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Trent Reznor compares Neil Young’s Pono player to ‘a Toblerone’

tobleroneTrent Reznor has joked that Neil Young’s Pono Player “looks like a Toblerone,” reports NME.com
The Nine Inch Nails frontman discusses Young’s much publicised high quality music service this week’s NME, which is on newsstands and available digitally now, comparing the appearance of the player  to that of the triangular chocolate bar.
Reznor says he approves of Pono, which will consist of a digital music service (PonoMusic) and 128GB portable device (PonoPlayer) capable of storing 1-2,000 high resolution songs when it launches later this year. Reznor is also involved with Dr Dre’s Beats Music, which launched a music streaming service in 2013.
Speaking about Pono, Reznor says: “Anything that elevates music back to where it should be is inherently cool. I have great admiration for Neil Young as an artist. But as a device I can’t pretend it doesn’t look a bit like a Toblerone.

Read more at http://www.nme.com/news/nine-inch-nails/76409#hRpXhlVl2T2REMvm.99

Neil Young’s Banned Video, 25 Years Later

Neil Young This Note's for YouThe LA Weekly Blog has a write-up about the 25th anniversary of Neil Young’s once banned video: “This Note’s for You.”

Those were the days…..

The city is preparing for Young’s upcoming Dolby Shows.

Chaz Kangas writes: “This Saturday night, Neil Young plays the first of four shows at the Dolby Theatre. Over a half-century into his career, Young still packs ’em in. But while his contemporaries have mellowed with age, Young’s never lost his grit. He even had a video banned by MTV at the height of the channel’s popularity.

“It’s been 25 years since Young’s This Note’s For You album reintroduced him to an entire generation. While the album’s known for its bluesy horns section, it’s Young’s potent shot at corporate-sponsored pop music that landed him in MTV’s crosshairs.”

Here’s the video:

The article continues: “Opening with a send-up of Eric Clapton’s then-current Michelob commercial, the song begins by blatantly name-dropping “Ain’t singing for Pepsi / Ain’t singing for Coke,” while the Julien Temple-directed clip mocks spokemusicians Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston as well as Budweiser and Calvin Klein Obsession commercials. It holds up as a funny satire, except back at MTV, nobody was laughing.

“According to a Los Angeles Times article from when the ban first happened, MTV had two major objections with the clip. First, the video’s “use of likenesses of Michael Jackson and Spuds MacKenzie could leave [MTV] open to trademark infringement charges”; second, “the channel refuses to air clips that depict – or contain lyrics – that refer to specific commercial products.” This is why mid-’90s rap videos blurred Fubu and Karl Kani logos just as much as they blurred sex and violence.”

Read more at: http://www.laweekly.com/westcoastsound/2014/03/27/neil-youngs-banned-video-25-years-later

Message from Neil: Singin’ for Coke?

planet Earth messageNeil Young posted this message at http://www.neilyoung.com/

As big business suffers from Climate Change, carbon abuse will come to be seen as un-American. Capitalism will turn on Climate Change as an enemy of the American way of life. A carbon tax is inevitable.

Neil Young California March 2014

The following excerpt is from the New York Times:

WASHINGTON — Coca-Cola has always been more focused on its economic bottom line than on global warming, but when the company lost a lucrative operating license in India because of a serious water shortage there in 2004, things began to change.

Today, after a decade of increasing damage to Coke’s balance sheet as global droughts dried up the water needed to produce its soda, the company has embraced the idea of climate change as an economically disruptive force.

“Increased droughts, more unpredictable variability, 100-year floods every two years,” said Jeffrey Seabright, Coke’s vice president for environment and water resources, listing the problems that he said were also disrupting the company’s supply of sugar cane and sugar beets, as well as citrus for its fruit juices. “When we look at our most essential ingredients, we see those events as threats.”

Coke reflects a growing view among American business leaders and mainstream economists who see global warming as a force that contributes to lower gross domestic products, higher food and commodity costs, broken supply chains and increased financial risk.

 

Chrissie Hynde’s debut solo album to feature Neil Young

Chrissie HyndeNeil Young & Chrissie Hynde – what a great combination and collaboration.

Six years after the last Pretenders album, Chrissie Hynde’s first solo venture, entitled Stockholm, will be released on 9 June and feature Neil Young on guitar, according to The Guardian.

Recorded at Ingrid Studios in Stockholm with Peter Bjorn and John’s Björn Yttling, Hynde aimed to pen a “power pop album” that sounds something like “Abba meets John Lennon”, she explains in a statement.

Aside from her collaboration with Yttling, the album includes two friends of the Pretenders’ singer: the track Down the Wrong Way features Neil Young on guitar, and A Plan Too Far includes the fretwork of tennis legend John McEnroe.

Stockholm follows the Pretenders’ 2008 album Break Up the Concrete, and Hynde’s collaborative record with Welsh singer JP Jones, named Fidelity. The album, she says, focuses on the upbeat elements of rock music. “So much of rock’n’roll has become what I would call Glory Rock, with family values. It’s the irreverence in rock that was always the turn-on. I disagree with people who say you shouldn’t take yourself too seriously. I think life is serious, and you should take it seriously, but in rock’n’roll either have a fucking laugh or fuck off. ‘Stockholm’ is very danceable,” adds Chrissie.

Read more at: http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/mar/24/chrissie-hynde-solo-album-neil-young-john-mcenroe-stockholm

 

More Pono naysayers

neil with medicine bagNeil Young’s music service has no chance, says Troy Wolverton, technology columnist  the Mercury News in San Jose, Calif.

“Oh Po-No…”

His article appeared in The Columbia Dispatch and he writes that: “Pono would have consumers step back in time. They would have to carry around separate phones and music players again. And they would pay $400 for that music device — which, in an increasingly connected world, is resolutely disconnected. The only way to get music on it is by transferring it from a computer over a USB cable.”

“You can’t buy a song when you’re away from your computer and you can’t stream it to the device. The company’s not even working on a smartphone application that might be able to offer Pono customers some connectivity or instant gratification.

“Because the PonoPlayer isn’t connected, it can’t access to your entire music collection or the universe of available music. Instead, it can only play what’s stored on it, which, if the songs are all in the high-resolution format it’s promoting, is only about 800 songs.”

Read more at: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/business/2014/03/24/neil-youngs-music-service-has-no-chance.html

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