7 Jun 2010, 22:49 by afieldof
30 Dec 2009, 12:59 by junaman...Into which I put little to no thought, providing no critical commentary, and using seemingly significant, but ultimately arbitrary ordering. And in which the same artists appear a ridiculous number of times. Simply because I like lists.
If an album is not on here, I have either enjoyed it, not enjoyed it, been bored by it, despised it or not had it grace my ears.
15. Lord T & Eloise - Chairmen Of The Bored
14. Why? - Alopecia
13. Peter and the Wolf - Mellow Owl
12. Belle and Sebastian - Dear Catastrophe Waitress
30 Sep 2009, 16:02 by Rockstar_AimzSun 27 Sep – The Hold Steady, Still Life Still
There are so many reasons why I love The Hold Steady. One, the band members are my age, so they are old enough to know better. Second, the lead singer/songwriter and lead guitarist grew up in the upper Midwest and often reference their geography in their songs. I also grew up in the upper Midwest, so I get the references. Thrice, their music is obviously highly influenced by 1980s college radio, which I listened to obsessively as a teenager. Combine these facts and you can see why I love their music.
I have lived/am currently living some of their lyrics. "...and the early 7Seconds taught me some of life's most valuable lessons..." (Stay Positive) I used to lie to my parents about going to 7Seconds shows and get home after curfew and get my ass kicked. "...I said it's great to see you're still in the bars..." (Barfruit Blues) 99 out of 100 times when I am out at the bars, I am the oldest one there. "...we kissed in your car and drank from your purse. …
13 Nov 2008, 04:11 by Rockstar_AimzTue 11 Nov – The Hold Steady, Drive-By Truckers
Bad haircuts. Geeky glasses. Horrible fashion sense. Am I describing myself or the rock band, The Hold Steady? The answer is "Yes" (except for keyboardist Franz Nicolay - that dude is stylin'!). But don't ever accuse the dorks (or their nerdy fans) of not bringing the rock.
I have to admit that when I found out that two of the best live bands that I had ever seen were touring together, I peed my pants a little in excitement. The Hold Steady and the Drive-By Truckers are touring together this fall on the "Rock and Roll Means Well" tour, the line taken out of the Trucker's song Marry Me. The two bands are alternating headline acts, with The Hold Steady opening in Toronto at the Phoenix Concert Hall.
They kicked open their set with Stuck Between Stations from their epic 2006 album Boys And Girls In America, and rocked many tracks off of their latest release Stay Positive. In addition they played many songs from their older albums, much to my delight. …
10 Nov 2008, 01:19 by sci_fi_sunsetIt’s no exaggeration to say that The Hold Steady make me want to go to America.
Their rock’n’roll mythologies dramatise and glorify the experiences of young characters on the periphery of the American narrative at the turn of the 21st century. It’s a seductive sound. Often described as America’s premier bar band, The Hold Steady build on a long history of American rock’n’roll and literature to create fun, witty and self-aware rock music. Specifically, their songs and characters typically inhabit the city and suburbs of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area in the USA’s Midwest, often known as the Twin Cities. Somehow, though, the stories contained (or, perhaps more accurately, hinted at) in their music have managed to transcend the referenced Twin Cities locations.
Led by nasal vocalist and lively lyricist Craig Finn, The Hold Steady rose from the ashes of the Minneapolis-based outfit Lifter Puller. But despite their near-constant references to streets…
6 Jul 2008, 17:31 by febodyed
11 Aug 2007, 04:22 by Rockstar_AimzMon 6 Aug – The Hold Steady
Boys and Girls in Canada
The Hold Steady, Monday August 6, 2007
The Opera House, Toronto
You expect the indie rock power quintet The Hold Steady to come on stage and blow the Labatt Blue out of your hand with a killer power chord. But this isn’t exactly what happened. The band sauntered onto the stage, waved at the fans, and got their instruments organized. Lead singer Craig Finn grabbed the mic, looked at the audience, smiled, and started into the a capella opening of Hornets! Hornets! off of the 2005 release Separation Sunday. The capacity crowd cheered wildly, but, by the second line, got eerily quiet, following Finn’s every lip movement, an odd but delightful phenomenon that rarely happens at rock shows. Of course by the time Finn finished the verse, “…with whoever's gonna get me the highest,” the crowd erupted.
The Brooklyn-via-Minneapolis-based band continued to rock the (Opera) house, covering most of their superb 2006 release Boys And Girls In America. …
13 Dec 2006, 18:57 by harryhallerI'm feeling nostalgic for my youth, so I broke out the 1986 Bruce Springsteen box set of live performances last week. But I've always had problems with Springsteen. On the one hand, I recognize and respect the fact that he is an extremely able songwriter, tireless performer and dedicated defender of the "little guy." On the other hand, I'm still a little put off by the cult of Bruce.
As a teenager with goth tendencies in the mid-80s, I had an inherent distrust of anything that was popular, particularly anything that was popular with the mainstream jock crowd in my high school. Which Springsteen certainly was. But I've recently found may way back to Springsteen again, in no small part because of Craig Finn and The Hold Steady. I was floored by Separation Sunday, immediately got my hands on Almost Killed Me and Finn's work with Lifter Puller and have been a huge fan since.
Finn owes a lot to Springsteen, particularly the way he mythologizes the no-account…
5 Oct 2006, 07:40 by lisardggYI've been driving throughout the US for the past month, and one of the things I've been keeping an eye of was The Hold Steady's first album, Almost Killed Me. I've written before about their second album, Separation Sunday and was trying to get my greedy little paws on the first. Surprisingly, though, I couldn't find it anywhere. It was out of stock in the big stores, unheard of in the small ones, and even in Minneapolis (which I'm told is the hometown of some of them, and is featured prominently in their songs) no one had heard of them.
A few days ago I reached Portland and was overjoyed to find them in the new CD section, but was even more surprised to find that while I was looking for their first album, they went and released a THIRD one. So I bought that instead. Almost Killed Me will have to wait.
My first impression of their third album, Boys And Girls In America, is that it is very similar to Seperation Sunday. The musical style is very similar - the same driving guitars and…