Archive for the 'Bruce Springsteen' Category

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

The best songwriting works like a Rorschacht test. Observed from different angles, it reflects as much about the listener as it does the artist. When I first wrote about Bruce Springsteen’s “Youngstown” and “Sinaloa Cowboys” for Aquarium Drunkard back in 2008, we were entering the Great Recession and the twin tales of Americans by birth […]

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

It’s getting hot. The 4th of July is almost here, and while I’ll be taking in a White Sox game on the South Side with my dad, I figured it best to leave you all with a few deep cuts from America’s poet, Bruce Springsteen. Sure sure, everyone knows “Born in the U.S.A.,” “Born to […]

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Roadside Graves cover “Downbound Train” on the upcoming Springsteen tribute compilation, Long Distance Salvation. Below, I asked the Graves’ John Gleason to shed some light on the track selection, the band’s reimagination of it and his relationship with the Springsteen’s music. Gleason, in his own words, below. – AD We were originally asked to cover “Open […]

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

(Sevens, a recurring feature on Aquarium Drunkard, pays tribute to the art of the individual song.) Though it’s no fault of his own, any time Bruce Springsteen sings a phrase like “Come on baby, you gotta dream, baby, dream,” it’s gonna sound hopeful. It’s gonna sound like a heartfelt plead, and it’s gonna run right […]

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

(Sevens, a recurring feature on Aquarium Drunkard, pays tribute to the art of the individual song.) Johnny Cash did it, and nearly turned it into a hymn. John Mayer did it, and sweetened the notes until it sounded like Paul Simon. The dance-punks in Electrelane and the power-punks in The Motorettes both tinseled it up […]

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

(Diversions, a recurring feature on Aquarium Drunkard, catches up with our favorite artists as they wax on subjects other than recording and performing.) At the bottom of the page you will Patterson Hood’s live tribute to Darkness On The Edge Of Town recorded in 2007, by Sloan Simpson, at the 40 Watt club in Athens, […]

Friday, July 9th, 2010

(As subject material goes, violence, in songwriting, is about as seminal as they come. In light of the recent outcome of the Oscar Grant case J. Neas reflects on similar past events and the songs they inspired. Chime in below in the comments.) Oscar Grant, a 22 year-old black man, was fatally shot on New […]