Entries tagged with: The Hold Steady
"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.....
Some details on tomorrow's show HERE. Info on the CD you see above, below...
Ra Ra Riot @ Bowery Ballroom, NYC - March 7, 2008 (Bryan Bruchman)
Hold Steady members @ KiDROCKERS @ Living Room 2/10/08 (Maryanne Ventrice)
* Shara Worden & Dayna Kurtz are @ Union Hall
* Ra Ra Riot sold out Bowery Ballroom Friday night
* the Hold Steady recently played for kids @ The Living Room
* Ra Ra Riot is playing for kids at the Living Room today
* The Living Room is turning 10 years old
* Yuka Honda of Cibo Matto plays with Sean Lennon a lot
* Samamidon plays in Doveman's band in addition to playing solo
* Samamidon has been getting some serious acclaim himself lately
* Yuka Honda, Doveman, Luke Temple & Samamidon are @ Mercury Lounge
KiDROCKERS is a monthly concert series that you have to bring your kids to. Ra Ra Riot's 'Dying is Fine' video is below. What else?
The Hold Steady @ Terminal 5, NYC - Nov 21, 2007 (Leia Jospe)
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!)That covers Franz solo, Franz in Guignol, and Franz in World/Inferno Friendship Society. More photos of Franz & The Hold Steady @ Terminal 5, below....
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!
Eddie Argos: I met John at the Pitchfork festival, actually. It was weird because I'd been playing Mountain Goats constantly. And I said, "I'm so glad to meet you! I'm playing you lot constantly!" And then they said the same back to us! Like, aha! This is nice-- when you really like a band, and it turns out they like you too. You're doing the right thing.I have a pair of tickets to give away to the NYC show at Terminal 5 on November 21st. To win, follow the same instructions (email, subject, etc...) in the other current Terminal 5 ticket contest post.
Craig Finn: That's one of the greatest things. If someone like John Darnielle says "God, that's a great lyric," you feel, "Whoa!" That's a great compliment. Where it's not like some college journalist saying "this album rocks!", you know? It carries a lot of weight. Like, John Samson from the Weakerthans, another one of my favorite lyricists. Right now-- I mean, Bob Dylan aside-- I feel like I know most of the really good lyricists personally. Like, they're in my phone. And that's a cool perk, I think. Obviously if you're into lyrics or rock'n'roll, you're out here doing it, making it your life... [more fun @ Pitchfork]
In related news, Eddie Argos has formed yet ANOTHER band....
a coffee cup and some plastic daffodils (CRED)
I always stress how great the lyrics are when I introduce someone to the Weakerthans. The music might have to grow on you, but their words allow you to instantly follow along. So, this quote by Craig Finn of the Hold Steady was cool to read:
John Samson from the Weakerthans—he is the lyricist that I can say, without hesitation, is better than I am. But almost everyone else I think I'm in contention with. [Other favorites are] Blake Schwarzenbach from Jawbreaker/Jets to Brazil, obviously Dylan, Springsteen—that kind of thing. But John Samson is the best right now. [Craig to the Stranger] (via)I also agree with Craig (about himself) - he (Craig) is a good lyricist too. The Hold Steady are on tour with Art Brut.
Not surpringly, it wasn't that hard to find a few pictures of Weakerthan lyric-inspired tattoos. That one above with the plastic daffodils is the best. Two more tattoo pics, and some videos for you to sing along with, below....
the Hold Steady @ 7 WTC, NYC - Sep 17, 2007 (CRED)
The Downtown Music Series debuted to a packed plaza at the base of the brand new 7 World Trade Center last night. With the state of the art 7 WTC behind them, and the 6-year-old Pit on their right, The Hold Steady performed a tight one-hour set primarily consisting of material from Boys and Girls in America. [NYCTaper taped the show]M Ward played the next night. Tonight's free show is Nick Lowe, Holmes Brothers & Ollabelle. The Hold Steady is going on tour with Art Brut.
BIG rock show in Brooklyn's beautiful Prospect Park Thursday night, drawing hundreds (nearly 1000?) to the bandshell to Celebrate Brooklyn and watch three fine rock bands twirl their guitars, sing their songs and pump the kids full of beer and amplification. Good times all around.
'Twas a sit down fest for The Teenage Prayers and The Big Sleep (more a result of the summer relaxed evening fun), but a stand-up arena rock show (as the crowd swelled) for The Hold Steady. And rightfully so. [Waved Rumor]
Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O
more pictures below....
Craig Finn at Hi Fi. Photo: Lee Pelligrini
It has been brought to my attention that the free show at Barnes & Noble will actually just be frontman Craig Finn solo. It is one of B&N's Upstairs in the Square events, and will be hosted by NPR's Kathryn Lampher. For all members of The Hold Steady, check out the shows in Prospect Park, and by the World Trade Center.