Neil Young & Crazy Horse Review: Psychedelic Pill

Neil Young & Crazy Horse

Psychedelic Pill

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I was a little nervous tackling Psychedelic Pill after the dump Neil Young & Crazy Horse laid with Americana earlier this year.  The covers collection of American standards made me question whether Uncle Neil had succumbed to another aneurysm and was ready to be put out to pasture.  So painful was reviewing Americana that I think I went a month without listening to On a Beach (or any Neil Young for that matter) for the first time since high school.  But you know what they say about abusive relationships, and like the guy who ran into the doorknob, I went back for more.  Because I really love Neil, and he won’t do me like that again, he’s changed.
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Dawes Q&A

We caught up with Taylor Goldsmith, front man of the Americana L.A. band Dawes, post-Bonnaroo to discuss playing with legends like Robbie Robertson and Jackson Browne, songwriting, Occupy Wall Street, and going head-to-head with Ludacris.

Q&A with L.A. roots rock band Dawes

LxL: Bonnaroo was my first time seeing you, and I was able to catch part of both your sets. I thought you guys sounded great, but my real question about the show is what was it like going head-to-head with Ludacris?

Taylor Goldsmith: (laughs) That was actually sort of a relief. Not that he is not incredible, but we were more worried about playing at the same time as a similar artist who we might share fans with. At Hangout Fest, we played at the same time as M. Ward. We have played a bunch of shows together and we are all buddies at this point. So we thought “Ahh that is inconvenient” where as someone like Ludacris, with all the people he is playing to, which I am certain was a much larger crowd than ours, I doubt they would want to see Dawes anyway even if Luda wasn’t playing.
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Neil Young & Crazy Horse Review: Americana

Neil Young & Crazy Horse

Americana

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I don’t know who exactly had the bright idea of assembling a covers album for Neil Young’s first album with Crazy Horse in almost ten years.  I’m guessing it was Neil himself, but I don’t want to believe it because it is about as unnecessary an album as they come.  Covers albums aren’t always bad (see Johnny Cash and Aerosmith), but when artists decide on one, there is a very fine line that one needs to tread.  With Americana, Neil Young takes a collection of American traditionals and puts the Crazy Horse stamp of loose instrumentation and grungy rock on them. 

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