DOC: NEIL YOUNG: DON’T BE DENIED (Fantastic Documentary with Buffalo, CSNY and Crazy Horse)

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DOC: NEIL YOUNG: DON’T BE DENIED (Fantastic Documentary with Buffalo, CSNY and Crazy Horse).

Neil Young: Don’t Be Denied….BBC documentary charting Neil’s career from his first experiences in Canada through his trip south and his time with Buffalo Springfield, CSNY and Crazy Horse. Whilst he is claiming it is just about the music, the film shows Neil as a man of great integrity both musically and politically. Fascinating stuff.

Neil Young grants rare and unprecedented access to the BBC for a documentary in which he traces his musical journey in his own words.

The film was made from three hours of interview shot in New York and California, and uses previously unseen performance footage from the star’s own extensive archives. It also features cohorts Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, David Crosby, Nils Lofgren and James Taylor.

From his early transcontinental American quest for recognition, through the first flush of success with Buffalo Springfield, to the bi-polar opposites of mega-stardom with Crosby, Stills and Nash and the soulful rock of Crazy Horse, Young’s career has enjoyed many guises.

Perhaps his most famous period was as a 1970s solo artist making albums that became benchmarks. After The Goldrush, recorded in his Topanga Canyon home, and Harvest, part-recorded on his northern Californian ranch, saw Young explore the confessional side of song-writing. But never one to rest on his laurels, he would continually change direction.

In the mid-seventies, two of Young’s closest friends died as a result of heroin abuse. What followed was music’s answer to cinema verite, with Tonight’s The Night a spine-chilling wake for his dead friends.

As New Wave arrived, Young was keen to explore new ideas. A collaboration with Devo on what became his art-house epic, Human Highway, saw the genesis of Rust Never Sleeps, a requiem for the seventies.

In the eighties, Young explored different genres, from electronica to country, and in recent times he has returned to Crazy Horse and Crosby, Stills and Nash, but only when it has suited him.

The film ends with Young still refusing to be denied, on tour in the USA with CSNY, playing anti-Bush songs to a Republican audience in the South.
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WATCH MURDOC AND 2D OF GORILLAZ DISCUSS THEIR NEW ALBUM IN FIRST-EVER ON-CAMERA INTERVIEW

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WATCH MURDOC AND 2D OF GORILLAZ DISCUSS THEIR NEW ALBUM IN FIRST-EVER ON-CAMERA INTERVIEW.

Today, on a YouTube livestream, Murdoc Niccals and 2D—that is to say, Jamie Hewlett and Damon Albarn—from the British avatar-fronted hip-hop/electro group Gorillaz sat down with British DJ MistaJam on Radio 1. During their first-ever on-camera interview, conducted in the band’s animated house, Murdoc took credit for the twerking phenomenon and 2D claimed that Simon Cowell gifted him his jeans.

The interview is promo for Gorillaz’s forthcoming album Humanz, which is due out on April 28.

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UNDER THE RADAR: Rich Girls – “Loaded”

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UNDER THE RADAR: Rich Girls – “Loaded”.

Rich Girls combines the polish of British art rock with the primitive energy of American garage.

Rich Girls started as the solo project of Luisa Black (The Blacks) during a lonely year in London. After the break-up of her SF/NY-based garage trio, Black decamped to England looking for a new start. She started work on a series of dark pop demos, writing and recording the full band instrumentation herself. Black called the project Rich Girls, an attempt to disguise the fact that it was a lonely solo venture.

 

UNDER THE RADAR: ALT-J SHARE INTENSE VIDEO FOR ‘3WW’

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UNDER THE RADAR: ALT-J SHARE INTENSE VIDEO FOR ‘3WW’.

alt-J’s comeback single from third album ‘RELAXER’, was “an all-encompassing return, defying expectation at every turn”. Its video is as dramatic as the track itself.

The clip, set in the mountains of Mexico, spies in on a funeral procession, and it’s all extremely dark. The video was directed by Alex Takacs (Flying Lotus, Lorde, The xx) and is described by the band’s Gus Unger-Hamilton as “a beautifully shot story of love and loss in the mountains of Mexico”.

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BETWEEN JOY DIVISION AND ‘BLUE MONDAY’: NEW ORDER LIVE IN THE EAST VILLAGE, NYC, 1981

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BETWEEN JOY DIVISION AND ‘BLUE MONDAY’: NEW ORDER LIVE IN THE EAST VILLAGE, NYC, 1981.

Before they recorded their classic 1983 album Power Corruption & Lies, New Order made an extended trip to New York and absorbed some of the city’s more upbeat sounds into their own morose and world-weary music. Latin salsa, 12” remix culture and the electronic beats they heard in nightclubs like Danceteria and the Roxy were obvious inspirations for the music they would soon come to make.

But at the time this was videotaped—live at the Ukrainian National Home in New York’s East Village on November 18, 1981—New Order were still largely Joy Division minus Ian Curtis, a post punk band, not the electronic dance quartet they would soon become. It’s a fascinating document of the group during what is perhaps the least documented era of their long career. As I would personally chose Movement over anything else in their catalog, this was a real treat to watch. 

Setlist:
01. 00:00 ICB
02. 04:05 Dreams never end
03. 07:20 Everything’s Gone Green
04. 12:35 Truth
05. 17:15 Senses
06. 21:50 Procession
07. 25:50 Ceremony
08. 30:35 Denial
09. 35:30 Temptation

New York 18 November,1981.

Bernard Sumner (Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards)
Stephen Morris (Percussion, Keyboards)
Gillian Gilbert (Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards)
Peter Hook (Vocals, Bass)

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UNDER THE RADAR: WINSTONS – “KEEP THE BEAT”

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UNDER THE RADAR: WINSTONS – “KEEP THE BEAT”.

The single, “Keep The Beat” is part of, and the first song of the Winstons EP Black Dust.

“Winstons make meat-and-potatoes garage-soul, the kind of no-frills rock that’s best enjoyed live, and they know this. That’s in part why the Brooklyn-by-way-of-Virginia duo, who met while working at Baby’s All Right, make a point of recording live to tape. No-touch ups, no retakes.” – Noisey