The ‘Gum Drop LXXXIII: Hear New Pink Mountaintops, Win Neil Young’s Neil Archives, Vol. 1: 1963-1972

The Pink Mountaintops, aka Black Mountaineer Stephen McBean and about a dozen friends, are releasing album three Outside Love on 5/5 via Jagjaguwar. Its ten songs are ostensibly about/influenced by “weddings in Montreal, winter, Pink Floyd’s The Final Cut, Christmas albums, that one Exile song and that one Echo and the Bunnymen song, the Bermuda Triangle, being depressed in the sunshine, people who haven’t made out yet but will in the future, The Everly Brothers, clowns in the ceilings, and bedrooms where skinheads used to live.” Then come the bloodsuckers. In this week’s Drop, we asked McBean about Outside Love’s hauntingly hopeful “Vampires,” its romantic creatures of the night. Grab a good book and take a listen.

We also offered you a chance to win the ten-disc Blue-Ray Edition of Neil Young Archives, Vol. 1: 1963-1972.

One winner gets the previously mentioned 10-disc Archives valued at $300. This is Vol. 1, produced by Young himself, and which covers the period from his earliest recordings with the Squires in Winnipeg through 1972’s Harvest and beyond. Of course, it can be pre-ordered. Take a look at the Archives. You’ll find additional information about it at the official Archives website. The Blu-Ray Edition looks like this:

Three runners up take home Fork In The Road, Young’s new album inspired by the Lincvolt, his alternative-fuel. The collection came out yesterday. There’s more on it at Warner Bros. Or, to get a deeper sense of it, check out this Fork In The Road widget. The parental advising cover:

You need to enter to have a chance to win: Do it. There’s also still time to take home a Mastodon Prize Pack, headbangers.

CONTEST ENDS 04/22/09 AT 12PM EST.