Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Fans Write A Love Letter To The Boss In Springsteen And I


            There are few artists who possess as devoted a following as Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band, but perhaps none have created quite the same emotional connection over such a long period together. This relationship is closely examined by the documentary Springsteen And I, a film which was shown in several select theaters on Monday evening and made almost exclusively of bootleg footage and fan video.
The fans whose videos were chosen and stories were told had anecdotes ranging from bonding with Springsteen from youth through adulthood, working class people who felt a unity with the music, and women who worshiped the front cover of the Born In The U.S.A. album. The only thing this global connection of people had in common was a relationship with a man that was both exclusive to their fandom as they attend a show and a bond of brotherhood with a total stranger at a gig in Copenhagen.
            There are many singular moments in Springsteen and I, but perhaps the most uniquely Bruce story came from a Philadelphia man who attended a Springsteen show in full Elvis costume. It was his life’s dream to bring The King and The Boss together. He reached that dream, even if it meant pulling a hammy at the Spectrum.
This motif of heightened moments and fulfilled dreams through Springsteen is continued as different facets of their lives are brought to surface. Whether through breakups, time spent on the street, or one couple’s journey from England and nosebleed seats to the front row of Madison Square Garden, the film underscored how many people have been affected by one band’s music.
Even the relationship of a man who was brought in tow to too many Springsteen shows was brought into the story before being blessed by The Boss as the film wrapped when Springsteen met several fans featured in the film. The small meeting allowed Springsteen to say thank you to people who were thanking him, bringing the film full circle and appropriately sealing a well-constructed documentation of one of the most entrusting relationships in music: The E-Street Band and their fans.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Arctic Monkeys’ New Song: “2013”

            We have already seen the U.K.’s Arctic Monkeys tease their forthcoming album AM with a very good single in “Do I Wanna Know.” Today, the band put out the album’s first b-side - “2013.” While not Alex Turner’s most lyrically-challenging work, the psychedelic arrangement of “2013” makes it worth checking out: 

Picks and Clips of the Week With Polyphonic Spree, Amanda's X, Ty Segall, and Dave Davies

            This week’s picks have a bit of variation, ranging from Paul McCartney to new music from the cultish Polyphonic Spree and Philadelphia’s Bleeding Rainbow. Also spotlighted are William Orbit’s remix of the Joy Formidable’s “Silent Treatment,” the up and coming Amanda’s X, and a collaboration between Dave Davies and Ty Segall.

Dave Grohl has made a lot of random appearances behind a drum kit over the years. Perhaps none more random them earlier this week when he participated in a Grease sing along event in California. Unfortunately the biggest flash from this is not what Grohl is playing, but what he is wearing. Enjoy: 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Joy Formidable Give Silent Treatment In New EP

     The Joy Formidable released their new EP Silent Treatment today, spotlighting one of the quieter songs from their latest album Wolf’s Law. The EP includes the original cut of the track “Silent Treatment,” an acoustic/piano-based song that represents a stark contrast from the band’s more voluminous efforts. “Silent Treatment” is also recast by William Orbit, who remixed the track with an up-tempo electronic beat that adds life to the song.
      The band also put out the piano-based track “All This Promise,” another piece where Bryan’s melody is in the foreground, and a stellar live cut of “Tendons” from London’s Roundhouse.