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Interview:
New York Rocker Keeps Good Company
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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When it comes to his fellow musicians, singer-songwriter Jesse Malin keeps some pretty impressive company.

“Glitter in the Gutter,” Malin’s third solo album since leaving the band D Generation, features visits from frequent collaborator Ryan Adams, Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme, Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett and the Wallflowers’ Jakob Dylan.

“I wasn’t setting out to make some big, handshake, Tony Bennett duets namedropping thing,” says Malin, 39. “These people did small things that were just very nice.”

But Malin’s “last guest” — Bruce Springsteen, who appears on the single “Broken Radio” — is no small thing, and he knows it.

“We met through my first record,” Malin says, “and over the years he’s been very supportive and real to me, very connected and passionate. When I told him I was starting this record, he offered — ‘Anything comes up, I’d love to do something. If not, that’s OK, too.’ It was really cool.

“So we had this song, ‘Broken Radio,’ I thought would work with Bruce, the piano style being kind of ’70s Neil Young, even ‘Born to Run’-ish, dare I say. I sent it to him with a little letter, and he said he’d love to do it.

“It was funny, y’know; a song you write in your apartment on (New York’s) Lower East Side ends up being a duet with Bruce Springsteen. Go figure ...”



Jesse Malin, Holly Ramos and Acute perform at 9 p.m. Saturday (June 9th) at the Shelter, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Tickets are $12. Call (313) 961-6358 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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