Pitchfork Asks: Have You Heard Of This Hold Steady Band?

Sep 28th, 2006 // 12 Comments

pitchfork.jpgCongratulations, Pitchfork! Today’s Lollapalooza story marks the 1,000th time this year that you’ve mentioned Brooklyn band the Hold Steady in a headline. You guys really, really love this group, and you show your support just about every day, whether it’s giving away their MP3s, lightly rewording their press releases, or simply letting lead singer Craig Finn write his own feature story.

Don’t take this the wrong way–we share your enthusiasm for the band. But honestly, with all the Hold Steady hoopla, how can we possibly trust a Pitchfork review of Boys And Girls In America, which is coming out next week? Is there any way this record could not end up as one of your vaunted “Best New Music” picks? Predictfork is guessing an 8.4, but we think they’re low-balling. So we ask you, readers: When Boys And Girls album is reviewed on Monday, will the ‘Fork deem it a great record…or the greatest record?

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  1. JackieTreehorn

    OK, I’ll throw myself out there for music-snob ridcule and scorn: I don’t really care for these guys at all.

    I think it’s Finn’s voice. It has this grating quality to it I can’t get over.

    Let the public execution commence…

  2. JackieTreehorn

    Having a typo certainly doesn’t help my cause:

    ridIcule and scorn

    ridicule and scorn

    that’s the ticket

  3. hmmm

    The Hold Steady might be the whitest music ever.

  4. the rich girls are weeping

    Hey, don’t worry abt it, Jackie — I think a lot of people feel the same way, but don’t want to say so in public…

    I’ve been a fan of Finn & Kubeler et al. since the Lifter Puller days, and I think that B&GIA is probably THE MOST over-rated, disappointing album of the year. (Well except maybe for that Lemonheads thing…) I’ve actually tried to make myself like B&GIA, which is never a good sign.

    Remember when Gerard Cosloy snarkily called THS “a latter period Soul Asylum fronted by Charles Nelson Reilly?” Yeah. Well… Kind of can’t deny that one anymore.

    Line for The Hold Steady backlash totally starts behind me, or something. (I kid, I kid. Sort of.)

  5. pchc_lx

    has anyone yet to point out how god-awful pitchfork’s site coding is lately? ever try to do a search? or (if you’re able to search at all) return to the search results page?

    as if the content wasn’t the worst offender – this is some serious myspace shit.

  6. aggrobitch

    i’m proud to say I fucking hate the hold steady’s guts. worst bar room indie frat rock crap out there. beyond unlistenable.

  7. aggrobitch

    i’m proud to say I hate this band with all my heart. terrible terrible stuff.

  8. booklikeabook

    Lynyrd Skynyrd for yankees. Best analogy ever. They rock this Iowa boy down his toejam.

  9. booklikeabook

    So do you hate lifter puller also, aggro?

  10. berlinsuperstar

    4 words —–> Hootie and the Blowfish.

  11. sir_snarksalot

    this band is utter hipster tripe, and finn can go stuff a sock in it. he prob needs it.

  12. Sam the Lion

    I put “I hate the Hold Steady” into Google and got this thread. God bless you, every one!

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