Neil Young Previews Pono Launch & New Album


Neil Young attended the Producers and Engineers Wing’s seventh annual Grammy party last Wednesday to accept the President’s Merit Award and took the opportunity to deliver a 15-minute speech in which he announced that his new digital audio player Pono would be launched at SXSW, where he will be the keynote speaker, in March.

“We’re trying to make music sound technically better, and that’s what I want to do,” Young told the audience. “So we have a player that plays whatever the musicians made digitally, and that’s going to come out. We’re announcing that at SXSW, we’re introducing it, it’s called Pono, and that’s my commercial, thank you very much.”

Young added in an interview with Rolling Stone that his new album, A Letter Home, would be released in March.

Jack White’s Third Man Record label site notes that: “An unheard collection of rediscovered songs from the past recorded on ancient electro-mechanical technology captures and unleashes the essence of something that could have been gone forever.” There is no mention that the album is the much-rumoured collaboration between Young and White.



Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM ( in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

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