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Bruce Springsteen has a new song and I kinda dig it

Bruce Springsteen has a new song and I kinda dig it

Listening Booth, Music
I've made no secret of the fact that I am not a very big Bruce Springsteen fan, despite being Jersey born and bred. This gives me one advantage over Boss diehards, in that I can approach his new music with a fairly objective ear. This leads me to "We Take Care of Our Own," the first single from Bruce's upcoming Wrecking Ball album. To me, it sounds like the Bruce I know best. It's hooky and anthemic, as was his classic '70s and '80s material. But it also sounds modern, which is what keeps the song from sounding too overblown. And I gotta hand it to Bruce, he still sounds passionate and a little angry at age 62, which is more than most people half his age can claim. I may just have to pick up a copy of Wrecking Ball, which would be the first new Bruce album I've ever bought. It...
Remembering the Big Man, Clarence Clemons

Remembering the Big Man, Clarence Clemons

Music, People
As an adult, early childhood memories often seem like a blurry haze, but there are always a few that hang around.  When I was 3 years old I was fascinated with my parents’ turntable.  Any chance I got I would fiddle around with it, either playing their albums or one of my many Sesame Street records.  Music made me feel alive and I know my lifelong passion for it started then. One of the albums that I literally wore out was Born to Run.  I played that over and over again, until my parents were forced to buy me my own turntable, and another unscratched copy for themselves.  I scribbled on the cover over Bruce and Clarence and memorized the lyrics, even though I was far too young to understand them.  Before I even knew why, I fell deeply in love with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Mike Francesa’s ego is now free to expand and collapse into a black hole

Mike Francesa’s ego is now free to expand and collapse into a black hole

Sports
After months of speculation, it's now official - the nearly 20-year radio partnership between Mike Francesa and Chris "Mad Dog" Russo is no more.  Russo reached an accord with WFAN (and corporate parent CBS) wherein he agreed to stop showing up and they agreed to stop paying him, while Francesa signed a new multi-year contract and is for now the sole host of the show formerly known as Mike and the Mad Dog. Honestly, I think WFAN is getting the raw end of the deal.  While Francesa is definitely the more polished broadcaster, and is measurably more knowledgeable about sports in general, he is also half as fun to listen to.  Russo, for his numerous flaws, is more likely to be able to carry a show by himself.  But since Russo is likely headed to a satellite radio gig, he's pretty much off my
Concerning my “music snob” credentials

Concerning my “music snob” credentials

Music
Inspired by Jess's brave admission that he hasn't seen some of the most popular movies ever, I feel the need to come clean myself. But for me, it's all about the music. Despite owning hundreds of CDs and having thousands of songs in iTunes, I know there are some pretty big holes in my collection. When it comes down to it there's just not enough time to listen to all the bands I'd like to, so some tough choices must be made. David Bowie - I know some of his biggest hits ("Space Oddity," "Changes," "Let's Dance") and like them all. Still, I never really bothered to dig into his catalog any deeper. I downloaded a 2-disc greatest hits set today and am checking it out, however. U2 - I remember really liking the video for "Sunday Bloody Sunday," which MTV aired about every 20 minutes ...
View-Master’s 1957 New Jersey – 6 of 7

View-Master’s 1957 New Jersey – 6 of 7

Ephemera
Asbury Park, NJ was once known as the "Jewel of the Jersey Shore," but started going seriously downhill around the 1970s. After it had ceased to be a popular tourist destination, it became primarily associated with Bruce Springsteen, who developed a lot of his early following at the famous Stony Pony club. His first album was even called Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. (even though he actually grew up in nearby Freehold). The second act to come out of Asbury Park was the appropriately named Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes. They never achieved the fame and success that Springsteen did but still have a rabid local following. Apparently the town has been undergoing some long-needed revitalization during the last few years. I was never much of a Jersey Shore person so I'll ju...