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Scott Peterson
Nov 17, 2022
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Scott Peterson
Nov 14, 2022
In The Circuit - Bruce
In which my favorite critic of this century ranks Bruce Springsteen's albums. I haven't looked past the first (lowest-ranked) entry yet but so far I'm pretty much with him. ...all right, I just skimmed the next half dozen and I have never been so out of step with this guy before. Usually it's like he takes what I'm thinking and expresses it far better than I ever could, and adds a bunch of insights I'd never be able to come up. This time he's...very wrong. (While still sometimes being very right.) On the other hand, on the stuff I think he's wrong about it, many of y'all might just agree 100%. So.
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Scott Peterson
Nov 01, 2022
In The Circuit - Bruce
Hated hated hated Stern back in the day. Couldn't help but notice that over the past however many years, he's changed considerably. Just read his Rolling Stone interview from 2019 to learn just how much he'd changed. Today he finally landed what he always considered his white whale, as Bruce Springsteen was on for, I guess, several hours, and people are saying it's one of the best interviews either man has ever done. I've only seen a few clips, so can't say for sure, but they're purty durn good.
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Scott Peterson
Oct 11, 2022
In Confess your infidelities
I think the Wilco documentary by Sam Jones, I Am Trying to Break Your Heart, is magnificent, and was riveted from the first, even though I wasn't a Wilco fan at the time. As many on here probably know, the film begins more or less on the day they fire their original drummer, the very good Ken Coomer, and replace him with the fantastic Glenn Kotche, and follows the band as tensions grow between founder Jeff Tweedy and the guy who had increasingly become the band's creative sparkplug, Jay Bennett, including as the band gets suddenly dropped from its label. Last year a new documentary came out, Where Are You, Jay Bennett?, which tells the story from a different POV and fills in many gaps. It's very well done, very interesting, and very moving. If you're at all a fan of the band, it's a fine use of your 100 minutes. Also, here's director Sam Jones talking about the making of the I Am Trying to Break Your Heart film with Jason Sudeikis:
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Scott Peterson
Aug 25, 2022
In The Circuit - Bruce
I love these kinds of videos, but this one is especially great--hearing the original rough vocal and ungated drums is just amazing.
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Scott Peterson
Jul 28, 2022
In The Circuit - Bruce
A typically excellent piece by Ryan Leas, one of the best Springsteen writers out there. And I'm not just saying that because he singled out "Paradise" as one of Bruce's most underrated songs ever, which it most assuredly is.
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Scott Peterson
Jul 13, 2022
In E Street Tour 2023!
I know this isn't the right place for this question, but it's been almost 24 hours since the most recent post/comment, and I noticed at least one entire thread was deleted, so I was wondering if it's really this quiet on here or if we're having technical problems?
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Scott Peterson
Jul 12, 2022
In The Circuit - Bruce
I only knew about 2/3rds the artists, and had only heard maybe 15% of the songs. Some of them are pretty great...going by the snippet of lyrics.
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Scott Peterson
Jun 22, 2022
In The Circuit - Bruce
I don't think this was posted here yet. It's by Scary Pockets, a rotating group of top Los Angeles session players (primarily). Far more indebted to Manfred Mann's version, but since I adore that ridiculous, ridiculous cover, I'm okay with it.
"Blinded by the Light" cover by Scary Pockets content media
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Scott Peterson
Jun 19, 2022
In The Circuit - Bruce
Bill sent this to me and I promptly horrified my children by sending it to them.
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Scott Peterson
May 17, 2022
In The Circuit - Bruce
FINALLY. A good version of this song. My first thought was that homeboy clearly spends an awful lot of his time working out. Followed quickly by the thought that, well, that's what most people's first (or, at least, one of their first) thought was when Bruce's original video came out.
Shawn Mendes covers "Dancing in the Dark" content media
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Scott Peterson
Apr 01, 2022
In The Circuit - Bruce
https://live.brucespringsteen.net/live-music/0,28724/Bruce-Springsteen-mp3-flac-download-waldb%C3%BChne-berlin-de-05-14-1993.html Not sure anyone was expecting THIS...
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Scott Peterson
Mar 11, 2022
In The Circuit - Bruce
Just discovered this site, featuring Bruce merch from an (I think?) acquaintance of mine: Seems like the kinda stuff some folks on here might dig.
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Scott Peterson
Mar 04, 2022
In The Circuit - Bruce
Well, this doesn't suck: The start-to-finish performance of an album in concert, despite having so much in common with the music format so many of us were weaned on, is a far different animal than a listening session with the LP or CD itself. Great concerts thrive on internal mechanics, intentional peaks and valleys that, when done well, take the audience on a journey. Bruce Springsteen famously crafts that journey through setlist choices, dialing in the dynamics that make his concerts so electrifying, while also creating a narrative arc—more pronounced on some tours than others, but always present in some form—from the opening song to the encore closer.
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Scott Peterson
Dec 10, 2021
In Confess your infidelities
I have not yet heard the album but reckon I will eventually. But I always take what this critic has to say seriously, as I think he's the finest critic to come along this century. (Well, of which I know, at least.) A small excerpt: If I called Barn the best Neil Young album in more than a decade, would it register as faint praise? We are, after all, talking about a bar set by the inauspicious likes of A Letter Home, Peace Trail, The Visitor, Colorado, and several (!) other albums that came and went in the 2010s without much fanfare. Compared with the recent competition, Barn practically feels like a return to the gold standard of Tonight’s The Night, On The Beach, and Rust Never Sleeps — but only when compared with the recent competition. It’s just good enough to make you wonder: Will he ever get around to making another truly great Neil Young album?
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Scott Peterson
Dec 09, 2021
In The Circuit - Bruce
Very short Vini Lopez interview content media
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Scott Peterson
Sep 10, 2021
In Confess your infidelities
“I contain multitudes,” Bob Dylan proclaimed at the start of his 2020 album Rough And Rowdy Ways. It’s a line that virtually only he and the poet he borrowed it from — Walt Whitman — could get away with. Who’s going to argue with Bob? At this point, his body of work is nothing short of monumental, an incomparably rich and wide-ranging oeuvre that defies categorization. Of course, had the Dylan saga come to an end with the 20th century, his legacy would have been secure. But miraculously, the last two decades have seen the songwriter restless and energized, and he’s added considerably to his already well-stuffed canon. “Love And Theft”, released 20 years ago this week, served as his powerful opening statement in the 21st century, and the LP gave him the momentum needed to continue to bewitch and bewilder listeners through the present day. Like Dylan himself, “Love And Theft” contains multitudes. Here are just a few ways to dive into this kaleidoscopic late-era masterpiece. https://www.stereogum.com/2159962/bob-dylan-love-and-theft-turns-20/reviews/the-anniversary/
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Scott Peterson
Aug 27, 2021
In Confess your infidelities
Surprised (and pleased) to see the normally interesting but anodyne UCR taking such a(n accurately) scathing hardline against a critical darling like Paul Simon. Don't get me wrong, I too absolutely adore a lot of his material, both group and solo, but what he did on Graceland was reprehensible on many fronts, regardless of its artistic success.
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Scott Peterson
Aug 16, 2021
In I don't wanna go home
I don't know if this is the right place to put this. I'm not even sure I want to discuss this terrible, terrible situation. But I see it's been discussed at the old joint—and at the typically incisive level, where some correctly lay blame at the feet of a certain New Jersey troubadour—so thought maybe we should have a place where those who wish to chime in can.
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Scott Peterson
Jul 25, 2021
In The Circuit - Bruce
Not sure I've seen this piece discussed, so in case anyone else missed it: Drivin' with the (future) King to a gig in 1973 when almost no one knew his name. Did I save him from being swept over Niagara Falls?
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