Craig Finn (of the Hold Steady)

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The Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn will release his debut solo single, "Honolulu Blues" b/w "Rented Room", on November 25 in the US via Vagrant.

The limited-edition 7" is released as part of Record Store Day's Black Friday series, and will be available digitally November 29. It previews Finn's forthcoming solo debut, out next year, which includes help from members of White Denim, the Heartless Bastards, Phosphorescent, and Centro-matic.

Bee OK, Sunday, 6 November 2011 00:01 (seven years ago) link

just listen to this, not sure why it's a solo thing as it sounds like something he would do with his band. that said it's a good song.

Bee OK, Sunday, 6 November 2011 00:02 (seven years ago) link

i don't know what you mean he's exploring all the nuances of his unique contributions to his band

thistle supporter (mcoll), Sunday, 6 November 2011 04:27 (seven years ago) link

what a talent!

larvae o'dooley, Sunday, 6 November 2011 07:58 (seven years ago) link

it sounds looser to me than any hold steady thing i can think of

new rap guy (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Sunday, 6 November 2011 08:04 (seven years ago) link

one month passes...

ive got a good feeling about this album

nostormo, Tuesday, 3 January 2012 23:44 (seven years ago) link

what's the over/under on Place Names Invoked

mookieproof, Wednesday, 4 January 2012 00:02 (seven years ago) link

nostormo, would you say you're "feeling pretty positive"

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Wednesday, 4 January 2012 04:11 (seven years ago) link

streaming now:

sounds pretty awesome to me

nostormo, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 08:53 (seven years ago) link

Good record.

Viva Brother Beyond (ithappens), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 10:14 (seven years ago) link

so this is now out, still have yet to listen to it

Bee OK, Thursday, 26 January 2012 04:31 (seven years ago) link

you won't be disappointed

larvae o'dooley, Thursday, 26 January 2012 04:45 (seven years ago) link

Eh, I'm hoping its a grower because I was really not impressed on first listen. Lyrically Finn delivers his usual schtick, one which I happen to like, but I don't think it works as well against half-hearted Americana and pedal steel as it does against electric guitars and Hammonds. A couple songs were decent, but I don't know, the whole thing just feels too "AND NOW I'M GOING TO DO MY MATURE SINGER-SONGWRITER ALBUM".

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Thursday, 26 January 2012 04:50 (seven years ago) link

one year passes...

This has grown on me tremendously, finding I'd rather listen to it over most Hold Steady and definitely post-Stay Positive Hold Steady. The Americana base tames his worst tendencies toward bad arena rock.

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Tuesday, 17 September 2013 04:09 (six years ago) link

one year passes...

Never really took to 'Clear Heart Full Eyes' and haven't listened to it much since it came out, but got 'Faith in the Future' and am really enjoying it - I think "Newmyers Roof" is my favourite thing he's done in years.

michaellambert, Saturday, 12 September 2015 10:25 (four years ago) link

Really good album, this. Possibly the best thing he's done since Separation Sunday.

Roaming gang of aggressive circlepits (ithappens), Saturday, 12 September 2015 21:14 (four years ago) link

seamless ad with this dude at subway stations, rip lifter puller

adam, Saturday, 12 September 2015 23:22 (four years ago) link

gotta hear this i guess

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Sunday, 13 September 2015 16:20 (four years ago) link

Love the first two Hold Steady records and like most of Boys & Girls. The rest of them have barely registered with me. This is a great little album, though!

I think "Newmyers Roof" is my favourite thing he's done in years.


Steve Reich In The Afternoon (Against The 80s), Monday, 21 September 2015 20:57 (three years ago) link

He's got his talky old-school Springsteen delivery down and the musical backing is better than he's had lately

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 22 September 2015 19:25 (three years ago) link

It's a lot easier on the ears production/mixing/mastering wise than most of the Hold Steady records.

michaellambert, Tuesday, 22 September 2015 21:28 (three years ago) link

three weeks pass...

played Seth Meyer tonight - he seems really locked into certain mannerisms (talky Springsteeny, but it also sounds like he's writing short stories instead of songs to some extent) now and the song (Newmyers Roof) didn't, I don't know, take off (on album or live). This sounded a lot more like the last couple of Hold Steady albums lyrically where the first solo album felt more like the early HS.

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Wednesday, 14 October 2015 05:44 (three years ago) link

please someone make him stop flapping his hands when he performs

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Wednesday, 14 October 2015 05:45 (three years ago) link


BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Monday, 19 October 2015 19:55 (three years ago) link

thats his thing man

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Monday, 19 October 2015 19:55 (three years ago) link

if he didn't then he'd die

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Monday, 19 October 2015 19:55 (three years ago) link

he's not goin "I think I'll flap my hands," it's just what he naturally does so don't hate

tremendous crime wave and killing wave (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Monday, 19 October 2015 21:15 (three years ago) link


it's not a tuomas (benbbag), Tuesday, 20 October 2015 00:27 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

New record 'We All Want The Same Things' out today.

Only one listen so far, but I think I like it as much as the last one already. Lots of horns and synths!

Steve Reich In The Afternoon (Against The 80s), Friday, 24 March 2017 13:22 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

Saw him last night and the horns and textures sound so good. Listened to the album once in one sitting, and it was like reading some extraordinary short stories — one listen might be all it needs. Coming from the Twin Cities, so many songs have details that I know but have never heard captured before: “Found her serving breakfast in a cafe in a skyway in St. Paul.”

... (Eazy), Friday, 7 June 2019 13:24 (three months ago) link

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