Entries tagged with: The Hold Steady
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Bankrupt electronics retailer Circuit City Inc. said Friday it has asked for court approval to close its remaining 567 U.S. stores and sell all its merchandise...It was announced a few days ago that Virgin Megastore is also closing its Times Square location.
..."We are extremely disappointed by this outcome," James Marcum, acting CEO for Circuit City, said in a statement. "We were unable to reach an agreement with our creditors and lenders to structure a going-concern transaction in the limited timeframe available, and so this is the only possible path for our company."...
...The company said the sale would begin Saturday and run until March 31, pending court approval. The retailer's Web site and call center will cease to operate after Jan. 18. Circuit City said employees will receive 60 days notice of the termination. [CNN]
Hex Education Journal: What made you want to come out with a solo album now? Did you feel the time was just right?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...
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.
"One Saturday, I went to the Regal Cinema in Union Square to see the reissued The Last Waltz, Martin Scorsese's film documenting The Band's star-studded final performance at the Winterland Ballroom in 1976. I came out of the theatre energised by the music and performances of The Band, and Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan.Read Craig Finn's whole NYC story at The Independent. Check out the Hold Steady's latest tour dates (no NYC though), below...
What struck me about the movie is how much fun the musicians were having. I began to understand music as being a fun thing, and started to miss playing with people. I missed the fingers on the strings, the buzz in the amplifiers. I was ready to date, but guarded against falling in love." [Craig Finn]
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Plush's Fed & The Dodos' Visiter
It's the time of year when people start talking which album was the best this year. That usually means I start cramming and trying to figure out what I still haven't heard and look forward to what others have to say to make my selection process slightly easier. Part of what I'm saying is, I'm not ready to answer that yet. According to the aggregated critics at MetaCritic, this is what was best this year...
1 London Zoo by The BugDoes when an album actually came out matter?. Bon Iver's album actually came out in 2007, but was reissued in 2008. Shugo's album came out in 2007 in Japan. Plush's album actually came out in 2002 in Japan (I still haven't heard it). Robyn's album came out in Sweden in 2005. Steinski came out in 2008, but as the title suggests, is actually a compilation of tracks that were released between 1983-2006.
2 Fed by Plush
3 For Emma, Forever Ago by Bon Iver
4 Dear Science, by TV On The Radio
5 Exit by Shugo Tokumaru
6 Fleet Foxes by Fleet Foxes
7 Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! by Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
8 Robyn by Robyn
9 Hercules And Love Affair by Hercules And Love Affair
10 What Does It All Mean? 1983-2006 Retrospective by Steinski
Also put out albums this year: Sigur Ros, Jamie Lidell, Laura Marling, Lykke Li, Marnie Stern, Jenny Lewis, She & Him, Conor Oberst, My Morning Jacket, MGMT, The Black Keys, Calexico, Crystal Stilts, Crystal Castles, Crystal Antlers, Grails, Al Green, Anathallo, Flight of the Conchords, Frightened Rabbit, Wolf Parade, Vampire Weekend, Vivian Girls, The Walkmen, Santogold, Parts & Labor, Cut Copy, Hot Chip, David Byrne, Death Cab For Cutie, Beck, Beach House, Elbow, REM, M83, NIN, No Age, Of Montreal, Destroyer, Department of Eagles, Deerhoof, Deerhunter, The Dears, and Deer Tick (though Deer tick was out in 2007 and reissued in 2008) (and I guess Radiohead is qualified too) (and Metallica, AC/DC and Guns N' Roses) (and JACK JOHNSON) (and a million others).
Who else? What are your favorites this year? Who will Pitchfork pick as #1?
The Bug is going on tour with Nine Inch Nails. Those dates are below...
Franz Nicolay by Chris La Putt (more)
Photos by Chris La Putt
The Hold Steady and Drive-By Truckers played their first of two shows together at Terminal 5 in NYC last night (11/6). They do it again tonight - this time in reverse order. Last night DBT played last. This time they play first. More pictures, including one of the Hold Steady's setlist, from last night below... .
The Hold Steady @ McCarren Pool (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
today in NYC
* NY Comedy Festival
* free comedy @ Caroline's
* The Gutter Twins @ Warsaw
* The Heavy, Kenan Bell @ Union Pool
* Care Bears On Fire @ 92YTribeca
* Endless Boogie & Dead Man @ Maxwell's
* Smashing Pumpkins @ United Palace Theatre
* Drive By Truckers, The Hold Steady @ Terminal 5
* The High Dials & Black Diamond Bay @ Southpaw
* Toadies, People in Planes, Mike Krum @ Webster Hall
* Rival Schools, Innaway, The King Left @ Mercury Lounge
* Joseph Arthur & The Lonely Astronauts @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Little Annie, Paul Wallfisch, Edison Woods @ Santos Party House
* Bad Brains, Rival Schools & Trouble Andrew @ Irving Plaza
* Psychic ills, Soft Circle & Eric Copeland (Black Dice) @ Cake Shop
The Music Tapes are coming caroling this winter. Their/his new music video for the song "Majesty" is below...
"I think [Radiohead have] lost the plot," Kubler said
Finn (Hold Steady) @ McCarren Pool (more by Kyle Reinford)
Hold Steady guitarist Tad Kubler has caused the Internet to go nuts with his comments on Radiohead, which he made over the weekend to BBC6 Music. "I think they've lost the plot," Kubler said when asked the now-standard-in-every-music-interview question about Thom Yorke et al's recent album In Rainbows. "What are they doing? Where are they going? What's happening? I don't get it any more. They lost me. I still appreciate what they're doing, or what they're trying to do. But I think they're trying too hard not to be Radiohead. That seems a little ridiculous to me." Kubler then went on to praise... Oasis. Ooh, burn! Yorke and his bandmates were unavailable for comment, but the Internet was more than happy to rush in and fill that particular void... [Idolator]The tour is called the "Rock and Roll Means Well Tour". The bands are The Hold Steady and Drive By Truckers. It's a great bill, but I think there should be plenty of NYC tickets to go around since the NYC shows are at Terminal 5 (a venue both bands have played before) two nights in a row (Nov 6 & 7). That said, tickets go on presale Tuesday. All dates for both bands (with and without each other) below...
The Hold Steady @ McCarren Pool (more by Kyle Reinford)
"While the UK pop scene suffers from a surfeit of homogenous guitar rock, American music is enjoying a golden moment. Literary bands, with songs that revel in intricate language, complex narratives and cinematic plot twists, are on the rise. So if you are looking for an alternative to identikit indie, the wait is over..."The Observer goes on to name The Hold Steady, Vampire Weekend, Silver Jews, The Mountain Goats and Fleet Foxes as fine examples of American lyrics. Tickets are now on sale for the next Fleet Foxes show in NYC.
[says The Observer]
Fleet Foxes last show in NYC was on the TV.
For anyone new to the Hold Steady looking for a point of breaking and entering on Stay Positive, start with "Sequestered in Memphis." It's as immediate and infectious as "Your Little Hoodrat Friend." The same goes for the title track. Musically, two songs are real standouts: a guitar solo provides a plaintive wail on behalf of the rocky couple on "Lord, I'm Discouraged," while the harpsichord becomes the voice of the protagonist on "One for the Cutters." The instruments aid and abet Finn as he articulates the inner turmoil of his characters' lives.Other than Stay Positive, the only other new releases I have heard and can strongly recommend are the new Wire disc, Object 47, Blind Pilot's 3 Rounds and a Sound and Herman Dune's 1-2-3 Apple Tree EP.
Three Del Fuegos albums (Boston, Mass., The Longest Day, and Stand Up) lead the week's reissues, along with two vinyl releases (Rocky Votolato and Suicide Medicine) from singer-songwriter Rocky Votolato. Damon & Naomi's More Sad Hits has been remastered and is also available tomorrow.
McCarren Pool - June 29, 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Gothamist: Do you have spaces in mind for similar shows next year?Videos of the Hold Steady playing the Pool this past Sunday below....
Sarah Hooper (JellyNYC): Yes we do, The Open Space Alliance, Parks Department and even Marty Markowitz's office has been very clear that there will be a space for concerts no matter what in Williamsburg. It looks more and more like that will become the Williamsburg waterfront, but I'm just hoping wherever it is that it's a little less hot than 50,000 square feet of concrete! It literally is at the point where we all look like we're at a waterpark all day from trying to stay cool--either a quick juant down the Slip 'n Slide,a bottle of water over the head, or finding whichever sponsor has provided a misting fan and sitting there until I'm soaked!
Any prospects for a space that you can talk about?
As well, since there is no McCarren next year, we have decided to take Pool Parties national....
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
"hold steady came on around 5:45, play until around 7ish. weather cleared up for their great set." [jkov]
"They played a holy fuckload of the new album, and as one who tries to avoid iTunes and is thus waiting for its proper release the show was hard to get into." [Tito]
Spiritualized are streaming their entire new album @ MySpace. "Songs in A&E" is out June 3rd. The "Mister Lonely" soundtrack is out now. Tickets for their show at Terminal 5 are on sale. More tour dates here. Are they playing Music Hall of Williamsburg too?
Wolf Parade have a second new song for download at MySpace (it's called "Language City"). Their new album At Mount Zoomer is out on Sub Pop on June 17th. Tickets are still on sale for their show at Terminal 5. More tour dates HERE.
The Hold Steady @ Webster Hall, NYC (more by Paul Bachmann)
As previously announced, The Hold Steady will be kicking off the free "Pool Party" season at McCarren Pool on June 29th. They'll also be be playing all of the following places....
photos by Paul Bachmann
The first free Brooklyn 'Pool Party' of the summer will happen (at McCarren Pool) on June 29, 2008. The linuep is: The Hold Steady, The Loved Ones, and The Muslims, and the date is not long before the Hold Steady release their fourth album...
Stay Positive is due July 14 in the UK from new overseas home Rough Trade and July 15 in the States from Vagrant. The John Agnello-produced set, recorded in the greater New York metropolitan area this winter, sports both a wider array of instrumentation than past Hold Steady discs, and lyrics that concern themselves with "the attempt to age gracefully." Check out our chat with Craig and guitarist Tad Kubler from February for a little more insight into the forthcoming disc straight from the source. [Pitchfork]Friday night was the Tribeca Film Festival show at Webster Hall (May 2, 2008). Those who were there said it was good, but short. The Hold Steady's set was less than an hour with no encore. That's because there were lots of bands on the bill and it was more a film festival event than a proper concert. More photos from that, along with the new album tracklist, and tour dates, below....
The Hold Steady also may or may not be playing McCarren Pool this summer. More official Hold Steady tour dates below...
Another Seattle music festival....
Impose posted this:
The shows keep getting bigger but the pool stays the same. Here are some of the official lineups for Jelly NYC's annual McCarren Pool shows, which, on their third year, can officially be dubbed a hipster tradition. Since we are enormous hipsters over here at Impose, we've already broken out the seasonal short shorts and started shaking the dust out of our giant beards, which we are hoping are still fashionable after a ten month stint in our closet (the beards, not us).Breeders would be very cool. Not free I'm assuming though. Confirmed Breeders dates HERE.
Hold Steady with White Denim
(as just previously posted)
Liars and special guests who may have played an after party with Angus and the crew a few months ago.
MGMT and Black Moth Super Rainbow
(Black Moth part was previously confirmed)
There are other rumors as well. Apparently The Breeders may make an appearance in July, though no date's set. Team Robespierre's in that same boat.
And Devo I think.
...and photos of Franz Nicolay playing on the street in Austin
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.....
The Hold Steady and The Virgins are playing Webster Hall on May 2nd. Tickets go on sale April 12th. Regina Spektor, Nick Lowe, Sondre Lerche and many others are playing the annual day show at Canal Room (April 29-May 2). This is all part of this year's Tribeca Film Festival which believe it or not includes movies too (Lou Reed's Berlin directed by Julian Schnabel included). The day shows are for festival pass holders only, but I have two pairs of tickets to give away that get you in to the Canal Room for the whole week. How to win, and full festival details/lineups, below.....