Neil Young

Neil Young’s online archive is open

Neil Young announced earlier this year that he was getting ready to launch a massive online archive with all his music, released and unreleased, for free in high-quality audio via his XStream Music streaming service. Yesterday, to coincide with his new album The Visitor, he launched the site. The Neil Young Archives include a filing cabinet and a timeline of all his albums up through The Visitor, which also includes several unreleased items like Chrome DreamsHomegrown, and Toast. His film projects and books are also listed. Explore here, and watch a tutorial video narrated by Young below. “Don’t forget to have a good time,” he tells users. “And try not to get lost.”

Watch Neil Young get inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall Of Fame

Neil Young got inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall Of Fame in a ceremony at Toronto’s Massey Hall last night. “I’m terribly proud to be Canadian,” Young during his speech after being introduced by Randy Bachman. “I know I’ve travelled a lot … but I’ve always been a Canadian citizen. I’ve never been a citizen of anywhere else, even though I love the USA. By the way, my message is: They’re already great.” Bruce Cockburn, Stéphane Venne, and Beau Dommage were inducted as well, and the ceremony had performances from Buffy Sainte-Marie, k.d. lang, and Randy Bachman. Watch Young’s acceptance speech here

Bob Dylan honored at MusiCares tribute

Bob Dylan was honored last night at a tribute concert to benefit MusiCares. The lineup featured Jack White, Beck, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Willie Nelson, and others. It also had a lengthy speech from Dylan who thanked his early supporters and jibed at critics of his vocals and other famous detractors according to Rolling Stone.

Young covered “Blowin’ in the Wind,” Beck covered “Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat,” White did “One More Cup of Coffee,” Springsteen did “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” and Crosby Stills and Nash performed “Girl From the North Country.”

Dylan thanked icons such as Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash, Nina Simone, Joan Baez, the Staple Singers, the Byrds, the Turtles, Peter Paul & Mary, Sonny & Cher, and others for supporting his music in his speech. When talking about Hendrix, Dlyan said, “He took some small songs of mine that nobody paid any attention to and brought them up into the outer limits of the stratosphere, turned them all into classics.”

He also talked about some famous artists who wrote him off early on, including the iconic songwriting duo Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller and country legend Merle Haggard. “I didn’t really care what Leiber & Stoller thought of my songs,” he said, “’cause I didn’t like their songs, either.”

Dylan also said, “critics say I can’t sing, I sound like a frog. Why don’t critics say that about Tom Waits? Critics say my voice is shot. Why don’t they say that about Leonard Cohen? What have I done to get this special attention?”

Setlist:

Beck: “Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat”
Aaron Neville: “Shooting Star”
Alanis Morissette: “Subterranean Homesick Blues”
Los Lobos: “On A Night Like This”
Willie Nelson: “Señor (Tales Of Yankee Power)”
Jackson Browne: “Blind Willie McTell”
John Mellencamp: “Highway 61 Revisited”
Jack White: “One More Cup Of Coffee”
Tom Jones: “What Good Am I?”
Norah Jones: “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight”
Derek Trucks And Susan Tedeschi: “Million Miles”
John Doe: “Pressing On”
Crosby, Stills & Nash: “Girl From The North County”
Bonnie Raitt: “Standing In The Doorway”
Sheryl Crow: “Boots Of Spanish Leather”
Bruce Springsteen: “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door”
Neil Young: “Blowin’ In The Wind”

Jack White and Neil Young Among Artists Who Will Perform at Bob Dylan Tribute

A gala concert in February will honor Bob Dylan with an impressive lineup.

Some of the artists that are set to play are: Jack White, Neil Young, Beck, The Black Keys, Norah Jones, Willie Nelson, Eddie Vedder, Tom Jones, John Mellencamp, Bonnie Raitt and Crosby, Stills and Nash.

The concert commemorates The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences’ choosing Dylan as the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year. The concert will be held on February 6 and will be part of Grammy Week.

Neil Portnow, CEO of the MusiCares Foundation and The Recording Academy, said in a recent statement, “In celebrating the 25th anniversary of our MusiCares Person of the Year tribute, it is most fitting that we are honouring Bob Dylan, whose body of creative work has contributed to America’s culture, as well as that of the entire world, in genuinely deep and lasting ways.”

Money going to the concert will be donated to MusiCares, which is a foundation that provides help to musicians in need. The Person of the Year award honors musicians for both their artistic achievements, and their philanthropy. Recipients include Brian Wilson, James Taylor and Bruce Springsteen.

The Melodic Tree’s Weekly Playlist

Alone In My Home – Jack White

Sparrow and the Wolf – James Vincent McMorrow

Mr Tambourine Man – Bob Dylan

Pocketknife – Ferraby Lionheart

Land of the Bloody Unknown – The Middle East

Fall At Your Feet – Boy & Bear

Changes – Neil Young

Mojo Pin – Jeff Buckley

Songbird – Fleetwood Mac

Maybe I’m Amazed – Paul McCartney

To Be Alive – Brother and Bones

Yet Again – Grizzly Bear

Fireworks – Animal Collective

No One Does It Like You – Department of Eagles

Animal – Miike Snow

Suburban War – Arcade Fire

Dark Eyes – Iron & Wine and Calexico

Melodic Tree’s Weekly Playlist