Archive for the Music Category

“Born in the USA” anti-American?

Posted in Music, Politics with tags , , , , , , on March 14, 2010 by macmystery

Glenn Beck calls Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” anti-American.

Read here.

I guess dissent is only patriotic if you’re one of those tea-baggers, eh Glenn?

Nut job hypocrite. McCarthy would be proud.

“Cause Cheap Is How I Feel”

Posted in Music with tags , , on December 14, 2009 by macmystery

Because I can.

The Cowboy Junkies.

I heart Margo Timmons.

One Jonas brother hopes to emulate The Boss

Posted in Music with tags , , , on December 12, 2009 by macmystery

Nick Jonas told his brothers in a Radio Disney interview that his new band — Nick Jonas & the Administration — will take after Bruce Springsteen.

“I’m kind of modeling it after Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band,” he said. “It’s kind of the look we were going for stylistically on the album cover and just the project in general… [Springsteen] pours so much passion and emotion into all of his songs every night and I hope I can capture that too.”

Read the rest of the story here.

I’ll reserve judgment on whether or not he succeeds.

“The Weight,” smothered and covered

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , on December 11, 2009 by macmystery

I just decided to post this because it’s a pretty sweet cover of The Band’s ‘The Weight” by Gillian Welch and David Rawlings with The Old Crow Medicine Show, one of my favorite bands, from a BBC broadcast from a couple years ago.

I hope you enjoy.

Springsteen gives “Satisfaction” in Greenville

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , on September 18, 2009 by macmystery

I took in the Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band show Wednesday night at the Bi-Lo Center in Greenville, S.C., … my eighth show, … and Bruce, as usual, didn’t disappoint.

The show, which came in about five minutes shy of three hours, was one of the two best Springsteen shows I’ve seen, running neck-and-neck with the show from the Magic tour that I saw in Charlotte.

The seats were good (It’s a relatively small arena), the sound was good and the band was on. Clarence Clemons, the band member I’d consider the least consistent these days, was on and never missed a mark or a note.

And the setlist was good, too.

Setlist and notes for Sept. 16, 2009 in Greenville, S.C.

Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out … (spot on)
Badlands … (with Jay Weinberg playing so much harder than his father, this song was really driving)
No Surrender … (nice Born In The USA nonoverplayed song)
Hungry Heart … (Never thought I’d hear this live as it’s fairly rare that he plays it.)
Outlaw Pete … (Definitely better live than on Working on a Dream)
Working on a Dream
Seeds … (second song I never expected to hear … is there a bad economy theme here with the “Badlands,” “Atlantic City,” “This Hard Land,” and “Hard Times?”)
Johnny 99 … (A driving full-band version of a stark Nebraska classic)
Atlantic City … (Made my father-in-law a happy man)
Raise Your Hand
This Hard Land
… (by fan’s request … his sign read something like, “I skipped school and drove seven hours to hear This Hard Land” … Bruce made light of the fact Jay Weinberg didn’t know it)
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction … (first ESB cover of this Rolling Stones song … “Wait a minute,” Bruce said as he held up the sign. “It might suck. Don’t get excited.” Nope)
Ramrod … (another fan request)
Waitin’ on a Sunny Day… (first of three Rising songs … he let two little girls have the mic for a while)
The Promised Land … (one of my five favorites)
Backstreets … (This is the whole show for me)
Radio Nowhere … (the only Magic tune for this show, slightly disappointing to me)
Lonesome Day
The Rising … (sounded better than on that tour)
Born to Run … (believe it or not, never gets old … he sings it like he means it every time)
Hard Times … (name another rock band that covers a song from 1854 in concert … Bruce’s comment, “health care for every American” before the song brought a lot of cheers mixed with groans)
Double Shot of My Baby’s Love (w/ the Swingin’ Medallions) … (corny, yet cool … brought out the original Medallions who are from Greenwood, S.C. … classy)
American Land … (the ones who built this country, we’re always trying to keep down)
Glory Days … (my friend Sean would have been happy)
Detroit Medley … (sweet)
Dancing in the Dark … (a deceivingly up-tempo sad song … also the song playing in the delivery room when Dylan was born)
Thunder Road … (Bruce just didn’t want to quit … the band had already taken it’s bows twice, and Jay had given away almost all of his drumsticks)

Jay Weinberg is as good as advertised filling in for his father, Max, on drums, … and he’s just 19. And he can’t wear 140 pounds soaking wet.

Here’s some more coverage of the show: here, here, here, here. And the show brought in some much-needed cash for the local food bank.

If I had money, I’d be buying Charlotte tickets this weekend since it came out today that the band will be taking a hiatus after this tour … Little Steven even hinted this could be it.

Springsteen tonight

Posted in Music with tags , , , on September 16, 2009 by macmystery

8 p.m. Tonight. The Bi-Lo Center in Greenville, S.C.

I can’t wait. This will be my eighth time, but the first in Greenville (I’m fairly certain it’s his first trip to Greenville).

The last time I saw him, with my friend Jason at the Bobcats Arena in Charlotte, N.C., it was the best performance I’d seen by him to date. I can only hope this one is on par with that one.

This time, I’m going with my father-in-law. He’s been once before, on The Rising tour.

Above is part of a bootleg video of “Out In The Street” from the show in Sunrise, Fla., last week (Sept. 13).

Kennedy Center takes five: The Boss was one of five entertainers selected to be a part of the Kennedy Center Honors this year. Robert DeNiro and Dave Brubeck were among the other four.

Congrats to Bruce and the others on the honor. I’ll be interested to watch the TV broadcast (Dec. 29, CBS) of the Dec. 6 gala.

If you’re a Beatles person, today’s your day

Posted in Music with tags , , , on September 9, 2009 by macmystery
Beatle-mania returns!

Beatle-mania returns!

It’s been said there are two kind of people: Beatles people and Elvis people. Elvis people can like the Beatles. Beatles people can like Elvis. But at heart, you’re one or the other.

Well, Beatles people should have a field day today.

First, today is the release date for two Beatles box sets, containing all 14 remastered studio albums, one in mono and the other in stereo. (Entertainment Weekly reviews the set here)

Second, today is the release date for “Rock Band: The Beatles.” (Check out the opening animation here)

And third, today could very likely be the day that Apple announces the Beatles catalog will be available for download at ITunes.

(Nos. 1 and 2 are addressed here; No. 3 here.)

I’d really like to have the box set, especially the early stuff that I haven’t listened to for years … mainly because I only have it on cassette.

While the music is what I care about, the video game will be huge, I believe.

I think a whole generation of music fans/video gamers/kids could be exposed to the Beatles that otherwise wouldn’t have.

And unlike the other Rock Band games, this one allows/requires you to sing harmonies, meaning the words will become important. Unlike Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, which simply teaches you that, yes, you were right … all Aerosmith songs do eventually sound the same.

If you’re a Beatles fan, MSNBC.com/EW.com has ranked all 14 Beatles albums. See if you agree. (I like Abbey Road, personally).

And there are two separate discussions that could last forever on the Beatles’ best song (here and here).