Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Glide Review - The Hold Steady Live - 9/17/11 NYC and Show Download Link

Hey all,

Got a new review up on Glide.

Read it right C'here!!!!

It is of The Hold Steady's live show on 9/17/11 down at the Beekman Beer Garden/Beach Club from a few Fridays ago...

I am not going to pussyfoot around with this one, the full day and concert was one of my favorite days in a very long time.  I have been on a roll of good times, but this one raised the bar a bit.

As I mentioned the day started with Oysters and Guinness which is a perfect way to get into anything...
 My sister Meg came down to join me and some friends in the fun which was appreciated. The show opener of "Ask Her For Some Adderal" was exactly what I wanted to hear and got me jumping and singing along.
Well...for some of us...It is no secret I like this band in a weird way...normally I am drawn into the music first and all else follows, but Craig Finn has a way of digging into my brain and having me act like a Teeny Bopper...I identify all too well with a ton of what he sings about and his New York songs seem to have been my soundtrack for the last few years...
The music was top notch though as the band didn't stop all night and I had the chance to actually meet and talk with a few of them.  Craig seemed a bit jittery and nervous pre-show so I gave him his space, but chatted with drummer Bobby Drake.  He mentioned it was the old "hurry up to sit around and wait", the band was just ready to get it on....That they did...
Post Show I had the opportunity to chat with Finn about Minnesota, Baseball and Beer, turns out he is friends with the owner of the hotel we stayed at when we made a trip to the Twin Cities this summer to catch a game, Graves 601.  I also had the pleasure to talk at length with bassist Galen Polvika, mentioning that "Hot Soft Light" was one of the first songs I learned to cover on bass.
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It was an epic show, from a group of genuinely nice guys...one thing I didn't mention to them was that this was the third time I saw the band this year, I can see them every weekend and not get bored...they are that far up my alley...wait that sounds wrong.
I also had a chance to chat for a bit with Patrick Stickles from Titus Andronicus and I mentioned seeing his bands great set on the other side of the pier earlier this summer.  I also complemented his Civil War motif on the album, something that I think is a touch genius, even if his jeans were a tad too skinny...
Anyway the night ended with some tasty late night sushi at Blue Ribbon....Perfect way to end a perfect day of pure Boosh!.

Thanks for reading this long, as a beautiful bonus, the amazing people over at NYC Taper were on hand to record the show so you can experience the night or re-live the magic. 

The link is right here.

Thanks for the fantastic time Boys, Catch you @ the next NYC show.  

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