There's finally another contender for my album of the year pick. The release of "The '59 Sound" by The Gaslight Anthem sounds like Social Distortion playing Springsteen. Described as punk, I just don't see it, unless punk is suddenly more the spirit of Joe Strummer rather than Johnnie Rotten. I'm still re-listening to the album, but so far there's not a misstep on it. It's too early to compare this band to some other Jersey successes, but it's a damn good album with a unique sound.
For those of you in and around the Indy area, I'll be heading to Bloomington for what promises to be an amazing double-bill at the Bluebird. Juice favorites Drive By Truckers and The Hold Steady will be playing on November 13th. Tickets are $25 bucks and go on sale Friday. It's not the best venue, but it's a fun little place, especially considering these two bands should be playing much, much bigger venues. If there's enough interest, we can carpool down or meet up for a pre-show nosh.