Random Wax: Alex De Pompei - Neil Young 'After the Goldrush'


April 22nd, 2016 by bsradmin

We like to listen to vinyl on Fridays here at BSHQ. Every Friday we have a Bloodshot crew member randomly select a record from his/her personal collection and bring it to the office. The person has to explain why the album is on his/her shelves, and then we listen to it. We call this Random Wax.  

Today's contestant is Bloodshot intern and Radio DePaul DJ Alex De Pompei! He randomly selected After the Goldrush by Neil Young, from 1970. Here's his explanation on why it's in his collection: 

"I grew up in a Bruce Springsteen household, and for whatever reason it took me until my freshman year of college to finally listen to Neil Young. My friend gave me this album, and I never listened until I put my iPod on shuffle and mistook “When You Dance You Can Really Love” for a Pavement song. I’ve been hooked ever since. The sequencing of this album is spot on, and Crazy Horse is the best backing band ever, bar none. Neil Young doesn’t go off on his 5 minute long single note guitar solos much here, but as far as his stuff goes, this is the easiest to get into. The fact that E Street Band member Nils Lofgren plays on this has finally turned my house from a strictly Bruce one to a mostly Bruce one with hints of Neil."

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