Even if bootleg hunters already know this stuff backward and forward, Songs For Judy is an essential addition to the official canon. It captures Young in brilliantly loose form, rambling but righteous, a fine companion to Neil’s other recent solo acoustic ’76 vault release, Hitchhiker. An artist at his peak. Or at least one of his peaks, anyway.
Josh Tillman takes on Tonight’s The Night, Neil Young’s dark night of the soul, in its entirety…
Recorded in 2010.
“Well, late at night, when the people were gone, he used to pick up my guitar. And sing a song in a shaky voice that was real as the day was long.”
Neil Young is proving himself to be the busiest senior citizen in the rock ‘n’ roll world this year. He’s got a doofy sci-fi western available to stream on Netflix . He’s brought Crazy Horse back out of the barn . He’s pretty much blogging over on the NYA Times-Contrarian . And on the archival […]
Last month saw the long-awaited release of the Criterion edition of Jim Jarmusch’s 1995 existentialist western Dead Man . In addition to 4K restoration, bonus interviews with Jarmusch and Gary Farmer, deleted scenes, William Blake poetry, […]
Another ride in Neil’s dune buggy, another collection of (mostly) low-key NY highlights. The following 26 tracks span the 1980 Hawks & Doves LP to 2007’s Chrome Dreams II. Eat a peach . . . […]
Hitchhiker , Neil Young’s latest archival release, is an absolutely essential addition to the songwriter’s canon, capturing a skeletal mid-1976 solo acoustic session. It’s also our first chance to hear the original version of the LP’s […]
Absolute homegrown ephemera gold courtesy of a 1972 Germany documentary which finds Neil Young in a honey slide haze on his fabled Broken Arrow Ranch, work-shopping “Out on the Weekend” (endearingly amused by his own lyrics), […]
2009 BBC documentary tracing Neil Young’s career, culled from three hours of interviews shot in New York and California. Featuring Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, David Crosby, Nils Lofgren, etc, the doc unearths previously unseen performance footage from Young’s […]
Neil Young took Crazy Horse out of the barn 40 years ago this month for a coast-to-coast US tour. Here’s the semi-official account, via Jimmy McDonough’s Shakey : Joel Bernstein was shocked to discover that […]
“You know, I used to be pissed off at Bobby Darin because he changed styles so much. Now I look at him and I think he was a fucking genius.” – Neil Young, 1988 Neil […]
Dig into an assortment of choice live recordings from Neil Young’s peak 70s period — the period that will presumably be covered by the next volume of the songwriter’s Archives series … whenever that comes […]
What do you play during the holidays? Besides, you know, ‘holiday’ music. A friend posed this question a couple of days before 24 of us descended upon his Echo Park home for Thanksgiving. Arlo Guthrie’s […]
Dig into this — a wide array of Neil covers from his first decade or so in action. There’s folk rock, funk rock, country rock, yacht rock, pop rock — all kinds of rock. And […]
40 years after the fact, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young are commemorating their massive, cocaine-fueled 1974 tour with a big box set. Sprinkled amidst the group’s tried-and-true warhorses are several unreleased Neil Young songs — […]