“20 Insanely Great Neil Young Songs Only Hardcore Fans Know” in Rolling Stone

I’m a pretty big Neil Young fan, and I’ve only heard maybe a third of these. This was a great piece on Rollingstone.com to ring in the man’s 69th birthday. I’ll be spending the afternoon catching up. Great to see the songs “Slip Away” and “I’m the Ocean” on there—probably two of my favorite songs ever. Do they meander a little? Maybe. But they create a dream-like space to inhabit when you listen. I’d put them on late at night when those albums Broken Arrow and Mirror Ball first came out. I’d still put them on anytime, now.

Rolling Stone’s Led Zeppelin Top 40

It’s Led Zeppelin month, with them having gotten a Kennedy Center honor recently. I went on a major Zep kick yesterday for about an hour and a half, then stumbled on this list from Rolling Stone. How does “How Many More Times” not make the top 40? No one, as of yesterday, even mentioned it in the comments section. For me, it’s top 5. But I do agree with one of the commenters—the idea of making a list about this band is sort of absurd.