I am interested in sustainable music. I want to know if it is possible to keep a band in motion across the world using the same amount of energy it would require to keep them alive (and well) at home. There was a big rush of this in the early millennium, everyone from Neil Young to Radiohead had a Biodiesel tour rig, but like most trends it only took a few years for the “green rock” to disappear from the mainstreams of information and our collective imagination.
Neil Young’s wife, Pegi Young, has a new album out Foul Deeds (and, yes, Neil Young does play guitar on a few tracks) which includes Pegi’s cover of Devendra Banhart’s Body Breaks.
Laura Marling’s recently released album, I Speak Because I Can, is reminiscent in parts of the subtle instrumentation and melodic integrity of classic cuts by Crosby Stills and Nash, Joni Mitchell, and Neil Young, but it comes tightly packed with an earthy pop-iness that leaves musical earworms dancing for hours after each listen. These Vodcasts of Marling and her friends touring and performing give a nice window into her colourful world.
Neil Young, who invariably follows his own road, will release his new album, Fork in the Road, on April 7, inspired by the changes and challenges happening around us. Over the past few years, Young has become involved in developing different fuel possibilities and, working with Johnathan Goodwin, his LINCVOLT project using alternative energy to power his 1959 Lincoln Continental is now finished. Young recorded two videos for the song Johnny Magic in that Lincoln.