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DOWNLOAD: Pearl and the Beard - Lost In Singapore (w/ Franz Nicolay) (MP3)

Franz Nicolay w/ Hold Steady @ Coachella '09 (more by Darren Kim)
Franz Nicolay

You should know: I've left The Hold Steady. I told the band I'd be leaving in early September, played my last show with them in Minneapolis around Thanksgiving, and dotted the t's and crossed the i's this week. Five years seemed like a nice round number. Thanks to everyone who was a part of the experience, especially the Unified Scene, who are nice folks. I'll see you all soon in any case. [FranzNicolay.com]
Franz goes on to list the bevy of projects that've been keeping him busy: a story collection called Complicated Gardening Techniques, a new CD with Mischief Brew & Guignol Fight Dirty, his own solo EP (a follow-up to his 2009 LP Major General), production work with The Debutante Hour, and a World/Inferno barbershop EP.

Franz has some solo shows coming up (in addition to his collaborative projects). He plays Knitting Factory on February 26th for a show with Tim Fite and Toronto band Zeus. Tickets are on sale. He'll also be touring the UK in March.

His band Guignol will be playing Freddy's Backroom on February 2nd with The Debutante Hour, Phoebe Kreutz and Otis Pike.

In 2009, he collaborated with Pearl and the Beard, putting accordion to the track above, off their album God Bless Your Weary Soul, Amanda Richardson. Pearl and the Beard have a show coming up this weekend, Saturday, January 23rd at Mercury Lounge, where they'll play with Xylos, Team Genius, Echo Station, The Static Jacks and Valerie June. Tickets are on sale. Their "Will Smith Medly" video is below, along with some Franz videos and all tour dates...

Pearl and the Beard - Will Smith Medley from Goddamn Cobras Collective on Vimeo.

Franz Nicolay "Jeff Penalty"

Franz Nicolay "This World Is An Open Door"

Franz Nicolay of The Hold Steady - Cease-Fire WNRN in Charlottesville, VA on January 6, 2009

Franz Nicolay - 2010 Tour Dates
Feb 19 Alfred U., Knight Club Alfred, New York
Feb 20 DC9 Washington, Washington DC
Feb 25 Khyber PA, Pennsylvania
Feb 26 Knitting Factory (Brooklyn) Brooklyn, New York
Mar 16 Windmill Brixton, UK London
Mar 17 Maze, Nottingham UK Nottingham
Mar 18 Cafe Tarifa, Oxford UK Oxford
Mar 19 Gassienda, Keighley UK Keighley
Mar 20 Adelphi, Hull UK Hull
Mar 23 10 Feet Tall, Cardiff UK Cardiff

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Comments (33)

bad move

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2010 4:50 PM

Fail

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2010 4:55 PM

The monkey ain't nothin' without the organ grinder.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2010 5:12 PM

The day the music died.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2010 5:14 PM

At least someone in that band finally realized they suck

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2010 5:19 PM

huge fail for that dude

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2010 5:21 PM

^^
You guys are brilliant. Stay Positive.

I hope somebody gives you this kind of shit when you quit the Hold Steady.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2010 5:22 PM

Totally a bad move. I don't see the solo stuff doing much.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2010 5:35 PM

maybe he'll join The Decemberists.

Posted by donn | January 21, 2010 5:39 PM

Bad move! The Hold Steady is sick.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2010 6:02 PM

"maybe he'll join The Decemberists."

parable-based concept album about how SHE WAS A REALLY GOOD KISSER WASNT ALL THAT STRICT OF A CHRISTIAN

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2010 6:02 PM

Its also probably about time to quit that ridiculous mustache.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2010 6:23 PM

Good luck, Franz. See you at the 2020 reunion shows.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2010 6:26 PM

Huh? Would anyone even pay to see this schmuck??

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2010 6:31 PM

I'd like to see 2 out of every 3 brooklynvegan commenters drowned in a garbage can full of water with a fat guy sitting on the lid.

"meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeh gurrgle gurgle gurgle meee.ehhh... gurgle gulp gulp cough cough (silence)"

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2010 7:09 PM

"(meh)"

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2010 7:11 PM

who gives a fuck? this band sucked hard

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2010 7:11 PM

first Frusciante, now this...

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2010 7:17 PM

Franz is awesome and I support him no matter what he does! You go, Nicolay.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2010 7:51 PM

@7:09 - hahaha. brilliant!

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2010 9:05 PM

stupid must(au)che.

double who fucking cares.

decemberists blow turds too.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2010 9:10 PM

every last one of you are irritating hipster music snobs. please leave brooklyn immediately and play your out of tune instruments back home.

http://www.diehipster.com

Posted by diehipster | January 21, 2010 9:29 PM

most of us probably aren't in Brooklyn.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2010 11:14 PM

Wow, anonymous people sure have alot to say. Losers.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2010 5:44 AM

He looks like Rocco Sifredi!

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2010 7:02 AM

The Hold Shitty, for real

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2010 7:32 AM

They are nothing without those keys!!! Please they replaced him in 3 seconds.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2010 8:57 AM

dont forget he wasnt on the first record, this is a loss, he's a great guy, an important part of their success, but im sure they'll figure it out, probably have people tripping overthemselves to play in front of large crowds and make money every night while having a good time

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2010 9:49 AM

Franz is maybe the only reason I ever listened to this band. Without him, they're just a generic bar band with shitty songs and great delivery.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2010 10:06 AM

come on, the only reason you listened to them, seriously? seems a tad exaggerated, was it the way he say whoa oh oh

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2010 5:06 PM

Aww damn. He helped the Hold Steady be great.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2010 1:37 AM

If the solo career fails, he could always go into porn as a double for Ron Jeremy.

Posted by blackhat | January 24, 2010 6:46 PM

The Hold Steady is a great band - if you know anything about R&R. Do a couple of semesters at the School of Rock. Take the history of rock course.

Posted by George | July 8, 2010 12:19 AM

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