It's Official: Boss-a-Nova Mania
When pseudo-seriously-pseudonymed Brooklyn artists are doing it, you know it's happened: Like eight-bit and heavy metal before him, Bruce Springsteen has crossed over from the resurgent-among-arty-musicians zone to the referenced-in-art-galleries plateau of trendiness. Collections of academic papers are sure to follow. I don't have spare theorizing time (or mental space) but feel free to submit yours: Suggested themes include masculinity, sincerity, assertions-of-suburban/exurban-identity, post-industrial melancholy, guitar-as-Other, New Class exoticization of past class locations, etc. If you employ the term "new Boss" please do not include the phrase "same as the old Boss" in your response. I refuse to call it something like "hipster Bruce" as in "hipster metal," because I don't think the word hipster has any substantial meaning, though it's sure tempting. But I'm going with "Boss-a-nova" for the moment. Among all the novas, though, the only one I think is super (though I like the Bossisms on the Arcade Fire disc) is The Blankket, from whom, by the way, there are rumours of an upcoming tour.