Steve Earle pays tribute to Townes Van Zandt, his friend and mentor, on the Townes. Earle stopped by Letterman this week to play “Colorado Girl” from the record, sporting some mean acoustic guitar and shout-outs to my former hometown and state.
PopMatters is 10 years old this year and we’re celebrating all year by remembering the culture of the year we were born. Look for a special music of 1999 special section in just a few weeks. In the meantime, we’ll start kicking things off here in Mixed Media.
The Dixie Chicks released their sophomore album (Fly) in the current incarnation with Natalie Maines in 1999 and “Goodbye Earl” was clear highlight, giving voice to female rage and empowerment. The video is pretty great too with Jane Krakowski, Lauren Holly and Dennis Franz.
Twenty-five years ago this week: Bruce Springsteen released the seminal album Born in the U.S.A., which spawned seven singles and becomes one of his biggest commercial successes, having sold more than 25 million copies worldwide.
“Dancing in the Dark” [May 4, 1984]
New Zealand’s the Clean is putting out their first new music since 2001’s Getaway. Mister Pop releases via Merge Records on 8 September. Their trademark jangle pop is very much in evidence on this download, “In the Dreamlife You Need a Rubber Soul”, from the new record.
02 Are You Really on Drugs?
03 In the Dreamlife You Need a Rubber Soul
04 Asleep in the Tunnel
05 Back in the Day
07 Factory Man
08 Simple Fix
10 All Those Notes
“In the Dreamlife You Need a Rubber Soul” [MP3]