Kurt Vile – “Bottle It In”

The album cover art of Kurt Vile’s latest album, Bottle It In, makes me laugh whenever I see it. Yeah, making your album cover look like a retro worn 70’s LP is a year or two past when that was the “cool” thing to do, but I can get past that because it does fit…

A Ukulele Neil Young World

In Neil Young’s recent acceptance speech at the Canadian Songwriter’s Hall of Fame ceremony, he mentioned his dad buying him a ukulele as a kid. He’s also quoted in Shakey: A Neil Young Biography as saying he first started to play music on a plastic ukulele, going on to “a better ukulele to a banjo…

Sting’s Jazz Fusion Neil Young Cover

“Here’s a new song that’s guaranteed to bring you right down…it’s called ‘Don’t Let it Bring You Down’ [a few tentative guitar strums] It sorta starts off real slow and then it fizzles out altogether…”, jokes Neil Young to the crowd in the spoken intro to his song “Don’t Let it Bring You Down” from…

Lee Ranaldo’s “Last Night on Earth”: Album of the Year?

“The world is wild, wild and free / It means everything to you and everything to me / We can waste our time and let it pass us by / Or open up our eyes and let it in” -from “Home Chds” [note: “Chds” is an abbreviation for “chords”] Lee Ranaldo’s new album Last Night…

Neil Young’s “Decade”: An Appreciation

Neil Young and I go way back. At least, his music and I go way back. Back to my early teen years, when “Sugar Mountain” – a song about becoming an adult – was directly applicable to me. Back to the days of cassette tapes, even! (Yes, that long ago.) Nowadays, I may go for…

Sunday Brunch: June 3, 2012

Nice new sounds for June. Would you like a refill on that coffee? Joel Plaskett – “Harbour Boys” (live, acoustic) (from Scrappy Happiness, 2012): Neil Young – “Jesus’ Chariot (She’ll Be Coming Round The Mountain)” (from Americana, 2012): Dent May – “Best Friend” (from Do Things, 2012): Beachwood Sparks – “Forget The Song” (from The…