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For New Years Eve 2008 a few of us (girlfriend, brother-in-law, knocked up as fuck sister) went down to St. Louis to celebrate with a doctor friend of ours. After the first night of hanging out he threw on the soundtrack for the movie Into the Wild. The first track he played was Society, instantly pleasing to the ears; great acoustic guitar work and Eddie Vedders' rustic voice, a perfect song. Since then I have grown quite fond of the entire soundtrack and was able to come up on the demo's for this album. If you do not own the album, buy it, it is really fucking spectacular; it makes me want to go camping in the mountains every time I hear it. The movie is also great, it really compliments the soundtrack (or vice versa?). An interesting statistic would be the amount of missing hippies before and after the release of this movie, watch it and you will catch my drift (I cannot take credit for that joke, thanks Matt). Check out the demo's and whenever possible the movie as well.

**LINK UPDATED 2010-08-24**

Download - Eddie Vedder - Into the Wild Demo's

Neil Young - Time Fades Away

Anyone that knows is aware of my fascination/obsession/wonder of Neil Young. A few years back my brother-in-law and I sat down and watched "Live Rust," the best concert movie ever (in my eyes). At that point in time my CD player either had the latest Eminem or Slipknot album and I was preaching to anybody that would listen that they were "it." This evening changed all of that. Watching this guy I had never heard of before sitting on top of a huge Fender amp stage prop looking like he just got done painting a basement did me in man. Neil plays his beautiful acoustic songs, strumming his twelve string (that Joni Mitchell gave him) and making it sound like there are two, sometimes three guitars playing at once, and then picking up Old Black (his famous black Gibson) and raging through Like a Hurricane, his solos sound like a lightning bolt stuck in a cage. ANYWAYS, since that night Neil Young has been a constant in my life and I "celebrate his whole collection." Well sort of, I cannot find every album, but most. In the early to mid 70's Neil came out with what is referred to as The Ditch Trilogy; 73's Time Fades Away, 74's On the Beach and 75's Tonight's the Night. All of this stuff is dark and dirty and considering it came out after other "commercial" sounding-for-that-era releases (masterpieces none the less) such as After the Gold Rush and Harvest, it was clear that Mr. Young was in a different place. On the Beach and Tonight's the Night have seen the light of CD releases but Time Fades Away has been largely hidden the past 30 years. I do not remember where I got this recording but I am glad I did because it is a great live record. The whole recording gives off an uneasy vibe, even the artwork is depressing. Regardless, it is good fucking music. I do not know if it is still active but there is a petition for the album to be released on CD here. Listen to the opener, Time Fades Away and listen the saloon like piano trudging along in the background, only Neil. The album is posted on RapidShare for your listening pleasure, enjoy this forgotten gem.

MP3 - Neil Young - Time Fades Away

"Fourteen junkies
too weak to work
One sells diamonds
for what they're worth
Down on pain street,
disappointment lurks
Son, don't be home too late.
Try to get back by eight
Son, don't wait
till the break of day
'Cause you know
how time fades away.
Time fades away
You know how time fades away.

Ryan Adams - What Sin Replaces Love

Not too long ago, Aquarium Drunkard posted the history of the Ryan Adams penned tune What Sin Replaces Love. Mr. Adams played this song on one of his heroes television shows, The Henry Rollins Show. Adams has been a huge fan of Henry Rollins' band Black Flag, he even has the Black Flag tattooed on his arm. Anyways, the song has been around since 2000 and has seen many different versions, both acoustic and electric. I have seen this song performed by Ryan Adams & The Cardinals (or now just The Cardinals) numerous times as well as heard about a million bootlegs, none of which quite capture the sound and overall mood of their, in my eyes legendary, Henry Rollins Show performance. Download the MP3 below and check out the YouTube video here, watch the expression on his face as he opens the song up, it is fucking sick.

MP3 - The Henry Rollins Show - Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - What Sin Replaces Love

My Morning Jacket - The Rolling Stone Sessions

I came across these recordings when I initially got into the Jacket. One night while scouring the internet for any video of the great Jim James I came across some YouTube's of him doing some solo acoustic songs for Rolling Stone. In these three videos he performs Masterplan, Golden and Steam Engine as well as give some insight into his writing process. Listen to this guys voice as he quivers his way through Steam Engine. Here are the songs via RapidShare, please enjoy.

**LINKS UPDATED 2010-6-1**

Download - My Morning Jacket - The Rolling Stone Sessions

Welcome to The Steam Engine

Well here is the first "official" post at The Steam Engine. You will be able to find all sorts of sweet shit; live shows, reviews, opinions, pictures, etc.,. In the spirit of the title of this place, my first post with some content will be My Morning Jacket related, check back soon for a download.

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