Le Noise

Nobody plays distorted guitar in the absence of Crazy Horse the way Neil Young does it – Long May He Run.

10 Responses to “Le Noise”

  1. jonnybutter says:

    This may not be a popular thing to say, but I have never liked Neil Young – not in the 60s, not ever. However, the one thing I DO like and have always liked about him is his absolutely demented approach to the electric guitar.

  2. urbangraffito says:

    Yes, Barry, nobody plays distorted electric guitar the way Neil Young does it. The poetry in his dark lyrics combine perfectly with the dark chords he plays in this movie to create artifact of our strange and troubled times. Leave it up to Neil Young to nearly kiss the angel of death, then come back with music like this. Bravo.

  3. the effervescing elephant says:

    heaven, absolute heaven!
    my two favorite artists (young and zappa) on the same blog.

    thx, barry

  4. Dark Clothes says:

    A quote from jonnybutter:

    This may not be a popular thing to say, but I have never liked Neil Young – not in the 60s, not ever.

    This is a sin, and you will go to hell, right around the corner from Ben Watson’s kitchen!

    I saw Neil at the Kalvøya festival in 1993 (20 years after Zappa played there). I tell you – he almost saved the world there and then. You could feel the benign global waves streaming out from the epicentre of Neil’s right hand when he attacked his guitar for the solo in All Along The Watchtower. (Not his song, I know.)

    Eddie Vedder was sitting on the side stage digging it, by the way. I can’t remember if Pearl Jam were playing before or after old Young.

    So, yes, you’r etotally out of line, Johnny! (Glad you like his guitar molesting, though. Have you heard the soundtrack for Dead Man?)

    Dark Clothes sends his regards.

  5. jonnybutter says:

    A quote from jonnybutter:

    Glad you like his guitar molesting, though. Have you heard the soundtrack for Dead Man?)

    Yes, I have heard that soundtrack. I thought he did a good job on it. I just don’t like his voice or his songs!

  6. Thinman says:

    I remember the first time I put on “Weld” I thought my speakers were defective. But it were HIS speakers.

    Th.

  7. Barry's Imaginary Publisher says:

    A quote from Dark Clothes:

    I saw Neil at the Kalvøya festival in 1993 (20 years after Zappa played there). I tell you – he almost saved the world there and then. You could feel the benign global waves streaming out from the epicentre of Neil’s right hand when he attacked his guitar for the solo in All Along The Watchtower. (Not his song, I know.)

    I attended that tour too when it passed through Belgium, couldn’t describe the majestic beauty of his playing that day any better than you just did.

    It’s funny, I don’t come across many places where people like both FZ and NY — but this little corner of the web is proving itself to be one. Perhaps unsurprisingly so :)

  8. Barry's Imaginary Publisher says:

    A quote from Thinman:

    I remember the first time I put on “Weld” I thought my speakers were defective. But it were HIS speakers.

    Th.

    Heh yeah, and soon thereafter mine were defective too!

  9. urbangraffito says:

    If you’re interested in learning more about Neil Young’s release, Barry, check out “The Making of Le Noise: a conversation with Daniel Lanois” who produced the record and the film. Some really interesting perspectives of Young’s music, as well as new perspectives of the recording process by someone who is definitely on the leading creative edge.

    While you’re at it, check out Daniel Lanois’ new band, Black Dub, in these following couple of studio clips from his upcoming self titled album of the same name (Black Dub) – “I Believe In You” and “The Birth of Bellavista Nights“, and an interview with two Black Dub band members, Daniel Lanois and Trixie Whitley (yes, she’s the daughter of the late great blues player Chris Whitley) at KCRW. Give it a listen. Black Dub’s debut album will be out this November.

  10. Dark Clothes says:

    This sounds like a really good Neil Young album. And I usually like records that start or finish with birdsong, like they have on the end credits here.

    Pink Floyd and especially Roger Waters used to do that a lot.

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