Here are videos for all but one of the songs from their acoustic and electric sets.
“Long May You Run”:
“If I Don’t Know”:
“Virtual Here And Now”:
“For What It’s Worth”:
“Rockin’ in the Free World”:
Long May You Run (from Stills-Young Band’s Long May You Run, 1976)
Human Highway (from Neil Young’s Comes a Time, 1978)
If I Don’t Know (new Neil Young song)
Virtual Here & Now (New Stephen Stills song)
Don’t Want Lies (new Stephen Stills song)
For What It’s Worth (from Buffalo Springfield’s Buffalo Springfield, 1966)
Bluebird (from Buffalo Springfield’s Buffalo Springfield Again, 1967)
Mr. Soul (from Buffalo Springfield’s Buffalo Springfield Again, 1967)
Rockin’ in the Free World (from Neil Young’s Freedom, 1989)
What a scene. Nearly 40 of us standing in front of the meat counter in Whole Foods’ Market Street store (San Francisco) chanting “It’s not food, it’s violence!”
Yes it was a Direct Action Everywhere (DXE) animal rights protest. It took place this past Saturday.
I shot photos and video. My wife Leslie AKA The Vicious Vegan wrote an excellent report on what went down, and the philosophy behind the protest.
Here’s how her blog post begins:
ANIMAL RIGHTS PROTEST CALLS OUT WHOLE FOODS
By Leslie Goldberg
I’ve never yelled inside a Whole Foods Market or in a Safeway or in any grocery store. I’ve never even wanted to. When I’ve walked past (quickly) the neon-lit graveyards they have in the back of these stores, which showcase the dead animals or their chopped-up flesh, I’ve felt a grief and revulsion that makes me quiet.
Yet despite my despair at the obvious animal cruelty that’s taken place, I have to admit I’ve always kind of liked Whole Foods. I like that they have a gazillion different plant-based milks (that taste good); that they have a pretty good bulk section; that the employees are nice; that one of the store’s founders, John Mackey, was persuaded to become a vegan; and I always liked that the checkers would ask me, “Credit or donation?” when I brought in my own bag. I’d get a little warm feeling when I’d say, “donation.”
Yet there I was – pissed and yelling my head off with the other protestors in the meat department of Whole Foods on Sunday: “It’s Not Food, It’s Violence.”
I joined a group of Direct Action Everywhere (DXE) members to protest Whole Food’s truly bizarre, if not Orwellian, $20 million ad campaign: “Values Matter.” The ads feature such slogans as “Know What Kind of Life Your Dinner Lived” or “Choose a Fish, Cook a Fish, Save a Fish.”
Welcome to the house of mirrors world of “humane meat.” Or “sustainable agriculture.” Or “cage free.” Or “cruelty-free food.” Or “grass-fed.” It’s a wonderful dreamy world where the environment is pristine: no water pollution, no climate change, no destruction of wildlife. You can still kill and eat animals and/or consume their secretions and feel good about it. Hell, you can eat animals and save animals at the same time!
Neil Young’s next album, The Monsanto Years, is very much a political album. Some of the songs, such as the one that may be called “If I Don’t Know,” is quite good — one of his best in some years. Others are more like political rants that, at least on initial listen, don’t hold up. It’s admirable that Young wants to use the platform he has to deliver political messages, but at times his songs suffer because it seems the message is more important than the song. Also, while GMOs are an issue, they pale besides the horrendous impact of animal agriculture on climate change and our environment and I wish Neil Young would get hip to the biggest cause of climate change and focus some of his political energy on it.
Or is that just too hot a topic for Neil Young to address.
“I don’t really have anything against the people at Monsanto or the human beings working for Monsanto,” Young said on April 22, at a screening at the IFC Center in New York of a “work in progress” documentary about the making of The Monsanto Years. “But the laws that they’re making have made Monsanto the perfect poster child for problems that we have with the corporate government. So I wrote a bunch of songs about it. These kids I’m playing with all are with me on it.”
The film was part of The Bernard Shakey Film Retrospective” that took place from APril 17 through April 23, 2015.
Bernard Shakey is the name Young uses for his films.
On April 16, 2015, Young performed at the SLO Brewing Copany in San Luis Obispo, CA accompanied by Promise of the Real, a band featuring Wille Nelson’s sons, Lukas and Jacob Micah Nelson on guitars, Corey McCormick, bass, and Anthony Logerfo, drums.
Neil will be touring with this band.
Check out his entire set at SLO Brewing Company including nine new songs that were played live for the first time. The songs will likely appear on Young’s upcoming album, The Monsanto Years, due out June 16, 2015. However, thus far, the titles of the songs that will appear on the album have not been officially released.
Titles below of the new songs are tentative and definitely not official.
The entire BOAA, DXE protest at the Goat Festival in San Francisco this past Saturday, also known as Goatchella, was videotaped and all the video was uploaded to YouTube.
Clearly calling the festival Goatchella was an attempt by the festival organizers to give this sick event some kind of hipness. They failed.
The protest was quite remarkable. I was there as a participant, but I also took photos, some of which are part of this post.
As you’ll see if you watch the first video clip, which documents the fifteen minute protest that effectively disrupted a cooking demo during which sausage made from dead goat flesh was served, a young woman stood up as soon as the protest began and delivered a moving speech about the rights of goats to a decent life that does not include being murdered so that humans can snack on their dead flesh.
For the second and third videos, the protesters walked through the festival, occasionally stopping to talk about the injustices.
These videos are very powerful and should be an inspiration to anyone who cares about animals.
This past Thursday, April 16, 2015 Neil Young performed a batch of new songs backed by a band featuring Lukas and Micah Nelson on electric guitars, Corey McCormick on bass and Anthony Logerfo on drums.
According to JamBase:
The quintet played a total of ten new songs many of which railed against such companies as Monsanto and Starbucks according to fan reports. But the five-piece also dipped into Young’s back catalogue for seven classics including “Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere,” “Down By The River” and Neil’s first take on “Walk On” since 2000. Tickets to the last minute show cost a mere $10. Neil Young first teamed with The Nelson Brothers and members of Promise of the Real for appearances at last fall’s Farm Aid, Harvest For Hope benefit and Bridge School Benefit Concerts.
Neil Young & band, “Walk On”:
Brief excerpt of “Down By The River”:
Brief excerpt of “Love And Love Only”:
Set List via Sugar Mountain:
1. Country Home
2. New Song 1 – People Want To Hear About Love ??*
3. New Song 2 – New Day For The Planet ??*
4. Down By The River
5. New Song 3 – Too Big To Fail ??*
6. New Song 4 – GMO-Starbucks ??*
7. Walk On
8. New Song 5 – Monsanto ??*
9. New Song 6 – I Don’t Know You ??*
10. New Song 7 – Seeds ??*
11. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
12. Wolf Moon*
13. Love And Only Love
14. New Song 9*
15. New Song 10*
16. Country Home
17. Roll Another Number