August 22, 2008

Matt Nathanson has a big ole man crush on Springsteen

Greetings from San Francisco! Here I am nestled under the fog, bravely going to cover the Outside Lands Festival for you all (take one for the team, I know). Things get underway in just a few hours and I will be heading over once I can figure out what to do with my car. I think I’m walking 26 blocks. Awesome.

One of the artists I am really looking forward to seeing this weekend (there are many) is the always-enjoyable Matt Nathanson, who plays a hometown show tomorrow at 7pm on the Avenues Stage. I’ve recently been listening a lot to this stellar cover he performed not long ago on Sirius radio:

Thunder Road (live on Sirius) – Matt Nathanson

In related news, this second Springsteen cover features Charlie Gillingham of the Counting Crows and David Immerglück of the Crows and Camper Van Beethoven. Both of those guys played on Matt’s record Still Waiting For Spring back in the day.

Atlantic City – Matt Nathanson w/ Immerglück and Gillingham

Both covers are lovely. Maybe everything that dies someday comes back. Ah, I hope.

9 Comments »

  • OK, seriously. How did you get this gig, and how can I get in on the action too?

    The Duck — August 23, 2008 @ 8:22 am

  • You have to hope it does; a favourite quote:’the old is dying and the new cannot be born in the interregnum a variety of morbid symtoms appear.’

    Or alternatively think of the way Benicio del Toro’s face changes in 21 grams.Always haunts.

    Russell — August 23, 2008 @ 2:10 pm

  • Heather,

    Just a quick note. I got to see Springsteen for the first time in St. Louis over the weekend. He played 3:15 show and it was amazing. I had heard he put on a great show and now I am a believer. He truly is a rocker. High energy show.

    Kevin in STL

    Anonymous — August 25, 2008 @ 10:37 am

  • Hearing these covers once again reminds me how good Springsteen really is. His songs really stand up well to a cover with Josh Ritter’s version of “The River” a magnificent take on the original.
    Many thanks for sharing these songs.

    Tawriffic — August 26, 2008 @ 12:55 am

  • that mp3 of atlantic city represents the first time i have actually listened to a matt nathanson song all the way through. very nice :)

    c — August 27, 2008 @ 7:45 am

  • c, this is a huge triumph for me.
    :)

    heather — August 27, 2008 @ 8:33 am

  • This is a huge triumph for me too. I’ve tried to get C to see Matty Nay and his snarkiness forever now, and she has refused… C and Matty Nay share love for U2 and snarkiness, what’s not love?

    Honey — August 27, 2008 @ 9:44 pm

  • 2 triumphs – woot ! damn that springsteen guy works wonders :)

    c — August 28, 2008 @ 12:58 pm

  • you’re just mean C. just mean. matty nay doesn’t need your love. but i need you to love him for my own sanity. he’s fuel/friends endorsed! what else do you need?? ;)

    Honey — August 30, 2008 @ 8:02 pm

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