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Last week, Neil Young released a new record called The Monsanto Years. It isn’t very good. It’s a cartoonish protest concept record revolving around the agriculture company Monsanto and GMOs. The other distinguishing factor of the album is that Young chose to record it with Promise Of The Real, a band led by Lukas Nelso… More »

Aliens land. They’ve traveled from some distant planet with a specific mission: to find out what this ‘rock and roll’ stuff is all about. Through some curious coincidence, they find you. “What is rock and roll?” they demand, rayguns drawn. You begin to sweat. Still, there is really only one question you need to ask… More »

Sometimes, in the course of writing this column almost every week for the past year, I’ve had the following response to hearing a great album for the first time: “Fuck, now I have to decide if this is better than this other great album.” The whole Album Of The Week idea is, admittedly, entirely a… More »

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Neil Young: “Streaming Ends For Me Today”

Neil Young has made a big stink about sound quality in recent years, and he continued to do so today, posting a Facebook message and accompanying tweet indicating that he’s taking his music off streaming services because the audio isn’t up to snuff. Young, whose PONO digital music player was predicated on the potentially speciousMore »

By: Chris DeVille / July 15, 2015 - 1:14 pm

Watch Dave Grohl And Friends Cover Neil Young’s “Cinnamon Girl” At His Motorcycle Rally

In conjunction with the Foo Fighters’ blowout anniversary bash this weekend, Dave Grohl co-hosted a motorcycle rally because, well, he’s Dave Grohl. That’s just what he does. And because he’s Dave Grohl, he also decided to launch into a pair of iconic American tunes for the rally, despite his broken leg and looming 20th anniversaryMore »

By: Caitlin White / July 7, 2015 - 11:02 am

Donald Trump Fires Back At Neil Young

When Donald Trump announced his candidacy for president last week, Neil Young’s “Rockin’ In The Free World” played as he walked onto the stage at Trump Tower. Neil Young didn’t like that, duh, and he wrote a whole long statement explaining exactly why he didn’t like that (it’s pretty much exactly the reasons you’d expect). More »

By: Peter Helman / June 24, 2015 - 10:05 pm

Stream Neil Young + Promise Of The Real The Monsanto Years

Neil Young has been in the news a lot lately, for taking “Rockin’ In The Free World” away from Donald Trump and gifting it to Bernie Sanders and for exchanging words with some of the world’s biggest, scariest corporations. But Young isn’t just taking public stances; he’s also making music. Young recently teamed up with… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 22, 2015 - 11:26 am

Bernie Sanders Takes Over Neil Young’s “Rockin’ In The Free World”

Neil Young’s “Rockin’ In The Free World” is an obvious choice for a presidential campaign theme song, so it’s no surprise that the debate over who gets to use it is highly contested. When Donald Trump declared his candidacy while the song played last week, Young demanded that the billionaire relinquish any right to use… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / June 22, 2015 - 10:20 am

Neil Young Shares Statement About Trump Campaign, Monsanto

This has been a rough couple of days for Neil Young fans who also happen to be affiliated with massive corporations. First, a few of the companies that Young takes aim at in his upcoming protest album The Monsanto Years issued responses to the criticisms in his lyrics. And then, billionaire mogul and newly announced… More »

By: Peter Helman / June 17, 2015 - 6:48 pm

Duh, Neil Young Wants Donald Trump To Stop Using “Rockin’ In The Free World” For His Presidential Campaign

UPDATE: Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, told Rolling Stone that they will refrain from using Young’s music from now on:

We won’t be using it again… There are plenty of other songs to choose from, despite the fact that Mr. Trump is a big fan and likes Neil very much. We will… More »

By: Peter Helman / June 16, 2015 - 8:22 pm

Monsanto, Starbucks, Walmart Respond To Neil Young’s The Monsanto Years Lyrics

Neil Young And Promise Of The Real’s upcoming The Monsanto Years is a protest album that continues Young’s recent trend of taking corporations to task regarding farm policies, GMOs (genetically modified organisms), and labor practices. Billboard reached out to some of those companies for a response to Young’s lyrics, and several companies wrote back. Monsanto,… More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 16, 2015 - 4:31 pm

Neil Young + Promise Of The Real – “Wolf Moon” Video

Neil Young and the band Promise Of The Real (comprising Willie Nelson’s sons) will release their collaborative album, The Monsanto Years, at the end of this month, and we’ve already heard a live rendition of the title track and seen the video for “A Rock Star Bucks A Coffee Shop.” Now, Young has debuted another… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / June 10, 2015 - 11:46 am

Watch Neil Young Peform “Monsanto Years” & “Down By The River” At Anti-GMO Events In Maui

At the beginning of the year, Neil Young announced that he would release a concept album alongside Micah and Lukas Nelson, the sons of his longtime friend and collaborator Willie Nelson. The Monsanto Years grapples with the environmental devastation wrought by an increasing dependence on agribusiness, a subject that has weighed heavily on Young’s mind… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / May 26, 2015 - 10:28 am

Neil Young – “A Rock Star Bucks A Coffee Shop”

UPDATE: The song is actually called “A Rock Star Bucks A Coffee Shop,” and its full video is out now.


Neil Young has been highly critical of Starbucks due to the coffee chain’s alleged involvement with Monsanto and use of GMOs, although Starbucks says they aren’t involved i… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 22, 2015 - 3:46 pm

David Crosby Apologizes For Calling Daryl Hannah A Poisonous Predator

Last year, shortly after Neil Young said that CSNY would never tour again, David Crosby went on record with The Idaho Statesmen saying some very nasty things, most notably that Young’s new girlfriend Daryl Hannah — who he started dating after divorcing his long-time wife — was a “purely poisonous predator,” adding that Young wa… More »

By: James Rettig / May 18, 2015 - 8:01 pm

Watch Neil Young Debut Monsanto Concept Album At Secret Club Gig With New Band

Back in January, Neil Young announced that he was working on a new concept album with Lukas and Micah Nelson, two sons of his friend and duet partner Willie. He joked that he’d name the album The Monsanto Years after the villainous corporate agriculture giant. Or at least, people thought he was joking. He may… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 20, 2015 - 11:22 am

Blitzen Trapper – “Heart Of Gold” (Neil Young Cover) (Stereogum Premiere)

Record Store Day is fast approaching, and to celebrate, alt-country elder statesmen Blitzen Trapper have put together a special release: a note-for-note live cover of Neil Young’s legendary 1972 album Harvest. It’s called, you guessed it, Live Harvest, and the band recorded it at the Doug Fir Lounge in Portland while touring their last record,… More »

By: Patrick Hosken / April 10, 2015 - 12:26 pm

Neil Young Is Your New Hypebeast

Neil Young’s had a busy few months, releasing his 35th studio album (the orchestral Storytone), feuding with Starbucks and David Crosby, and selling snake oil to audiophile boomers. Now, the grunge godfather and longtime voice of anti-consumerism is modeling for Odd Future-beloved high-end skate-wear brand Supreme. Young appears on a new white Supreme t-shirt, rocking… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / February 17, 2015 - 5:14 pm

Preview Jack White, Bruce Springsteen, & Neil Young Covering Bob Dylan At The MusiCares Person Of The Year Gala

As part of last weekend’s Grammy festivities, Bob Dylan was honored as MusiCares Person Of The Year. You probably heard about him trash-talking Merle Haggard and others, but there was also a bunch of tribute performances by a litany of music legends. The video below excerpts speeches by Dylan, Jimmy Carter, and NARAS president Neil… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 10, 2015 - 1:41 pm

Bob Dylan Disses His Critics And Gets Covered By Jack White, Beck, And Bruce Springsteen At MusiCares Tribute

Last night, Bob Dylan was honored with the Person Of The Year award at the 2015 MusiCares Gala. Jack White, Beck, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Willie Nelson, Crosby, Stills, & Nash, Sheryl Crow, Norah Jones, Alanis Morissette, and more performed Dylan’s songs throughout the event, but Dylan did not end up performing himself. Instead, after… More »

By: James Rettig / February 7, 2015 - 12:31 pm

Watch Neil Young And Jimmy Fallon As Neil Young Perform “Old Man” On The Tonight Show

It had to happen eventually. Jimmy Fallon has been doing his eerily accurate Neil Young impression on late night TV for several years, often with big special guests. And while Young has been on Fallon’s show before, he’s never sat side-by-side with Fallon’s fake version of himself before. That changed last night, as the two… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 4, 2015 - 9:01 am

It Sure Seems Like Neil Young’s Pono Player Is Bullshit

Last year, Neil Young launched a Kickstarter campaign to create a new digital music player called Pono, the idea being that it would serve as a high-quality alternative to the MP3s that he felt had degraded sound quality and fucked up the way everyone heard music. Young raised more than six million dollars on the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 30, 2015 - 9:50 am
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