We were gonna wait a few days to discuss this, but Neil’s anti-Bush concept album is causing such a blogosphere stir, we might as well start the comments now. Sorry, no leaked MP3s — we’ve searched the Internet far and wide, but Young’s camp is doing a fine a job of keeping his controversial songs under wraps.
Unless you’ve been living under an indie rock, you know that this Friday the country-rock icon who gave us “Ohio” will stream Living With War (recorded in three days!) at neilyoung.com. (Just when we gave away his CD catalog too! Thanks, Mr. Prolific.)
The site’s been rolling out lyrics from the album daily, but looks like we’ll have to wait until Scott Stereogum’s birthday to hear the whole thing.
There’s an official blog for the album, livingwithwar.blogspot.com, with the tagline:
“…this is about exchanging ideas… it’s about getting a message out. It’s about empowering people by giving them a voice. I know not everyone believes what I say is what they think. But like I said before.. ya know.. red and blue is not black and white. We’re all together. It’s a record about unification.” -Neil Young (4/18/06)
And you can also watch a semi-enlightening video over a YouTube in which Young speaks with CNN. (Click image to watch.)
I can’t believe the reporter played the “is this a publicity stunt to sell more records” card. Worth watching though, at least to get you pumped for the release.
NEIL YOUNG: “We have to be cognizant of the fact that we can make mistakes. That’s part of freedom. We don’t have to believe in what our President believes to be patriotic.”
I can’t help but compare to what Britney Spears told CNN a few years ago.
BRITNEY SPEARS: “Honestly, I think we should just trust our president in every decision he makes and should just support that, you know, and be faithful in what happens.”
So, someone get Mrs. K-Fed a copy, OK? And if you do get an advance, send our way!
Maybe it’ll have a cameo from Kanye! Or Chris Rock.
[And the Living With War cover makes a better desktop wallpaper than the KRS comp one I recommended the other day.]