― Patrick, Friday, 23 February 2001 01:00 (13 years ago) Permalink
― Omar, Friday, 23 February 2001 01:00 (13 years ago) Permalink
I can't get worked up and annoyed about Bruce in the way I can about
some other rockers. He has an ear for a great line (the opening
of "Hungry Heart" for instance) and I can forgive him a lot for that.
He doesn't resonate with me and like the Replacements I think that's
a cultural thing.
I also - and this is totally subjective - never get the impression
Bruce ever thinks he's particularly cool. Which is not something I
can say of most other 'real rock'n'roller' types, mainstream or
― Tom, Friday, 23 February 2001 01:00 (13 years ago) Permalink
File under yet to be discovered. I was listening to an apologetic defence of his
work from Sean Rowley on the radio the other day, and it got me wondering
again. People of my generation's first real exposure to him was the 'Born in
the USA' air-punching era and that obviously wasn't likely to engender much
interest. Yes, I know it was all ironic.
What I have heard of his 70's stuff sounds like I might grow to love it. That
midwest blue-collar world his songs inhabit seems harder to relate to than
any other, but even in 1988, I had the feeling Paddy McAloon was missing the
point with the song 'Cars & Girls'.
At the moment, I'm afraid the song of his I like best is a 90s one - 'If I Should
Fall Behind', which I only know from the Grant McLellan cover version.
Badly Drawn Boy is a Springsteen obsessive, which I thought was quite cute.
― Nick, Friday, 23 February 2001 01:00 (13 years ago) Permalink
― matthew stevens, Friday, 23 February 2001 01:00 (13 years ago) Permalink
― Simon, Friday, 23 February 2001 01:00 (13 years ago) Permalink
And yes, Tom, he's got a very good ear for a line.
― Ally, Friday, 23 February 2001 01:00 (13 years ago) Permalink
I heard the version of "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" when I was
young and that is pretty spiff, I freely agree. Circa 1984, liking El
Bruce was unsurprising for me as that was a pretty damn good radio
year -- Chuck Eddy specifically called it as such in _Stairway to
Hell_, and he was goddamn right. Thus liking all that stuff he made
was a matter of course alongside all those singles from _Purple Rain_
and _Like A Virgin_ and etc.
Time went on and I proceeded to not care. I never cared enough to buy
an album anyway, and the 'classic early singles' only made sense in my
classic rock phase, which lasted about nine months in senior year.
Then I ended up in LA and encountered the first of Robert Hilburn's
345,234,843 printed sermons on How Bruce Springsteen Heals the Sick,
Raises the Dead and Means More to Human Existence Than the Combined
Efforts of Louis Pasteur, Billie Holiday and Charles Schulz. I
encountered other blowhards. The music touched me with the impact of
a dying flea. A roommate was obsessed with him to the point of near
mania. I cried.
Frankly, the Walkabouts any day of the goddamn week, month, year,
decade, century, etc. If the relative fame levels were reversed, I
would cling to this assumption with even more deep, abiding passion
because then I would have The People on my side. Even alone, though,
it's comfy. And Frankie Goes to Hollywood's version of "Born to Run"
is my fave.
― Ned Raggett, Friday, 23 February 2001 01:00 (13 years ago) Permalink
― Sterling Clover, Friday, 23 February 2001 01:00 (13 years ago) Permalink
i actually liked born_in_the_u.s.a when it came out at age 7, but
later, i found it to be an obstacle in getting to love bruce, and i'm
sure there are a ton of artists out there whose work at that time has
kept people away from them.
as sterling said, it's funny what driving a car can do, especially
when it's another dark and lonely night out on an empty anonymous new
jersey highway and "born to run" comes on the highway. but i've been there, so i'll move on.
you can get by on the first five or so albums on the music and
production alone -- unless of course you hate phil spector and are,
therefore, destined to spend eternity in hell -- and the later stuff
will stick if you find something in the lyrics that rings far too
true. sure, he mines the same territory in a lot of his songs, but so
do belle & sebastian and so did the smiths; except the kids in
bruce's songs could kick the ass of their counterparts in the
ned, i think you have the same problem as tom: it's a cultural
― fred from new jersey, Friday, 23 February 2001 01:00 (13 years ago) Permalink
It's not a cultural thing; I mean for god's sake Motorcycle Emptiness
might as well be Bruce Springsteen on a literacy trip in terms of
subject, and I know Tom likes the song, and I believe Ned does too.
Whether that particular statement was tongue in cheek or not, it's a
tired excuse and reasoning, one usually used by the saddest of Bruce
Springsteen fans, the ones who "identify" with his sentiments,
seemingly losing track of the fact that BRUCE'S CHARACTERS NEVER
ACTUALLY MAKE IT OUT. Some positive role models to rock out to.
The thing is, I think it's the voice and the earnestness, which was
already said. The stylistic values of it....the basic cultural and
escape sentiments, lyrically, of Motorcycle Emptiness and Born to Run
might be very similar in tone, but the style and vocalisings are
entirely, 100% different. Bruce has a very sarcastic bent, a very
dark bent, lyrically, but his style of music softens the blow and
sometimes people just don't like it.
And those people are wrong, incidentally :P
― Ally, Saturday, 24 February 2001 01:00 (13 years ago) Permalink
Nebraska is half good but doesn't deserve the plaudits it gets as the
Springsteen album it's cool to like.
The rest is pretty much DUD.
― alex thomson, Saturday, 24 February 2001 01:00 (13 years ago) Permalink
Nevermind that Born in the USA was my first record not meant to
be played on the Fisher Price record player (with the STEEL
Nevermind the fact that Born to Run is one of the best driving
albums ever when your top is down and it's summer and the
road between Ventura and home stretches out and empty at
night with no cops...
Nevermind he has out Dylan-ed Dylan
Nevermind that he can outrage The Man as he pushes the dark
side of life. (41 Shots)
Nevermind the line "The record company Rosie, JUST GAVE ME
A BIG ADVANCE!"
Nevermind the Live box set, reminding us just how powerful he
Nevermind Time and Newsweek
Nevermind The cover of Jersey Girl
Nevermind the MTV Unplugged set where he scrapped the entire
notion of an acoustic show and just plugged in and tore down
Nevermind everyone on this list who called him a dud.
― JM, Saturday, 24 February 2001 01:00 (13 years ago) Permalink
well, Bruce isn't *that* bad! ;)
― Omar, Saturday, 24 February 2001 01:00 (13 years ago) Permalink
La Bruce just collectively calls to my mind a stunted bastard vision of
music that presumes he was the sole carrier of the 'spirit of rock and
roll truth' that the Beatles and Stones 'started' in the sixties. A
CLAIM I HAVE ENCOUNTERED MORE THAN ONCE, though thankfully not here,
and happily never from the man's own lips either, at least to my
knowledge. Without that rhetoric I would just shrug and ignore him for
somebody more interesting, but with it, frankly, he becomes a very very
useful target to kick against. Perhaps only a straw man, but one I
wouldn't mind seeing go up in flames.
― Ned Raggett, Saturday, 24 February 2001 01:00 (13 years ago) Permalink
The boy has fallen off of late, but... I'm reminded of the Bangs
article where he describes how he dismissed this Maoist band as
sounding like Bruce, and the band replied "oh, good, the working
class like that stuff" or something of the sort, and I'm reading this
thinking -- no. no. no. The correct answer is "oh, good. Bruce
What I appreciate about Bruce is how he can capture the majesty of a
major chord. How so many of his songs have the same progression, but
you don't realize it 'till you try to play 'em yourself. How he can
take gospel music and write it to a girl instead. And yes, more of
them damn anthems.
I mean.. I know that anthems aren't an alien concept to the
UK -- after all, The Who were full of them. But maybe British anthems
are a different type a "get off of my cloud" or "sod off" type, more
cynical and pissy than dreamy and wide-eyed. Maybe this is, after
all, because America is The Big Country, The Great Bitch, et cet.
Maybe to get America you have to get just how there's always
somewhere you might go, maybe.
Along these lines, "Not Fade Away" which is a novel by Jim Dodge is a
great rock road story, sort of like the lighter side of Richard
Hell's "Go Now" or the more earnest(?) side of Bruce
McCullough's "Doors Fan" sketch (on his album, Shame-Based
Man). Yes. Get that spirit of the open highway.
― Sterling Clover, Sunday, 25 February 2001 01:00 (13 years ago) Permalink
― Michael Daddino, Sunday, 25 February 2001 01:00 (13 years ago) Permalink
― Mark Richardson, Sunday, 25 February 2001 01:00 (13 years ago) Permalink
I will say, though, that I do lack a car and have never had one. That
might serve as a better explanation. ;-)
― Ned Raggett, Sunday, 25 February 2001 01:00 (13 years ago) Permalink
― Patrick, Monday, 26 February 2001 01:00 (13 years ago) Permalink
I wish I wasn't misinterpreting.
― Otis Wheeler, Monday, 26 February 2001 01:00 (13 years ago) Permalink
― Ally, Tuesday, 27 February 2001 01:00 (13 years ago) Permalink
Inspirational in some ways. I have often felt that England needed a
Springsteen, albeit not just a a copycat 'rocker'; I mean, someone who
would write about all the lost and found small-town lives. But to be
fair, I suppose there is already a UK tradition here: the probably
Jarvis Cocker is a case in point.
― the pinefox, Wednesday, 28 February 2001 01:00 (13 years ago) Permalink
― Robin Carmody, Friday, 2 March 2001 01:00 (13 years ago) Permalink
― Michael Bourke, Sunday, 4 March 2001 01:00 (13 years ago) Permalink
1. they don't understand that he's actually not as "pro-america" as
they might think he is
2. they don't have as close a connection to "old school" code (which
includes "old school" rock)
3. they are mostly college kids on their way up to some office job or
whatever that is removed (if not far removed) from the "underworld"
(the "blue collar" or "real" world) to get the lyrical sentiments
4. well, and...sometimes people just don't like something 'cause they
just don't like it
I, however, do not apply to any of those 4. For I actually do "get"
some of the appeal of Bruce (albeit, it took my until my mid or late
twenties to get there). Sure, his overly sentimental (downright
broadway or maudlin) look at the working class can be a bit (or a
bunch) too much. And sure, his music can be too simple and/or too
derivitive. But, that's a part of the whole. Familiarity in both music
and lyrics, is a large part of the appeal of his stuff (and those like
him, ala Mellencamp, etc). He just had the concept to put nearly a
whole career on the working class/blue collar life like no other has
(not in such a wide reaching broad sense, at least - other than
Mellencamp, but Bruce did it a bit better and first).
Having said all that, 'Nebraska' and 'Ghost of Tom Joad' are the only
two full albums that I would declare anywhere near a "classic" state
of existence (with 'Nebraska' being the one clear-cut vote). Many of
the rest of his 70's and 80's albums have some good solid worthy
singles on them, but. I can't go so far as to get 'The River' (for
example) anywhere near a "classic" nod. That one, in particular, I
find to be overrated (though still having the wonderful track "Stolen
Car" and the title track deserving of 'Nebraska'-like attention).
― michael g. breece, Sunday, 1 July 2001 00:00 (13 years ago) Permalink
Anyways, I forgot to mention to huge (to the point of shadowing)
element as to one of the why's (or why not's) of enjoy/appreciating
Bruce. Which is: DRIVING. Cars and driving is such a central and/or
reoccuring figure/subject in his work that...I can't believe I forgot
to touch upon that (only after reading some of the others posts, darn
it). But yea, I do LOVE to drive. Which also helps to explain the
appeal of Springsteen (to me, at least).
*By the way, I do own that McCulloch album 'Shame Based Man'
and...love it (some really funny stuff and one of the very rare
comedy albums worthy of many plays - if not it's own discussion here
on "I Love Music"...anyone?). Every single one of my girlfriends (one
present, others past) hated it. "And if (after torching the stolen
car) you can still hear the Doors playing...then you have become...a
DOORS...FAN!" I'm not a Doors fan, however.
― michael g. breece, Monday, 2 July 2001 00:00 (13 years ago) Permalink
― the pinefox, Monday, 2 July 2001 00:00 (13 years ago) Permalink
I hadn't listened to this record in a couple of years, but god, it
still sounded great. Actually, I kept getting shivers down my spine
when it was playing and it had me close to tears a few times (mostly
on "Thunder Road" and "Backstreets.") Listening to this today finally
settled an ILM debate for me: Music can never affect me quite as much
now as it did when I was a teenager. No record I've heard in the last
few years, including Loveless, has had as much affect on me as
Born to Run did this morning, and I know it's not just
because Born to Run is such a great album. This is a record
that got to me when I was young and emotionally vulnerable in a way
that I'm not anymore, at the age of 32. I still feel music very
deeply and appreciate and enjoy a wider range of music than ever, but
music doesn’t completely overpower me the way it did when I was 15.
Springsteen is still a big classic, by the way, despite all the
incredibly corny lines on Born to Run.
― Mark, Thursday, 24 January 2002 01:00 (12 years ago) Permalink
― DeRayMi, Thursday, 24 January 2002 01:00 (12 years ago) Permalink
― Tom (Groke), Tuesday, 19 November 2002 23:18 (11 years ago) Permalink
"candy's room" is the grebtest song ever written about being in love w. a prostitute when you sound a bit like david bowie
― mark s (mark s), Tuesday, 19 November 2002 23:22 (11 years ago) Permalink
― Mark (MarkR), Tuesday, 19 November 2002 23:25 (11 years ago) Permalink
― Tom (Groke), Tuesday, 19 November 2002 23:29 (11 years ago) Permalink
― Tom (Groke), Tuesday, 19 November 2002 23:31 (11 years ago) Permalink
Is this a new genre? Cos that'd be fucking incredible.
I still love Bruce Springsteen. Put on Rosalita and you will see me go insane.
― Ally (mlescaut), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 03:01 (11 years ago) Permalink
― Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 03:23 (11 years ago) Permalink
― Ally (mlescaut), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 03:24 (11 years ago) Permalink
― sundar subramanian (sundar), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 03:24 (11 years ago) Permalink
― Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 03:34 (11 years ago) Permalink
― Ally (mlescaut), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 03:39 (11 years ago) Permalink
― Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 05:21 (11 years ago) Permalink
― alext (alext), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 11:58 (11 years ago) Permalink
Now that's just awesome.
― Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 9 February 2014 20:23 (8 months ago) Permalink
Odds that Morello is the only one on stage who owns an AC/DC album?
― Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 9 February 2014 20:25 (8 months ago) Permalink
It's a trifle, but I really like "Frankie Fell In Love" off the new album.
― Inside Lewellyn Sinclair (cryptosicko), Monday, 10 February 2014 04:05 (8 months ago) Permalink
It's a joyous song. I'm in the strange position of liking a Springsteen album more than most dedicated Springsteen fans. 2/3 of High Hopes is great imo. It helps that I like Morello.
― What is wrong with songs? Absolutely nothing. Songs are great. (DL), Monday, 10 February 2014 09:46 (8 months ago) Permalink
Has anyone here seen the Springsteen Selfies? http://brucespringsteen.net/news/2014/i-get-around-working-for-the-weekend
― DDD, Saturday, 29 March 2014 20:29 (7 months ago) Permalink
Greetings from ... (the) State of Florida! ... or as we refer to it up North ... New Jersey’s penal colony! (no offense Floridians!)
offense taken, bruce springsteen
― Daniel, Esq 2, Saturday, 29 March 2014 20:37 (7 months ago) Permalink
Man, the life that guy must live.
― Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 29 March 2014 20:39 (7 months ago) Permalink
Kids off in college so he's touring and traveling non-stop
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 29 March 2014 20:59 (7 months ago) Permalink
― Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 24 April 2014 19:12 (6 months ago) Permalink
I believe he did a different iconic Aussie song on each of his Aussie stops. I mean, holy shit at this:
― Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 24 April 2014 20:38 (6 months ago) Permalink
(even better because they totally fuck up Born to Run after it!)
― Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 24 April 2014 20:42 (6 months ago) Permalink
Damn! Springsteen=the best covers artist working in 2014!!
― Inside Lewellyn Sinclair (cryptosicko), Thursday, 24 April 2014 21:54 (6 months ago) Permalink
Wonder if he'll do local covers in the US next month. Can't wait until he hits Albany and plays...um...that Albany classic...song...shit, yeah, nothing here.
― Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 24 April 2014 23:01 (6 months ago) Permalink
"I wanna be a part of it - Upstate New York!"
― EZ Snappin, Thursday, 24 April 2014 23:02 (6 months ago) Permalink
That INXS cover is fucking awesome.
He opened Pittsburgh last night with The Clash's "Clampdown."
― bi-polar uncle (its OK-he's dead) (Phil D.), Thursday, 24 April 2014 23:10 (6 months ago) Permalink
― Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 24 April 2014 23:18 (6 months ago) Permalink
What a shame that Morello is still in this band.
― Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 24 April 2014 23:20 (6 months ago) Permalink
― Johnny Fever, Thursday, 24 April 2014 23:24 (6 months ago) Permalink
Love his playing. Can't fucking stand his awful, awful singing.
― Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 24 April 2014 23:25 (6 months ago) Permalink
Morello's schtick works in Rage Against the Machine. Here, he might as well be Steve Vai.
What I love about Bruce is that he's not above this:
I mean, come on, it takes a certain kind of guy to even bother with this, so good for him for being that guy.
― Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 24 April 2014 23:26 (6 months ago) Permalink
One thing I love about Bruce is that none of this is spoilery; he could (and likely will) do an entirely different set next month (or next week, or the next night).
― Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 24 April 2014 23:28 (6 months ago) Permalink
Or he may not do a song for a decade.
― Josh in Chicago, Friday, 25 April 2014 00:08 (6 months ago) Permalink
― Elvis Telecom, Friday, 25 April 2014 01:03 (6 months ago) Permalink
Van Halen's "Jump"
― Elvis Telecom, Friday, 25 April 2014 01:06 (6 months ago) Permalink
Now see, that's pretty much the only reason to have Morello in your band, and even then, I'm pretty sure Nils would have done better. He's a secret tapping wiz:
― Josh in Chicago, Friday, 25 April 2014 03:26 (6 months ago) Permalink
Lofgren is twice the guitarist Morello is, fo sho
― jamiesummerz, Friday, 25 April 2014 14:04 (6 months ago) Permalink
You can do it, too! But patience, grasshopper:
― Josh in Chicago, Friday, 25 April 2014 17:38 (6 months ago) Permalink
Bring your own hat:
― Josh in Chicago, Friday, 25 April 2014 17:40 (6 months ago) Permalink
holy shit this is good
― set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 14 May 2014 16:13 (5 months ago) Permalink
Saw him last night, and he brought out "Stayin' Alive" (by request).
This was my first time seeing him and yeah, I think this kid is goin' places. Holy fucking shit.
There was a lot of audience participation: a woman got up and danced with him for most of a song; a couple of "whaddya call 'em now...tweens?" requested "Seaside Bar Song," and danced onstage with him; and, the point at which I got something in my eye, he danced with a fan's mom (who was also a fan) to "Save The Last Dance For Me" for Mother's Day.
He opened with "Don't Change" (which was great, but I was hoping for "Clampdown"), did a bunch of new stuff I hadn't heard, a bunch of old stuff at the end, and a few things that I think (?) are rarely played -- the aforementioned "Seaside Bar Song," "Mary's Place," "Something in the Night," "Ramrod."
― Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Wednesday, 14 May 2014 16:58 (5 months ago) Permalink
no matter how lukewarm I get about his albums these days, I'll always go see him live
dude puts on a SHOW
― set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 14 May 2014 17:08 (5 months ago) Permalink
Imagine what a bummer it would be if he ever went the Prince route, where some nights it's the best thing you've ever seen, and some nights he just did not give a fuck. Fortunately Bruce currently gives enough fucks to carry all the other acts who do not give a fuck.
― Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 14 May 2014 17:21 (5 months ago) Permalink
Yeah that's the thing with Bruce ---and I get a bit of the same thing from Pearl Jam live too, not quite at that same level but close --- where you might see him do a 4 hour show and feel like it's the most amazing set you've ever seen, and then two days later you read a set list that even more off the chain, and that will continue for like, months.
Bruce live is never just, 'eh that was okay'...it's always 110%, and I can't imagine what it does to him physically to do that every night but goddamn, you gotta love him for it.
― set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 14 May 2014 17:38 (5 months ago) Permalink
― Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 12 August 2014 16:19 (2 months ago) Permalink
― SEEMS TO ME (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 12 August 2014 20:51 (2 months ago) Permalink
Complete 73-84 Studio Albums Box on remastered CD and Vinyl due November 17. Unfortunately, dspite what they say, the links provided are just for the MP3 edition.
― You and Dad's Army? (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 24 September 2014 17:52 (1 month ago) Permalink
I wonder how much Bruce had to do with this, and also if he messed around at all with the mixes, etc.
― Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 24 September 2014 18:31 (1 month ago) Permalink
Interview with Bob Ludwig here: http://www.backstreets.com/remasters.html
No remixing, and Bruce is happy with them. Also, thought this was interesting:
There are a few albums where originally Bruce wanted to use some compression, and the remasters have a little less. It is a balance, and a question of what 'feels good' that day.
― Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Wednesday, 24 September 2014 18:36 (1 month ago) Permalink
I like the remastered version of Born to Run and Darkness, so I'm expecting good things. Very sneaky of them not to include Tunnel of Love, because Vol. 2 will have to have some draw.
― Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 24 September 2014 18:38 (1 month ago) Permalink
Happy birthday Bruce. He turned 65 yesterday...
Dj'd on Sirius-Xm, is working on a children's book and more
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 24 September 2014 18:42 (1 month ago) Permalink
Yeah, the BtR and Darkness remasters sound great, but I don't wanna double them with this set.
There's some talk on Bruce message boards that this set is exactly what fans didn't want, particularly with recent chatter/rumors about a possible River box and archival live stuff.
― Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Wednesday, 24 September 2014 18:52 (1 month ago) Permalink
Those individual albums were so slow going in development though.
― You and Dad's Army? (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 24 September 2014 19:12 (1 month ago) Permalink
"Individual Album BOXES" even
― You and Dad's Army? (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 24 September 2014 19:13 (1 month ago) Permalink
so easy to find most of these used on vinyl - kind of hard to justify paying big bucks for remastered versions of 5-buck records
― Brio2, Wednesday, 24 September 2014 20:01 (1 month ago) Permalink
Yeah, I don't want to rebuy the remastered versions of BtR or DatEoT. But it has been s l o w going with the box sets. Is it too much to ask for a once a year box set remaster? My favorite albums of his are the ones not remastered to this point - the ones encompassing The River through Tunnel of Love.
― Rod Steel (musicfanatic), Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:03 (1 month ago) Permalink
It's true that the boxes have been slow coming out, but jeez, he made a movie for each one!
― Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:27 (1 month ago) Permalink
Two in the case of Darkness...(the doc and the new live performance of the album)
― You and Dad's Army? (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:37 (1 month ago) Permalink
At the pace they were going, The River set would be 12 discs (the album, outtakes, two docs, three concerts plus a replica Little Steven beret).
― You and Dad's Army? (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:40 (1 month ago) Permalink
I wish they'd bang out single-disc or double-disc versions of the outtakes + alt versions etc for each record. I'm perfectly happy with 2-cd version of "The Promise" over the 6-cd box. I appreciate that stuff being available in a manageable package for people without $ or inclination to wade through the whole she-bang - would be nice if people did this more. A nice best-of of the new Self Portrait stuff would be fine for me, for instance.
― Brio2, Thursday, 25 September 2014 15:24 (1 month ago) Permalink
Books he has been reading
Who is your favorite novelist of all time, and your favorite novelist writing today?
I like the Russians, the Chekhov short stories, Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky. I never read any of them until the past four years, and found them to be thoroughly psychologically modern. Personal favorites: “The Brothers Karamazov” and, of course, “Anna Karenina.”
Current favorites: Philip Roth, Cormac McCarthy and Richard Ford. It’s hard to beat “American Pastoral,” “I Married a Communist” and “Sabbath’s Theater.” Cormac McCarthy’s “Blood Meridian” remains a watermark in my reading. It’s the combination of Faulkner and Sergio Leone’s spaghetti westerns that gives the book its spark for me. I love the way Richard Ford writes about New Jersey. “The Sportswriter,” “Independence Day” and “The Lay of the Land” are all set on my stomping grounds and, besides being poignant and hilarious, nail the Jersey Shore perfectly.
― curmudgeon, Friday, 31 October 2014 19:13 (Yesterday) Permalink