Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Late Night Pick of the Night: Kylesa; Bruce Fever: Catch It!

Tonight's Late Night Pick of the Night is psychedelic metal band Kylesa on Last Call with Carson Daly.  Last Call is on at 1:35 AM on NBC. Kylesa will be heading out on tour in April with our local heroes, GWAR.

After hearing the first single ("We Take Care of Our Own") from Bruce Springsteen's new album, "Wrecking Ball" (out today), I was a bit trepidatious about the new Bruce.  The song was pretty pedestrian lyrically, especially by Bruce standards, and almost stereotypically Bruceian musically.  However, I finally caught Bruce fever again yesterday.  I listened to a stream of the album on the Paste Magazine site (up for today only HERE) and found the music to be a cross between "The Rising" and the "Seger Sessions" with lots of folk instruments combining with some more interesting sonic elements. It definitely caught my attention, much more so than his previous album, "Working on a Dream".

Then I went home and watched Friday's episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon which featured two songs from the new album and also a killer, wall of sound version of "E Street Shuffle" featuring both the E Street Band and the Roots.  Tom Morello also played on all three songs.  Since the kids were outside playing, I also got to listen to it really loud, which helped.  Here's the three songs. "Death to My Hometown" is a rocker. "Jack of All Trades" does what Bruce does best, taking the story of a down-and-out fellow to personalize larger issues. And then the aforementioned "E Street Shuffle".