Tuesday, October 11, 2005
when we arrived we were ripping high

Not much news to report in the last couple of days, though I will admit to being ever so excited about the details about the new Cat Power album being reported on the PFork. In lieu of any show announcements, why don't we talk about a show that I'm very much looking forward too, and an album that I'm very much loving?

Hopefully, you are smart enough to already have a ticket in hand for this Friday's Constantines show (don't believe Pitchfork, it's one of the best records of the year). I'm going to say that it's a given. You are good enough, smart enough, and doggonnit, people like you... but you know what will make you even smarter? If you remember to show up early to catch the Hold Steady, who are opening.

The Hold Steady are a band that you can't just listen to in passing. While they have some rather rousing musical numbers (that I'm sure will be really fun live), they are best described as sounding like the stereotypical bar band. A very very good one, but still... nothing groundbreaking musically. What sets them above other bands (and what makes their new album, Seperation Sunday one of my other favourites this year), is lead "singer" Craig Finn's lyrics. I put "singer" in quotations, because he kinda sounds like he's half talking most of the time... the way he says things, however, is the amazing thing.

Top 5 Lyrics from Seperation Sunday

"I have to try so hard not to fall in love, I have to concentrate when we kiss." (Hornets! Hornets!)

"I grew up in denial and went to school in Massachussetts." (Banging Camp)

"I guess I heard about original sin. I heard the dude blamed the chick. I heard the chick blamed the snake. I heard they were naked when they got busted, and I heard things ain't been the same since." (Cattle and the Creeping Things)

"Do you want me to tell it like it's boy meets girl and the rest is history? Or do you want it like a murder mystery? I'm gonna tell it like a comeback story. (Charlamange in Sweatpants)

"When they say great white sharks, they mean the kind in big black cars. And, when they say killer whales, they mean they whaled on him til they killed him up in Penetration Park." (Banging Camp)

Y'know, upon review, it's just not the same when it's written on a computer screen...

You can download "Your Little Hoodrat Friend" from Seperation Sunday and "The Swish" from The Hold Steady Almost Killed Me at the band's official site

PS: I realize that Firefox users can't load this site and can only see links (like this) and pictures. It works fine in Safari and IE (haven't checked Netscape or Opera), and I have no idea why the .css won't load properly in Firefox, but will endeavour to fix the problem asap.

now playing: the Hold Steady - Multitude of Casualties

4 Comments:

it seems to be working fine now.
I'd hazard that since your CSS and HTML files are separate, Firefox gives up on loading your CSS faster, and that outages only happen when ripway is slower than usual.

if you send me your template and CSS file, I can merge them when I get some time, so that this happens less/not at all.

By Blogger Gerald, at 1:24 PM  

sweet. thanks G.

Ladies and Gentleman, Gerald, the man behind all the technical stuff!

By Blogger Quinn, at 1:44 PM  

yeah, go see the Cons ... the new record is great and the live show (as of the three gut farewell show) is better than top notch.

By Blogger Graham, at 3:52 PM  

my favourite Hold Steady lyric is actually from the previous album:

"it's hard to keep trying when half your friends are dying. it's hard to hold steady when half your friends are dead already."

By Blogger pinder, at 5:10 PM  

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