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Neil says he will come to Chicago

Neil Young with CBC T-shirtShar is happy!

Said in a recent  interview with Rolling Stone.

Sometime after the Dolby shows. Date not yet announced

What else do you have going on this year? I got that  record we talked about. I’m  playing the Dolby Theater in L.A. in a couple of weeks for four nights. It’s  a beautiful acoustic hall, so I’m playing there solo acoustic. Then I play  Dallas a couple of weeks later, they have a beautiful concert hall there. Then I  go up to Chicago, just solo acoustic. This summer I play with Crazy Horse and I  do the Pono thing.

 

This is a fun statement:

I was thinking about another time when you were dissatisfied with  sound — there’s a story that you bought 200,000 copies of Comes a  Time in 1978 and then destroyed them. Oh, that was because it  was a mastering error. The tape got damaged when it went through the airport or  something. I had to go back and use a copy of the master — it was a copy, but it  had better-sounding playback than the other one.

Did you take a shotgun to the albums? No, no, I made a  barn roof out of them. I used them as shingles.

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/neil-young-on-pono-his-new-album-and-using-lps-as-roof-shingles-20140314#ixzz2vxNl2XoJ Follow us: @rollingstone on Twitter | RollingStone on Facebook

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Neil Young’s Agenda: Jack White Project, Second Book, ‘Full-Blown Orchestra’ Album

 neil_young at SXSWNeil Young tells Billboard we can expect to hear “A Letter Home,” the album he recorded at Jack White’s Third Man studio in Nashville, “very soon,” most likely this spring. 

The idea for “A Letter Home” appeared to be hatched by a version of Bert Jansch’s “The Needle of Death,” which Young recorded for Record Store Day 2013 in White’s 1947 Voice-o-Graph booth. “They’re songs that I love, songs that changed my life, songs that made it so that I understood what someone else was saying to me, songs by greater writers.”

Also,  if Young has his way, he’ll also do something symphonic in the near future.

“I’d like to make a record with a full-blown orchestra, live — a mono recording with one mic,” he explains. “I want to do something like that where we really record what happened, with one point of view and the musicians moved closer and farther away, the way it was done in the past. To me that’s a challenge and it’s a sound that’s unbelievable, and you can’t get it any other way. So I’m into doing that.”

Young is also in “the final editing stages” for his second book, “Special Deluxe,” a follow-up to his 2012 memoir “Waging Heavy Peace.” This book, Young says, will be out this year and “focuses on my life as regards to my transportation, as regards to my love for cars. So it’s a history through automobiles, and it’s a history of automobiles and it’s a history of the environmental impact of automobiles. And it’s a projection into the future of automobiles. It has it’s own agenda that develops over the book.”

Read story at: http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/5930484/neil-youngs-agenda-jack-white-project-second-book-full-blown-orchestra-album

 

 

 

How Neil Young raised $2 million in two days

Pono Team

Pono Team

As of Today Neil Young has been pledged almost $3 million for Pono! (with 8,980 backers!)

Forbes talks to Neil Young about he raised $2 million in two days on Kickstarter for his Pono project.

The Pono players will cost $399 and a projected $15-$25 per album price tag when the entire system goes live in October.

Staff writer Zack O’Malley Greenburg writes  about the fact that, “at this very moment, he’s raising money for Pono–his long-awaited music player and service for high-quality audio files–at a rate of about $700 per minute via Kickstarter. Along with previous support from some outside investors, that will be more than enough to bring Pono to market this fall.”

“Thank goodness that we have the investors that we have, because we were able to get as far as we could” before launching the Kickstarter campaign, says Young. “Far enough to be able to show the product. … But we couldn’t get [corporate] investors to get interested in saving an art form.”

For Young, though, Pono is about much more than a Kickstarter campaign. He wants to create an entire iTunes-like ecosystem for high-quality digital files, complete with an answer to the iPod (the PonoPlayer) and the iTunes Store (the PonoMusic.com Store).

Pono’s business model is similar, too: revenues will be divided in a manner similar to the 70/30 split between content creators and Apple. Says Pono chief executive John Hamm: ”That’s the same deal we have. That’s the same deal everyone has.”

Read more at: http://www.forbes.com/sites/zackomalleygreenburg/2014/03/13/how-neil-youngs-pono-music-raised-2-million-in-two-days/

 

Neil interview at SXSW

Hear Neil Young explains his Pono Music Player at SXSW on National Public Radio’s “All Songs Considered.”

http://www.npr.org/blogs/allsongs/2014/03/12/289435279/hear-neil-young-explain-his-pono-music-player-at-sxsw

Neil YoungNeil Young wants to start a revolution against the MP3, against the CD, poorly made vinyl and poor audio quality in general. He wants people to hear the music the way it was made, writes NPR’s Bob Boilen.

“I’m a fan of listening loud. I love to listen loud. That’s what it’s all about, really, for me. I love to hear rock and roll really loud, and I love to hear even acoustic music really loud. Loud for whatever it is it’s being played on. I like to take whatever it is to the limit, and then listen to it right there.

“When I started doing that with these machines, it started to hurt, and I couldn’t do it for very long, so the part of the record-making experience that I used to enjoy became painful. That was a sign to me that something was wrong. I complained a little, and I might have bitched and moaned a little about that too. Then time went by, and I got some better machines, but they weren’t really that much better — it didn’t change it.

“But I noticed when I listened to CDs in my car, the same thing happened — it hurt my ears a little bit. And then the MP3 came along, and that’s when the recording industry really went into duress.”

Read more of Neil’s speech at: http://www.npr.org/blogs/allsongs/2014/03/12/289435279/hear-neil-young-explain-his-pono-music-player-at-sxsw

Neil talks future of sound, raises over $1 million

Neil Young at SXSWNeil Young wants to bring music back to where fans can listen to every cymbal strike, every guitar strum, every echo thought up by a musician, according to USA Today.

His kickstarter campaign for his high fidelity music player and online store Pono surpassed his goal of raising $800,000. As of 8 a.m. today 3,852 backers have pledged $1,267,213.

“Everything you know, cameras got easier to use, everything went up, everything went up but music went down,” he said during his 30 minute speech at South by Southwest on Tuesday.

He said his new system is not a format, has no rules,  respects the art and respected what the artist was trying to do, and gives the listener what “the artist gave.”

The future of sound one day soon could be contained in a candy bar-size receiver that sits on a breakfast counter — a new music initiative he’s launching named PonoMusic, the legendary rocker told an audience of several thousand attendees at SXSW on Tuesday.

Read more at: http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2014/03/11/neil-young-ponos-sxsw/6301331/

“This is rescuing music,” Young said. “It’s an artist-driven movement to take it back.”

Young appeared in signature black leather jacket and black hat, and paced back and forth across the stage as he described the new technology. He had been working on the high-resolution music project for more than three years and has decried the state of digital music in the past, particularly in his book, Waging Heavy Peace.

Can Pono beat the convenience of streaming? Do people want quality over quantity or convenience?

Time will tell.

What we do know is Neil is always lending his creative genius to world and that is good for all of us.

 

Random Quote

“Pearl Jam is a band I have a lot of respect for. Nirvana and Sonic Youth I feel the same way about. Mumford & Sons, My Morning Jacket, Wilco, Givers, and Foo Fighters are just some of my favorites. I respect bands that give me something of themselves that I can feel. (\"Posing\" bands turn me off generally speaking.) It all has to do with a feeling I have about them. That is what music is to me, a feeling. It\'s similar with people too.”
by ? Neil Young, Waging Heavy Peace: A Hippie Dream

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