Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The National's new video

Its been almost a year since I posted in this space. I won't bore you with all of the reasons I've been away, but one reason is that I don't have as much to write about as I used to -- as we get more responsibility at work, get more involved in our relationships, etc., it becomes a little more difficult to find time to write, but it becomes much harder to find time to read, watch, and listen to enough new stuff to find material worth sharing or discussing. Having said all that, The National (who have accounted for a significant percentage of my posts over the past six years) have a new album coming out next week, and with it will come a slew of music videos, record reviews, and late-night television appearances, the best of which I will pass along to you. This is The National's video for "Sea of Love," the first single off of Trouble Will Find Me. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did:

Saturday, May 19, 2012

One Man's Spring Cleaning Is Another Man's Bounty

Spring cleaning season is one of my favorite times of year in downtown Brooklyn. Because there are so many writers, book reviewers/bloggers, and just generally literate people in neighborhoods like Park Slope, Fort Greene, and Cobble Hill, spring cleaning season means that people give away a lot of excellent books. Thrift stores like Housing Works discount their books to keep their shelves from overflowing, there are great stoop sales every weekend, and large stacks of books are left in give-away piles people's front stoops. The last thing I need is more books with which to clutter up my apartment, but some things are just too good to pass up. I've added these seven books to my library for a grand total of six dollars:
Zone One, by Colson Whitehead This book was released late last year to fantastic reviews. Bookrageous, my favorite literary podcast, recently had a book club-type discussion about it, for which the author, Colson Whitehead, joined them, and Glen Weldon of NPR's pop-culture happy hour also raved about it. On more than one occasion I almost bought this book in hardcover.
The Great Night, by Chris Adrian Another Glen Weldon recommendation; another book I almost bought in hardcover at full price.
Gotham, by Edwin G. Burrows and Mike Wallace Okay, so this book is more than 1,300 pages long, and those pages are considerably larger than regular paperback pages. Along with Robert Caro's The Power Broker, it is one of two phonebook-sized books about the history of New York that every resident of the five boroughs tells themselves they will read some day, but will probably never get around to. But considering that it costs $35 in paperback, and hardcover editions are collector's items that sell for $100, picking up a copy for $1 seemed like it was too good of a deal to pass up.
Essays of E.B. White, by E.B. White Every person who endeavors to write serious non-fiction needs to have a copy of the Essays of E.B. White within reach, right?
Until I Find You, by John Irving For me, John Irving exists at the sweet spot at which literary fiction and popular fiction intersect. At his best, Irving does just about everything well - beautiful sentences, three-dimensional characters, intricate plots that resolve themselves in satisfying ways. Unfortunately, Irving isn't always at his best, and, in fact, some people would say that he hasn't put it all together in a single novel in a couple of decades. Still, you're not going to bring Faulkner or Tolstoy to the beach with you; Irving will definitely be accompanying me to the beach this summer.
American On Purpose, by Craig Ferguson I've always enjoyed Craig Ferguson's humor, just . . . not quite as much as I enjoy Conan O'Brien and Stephen Colbert's humor, so I haven't watched his show very much. But Ferguson is a gifted storyteller -- one who keeps your attention even when he isn't trying to be funny -- so this is definitely worth a dollar.
Love In the Time of Cholera, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez Perhaps the best book I have ever picked out of a stoop-give-away pile -- or, at least, it is in the conversation alongside Tobias Wolff's books and Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping. It should make for a great summer of reading -- if I don't trip over one of my piles of books and kill myself.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Dear Reader

Dear reader, I bet that you, like me, have never heard of Trampled by Turtles before. You may find their beards and flannel provide fodder for you to make jokes and generalize about hipster bands. You may suspect that two or more of the musicians in this band have a home distilling and/or cold brew operation to earn a little scratch on the side. But please acknowledge that Arcade Fire's "Rebellion (Lies)" is a difficult song to cover, and they pulled it off with aplomb and panache. Because this is awesome:
Trampled By Turtles covers Arcade Fire

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Point/Counterpoint

The Lucky Ones, a romance based on a Nicholas Sparks novel, which features teen heartthrob Zac Efron in his first "grown-up" role, opened nationwide this week. Opinions on the movie are varied: POINT: "Fate moves in mysterious ways, especially when writers need it to move mysteriously to keep their plots churning along." -- Keith Phipps, AV Club film critic, giving the movie a "C" grade COUNTERPOINT: -- Sara Schaefer, comedian on Twitter

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Its Not the Perfume That You Wear

Before they appeared on AV Undercover, I knew the Punch Brothers only by reputation -- a talented group of indie-ish bluegrass musicians from the United States and the UK who mix covers of contemporary rock and pop songs in with more traditional bluegrass fare. Admittedly -- and this may be an I've-lived-in-Brooklyn-too-long prejudice of mine -- when I saw their half-casual wardrobe of t-shirts and slacks, sportcoats with knit wool hats, corduroy coats with short-billed Irish caps, I thought, "these guys look like a bunch of dirty hipsters; they'll probably end the song with a fiddle-banjo duel or something stupid like that." They may well be hipsters, and I was half-right about the duel at the end. But once they reached the end of the first verse of "Just What I Needed," and their banjo player stepped forward and nailed the synthesizer part from the Cars' original, I dismissed whatever concers I had and just enjoyed the ride.


Punch Brothers cover The Cars

Sunday, March 25, 2012

$5 MP3 Albums of the Month

Inspired by Wormbook's Kindle Sale Books of the Month, here are the MP3 albums Amazon is selling for $5 this month which I recommend you check out:

Highly recommneded:
Helplesness Blues, by The Fleet Foxes
Wild Flag, by Wild Flag
Within and Without, by Washed Out
Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers, by The National

Recommended:
On Avery Island, by Neutral Milk Hotel
Undun, by The Roots
The Rhumb Line, by Ra Ra Riot

Legitimate classic:
Hunky Dory, by David Bowie

Overrated classic:
In the Wee Small Hours, by Frank Sinatra

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Two for Two

Readers, work has been really busy for the past several months and I haven't posted as often as I would like, so the least I can do is to continue to post links and videos I think are terrific. This one qualifies on both counts -- one of the best songs of the 00's, covered by an indie band of white and Indian guys who totally kill it. The 2012 Undercover series is off to a great start.
Young The Giant covers “Ignition (Remix)”

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Yessssssssssssssss!

The AV Club's "Undercover" series -- one of my favorite things on the internet -- kicked off its 2012 with a bitchin' Sharon Van Etten and Shearwater cover of Tom Petty and Stevie Nicks' "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around." In her prime, Stevie Nicks had one of the most original and authoritative voices in rock music, which did not seem an obvious match with Van Etten's college town coffee shop sensibility, but she pulls it off with aplomb. If the rest of the performances this season are as good, we're going to be in for an entertaining few months.

Sharon Van Etten and Shearwater cover “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around”

Sunday, March 11, 2012

"Springsteen Week" on Jimmy Fallon Was Pretty Much as Awesome as You Hoped it Would Be

Although I was out of the country for it, Jimmy Fallon's "Bruce Springsteen week" on Late Night was outstanding. On both Monday and Friday nights, Springsteen and the surviving members of the E Street Band played two songs from their new album, Wrecking Ball, and the rest of the week, Elvis Costello, John Legend, and Kenny Chesney showed up to cover Springsteen songs while backed by The Roots. Fallon devoted the entirety of Friday's episode, with the exception of the musical performances, to one extended interview with Springsteen.





Thursday, March 1, 2012

February Unbookening -- Mixed Results

This month I bought nine books, which is simply inexcusable. I am able to rationalize book-buying to a really disgusting degree. But Housing Works just had so many good books this month! I've been looking for a cheap copy of this one book for years! I've admired this one author's blogging for years, and he is also a friend of a friend! Oh hey the author is having a reading in my neighborhood, I should buy a copy to get signed! These short story collections are practically homework for the short story-writing workshop I'm taking! And so on. Fortunately, I gave away or returned eleven books this month, so my shelves are marginally less over-stuffed than they were at the start of the month. I'll

OUT
Gave four to a friend
Gave two away through Paperback Swap
Loaned out one
Returned five to the library
Total:11 books

IN
Bought Nine
Raymond Carver, Where I'm Calling From
Nathan Englander, What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank
Steve Hely, How I Became A Famous Novelist and The Ridiculous Race
Austin Grossman, Soon I Will Be Invincible
Chang Rae-Lee, The Surrendered
Roger Ebert, Life Itself*
Drew Magary, The Postmortal*

*Ordered in early January with a Christmas-present gift certificate, but due to a shipping error they did not arrive until this month

Monday, February 20, 2012

The Inevitable Drive/Vice City Mash-Up Is Surprisingly Cool

Granted, any video set to this song would have been cool, but this was particularly surprising:

Monday, February 13, 2012

Lady Mary Goes On Dave

Michelle Dockery, one of many beautiful women in the case of Downton Abbey (but the one who gets to wear by far the most beautiful clothes), was a guest on The Late Show with David Letterman on Thursday night. Wouldn't you be terrified of her, too, but in the best possible way?

Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Alabama Shakes on Conan

The Alabama Shakes are a little-known band from the south whose major-label debut is not being released until April. For months, NPR's All Songs Considered has been promoting them on the strength of their self-titled small-label release, and predicting them as one of the break-out bands of 2012. If their performance on Conan Monday night is any indication, NPR's prediction may come true.

"Hold On"


"I Ain't the Same"

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Watchin' Downton

I wish I could make a snarky comment about this, but this is basically how every Downton Abbey watch party that I've ever been to has gone. With perhaps a few more comments about the MILFiness of Lady Cora/Elizabeth McGovern.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Now Tell Me Are You Down With It?

The A.V. Club's Nathan Rabin sits down with Naughty By Nature to discuss "O.P.P." It is every bit as awesome as it sounds.
Naughty By Nature discusses and performs "O.P.P."

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Hump Day

Although its only Wednesday, it has been a long week here at CSD headquarters. Some weeks, you need something silly to cheer you up. These non-sensical Spongebob Squarepants overdubs of classic scenes from Casablanca, Singin' In the Rain, and The Godfather lifted my spirits; hopefully they will lift yours as well.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Craig Finn Discusses the Unreleased Song "Jackson"

As long-time readers of this blog know, the Hold Steady is one of our favorite bands. In 2010, the band, minus long-time piano player Franz Nicolai, released Heaven Is Whenever, a solid album with a couple of great songs that was nonetheless by far the weakest and least consistent album the band had ever released. Late last year, Craig Finn, the band's lead singer, announced that he was releasing a solo album in 2012; news that fans took with no small amount of skepticism. Franz Nicolai's solo albums sucked so much dick that Stoya got a little envious, and no fan of The Hold Steady wanted to see Finn release a legacy-destroying solo project that would make his early records like Almost Killed Me and Separation Sunday seem like lucky flukes instead of the product of one of the greatest bands of their generation.

Fortunately, Finn gave the internet (and visibly star-struck music critic Steven Hyden) a sneak preview of one of his solo songs, "Jackson." It sounds exactly like Craig Finn without sounding too much like The Hold Steady, which is to say that he seems to have hit it out of the park. Hopefully the album will have five or six more songs like this:

Craig Finn discusses and performs "Jackson"

Monday, January 2, 2012

Red Flag!

NBC has turned off embedding on this video, but Saturday Night Live's "Red Flag" is the best fake advertisement they've done since the legendary "Schmitt's Gay." I love the male leads' reaction shots, particularly the way that Jason Sudekis spits martini back into his glass after hearing that Kristen Wiig lived in Las Vegas for eleven years. Also, like the "you know how I know you're gay?" scene from the 40 Year-Old Virgin, the signifiers of craziness they pick are clever and funny and show first-hand experience with meeting women in night clubs. I just loved this skit.

Thanks to Jake Taylor for recommending the clip.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Reading Resolutions for 2012

1) Finish Roberto Bolano's 2666 - I may have to backtrack a little bit to refresh my memory about some of the characters. This novel is long, and not a quick read, but the spiffy three-volume set I picked up at a library sale should make it easier than the 900-page behemoth I lugged to the office and back all summer.

2) Read four or five more books off of The New York Times' 25 Best Works of American Fiction of the last 25 years - The list of the 25 best works of ficiton actually contains thirty novels; I have read twenty of them, and hope to get to twenty-five by the end of the year. This list, in its entirety, was my reading resolution a few years ago, but there's only so much Philip Roth and Cormac McCarthy one can read in a calendar year.

3) Read at least one volume of a fantasty novel franchises - This year, I read, and loved, Lev Grossman's Brakebills franchise, and it has inspired me to start another one this year. George R. R. Martin's Song of Fire and Ice and Patrick Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicles are at the top of the list

4) Read more classics, particularly 19th-Century classics. Anna K, Wilkie Collins' The Moonstone, and George Eliot are at the top of the list. They're all free on the Kindle!! How difficult can this really be?

5) Read more books I already own. This has two components - buying fewer books, and going to the library less. I love the Brooklyn Public Library, but the more I patronize it, the longer my books sit on my shelves, unread.

Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011: The Year in Reading

This was somewhat of an usual year in reading for me. I read about twenty fewer books than I have in the past three or four years, which I attribute to a combination of being busy at work, starting several books that I did not finish, and subscribing to The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books, which occupy my commuting time that, in previous years, was spent reading books. Also, I finished 2010 in the middle of three or four different books, including the bookstop Infinite Jest (not included on any of the below lists because I read most of it in 2010) and it took me most of January to finish them. Still, I read some great stuff this year. These are the most noteworthy books. I would like to thank my friend and blogmigo Ellen W_______, of the excellent literary blog Wormbook, whose idea I am totally ripping off here.

BEST FICTIONA VISIT FROM THE GOOD SQUAD, by Jennifer Egan
PYM, by Mat Johnson
FATHER OF THE RAIN, by Lily King
NETHERLAND, by Joseph O'Neill
THE WIND-UP BIRD CHRONICLE, by Haruki Murakami
TRUE GRIT, by Charles Portis
THE TIGER'S WIFE, by Tea Obrecht
THE MAGICIANS and THE MAGICIAN KING, by Lev Grossman

BEST NON-FICTION
ALL THINGS SHINING, by Herbert L. Dreyfuss and Sean Dorrance Kelly
OUT OF THE VINYL DEEPS, by Ellen Willis

BEST MEMOIR
THE LONG GOODBYE, by Meghan O'Rourke
LIFE, by Keith Richards
BALL FOUR, by Jim Bouton
BOSSYPANTS, by Tina Fey

Most Dated Novel Widely Considered To Be A Classic
THE MOVIEGOER, by Walker Percy

Best Novels To Be Overshadowed, Unfortunately, by Their Film Adaptations
TRUE GRIT, by Charles Portis
THE BIG SLEEP, by Raylond Chandler

Best Novel By First-Time Novelist Whose Future Books I Eagerly Await
SWAMPLANDIA!, by Karen Russell
THE ADULTS, by Alison Espach

Best Essays
PULPHEAD, by John Jerimiah Sullivan (Full disclosure: not yet finished)
DON'T GET TOO COMFORTABLE, by David Rakoff

Best Genreless Book By Famous Humorists
THAT IS ALL, by John Hodgman
ZOMBIE SPACESHIP WASTELAND, by Patton Oswalt

Best Short Stories
THE ANGEL ESMERELDA, by Don DeLillo
LIKE LIFE, by Lorrie Moore

Best Endings
THE WIND-UP BIRD CHRONICLE, by Haruki Murakami

Books Published in 2011 I Am Most Looking Forward to Reading in 2012
THE ART OF FIELDING, by Chad Harbach
PULPHEAD, by John Jerimiah Sullivan
THE LEFTOVERS, by Tom Perrotta
BLUE NIGHTS, by Joan Didion

ONE LAST THING --

I started Roberto Bolano's 2666 this summer, and really enjoyed it, but it is very long, and work got spectacularly busy this fall, and long story short I kind of lost my momentum in it and never picked it up again. But its real

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

SNL Writer Taran Killam Becomes Gay Icon Overnight, and other news

To alleviate the boredom of a writer's-blocked night at Rockefeller Center, Saturday Night Live writer named Taran Killam recorded this YouTube video, where he re-creates, move for move, Robyn's "Call Your Girlfriend" video. Killam is a hulking, Jason Segel-ish guy with a bit of a gut and an apparent tendency to wear hooded sweatshirts with insufficiently-lengthy t-shirts underneath them; Killam's awkward dancing made me laugh out loud several times, but none moreso than the sequence in which he rolls around on the ground, bearing his potbelly.

Its totally credible that the decision to make this video was (relatively) spontaneous; certainly, as a Saturday Night Live writer, he has the resources to make a more professional-looking video than this, and the contributors to this blog have witnessed -- some might say participated in -- late-night dance parties to catchy pop songs to break up late-night study sessions in college and law school.
The only thing making me happier than Killam's video is this video, in which Killam's video is edited together with Robyn's original, so that you can watch the two of them side-by-side. Its definitely worth ten minutes of your time.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Wye Oak Finishes Their Breakout Year With "Christmas Will Be Just Another Lonely Day"

Wye Oak became one of my favorite bands over the course of this year. Their album Civilian was one of my favorite records of the year, with a couple of blow-your-mind outstanding songs, went on tour opening for The National, and hit their two AV Club Undercover performances -- The Kinks' "Strangers" and Danzig's "Mother" out of the park. Lead singer Jenn Wasner's performance and discussion of "Holy Holy" on One Track Mind was absolutely charming.

The holiday cherry on this sundae is their performance of Brenda Lee's "Christmas Will Be Just Another Lonely Day," a Christmas song on which I never previously had a strong opinion, but which they have made into a staple of my future Decembers. I've said before that Christmas songs should either be religious and traditional OR be fully-formed, complete songs in their own right, totally independent of their use of Christmas and its iconography. This song is one of the better examples of the latter.

Wye Oak covers "Christmas Will Be Just Another Lonely Day" by Brenda Lee

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Rick Perry and Sarah Palin Wish You a Happy Hannukah

In the past 24 hours, numerous evangelical Christian politicians, such as Sarah Palin and Rick Perry, both of whom believe that the New Testament of the Bible is literally true, have tweeted "Happy Hannukah," or, more likely, had a junior staffer tweet for them. I realize that there are a small number of very religious Jews who support right-wing evangelical Christian candidates because of those candidates' unwavering support of Israel, but 1) they are very few in number; 2) making common cause with someone is not the same as being friends; those candidates' support is overwhelmingly white protestant. The evangelical candidates who tweet "Happy Hannukah" are only superficially wishing Jews a happy holiday. In the main, they are attempting to show moderate white Christians that they are not anti-semitic.

The candiates doth protest too much. While I would not be so brash as to suggest that they are actually anti-semitic, I do believe that they don't really care one way or another about whether Jews enjoy Hannukah, and using a religious holiday for such a cynical political goal -- and, in their cases, to win an election so that they can enact laws that explicitly favor Christian interest groups -- is pandering of the most disgusting sort. In the words of comedian Rob Delaney, tonight those candidates can suck the first of eight circumcized cocks.

Monday, December 19, 2011

You Knew This Was Coming

Vaclav Havel died today. He led one of the most impressive and admirable lives of the 20th century. Kim Jong-Il also died today. Trey Parker and Matt Stone's Team America: World Police made fun of him and his meglomania so effectively that people who saw the movie basically couldn't look at him and keep a straight face ever again. Because of it, more Americans will probably remember Kim Jong-Il than Vaclav Havel, but I guess that's how it goes.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

In Heavy Rotation

A few new albums have been in heavy rotation at Common Sense Dancing headquarters. Here is a sampling:

St. Vincent - "Actor"


Wild Flag - "Future Crimes"


Real Estate - "Easy"


Real Estate - "Wonder Years" (sadly, not a great recording)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Thank You, Internet! Vol. 2

What I can't even . . .

This cover of "Bad Romance," sung in Mandarin by a group of middle-aged Chinese people, is so hilariously weird that the Fig Leaf Gang from the "Yatta!" video is starting to get jealous. Don't worry, Fig Leaf Gang; these middle-aged Chinese people are still 3,050,000 views away from being a real threat.


Ah, fuck it -- let's watch "Yatta!" again for old time's sake:

You may say its juvenile, but I believe that it will never get old.

Thank You, Internet! Vol. 1

Miss Kentucky. Presented without further comment:

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Money Talks, with John Hodgman

The opening credits alone - where Hodgman's face appears on a number of different currencies, including the Yen ("What is this, the eighties?") and the Peso ("Money never siestas"). Hodgman has reached the point where I basically start laughing as soon as he comes on screen, and this bit is no exception. Somewhat selfishly, I like how he introduces nerdy Yale stuff to a wider audience, admitting its ridiculousness while appreciating it for its, well, awesomeness. I wish I had a rich man's megaphone following me around, wearing white gloves and harmonizing.

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Sunday, October 30, 2011

We're Back!

Its been a rough couple of months -- a month-long internet outage at CSD headquarters, a couple of out-of-town weddings (which were a lot of fun, but nonetheless had me away from my computer for a few days), followed by consecutive 60+hour work weeks.

During my time away, I've reconsidered my attitude towards blogging. From now on, I will update this blog less frequently, but (hopefully) with longer, more involved posts. But, for the time being, check out this awesome set from Wild Flag, whose self-titled debut album has been in heavy rotation at CSD headquarters since its September release. The band features Sleater-Kinney alumni Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss, and is introduced by NPR Music's Stephen Thompson, beloved by us for founding the AV Club, copyediting The Onion's Our Dumb Century, and general all-around awesomeness.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

in which i tell you about something that isn't ironic or about popular culture

I was in transit from one errand to another in the western suburbs today when, in a large roundabout, about 6 cars ahead, A Lexus RX330 (that small SUV), rear ended a motorcyclist and then ran him over, trapping him under the car. I didn't see enough to know who was it fault, but it was gruesome.

Those who saw it pulled over and ran to the site. The motorcyclist was calling "lift it up, lift it up." so we attempted to lift it. Because at the start there were only 6 of us, we could not lift the SUV, but merely succeeded in compressing the springs--lifting the body but not the wheels. But as more and more people assembled, we tipped the car toward the driver's side to about a 45 degree angle (there was some debate about whether to tip it all the way over, but some sort of con census was reached not to do so). by then there were nurses on the scene to remove the man in a safe spinal position. and we lowered the car back down.

by the time the car was down, EMS personnel were there and were clearly in charge. So the crew of 20 or 30 men simply walked away not really saying anything to one another, got into our cars, and drove off, because we were blocking the roundabout.

Normally I would try to extrapolate this experience into something broader because I sort of hate unanalyzed anecdotes as a form of interaction. But none of the frames I can put on it really work. it was both miraculous and wrenching. Both a wonderful show of community and very isolating.

so we'll go with this as a broader moral: this is now the second man I have seen fall off a motorcycle at speed on a road. Jesus, those things are dangerous.

in which i try to seem discerning about sofia coppola

I have recently seen both Somewhere and Marie Antoinette. I like Sofia Coppola movies. They are easy on the eyes and palette, particularly if you are young, and privileged. But I can't shake the sense that all Sofia Coppola movies are about sofia coppola. She has an uncanny knack for showing that being young and pretty and rich is lonely and emotionally nuanced. But because it so clearly looks like she is telling the story of her own life, every time she gives her girls too much credit, it makes her look vain. like when the 11 year old Elle Fannings makes perfect eggs benedict for her louche father in the Chateau Marmont. 11 year olds can't make eggs benedict.

Marie antoinette worked a little better. The emotional similarities between the priveleges american teens and marie antoinette was interesting and empathetic. and the fact that kirsten dunst is pretty vapid totally worked. but it made her maturation into a brave royal at the end seem unearned. anyway, i'd watch another one. and then complain about it to you.

Also, are Sofia Coppola and Charlotte Gainsbourg occupying the same cultural niche? Famous father (Francis Ford and Serge). Early fame/scandal caused by father's placing them in limelight (godfather III and Lemon Incest). not really a bombshell but very beautiful in thier own way. Very cool and tasteful seeming life. Making artistic life for themselves separate from parent. and brunette.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Hold Steady Covers All Sorts of Great Stuff

For this week's edition of "Undercover," CSD favorites The Hold Steady stopped by the AV Club's offices to perform Huey Lewis & The News' "The Power of Love." We've been waiting for The Hold Steady to make an appearance in the "Undercover" series, because the AV Club staff are all outspoken fans of theirs, and, though we didn't expect it to be Huey Lewis who they covered, the results are pretty cool nonetheless.

The Hold Steady covers Huey Lewis & The News
And, when it comes to Craig Finn covering catchy 80's songs, this cover of Elton John and Kiki Dee's "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" that he sang with Frightened Rabbit