Review: The Hold Steady Live… So Much Joy 1

The Hold Steady, Metro Theatre Sydney, February 4, 2009. I’d been waiting for this concert for years really, and waiting for the exact day for months now. And it delivered in every conceivable way. The Hold Steady are the greatest band on earth right now (for me, of course), with such an amazing live sound, ...

The Hold Steady tonight

I will be there tonight… not totally recovered from few days of ill-health, but at least 90% better, and that is good enough, and definitely better than the alternative. This is going to be the greatest show ever… Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailLike this:Like Loading...

Review: Z-Trip in the house

First concert for the year, and wildly enough, the first of at least two or three scheduled. Z-Trip is one of the world’s top hip-hop (among other things) DJs, and the Sydney Festival Becks Bar at Hyde Park Baracks is an intimate and quality venue to see such a top quality act. We sat about ...

A funny thing

A funny thing is watching Alex dance and slide across the wood floor, deciding he has to avoid the vacuum cleaner at all cost when I’m cleaning the room. He was laughing the whole time, and knew it was funny too. A funny thing is watching Will partially imitate the Haka before the League test ...

The Hold Steady Australian tour!

Finally! After nearly three years, The Hold Steady have been announced as part of the bill for the St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, held around February each year in the major capitals. This year’s line-up starts with: GIRL TALK, STEREOLAB, ARCHITECTURE IN HELSINKI, THE HOLD STEADY, THE DRONES, CUT OFF YOUR HANDS, FOUR TET, TAME IMPALA, ...

Now this is the sort of press I like to see

The Hold Steady get a good write-up in the Sydney Morning Herald (written by a critic that I don’t find particularly agreeable): Grand Ambitions THERE is a scurrilous line put about that music critics have always liked Elvis Costello because sad sack critics all look like the dweeby, far from sexy man with the knock-knees ...

Hold Steady pusher

So I was at the Pet of the Year party, and I got talking to a colleague of mine about music, and he asked me what I liked. And I almost completely blanked. Since my main mp3 player esentially broke down, I’ve only been listening to a cheap small one, and really only listening to ...

On being more of a fan

I’ve decided that I need to be more of a fan. Sure I like lots of stuff, but it’s been years since I was a real “fan”. And being a real fan isn’t just about being a passive spectator, in fact, these days it’s pretty much the opposite. It’s about the social scene, the creative ...

I was a skeptic at first but these miracles work

It’s good to grab any moment of joy that you can find, even if it’s fleeting, and even it’s while sitting on a packed train on the way to work. I’m sitting there, listening to the new Hold Steady album, “Stay Positive”, reading Charles Stross’ new book “Saturn’s Children”, and the song “Hey Sapphire” comes ...

Big Hold Steady day and night 2

After Wednesday’s disappointment of discovering emusic was denying me “Stay Positive”, I’ve had the sudden unexpected joy of finding the CD (with three extra tracks!) at JB Hi Fi already! Picked that up today, along with the Cars soundtrack for Will — he’s become such a little singer recently 🙂 Then suddenly while watching the ...
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