Bruce Springsteen”s second offering from the upcoming “Working On A Dream” CD is here. Click on the link below and you can hear “My Lucky Day” before you download it for 99 cents exclusively at amazon.com. Thanks to our good friend Ken Shane for the tip. Enjoy.
Archive for November, 2008
Day Three – OK, confession time: I really hate Christmas songs. But after you start plowing through them and you hear one that doesn’t pop up on the radio about every five minutes, it gets kinda fun listening to some of them. I said SOME of them. So, to keep this 30 days thing from growing too tedious, here’s a holiday stocking of some random tunes that caught my ear today. Thanks to our L.A. correspondent Randy Fuller for compiling these on a mix CD about two or three years ago.
MP3: “White Christmas” by Guns N’ Roses (Maybe it’s Guns N’ Roses!)
Day Two – Nobody in the music industry is above a little holiday exploitation, and Berry Gordy’s Motown label was certainly no exception. Gordy often put his star roster to work in the early summer recording finger poppin’ versions of holiday classics and a few originals, in hopes that he’d find a gold record under the Christmas tree. Some of these are classics – Stevie Wonder’s “Ave Maria” is one of the better holiday records ever made – while others have justifiably faded into the mists of time. There are so many Motown holiday songs, we’ll visit Detroit again on our 30-day Christmas odyssey.
Bruce Springsteen drops his second single off the Workin’ On A Dream album, Monday, Dec. 1: “My Lucky Day” will be available as an exclusive download on Amazon.com. You can get a sample of the song now. Workin’ On A Dream is slated to be released Jan. 27, in both a regular CD format and an expanded CD/DVD package. The first single “Workin’ On A Dream” is available now for download on iTunes.
And so this is Christmas. Today we begin a 30 Days Out countdown to Christmas (and just a little past, if we’ve counted correctly) with some songs you may not have heard, and with some you have probably heard about a million times. Let’s get goin’:
Day One – We begin, appropriately, with the Boss. He entered the Christmas reindeer race in the late 1970s when he started performing “Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town” live with the E Street Band. The song reached legendary status because radio stations played it every holiday and it didn’t appear on record until 1981, when it popped up on a kiddie LP In Harmony 2. Now, of course, it is easily available on many CD compilations. The only other “official” release of a holiday tune was “Merry Christmas Baby,” a cover of Otis Redding, that appeared in 1987 on A Very Special Christmas.
Our other tunes today come from the holiday shows that Springsteen and his friends performed in Asbury Park, N.J., in the early 2000s. Proceeds from these shows benefited a number of local charities, and from the sound of it, a good time was had by all.
It is certainly no secret or surprise that The Fireman is a collaboration between former Killing Joke bassist Martin Glover (known as Youth) and Sir Paul McCartney, also known to play a little bass back in the day. Electric Arguments is the third release by this unlikely combo and here’s the biggest surprise: it’s pretty good. Don’t be put off by any descriptions you may read – Electric Arguments is experimental and goes off into the cosmos at times, but it’s almost always listenable. McCartney celebrates the 40th anniversary of the White Album with an album so surprising, and so adventurous, that it conjures memories of those long-ago days while being as modern and up-to-date as anything out right now.
Where the first two albums by The Fireman was avant-garde electronic noodling and lots of beeps and boops, this is a collection of 13 songs (and one hidden track), with McCartney singing and playing pretty much everything. But what sets it apart from such wankfests as McCartney and McCartney II is that Paul is in more of a White Album state of mind – the songs here are as much on the cutting edge as anything by Radiohead or Portishead and a few of them benefit from McCartney’s impeccable pop and rock sense. Hands down, this is McCartney’s best album since Band On The Run.
I received a note from my friend Ken Shane in Asbury Park who said “Working On A Dream” is available exclusively at iTunes for a whopping 99 cents. Enjoy.