah Nelson, Corey McCormick, Tato Melgar and Anthony Logerfo. The film was made in in 2016, written and directed by dhlovelife, who will be talking with the ‘Long May You Young’ podcast crew."


More on PARADOX Film Directed by Daryl Hannah w/ Neil Young + Promise Of The Real.

Director: Daryl Hannah
w/ Neil Young + Promise Of The Real & Willie Nelson
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More on Cover & Track Listing: PARADOX Soundtrack Album - Neil Young + Promise Of The Real.

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Thursday, September 29, 2022


Neil Young w/ Crazy Horse
photo by Joey Martinez

There appears to be a major Neil Young news announcement coming tonight, Thurs., Sept. 29.


9-29-22  Midnight EST - 9pm" 
via Neil Young Archives | T-C


Per NYA | T-C,  "WORLD RECORD - CELEBRATE WITH US AT NYA!  9-29-22  Midnight EST - 9pm". (thanks Road Dawg!)

More recently, Neil Young posted a tease that  "The big day is coming!"

Could tonight be the "Big Day"? Or is the "Big Day" really a "Big Night"?  If so, than is tonight's the night? Only tomorrow will tell ...

stay tuned rusties!

UPDATE: and just like that, mystery solved ...

Date First Available: September 29, 2022*
Produced by Rick Rubin at Shangri-La studios in Malibu, CA, the 11-song album sounds very different from previous Crazy Horse albums.  Primarily, only two of the songs feature Neil's electric guitar -- other tracks were recorded acoustically and with unusual arrangements of the instruments. (see interview on Neil Young & Rick Rubin Tease Their New Music For Jack White | Broken Record) According to the credits, Neil Young even plays a zither-like "Marxophone".


Track Listings

Disc: 1

1 Love Earth
2 Overhead
3 I Walk with You (Earth Ringtone)
4 This Old Planet (Changing Days)

Disc: 2

1 The World (Is In Trouble Now)
2 Break the Chain
3 The Long Day Before
4 Walkin' On The Road (To The Future)
5 The Wonder Won't Wait

Disc: 3

1 Chevrolet
2 This Old Planet (Reprise)
 From WBR PR:
"World Record contains a wealth of wisdom, and the kind of poignant observations one can only be collected over an eventful life. The iconoclastic songwriter reminisces with gratitude about the gifts the Earth has given him and sets his sights on an uncertain future with hope that we can right this big, blue and green ship. He does so in a vital and unyielding fashion.

There’s affecting folk (This Old Planet (Changing Days), Love Earth), pummeling rock (Break The Chain, The World (Is In Trouble Now)), and a monumental, classic Crazy Horse guitar odyssey in which he pays tribute to his relationship with cars while asserting the necessity of a fossil-fuel-free future (Chevrolet). World Record is a cohesive vision that spreads positive energy while not flinching from our present situation. As Young himself said in a message on the Times-Contrarian during the making of World Record: “Real magic lasts and we think we have it.”

Recorded live in order to wrangle the Horse’s long-running spirit of spontaneous, collaborative, and electrifying performance, the album was mixed to analog tape at Shangri-La under Rubin’s sage guidance. The quality of the resulting listening experience sets fans directly on the studio floor as Young and the legendary band do what they do best.

To optimize audio quality, the vinyl format of World Record will be released as a three-sided double album with an etching on side four. There will also be a limited-edition version of the album pressed on clear vinyl — a first in Young’s body of work — available via Young’s webstore and indie retailers. World Record will also be issued on cassette and as a double CD set (mirroring the track sequence of the double LP). All Greedy Hand Store purchases of World Record (LP, CD or cassette) come with free hi-res digital audio downloads."

More on  World Record - Neil Young & Crazy Horse. (Please shop locally & independently. But if you can't, we appreciate your supporting Thrasher's Wheat by clicking this link . Thank you!!!)

Earlier today, Producer Rick Rubin tweeted out the above quote by himself:
"Sometimes a sketch is better than an oil painting and that's fine."
So could  the new album "WORLD RECORD" be a sketch and not a painting???

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Neil Young’s Foreword for Joni Mitchell Asylum Records Boxset

Neil Young’s Foreword - Joni Mitchell Asylum Records Boxset
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Joni Mitchell's Asylum Records boxset -- The Reprise Albums 1968-1971 -- contains a foreword by Neil Young, along with Joni's portrait of Neil.

In a touching personal note, Neil recalls those early Canadian Prairie days going back to the "Sugar Mountain" and "Circle Game" song conversation. ( see Analysis: How Neil Young and Joni Mitchell Faced Adulthood.) 

More on  Joni Mitchell and Neil Young: Here They Are, In The Years.

Joni Mitchell and Neil Young - December, 1969
Heathrow Airport, England

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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

OUR REPORT: Farm Aid 2022 Concert - Raleigh, North Carolina

The FarmAidians + thrasher & thrashette (obscured/cropped)
Photo by via Raleigh News & Observer 
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Normally, we would start our little review with a standard opening line of "this year's Farm Aid concert in Raleigh featured yet another great Neil Young performance".

But alas, no Neil this year -- although his spirit hovered about throughout the day.

Neil & Me ... not
all photos by Jim McKelvey, Hounds That Howell, thrasher & thrashette

Regardless -- even with Neil's very conspicuous absence -- we had a stellar day with our awesome FarmAidian friends and the other 20,000 or so music, food and farm lovers.

The Long FA Weekend Begins!


It was sort of weird to go to a Neil Young "concert event" like FA but without an actual Neil performance. Sort of like having a warm beer or something where a very key ingredient is missing.


All that said, it was a wonderful day to be out with so many music and farm lovers.

The day started with an early morning Press Conference of the Farm Aid Board making their annual plea on behalf of the plight on the family farm crisis they have been facing for decades.

Willie Nelson, Farmer, & John Mellencamp

During the Press Conference, Farm Aid announced plans for ‘A Major Farmer Mobilization in Washington’ in March 2023.  Farm Aid will team with the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition for the biggest D.C. gathering of family farmers in decades.

 Farm Aid Board Members Margo Price & Dave Matthews


In other major Farm Aid news, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay presented Farm Aid and John Mellencamp, with a $1 million check donation.

Farm Aid 2022 Concert - Raleigh, North Carolina
It was a beautiful day for a concert and Carolinians came out in force for
Farm Aid.


Charley Crockett

Charley Crockett was definitely a new breakout artist for us. Catch him if you can for sure. Crockett's retro roots country set was about as REAL as you can get.
"Angry World" - Neil Young cover
Particle Kid (aka Micah Nelson)
 Brittney Spencer 
Sheryl Crow, Allison Russell & Friends

Margo Price
 Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real 

 Dave Matthews w/  Tim Reynolds
John Mellencamp

Chris Stapleton
And Chris Stapleton and his band just brought the house down.  Everyone was in the house and on their feet for his throw it down set.

Farm Aid Director Carolyn Mugar &  Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson is a gift to humanity and just to be in his presence -- along with his sons Lukas & Micah -- is an act in restoring one's faith in humanity.

"Everything is Bullshit"
Lukas, Willie & Micah Nelson
"Will The Circle Be Unbroken" Finale

Willie Tosses Hat into FA Crowd

Our FarmAidian Hero Hostess Renee Pops In

... and we'll see you next year on the road again!

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Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Beck Covers Neil Young’s ‘Old Man’ in NFL TV Commercial - UPDATED


Beck has covered Neil Young’s song ‘Old Man’ for a NFL TV commercial.


Beck Covering Neil Young’s ‘Old Man’ for NFL Commercial


Why this song was specifically chosen to promote football is not well understood at this time and makes little sense from a marketing perspective. Because old men are target market and watch lots of tee-vee, perhaps?

This has sparked a bit of a flare up on the long running controversies involving artists selling out for commercial purposes.


Sponsored by Nobody?!
Neil Young's 1988 "This Note's for You"

On Instagram, Young posted a photo showing him holding a beer bottle with a label that reads, "SPONSORED BY NOBODY" without a caption.  hmmmm...

Neil Young| Instagram

The photo posted on IG is from the video for the 1988 Bluenotes song "This Note's for You" in which the musician parodied fellow artists (like Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, etc.) who used themselves and their songs for product and company advertising.

As we reported in January 2021, Neil Young sold his copyrights for 1,180 songs to Hipgnosis Songs Fund for $150,000,000.

"There will never be a ‘Burger of Gold’":
 Merck Mercuriadis - Founder, Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited


Merck Mercuriadis, founder of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, stated at the time:

"Hipgnosis and Young have a common integrity, ethos and passion born out of a belief in music and these important songs. There will never be a ‘Burger of Gold’ but we will work together to make sure everyone gets to hear them on Neil's terms.”

"There will never be a ‘Burger of Gold’".   Seems clear enough.  No worries, right?

So does the promise made above hold for Young’s classic song ‘Old Man’? Is this very poor taste usage not akin to ‘Burger of Gold’"?  Apparently not.

The question is why?

How can these statements above reconcile with the travesty of this "spectacularly bad idea and in poor taste"?

So why would Neil Young authorize and agree to this usage? Or maybe he didn't authorize this because the decision is now handled by the new ownership stake in his catalog? 
Clearly, this is a sacrilegious abuse of an artist's life work and a breach of contract by Hipgnosis' Merck Mercuriadis that MUST be atoned.

As we editorialized at the time of the 2021 announcement, be careful what you wish for ... because you reap what you sow ...

Our earlier cautions about "risking the "family jewels"  was actually addressed directly by Neil Young himself on NYA. (Also, please note some of our clarifications on this subject after the giant hullabaloo/kerfuffle in 2021.)

"gotta watch out for the greedy hand
the greedy hand" 

The Greedy Hand | Neil Young Store | WBR

Also, see this 2007 piece The Price of Neil: When Art and Commerce Collide.  More on "Cough Up the Buck$": Neil Young's Song of the Day | NYA.

Cough Up The Buck$ Crew
HarryO w/ Volume Drinkers: Brand New Guy & Paul D.
Madison Square Garden, NYC, NY - 12/15/2008 
photo by TW

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Saturday, September 24, 2022

TODAY: Farm Aid 2022 - Raleigh, North Carolina, Sat., Sept. 24

Farm Aid 2022 - Raleigh, North Carolina, on Saturday, September 24


The annual Farm Aid concert will be today, Saturday, September 24 in  Raleigh, North Carolina.

Artists in lineup include: Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews (with Tim Reynolds), and Margo Price, as well as Chris Stapleton, Sheryl Crow, Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Allison Russell, Charley Crockett, Brittney Spencer and Particle Kid. (NOTE: Neil Young Will NOT Play Farm Aid 2022, )

Thus, the Photo of the Moment is Willie Nelson & Neil Young at Farm Aid 2016.

"Are There Any More Real Cowboys?"
Willie Nelson & Neil Young 
(w/ Lukas Nelson & Tony LoGerfo)
Farm Aid 2016 - Bristow, Virginia, Sept. 17
Photo by thrasher
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