Posted in comedy | music | tour dates on November 28, 2012

Craig Finn w/ The Hold Steady in NYC in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Craig Finn

Listen to the references he makes in his lyrics or read an interview with him and you know that Craig Finn (of The Hold Steady) has a wide range of taste, and that isn't lost on his list of the top ten records of 2012, which bounces from underground rapper El-P to folk legend Bill Fay to non-stop rockers Japandroids. Of the list, Craig says, "A lot of my friends made really great records this year. To keep myself sane, I've created a list of my top ten records by people I don't know personally. Compiled quickly, probably with some ommisions." You can check the whole thing out below.

Craig will be taking part of the Soundtrack Series in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge this Friday (11/30) along with Cynthia Kaplan, Jenny Rubin, Daniel Ralston, Steve Zimmer, and host Dana Rossi. The event description reads, "Five artists-writers, comics, actors and musicians-tell the stories they forever connect with songs from their past. There's the song, the story behind the song, and the story inspired by the song. We're the third one." Craig will be doing his on "I Will Dare" by the Replacements. Tickets for that are on sale now.

Meanwhile watch Craig on the Chris Gethard show TONIGHT (11/28).

As mentioned, The Hold Steady will play Wellmont Theatre on New Year's Eve with Lucero. Since we last spoke, comedian Kurt Braunohler has been added to that bill as well. Tickets for the show are still available.

Craig Finn's top 10 albums of 2012 list is below...

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Craig Finn's Top 10 Albums of 2012: (in no particular order)
Father John Misty - Fear Fun
DIIV - Oshin
Bill Fay - Life Is People
Japandroids - Celebration Rock
El P - Cancer 4 Cure
Bob Dylan - Tempest
Rodriguez - Searching for Sugarman Soundtrack
Lower Dens - Nootropics
Tame Impala - Lonerism
The Weeknd - Trilogy

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Comments (24)

where is grimes on this list!

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2012 5:32 PM

Not sure if there is anything more irrelevant that what albums Craig Finn thinks are good.

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2012 5:39 PM

get Franz back, Craig

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2012 5:52 PM

yawn...someone please start sending Finn more records.

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2012 5:55 PM

remember when the hold steady played Beacon Theatre? that was weird.

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2012 5:55 PM

@ 5:39 There are things that are more irrelevant. Like an anonymous, snarky comment on BrooklynVegan

Posted by Craig Finn | November 28, 2012 7:55 PM

@5:39 you're just pissed because no one will ever give a shit which albums you think are the best. I loved the conversation we had today at the coffee shop in Brooklyn though. My favorite part was when you asked me if my order was to stay or to go.

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2012 8:13 PM

5:39 is fuckin aye bubba. And no, I'm not 5:39. He just happens to be absolutely right, and you two ^ are fucking idiots.

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2012 8:36 PM

Finn's singing and look makes me want to him in the face with a lead pipe

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2012 8:42 PM

So the event is just a few people in a room, and each person picks a song, and then tells the story inspired by that song? Wtf people really go to things like this?

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2012 11:41 PM

Hey I know that guy! He did my taxes last year, saved me $62.88 from last year's return.

Posted by Anonymous | November 29, 2012 5:09 AM

Tempest!

Posted by Ace | November 29, 2012 10:29 AM

I don't see Meshuggah on that list.

Posted by Anonymous | November 29, 2012 12:37 PM

No Grimes? I though "list" meant "something with Grimes at the top of it"?

Posted by Anonymous | November 29, 2012 4:38 PM

Remember when rockers weren't utter fucking simpletons? I refuse to accept that there is talent in this yokel from edina. He cant sing. His guitar playing is sub-interesting. His lyrics are babble, and there is zero gravity to the subject matter.

There's a lot to love about the 21st century, so far, but the acts that have caught on are so bland and forgettable, that it's a fucking shame that they will be known as the first who managed to make a mark by internet.

Before there was a geek club, guys like Finn were destined to be modest hometown heroes, deservedly so.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 12:28 AM

oh craig finn, always so annoying to look at and listen to. you really got it all don't you?

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 11:33 AM

Anon - what a brave commentor. What kind of people have nothing more to do - those with no goals and/or living in their parent's basements?

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 1:20 PM

Is this youtube?

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2012 12:36 AM

@5:55 - yup!

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2012 12:51 AM

how is this like a guy that people pay attention to

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2012 4:38 PM

The Hold Steady = OLD ROCK

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2012 5:03 PM

Kudos to the guy who posted 13 individual third eye blind jokes. We're all rooting for ya, brah!

Posted by Hotspot Shield 2013 | April 8, 2013 10:58 AM

everyone is always talking about the grimes.

Posted by catering winnipeg | July 2, 2013 6:41 PM

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