Bob Dylan and Neil Young taking over April

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    Move over Silversun Pickups, Super Furry Animals, The Thermals, and all you other outfits set to offer new releases in April! Sure, we still love you, but perhaps it’d be a wise decision to follow in the footsteps of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and move up your respective release dates. Ok, so maybe the forthcoming new efforts from Bob Dylan and Neil Young aren’t the reason Karen O moved up the release of It’s Blitz!, but I’d like to think it was – after all, let me repeat. Bob Dylan and Neil Young are releasing new albums…and they are both set to be released in April.

    First, the news as it relates to Mr. Dylan. As we first told you last month, the Minnesota born singer/songwriter was apparently so pleased with his recent time in the studio working on the soundtrack for the upcoming film, My Own Love Song, that he kept going, and recorded a brand new studio album. At the time, an April release date was rumored, which has since been confirmed by Rolling Stone‘s David Fricke, who also managed to get a few other details about the followup to 2006’s Modern Times. In an article appearing in this week’s issue of the magazine, Fricke reveals that the yet-to-be-titled album will feature 10 tracks “with a seductive border-cafe feel (courtesy of the accordion on every track) and an emphasis on struggling-love songs.” To achieve this, Dylan reportedly tapped a slew of guests, including Los Lobos’ David Hidalgo rumored on accordion, along with his usual backing band.

    At this point, life couldn’t get much better, right?

    Oh, it certainly can, especially when you factor in the other high-profile release set to his music stores in April. On the 7th to be exact, Dylan’s Canadian contemporary, Neil Young, will be dishing out his own new release, a 10-track effort entitled Fork in the Road. Described by Rolling Stone as a “theme record about Young’s Linc Volt electric car project,” the album will feature nine selections previously debuted during Young’s recent North American tour, including the album’s title track which was recently offered in the form of a new music video.

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    Fork in the Road Tracklist:
    01. When Worlds Collide
    02. Fuel Line
    03. Just Singing A Song
    04. Johnny Magic
    05. Cough Up The Bucks
    06. Get Behind The Wheel
    07. Off The Road
    08. Hit The Road
    09. Light A Candle
    10. Fork In The Road

    Bob Dylan 2009 Tour Dates:
    03/23 – Stockholm, SE @ Globe Arena
    03/25 – Oslo, NO @ Spektrum
    03/27 – Jonkoping, SE @ Kinnarps Arena
    03/28 – Malmo, SE @ Malmo Arena
    03/29 – Copenhagen, DK @ Forum
    03/31 – Hannover, DE @ AWD Arena
    04/01 – Berlin, DE @ Max-Schmeling-Halle
    04/02 – Erfurt, DE @ Messehalle
    04/04 – Munich, DE @ Zenith
    04/05 – Saarbrucken, DE @ Saarlandhalle
    04/07 – Paris, FR @ Palais des Congres
    04/08 – Paris, FR @ Palais des Congres
    04/10 – Amsterdam, NL @ Heineken Music Hall
    04/11 – Amsterdam, NL @ Heineken Music Hall
    04/12 – Amsterdam, NL @ Heineken Music Hall
    04/14 – Basel, CH @ St. Jakobshalle
    04/15 – Milan, IT @ MediolanumForum
    04/17 – Rome, IT @ PalaLottomatica
    04/18 – Florence, IT @ MandelaForum
    04/20 – Geneva, CH @ Geneva Arena
    04/21 – Strasbourg, FR @ Zenith
    04/22 – Brussels, BE @ Forest National
    04/24 – Sheffield, UK @ Sheffield Arena
    04/25 – London, UK @ O2 Arena
    04/28 – Cardiff, UK @ CIA
    04/29 – Birmingham, UK @ NIA
    05/01 – Liverpool, UK @ Echo Arena
    05/02 – Glasgow, UK @ SECC
    05/03 – Edinburgh, UK @ Edinburgh Playhouse
    05/05 – Dublin, IE @ O2 Arena
    05/06 – Dublin, IE @ O2 Arena

    Neil Young 2009 Tour Dates:
    04/06 – St. Johns, NF @ Mile One Centre
    04/10 – Halifax, NS @ Metro Centre
    04/11 – Saint John, NB @ Harbour Station
    04/13 – Kingston, ON @ K-Rock Centre
    04/15 – London, ON @ John Labatt Centre
    04/17 – Sault Ste Marie, ON @ Essar Centre
    04/20 – Saskatoon, SK @ Credit Union Centre
    04/22 – Kelowna, BC @ Prospera Place
    04/23 – Emonton, BC @ Rexall Place
    04/25 – Lethbridge, AB @ Enmax Centre
    05/03 – New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Jazz Festival