Greatest record of all time of the week
It’s got to be “Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window,” by the Hold Steady, recorded for the I’m Not There soundtrack. This isn’t quite as mind-bending as Dylan’s original (hey, this is only the greatest record of all time for one week), but it’s weird and wonderful in its own ways. Fans of pre-Max-and-Roy E Street Band will no doubt chant “Hey Santa Ana” over the intro, and the explosion that follows feels like the late-’70s E Streeters near their peak. Most of the double-disc soundtrack is too timid and reverential for my liking (although that approach might make sense for the movie, which I’ve not yet seen), but this is enormously fun and spirited. Could use a little more cowbell, though.