“The Good Life” indeed. Below, listen to some rarities from his current tour along with a classic solo show from 2011.
By Uncle Blurt
Always a fan of Neil Young, I sometimes find my attention wandering when he drifts into non-musical territory. Not so with his new GoEarth.org website. As Uncut reports, it “offers information on earth ecology, banning GMOs, the future of farming, climate change and more with the intention of motivating people toward global conservation.”
As the site itself announces, “GoEarth.org is a powerful resource for finding services and organizations dedicated to helping you live a healthy, vital and informed life, while participating in Earth’s flourishing sustainability movement,” a statement for the site reads. “[The site] is a reliable portal for information on common sense, innovative and creative solutions to many of the crisis we face. GoEarth.org connects us with some of the most effective organizations, working to conserve the natural world and protect our freedoms.”
Well, all right then! Similar to his main NeilYoung.com website, GoEarth.org has specific sections where you can access relevant details—in this instance, resources, information and tutorials—concerning Earth Ecology, Future of Farming, Ban GMO’s [sic], Energy and Climate, Freedom and Justice and relevant “News You Can Trust” plus one called “The Good Life” that offers advice on how to live healthier and stay connected to the community—and to the Earth itself. There are also links directly over to the Young site where you can purchase his latest album and accompanying film The Monsanto Years, as well as the Pono Music high-rez audio player and available music.
Meanwhile, as long as we are on Neil, why not enjoy some tunes?
First of all, Uncut also mentioned that on his current “Rebel Content” tour with Promise Of The Real he has been digging into the archives and performing stone rarities in what are sometimes 3-hour shows, sometimes leaving longtime Young fans pinching themselves. Among those choice goodies: “Time Fades Away” (from Oct. 10 in Santa Barbar), not heard in concert since ’08; and “L.A.” (Oct. 14 in Inglewood, for the first time since ’73). Check ‘em out:
But wait, there’s more! Over at the venerable Big O zine they’ve posted a super-sounding Young solo show from N.C.’s Durham Performing Arts Center (April 15, 2011). That tour was a special one for Young junkies, although recordings that have surfaced to date have been spotty at times. Not so this one, so check it out. You can also download artwork along with the MP3s.
Track 104. Helpless (acoustic guitar) (9.3MB)
Track 109. The Hitchhiker (electric guitar – Old Black) (11.4MB)
Track 206. Rumblin’ (electric guitar – Old Black) (8.0MB)