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I finally get it.
Posted: Wed Oct 14, 2009 1:32 am
I'm famous for being late to the party when it comes to new music. I'll pick up something recommended to me, enjoy it for a while and then kind of forget about it. Then, for some reason, I'll start listening to it again and suddenly realize how fucking awesome it is, usually a year or two after everyone else in the world came to the same realization. I've done this with The Mountain Goats, Sugar, New Pornographers, and a bunch of others over the years.
Currently I'm doing the same thing with The Hold Steady's Stay Positive. This is getting heavy rotation around the Casa de Shecky and the more I listen to it the more I love it: it's like a perpetual motion machine of musical enjoyment.
Anyone else experience this phenomenon? Or am I a dope?
Posted: Wed Oct 14, 2009 4:34 am
It started for me when a friend gave me a copy of "Seperation Sunday."
I went to Katlick school and got all the references about "three open buttons" on the katlick school girl uniform and CCD and all that hokey pokey. The next one "Boys and Girls In America" didn't float my boat, although critics seem to really like it. "Stay Postive" came out and resulted in more compulsive listening. On my half hour commute I must have listened to that thing at least three straight weeks every morning, skipping over a few songs. I think "Seperation Sunday" is more of a "listen straight through" album. The thing about The Hold Steady is that You can listen 100 times and still pick up on new lyrics. One that took me awhile to figure out from "Sequestered in Memphis"---"We didn't go back to her place. We went to someplace where she CATSITS.""
Posted: Wed Oct 14, 2009 7:01 am
Took a while for me to get into the Hold Steady too. "Your Little Hoodrat Friend" is what finally got me. I had seen them live at a couple of outdoor festivals, but they didn't really click. Glad it finally did, because now I really like this band.
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Their debut, Almost Killed Me, is really good too. It's a reaction against all the trendy indie dance punk in Brooklyn in 2004. Remember the Rapture? I don't. But they got an album out of it, and they set up all of the basic qualities of their next albums.
Boys and Girls in America is my last favorite of their four studio albums. But it's got some moments.
Posted: Wed Oct 14, 2009 12:10 pm
I think what threw me off was the Springsteen-esque sound. I overlooked the songs themselves - like Sven mentioned, the bit about 'going someplace she cat-sits' caught me unawares.
Once I got they weren't an E-Street trib band, "Sequestered In Memphis" kind of blew my mind.
Posted: Wed Oct 14, 2009 9:10 pm
Oh man, this may be the only band I got to before someone on Glono. If I weren't so lazy I'd lord it over you, but instead I'll tell you to get Boys & Girls in America too (if you don't have it already), because both albums are absolutely wonderful.
Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 12:58 pm
Yeah, I'll have to pick up Stay Positive. I got sold on Boys & Girls just on the opening riff to "Stuck Between Stations." And then got nostalgic for Soul Asylum after hearing Dave Pirner on "Party Pit."
Great album. I can understand the Springsteen comparisons, though it seems a little lazy. C'mon, is every band that sings about young working class guys trying to party and get chicks over a catchy guitar riff and a piano a Springsteen rip off?
Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 2:39 pm
Again if you're interested in the band get "Separation Sunday". I agree with Jake on "My Little Hoodrat Friend" being their best song. Another good song which has been on myspace from time time is The Swish--must be from the first album. "We met this chick who looked just like Patty Smythe. She was shakey but nice. We met this chick who looked like Elizabeth Shue. We got bruised."
Posted: Thu Oct 22, 2009 4:59 pm
I agree with Sven. Separation Sunday is their best album.