Hide on them backstreets

Here’s Brian Fallon of Jersey soul-punks the Gaslight Anthem covering Springsteen’s classic “Backstreets.”  Bruce’s version is a howling yelp that finds power from its suffering (like all good Bruce songs); Fallon’s acoustic cover is just straight-up tragic.   more about “Hide on them backstreets“, posted with vodpod (via Pitchfork.tv) Advertisements

Sweatin’ all over that plastic guitar

According to this post of supposed tracks, Rock Band 2 will be the greatest game in the history of games. Will I probably collapse in a fit of passion while playing “Born to Run” on a plastic guitar in front of a television? Yes, yes I will. Any Michiganders who happen to be reading, please … Continue reading

Top 5 Live Music Moments of the Year [2007]

Best Live Moments of the Year Fats Domino — Blueberry Hill (Tipitina’s, May 19) I grew up in Lafayette with a series of mental sensations culled from weekend trips  to New Orleans that defined the city to me.  I remember watching  those miserable Saints teams of the late 80’s running onto the field, Gumbo leading … Continue reading

Albums of the Year: 2007

1.  The National — /Boxer/ In a year that saw face-plants from the Shins, Modest Mouse, Interpol, and the other usual suspects, Brooklyn’s National made what is probably the only clear-cut Great record of the year.  When I reviewed Boxer this summer, I called Matt Berninger’s exploration of 21st-Century American disenfranchisement “perfectly controlled and composed … Continue reading

R’n’r Confessional: Daddy Bruce

While the rest of the staff will spend the month of December writing their year-end lists, checking them twice, and trying to find out if Devendra’s been naughty or nice, I’ll be shaking hands with Chancellor Sean O’Keefe and peacing out of Louisiana State University.  I know that for most of you this is probably … Continue reading

The Rising: The Canonization of Bruce Springsteen

Marty Garner The Rising:  The Canonization of Bruce Springsteen In 1974, rock critic Jon Landau wrote “I have seen rock and roll future, and its name is Bruce Springsteen.”  Landau, who went on to produce Born to Run as well as manage the Boss’ career following that record, cannot have known how right he was. … Continue reading

Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run [30th Anniversary Edition]

Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run Columbia – Five Stars. Bruce Springsteen’s concerts have been called the Church of Rock ‘n’ Roll ever since people became easygoing enough to make such comparisons without feeling like heretics.  In 1975, he released what is widely considered to be his masterpiece, Born to Run.  The years following Born … Continue reading