Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Arthur Lee benefit & hear Neil Young roar

To follow up on the Arthur Lee news, a new website has been set up with info about an upcoming benefit and a way to donate to Arthur to help out with his medical bills.

Also, unless you've been living under a rock, you've heard that Neil Young rushed into a studio and cranked out a new anti-war, anti-Bush record that you can hear from start to finish online now. At this year's SXSW conference, honcho Roland Swenson recalled the power of Neil's "Ohio" over 25 years ago, making an impassioned plea for now: "Neil, we need you to write another song." Not long after came Living With War. A slow burn rock album with all the fuzz and distortion that Crazy Horse fans slobber over though he recorded it without them and with... a 100-piece choir? Sounds bizarre but this is Neil we're talking about. Strange, unpredictable turns in his career, nothing subtle about his work. What's more is that it works somehow, even with "America The Beautiful" near the end. For a Canadian, he's a real American patriot for sure.


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