Neil Young Releases Unheard Acoustic Recordings From 1976 With ‘The Hitchhiker’

first_imgAt the time of the sessions that eventually became The Hitchhiker, Neil Young was slowly emerging from one of the darkest periods of his personal and musical life. Afraid of getting type cast as an acoustic lightweight, he had embraced the use of heavy-rock instrumentation, pushing away a fair chunk of his fan base from his Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Harvest period. Coupled with a melancholy mood permeating his life and music that brought on by the death of former Crazy Horse bandmate Danny Whitten, at the time, Young was clearly working through a sea-change in his personal philosophy.The opening song of Hitchhiker, “Pocahontas,” is familiar to fans of Rust Never Sleeps, but this version is infinitely more intimate than any version previously known. Young was very aware of the painful history of the native populations in the Americas and likely identified with their loss of identity. At the time of the song’s writing, these issues were once again on the minds of many Americans, and Young used his trademark nasal vocals to decry American Indians’ treatment and losses.The following tune, “Powderfinger,” continued the vision of forceful loss of culture. The uncertainty of the words is palpable and is a stunning contrast to his innate comfort on the vocals and guitar. On “Captain Kennedy,” his simple percussive taps on the hollow body of his guitar are a powerful touch that echoes the heartbeat and that fade as the protagonist faces his fate. The occasional chuckles and comments before the beginning of these tracks offer an interesting insight into Young’s mood during the recording session as well, like the self-starting thought at the start of “Hawaii.” “Give Me Strength” is the clearest picture of Young’s low emotional ebb, serving as a naked look at his disconnection. The raw nature of the track is part song, part longing for hope.By the time title track “Hitchhiker” rolls around, he seems to accept his place as a transitional force in the lives of everyone around him. With a painful divorce recently completed and a growing alienation from his friends and family, Young seemed in danger of fading away into a drug addled haze. The songs he wrote and recorded for Hitchhiker were clearly him realizing the dangers he faced and repudiating them with all the artistic fight he could muster. While fear of pigeon-holing prevented the release of The Hitchhiker at that point in his career, hearing them now is a wonderful insight into Young’s mindset at the time and moving forward. Though he was loathe to coast on his past successes, he was more than capable of making truly meaningful music in his older styles. That Young decided to fight against creative and personal stagnation and gave us one of the artist’s angriest and most seminal works. Luckily for all of us, we are now gifted with the opportunity to look at what might have been as well as what was. For his thirty-eighth solo record, The Hitchhiker, Neil Young decided to go old school—literally. All the tracks featured on the acoustic album were recorded in a single day in 1976 and have languished in archives ever since. Though some of these tracks were reworked and appeared on later albums, such as Young’s seminal Rust Never Sleeps, the songs were never heard in their original acoustic format—that is, until now. The reasons why this material ended up collecting dust for decades is almost as interesting as the music itself. You can hear The Hitchhiker in its entirety and check out our review of the album below.last_img read more

McDan supports 42nd MTN-SWAG Awards

first_imgThe McDan Group is the latest from the corporate world to lend a financial hand to the forthcoming Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) Awards Gala scheduled for Saturday at the banquet hall, state house Accra.Ahead of the 42nd edition, The Group on Wednesday presented a cheque for 10,000 to the leadership of SWAG at its plush East Legon office in Accra.This comes as a breath of fresh air for SWAG since there has been a call for corporate bodies to support in aiding them to stage the awards.According to Dr. Daniel McKorley, who is Chairman of McDan Group, the decision to support the oldest sports awards in the country was as a result of its high sense of duty saying “Now we have some great people within the sports writers Association and It is my utmost desire to support them (SWAG),” he said. “.“So far as they are doing the right thing we will continue to support SWAG because they are putting the various Association heads on their toes. SWAG president Kwabena Yeboah promised a successful award ceremony on Saturday and was full of praise as he received the cheque.“We truly appreciate it and we want to assure him (Dr. Daniel McKorley) that his money will be put to good use.”Dr. McKorley has been chosen to receive a special award on the night which will be graced by His Excellency Nana Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Saturday.last_img read more

85 days to go: Count-down to Comoros match starts

first_imgRequest for a Letter to recommending FUFA to the Ministry of Lands to start the process of Trusteeship Incorporation Latest results, Uganda one of best 2nd placed teamsUganda beat Bostwana 2-1 at the weekend to boost their chances of making it to the AFCON finals for the first time since 1978.Luwagga put Uganda ahead in the 10th minute after a perfect ball from Tony Mawejje, before Botswana were allowed to equalize from a clear off-side position in the 50th.But, the status did not stay the same for long as in popped Aucho, benefiting from a Denis Iguma, to stun the hosts a minute later.Qualifiers for 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon after penultimate round of group matches at the weekend:Guinea-Bissau (Group E winners)Morocco (Group F winners)Egypt (Group G winners)Ghana (Group H winners)Algeria (Group J winners)Senegal (Group K winners)Zimbabwe (Group L winners)Cameroon (Group M winners)**Mali  (Mathematically – Group C winners or one of best two runners-up)Note: Gabon are automatic entrants as the host nationContenders for other six places:Liberia, Tunisia, Togo (Group A)Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic (Group B)Burkina Faso, Uganda (Group D)Ivory Coast (holders), Sierra Leone (Group I)**Best two runners-up from 11 four-team groupsGroups in contention for two second best qualification placesGroup A  Liberia      5 3 1 1 10 4 10Tunisia      5 3 1 1 12 2 10Togo          5 2 2 1  6  4  8Djibouti     5 0 0 5  1 19 0Final gamesTunisia vs LiberiaTogo vs DjiboutiGroup BDR Congo     5 4 0 1 12 5 12C.A.R.           5 3 1 1 8  7   10Angola          5 1 1 3 6  7   4Madagascar 5 0 2 3 4 11 2Final gameDR Congs vs CARGroup CMali            5 4 1 0 8 1 13Benin         4 2 2 0 8 4 8S.Sudan     5 1 0 4 3 11 3E.Guinea   4 0 1 3 1 4 1Final gamesBenin vs Equatorial GuineaMali vs BeninGroup DB. Faso       5 3 1 1 4 1 10Uganda      5 3 1 1 5 2 10Botswana   5 2 0 3 4 6 6Comoros     5 1 0 4 2 6 3Final gamesUganda vs ComorosBurkina Faso V BotswanaShare on: WhatsApp September 3, 2016Uganda vs ComorosUganda Cranes are not taking any chances ahead of their final Africa Cup of Nations qualifying game at home against Comoros.Soccer governing body FUFA Wednesday outlined their plans, on and off the pitch, to help Cranes be in the right state of mind for the make-or-break tie at Mandela Stadium Namboole on September 3, 2016.“We do not have enough time to prepare for the game against Comoros. We only have a few days left. We need to prepare the players well technically, tactically, mentally and physically” national coach Milutin Sredojevic Micho told the press Wednesday.“We need maximum points, and that is our only focus,”  stressed Moses Magogo, Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) president.“We have started immediate preparations for the game against Comoros and the details will be released soon. We are not into the mathematical lessons. We need maximum points in the next game” he added.Magogo was however unhappy, saying that administrative pressure by National Council of Sports at this moment was not helpful.Magogo said the football institution is committed fully to meeting the registration guidelines set by the National council of Sports (NCS).“We are law abiding citizens but the position being sold by NCS that we don’t want to be controlled is incorrect. We need regulations that will benefit all sports federations. Deadlines will not help develop sports in the country. NCS needs to understand the concerns of FUFA and other Federations in this exercise’ said the FUFA President.Magogo warned that if NCS does not wait until after the FUFA general assembly that will discuss issues raised in October, world soccer governing body FIFA will see this as interference, and trigger a ban on the federation.He said FUFA had meanwhile wrote to NCS on 4th May, 2016 but a response is yet to be received on four key points highlighted in the letter.Key points in the FUFA letter to NCS;FUFA will register with the NCS under the new regulationsNotified NCS that there is a clash in opinion by Government Legal and FIFA Legal on the registration of FUFA under the Trustee Incorporation Actcenter_img FUFA requests for more time till October for the Constitution to be amended to match the NCS regulations.last_img read more

Liverpool reject Barca 100-million euro Coutinho bid – reports

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp told Barcelona “to save their energy” last week, claiming the player wasn’t for sale.Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho.However, he was left out of Liverpool’s squad for a friendly win over Athletic Bilbao in Dublin at the weekend while a back injury seems certain to sideline him from the club’s opening Premier League match at Watford on Saturday.Should Barcelona fail to tempt Coutinho to Spain, they are expected to turn their attentions to highly-rated French star Ousmane Dembele of Borussia Dortmund.Dembele, 20, was involved in a training ground bust up with Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Burki last week and has spoken of his desire to one day play for Barca.Share on: WhatsApp Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has told Barcelona “to save their energy”, claiming Coutinho is not for sale.London, United Kingdom | AFP | Liverpool have rejected a second bid from Barcelona for influential Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho worth 100 million euros (£90.3 million), British media claimed Wednesday.Barcelona are desperate to land the 25-year-old to replace fellow Brazilian Neymar who was sold for a world record 222 million euros to Paris Saint Germain last week.However, the BBC reported that Liverpool have again told Barcelona that Coutinho, who signed from Inter Milan in 2013, is not for sale.The Liverpool Echo newspaper added Wednesday: “Liverpool have told Barca they will be wasting their time if they come back in with a third offer and are adamant that Coutinho will not be Neymar’s replacement at the Camp Nou.”Barcelona believe the Brazilian international has the ability to not only replace Neymar alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez in a star front three, but could also provide cover for 33-year-old captain Andres Iniesta in midfield.last_img read more