Sunday, June 28, 2009

Neil Young the Godfather of Grunge.... and Techno!

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Neil Young started his musical career in the mid-1960's with a number of bands in Canada, before forming Buffalo Springfield with Stephen Stills. After writing three albums they split up and Neil Young started his solo career. After recruiting Crazy Horse in 1969 he made the critically acclaimed Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere album, which features two lengthy guitar virtuoso classics, "Down By the River" and "Cowgirl In the Sand". However, it was the Harvest album in 1972 that made Young a well known star with his first solo hit "Heart of Gold". During this time he also had considerable success with Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. Young's subsequent work has moved from genre to genre and he has become one of the most well respected and influential musicians of his generation.

This out of production live video shows Neil Young, commonly known as the Godfather of grunge, live in Berlin in 1982. The legendary Canadian singer-songwriter is as impassioned as ever, performing with his usual mix of distinctive guitar work, and signature falsetto tenor singing voice. The performance exhibits the wide range of musical styles Neil Young experimented with, including the two that he is best known for; folk-esque acoustic rock and ragged electric-charged hard rock, as well as, swing, jazz, rockabilly, country, blues, and electronic music.

In this show he performs some of his classics, "Hey Hey, My My", "Old Man", "Like A Hurricane", “ Cinnamon Girl" and "Needle and the Damage Done", as well as new songs "Transformer Man" and "Computer Age". These new songs showcase Young's new interest at the time, computerized vocals over drum and bass music while still using his usual buzzsaw guitar technique. These innovative newer songs sound much like modern day techno music years before the techno craze began. This live show is definitely not what I expected from "Old Neil", the folk-rock legend; it is interesting viewing nonetheless and is in high quality. Enjoy! - Promote Your Music

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Joy Division Live Video, plus Unreleased Rancid Tracks

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Joy Division was an English rock band who pioneered the post-punk movement in the late 1970s. They formed in 1976 in Manchester, consisting of Ian Curtis on vocals, Bernard Sumner on guitar and keyboard, Peter Hook on bass guitar and Stephen Morris on drums. Joy Division's debut album, Unknown Pleasures, was released in 1979 and received high acclaim from the British press. Despite this, Ian Curtis was struggling with depression, epilepsy, and a dissolving marriage.

On the eve of their first American tour, in May 1980, Curtis committed suicide. Shortly afterwards Joy Division released their second album, entitled Closer, and their highest charting single "Love Will Tear Us Apart". After the death of Curtis, the other members of Joy Division formed New Order and achieved commercial success.

Here are the Young Men features Joy Division live at the Apollo Theatre, Manchester on the 27th and the 28th of October 1979, and at the Effenaar, Eindhoven on the 18th of January 1980. It is a video bootleg that features several live tracks and the promotional video for Love Will Tear Us Apart at the end. The quality of this footage is quite poor, however, the sound is pretty good and it is about as good as it gets when it comes to Joy Division live video footage.

Decades [1]
Dead Souls [1]
Love Will Tear Tear Us Apart [1]
Shadowplay [1]
Day of the Lords [2]
Digital [3]
Colony [3]
New Dawn Fades [3]
Autosuggestion [3]
Transmission [2]
Sound of Music [2]
She's Lost Control [1]
They Walked In Line [2]
I Remember Nothing [2]
Love Will Tear Us Apart

[1] Apollo Theatre, Manchester, 27 October 1979

[2] Apollo Theatre, Manchester, 28 October 1979
[3] Eindhoven, Effenaar, The Netherlands, 18 January 1980

Here are two omitted unreleased Rancid songs from the new album, Let the Dominoes Fall. The first is called "Oil and Opium" and it is a faster paced Rancid song with Lars singing, quite like the songs on Lets Go. The next is an electric version of "Outgunned". The acoustic version of this song is featured on the Let the Dominoes Fall bonus acoustic CD. It sounds great electrically, too bad it was not on the album. Enjoy! - Promote Your Music

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