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Bruce Springsteen has never had a #1 song. Read that again. I didn’t really believe it the first time that I read it. I know what you’re thinking, “Surely, someone as influential and iconic as him has had a #1 single?” No, he hasn’t and don’t call me Shirley… (Sorry, I couldn’t help myself) Springsteen’s closest to the top of the charts was Dancing In The Dark, which made it all the way to #2. You remember the video where he pulls Courtney Cox on stage to dance with him. Despite that kind of success eluding him, The Boss has still been influential. About 2 or 3 years ago, it started to become really popular in indie circles to be a big fan of Springsteen and have him be the main influence in your sound, kind of like what happened to Johnny Cash when the American Recordings came out. The Gaslight Anthem were really the first to make waves, but there’s really starting to be a sub-genre developing here. I saw someone from one of my local record stores dub it Brucecore on Twitter and I can’t really disagree. So you’re getting some Brucecore this week and all this:
mewithoutYou – Fox’s Dream of the Log Fume from “Ten Stories”
The Hotshot Freight Train – Boys From Tennessee from “Get Low”
The Gaslight Anthem – Blue Jeans & White T-Shirts from “Senor & The Queen”
Mike Dunn & the Kings of New England – Sundowner from “Sundowner”
Celldweller – Elara
Mount Pleasant Symphony Orchestra – Can I Convince You? from “Wisdom Teeth”
Kevin Max – Send Me An Angel from “Fiefdom of Angels (Side One)”
Mogwai – Stanley Kubrick from “Live at All Tomorrow’s Parties, 9th April 2000″
Thanks for listening and I’ll see you next week.