I guess after 45 years Neil Young is allowed his indulgences. His new album was recorded at Jack White’s Third Man Records 1940s phone-booth-size studio. It’s like a photo booth except it immediately transfers your recordings to vinyl. Neil played some of his favorite songs acoustically. It’s an extremely low-fi effort. Weird for a guy who in 2014 is pumping up the high-fidelity sounds of PONO. Are you curious to hear it…probably. After hearing it once, would you play it again…probably not.
Here’s Jack White talking about the booth followed by Neil singing Willie Nelson’s “Crazy” on The Tonight Show
An artist that is in her prime and creating some of the most hearfelt, intimate music out there today is Sharon Van Etten. The couple songs I’ve heard so far have been devastatingly good and the vocals are just so painfully real I would imagine that the person she’s sing this to would have to look away to avert her gaze. This is the chorus from “Your Love Is Killing Me”
Break my leg so I can’t walk to you/ Cut my tongue so I can’t talk to you/ Burn my skin so I can’t feel you/ Stab my eyes so I can’t see.”
“Every time the sun goes up I see trouble” This is an album where I’m going to find a favorite lyric with each listen. Get it!