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Playlist April 11

Stuart Bailie | 22:09 UK time, Wednesday, 13 April 2011

I know that my car journeys should be soundtracked by new bands with sculpted face-fuzz, arch-ironic names and improbably narrow pants. But y'know, not every day is a TV On The Radio moment. Some times, the old fella just has to get out the Springsteen tunes. Albeit that fairly recent compilation, 'The Promise', with the outtakes of 'Darkness On The Edge of Town'.

I have blethered about this recording before, but just to add that while quite a few of the tracks have been listened to and found wanting, I just adore 'Candy's Boy'. It's the story of a guy who falls for a girl who has other partners from the rich side of town. This is kinda wearisome for the young suitor, but there are moments when the song's narrator and his love just walk out of the script and snatch their happiness. There are interludes in the cheap motel down by the dynamo, which sounds just as exciting as Van Morrison and his brown-eyed girl, down by the stadium. Surely no coincidence.

It's a great, loose piece of music also, as Bruce follows his instincts and calls out the changes to the band, who choogle on with team skill. I can't stop playing it.


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Mondays, ten - midnight

Jerry Lee Lewis - Breathless (Sun)
Mona - Listen To Your Love (Zion)
Smith Westerns - Weekend (Wild World)
The Answer - Rock And Roll Outlaw (Spinefarm)
Black Crowes - Sting Me (American)
Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues (Bella Union)
Robert Randolph - Travelling Shoes (Warner)
Colenso Parade - The Truth That Ran Us Down (white)
Drive By Truckers - Dancing Ricky (PIAS)
Nick Lowe - Cracking Up (Radar/ Proper)
Nguuni Lovers Lovers - Beth Kathini (Moshi Moshi)
Bruce Springsteen - Candy's Boy (Columbia)

Mic Christopher - Heyday (Loza)
Robert Randolph - If I Had My Way (Warner)
Villagers - The Pact (Domino)
The Lost Brothers - Goodbye Kid (white)
Emmylou Harris - New Orleans (Nonesuch)
Josh T Pearson - Woman When I've Raised Hell (Mute)
Isobel Anderson - View Out Of Site (white)
Kate Bush - Moments Of Pleasure (EMI)
Drive By Truckers - Everybody Needs Love (PIAS)
Robyn G Shiels - When We Were Brothers (No Dancing)
Feldberg - You and Me (Small Town America)
Emmylou Harris - The Road (Nonesuch)
Austra - Lose It (Domino)

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