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Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Mindblowing Moments in iPod Shuffle

posted by on January 8 at 15:46 PM

So I’m sitting here working and listening to my iPod on random shuffle mode and on comes a song that I don’t immediately recognize, but in a few seconds I realize it sounds more like the Magnetic Fields than anyone else. The song had the pretty/dreary feedback of the great Magnetic Fields songs of yore, synthy strings, an aggressively conventional structure and melody, and simple lyrics delivered in a charming near-monotone—who else could it be?

When I look, I learn the truth: It’s Bruce Springsteen, “Girls in Their Summer Clothes,” from last year’s Magic.

When Bruce Springsteen sounds like the Magnetic Fields, musical postmodernism has come full circle.

Making this all weirder: This is the second Springsteen-related iPod mindblower I’ve experienced this year. The first happened last spring when my shuffle brought up what sounded like the greatest Bruce song I’d never heard—which of course turned out to be “(Antichrist Television Blues).”


Carry on.

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Bruce sounding like the Magnetic Fields. Arcade Fire sounding like Bruce. I'm so envious of those lucky bastards who got to see Win and Regine join the boss for an encore of Keep The Car Running last October. 'Oh my god! What the fuck? YEAH!' summarizes it just perfectly.

Posted by rk | January 8, 2008 4:21 PM

“Girls in Their Summer Clothes" is a great fucking song!

Posted by dc | January 8, 2008 4:46 PM

I know, the mindblowing doesn't end. For instance, today was full of strange.....wait, actually, the mindblowing did end with Cobain.

Posted by burnout | January 8, 2008 6:02 PM

Springsteen is pretty goddamned awesome.

Posted by Rotten666 | January 9, 2008 11:24 AM

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