There's no sense denying who you are is the way I see it, and who I am is a guy who's a sucker for a particular brand of indie-approved classicist rock. And they know that -- they frigging know that. Need proof? Here's something that is so squarely in my increasingly worn pocket, my tiny-getting-tinier corner of the musical universe, that it might as well be personally addressed to me. Me and a hundred thousand other aging white whatevers. Ready? Alright:
The Hold Steady covering Springsteen's "Atlantic City."
Holy shit, right?
But not covering it in the way that any ponytailed coffeehouse hack would, which is to say faithful to the original as it was released, i.e. strummy acoustic and solo voice. No, the full band gets into this, and it works. Oh god does it work. Witness:
A large bouquet for Miss Imperial for the tip, by way of Stereogum. And yes, I intend to track down that War Child compilation.