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Bruce Springsteen’s Favorite Songs by Bruce Springsteen

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In an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert promoting his new book, Born to Run, the Boss listed his favorite songs by the Boss. Also, he explained why he puts the E Street Band through four-hour long marathon shows, and the chafing that comes with them, saying: “I’m here to take you out of time… I’m here to alter time and space and play with it myself and help you move in and out of things on any given evening.” Watch the Boss open up to Stephen Colbert after the jump.

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Yo La Tengo Loves to Murder Covers

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Yo La Tengo is releasing another series of totally destroyed versions of covers from their annual performances at WFMU’s fundraiser. The compilation, Murder in the Second Degree, is a follow-up to the band’s 2006 release Yo La Tengo Is Murdering the Classics, and like its predecessor the liner notes are vague, replaced by a promise that “there are endless ways to ruin a song”:

For the last 20 years (and counting), Yo La Tengo, accompanied by cub reporter Bruce Bennett, have performed live on WFMU during their fundraising Marathon, and in return for listeners’ pledges of support, we have attempted to play their requests, with no prior knowledge of what those requests will be, and without utilizing any of the many web sites that provide lyrics and chords.

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Surviving Compton

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Michel’le’s upcoming biopic Surviving Compton creates a dialogue with the story told by Straight Outta Compton, which notably failed to portray the roles of the women who helped grow N.W.A. and Ruthless Records. When asked why she believes her story was omitted from the Straight Outta Compton narrative, Michel’le indicated she felt no surprise: “Why would Dre put me in it… If they start from where they start from, I was just a quiet girlfriend who got beat up and told to sit down and shut up.”

Surviving Compton deals heavily with the abusive relationship between Dr.

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The Rumpus Review of One More Time with Feeling

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“We didn’t ask for it,” Cave begins another poetic flight, and again we think he’s talking about something ghastly, “but it’s all around us, a gratuitous beauty.” ...more

Song of the Day: “Burn the Witch”

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Radiohead is no stranger to anxiety. A tense tone—like a taut cord reverberating—runs through the high-energy opener “Burn the Witch,” from their latest record, A Moon Shaped Pool. Thom Yorke’s delicate wail floats over the brazen guitar and strings as the tempo speeds up and the anxiety mounts.

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Albums of Our Lives: Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Blood Sugar Sex Magik

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Before you came along, I don’t think I actually had a musical identity. ...more

Just One More Day with Otis

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Otis Redding’s 1966 performances at the Whisky A Go Go marked the first soul act on the famous LA stage and a purposeful attempt to widen his audience. They also produced some incredible live recordings that are finally being released this October via Stax Records, on the six-volume Live at the Whisky A Go Go: The Complete Recordings.

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Music’s Living Undead

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On the 20th anniversary of Tupac Shakur’s recorded death, the music community is still asking the question: did that really happen? At Consequence of Sound, Alex Young makes the case for Shakur’s survival (and second life in Cuba).

Whatever you believe, Morgan Creek Productions commemorated the day by releasing a new trailer for the long-awaited biopic on the rapper’s life, All Eyez on Me, directed by Benny Bloom—watch the clip after the jump.

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Song of the Day: “I’m Glad You’re Mine”

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The Reverend Al Green’s fifth album, I’m Still In Love With You, appears at the top of many critics’ rankings, including that of the Village Voice‘s longtime writer, Robert Christgau. And for good reason. The second track of this mesmerizing record is the silky smooth, organ-punctuated “I’m Glad You’re Mine.” Green’s drummer, Al Jackson, Jr.—who built his reputation for rhythm as a session musician at Stax Records—holds down a beautifully laconic, almost lazy backbeat, and a rolling Hammond organ helps to show why the song deserves to be known as a staple in the soul canon.

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Wanted/Needed/Loved #12: Thao Nguyen’s Release

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The thing I want to talk about is something I’m not in possession of anymore, but of all the things I’ve lost it’s the thing I think about the most. ...more

Dave Grohl’s Mom Said So

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Virginia Hanlon Grohl is writing a book about rockstar parenting due for release in April 2017 from Seal Press. The material will be drawn from her experience raising Dave Grohl, as well as from interviews with other rock moms including Marianne Stipe (Michael Stipe), Verna Griffin (Dr.

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Song of the Day: “One Mo’ Gin”

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In the pocket. It’s the only way to describe the slithery pulse of the bass and rhythm section in D’Angelo’s slow ballad “One Mo’ Gin,” off his explosive soul album from 2000, Voodoo. D’Angelo—otherwise known as the mild-mannered Michael Eugene Archer—keens with loneliness and nostalgia on “One Mo’ Gin,” layering his buttery falsetto over the heavy groove laid down by Welsh bassist Pino Palladino and drummer extraordinaire, Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson.

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Albums of Our Lives: Modest Mouse’s The Lonesome Crowded West

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How Isaac Brock sings it, it’s nearly cheerful, almost an anthem: I’m trying / I’m trying to / drink away the part of the day that I cannot sleep away. ...more

This Week in Posivibes: Ultimate Painting

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James Hoare (of Veronica Falls) and Jack Cooper (of Mazes) are releasing their third LP under the name Ultimate Painting on September 30 on Trouble in Mind RecordsDusk is an “autumnal opus…[of] gentle pop hum,” meaning it sounds a lot like Velvet Underground in a good way and that’s fine by us.

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Song of the Day: “Other People”

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In 2004, the indie group known as Beach House considered calling itself “Wisteria.” But once they “stopped trying,” according to guitarist Alex Scally, their ultimate name choice floated to the top, and “it was perfect.” Scally’s ability to let go and embrace the moment is a vital piece of the dreamy, atmospheric pop that he creates with vocalist and sole bandmate, Victoria LaGrand.

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Songs of Our Lives: Stereolab’s “Pause”

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“Pause,” like the nostalgia it references, possesses the qualities of ceremony. My ceremony: I played and replayed this song that year, transforming past into present into past over and over. ...more

This Week in Posivibes: WWINGS

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The Russian trio’s self-proclaimed “disturbing and depressive” apocalyptic electronic music has hit an incredible, eerie place with PHOENIXXX, one of their seven (!) releases from 2016. Members Lit Daw, Lit Eyne, and Lit Internet met via the web, beginning their collaboration over an encrypted messaging service to evade the censorship of the post-Soviet russian landscape that their music explores so masterfully.

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Sound & Vision #24: Ebru Yildiz

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Brooklyn-based photographer Ebru Yildiz talks with Allyson McCabe about shooting concert photos, moving to New York from Turkey, and discovering the city’s music scene. ...more