Neil Young: Crazy Horse LP, Demme Film, More


Hey, we don’t like
MP3s either, Neil! Below, let’s briefly recap why we love the Horse…


By Fred Mills


Yesterday it was announced by Neil Young at the Slamdance
Film Festival in Utah
that he was working on new album with Crazy Horse. According to Rolling Stone, a
rep for Young confirmed, “It’s looking good,” while drummer Ralph
Molina posted to Facebook, in response to fan questions about the news, “Yes!”


It’s known that he recorded a “moody, jazzy” album with the
band in 2000 called Toast but shelved
it; no word if that record or material from it is in the mix now, or an exact
release date, although spring is being presumed as the target.


Meanwhile, Young also took a stand while at Slamdance to
editorialize against MP3s and compressed digital music in general, telling MTV
, “I’m finding that I have a little bit of trouble with the quality of
the sound of music today. I don’t like it. It just
makes me angry. Not the quality of the music, but we’re in the 21st century and
we have the worst sound that we’ve ever had. It’s worse than a 78 [rpm record].
Where are our geniuses? What happened?”


Young was at the film festival with director Jonathan Demme
to promote their latest screen collaboration Neil Young Journeys, filmed last year at Toronto’s Massey Hall during Young’s solo
tour last year. Speaking to reporters, Young contrasted it with their 2006
concert documentary Heart of Gold:


“‘Heart of Gold’ was a massive production with great
caretaking to present this whole image of this forgotten style of presenting
music, in this great old chapel of country music. This film we just made is so
opposite of that. It’s just one person. The sound is completely different and
the attitude of it is different. The look is different. … The sounds are kind
of enveloping. You get to move way inside, whereas, ‘Heart of Gold,’ you’re way
back, going, ‘Oh, it’s beautiful seeing it from the back, seeing all these
beautiful people, these great musicians.’ And this one here, you’re like inside
my instrument, inside the distortion of the guitar. There’s nothing in the way.”





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