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The Gaslight Anthem — The '59 Sound (Side One Dummy) :: This ain't no Johnny Horton nod, nor is it no Charles Boyer nod off. It's an angst-rock overdose that's lightly seasoned with a working-class twist of Bossteen. Bonus points for writing a song about the world's greatest Steve Miller fan entitled "Miles Davis & the Cool."
Steve Gammond — Down the Tracks: The Music That Influenced Bob Dylan (Eagle Media DVD) :: From Guthrie and Seeger to Ginsberg and Corso, all wrapped up in one neat little 90-minute educational package, just like the title says.
Walls of Jericho — The American Dream (Trustkill) :: Welcome to their throbbo, pulsato, screamo nightmaro.
Simon Sykes & Tom Sykes — No Such Thing as a Free Ride? (Goose Lane Editions) :: Here's a book that contains riotous road tales recalled from the soft shoulder by the likes of David Peel, Jayne Country, Jello Biafra and Randy B-B-B-Bachman. Need a ride? Get in!
Steve Miller Band — Live From Chicago (Coming Home) :: Ever wonder why Miles Davis virulently hated Steve so much in his ghost-written autobiography? Mebbe he was kind of green with envy that he couldn't write the kind of popular hit songs or pull the kind of adoring audiences that Mr. Miller managed to do. If so, then it's a good thing that Miles can't see the jam-packed aisles that The Joker still fills on this recent triple CD-slash-DVD set. Bonus points for dedicating "Jungle Love" to Miles. Kind of kidding.
SIZZLING SALESMAN OF THE WEEK: Neil Diamond — Live 1976: The Thank You Australia Concert (Eagle Vision DVD) :: Leathered like Jimbo Morrison and posin' like Elvo Presley, Neil runs through all his hits here on this Oz televised romp — but it's the bonus segment featuring his live-from-the-stage commercials that'll make you want to buy this one. How cool is he? Cool enough to ignore the cheesy script dialogue he's handed and savagely rip into sponsors Cadbury and Pioneer with withering ad-libs worthy of Groucho Marx.
Be selling you!
The Gaslight Anthem play Wednesday, April 1, at St. Andrew's Hall, 431 E. Congress, Detroit; 313-961-8137. With Good Old War.