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(Archive 35: 2/18/00 - 3/21/00)

(Rumors, Sightings, Eavesdroppings)

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Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2000 22:43:00 EST
From: JAMESF1925@aol.com
Subject: Medly on Neil

There's a column in the Vancouver (BC) Province newspaper titled In Your Ear - What You're Listening To. Today they asked Sue Medley (former Vancouver singer/songwriter now based in LA):

Q: What's in your CD player at home?
A: I always listen to old stuff, like classical, and it really helps to clear my mind. Neil Young and Joni Mitchell too.

Q: If you could spend the evening with one musician, who would it be, and why?
A: Neil Young, because I admire the fact that he's never jumped on a trend and his lyrics are so direct and effective.

The lady has impeccable taste!!

Jim - shootin' elephantine

Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2000 19:29:33 -0500
From: Chuck Singer <mr.chuck@mindspring.com>
Subject: S&G in Guitar World

Guitar World, May 2000 has given Silver And Gold a favorable review. The basic point of the review was that Neil doesn't really have an artistic breakthrough but that the album is a spare (production) collection of nice little tunes. An interesting point was that it seemed like demos for Buffalo Springfield (my interpretation).

Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2000 17:52:02 -0600
From: William Wallace <austex23@texas.net>
Subject: Another new Neil song on the radio

Was listening to the KGSR "10 o clock news" Sunday night, and they played Without Rings. It was just Neil and his guitar... Neil's voice sounded a lot lower and spookier than usual. In any case, it was VERY haunting, and I am "Looking Forward" to the release of S&G next month. Both tracks I have heard from it are really wonderful.


Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2000 16:55:46 -0500
From: D Vance <dvance4@juno.com>
Subject: Rosie plays Neil

There I am, rolling out pasta so I don't get around to turning off the television when Rosie comes on. Seems she is doing a special on how to adopt. Right before a commercial they show a montage of children, all who have been adopted. In the background is music playing -- I Am A Child.

Winking Waitress

Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2000 15:00:06 EST
From: Artsmith1@aol.com
Subject: Elliot and Neil

Just picked this up from the Seattle Times. Sounds to me like Neil has total trust in Elliot...

In one of the most interesting panels, manager Elliot Roberts was interviewed by David Fricke of Rolling Stone magazine, who was most interested in Neil Young, whom Roberts has managed since 1968.

"Neil doesn't know how much money he makes per show or where he's going to go. I do all that," Roberts said. "Neil has never asked me how his records are doing - I'll tell him if they're doing well - or how much money he's making. I've never had a contract with him or any of my artists." Among them: Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Devo, the Cars, Tom Petty, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

Roberts said Young's Silver and Gold album, coming out April 25, is one of his best and "will be huge." He told how Young bought back 280,000 copies of an album called Chrome Dream from Reprise Records years ago, because he decided he didn't like it and didn't want it released. "Can I have one?" Fricke begged. "Sorry," Roberts said, "they've all been melted down and recycled."

Driving Way Too Fast

Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2000 11:04:21 EST
From: steve washick <spreadicated@hotmail.com>
Subject: String Cheese do new Neil cover

For those of you who care...

String Cheese Incident covered Neil's Powderfinger for the first time last weekend, at the Warfield in San Fran.


Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2000 09:47:33 -0600
From: Ken Hoeppner <KHoeppne@city.winnipeg.mb.ca>
Subject: Cool Neil Song Reissued

Last week I received a great CD called Gawk, by Will And The Bushmen. older Rusties in the southern states may remember them -- they toured all over the southern US in the 80's. Gawk wasn't available for years (except on tape), but is now re-released on CD. It's available from Waxy Silver Records.

The Neil content? I love the whole CD but there is one song I'm particularly fond of: a song called Neil Young. It's a great little diddy which I can't stop playing. One of my favorite lines from the song is:

"The Last Waltz was a real blast, Neil got drunk and pinched Joni's ass".
The chorus is a plea for Neil to lead us to some new great music:
"Neil, where do we go from here?"
It's a very cool song and IMHO should be played before the hockey games instead of Oh Canada.

My friend Stu is going to play the song on his Wednesday radio show from the University of Winnipeg on CKUW radio. You can hear it on the web. The show is called Twang/Trust, and it's on every Wednesday evening from 6pm-8pm central time.


Date: Mon, 20 Mar 2000 22:46:58 EST
From: Sessal@aol.com
Subject: Rush Plays Neil

Today, the guitar-crunching chords of Cinnamon Girl were used as the "bumper" music coming out of one of the commercial breaks on the Rush Limbaugh program.


Date: Mon, 20 Mar 2000 16:34:27 -0500
From: quinnb@umbsky.cc.umb.edu
Subject: Radio Single Released

On Friday 3/17, Reprise released to radio stations a single with two versions of Razor Love.

  1. Edit version -- 4:57
  2. LP version -- 6:29
Bland cd cover, with black Neil Young Razor Love on white background.

Neil on guitar and harmonica with some light percussion. No listing of who does what.

Brian From Boston

Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2000 12:39:32 EST
From: SCHUBIDOO@aol.com
Subject: S&G Limited Edition

My buddy at Tower Records said there will be a few copies of a specially packaged "Limited Edition" version of Silver & Gold. I think it'll come in a (guess what?) Silver and Gold box!
Speakin' Out

Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2000 12:34:09 -0600
From: William Wallace <austex23@texas.net>
Subject: Neil Himself on the Radio

After giving away some VIP passes to see Silver And Gold the other day, and playing Razor Love (getting frequent play now on Austin's KGSR), the KGSR DJ announced that Neil Young would be in the studio for an interview this morning (Friday), to be broadcast later in the day at about 5 (Central). Knowing KGSR's past interviews, I figure that Neil will almost certainly play a song or two as well.

You can listen to KGSR live on the internet.


Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2000 10:47:41 EST
From: Sessal@aol.com
Subject: Working/Playing with Neil

Check out this story to read about a guy whose job it is to play with Lionel trains, play guitar, and hang out with Neil.

Lionel Louie

Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2000 20:39:52 EST
From: Hardheadtx@aol.com
Subject: S&G Give-away

Radio station KGSR in Austin is giving away passes for a "meet and greet" with NEIL at the premier of the film Silver and Gold on Friday!

Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2000 11:01:24 -0600
From: Scott Forester <SCOTT@tigertoys.com>
Subject: New Neil on Chicago Radio

WXRT radio in Chicago played Razor Love this morning from the upcoming Silver & Gold. Sounded great!!

Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2000 01:29:05 -0600
From: Horseshoe Man <ponka@kskc.net>
Subject: Neeks and Neil

Picked up a copy of the November '99 issue of Performing Songwriter magazine when I was on my travels. Always great articles in this mag. What caught my eye was a regular feature called Producer's Corner, which for this month was with frequent Neil collaborator Niko Bolas. Here are some Neil-related excerpts from David Simons' article:

For someone who's barely seen 20 years of full-time service, producer Niko Bolas has compiled a list of clients that would be the envy of any full-fledged veteran. That diversity speaks more for Bolas' ability to adapt to any given musical idiom than to actual studio hours logged. Just name someone else who got a phone call from Neil Young while in the midst of a Herb Alpert session.
...Bolas himself was no L.A. slickster - a fact not lost on someone like Neil Young, who came ambling into town in the mid-'80's in the throes of a now-famous stylistic upheaval. Bolas engineered YOUNG's 1986 collection Landing On Water, then got the producer's chair for 1988's This Note's For You, and at the same time found himself assembling tracks for Crosby Stills Nash & Young's long-awaited revival, American Dream. He finished off the decade in grand fashion - bringing the disparate yet somehow cohesive elements to bear in Young's stunning return to form, Freedom.
DS: So there you are in L.A. doing dates like Streisand, USA For Africa, ..and along comes Neil Young!

NB: Neil walks in for the Landing On Water sessions with 0l' Black, plugs in, and it's just the most humungous, loudest guitar you've ever heard. And it's all about feel, and nothing but. You either have goosebumps, or you're going home. And that's what you learn from Neil. Anyone who's a singer-songwriter could learn a lot from a Neil Young recording experience. He'd be at home, turn on an eight-track in front of his fireplace, play guitar along to a drum machine and start singing. And at that point, he is the songwriter and he's delivering a lyric.
NB: Neil has the deepest innate sense of an emotional groove, and he will tirelessly pursue it. He's one of the few people I know that uses technology, rather than having technology use him. He'll try to reserve that thread of a feeling through every passage of a complete song. So if he wants just two bars from take four - because right at that moment everybody was gelled but then it fell apart because they were so overwhelmed - he'll take those two bars and attach it somewhere else, because it was the same gel that happened at a later time. But by doing this, you have the best representation of that thread of feeling all the way through.

DS: But do you get the same results using that method on just anybody!

NB: So much of it is just this thing that only Neil has.
DS: Neil's Rockin' In the Free World [from Freedom] has to be one of the most incendiary tracks you've ever cut on anybody. And yet just a few songs earlier on Crime In the City, Chad Cromwell's drums are barely audible.

NB: There again is an example of recording whatever creativity happened to crop up at that moment. That song was just us jamming in a barn - Chad was playing on this tape box over a snare stand, with a piece of foam rubber over the bass drum. But it just happened...
DS: With Neil, you're often talking about those sound contrasts - that sharp juxtaposition from song to song. Are you conscious of that during the making of the records?

NB: Neil will just record things with whoever he happens to be with at the time, and if it doesn't really seem to work at the moment, he'll just leave them for a couple of years. As a writer, he really respects the angel of life that's in each song. And that's a concept that's pretty far removed from a lot of stuff I hear today.

Horseshoe Man

Date: Mon, 13 Mar 2000 23:49:27 +0100
From: Andre Terhorst <aterh@casema.net>
Subject: Waters on Neil

Roger Waters has just finished and online-chat with his fans, during which he speaks about his admiration for Neil:

{RogerWaters} I was watching The Last Waltz because I'll be filming... Neil Young is a big favourite of mine. His performance in that film was stunning.
"Red White And Blue"

Date: Mon, 13 Mar 2000 14:25:27 +0800
From: Michael Raney <mraney@mail.utexas.edu>
Subject: S&G Video Reviewed

Here is a review of Neil's Silver And Gold video, from the Austin Chronicle:

Silver And Gold is a concert film featuring almost all new Neil Young songs, recorded on a May night in Austin at the Bass Concert Hall. Smoldering sagebrush meant to awaken the good spirits and put the bad ones to sleep greeted the audience as they entered a "big music church." A cluster of acoustic guitars (including one that belonged to Hank Williams), a piano, a pump organ, and the all-important harmonica were the instruments of choice. Flickering candles lit up the face of a man about to effortlessly pour his heart out.

There is a devotional feel to many songs in Young's set; in Out Of Control he's comforting his lover even in apocalypse ("if the sky is fire and hell is blue, I'll cover you") and in Good to See You he's starting over again at every reunion. There's also an aching and beautiful reading of Philadelphia; a tribute to Young's Sixties band, Buffalo Springfield Again; and what he calls a "geographic-emotional" song, Great Divide.

Neil Young has made another full circle from his early folk days, through the fog and fury of Crazy Horse, to a contentment with the way things are. In Slowpoke, he sings, "When I was faster I was always behind." No songwriter and performer has been so consistently creative for 35 years, and Silver and Gold represents a great beginning for the next 35.


Date: Sun, 12 Mar 2000 20:04:30 +0100
From: Matthias Butterweck <matt@butterweck.de>
Subject: New Neil on San Fran Radio

Jim Beller wrote earlier today:

> According to KFOG radio, they are going to
> play some stuff from Silver and Gold this
> morning - within the next hour. They have a
> webcast too at www.kfog.com
They did! Although they announced it as "Razor Boy" (at least that's what I heard), they played Razor Love. Quite nice, even though the sound quality over the internet is very bad.


Date: Sat, 11 Mar 2000 13:04:53 -0600
From: William Wallace <austex23@texas.net>
Subject: Neil to attend S&G Premier

As previously reported, the new Neil Young film Silver and Gold, filmed at the Austin Solo 99 shows, will be premiering in Austin next Friday evening at the Paramount theatre during the SXSW festival.

The new news: Neil will be there.

An article in the Austin American Statesman prominently featured Neil, saying that he will attend the premiere -- despite it being between two CSNY dates on the east coast. It says he'll attend with an entourage of 150 people. (You know it will be impossible to get in.......)

William Wallace

Date: Fri, 10 Mar 2000 15:48:15 +0100
From: grumpy@mediacom.it
Subject: S&G to Italy first

I just got news from the Italian Warner Office that the official Italian release date for Silver & Gold is now APRIL 21st. As usual, some days before the US release......

Bye & keep on rockin! "Grumpy"

Date: Fri, 10 Mar 2000 11:59:32 -0500
From: speedo@innocent.com
Subject: S&G Video notes

A few details about the Silver & Gold video from a Billboard article:

Reprise will issue an hour-long concert video under that name, taped in Austin, Texas last year during Young's acoustic tour. The video features six songs from the forthcoming album as well as classics such as Harvest Moon and Long May You Run.

Date: Thu, 9 Mar 2000 09:41:19 -0500
From: Mike Cordova <mcordova82@earthlink.net>
Subject: VCR Alert

Regarding the CSNY television shows, this is straight from VH1's on-line shedule for this coming Sunday, March 12:

12:00 PM Legends: #26/CSNY
    Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

1:00 PM Storytellers: CSNY
    With Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.

These are Eastern and Pacific times; each show is one hour long. Set your VCR's for 12 noon on Sunday for two hours.

Expecting To Fly

Date: Wed, 8 Mar 2000 12:59:40 -0600
From: kramlevy@email.msn.com
Subject: Silver & Gold film to premier in Austin

Just a note of a film screening during the South by Southwest Film and Music Festival coming shortly in Austin, Texas. There will be a world premiere of a film called Neil Young: Silver & Gold. It is descibed as follows: "Shot during a performance in Austin, Silver & Gold is a concert video from Neil Young's videographer LA Johnson." It will be showing on March 17 at 7PM at the Paramount Theatre. More info on the web.


Date: Wed, 8 Mar 2000 12:06:09 +0100
From: Uffe Perk Kristensen <upk@lsb.dk>
Subject: Euro S&G date re-aligned

The date for the European release of Silver And Gold has changed to April 25, 2000 on the Norwegian Warner Music site.

Date: Wed, 08 Mar 2000 10:27:20 GMT
From: Dr. Media <drmedia@hotmail.com>
Subject: Neil and Geffen

There's an interesting article in the Los Angeles Times business section regarding the new David Geffen biography. Guess the bio is none too flattering. An anecdote that didn't make the book but which made the article is as follows:

"Neil Young is another classic example of someone who once had a tumultuous relationship with Geffen yet still harbors deep fondness for him," King said.

In 1983, Geffen sued Young for fraud and deceit, alleging that the artist "broke promises to deliver commercial albums," costing his label more than $3 million.

Offering an anecdote that didn't make his book, King said that in an interview with Young, the artist told him how concerned he had been about Geffen's welfare after fashion designer Gianni Versace was murdered outside Versace's Miami Beach mansion in July 1997.

"The day Gianni Versace was murdered, he [Neil Young] instantly worried about David living in his beach house in Malibu without much security," King said, noting that Young told him he called Geffen that day "wanting to check in with him." Like Versace, Geffen is gay.

"In many instances, an apology was all it would take" to get people back into [Geffen's] orbit, King suggested.

Date: Tue, 07 Mar 2000 13:07:45 GMT
From: Bregt.Depreeuw@village.uunet.be
Subject: Crows start with Neil

Sunday I went to Deinze (a one horse town, but without the horse) in Belgium to see the Counting Crows with fellow Rustafarians Steven Across The Ocean Vincken and Jim no wonder we get a little loud Kelly.

When we arrived at the concert hall, I immediately picked up some familiar notes... It was Southern Man! I thought that it finally happened -- Neil was in Belgium again... Unfortunately it turned out that they were playing After The Gold Rush through the speakers... They played the whole album about 3 times!

Keep on Rockin'

Bregt Depreeuw aka The Belgian Bad Boy of Rock

Date: Mon, 6 Mar 2000 09:13:11 -0500 (EST)
Subject: CSNY on Rockline?

The syndicated Rockline radio show has put out this news:

Rockline is broadcast live every Monday and Wednesday night. The guest list is taken primarily from what they announce on the show. Listeners in the U.S. and Canada can talk to them by calling 1-800-344-ROCK (1-800-344-7625). Questions can also be e-mailed to rockline@aol.com.

Also coming soon (we hope!):
Jimmy Buffett - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - The Guess Who - Kansas - Kid Rock - Lynyrd Skynyrd - Metallica - Oasis - Rage Against the Machine - Smashing Pumpkins

*** Guest list subject to change without notice ***

Visit the Rockline web site.

Date: Sat, 4 Mar 2000 12:34:47 -0500 (EST)
From: Max <max@onix.net>
Subject: Some Neil on NBA Inside Stuff

This morning I was watching Inside Stuff on NBC. At one point in the show they started talking about the WNBA's "Get In Shape" program for America's youth. Sure enough, the background song they played while discussing this program was the intro to Heart of Gold. Interesting choice considering this TV show tends to play mostly rap as background music.


Date: Thu, 02 Mar 2000 15:41:52 -0500
Subject: Tell your Neil-inspiration story

I've seen plenty of good inspirational Neil-related stories from Rusties. Care to see your Neil-inspiration story on TV? Check this out...

Sound Affects on VH-1

A new television show is looking for inspirational stories about how a particular song or artist/band has affected your life.

We want to hear specific stories on how music has motivated you or helped you get through a rough situation, as well as stories on how a song served as a "soundtrack" through a profound or difficult time in your life. Are you where you are today because of a song or a band? We want to know how.

The more detailed the story, the better the chance of getting contacted for an on camera interview. Interviews will be conducted in the Los Angeles area.

Please e-mail your stories or inquiries to:


Looking forward to hearing from you!

Date: Tue, 29 Feb 2000 12:53:15 -0800
From: Chris Lawrence <mustang@islandnet.com>
Subject: Neil item on Millionaire

Ohio was the subject of a question on Who Wants to be a Millionaire? last night. The question was something like "The Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young song Ohio was a protest song about what?". The answer was the Kent State "riots" (as they put it -- didn't mention the killings). "Voting age" was one of the dummy answers, I forget the other two. The guy got it though -- after too much deliberation if you ask me.  ; )


Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2000 18:30:20 -0800 (PST)
From: Tom Hambleton <tah@cruzio.com>
Subject: Einarson on the "Found Tapes"

Here's a little more information on the "found" early Neil tapes, via John Einarson (author of definitive books on Neil's Canadian years and on the Buffalo Springfield):

"The tapes are of two songs from sessions dating April 2, 1964 (as detailed in my NY book) and are the first attempt at I Wonder (recorded later by another Squires lineup in early 65) and the instrumental Mustang. The master tapes sound incredible, very clear and crisp, much better than the poor quality copy Neil played for me back in 91. He had a terrible copy but now he will have the masters."

Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2000 12:54:24 -0500
Subject: Toby Maguire's favorite song

Toby Maguire co-stars with Michael Douglas in the new Wonder Boys movie. This is from the TV Guide web site:

The young actor felt déjà vu when he heard the Wonder Boys soundtrack featuring Old Man by Neil Young. "It happens to be one of my favorite songs. I had this idea for a movie I was going to write in which it would be a central theme. I'm not much of a writer so I never did a script, but at least the song and I are finally in the same film."

Date: Sat, 26 Feb 2000 08:44:45 -0500
From: Chuck Singer <mr.chuck@mindspring.com>
Subject: Rossington on Neil

In April's Guitar World, Gary Rossington of Lynyrd Skynyrd discusses Neil and SHA...

"Like the Beatles, Neil Young was another guy who helped us get started writing real songs. It was because of his unique style, his chord changes and what his songs expressed - all the shit he did back then. As much as we loved his songs, when he wrote about 'Alabama and bullwhips crackin' ' we had to answer with Seet Home Alabama.

We toured all through Alabama for years, and it's pretty country, with plenty of great people. We weren't hanging out in the cities or with the politicians. So, we were just kidding him when we wrote that we didn't need him cuttin' down Alabama. We loved him so it was meant kind of tongue-in-cheek. He immediately sent a telegram to our manager saying he liked the song, which we thought was pretty cool. Then he came onstage in California and actually played the song with us. That was VERY cool."

He also talks about Buffalo Springfield...
"Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay all became superstars in their own right. But in this group they were all playing guitar together. You never saw three guitar players in a group before this, and that's where we got the idea. They had all different styles and played different guitars, and we loved that because you could really tell who was playing what. Like us, they combined blues and country but with a greater emphasis on country, in that Seventies California style that later included the Eagles and Crosby, Stills and Nash."

Date: Fri, 25 Feb 2000 16:02:43 -0800
From: Mike Tremblay <mike@posterityscloud.com>
Subject: Under The Covers on TLC

Just a reminder that Under The Covers is on The Learning Channel tomorrow (Saturday) at 9:00pm. If you're not familiar with this, it's made by Henry Diltz & Gary Burden, who took pictures for a lot of 70's bands. Henry moved into Neil's house and took some photos there. I bought the CD-ROM and found/find it very interesting.

There's also info on Henry Diltz's website, including follow-up showtimes in case you miss it tomorrow. Definitly worth the watch!

"My life's been funny that way"

Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2000 11:01:03 -0700
From: JohnShields@milehigh.net
Subject: Springfield Box news

At last night's CSNY show, after they did For What It's Worth Nash mentioned that the Buffalo Springfield box set would be released this Summer. Neil said that sounded like an advertisment and Nash said is was.

No he didn't mention what month and please don't say July.
Style Change

Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2000 10:58:03 -0500
From: JasonTaylor@bank-banque-canada.ca
Subject: Silver & Gold out sooner!

Reprise has moved the release date of Silver And Gold to April 25th!! I take it as a good sign that the album is just sitting there waiting to go. Yippee!

In addition to the DVD and the regular album, they've also added a "Limited Edition" CD (whatever that means) to the schedule.

Jason Taylor

Date: Wed, 23 Feb 2000 23:06:36 -0500 (EST
From: Max <max@onix.net>
Subject: Neil Song Wins Grammy!

In the Best Country Collaboration With Vocal category of the Grammies tonight, Emmylou, Linda and Dolly (Trio II) were nominated for their version of After The Goldrush. They did indeed win!


Date: Wed, 23 Feb 2000 20:52:30 -0500
Subject: Archives News

A Jam Music reporter dug up more info on the "found" songs, including the word from THE expert on the subject: John Einarson. He sez that the instrumental is the song Mustang, that's been listed on "rare unreleased" lists for a while. I'd LOVE to hear that, if it's as fun as Sultan or Aurora.

In that Jam article, the bigger news (in my opinion) is:

[Elliot] Roberts said Young's box set, which has been on and off record company release schedules for years, will now see release this Christmas.

Although Young has been compiling material from all parts of his career for the box set for years, plans for the set are still being finalized. But Roberts said he expected it would be a multi-disc, multi-media extravaganza.

"It looks like eight CDs. It will also have DVDs in it and a whole bunch of other goodies, as well," Roberts said. The set at one point was to be dubbed Archives, although Roberts said no title had been pinned on the set yet, which he hinted was just the first instalment. "I only know this is volume one."

So the "8 disc first volume" that had been touted a while back appears to still be in plan. I wonder what the DVD thing is all about -- maybe part of the "video archives"?
. . . RE*AC*TOR

Date: Wed, 23 Feb 2000 11:34:21 -0500
From: Terry.Skirko@cgi.ca
Subject: Rollins on Neil

This is an excerpt from an article on Jam Showbiz. It is Henry Rollins speaking about Neil and his work ethics:

"Neil Young is a perfect example," Rollins concludes, "and trust me I am not putting myself on any level as Neil Young. But he'll put out one record and no one will know it is out, then four years later another record will come out and it is Neil Young time again. He just keeps working through the whole thing, and it is what he does. It is not about having the hits, it is just about the work."

Date: Tue, 22 Feb 2000 09:19:31 -0500
Subject: Amber helps Vapor sign pair

We rarely ever hear anything about Neil's Vapor Records anymore, it seems. Their only widely known signing I know of is Jonathan Richman (though I personally like a number of their artists, including The Customers, Acetone and even Cakelike). Here's a CURRENT article that recently hit the Canadian papers. Even Amber was involved in this one...

Tegan and Sara sign

Calgary's teen folk-pop queens, Tegan and Sara, have landed a deal with Neil Young's Vapor Records.

The 18-year-old Quin twins first made a splash at Lilith Fair last August. (Back then, they were known as Sara and Tegan.) Since then, they've been touring across the country in support of their first independent disc, Under Feet Like Ours, recorded in their Calgary home.

A few months ago, Sara confessed she was somewhat skeptical about her music career. "I don't mind being small-time, but in a year from now, if I'm still playing for $200 at a sports bar in Grande Prairie, I would seriously consider my options," she told The Edmonton Journal.

Apparently, a number of record companies have been considering the pair's options, too. The duo's Toronto manager, a guy named Skinny, says the girls had an assortment of offers but preferred Vapor's philosophy. According to Skinny, the label wants to re-release Under Feet Like Ours just the way it is.

Vapor is also home to artists such as Jonathan Richman, Acetone and Catatonia. The label is officially run by Young's manager, Elliott Roberts, but Young's daughter also had a hand in signing the Quins.

"Neil's daughter is in love with Tegan and Sara," says Skinny. "But so is Neil and so is Elliott. It was a very quick response from them."

Vapor is tentatively scheduled to release Under Feet Like Ours in March or April.


Date: Tue, 22 Feb 2000 07:13:44 -0500
Subject: Early Neil Tapes found

See the News Flash.

Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2000 14:17:12 -0500
From: Charles_W._Zepp@jonesday.com
Subject: Neil feature in Stereophile

There is a ten page feature article in the March 2000 issue of Stereophile magazine entitled Building a Library: Neil Young. It is an album by album overview of his career, from Buffalo Springfield thru Looking Forward. Nothing really new, but some interest reading. The author especially praises RNS, EKTIN, NY, and TTN. He's hard on Neil's 80's work.

One thing in the article that I hadn't heard before was that the "long awaited box set" had been delayed by "an artwork snafu."


Date: Sat, 19 Feb 2000 09:28:23 EST
From: Attrayou@aol.com
Subject: Samples sample Neil

Just wanted to post about a show I just saw the other night in Northampton, MA put on by The Samples... About halfway through the show, they ripped through at least a 20 minute version of Like A Hurricane. The guitar solos were literraly dead on perfect. Amazing set by the band as well. The singer and everyone else in the band are huge Neil fans. They've played Ambulance Blues, Comes A Time, Old Man, etc, live acoustic. And they've played a kick ass Cinnamon Girl, electric Horse style.

Date: Fri, 18 Feb 2000 11:59:28 -0500
From: John Dourgarian <JDourg2977@aol.com>
Subject: Croz on Neil in Acoustic Guitar

The latest issue of Acoustic Guitar has an interview with David Crosby, where he mentions our man several times. He states that Neil is an "incredible acoustic guitarist." He says he was just "transfixed" during one of Neil's solo acoustic shows last year as he watched him play from the side stage (while standing next to Bob Dylan). An interesting quote on Neil: "The cat's deep. A brilliant storyteller. A very unusual guy."

John Dourgarian

Date: Fri, 18 Feb 2000 11:25:41 EST
From: Bearlywood@aol.com
Subject: Reminder: Under The Covers

Just a reminder to mark your calendars.. The Henry Diltz/Gary Burden tv special California Rock: Under the Covers airs on Saturday Feb. 26th at 9pm Eastern/Pacific on The Learning Channel. I think it also airs at midnight that Saturday night/Sunday morning, but check your local listings.


Date: Fri, 18 Feb 2000 10:38:34 -0000
From: Dana Jensen <danaj@cyberhighway.net>
Subject: Built To Spill do Cortez

I downloaded an MP3 tonight by Built to Spill from the Indie Pop Live site. It's them doing a live cover of Cortez the Killer, and holy cow does it sound like Neil Young...

Date: Fri, 18 Feb 2000 07:03:33 -0500
Subject: Two hours of CSNY on TV

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