Tuesday, April 03, 2007
boys of summer

I'm not much of a baseball fan, but I'll take any excuse to post something about the Hold Steady. It's with great pleasure then, that I point you to their MySpace, where you can download the band's Minnesota Twins inspired rewrite of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame." Happy day after opening day.

There's video of Craig in the studio recording the vocals on MTV's site, but you can only watch it if you're in the US (or alternately routed through an American proxy server). Wack.

That being said, because my location thwarted me, I headed over to YouTube, and while I couldn't find an illicit copy of the aforementioned clip, I did stumble upon two videos of the unreleased track, "212-MARGARITA." One was filmed for Studio UGO and the other was filmed in Brooklyn and features Craig giving some insight into the song's title.

download: the Hold Steady - 212-MARGARITA(live on Studio UGO)

While we're at it, here's the boys' take on the Violent Femmes' "American Music." Craig characteristically half-sings and half-talks his way through things, which you've probably heard, and probably love or hate. Either way, you've got to admit that there's something rather fitting about a band whose lyrics chronicle teenage debauchery in all it's glory covering a song that boasts the lines, "Did you do too many drugs? I did too many drugs." This is from the Australian version of Boys and Girls in America, so if you happen to be Australian, hopefully you've actually purchased this. The rest of us can be left to wonder why North Americans who legally buy the album get screwed out of extra tracks.

download: the Hold Steady - American Music (Violent Femmes Cover)

now playing: Stars - Your Ex-Lover is Dead (Final Fantasy Remix)

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6 Comments:

Oh! Where did you get the final fantasy remix for the stars song? Is the stars friends remix album out already?

By Blogger fiona, at 8:42 p.m.  

Hey Quinn - the holdsteady yousendit links have already exceeded their download limit. Any chance for a repost?

By Anonymous rgsc, at 7:12 a.m.  

baseball, baby! going to see the yanks play the o's at yankee stadium on friday and the jays home opener against the royals on monday. will have to put this hold steady on the ipod.

By Blogger Graham, at 11:40 a.m.  

ill get the songs up later today/early tomorrow.

the Stars remix album is out there on the vast expanse of the internet.

By Blogger Quinn, at 4:09 p.m.  

Hey -- thanks for the 212-MARG mp3 -- I've seen the video on YouTube, but it'll be nice to have this on the iPod now.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:53 a.m.  

any chance you can re-post 212-Marg? or possibly email it?

awesome post.

By Blogger ...Banter, at 2:17 p.m.  

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