The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know About Welcome to the Botanist Bar, Canada’s Most Extraordinary Cocktail Bar Born to Run may have celebrated the 40th anniversary of its release this year, but it was a different Bruce Springsteen record that saw a box set released in its honor in 2015: The River. Titled The Ties That Bind: The River Collection, the set contains a wealth of content, including (deep breath): a remastered version of the original double album, the collection of songs that comprised Springsteen’s scrapped initial version of the album, outtakes from the recording of The River, songs that were dropped from the final tracklist, a documentary about the making of the album, two and half hours of concert footage from the 1980 tour, and footage of Springsteen and the E-Street Band rehearsing for that tour. All in all, The Ties That Bind has 52 tracks and four hours of video, not to mention a hefty coffee table book. Suffice to say, it’s quite the package.Originally released in 1980, The River was Springsteen’s followup to Darkness on the Edge of Town, and in many ways the record came out of its predecessor. After finishing Darkness, Springsteen found that he had more to say about the themes he had addressed on the album. There were tracks that did not fit on Darkness for one reason or another, but which still needed to see the light of day. Those songs would eventually become part of the The Ties That Bind, Springsteen’s initial (but unreleased) take on The River. The Ties That Behind, however, was not what Springsteen wanted for his followup to Darkness. As the artist himself noted, “Originally [The River] was a single record. I handed it in with just one record, and I took it back because I didn’t feel it was big enough. I wanted to capture the themes I had been writing about on Darkness. I wanted to keep those characters with me and at the same time added music that made our live shows so much fun and joy for our audience.”Springsteen spent another year writing and recording The River, adding that music to make his live show exciting. The decision proved a wise one; the record cleverly moves from barn-burning anthems to darker songs dealing with the realities of life in the working class. The combination, which in less skilled hands might have simply been jarring, instead sets a deliberately ambivalent tone that complements The River‘s themes.Given its sheer volume of content, The River Collection presents itself as one for diehards only, but casual fans should not be intimidated by its length. The addition of The Ties That Bind provides something of an introduction to the themes and songs on The River, and the outtakes are excellent tracks in their own right, rather than leftovers dished out for hardcore fans. The River Collection gathers just about all it can from the years Springsteen worked on The River not for its own sake, but because the material from that time period is worth collecting.Bruce Springsteen’s The Ties That Bind: The River Collection is out now on Columbia Records and available on Amazon and iTunes. 8 of the Coolest Indie Bookstores in the United States What Wrangler Is Doing to Make Denim More Sustainable Watch This Bugatti Chiron Shatter a World Speed Record at More Than 300 MPH Editors’ Recommendations
Senior pitcher Ryan Riga (44) delivers a pitch for OSU. Credit: Lantern file photoFor the second day in a row, a dramatic Ohio State rally was wiped out late in the game. This time, it could’ve very well marked the end of OSU’s season.After senior closer Trace Dempsey blew a save with two outs in the bottom on the ninth in a 3-2 loss to Iowa on Wednesday, senior left-hander Ryan Riga was unable to keep the sixth-seeded Indiana Hoosiers at bay late in the game Thursday.Indiana senior outfielder Scott Donley hit a bases-clearing three-run double in the bottom of the eighth to deliver the crushing blow in a 5-3 victory in the loser’s bracket of the Big Ten tournament at Target Field in Minneapolis.With the Buckeyes’ second loss in the double-elimination tournament, they were knocked out of the bracket.Riga entered his eighth inning of work with a 2-2 tie on the scoreboard, thanks to a pair of runs in the top of the seventh.After a 1-2-3 seventh inning, Riga retired the first two in the bottom of the eighth. However, the senior then allowed a two-out single and a walk, before a second walk loaded the bases.While Riga still needed just one out to get out of the jam, Indiana senior outfielder Scott Donley slashed a full-count opposite-field double into the left-center alley to clear the bases and put the Hoosiers up by three.Junior first baseman Zach Ratcliff belted a solo home run off Indiana senior closer Ryan Halstead to lead off the ninth, but that was all OSU was able to muster off the Hoosiers’ all-time saves leader.The game was deadlocked at zero until the bottom of the fourth, when Indiana senior catcher Brad Hartong hit a solo home run off Riga. Indiana then tacked on another run in the following frame to take a 2-0 lead.OSU showed its resiliency for the second day in a row in the seventh, however. After a walk and double opened up the inning, junior infielder Nick Sergakis brought in the Buckeyes’ first run with a RBI groundout.After an ineffective at-bat left the runner on third with two outs, junior shortstop Craig Nennig came up with the biggest hit of the game for the Buckeyes, a single through the left side of the infield to tie the game at 2.The Buckeyes had nine hits, including a knock by each player in the lineup except for senior catcher Aaron Gretz. Junior infielder Troy Kuhn went 2-for-4 for OSU’s lone multi-hit performance.Riga took the loss for OSU, surrendering five earned runs on six hits and three walks in 7.2 innings. The third-team All-Big Ten honoree struck out seven but dropped to 5-4 in his senior campaign.Junior left-hander Kyle Hart was very effective for the Hoosiers, hurling six scoreless innings. Fellow junior Scott Effross surrendered the lead in his first inning of relief in the seventh, but the righty was still credited with the win.Thursday marked the 10th loss in OSU’s last 11 conference games — including four losses in four tries against Indiana — as it went from a team that was likely a lock for an NCAA tournament bid to one very much clinging to the bubble.The Buckeyes will learn their fate when the 64-team field is set to be revealed at noon on Monday.