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Micah Nelson 2015 Artist in Residence – Artwork for Dave’s Picks/ Grateful Dead

Monday, January 26th, 2015

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We’re heeding the call for more of the majestic early 70s! No doubt, this was a time of great exploration and innovation for the Grateful Dead, one of their peaks… And so it is with great pleasure, that we are proud to present the official release of Winterland, February 24, 1974.

On the fertile grounds of their home turf and on the edge of what would become the Wall of Sound era, the Dead embarked upon a tremendous three-night run at Winterland. On this particular night, the last in the run, they warmed up the crowd with stellar new tracks “U.S. Blues” (previously known as “Wave That Flag”), “Ship of Fools,” and “It Must Have Been The Roses.” And while these debuts, nestled among fan favorites like “Playing In The Band” and “Brown-Eyed Women,” were quite tantalizing, the 2nd set really brought it all home. Witness the magic on an incredibly jazz, introspective “Dark Star,” perhaps one of the finest version of “Morning Dew” during this time, and a beautifully arranged cover of “It’s All Over Now Baby Blue.” The moments making up this masterpiece are made even more clear by the crispness of Kidd Candelario’s recording. Epic, indeed!

Limited to 16,500 individually numbered copies, Dave’s Picks Volume 13: Winterland, San Francisco, CA – 2/24/74 has been mastered to HDCD specs by Jeffrey Norman and features illustrations by our 2015 Artist in Residence Micah Nelson (learn more about the multi-talented artist and musician in our upcoming All In The Family piece).

This one ships February 1st – get your copy before they are gone, gone, gone!

Nominate Micah Nelson & Insects vs Robots to play at Austin Psych Fest #Levitation2015

Monday, January 12th, 2015

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LEVITATION2015 is happening May 8-10 at Carson Creek Ranch in Austin!

We’ll be announcing a 2nd round of lineup additions in February! Who do you want to see most on the next wave of artist announcements?”

www.austinpsychfest.com.

 Lobby for Insects vs Robots:

via email at info@austinpsychfest.com.

 

Get tickets, passes, camping info here:

https://austinpsychfest.frontgatetickets.com/

Neil Young tells Rolling Stone he’s recording album with Lukas and Micah Nelson

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

www.RollingStone.com
by: Andy Greene

Neil Young sat down with Rolling Stone Executive Editor Nathan Brackett at the International Consumer Electronics Show on Wednesday to discuss the long-awaited rollout of his Pono music player, but he also shared details of his next LP. “I’m working on another album now that I’m going to do be doing with Willie Nelson’s sons,” he said, jokingly suggesting he would title it The Monsanto Years after the agriculture company he’s been railing against for years. “It’s an upbeat review of the situation.”

Young was less sure about his other future plans. “I don’t know much about the future,” he said. “I want to [focus on Pono] and I want to continue playing music. Those two things should keep me pretty busy. I have some film editing and things to do on the side. I’ll probably be writing some more books. I want to keep doing what I do. I’d like to continue doing it for a long time.”

Young has no tour dates on the books right now other than an appearance at the pre-Grammy MusiCares tribute to Bob Dylan on February 6th in Los Angeles. “I did a tour last year called Honor the Treaties that went across Canada to try and help the aboriginal first nations tribes enforce their treaty rights in the constitution of Canada,” he said. “If I do anything this year, I might do that again in a bigger way. At first it succeeded, but it succeeded more than the artists I was trying to get thought it would. If I do that again maybe it’ll get more artists. At this point, it’s interesting to try and do something meaningful and try and make some sort of a difference because I’ve attained a certain level that I feel a responsibility to use for positive things rather than just getting my name in People magazine or something.”

The majority of the interview was devoted to Pono. The website launched this week and the player began selling for $300. “This is all about making music sound as good as it can,” he said. “Music is about having a good time feeling in your soul, whether it makes you laugh or it makes you cry. The mission of Pono is to make you feel as much as you can. We’re sharing all of our technology with anyone that wants to make anything. Any manufacturer that wants to make this kind of quality, we’ll show you how to do it.”

Despite his busy schedule, Young found time to release two albums last year, tour Europe with Crazy Horse and play a series of solo acoustic dates across America. He also played with Lukas and Micah Nelson, two highly accomplished guitarists, at Farm Aid, the Harvest the Hope benefit and the Bridge School Benefit, but hadn’t previous that indicated he had any intention of cutting new material with the duo.

Watch the rest of the new interview right here to hear Young talk in tremendous depth about Pono.

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/neil-young-recording-new-album-with-willie-nelsons-sons-20150108#ixzz3OFzpLeQg

Micah Nelson Solo Show in LA @Mr.Fish on Jan. 17, 2015

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

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Willie Nelson, Lukas Nelson, Micah Nelson

Monday, December 29th, 2014

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HOLLYWOOD, CA – FEBRUARY 20, 2013: (L-R) Musicians Jacob Micah Nelson, Willie Nelson and Lukas Nelson and CEO of Global Green USA Matt Petersen attend Global Green USA’s 10th Annual Pre-Oscar Party at Avalon on February 20, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alexandra Wyman/Getty Images for Global Green)

Tom Conway, Micah Nelson, Lily Meola

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

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Having holiday fun at a recording session on Maui.

J. Micah Nelson Art

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

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“The World-in-Itself”

pen & watercolor

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http://www.jmicahnelson.com/

Merry Christmas, from the Willie Nelson family

Thursday, December 25th, 2014

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Merry everything from the Willie Nelson family

Sunday, December 21st, 2014

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Willie Nelson and sons

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

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Micah Nelson, Willie Nelson, Lukas Nelson

Micah Nelson: Expect the Unexpected (Texas Music Magazine) (Fall 2014)

Friday, October 31st, 2014

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Texas Music

November 2014

Micah Nelson:  When It Comes to Willie Nelson’s Youngest Son, expect the unexpected
by Steve Uhler

Micah Nelson has been screwing with everyone’s expectations since before he was even born.

His dad originally wanted to name him Jake — a “cowboy name” — but the still-gestating prodigy had other ideas.  “Apparently, when my mother was pregnant with me, she had a dream in which I came to her and said, “Hey, listen.  I’m gonna be showing up soon, so I want to let you know ahead of time.  My name is Micah.  You can call me whatever you want, but that’s my name.  Micah.  OK, great — see you soon.”  Then she woke up and turned to my dad and said, ‘Hey, uh… so his name is Micah, apparently.”

“That wasn’t enough convincing, however.  “They settled on Jacob, Jake for short,” he continues.  “But then I showed up and said my name is Micah.  Only doctors and cops and people at the DMV call me Jacob.”

Anyone expecting Willie Nelson’s youngest son to reflect the spitting image of his iconic father is likely to be simultaneously disappointed and amazed.  Flying in the face of preconceptions — ore -re-anything — is a lifelong motif for the 24-year-old musician.  his music is as similar to his dad’s as John Cage is to Johnny Cash.  Same canvas, wildly different colors.  “Micah has never followed the herd in anything he odes,” says his older brother, Lukas.  “To follow any formula would limit him, which he knows.  He’s as unique as he is creative.”

Even as a toddler, Nelson was messing with people’s heads.  “I started playing harmonica in my dad’s band when I was about three,” he recalls.  “I thought I was just getting harmonica lessons.  I was oblivious to the thousands of people watching.  My Aunt Robyn asked me if I was nervous in front of all those people?  I said, “If I don’t see them, they can’t see me.’  Eventually I got pretty decent at the harmonica, and my dad would throw me the nod to take a solo or two.”

Like his iconoclastic father, Nelson does things his own way — and he does a lot of things.  In addition to being a full-time musician, both with his band, Insects vs Robots, and as a solo artist, he’s an accomplished painter, photographer, filmmaker and animator.  Imagine H.R. Giger channeling John Audobon at a seance with David Lynch, and you’ll get some idea of Nelson’s vision.

As a musician, he eschews the formulaic and polished in favor of the ragged, unformed and spontaneous.  As such a conduit as a creator, Nelson conjures “found sounds” into complex musical works of astonishing depth, imagery and surprising humor.  An intuitive sonic forager, he finds inspiration in serendipitous places:  the rhythm drip of a leaky faucet, the arthritic, groan of an old rocking chair, the distant howl of hungry coyotes in the night.  “When I was in high school, every morning on Maui I’d wake up to the most psychedelic bird calls right outside my window,” he recalls.  “the weirdest riffs.  A human couldn’t write those melodies.  I had a growing suspicion that all birds were just musical robots flying around with little tape decks built into them with old warped tapes that would loop the strangest, tweekiest sounds.”

So do inanimate objects, “I know a guy named Lewellyn with an old creaky rusty cat,” he continues.  “Every time he opens his door it sings the strangest creaky melodies.  I”ve ripped his car’s riffs off countless times.  Sometimes I see music as this mysterious forest to be explored.  Or like archeaology.  You never know what treasures and artifacts you might find, but you can’t know unless you start digging.”

Nelson meticulously builds layers of tracks, weaving a tapestry of songs that are often otherworldly.  Anyone expecting echoes of his dad’s distinctive voice and mainstream op sensibilities will find Nelson’s oeuvre disorienting.  It’s a beguiling mash-up of traditional folk, psychedelia and world beat, peppered with guileless vocals, dissonant chordings and shifting time signatures.  It’s musical Chaos Theory.

“A lot of popular music is so safe, so predictable, like it was processed in a factory,” he explains.  “You can literally go in and buy it at Target next to the Tupperware.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that .. except that a lot of it tends to sound like Tupperware.  Some folks want ot make a pop hit that sells deodorant and plays every five minutes at Walgreens and gets them a Super Bowl halftime show.  I tend to get bored with that intention.  It spooks my horse.”  Perhaps the closest he’s ever come to a traditional love song is “Mosquito,” his bizarre ode to the pesky insect.

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PURCHASE THE MAGAZINE AND SEE ALL THE PHOTOS HERE:

http://store.txmusic.com/Departments/TxM-Back-Issues.aspx?sortorder=2&page=4

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Micah Nelson with Neil Young, Bridge School Benefit 2014

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

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“I keep expecting to wake up from my life” — Micah Nelson

#neilism

#blessed

#bridgeschoolbenefit2014

#infinitegratitude

#whosgonnastandupandsavetheearth?

Willie Nelson Family Band

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

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www.WillieNelson.com

Willie Nelson and Family

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

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Willie Nelson, Annie Nelson, Lukas Nelson, Micah Nelson
John Varvatos photo shoot
photos: Danny Clinch

Danny has a new photo book out, too:

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Willie Nelson’s, “Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I Die” Tee Shirt (Micah Nelson Artwork)

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

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Front and Back

 

 

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www.aliceinhululand.com
roll me up and smoke me when i die

Willie Nelson’s portrait drawn by his son Micah Nelson for his book “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die.” Available exclusivly at Alice in Hulaland.

Super soft cotton basic crew tee. 100% pre-shrunk cotton. Only $28.00 at their website:
www.AliceinHululand.com