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Neil Gets Psychedelic
Neil Young fans are getting a lot to love (and buy) in 2012.

Earlier this year, he released an album of unusual covers on Americana. His memoir Waging Heavy Peace came out on September 25th, and on October 30th the double album Psychedelic Pill will hit stores.

Neil also joined Twitter yesterday (@neilyoung) and almost immediately had more than 20,000 followers. He's only following one person, filmmaker Judd Apatow, who's freaking out about that big time.

Waging Heavy Peace features Crazy Horse, and it looks like it's going to be a doozy. The 2 CD (or 3LP) set only has four songs per disc (and one bonus track.) One song is a whopping 27 minutes long. Yes, that's a lot of Neil.

Here's the tracklist:
Disc One:
1) Driftin' Back (27:36)
2) Psychedelic Pill (3:26)
3) Ramada Inn (16:49)
4) Born in Ontario (3:49)

Disc Two:
1) Twisted Road (3:28)

2) She's Always Dancing (8:33)

3) For the Love of Man (4:13)
4) Walk Like a Giant (16:27)
Bonus Track:
5) Psychedelic Pill (Alternate Mix)


Neil is giving us a preview of the album with the release of the official video for "Walk Like A Giant."   Yes, it includes some of the classic Neil guitar sound, but it also features some doo-woppy background vocals, and whistling.
The video is a little shorter than the song on the album, which clocks in at 16 minutes plus.
 

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¡Uno! is here!
Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong may have gotten a bunch of not-so-great publicity over the weekend for freaking out a concert in Vegas, but that may work out just fine for the band.

Their new record ¡Uno! comes out today (September 25)...with a pretty great deal offered this week only. If you're one who does the digital download thing, you can get the album for just $5.00 on amazon.

If you're more old school and like vinyl, you can get a pretty sweet pink vinyl edition...but only at select Hot Topic stores. Only 1500 were made.

They also released a new video. "Stay The Night" is a poppy rock song that would be much more radio friendly if it didn't have an F-bomb at around 56 seconds in.
(I do want to point out that the drumming is amazing in this song).

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New Album Releases 9/18/12
Band of Horses Mirage Rock Buy Here
Dinasaur Jr. I Bet On Sky Buy Here
Drivin' & Cryin' Songs About Cars, Space, & The Ramones Buy Here
Ben Folds Five The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind Buy Here
Nelly Furtado The Spirit Indestructable Buy Here
James Iha Look To The Sky Buy Here
Rickie Lee Jones The Devil You Know Buy Here
The Killers Battle Born Buy Here
Aimee Mann Charmer Buy Here
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New Butch Vig Side Project
"The Emperor of Wyoming" is the name of a Neil Young song.

Emperors of Wyoming is Butch Vig's side project, and it's a country band!

Butch nabbed buddy Phil Davis from his old Madison band Fire Town, along with musicians Pete Anderson and Frank  Anderson for the group, whose self-titled debut is now available.

What may seem unusual about this group is they never got together to record a thing. They never even practiced together..they just sent each other all the parts via file sharing from their home studios.

The magazine Tape Ops did a great in-depth interview with the band members about all the individual songs, which you can read here.

The song they've posted on youtube, Cornfield Palace, contains the great line "She's the Queen of West Allis, in her SUV."  And the whole album is filled with references only Wisconsinites will get.

I'm not sure that Emperors of Wyoming will get as much notoriety as Butch's other band Garbage, but I'm betting a lot of their hometown fans will enjoy it.
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Led Zeppelin reunion?
Okay, the surviving members of Led Zeppelin aren't getting back together for a tour, but some cryptic messages this week on the band's website were heralding what some suspected.

The band's 2007 reunion show in London is finally being released on DVD! Look for Celebration Day to come out November 19th in "mulitple configurations, after showings at 1500 movie theaters starting October 17th. 
 
Led Zeppelin got back together for just one show (with John Bonham's son Jason on drums) in December 2007 for an Ahmet Ertegun tribute concert, and while there were hopes for a tour to follow, it never materialized. Robert Plant said he just wasn't interested, having moved on to other things.

A lot of fans are probably psyched for the Blu-ray, which with today's modern technology should be sonically magnificent in 5.1 surround sound. Hey, it's got to be better than the 1973 concert movie The Song Remains The Same which was filled with self-indulgent fantasy sequences..and didn't show the band at their musical best.

Check out the trailer here:

 
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Video: Mumford & Sons "I will wait"
We still have a little while to wait for Mumford & Sons new album, Babel.

They're giving us a little more to whet our appetites, with the release of a live music video for the song "I Will Wait." The video was shot at the amazing Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado in front of a very enthusiastic crowd.

The new album is available for pre-order now, and will be in stores in the United States on September 25th.


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