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Franz NicolayHold Steady keyboardist Franz Nicolay's solo album, Major General, is out tomorrow. (Editor's note: Late of the Pier is out in the US too.)

Vinyl reissues of Dead Can Dance'sSpleen and Ideal, the Jam's All Mod Cons, the Lemonheads' It's a Shame About Ray are tempting, as are three M83 vinyl reissues: Before the Dawn Heals Us, Digital Shades, Vol. 1, and Saturdays=Youth

Next week's release week is huge (new albums by Antony and the Johnsons, Animal Collective, A.C. Newman, and that's just the artists beginning with "A"), so I am saving the bulk of the month's music budget for the January 20th releases.

What new releases can you recommend? Have I left anything off the list?

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Franz Nicolay

Hex Education Journal: What made you want to come out with a solo album now? Did you feel the time was just right?

Franz Nicolay: I feel the time is right to start setting the groundwork. Before joining World/Inferno I had fronted my own band, but I was having no success, nobody cared. So when I joined World/Inferno and it was a band that actually had fans I was like "thank god!" I just sort of put that part of myself aside for five or six years, but I knew it was something I was going to turn to, and one of the benefits of being in World/Inferno was that I had been that I was able to do a lot of different projects and one of the things I was missing in the intense and steady touring process was the opportunity to do different kinds of music. I was afraid of getting re-defined as a piano player in a rock band.
While I do a certain amount of songwriting in The Hold Steady Im sort of the John Paul Jones or George Harrison of the group.

The Sunday night late show at Le Poisson Rouge (1/11) in NYC features Nathaniel Rateliff, Sxip Shirey, and Franz Nicolay. All of Franz's tour dates below...

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Franz Nicolay by Chris La Putt (more)
Franz Nicolay

In honor of these pretty new pictures of the Hold Steady, I thought I would post the recent press release with details of Franz Nicolay's new solo album...

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...and photos of Franz Nicolay playing on the street in Austin

Franz Nicolay

There was a lot in that last post, so just to be clear:

Returning to the Tribeca Film Festival for a second time is Grammy-nominated music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas, who owns Chop Shop Music Supervision and recently launched her music label Chop Shop Records. Patsavas will curate Breaking the Band sponsored by Target, an exclusive live music showcase featuring The Hold Steady, The Virgins, and Republic Tigers that will take place Friday, May 2 at Webster Hall. Tickets will be available beginning Saturday, April 12 through the Tribeca Film Festival Box Office at www.tribecafilmfestival.org.
More Hold Steady tour dates, and more photos of Franz Nicolay playing in the streets during SXSW a few weeks ago, below.....

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The Hold Steady @ Terminal 5, NYC - Nov 21, 2007 (Leia Jospe)
The Hold Steady @ Terminal 5

That picture up there is Franz Nicolay of the Hold Steady playing with The Hold Steady at Terminal 5 in NYC right before Thanksgiving. It was the last show on their tour with Art Brut and the 1990s (not the 1900s who are playing Mercury Lounge tonight). I loved that show, and Leia even took a bunch of pictures for this website, but the post about it sort of got lost in the holidays, so.... here it finally is.......just in time to point out that Franz has some other shows coming up too...

January 11 - FRANZ NICOLAY @ Silent Barn (tonight!)
January 13 - FRANZ NICOLAY @ Maxwell's w/ Emilyn Brodsky & Whack
January 26 - GUIGNOL @ Luna Lounge - Masquerade Ball & Burlesque. Come fancy and masked.
Feb. 1 - WORLD/INFERNO @ Bowery Ballroom w/ Gutbucket!
That covers Franz solo, Franz in Guignol, and Franz in World/Inferno Friendship Society. More photos of Franz & The Hold Steady @ Terminal 5, below....

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