Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Hold Steady Have a New Album... and it's Good....

The Hold Steady, both Minnesota AND Brooklyn's answer to the question "Who will save rock n roll?" have a new album coming out called Teeth Dreams..... It's good. I didn't care for the first few things I heard from it... it sounded like The Hold Steady and it sounded good, but it didn't sound extraordinary... which is something we have come to count on from the band of always-do-wells (at music)....

But yesterday I was able to listen to the whole album, in sequence, and it just gets better and better... so by the end, there is no doubt that the boys are back, back in black, and ready to rock. We salute you, oh Hold Steady guys.....

Also check out their charity cover EP Rags (nice cover of Kiss' Hard Luck Woman guys..)...

And while you're at it, in honour of the upcoming Game of Thrones Season 4 premiere, let's raise a glass to their hearty version of The Bear and The Maiden Fair, which played over a stunning scene in an episode last season.... and a couple of other interesting videos....

Here's the boys back in January doing some acoustic stuff at a radio station... (pretty cool)....

Thursday, 30 January 2014 13:00

The Hold Steady 1/30/14 + video

The Hold Steady at KDHXThe Hold Steady at KDHXNate Burrell
Written by Derek Schwartz
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  • Date Recorded:January 30, 2014 
  • Artist / Band:The Hold Steady 
  • Hosting Show:Feel Like Going Home 
  • Sound:Dan Kinney 
  • Video:Ed Kleinberg 
The Hold Steady's Facebook page, where the band lists their musical genre, simply states: "Straight up Rock & Roll."

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With six studio albums already under their belt and a seventh around the corner, there is no confusion about how to label these Brooklyn veterans' sound. Their tone is rugged, and timeless, and they manage to put a thousand words into a single guitar slide.  This is, in fact, "Straight up Rock & Roll."
The band might have left the amplifiers and distortion pedals in the van for this exclusive acoustic set, but none of the attitude and grittiness that define the band's sound has been lost. Craig Finn lays down some mean vocals while Tad Kubler and Steve Selvidge keep the music grounded with masterful guitar work. The sound may be stripped down from the monumental rock that you'll find on their albums, but the acoustic set packs the same punch with a much more intimate feel.
The rockers bookended this live set with songs from their last record, "Heaven Is Whenever," opening with "The Sweet Part of the City" and closing with "We Can Get Together." In between were two new songs from their upcoming album. "The Only Thing," is a love song with a tough kick to it, and "Almost Everything" is a beautiful slow jam about pretty waffle house waitresses and muffled religious conversations from the back of a movie theater.
If these songs are any indication, the new album, "Teeth Dreams," is going to be one hell of a record.
All photos by Nate Burrell

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