Hold Steady Is Just What We Need

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When I come across some new music that I love, it's a little bit of both nirvana and torture at the same time.

I can't get enough. I want to play the new stuff over and over and over again until I'm almost, but not quite sick of it. That's what's going on right now with Hold Steady, this band from Brooklyn. Their new album, Stay Positive, is set on repeat in the house and in the car and in my head.

I missed the recent show at the Rialto, and now I'm pissed. I've been paying extra attention to the songs "Sequestered in Memphis," "Slapped Actress" and "Stay Positive." 

Sometimes I tend to look at things too often through a mystical POV--that everything happens for a reason or can have some power to change things up again when we can't. I remember feeling that way after Sept. 11 when certain movies or music came out--they were like blessings.

Same here with Hold Steady. McCain is waving that tired old GOP treason flag. An considering the rest of the crap that's happening and not happening ... I've been thinking that this band Hold Steady could be just what we need right now to get us through November. 

After that, I hope I find something else.

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