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  posted on 3/15/2012 at 11:58 PM
http://www.npr.org/blogs/therecord/2012/03/15/148693171/bruce-springsteen-o n-the-meaning-of-music

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  posted on 3/16/2012 at 12:12 AM
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SXSW is all about volume, in more ways than one. Roughly 2,000 acts perform at the four-day music festival every year, so to spend just three minutes with each in advance of the big event is to deny your friends and loved ones a solid 100 hours of your waking, undivided attention.

With 100 handpicked festival highlights and thrilling discoveries in a meaty but digestible microcosm of SXSW, The Austin 100 plays as a continuous seven-hour mix — everything from Daughter's devastatingly barren "Landfill" to Black Tusk's devastatingly blistering "Set the Dial to Your Doom."

As a bonus, 71 of these songs are available for free download here;

http://www.npr.org/2012/03/01/147637518/the-austin-100-a-sxsw-mix

Be sure to visit NPR.org/SXSW for live concerts, photos, videos and dispatches from this year's festival.




 

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  posted on 3/16/2012 at 12:25 AM
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SXSW is all about volume, in more ways than one. Roughly 2,000 acts perform at the four-day music festival every year, so to spend just three minutes with each in advance of the big event is to deny your friends and loved ones a solid 100 hours of your waking, undivided attention.

With 100 handpicked festival highlights and thrilling discoveries in a meaty but digestible microcosm of SXSW, The Austin 100 plays as a continuous seven-hour mix — everything from Daughter's devastatingly barren "Landfill" to Black Tusk's devastatingly blistering "Set the Dial to Your Doom."

As a bonus, 71 of these songs are available for free download here;

http://www.npr.org/2012/03/01/147637518/the-austin-100-a-sxsw-mix

Be sure to visit NPR.org/SXSW for live concerts, photos, videos and dispatches from this year's festival.








Isn't NPR a Liberally Slanted socialist mouthpiece funded by US taxpayers dollars?

And isn't Springsteen a Unionist Rabble-rouser?

 

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  posted on 3/16/2012 at 12:38 AM
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SPA Confidential hits the streets in Austin, Texas, to hang out and party. It’s not like you need to see any bands.

I may have landed in Austin without an accreditation badge but that hasn’t stopped me standing in line for gigs. You see, you don’t actually have to see any bands at SXSW you just have to know what’s going on. And to find out what’s going on you all you need to do is stand in line and eavesdrop.

Ten things I’ve overheard at SXSW in 2012:

1. “Is this band from Brooklyn?”

2. “Is this band from Austin?”

3. “I never usually wait in lines, it’s only because this is Fiona Apple’s only gig this year… Oh, it’s not her only gig? Well, I’ve waited this long.”

4. “I hear that 500 fans knocked down the wall of the convention centre to crash the DZ Deathrays gig.”

5. “We did 43 record company meetings yesterday, recorded a spot on Good Morning Austin, got invited back stage by Kasabian and our flier got over 100 likes on Pinterest.”

6. “Fliers are making a comeback.”

7. “I bumped into a guy from The Muppet Movie at Maggie Mae’s last night, he said he’d definitely check out our SoundCloud.”

8. “No really, MySpace is gonna come back bigger than ever.”

9. “Do you know any booking agents?”

10. “He’s got swag.”

 

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  posted on 3/16/2012 at 04:53 AM


" No one really hardly agrees on anything in pop anymore. There is no keynote. There is no unified theory of everything. You can ask Einstein. You can pick any band — say, Kiss. You can go, "Early theater rock proponents expressing the true raging hormones of youth," or, "They suck!" You can go, "Phish, inheritors of the Grateful Dead's mantle, brilliant center of the true alternative community," or, "They suck!" You go, "Bruce Springsteen, natural-born poetic genius off the streets of Monmouth County, hardest-working New Jerseyan in show business, voice of the common man, future of rock 'n' roll," or... "He sucks! Get the f**K outta here!”

* So as the records that my music was initially released on give way to a cloud of ones and zeroes, and as I can carry my entire record collection since I was 13 in my breast pocket... the one thing that's been constant over the years (is) the genesis and power of creativity, the power of the songwriter or the composer or, let's say, the creator. So whether you're making dance music, Americana, rap music, electronica, it's all about how you're putting what you do together. The elements you're using don’t matter. Purity of human expression and experience is not confined to guitars, to tubes, to turntables, to microchips. There is no right way, no pure way of doing it. There's just doing it.

* Remember, it wasn’t just the way Elvis looked. It was the way Elvis moved that made people crazy, pissed off, driven to screaming ecstasy and profane revulsion... When they made an attempt to censor him from the waist down, it was because of what you could see happening in his pants. Elvis was the first modern, 20th century man, he was a precursor of the sexual revolution, of the civil rights revolution, drawn from the same Memphis as Martin Luther King, creating fundamental outsider art that would be embraced by a mainstream popular culture. Television and Elvis gave us full access to a new language, a new form of communication, a new way of being, a new way of thinking about sex, about race, about identity, about life. A new way of being an American, a human being and a new way of hearing music.... Once he was heard and seen in action, you could not put the genie back in the bottle... there was yesterday, there was today, and there was a red-hot hot rockabilly forging of a new tomorrow before your eyes.

* Even before there was Elvis, my world had begun to be shaped by the little radio with the six-inch mono speaker on top of our refrigerator.... Between 8 and 8:30 every morning as I snowed sugar onto my Sugar Pops, the sounds of early pop and doo-wop whispered into my young and impressionable ears. Doo-wop, the most sensual music ever made, the sound of raw sex, of silk stockings rustling on backseat upholstery. The sound of the snaps of bras popping across the USA. Of wonderful lies being whispered into taboo perfumed ears. The sound of smeared lipsticks, untucked shirts, running mascara, tears on your pillow, secrets whispered into the still of the night, the high school bleachers and the dark of the YMCA canteen. The sound of your incredibly wonderful, limp your ass, blue-balled walk back home after the dance.

* Roy Orbison was the true master of the romantic apocalypse. He knew what was coming after the first night you whispered "I love you" to your new girlfriend. You were going down.... But he also sang that he'd be risen to the heights of near unexpressable bliss by these same very things that tortured him. Oh, cruel irony.

* The other thing that was great about the Animals was there were no good-looking members. There were none. They were considered one of the ugliest groups in rock 'n' roll... That was good for me, 'cause I considered myself hideous at the time... And they weren't even nice. They didn't curry favor. They were like aggression personified: "It's my life and I'll do what I want." They were cruel, which was so freeing.

* Darkness was also informed by the punk explosion at the time. I went out and got the early punk records, "Anarchy..." and "God Save the Queen." The Sex Pistols were so frightening. Literally, they shook the earth, which is different from shocking. A lot of groups manage shocking, but... there were very few rock groups that managed frightening. They were brave and they challenged you and they made you brave, and that energy seeped its way into the subtext of Darkness. Darkness was written in 1977, and all of that music was out there and if you had ears you could not ignore it. I had peers that did, and they were mistaken. You could not ignore that challenge.

* Woody [Guthrie]'s world was a world where fatalism was tempered by a practical idealism. It was a world where speaking truth to power wasn’t futile, whatever its outcome. Why do we continue to talk about Woody so many years on? He never had a hit, never went platinum, never played in an arena... But he's a big ghost in the machine. I believe it's because Woody’s songs... tried to answer Hank Williams' question [about] why your bucket has a hole in it. That’s a question that’s eaten at me for a long time.”

* So rumble, young musicians, rumble. Open your ears and open your hearts. Don't take yourself too seriously, and take yourself as seriously as death itself. Don’t worry. Worry your ass off. Have unclad confidence, but doubt. It keeps you awake and alert. Believe you are the baddest ass in town — and you suck! It keeps you honest. Be able to keep two completely contradictory ideals alive and well inside of your heart and head at all times. If it doesn't drive you crazy, it will make you strong. And stay hard, stay hungry and stay alive. And when you walk on stage tonight to bring the noise, treat it like it's all we have — and then remember it's only rock 'n' roll."

Read the highlights here: http://www.backstreets.com/news.html

Entire appearance available for viewing at http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/21123958

 

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  posted on 3/16/2012 at 06:42 AM
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SXSW is all about volume, in more ways than one. Roughly 2,000 acts perform at the four-day music festival every year, so to spend just three minutes with each in advance of the big event is to deny your friends and loved ones a solid 100 hours of your waking, undivided attention.

With 100 handpicked festival highlights and thrilling discoveries in a meaty but digestible microcosm of SXSW, The Austin 100 plays as a continuous seven-hour mix — everything from Daughter's devastatingly barren "Landfill" to Black Tusk's devastatingly blistering "Set the Dial to Your Doom."

As a bonus, 71 of these songs are available for free download here;

http://www.npr.org/2012/03/01/147637518/the-austin-100-a-sxsw-mix

Be sure to visit NPR.org/SXSW for live concerts, photos, videos and dispatches from this year's festival.








Isn't NPR a Liberally Slanted socialist mouthpiece funded by US taxpayers dollars?

And isn't Springsteen a Unionist Rabble-rouser?


Pretty much

 

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  posted on 3/16/2012 at 07:54 AM
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And isn't Springsteen a Unionist Rabble-rouser?



Heh Heh!

He makes his views known but I like the fact that he doesn't beat you over the head with it (cue Steve Earle).

 

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  posted on 3/16/2012 at 03:51 PM
Oh my thank you so much. Just what I needed to listen to today. I love his talk about the Animals and music and well Bruce really is TOP THE ROCK GOD right now. Anyone who loves rock music should take the time to listen to this video of his keynote. EXCELLENT AND INSPIRING.

http://youtu.be/mkBN6NWw1Cs
Bruce Springsteen and Eric Burdon perform together @ SXSW 2012

 

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  posted on 3/16/2012 at 04:13 PM
That speech was beyond brilliant! In a lifetime full of thrilling Bruce moments that have included ( like the Allmans) some of the best nights of my life this speech is right up there with any musical moment. The passion for music and art and creativity is just conveyed perfectly. His love for rock and roll and his love for music shine through in every single word. BRAVO BRUCE! That made me as proud to be his fan as anything he has ever done.
 
 


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