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The Hold Steady

Resisting the musical trends in New York City, vocalist/guitarist Craig Finn (ex-Lifter Puller) formed the Hold Steady after moving from Minneapolis in 2000. Wanting to capture the sound of bands such as the Replacements and the Grifters, he recruited guitarist Tad Kubler (also ex-Lifter Puller), drummer Judd Counsell, and bassist Galen Polivka. Recording mostly live, the band released its debut, Almost Killed Me, on Frenchkiss Records in March 2004. Dave Gardener (Rocket from the Crypt, Drive Like Jehu) and Dean Botulonis signed on to produce Separation Sunday, which arrived in 2005. The World/Inferno Friendship Society's Franz Nicolay (keyboards) and Bobby Drake (drums), formerly of End Transmission and Arm, were also added to the Hold Steady lineup. The band's third effort, 2006's Boys and Girls in America, marked its first release for Vagrant. After writing the majority of their fourth record on the road, the Hold Steady returned to John Agnello's Water Music studio to record Stay Positive, their most heavily produced effort. In July of 2008, the album was released by both Vagrant and Rough Trade. In 2010 the band announced the departure of Franz Nicolay. Later that same year they released their fifth album, Heaven Is Whenever. In 2012 the band went on a brief hiatus, with frontman Craig Finn releasing his debut solo album, Clear Heart Full Eyes. Regrouping with new guitarist Steve Selvidge in 2013, the revitalized five-piece re-entered the studio to record a track for the Game of Thrones soundtrack -- which was also released as a limited-edition single on Record Store Day 2013. Near the beginning of 2014 they announced the release of their sixth album, Teeth Dreams, as well as the covers EP RAGS -- all proceeds from the EP went to help the children of longtime Hold Steady fan Mike "Jersey Mike" Van Jura, who sadly passed away in 2012. ~ Kenyon Hopkin & Rich Wilson
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The Hold Steady

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The Hold Steady

  1.   Song
  2.   Sequestered In Memphis
  3.   Lord, I'm Discouraged
  4.   Stay Positive
  5.   Hurricane J
  6.   Chips Ahoy!
  7.   Spinners
  8.   The Weekenders
  9.   Your Little Hoodrat Friend
  10.   Stuck Between Stations
  11.   Constructive Summer
  12.   Killer Parties
  13.   The Sweet Part of the City
  14.   Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?
  15.   Southtown Girls
  16.   Chicago Seemed Tired Last Night
  17.   Massive Nights
  18.   Barely Breathing
  19.   First Night
  20.   You Can Make Him Like You
  21.   Barfruit Blues
  22.   Hot Soft Light
  23.   Don't Let Me Explode
  24.   Almost Everything
  25.   A Slight Discomfort
  26.   Yeah Sapphire
  27.   Stevie Nix
  28.   Magazines
  29.   Atlantic City
  30.   You Gotta Dance
  31.   The Swish
  32.   Wait a While
  33.   The Ambassador
  34.   Just Saying
  35.   Our Whole Lives
  36.   We Can Get Together
  37.   Soft In the Center
  38.   Adderall
  39.   [Untitled Hidden Track]
  40.   Slapped Actress
  41.   Navy Sheets
  42.   One for the Cutters
  43.   Girls Like Status
  44.   You Gotta Dance with Who You Came to Dance With
  45.   Sweet Payne
  46.   Sketchy Metal
  47.   Most People Are DJs
  48.   Hostile, Mass.
  49.   Crucifixion Cruise
  50.   Positive Jam
  51.   Oaks
  52.   The Only Thing
  53.   Cheyenne Sunrise
  54.   Rock Problems
  55.   The Smidge
  56.   Intro
  57.   Joke About Jamaica
  58.   Both Crosses
  59.   212 Margarita
  60.   Chillout Tent
  61.   Citrus
  62.   Same Kooks
  63.   Multitude of Casualties
  64.   Cattle and the Creeping Things
  65.   Charlemagne in Sweatpants
  66.   Runner's High
  67.   Kille Parties
  68.   Hornets! Hornets!
  69.   I Hope This Whole Thing Didn't Frighten You