Thursday, June 21, 2018

Cover Spotlight - "I'm On Fire" by the Staves

Tip of the hat to my wife for this one.  She has been raving about the Staves for some time now, and honestly, I wasn't paying much attention.  Then she said, "They do a cover of 'I'm On Fire'," and I was all ears!  Gotta say, it's pretty good!  Give it a listen, and get in touch with your feminine side.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

The Gaslight Anthem's The '59 Sound - 10 Years Later

This week, the Ringer published an oral history on Gaslight Anthem's seminal album The '59 Sound, which you can read by clicking here.  It is long, but definitely worth the read, featuring quotes by our website's namesake.  I've written about the Gaslight Anthem many times on this website, and the article addresses the elephant in the room: their connection to Springsteen.  Being soulful rockers from Central Jersey, the comparisons were frequent.  But, it was both a blessing and a curse: while it helped expand their audience, it brought an avalanche of hype and expectations from the group going forward.  While I consider their albums American Slang and Handwritten to be classics, you could see how they were still under pressure to deliver a more mainstream, crossover success.  Anyway, the Gaslight Anthem are currently reunited and on tour, celebrating the 10 year anniversary of this album, and, yes, I do have my tickets for later this summer.