1. Today on Fresh Air  Graham Nash explains how having Neil Young join Crosby, Stills & Nash made the sound darker and more intense:


It’s more difficult to sing 4 part [harmonies], you’ve got to start shifting parts around and stuff. Neil [Young] brings a darker edge to our music, and I don’t mean that in a negative way… it’s more intense. That first album of Crosby, Stills & Nash is kind of summery, lots of palm trees in it feeling, a cool breeze through the canyons kind of music.
Actually, Jimi Hendrix when asked what he thought of Crosby, Stills & Nash [he] looked at the interviewer and said, ‘That’s Western sky music.’ And I thought, ‘Wow. That’s brilliant.’ The point is that Neil brings a different kind of musical intensity to the band, and the music of Crosby, Stills & Nash and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is very, very different.  



Hear the full interview, read more interview highlights or read the first chapter of Nash’s memoir “Wild Tales” here 


image of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young in 1973 via SoundColorVibration View in High-Res

    Today on Fresh Air  Graham Nash explains how having Neil Young join Crosby, Stills & Nash made the sound darker and more intense:

    It’s more difficult to sing 4 part [harmonies], you’ve got to start shifting parts around and stuff. Neil [Young] brings a darker edge to our music, and I don’t mean that in a negative way… it’s more intense. That first album of Crosby, Stills & Nash is kind of summery, lots of palm trees in it feeling, a cool breeze through the canyons kind of music.

    Actually, Jimi Hendrix when asked what he thought of Crosby, Stills & Nash [he] looked at the interviewer and said, ‘That’s Western sky music.’ And I thought, ‘Wow. That’s brilliant.’ The point is that Neil brings a different kind of musical intensity to the band, and the music of Crosby, Stills & Nash and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is very, very different.  

    Hear the full interview, read more interview highlights or read the first chapter of Nash’s memoir “Wild Tales” here

    image of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young in 1973 via SoundColorVibration

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  1. Graham Nash (of Crosby, Stills & Nash above) joins us tomorrow to share stories from his new memoir “Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life.”

He talks about his musical influences (like the Everly Brothers and Buddy Holly), dating Joni Mitchell, and his first impressions of Neil Young.

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    Graham Nash (of Crosby, Stills & Nash above) joins us tomorrow to share stories from his new memoir “Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life.”

    He talks about his musical influences (like the Everly Brothers and Buddy Holly), dating Joni Mitchell, and his first impressions of Neil Young.

    image via soundonsound

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  1. Jason Isbell is on the show today and he sings a few songs while he’s at it. This one didn’t make the final interview cut, but you should listen to it anyway. He covers Neil Young’s “Don’t Let It Bring You Down” and then breaks down why he loves the song.


    Update: Full interview here.

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  1. He’s very happy. He doesn’t see it like we see it. He’s living his life one day at a time, one moment at a time. Events keep happening. We keep doing things. We take him everywhere with us. His life is full, robust, got a lot of people around it. He’s been the way he is for 35 years or so. And he’s never known it another way, so he’s doing great. We’re very happy to have our spiritual guide along with us. He doesn’t say much, but he speaks volumes with his eyes and with his movements and by the feeling that comes from him. He’s just a blessing. He’s given our lives a lot of depth.

    — Neil Young on his son Ben - who’s quadriplegic and has cerebral palsy

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  1. Neil Young on writing music and guitar distortion

I try not to think while I’m doing it. Hopefully, I’m completely gone somewhere and I’m just making a sound and I just like to hear the sound. So it’s all about having a good time and making a sound, but you really have to have a reason for making the sound. So that’s why I write songs and the songs have got the message. But after a while you forget about the message you just get the sound going and then the two things go together and then if you’re lucky you write another song. There has to be something to say that gives validity to what I’m playing, so that you can’t just play for the rest of time.
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    Neil Young on writing music and guitar distortion

    I try not to think while I’m doing it. Hopefully, I’m completely gone somewhere and I’m just making a sound and I just like to hear the sound. So it’s all about having a good time and making a sound, but you really have to have a reason for making the sound. So that’s why I write songs and the songs have got the message. But after a while you forget about the message you just get the sound going and then the two things go together and then if you’re lucky you write another song. There has to be something to say that gives validity to what I’m playing, so that you can’t just play for the rest of time.

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  1. ("It’s My Time" by The Mynah Birds)

    Did you know that Neil Young had a brief stint as a Motown artist? Now you do.

    Young joined The Mynah Birds in 1966, which signed with Motown Records and was fronted by Rick James. Like most Motown acts, the band was sent to choreography school, but everyone quickly realized it wasn’t quite working. From the Fresh Air interview:

    We had Ricky with us, but everyone else — we were a bunch of white guys from Canada – so we didn’t have the moves.

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Who’s with me on this? We’ll hit Irene head on with an awesome playlist. 

What books and movies are you hunkering down with this weekend, Internet?

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  1. Neil Young&#8217;s Le Noise will be released on  Sept. 28, but you can stream the album here in its entirety until Oct.  5.(From NPR Music) View in High-Res

    Neil Young’s Le Noise will be released on Sept. 28, but you can stream the album here in its entirety until Oct. 5.(From NPR Music)

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