Many posts to come on what’s been going on recently. (And SO, SO MUCH has been going on recently.) But in the meantime, in honor of the move, two different renditions of the same song…
Last week, Springsteen put his first truly archival download-only show on the Web: August 9, 1978, at the Agora in Cleveland. Bootlegged for years as Agora Night and other titles, the show is one of the best radio broadcasts of the Darkness tour. And the bootlegs have had a pretty good sound quality. But this official release — mastered from tapes the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame found in boxes, I like to imagine in some vast Raiders of the Lost Ark-like warehouse — sounds amazing.
All lossless for $12.95 (and plain MP3 for $9.95):
Star local radio DJ and critical Boss evangelist Kid Leo gets all kinds of mentions. Summertime Blues opens the show. Badlands and Prove It are raw and fast and fantastic. She’s the One gets Not Fade Away and Gloria as intros, and the thing is fierce. Growin’ Up gets the teenage werewolf story AND Bruce and Clarence meeting God. And more. Let it rock.
From a bootleg version (so imagine how good the new one sounds):
Joe Strummer, Johnny Appleseed, via No Depression.
Lord, there goes a Buick forty-nine
Black sheep of the angels riding, riding down the line
We think there is a soul, we don’t know
That soul is hard to find
Bruce Springsteen, Atlantic City.
Everything dies baby that’s a fact
But maybe everything that dies someday comes back
Gaslight Anthem, Break Your Heart.
And oh, my my, it would break your heart,
If you knew how I loved you, if I showed you my scars
If I played you my favorite song lying here, in the dark
Oh my my, it would break your heart
… and finding this video of my car getting its first real car wash in far too long, a couple weeks ago. I could watch this all day. And I probably should.
Second place: Sexton Blake covering Hungry Heart (full album). Scuzzy, tripping, warm. Been playing it on repeat tonight. Not a great day.
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Drive-by Truckers, The Day John Henry Died. How have I not heard it before? Jason Isbell, you’re such a damn good songwriter. I mean, come on…
I watched the rain; it settled in. We disappeared for days again.
Most of us were staying in, lazy like the sky.
The letters flew across the wire filtered through a million liars.
The whole world smelled like burning tires the day John Henry died.
Bruce and E Street covering Clampdown. Solid cover, really clean mics.
Lucinda Williams, Are You Alright? I think I’ve posted this song here before, back when… I don’t remember. I associate with some Will Ferrell movie… one of the comedies… and that seems odd. Anyway. Was great to hear it prominently in True Detective when I caught up on that this week.