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The Hold Steady at First Avenue

30 Dec

It’s redundant to say that CakeIn15 loves The Hold Steady, we’ve said so here and here and here and here and here and here. But each show comes through, especially in a time of need. Singing songs with massive hooks and lyrics like “I was half dead, then I got born again. I got lost in all the lights but it was OK in the end,” or “She said don’t turn me on again, I’d probably just go and get myself all gone again,” songs like that make sense to sober and recovering kids, to party kids and clever kids, to kids trying to pull themselves and their friends out of trouble. From the objective side though, Heaven Is Whenever hasn’t yet fully taken root and is still hit and miss, but some of the songs, especially “The Sweet Part of the City” have started to really pick up, and in all fairness, it took time for Stay Positive to sink in too. It gets hard to be objective about these songs, and so we don’t often try. You don’t need to explain love.

Also, it was great to see the Meat Puppets do their thing, especially the trifecta of songs (“Plateau”, “Lake of Fire” & “Oh Me”) that got famous from the Nirvana MTV Unplugged in New York album. Craig Finn said that they were a band that he had gone to see in the spring that he left 9th grade, 1986, at First Avenue, which brought things nicely full circle, especially as the old-timers kept it lively and worked out some great tunes. It’ll really come full circle, then, when Finn & Co. are that age still doing their joyful thing.

Meat Puppets “Oh Me” from CakeIn15 on Vimeo.

The Hold Steady “Our Whole Lives” from CakeIn15 on Vimeo.

The Hold Steady “Constructive Summer” & “Hot Soft Light” from CakeIn15 on Vimeo.

Check out Staciaann’s slideshow for City Pages when it gets posted here!

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