I just haven’t been able to get into the Hold Steady as much since Franz Nicolay left. He was really their secret weapon.
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No “The Twist” means this list is invalid.
I keeed. But that is a killer song.
I feel like I very easily could have ended up there…but then I saw them play live. After that, my love for their stuff was solidified.
Yeah, that was gorgeous, but I don’t know if it counts as Neil and Willie performing.
I don’t believe “I Don’t Believe You” isn’t on this list.
Seconded. If there’s a more heartbreaking song out there, I don’t even want to know.
I’ve liked each individual song I’ve heard so far, but I wasn’t *loving* them the way I loved tunes from any of the past three records. But listening to the whole album as a piece, I feel like it’s clicking for me much more than it was before. Really great stuff.
F’reals. I love this band as a whole, but I’m not sure they’d be half as interesting without Devendorf’s creative drumming.
I’ll throw in a third vote for “Light Pollution.”
I have a really hard time narrowing it down to 10, but I will say that not including “Apartment Story” and “About Today” (which, if you’ve never seen it played live, you’ve never seen Shakespeare the way it was meant to be done) invalidates this entire list for me. Also, dissing “England”: Not cool.
This list > Stereogum’s list. By a lot.
Yeah, I almost choked on my bagel reading that. “England” is brilliant.
“Speak Slow” and “Noises.” T&S had pop leanings well before Heartthrob.
“Luckily, my job is my art. When people are doing life right, that’s the way it should be.”
Um, not for nothing, but this kind of rubbed me the wrong way. I’d like to think I’m doing life right – I’m certainly trying my damnedest – and yet, I’m still having to hold down a day job to make ends meet while also doing my art, especially living in New York City…which is probably my first mistake.
Anyway, screw you, cutesy-poo Tilly and the Wall lady.
“Death or Glory” and “Rudie Can’t Fail” or GTFO.
I actually thought about including that quote! Thanks for picking up my slack. :)
I’m more of James’s generation than Doug’s, but I think Doug gets the better of the discussion here because, ultimately, James’s argument boils down to, “I know it’s THIS way, but it should be THAT way!” Doug follows up with, “Great, if you have any ideas how to make it THAT way, let’s hear them!” To which James replies, “No, but I’m saying, things should be THAT way.”
As a musician, I hate that the industry is in the toilet and it’s daunting to me that bands whose career progression I’d give valuable parts of my anatomy to emulate aren’t doing well enough to afford health insurance. At the same time, the genie is out of the bottle, y’all, and it’s not going back in. What I haven’t heard, what the magic bullet really would be, is someone coming up with a way to monetize music in a world in which people aren’t willing to pay for it and can easily acquire it without doing so. Any discussion of it usually ends up with someone saying, “Well, people *should* pay for it.” Yes, I agree. But they’re not, and they won’t. They just won’t. It’s not going to happen, no matter how much we tell people it’s wrong.
I mean, put it this way: This world in which free is normal didn’t happen overnight. When the whole thing started, everyone from Metallica on down was making the argument that music shouldn’t be stolen, and the generally accepted way to purchase music was on disc. But it still happened, and to the degree at which it became the norm. So, now what?