Also - let me please extend my gracious acceptance of your apology regarding Afro Celt Sound System. Don't doubt the dogma of JtR again.
Two related points:
1) speaking of Ryan Adams the arrogant bastard who put out what may have been one of the greatest 25 albums of the last 50 years (Cold Roses) - then mixed in another 12 garbage tracks to make sure he did not achieve this mark: here is a great article Little Dynamite found a while back that never made it to a post. go ahead and sign up to view it; it's free (cheapskate).
2) i'll be seeing The Format with none other than Dynamite himself tonight. here's a great track off of their most recent album Dog Problems. this one was track 1 of my seminal summer mix '07. believe in it.
FINALLY - BIG NEWS!
Springsteen announces the other day that he'll release his first album with the E Street Band in five years on Oct. 2, 2007. For those of you who packed it in after The Ghost of Tom Joad; be forewarned - The Rising was an incredible album. I expect nothing less of this. Bruce seems to be painfully aware of his music these days, and I can't imagine him putting out anything less than magical (get it?). Plus, in my opinion he comes close to suffering from Billy Joel Syndrome - or, the inability to release bad music. The opposite of this is, obviously, Ryan Adams Syndrome.
In fact, while we're on the subject, my favorite 6 Springsteen album (excluding Born to Run, which is on a different plane of existence) are his first 3 (Greetings from Asbury Park New Jersey, The Wild the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle, Darkness of the Edge of Town) and his last 3 (The Rising, Devils and Dust, We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions Band). I guess I like folksy Bruce more than rocker Bruce. Sorry I don't work in a Ford factory in 1972 and have a mustache like Daryl Oates (I mean John Hall).
This is the last track he released with the E Street Band (that's right, the final track of The Rising). Remember the landscape post-9/11 and tell me this guy isn't the G.O.A.T. The amazing thing is that he wrote this pre-9/11 (about his homeland Asbury Park, NJ) which pretty much makes him a prophet. Mark the calender for Oct. 2.