Thursday, January 17, 2008

The Hold Steady is a energetic rock band out of Minnesota, now in Brooklyn. I heard a concert on NPR All Songs Considered podcast and was charmed despite their many sophomoric tendencies. I was young once, and stupid. The concert can be heard here.

"they say you dont have a problem until you start to do it alone.
they say you dont have a problem until you start bringing it home.
they say you dont have a problem until you start sleeping alone."

These lines from song "You Can Make Him Like You" made me laugh out loud.

I have not bought their CD, probably will never, and I do not think it will be hardly any one's cup of drug laced tea. Snippets of the lyrics are smart and the guitarist is solid (listen to end of concert) and they are funny.

Yes, they boast too much about liquor and drug use, so I cannot play this for my twelve year old or many friends - maybe most here. Drugs have killed too many people, many innocent, all along the path to the very mighty big dollars.

I am not sure if this can be access to NPR overseas. Be warned, you may hate it.

For something more sedate and more hauntingly beautiful, try the Nickel Creek concert, instead. Or maybe Bjork here.. Or possibly Neko, yes. There is so much music here. Much of it live, with all its inherent energy and flaws.

Neko Case Rocks

All free - rock, classical, world, jazz - something for everyone. Click here anytime. This is the real thrust of this post.


Bobbie said...

I'll have to check these links out just as soon as I get on my new computer and off the old. Still waiting for software :(.

Sweet Irene said...

Hey, that is a great website. I bookmarked it right away. Now I can't wait for Eduard to be up so that I can turn on the sound and listen. You have done a great deed today!

No art?

Kris Cahill said...

I love Neko Case! I became a huge fan of hers after she opened for Nick Cave in Chicago years ago. Loved her immediately. Thanks for the fun links, and the funner comments.

Sue O'Kieffe said...

gotta love a man with good taste in music!

Lisa Sarsfield said...

I'm on dial up so I am not even gonna try and go there...
Not being an advocate for drugs but I must say some good things have been born from some peoples drug drenched lives...some great music in particular. Imagine to Doors playing straight for example.
Pity though that in some circles drug use is the norm and not at all taboo.