Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Neil Young News: 2008 is the new 2007

People who've been waiting since the '80s for the Archives boxes to start flowing will not be surprised to learn they've been delayed again. P.S. I've confirmed this independently.

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Saturday, March 10, 2007


A mere 21 years after it was first promised, this year we'll get NeilYoung - The Archives Vol.01 1963-1972.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

"Powderfinger," in full-length glory

Some of you have written to suggest I'm a stingy something-or-other for posting the intro the "Powderfinger" but not the full song, so here's the full thing (M4A format, 5.5M). This is the best officially released version of the song (so far), but it's far from the longest version out there...

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Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Why the G chord at the beginning of Neil Young and Crazy Horse's "Powderfinger" is the greatest sound in the history of the universe

Well, maybe that's an exaggeration. But still.

That excerpt I posted earlier this week was from the intro to the song as performed on the live Weld collection. I love the kerranngg! sound and how the chord seems to hang in the air for lifetimes as it decays over the arena crowd. It's ideal rock'n'roll minimalism: one chord that tells you all you have to know. One of the pleasures of hearing Neil and the band play "Powderfinger" over the years has been hearing the song go deeper and deeper: more solos, longer solos, all of them unlocking another tiny piece of the mystery suggested in that opening chord. He's still got more to find.

Am I reading more into this than a normal person should? Of course. But that's part of what makes listening to great music so fun: It inspires you to make wild extrapolations without logic getting in your way.

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Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Neil Young, "The Loner/Cinnamon Girl" (live, 1970)

I prefer Neil Young when he's in Crazy Horse mode, but this 1970 solo acoustic clip has a real charge:

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