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Young’s music essential in “Inherent Vice”

Journey_through_the_pastA review of the new movie “Inherent Vice” in the magazine “Uncut” says Neil Young’s Young’s “Journey Through The Past” is critical to the film.

But we learn little else about the soundtrack, other than it is provided by Jonny Greenwood,  and is said to be: ” a beguiling mix of his own compositions (check out the loose, burbling rhythms of “Shasta Fey”) alongside Can and Neil Young.”

The film by Paul Thomas Anderson is based on a Thomas Pynchon novel, and is described as: a crazy, out-of-whack principality where the funky hippie vibes of the previous decade have been replaced by Nixon, Manson, Vietnam, urban riots and assassinations. Anxiety and remorse are the principal emotions. There’s a sticky, faintly claustrophobic tone to the film, with its talk of “karmic thermals” and heroin addicts, midday naps and shapeless days. As one character says in voiceover, “American life was something to be escaped from.”

Uncut critic Michael Bonner writes: “in the middle of all this is muttonchopped private eye Larry ‘Doc’ Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix), sporting what look conspicuously like a succession of Neil Young’s cast offs from the Buffalo Springfield days.

Bonner says Anderson uses the soundtrack to highlight flashbacks of Sportello and Shasta in happier times. “But it also serves to articulate a deeper subtext at work in Pynchon’s novel; the sadness of lost potential. Pynchon seems to suggest that “the ancient forces of greed and fear” at work in today’s world have their roots in California during the period the film is set in,” he writes.

This review is steeped in jargon and if you can get much out of it, more power to you. Really annoying when writers don’t just talk straight, instead of the pseudo-intellectual jargon.

Read more at http://www.uncut.co.uk/node/21149#gHh0gGidAWlF77pY.99

 

Uncut interview with Poncho

British Summer Time 2014 - July 12thThe end of the year issue of Uncut contains Michael Bonner’s long-version interview with Frank “Poncho” Sampedro.

Bonner writes: “I thought it might be nice to share the full transcript – it’s over 6,000 words long, and covers a lot of ground. We started off talking about the current state of Billy Talbot’s health, the Crazy Horse bassist who’d suffered a minor stroke earlier in the year. For the record, our interview took place on November 3, 2014; a few days before the death of bassist Rick Rosas, who’d deputised for Talbot during the band’s 2014 tour dates.”

Poncho’s favorite memory of Neil from this year?
“That’s hard to think of right at this moment. I could tell you a couple from the year before if I had time to think about it. When we played the Bridge School the last time, we were doing the encore where everybody comes out and sings, we were playing “Rockin’ In The Free World” all acoustic. For some reason, Neil took off his guitar and gave it to Lukas Nelson. He was having a great time playing it. And Neil was trying to give us hand signals of where to go and I was just laughing, “What the hell is going on?” But anyway, months and months after that, we were on the road, we were just getting ready and I said to Neil, “I have a question, it’s really been bothering me, I want to ask you.” He said, “Go ahead.” I said, “Why did you give Lukas your guitar? Did he ask for it, or something?” Neil said, “No, we were just up there playing and singing and he was playing air guitar and I kept looking at him, I thought, ‘Wow, he needs a guitar.’ So I just gave him mine.” I think that’s really cool. It was just like this thing that happened. That was a great moment with Neil. On this last tour, when he started giving away the t-shirts, ‘Protect The Earth’ and everything, he was just so overly sincere about the whole thing. It did bring a good feeling to me. And at the same time, it stresses me out because I just don’t know how to reach everybody and hw to make a change in this world. It’s really frustrating.”
Thanks to Tom Hambleton for bringing this to our attention

 

Uncut Review of “Live at the Cellar Door” – Unveiled NY Ultimate Music Guide

umgneil-youngcoverThe UK’s UNCUT has done it again in its ongoing love affair with Neil Young.

John Mulvey’s blog talks about the new release ‘Live at the Cellar Door” and its timing, just as the magazine was putting out its Uncut Ultimate Music guide dedicated to Young.

“Just as we thought we’d put together a comprehensive survey of all his recorded  work, another Archives Performance Series release crept onto the schedules,” Mulvey writes.

Also:” One of the great pleasures of ‘Live At The Cellar Door’  is the way it  illustrates how malleable Young’s songs can be. ‘Cinnamon Girl’, for instance,  is hardly diminished by that lunging riff being replaced by a quasi-baroque  flurry of notes. Listen out, especially, for a powerful moment when Young sings  ‘Loves to dance/Loves to…’ and allows himself to be overwhelmed as his playing  suddenly shifts from tenderness to a new bluesy intensity. ‘That’s the first  time I ever did that one on the piano,’ he notes at the death, and I’m not sure  he’s done it again many times since.”

The Neil Young Ultimate Music Guide  goes on sale towards the end of this  week.  The 148-page guide, through interviews from the NME, Melody Maker and Uncut archives,  reveals that, among many things, Young has been consistent in his contrary  single-mindedness. The new reviews of every one of his albums provide a  similarly weird and gripping narrative, finding significant echoes and hidden  treasures on even his most misunderstood and neglected ‘80s records.

Read more at http://www.uncut.co.uk/blog/wild-mercury-sound/reviewed-neil-young-live-at-the-cellar-door-unveiled-neil-young-the-ultimate

 

Crosby calls new CSN&Y album “unbelievable”

Britain’s best music magazine “Uncut” says David Crosby has been tweeting about a forthcoming album from CSN&Y.

csny030413wCSNY have long been rumoured to be working on a live album  taken from their 1974 tour.

“We’re talking to Neil about the resolution he wants everything at. Because of  the world Neil is in, he wants it at the highest possible – which is always  advisable,” said Graham Nash.

Read more at: http://www.uncut.co.uk/david-crosby-describes-forthcoming-csny-live-album-as-unbelievable-news

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