Video of the day: Springsteen’s “High Hopes”


By now you probably know: 1. That Bruce Springsteen’s new album, his 18th long-player of original(ish) recordings and compositions, is called High Hopes. 2. That it includes 12 songs, including several cover songs including the title track. 3. Which track has been released online today. 4. Along with this strikingly cool video, which takes the fractured mosaic visual style from the last few videos to new levels of action, imagery and symbolic whiz-bangery. 5. The album will be released on January 14, 2014, two months shy of the 2nd anniversary of Wrecking Ball‘s release date in March, 2012.

What strikes me at first viewing: That Tom Morello is the most (only?) visible band member; That the wah-wah guitar thing that happens about 2/3 of the way into the tune is “Shaft”-ing its way to the tippy-top of my heart; That the stop-motion/repeat-motion thing that happens at the same time, showing Bruce ripping at his acoustic guitar, captures the tension/fire in his performances in a new and striking way.

Check it out here:

JFK Assassinated! – Errol Morris’s fascinating new documentary


It’s like the uncertainty principle in physics: The closer you look at anything the less you know for sure.

Considering that the assassination of President John F Kennedy almost exactly 50 years ago (Nov 22, duh) is a lock for the most examined moment in American (and perhaps world) history, the myths, legends and theories about the killing have all but eclipsed the actual event.

Did Lee Harvey Oswald really kill the president? Or, more pressingly, did he really act alone? You know how all this goes.

Now the great documentarian Errol Morris has made a two-part, 20-minute documentary about the assassination, focusing on the research of Tink Thompson, whose knowledge of the photographic/filmic evidence of the crime is unparalleled. The New York Times put the video on the nyt website today, and you can watch the whole thing here, too.

Here’s “The Umbrella Man”:

And here’s the second part, “November 22, 1963”

In Ikea no one can hear you scream.


The movie’s imaginary but the trailer is oh-so-fun. Plus, there are meatballs.

Watch Bruce Springsteen arrange a song for the entire ESB, plus horns, live and in concert

Nothing phony about this, no matter how great it sounds once they get started.

A request from the crowd must be played, and now requires an arrangement. Not just the key and pacing, but also a relatively complex horn part. Which Bruce achieves by kind of waving his hand in the general direction of the horns and humming a very loose, not entirely recognizable melodic line. Within a minute or two the players have it down. The song begins, everyone gets a solo and when they get to the last line — which does not move immediately to the root chord as you’d expect in this simple 12-bar structure, Bruce sticks four fingers in the air and the entire band lands, as required, on the 4 chord, hangs there for the required beats, then settles back on the root. Boom.

Lily Allen brings the Clash to the dance floor: “It’s hard out here for a bitch.”

"Trust the injustice 'cause it's not going away."

“Trust the injustice ’cause it’s not going away.”

She grew up with Joe Strummer in the house — Joe was a great friend of her dad, the actor/comedian Keith Allen. So just because Lily Allen grew into a sexy singer of popular dance songs don’t think she’s not out to subvert a paradigm or two while she’s at it.

After taking a break long enough to get married and make a couple of babies Allen is back. Larger (she asserts with no regrets on this song) but even more in charge. Love this already.