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Very sad news on the passing of Elliott Smith.
I first heard about Elliott's music from Mary Lou Lord singing his praises. I really admired his indie rock and singer-songwriter-artist temperment. After hearing his ’Miss Misery’ in Good Will Hunting during the closing credits, I started keeping an ear out for him. His 1998 Academy Award nomination performance was definitely a surreal experience for him - and the audience.
Last we saw him at the 9:30 Club a few years ago, he gave an intensely memorable performance of Figure 8. I recall the quietness of the club as he spoke between songs. Everyone silently strained to hear him mutter introductions to the next songs. And suddenly he'd be so alive.
Such a loss of an artist who tried so hard to keep it real and true and not selling out.
Greendale Film Premeire
Here's a review from the Mill Valley, CA premeire on 10/12/03 posted on Rust by Robert Clark Young:
More of Bob the Writer's review on Greendale Film Premeire.
Commentary on Greendale
Opinions on Greendale have been in an extreme range of love and hate. Explore the emotions of Greendale. Samples include:
"'Greendale' looks set to join the pantheon of great Neil Young records"
"Song story telling in the Homeric tradition"
"Greendale live made me wanna puke"
"He gives the finger to all of the people who just want to hear his hits again"
"An artist at the top of his creativity"
A nice Greendale review from AllAboutSurf.com with some concert photos and lots of questions:
Europe 2003 Tour Page
Baron's got a nice page with setlists, reviews, and other stuff from the Europe 2003 Greendale tour. From Neil Young interview for German TV 'aspekte' in Oslo on making Greendale:
In the first song, I found it exciting that there were characters with names, that conversed. The next day I wrote a new song with the same characters. When I think about it, I really believe that it's interesting, it's different. I didn't know that when I was doing it was reflections of my thoughts. I'd rather that the film speaks for me, instead of me speaking. Because as a person I'm actually not so well-spoken. The things, the songs, that I create and write, speak with a much clearer voice than I do.
I'm not a clear person. In me there are many conflicts."
Before 'Leave The Driving', Neil introduced his guitar Hank as originally being owned by Hank Williams, 'the next song is a new one because if Hank was still with us he'd be doing new songs too'... The Greendale songs sounded fresh, strong and much more vibrant than the original acoustic versions from the spring European Tour... "
And this really sounds like something to check out:
I believe you are correct, sir. Thanks Joe Ray for the report!
Rust Radio Rules on Neil Covers
I was truly stunned by the playlist on this past weekend on Rust Radio. 170 Neil songs covered by other artists were loaded into rotation. Many were from the Bridge Tribute album and This Notes For You Too tribute. Or well known like Roxy Music's Like A Hurricane.
But many were obscure gems. Cuts ranged from Duran Duran doing Needle and the Damage Done, Hole mangling Cinnamon Girl, Indigo Girls rockin out on Down By The River, Toris Amos wailing 'Heart of Gold' and The Jayhawks doing Expecting To Fly from their current tour.
Over on Rust folks are discussing their favorite Neil cover. Maybe somebody will setup a tally?
Well, hope this one gets featured on another weekend sometime again Roel.
Being The Rain
Over on the Rusted Highway they're discussing how to Be the Rain. Folks discuss what they can do in practical terms to be environmentally sensitive. Using fewer chemicals, less gas, producing less trash. It's really great that Neil's music can motivate folks to take positive steps.
So just go out and be the rain.
Also on Rusted Highway The Weird Commercial Successful Songs of Neil Young posted by Syscrusher:
'A Lotta Love' Sang by the since deceased Nicolette Larson was played so much on the radio that it made me sick--doesnt the public realize that this is not Neil's best??
'The Needle and the Damage Done' - A favorite of the FM jockeys to play on the radio.
'Long May You Run' both the general public and the fanatics agree!! this is a great song!!
'Harvest Moon' I can't count the number of times I've been at the Supermarket and heard this song over the intercom !
'From Hank to Hendrix' And I've heard this song over the intercom at the supermarket too.
'Downtown' Whats weird is I'm finding the fanatics are not so enthused by 'Mirrorball' but I personally love Mirrorball. Whats weird is the song 'Downtown' was a huge commercial success for a short period and they played this song on the radio quite a bit for a short time period though.
'This Notes For You' --Was a wild craze for a while on MTV."
Talkin About A Revolution
And over on Human Highway well, they're talking about Iraq, Bush, medical marijuana and folks' favorite Neil album. Never a dull moment out in the Neil community.
Fresh Wheat - 10/11/03
More "On the Beach" Reviews
From Americana UK Reviews - July 2003, a great web site on alt.country, anti-folk, and alt.power-pop:
More from Americana and the sound that Neil Young influenced at Thrasher's Blog.
Pearl Jam and Neil Young
Pearl Jam and Neil's collaborations go back a number of years. With PJ's upcoming appearance at The Bridge Concerts (their 5th appearance), here's a Pearl Jam and Neil Young page chronicling their relationship.
Yet some might say a concern with civil liberties is a little out of sync with Young's highly publicised efforts to block biographer Jimmy McDonough's biography Shakey. The book started out as a collaborative effort but, after several years research, came to an abrupt halt when Young tried to prevent publication. In response, McDonough sued his subject for $2 million. The matter was eventually settled out of court and the book appeared in 2002. "
More from The Age at Ain't gettin' old, ain't gettin' younger - www.theage.com.au.
Fresh Wheat - 10/6/03
I really like this comparison of Neil. Appropriate for the baseball season. From a review of the Missing 4 ( On the Beach / American Stars 'n' Bars / Hawks & Doves / Re-ac-tor) at Pitchfork:
For updates, check Baron's Crazy Kangaroo - Neil Young tour 2003 in Australia page.
The Australia leg follows the Japan Tour 2003 dates.
Lucinda Williams & The Jayhawks
The legendary More Barn T-shirts are back. See More Barn! for gear and the full story of Neil's response to "How's the sound?"
Here's a concert review of Lucinda Williams & The Jayhawks on at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC.Greendale Style Poll
In the previous poll, we asked "How will Neil Young's Greendale rate in 10 years?" A classic like Rust Never Sleeps? Or a throw-away/Geffen-like release?
Last we checked, an overwhelming majority thought Greendale would become a classic. To check the latest opinion results, go to Poll page.
See September 2003 news for more on Neil Young's Greendale.
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