In The News: Bruce Springsteen, Crooked Fingers, Richard Thompson, The Dude And Free MP3s

jeffbridges380Proving they don’t call him the Boss for nothing, Bruce Springsteen is the subject of Hangin’ Out On E Street, a section of his website featuring musicians discussing his influence on their work and performing covers of his songs. Artists paying homage include Ted Leo, Against Me!, the Avett Brothers, Juliana Hatfield and Pete Yorn. Download Juliana Hatfield’s “I Don’t Belong Anywhere” … Eric Bachmann’s Crooked Fingers has released Your Control, a digital-only EP available on iTunes and the band’s website. The four-track effort includes the Neko Case duet “Your Control” from 2008’s Forfeit/Fortune and guest appearances from Lambchop and Spoon’s Britt Daniel. Download “Phony Revolutions” … If anyone’s worthy of a boxed set, it’s legendary British singer/songwriter Richard Thompson. It’s fitting, then, that Shout! Factory is releasing Walking On A Wire: Richard Thompson (1968-2009), a Herculean effort containing 71 songs and a 60-page booklet … In other singer/songwriter doings, Joshua Tree, Calif.’s (by way of Columbus, Ohio) Tim Easton will see his fifth album, Porcupine (New West), out on April 28. Expect the usual outstanding roots-twang-blues-rock thing from this overlooked dude. Download “The Weight Of Changing Everything” … Doves are embarking on their first North American tour in 18 months, in support of Kingdom Of Rust (Astralwerks/Heavenly), on shelves April 7. The 18-date jaunt kicks off May 14 in San Diego, which, of course, is German for “whale’s vagina” … Using that classic comedy quote as a springboard, we segue into news that Lebowski Fests—geek-filled conventions in honor of the Coen brothers’ classic The Big Lebowski—will be held in 16 cities this year. The big Lebowksi of the Lebowski Fests, the L.A. version, takes place May 7-8 with a viewing of the film at the Wiltern Theatre and a next-day bowling party … Brooklyn’s Grizzly Bear will release its sophomore LP, Veckatimest (Warp), on May 26. It’s the follow-up to 2006’s Yellow House. Download “He Hit Me”The Warlocks’ new platter, The Mirror Explodes (Tee Pee), crashes through on May 19. From the Is This Important? department, it was produced and recorded by Rod Cervera (Weezer, Rentals) … Music From The Motion Picture Watchmen (Warner Sunset/Reprise) is currently in stores. The soundtrack features songs by Nat King Cole, Leonard Cohen and Jimi Hendrix, plus My Chemical Romance doing Bob Dylan’s “Desolation Row,” which doesn’t inspire any further comment … Finally, actress Juliette Lewis is releasing Terra Incognita (no label or firm release date yet), her third record, this spring, produced by the Mars Volta’s Omar Rodriguez-Lopez. Her band moniker this time out, replacing the Licks, is the New Romantiques. Would it be too facile to suggest the album will likely suque?

Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Lookin’ Out My Back Door”:

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