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April 27: Bruce Springsteen LA Sports Arena 2012 (Videos)

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April 27: Bruce Springsteen LA Sports Arena 2012 (Videos)

Early-birds in the LA Sports Arena get an unexpected treat – an hour before the show Bruce appears on stage with a party (Bruce claimed they were his relatives, but we’re not so sure!) and plays an acoustic version of “For You“.

For You:

The three-hour set opens with “No Surrender”, the first of two tour premieres from Born In The U.S.A. – “Bobby Jean” is the other. The “this train” introduction is dropped from “Land Of Hope And Dreams” for the second and final time of the first American leg. Tom Morello joins Bruce on stage for the same songs as the previous night, plus “Land of Hope And Dreams”. Springsteen’s guitar tech Kevin Buell is honoured on the occasion of his 1000th show – Bruce lures him to the front of the stage with a fake guitar failure. “My City Of Ruins” includes “People Get Ready”.

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The Best songs: Bruce Springsteen – Lost in The Flood


The Best songs: Bruce Springsteen – Lost in the flood

Lost in the Flood is a song by Bruce Springsteen. It was released on his debut album, Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. in 1973.

Lost in the Flood is a sparse, piano-driven song, seemingly about a Vietnam War veteran. This is the first of many epic Springsteen songs that elicit strong emotions, usually of despair, grief, and small glimpse of hope. The treatment of veterans in the United States has always been important to Springsteen. The lyrics tell a loose story, invoking a series of images that tell three different stories for each of the three verses.

Studio version:

LOST IN THE FLOOD was recorded during the Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. album recording sessions, sometime between early July and early September 1972. Springsteen sings vocals on this track, and is backed by Vini Lopez on drums, David Sancious on piano and organ, and Garry Tallent on  bass. The track also features dubbed sound effects courtesy of Steve Van Zandt added later in the sessions, including the opening “thunder crack” which Steve created by dropping an amplifier on a concrete floor. That was Van Zandt’s sole contribution to the recording of the Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. album.

According to Sony’s database of Springsteen recording sessions, LOST IN THE FLOOD was cut on 27 Jun 1972 at 914 Sound Studios.

– info from Springsteenlyrics.com

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My favourite Bob Dylan bootleg from 2012 – Hallgeir


Barolo, Italy 16.07 the best Bob Dylan bootleg from 2012 according to Hallgeir

From The Collisioni Festival website:
“For three days a small village on the top of the hills turns into an open air non-stop stage where the audience attend lectures, readings and concerts for three days and live together in the magical mood of a small village in the hills. The concert arena is placed in the natural amphitheatre of the main village square, surrounded by the ancient vineyards of the five “grand crus of wine” Barolo. Collisioni is the biggest literature and music event in Piedmont organized with the grant aid of the Piedmont Region to promote culture and art.”


Forgetful Heart:

“The statue of an Oscar with two bracelets hanging down particularly inspires Bob or maybe it’s the wine of my country or something like that, but he was in a really great mood. The grand piano has added something to the concert avoiding the monotony of last autumn’s concerts. The band touched the perfection in many moments of the show, and sometimes went beyond. George Recile specially, he looked kissed by the Music’s God. The same disastrous beginning of ever, with Bob forgetting the words of Leopard skin, but then something happened, and Simple twist of fate was the most beautiful live performance I’ve ever seen, and the saddest one as it has to be. Great a Hard rain’s gonna fall, desperate and persuasive until the last rhymes, when Bob gave a breath of hope to humanity and the crowd with such an energetic finale.”
– Roberto Destefanis (Bob Links)

Other entries in this series:
My Favourite Bob Dylan bootleg from 1962: The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan Outtakes
My Favourite Bob Dylan bootleg from 1969: The Dylan / Cash Sessions
My Favourite Bob Dylan bootleg from 2011: Funen Village, Odense, Denmark June 27

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Bob Dylan: Man In The Long Black Coat, Bonn, Germany 4 July 2012 (Video)

bob dylan germany 2012

Crickets are chirpin’, the water is high
There’s a soft cotton dress on the line hangin’ dry
Window wide open, African trees
Bent over backwards from a hurricane breeze
Not a word of goodbye, not even a note
She gone with the man
In the long black coat

KunstRasen Gronau
Bonn, Germany
4 July 2012

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & harmonica)
  • Stu Kimball (guitar)
  • Charlie Sexton (guitar)
  • Donnie Herron (violin, mandolin, steel guitar)
  • Tony Garnier (bass)
  • George Receli (drums & percussion)

Somebody seen him hanging around
At the old dance hall on the outskirts of town
He looked into her eyes when she stopped him to ask
If he wanted to dance, he had a face like a mask
Somebody said from the Bible he’d quote
There was dust on the man
In the long black coat

Preacher was a talkin’, there’s a sermon he gave
He said every man’s conscience is vile and depraved
You cannot depend on it to be your guide
When it’s you who must keep it satisfied
It ain’t easy to swallow, it sticks in the throat
She gave her heart to the man
In the long black coat

There are no mistakes in life some people say
It is true sometimes you can see it that way
But people don’t live or die, people just float
She went with the man
In the long black coat

There’s smoke on the water, it’s been there since June
Tree trunks uprooted, ‘neath the high crescent moon
Feel the pulse and vibration and the rumbling force
Somebody is out there beating a dead horse
She never said nothing, there was nothing she wrote
She gone with the man
In the long black coat


Best albums of 2012: number 11 to 15

Bruce Springsteen Wrecking Ball 11

11. Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball

“They destroyed our families, factories, and they took our homes
They left our bodies on the plains, the vultures picked our bones”

This is an angry album, an angry album with triumphant music. It’s an album that is easily misunderstood, much like Born in the USA was. The music  sounds celebratory but the words are bitter and full of wrath. Wreckin Ball is Springsteen’s response to the ongoing financial crisis, and as openly political album as he’s ever made.

The scope is vast and he paints with broad strokes this time. He gives us a state of the union but the album also has intimate songs about the lives of individuals.  Bruce sings for the common man against a system that so clearly has failed him, he sings about how we’ll get through this together. He is still a romantic at heart.

…and the songs are even better live.

Hartfelt, angry, big rock’n roll full of hope.

– Hallgeir


  • Egil: (Land of Hope and Dreams), This Depression, We Are Alive & Wrecking Ball
  • Hallgeir: Rocky Ground, This Depression, Land of Hope and Dreams


American Aquarium Burn Flicker Die 12

12. American Aquarium – Burn. Flicker. Die.

Every now and then she still crosses my mind
by ‘every now and then’,  I mean ‘most of the time’
by ‘most of the time’, I mean ‘all of the time’

This is the album that I’ve played most in the car this year, it is so good to drive to. It is anthemic rock’n roll in the Tom Petty, Drive-by Truckers, and most of all Bruce Springsteen,  tradition. American Aquarium may not be original, but the delivery sets them appart from most all the other roots-rockers.

BJ Barham is one of the best lyricist in alternative country/roots rock today. He spits out his sentences in perfect succession. His texts are clever and street smart at the same time.

The album is produced by Jason Isbell (who also plays on the record) and it sounds really good! Caitlin Cary and Spooner Oldham also guests on Burn. Flicker. Die.

Straight  rock’n roll with “Zevonesque” lyrics and ferocious delivery.

– Hallgeir


  • Egil: Cape Fear River, Lonely Ain’t Easy & Burn. flicker. die
  • Hallgeir: Lonely Ain’t Easy, Jacksonville, Casualties and Burn. flicker. die


Hiss Golden Messenger Poor Moon 13

13. Hiss Golden Messenger – Poor Moon

This is Hiss Golden Messenger’s fourth album, but they’re new to me and what a great band they are. HGM consists of songwriter Mike C. Taylor and New York multi-instrumentalist Scott Hirsch, both formerly of San Fransisco based Court & Spark (Mike Taylor is sometimes alone  on the live events).

This  is country/soul. It is like Van Morrison’s celtic soul is mixed with Laurel Canyon songwriting and a bit of The Band thrown in, an incredibly potent mix.

It is a spiritual record, maybe even religious, the lyrics are dark and peppered with biblical themes, but the music often contradicts this ominous tone. The songs are what the first track on the album is called, Blue Country Mystic.

Spiritual, soulful americana.

– Hallgeir


  • Egil: Call him daylight, Jesus shot me in the head & Westering
  • Hallgeir: Call him daylight, Balthazar’s song,  Jesus shot me in the head


Alabama Shakes Boys and Girls 14

14. Amabama Shakes – Boys & Girls

“A lot of people are like, ‘I want to be different, I want to be original, I want to be an electronic band that mixes this and this’, instead of just writing songs together as people and being sincere about it.”
~Brittany Howard (interview with NME)

The Music: Fantastic fresh vocal, old southern soulful music in new pants, STAX/Muscle Shoals & then there is “Hold On” – one of the absolute strongest songs released this year.

Reminds me of:   a slow & soulful version of The White Stripes & Janis Joplin


  • Egil: Hold On, You ain’t alone & Be Mine
  • Hallgeir: Hold On, You ain’t alone, I found You



15. Dinosaur Jr. – I Bet On Sky

“Don’t let me cheat you of the feeling you deserve.”

Dinosaur Jr. reunited in 2005 and they’ve released three albums after that, this year’s I Bet On Sky is the best of the magnificent tripplets. The melodic hooks and the sonic attacks are still there, they are so f***ing close to pop perfection! It as if  Nirvana and Big Star had a child, they’re that good.

It is a “riffy” journey back to the nineties, but they still sound relevant. I think they are better now than they ever where.

Riffs, hooks and melodies.

– Hallgeir


  • Egil: Don’t pretend you didn’t know, Almost Fare & Pierce The Morning Rain
  • Hallgeir: Don’t pretend you didn’t know, Almost Fare, Watch the Corners, See It On Your Side

The Complete List