Pretty rocking Late Show last night: Dave welcomed Neil Young to the couch to talk about his efforts at engineering alternatively fueled cars, and the show dedicated two entire segments to the Hold Steady. The first was a pre-recorded bit with comedian and occasional Late Show man on the street Andy Kindler, who was tasked to profile this group that had “quietly become the best rock band in America.” Since Andy looks like this, though, it was mostly a profile in how Craig and Kindler look a lot alike but Finn is probably getting laid more. (Andy: “From (your) voice I expected the brooding sexuality of Jim Morrison, the golden locks of Robert Plant … you look like me! Why am I not a rock star?” Craig: “Well I dunno, maybe you’re doing something wrong?”) Uncle Dave’s taking his time posting the bit to his site, so while we wait on that, here’s “Sequestered,” with horns and handclaps:

This isn’t the first time THS have visited the Late Show, but it’s fair to think they’re gonna get a bigger bump from last night’s show. Vagrant’s psyched. Stay Positive’s out.

Comments (108)
  1. Pat  |   Posted on Jul 17th, 2008 0

    I love this band and I especially love this album. I think it’s even better than Boys & Girls In America, which I didn’t think was possible.

  2. KEEP IT COMING KINDLER

  3. Ben  |   Posted on Jul 17th, 2008 0

    I disagree. Boys and Girls is America and Seperation Sunday are much better.

    This is still a great album, though. Long live The Hold Steady!

  4. Aaron  |   Posted on Jul 17th, 2008 0

    Please explain why everyone loves this band?
    I guess I just don’t get this “white people guitar music” after all…

  5. chase  |   Posted on Jul 17th, 2008 0

    Aaron, fair enough. Just as long as I can say how much I prefer this to the pitiful “black-people-talking-instead-of-singing-music” that so many people love these days.

  6. Ben  |   Posted on Jul 17th, 2008 0

    What’s not to like. The music is great and the lyrics are amazing. Give them another chance.

    I have always said the Hold Steady is like sushi or ciggarettes. You don’t really like it the first time you try it, but if you keep coming back, it becomes an obsession and you start to crave it.

  7. reido  |   Posted on Jul 17th, 2008 0

    I like white people guitar music, but these guys just fucking annoy me. He looks like a toddler and the rest of the band are over the hill weirdos. Go figure.

  8. amirite  |   Posted on Jul 17th, 2008 0

    Hate this band.

  9. Aaron  |   Posted on Jul 17th, 2008 0

    Guess I’m not the only one who just doesn’t care.
    I mean, why even have two guitars if you’re not going to play one of them.
    Passssssss.

  10. gmd  |   Posted on Jul 17th, 2008 0

    If you’re gonna hate a band, why not hate coldplay or something. You may not like these dudes at all but at least they are earnest and sincere about what they do.

    • I’m not a big coldplay fan either, but just because you don’t like them doesn’t mean they aren’t earnest and sincere about what they do. these guys are all artists with a passion for making music, and the fact coldplay were on an ipod commercial doesn’t change that.

  11. The Hold Steady are the greatest rock n roll band on the planet. Listen to Seperation Sunday right now!

  12. reido  |   Posted on Jul 17th, 2008 0

    yeah, honest and sincere about sucking.

  13. Brian  |   Posted on Jul 17th, 2008 0

    I just don’t get why people insist on going into the comment boards and hate on bands that everyone is real excited about. I mean, I do not understand at all why everyone loves Sigur Ros so much, but I’m not going to rain on everyone’s parade and express my opinion of them. What bands do you guys like anway?

  14. This song has been stuck in my head for the last three days. this isn’t helping. Great song.
    I have a load of photos from their McCarren Pool show up here:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/subcow/sets/72157605900883717/

  15. Aaron  |   Posted on Jul 17th, 2008 0

    I hate Coldplay, too and they’re earnest and sincere too..in their own minds. The Hold Steady is just some band that I would hear on a Monday night at a dive bar with songs that are clever (to them) with a singer who would probably try (and fail) to hit my girlfriend. I guess it’s the old adage that one cannot fully enjoy a band if you don’t enjoy the people in it. In this case though, I just hate this smart-ass, cheeky frat rock.

    • TC  |   Posted on Jul 17th, 2008 0

      “with a singer who would probably try (and fail) to hit my girlfriend.”

      Sounds a freudian slip there, you abusive douchenozzle. Just because you enjoy slapping your (imaginary) girlfriend around, don’t transfer your anger issues onto Craig Finn.

    • Greg  |   Posted on Jul 22nd, 2008 0

      I think Craig Finn would do alright if he hit on your girlfriend. He is a rock star, after all, and you’re some lame punk on a message board.

  16. Brett  |   Posted on Jul 17th, 2008 0

    the hipsters have their girls jeans on too tight yet again. some of us like good old fashioned rock n’ roll and the hold stead is that at its finest.

  17. reido  |   Posted on Jul 17th, 2008 0

    sigur ros is innovative, making changes in music. the hold steady is doing everything that everyone has ever done before, but making it ten times more annoying and boring. and on top of that, the lead singer still looks like a retarded toddler.

  18. fnnegan craigster  |   Posted on Jul 17th, 2008 0

    hey reido: you know who’s honest and sincere about sucking? your mom!

    • reido  |   Posted on Jul 17th, 2008 0

      alright fnnegan, despite that your mom shot being entirely uncalled for, it was completely ridiculous. i doubted that anyone could be as stupid as this shitty band, but your lack of intelligence and trite comeback proved me wrong.

  19. ooookkkkk  |   Posted on Jul 17th, 2008 0

    Ok.

    I come on to comment boards usually to say things about bands I like EXCEPT the hold steady who offend so many of my senses I need to endlessly rant against them.

    Productive? no
    Pathetic? yes

    but it must be said the hold steady are the shittiest band I’ve heard in a long long ass time

    • Evan  |   Posted on Jul 21st, 2008 0

      I have always thought that The Hold Steady were a “love-em-or-hate-em” band, but by god to their fans love them. If you dislike their music, that’s fine, but please realize that it’s a personal preference thing. The fact that I love them and you may hate them doesn’t make them good or bad, it means we like different things. I think they’re the most alive, honest and exciting new rock band on the planet right now, but I can see where people would disagree with me. And if you ever happen to catch a show (even at a festival), the number of people going totally nuts in the crowd are proof that the band does not, in fact, suck, at least according to lots and lots of people.

      Basically, let’s just lay off the hate, people.

      • Greg  |   Posted on Jul 24th, 2008 0

        Dude, why even be so diplomatic about this? The Hold Steady put killer hooks and intelligent lyrics into a fun package. I pity the people who hate them.

  20. finnegan craigster  |   Posted on Jul 17th, 2008 0

    some thoughts for reido:

    lack of intelligence: “sigur ros is innovative, making changes in music.” — yeah, that’s deep shit there (your high-school stab at music criticism, not the band — which i love)

    entirely uncalled for: “He looks like a toddler and the rest of the band are over the hill weirdos.” — that was TOTALLY called for. besides, that’s what matters in a band. stick to your boring pretty boys. you know — the kind who have a chance hitting on aaron’s girlfriend.

  21. eric  |   Posted on Jul 17th, 2008 0

    Seperation Sunday is the best rock album since 2000. Those of you who are hating just haven’t taken the time and listen to their albums in full. This band is America and us in the Midwest completely understand where they’re coming from. Maybe you guys just don’t get it. Wow, the hipsters just don’t get it. that rarely happens…haha

  22. Mike C  |   Posted on Jul 17th, 2008 0

    @ reido
    How is saying that Craig Fin has a baby face a legitimate criticism of the band’s music. Jonsi looks like a prepubescent elf but that dosen’t make me love Sigur Ros any less.

  23. Mike C  |   Posted on Jul 17th, 2008 0

    @ reido
    How is saying that Craig Fin has a baby face a legitimate criticism of the band’s music. Jonsi looks like a prepubescent elf but that dosen’t make me love Sigur Ros any less.

  24. Brett  |   Posted on Jul 17th, 2008 0

    and all you sniffling indie kids….HOLD STEADY. no he didn’t!!!

  25. james  |   Posted on Jul 17th, 2008 0

    Craig Finn looks like Aberman from the Might Ducks.

    The Hold Steady have really good stories in their songs. Try that HEALTH!

  26. eric  |   Posted on Jul 17th, 2008 0

    All the clustered up clever kids…HOLD STEADY!

  27. Evan  |   Posted on Jul 17th, 2008 0

    I try so hard to like this band, but it sounds so cheesy…

  28. CTA  |   Posted on Jul 17th, 2008 0

    I can see going to see these guys live and being surrounded by good old Brucey vibrations and having fun. The dude obviously believes.in what he does.. but the by the next time I youtube Bruce live in london 75 I’ll forget I ever saw this.

  29. Charlemagne  |   Posted on Jul 17th, 2008 0

    Hey Aaron, Reido and you other hipster arthouse types, go rock out to your Belle and Sebastian, Postal Service and Iron & Wine. That’s obviously about the level of rock and roll you’re used to.

  30. P.  |   Posted on Jul 17th, 2008 0

    Sometimes I think people on this board make judgments before ever really exploring a band’s catalog of work. How can you people ever enjoy music, if your constantly searching for “new music”? Listen to everything a band has to offer, and enjoy yourself while your at it…. and then your comments and opinions may be worth something. In the meanwhile go see Tegan and Sara play the same fucking set two nights in a row at Terminal… fuckin hipsters ( sorry if that last remark was unnecessary)

  31. patrick  |   Posted on Jul 17th, 2008 0

    look at all the negative comments on this thread. haha the hold steady are “over the hill weirdos” or craig finn looks “like a toddler” i mean who gives a shit what he LOOKS like. I can see some people not liking the hold steady but again craig is an absolute master story teller and he really captures the whole growing up in the isolated midwest thing perfectly.

  32. After seeing this band live and on this video, I’m convinced that craig’s guitar is either not plugged in, or turned waaaaaay down in the mix. can anyone confirm or deny this?

    • While Craig is certainly not playing lead guitar (and not playing it at all a large part of the time), it is definitely audible. I saw them a few weeks ago, and there were several times his guitar was the only instrument playing.

    • It is turned way down in the mix, but it’s not like he’s ever really claimed to be a guitarist or anything. He plays because it’s fun and when it helps it helps, and it doesn’t hurt anything.

  33. reido  |   Posted on Jul 17th, 2008 0

    my comments were never meant for craig’s face, more at his absurd dancing style mimicking a seizure. he should put his instrument back in the van and call it a day for pretending to be a guitarist.

    maybe sigur ros isn’t the greatest band for a hold steady killer, but just because i don’t like them means i DO like belle & sebastian, the postal service or iron & wine. i’m pretty sure nobody on this thread likes any of those bands, they are just weak cheap shots.

    lets talk about fugazi perhaps.

  34. james  |   Posted on Jul 17th, 2008 0

    I like Iron and Wine and the Postal Service and The Hold Steady. Don’t judge anyone….you don’t fucking know!

    You fucking people all suck….i’m dumber after reading your comments.

  35. brody  |   Posted on Jul 17th, 2008 0

    the hold steady…. MEH

  36. Haha, I love the negative hipster response. All you people (like myself) who like The Hold Steady should realize by now that the uptight hipsters can’t enjoy a band if 10 other people like them too. It’s inconceivable! That’s why the only negative things they can come up with about the band are what they look like. Wow, fantastic job boys – wait to critique a band based on their looks rather than what they play. After all, everyone should be based on how they look rather than how their perform their work related duties, right? Right???

  37. dannygutters  |   Posted on Jul 17th, 2008 0

    I like the hold steady, but I’d rather have heard neil young.

  38. yep  |   Posted on Jul 17th, 2008 0

    The Midwest is Best.

  39. JFC, when did the Stereogum boards turn into Youtube comments?

    In before some kid requests someone else “go die”.

  40. barband  |   Posted on Jul 17th, 2008 0

    Bob Mould
    David Lowery
    Tom Petty
    Craig Finn
    All of The Above

    good to see Blogs singing praises of pure classic rock- it’s timeless, and the bands can make a living from touring- Not many other bands can do that today – most have a shelf life of 2 records and bub-bye. It’s about quality rock and roll – timeless sounds- if you want to actually make a living playing live.

  41. stu  |   Posted on Jul 17th, 2008 0

    mindless rubbish

  42. DS48  |   Posted on Jul 17th, 2008 0

    If you don’t like The Hold Steady, you probably don’t understand Rock ‘n’ Roll. Or America. Or fun, in general.

    Hipsters, find a new band to shit on. You couldn’t stop My Morning Jacket and you’re not stopping The Hold Steady either. Just go listen to Panda Bear and shut up already. For everyone’s sake.

  43. reido  |   Posted on Jul 17th, 2008 0

    okay okay okay…. if you don’t like the hold steady, you probably understand that HE IS NOT EVEN PLAYING THAT GUITAR!!!

  44. Mike  |   Posted on Jul 17th, 2008 0

    Just wondering, could anyone who thinks the Hold Steady sucks post a list of what they listen to. Much appreciated.

    • meem  |   Posted on Jul 17th, 2008 0

      I hate the hold steady

      lately I enjoy

      animal collective
      deerhunter
      radiohead
      portishead
      pj harvey
      grizzly bear
      bon iver
      fleet foxes
      beach house
      beyonce
      nico muhly
      the futureheads
      the gossip
      panda bear
      chad vangaalen
      abe vigoda
      spoon
      feist
      even sometimes vampire weekend!

      hold steady fucking blow

    • I can’t fucking stand The Hold Steady (especially that Gogol Bordello reject motherfucker). Lately, I’ve been listening a lot to:

      Bob Dylan
      Smog
      Wu-Tang Clan
      Joy Division
      Black Moth Super Rainbow
      Earles and Jensen (admittedly not music)
      Silver Jews
      The Apples In Stereo
      Royal Trux

    • trotskey  |   Posted on Dec 30th, 2008 0

      I think the Hold Steady are probably the most OVERRATED band in indie rock. Craig Finn sounds like a video store clerk with a terrible cold. He doesn’t sing, he endlessly repeats lyrics about getting high in the vicinity of the Mississippi river. I’ve listened to their whole album (the second most recent) several times to see if I was maybe missing something. The music, I’ll admit, is decent if not really original, but the singing and lyrics are absolute garbage.

      I’m listening to The Walkmen, Wolf Parade, TV on the Radio, Animal Collective, Band of Horses, Lil Wayne, Radiohead (who wipe their asses with the Hold Steady), Bon Iver, and Grizzly Bear.

  45. Steve  |   Posted on Jul 17th, 2008 0

    The hold steady are king. Craig Finn is God.

    Haters step off and go listen to your Pissed Jeans albums. (no offense to pissed jeans, they ok too.)

  46. Until you’ve seen these guys live it’s impossible to know the sheer power of Craig Finn. Best Frontman Ever.

    I’m gonna be in heaven tomorrow night and The Hold Steady”s gonna put me there!

  47. meem  |   Posted on Jul 17th, 2008 0

    i love how hipsters call each other hipsters.

    ps. this band does suck. and most would say i’m not a hipster. I’m ugly, wear over sized clothing and work in tech

    hip?

  48. Chase  |   Posted on Jul 17th, 2008 0

    I’m not buying the “This has been done before” bash from people who go on and on about equally derivitave bands like El Guincho, Girl Talk, Bon Iver, or Fleet Foxes. What they are saying has been done before is completely modal. Sure, The Hold Steady’s formula for song-writing and performing has been done, but I don’t think that has anything to say for the quality of the song-writing. Originality isn’t very beautiful on its own. I would be foolish to expect to be moved by something merely because I haven’t seen it before. Furthermore, I’d much rather listen to ABBA emulating The Beach Boys formula or Stephin Merritt emulating ABBA’s with beautiful and timeless results than El Guincho or other’s who are supposedly making superflous additions to an already thoroughly fulfilling musical lexicon. The same goes for The Hold Steady’s Thin Lizzy template, which I’m very much enjoying.

  49. sza  |   Posted on Jul 17th, 2008 0

    okay. we all get some of you hate the hold steady. who fucking cares? there are plenty of us who absolutely love them. we are all just anonymous music lovers with different tastes. the hold steady are just a like a piece a pizza, not everybody wants the same kind.

    and to echo an earlier comment, when did stereogum turn into youtube? It’s no wonder Pitchfork won’t let people comment after reading some of the preteen posting I just read. (yes, that would be you reido)

  50. 3d glasses  |   Posted on Jul 17th, 2008 0

    “okay. we all get some of you hate the hold steady. who fucking cares? there are plenty of us who absolutely love them.”

    Well, who fucking cares that you like them? Isn’t the point of a comments section is to give your opinion?

    This band is annoying as fuck sometimes.

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