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More on the Monsanto Years: Trailer

UntitledHere’s a mini-documentary on  Neil Young’s new album The Monsanto Years –  a behind-the-scenes trailer shedding some light on the album and how the collaboration came about.

Lukas and Micah Nelson are members of the Promise of the Real are longtime Young fans, as you will find out when you view the video, and their band name was even inspired by a line from the On the Beach song “Walk On.”

What I am trying to figure out, is it “The Promise of the Real” or “Promise of the Real,” because then it doesn’t need a “the” in front of it.

In a series of interviews, they explain  the collaborative process, plus just hanging out and jamming.

One thing they confirm is Young’s unpredictably. You just can’t rehearse too much. Wrecks the spontaneity.

The Monsanto Years is due out on June 29 through Reprise.

 

Big Box Offers Big Sound

neil-young-the-monsanto-yearsHere’s an audio of the song “Big Box” from Neil Young’s new album “The Monsanto Years.”

Reminiscent of the narrative songs within his musical “Greendale,”  told in the form of a ballad.

Troubadours include Lukas & Micah Nelson, The Promise of the Real. The band name is said to have come from Young’s “Walk On,” off the classic “On the Beach album.”

From the chorus:

“Ooh baby, that’s hard to change
I can’t tell them how to feel.
Some get stoned, some get strange,
But sooner or later it all gets real.”

 

 

Rehearsal video Teatro Sessions

Neil Young Teatro SessionNeil Young and Promise of the REAL from Teatro Sessions, 2015.

Haskell Wexler follows Neil Young getting out of his electric LincVolt and into the studio during rehearsals.

A real down home feel to it all.

 

In the video John Hanlon, producer/recording engineer says: “He (Neil) just captures the moment, he gives it his all, he goes for the throat. If he is not feeling it, he ain’t gonna pick up the guitar. If he’s feeling music, then he is recording, he’s playing and I am recording it because that’s what art is, capturing the movement, – all the human imperfections, that is what it is about always. He is the commensurate artist, we get first takes on everything, that’s the idea, cuz that’s often times the best stuff. If you have to think about it that’s not creating, that’s thinking, then it doesn’t work, it doesn’t have that passion.”

Wexler is an American cinematographer, film producer, and director. Wexler was judged to be one of film history’s ten most influential cinematographers in a survey of the members of the International Cinematographers Guild. He filmed Young in his LincVolt back in March.

In November 2014 Wexler tweeted this :”My niece brought Neil Young over for lunch where we discussed, among other things, his anti-war music. Although…

 

 

 

 

Wolf Moon official Video

Wolf MoonHowling……..

“Earth is not ours. We are of the Earth. That’s how I feel. When we plunder our own home we hurt our children and their children after them. I feel responsible. I like to say thank you for the precious gift we have, so when the Wolf Moon rose, I said thank you with this little song.”
Neil Young (Posted on his Facebook)

 

Official video of Wolf Moon, a new song from the soon to be released “The Monsanto Years,” with Neil Young & The Promise of the Real (with the Nelson Brothers, Lukas and Micah Nelson).

Note the reference to the crow in the song…

 

 

Young thought Florence Welch was a man

Flroence Welch & Neil at GrammysIn an interview with Rolling Stone, Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine talks about her performance at the Bridge School Benefit last year and how Neil Young told her that he thought she was a man.

According to the story written by Patrick Doyle, Welch said:

“Yeah. He’s got such incredible energy. He said that when he first heard my record, he thought that I was a man with a high voice [laughs]. He was like, ‘I live in the mountains. I don’t know much media. I just thought you were a man called Florence.’ And I was like, ‘Hey, that’s pretty punk.’ ” I was like, “Thanks, Neil. Thank you so much.”

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/florence-welch-on-stripping-down-at-coachella-and-fooling-neil-young-20150527#ixzz3bX5lcRIn

 

 

 

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