Almost Killed Me - The Hold Steady (2004, French Kiss Records)
The problem with having gone to the Pitchfork Music Festival 3 years in a row and not knowing jack about music is that I have a lot of false memories about who I saw, when. I am positive that I saw the Hold Steady, but it might have been Oxford Collapse, or I might have meant to see them but saw someone else instead.
It's all very complicated.
At any rate, the Hold Steady is a good example of the paradox of my musical tastes. For those of you listening along at home, you may have noticed that I really like unusual male voices. And Craig Finn has an unusual voice, a kind of strained talking-at-you-in-a-rhythm sound that, apparently, I really like. And yet, cannot stand Tom Waits or Bob Dylan. Weird, I know. Almost Killed Me is not a very challenging listen. It's a nice straight-forward album that doesn't try to be something it's not. How nice. It's the sort of album that makes for good listening when writing or doing other things.
Favorite Track - "Killer Parties"
Least Favorite - "Positive Jam" - dudes, I'm so over the "We Didn't Start the Fire" intros.
next up - American Football - American Football (1998). Oooh, emo.