Just a few Neil Young tips for anyone who might care: Chapters is now selling the hardcover version of Young's autobiography, Waging Heavy Peace, at $20 (the new price elsewhere in Canada is something like $31.50; can't beat that!). Also, there are now studio versions of songs off the upcoming album with Crazy Horse, Psychedelic Pill, on Youtube: "Walk Like a Giant" has not grown on me yet. "Ramada Inn" has.
Believe it or not, I was a bit disappointed to hear that Neil had a SECOND Crazy Horse album coming out in 2012 (Psychedelic Pill is slated for release at the end of October). I was all geared up to hear Americana - which I love - and some of his greatest hits and dark-horse contenders in November, and now suddenly there's a whole other album of new songs to come to terms with? ...songs which are going to be heavily featured in the November concert? But... what if it's another Greendale? I think some of Neil's recent studio albums have been less than awe-inspiring, actually; both Living With War and Fork in the Road show a man with a very, uhh, relaxed, nothin'-to-prove approach to songwriting - someone who isn't exactly TRYING to craft masterpieces anymore, who doesn't seem that concerned about discriminating between wheat and chaff in what he lets get out there. And Greendale - man, I've tried to dig it, really, but I just can't get there. Last Neil Young album I really LOVED, prior to Americana was 1996's Broken Arrow - and that's from 16 years ago, now! (Le Noise was definitely a good, strong entry in the catalogue, as was Prairie Wind, but I didn't LOVE them, you know?).
Anyhow, like I say, "Ramada Inn" is great... I'm still a little concerned about this Psychedelic Pill...
Edited to add: do y'all know Mark Prindle's album review site? Now mothballed, but generally a very entertaining place to read rock review records, if you don't mind that Prindle is highly digressive, a little loopy, and tends to the profane and occasionally disrespectful (but always with great verve). Check out his reviews of Greendale, Living With War, and Fork in the Road (which I hereby quote: "Neil Young is back at his laziest, lazying out some lazy one-take lazy-bones guitar rock like Living With War without the choir or Greendale without the movie. And why the hell not? He's 63 years old, there's no MTV to play his videos, there are no radio stations to play his new songs, so why should he put forth anything like the time, money and effort he did in the 1970s or 1990s? What would be the point?"). We'll miss you, Prindle; now the world will never know what you thought of Americana or Psychedelic Pill...!
Skimmed Neil's autobio tonight trying to find bev.davies. I didn't but I did find Charlie Manson (around page 103).