Previously from the Springsteen archive: July 3rd, 1988 – Stockholm, SE – Stockholms Stadion

After reviewing the final show of the Reunion Tour, I now feel inclined to talk a bit more about my other 10/10 Archive Series release, another of my favourites and most played: The famed Stockholm radio broadcast, complete with the additional two hours presented in the same quality as that of the opening set fans … Continue reading Previously from the Springsteen archive: July 3rd, 1988 – Stockholm, SE – Stockholms Stadion

TV Review: “The Gang Gets Trapped” [Spoilers]

"A leather shop? In Arizona? They'll be out of business in a week's time!" With It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's record-tying fourteenth season set to begin on September 25th, I thought I'd build up to it by reviewing my five favourite episodes, talking about the premises, moments and quotes that make these stand out above others. … Continue reading TV Review: “The Gang Gets Trapped” [Spoilers]

Film Review: Death Proof (2007)

Starring: Kurt Russell, Zoë Bell, Rosario Dawson, Vanessa Ferlito, Sydney Poitier, Tracie Thoms, Rose McGowan and Mary Elizabeth Winstead Director: Quentin Tarantino Synopsis: Kurt Russell is Stuntman Mike, and he goes about killing young women using his "death proof" stunt car. Not officially considered one of the ten directorial films he's long talked about making, Death … Continue reading Film Review: Death Proof (2007)

Previously from the Springsteen archive: July 1st, 2000 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden

I've been listening to this show and fragments of it for years now, but the final night of the Reunion Tour continues to retain a freshness that flows constantly over the course of three and a half hours. A triumph of Springsteen and The E Street Band's rebirth, the last of ten nights inside Madison Square … Continue reading Previously from the Springsteen archive: July 1st, 2000 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden

Film Review: Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

Starring: Claudia Cardinale, Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Jason Robards and Gabriele Ferzetti Director: Sergio Leone Synopsis: Hired gun Frank (Fonda) comes face to face with the mysterious Harmonica (Bronson) in an epic western that tells a story of the impact of loss and the search for retribution. Sergio Leone intended to retire from Westerns after the conclusion … Continue reading Film Review: Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

Film Review: Reservoir Dogs (1992)

Starring: Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Steve Buscemi, Chris Penn, Lawrence Tierney, Edward Bunker and Quentin Tarantino Director: Quentin Tarantino Synopsis: In Tarantino's first feature film, Reservoir Dogs tells the story of a failed diamond heist and the consequences of it. As far as directorial debuts go, if you can find any better than Reservoir Dogs, … Continue reading Film Review: Reservoir Dogs (1992)

Film Review: Pan’s Labyrinth (2005)

Starring: Ivana Baquero, Sergi López, Maribel Verdú, Ariadna Gil, Álex Angulo and Doug Jones Director: Guillermo Del Toro Synopsis: Five years after the end of the Spanish Civil War, Ofelia (Baquero) and her pregnant mother, Carmen (Gil) travel to Francoist Spain to live with Carmen's new husband, the ruthless Captain Vidal (López). After arriving, Ofelia … Continue reading Film Review: Pan’s Labyrinth (2005)

Film Review: Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

Starring: Richard Dreyfuss, Melinda Dillon, François Truffaut, Teri Garr and Bob Balaban. Director: Steven Spielberg Synopsis: After a brief encounter with a UFO, the life of family man Roy Deary (Dreyfuss) is turned upside down. Close Encounters has been described as Spielberg's passion project, tracing back to him watching meteor showers with his dad as a … Continue reading Film Review: Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

New from the Springsteen archive: October 13th, 1986, Mountain View, CA – The Bridge School Benefit – Shoreline Amphitheatre

Now officially released, The 1986 Bridge School Benefit can be heard in the quality it deserves, give or take a couple of tracks with soundboard audio due to master tape issues.

I’ve written about this show in the past, and you can read what’s good and not so good about it in the post from January attached below.

But before you check that out, I want to quickly mention that instead of recommending just a few songs from this like I usually do for each of these releases, with the short runtime this is all worth listening to. What’s more, with the BITUSA heavy set this is a fantastic introduction to new fans, perhaps the best from the entire series.

You can download The Bridge School Benefit here.

Kieran's Thoughts, Previews & Reviews

UPDATE: This was released officially – albeit without “Teach Your Children” attached – on August 9th, 2019, making it the 45th show to be unearthed from Springsteen’s Archive Series. 

Springsteen, accompanied by Nils Lofgren, Danny Federici and other notable guests, puts on a tremendous performance for a good cause in Mountain View, California. While not available through the Archive Series, this performance can be watched for the time-being via YouTube or listened to courtesy of audience recordings.

The Bridge School Benefit was founded in ’86 by Pegi Young with the purpose being to develop and aid technology for children with disabilities, and coming off the Born in the U.S.A. World Tour considered one of the world’s most popular rock stars at the time, Bruce Springsteen’s presence at the event was important in bringing attention to the charity and to what the proceeds were needed for.

Looking back, this can also be seen…

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Film Review: Inception (2010)

Starrring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Ken Watanabe, Cillian Murphy, Marion Cotillard, Tom Hardy and Michael Caine Director: Christopher Nolan Synopsis: To ensure he can return home from an exodus over a crime he didn't commit, Dom Cobb (DiCaprio) must plant one more idea into an unknowing target's subconscious. After delivering one of the … Continue reading Film Review: Inception (2010)