Entering 2012, there were three acts on my "must see live" wishlist: Public Enemy, Neil Young and Nirvana.
I caught Public Enemy at an absolutely amazing show in September, and tonight I'll see Neil Young at the ACC. I can't wait to see the living legend I've admired forever live.
"Living" is the key word there, because I'll never see Nirvana. That one isn't happening.
What bands are on your must-see-live list?
I keep seeing Pearl Jam and The Tragically Hip in concert. I keep seeing them because I love both acts so much, and their live performances never cease to amaze me. They might just be my two favourite bands of all time.
There are bands I'd love to see, but can't. First on that list is Nirvana. I missed Nirvana, and I regret it.
But there are acts I've admired for decades, but for whatever reason, have never seen live, despite the fact they're still touring. In 2012, I'll erase two of the primary artists from this list: Public Enemy and Neil Young.
I love Public Enemy. I've loved them since the 80s, and still listen to Public Enemy every time I bike. On Sunday night, I'll finally see Public Enemy live. Better late than never...
Neil Young is my favourite solo artist and I've been loving his music since discovering it in high school. I'll finally see him in November and I can't wait.
What are some musical acts you've never seen live but wish you had? Feel free to list acts that have retired or passed away, as well as acts that are still active.
I just cracked open Neil Young's Americana CD. It's the first CD I've "bought" in years and years.
It was bundled with tickets to his concert at the ACC this November, so it was sort of a forced sale. I'm not even sure what to do with this CD other than to rip it to MP3. Throughout the 90s, I purchased hundreds and hundreds of discs, but this might be my first one in a decade.
Does anyone out there still buy CDs?
I friggin' love Neil Young, so when he talks, I listen.
Neil Young had some very interesting things to say on the stage of D: Dive into Media the other day.
"Young is calling for a new digital ecosystem of high quality music files and he believes that Jobs would have gotten there had he lived long enough. On the distribution side, Young isn't particularly concerned with the effects of piracy on artists, he's more concerned that the files that are being shared are of such low quality:"
It doesn't affect me because I look at the internet as the new radio. I look at the radio as gone. [...] Piracy is the new radio. That's how music gets around. [...] That's the radio. If you really want to hear it, let's make it available, let them hear it, let them hear the 95 percent of it.
I think he's right on point. Piracy is the new radio. There's no point fighting it, you may as well embrace it.
What do you think?
You never hear Neil Young on 102.1 The Edge. Sure, they played City and Colour's cover of Cowgirl in the Sand, and Bono joining Pearl Jam for Rockin' in the Free World (fun fact: Ed Vedder chose Bono over me that night!), but I've never actually heard Neil.
Wait a minute... did Neil get any airplay during his Pearl Jam years, when he released Mirror Ball? Maybe Downtown? I don't think so...
Neil Young's getting plenty of airplay on 102.1 The Edge these days. Redlight King's Old Man samples Neil's Old Man and 102.1 is currently playing it every hour on the hour. Luckily, it's good.
Neil Young on 102.1 The Edge... better late than never.
* actual number probably lower
You might enjoy this. I know I did.
It's Jimmy Fallon as Neil Young performing Willow Smith's Whip My Hair and there's an extra cool special appearance by Bruce Springsteen.
Whip your hair...
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Neil Young - Heart of Gold
CTV is playing their Olympic anthem ad nauseum. It's called "I Believe" and it's sung by Nikki Yanofsky and CTV likes to set montages to it every time a Canadian reaches the podium. Essentially, CTV takes these inspiring, amazing Canadian moments of triumph and tarnishes them by tying them to this awful tune.
When a Canadian wins gold at these Olympic games, I'd much rather hear Neil Young's "Heart of Gold". CTV, this one's for you.
I'm sharing this classic video by Neil Young and the Bluenotes because it includes the line "ain't singing for Pepsi". When I record a cover about my battle against Pepsi, I'll change that to "ain't chanting for Pepsi".
This video won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Video of the Year for 1989.
As a teenager, I would hear about these iconic classic rock albums. "Revolver", "Dark Side of the Moon", "Morrison Hotel" and "Have You Ever Been Experienced" were just some of the albums I had to discover for myself. It was a rite of passage.
Here are five classic albums I believe every teenager should listen to. If you believe I missed a mandatory play-through album from 1955 through 1980 that should be in the top five, let me know in the comments.
Bob Marley - Legend
Neil Young - Decade
The Clash - London Calling
Rolling Stones - Hot Rocks
Led Zeppelin - IV
I apologize for not posting today, but I've been listening to Sugar Mountain - Live At Canterbury House 1968.
Neil Young was just a few days shy of his 23rd birthday when he took the stage at the Canterbury House in Ann Arbor, Mich., for what would become a legendary performance. It was 1968, and Young was about to release his self-titled debut solo album. His old band, Buffalo Springfield, had split up six months earlier, and few people even knew who Young was. But to his own surprise, and to the surprise of the Canterbury House, Young drew a sold-out audience.
You can stream his album in its entirety for free at NPR Music. That's what I'm doing right now.
It's 40 years later and Neil Young and Reprise Records are finally releasing the long-awaited Canterbury House performance as part of the Archives Performance Series, Young's effort to release box-set editions of past live concerts. Live at the Fillmore East was released in 2006, with Live at Massey Hall 1971 following a year later.
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