Posts Tagged ‘Craig Finn’

  1. First Aid Kit – Fireworks
  2. No Age – Drippy
  3. Alela Diane – Émigré’
  4. Calexico – Voices In The Field
  5. Olden Yolk – Takes One To Know One
  6. Craig Finn – Fault Lines  (Mountain Goats cover)
  7. Ty Segall – The Main Pretender
  8. The Orwells – Vanilla
  9. The Soft Moon – It Kills
  10. Graham Coxon – Falling











Craig Finn and Titus Andronicus are heading out together for some live dates starting next week, and as is becoming increasingly de rigour with tours, it has prompted a cover of one another’s songs.

So here is Craig Finn’s take on Titus Andronicus’ brilliant No Future, which is not bad by any means, and does an excellent job of showcasing what an excellent lyricist Patrick Stickles is.

If you’re weary, I don’t mind sharing the load
Just keep me some company on the road
All I’ve got is a bottle that I ought to leave alone
But it’s the only thing that I can call my own


See them live:

2/29/16 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
3/1/16 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
3/2/16 – Charlottesville, VA – The Southern
3/3/16 – Asheville, NC – Lincoln Theatre
3/4/16 – Athens, GA – 40 Watt
3/5/16 – Gainesville, FL – High Dive
3/6/16 – New Orleans, LA – Gasa Gasa
3/8/16 – Austin, TX – Scoot Inn
3/9/16 – Norman, OK – Opolis
3/10/16 – Lawrence, KS – Bottleneck
3/11/16 – Omaha, NE – Lookout Lounge
3/12/16 – Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights
3/13/16 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
3/15/16 – St Louis, MO – Off Broadway
3/16/16 – Bloomington, IN – Bluebird
3/18/16 – Cincinnati, OH – Ballroom at Taft Theatre
3/19/16 – Akron, OH – Musica
3/20/16 – Pittsburgh, PA – Cattivo
3/21/16 – Buffalo, NY – Tralf Music Hall
3/22/16 – Ithaca, NY – The Haunt
3/23/16 – Albany, NY – Hollow
3/24/16 – Easthampton, MA – Pearl Street
3/25/16 – New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place
3/26/16 – Pawtucket, RI – The Met
3/27/16 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer

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And so it was to Birmingham and the HMV Institute to see the rescheduled, and still hotly anticipated, Felice Brothers gig with the Hold Steady’s Craig Finn as support replacing the previously scheduled AA Bondy.

We parked in a back street, bathed in the blue neon of a tired looking Adult shop with its tatty handwritten sign, “No drugs. No hats.“. Headed off, Popper, Barry-Sean, Analyse this Stu, MM and Big Pic – country mice in the town.

The venue was upstairs and Craig Finn and his band had just started their set. Lumberback shirts abound on stage and in the audience as we are treated to the songs from his much acclaimed solo album. Despite resembling Woody Allen in mannerisms, they pull it off – the quality of the songwriting shines through and the band are casually, confidently tight. Highlights are Honolulu Blues, the rolling rhythms of Terrified Eyes and the slow, sad, middle aged desperation of marital separation in Rented Room.

And so then, time for the main event. The Felice Brothers slouched on stage in the gloom, shuffled around, Jimmy Felice benign and accommodating, Xmas Clapton sullen and threatening, fiddle player Greg Farley energetic and exuberant, Dave Turbeville understated and unfazed at the drums, and centre stage Ian Felice, dishevelled and self absorbed and possessor of the finest croaky voice since Robert Zimmerman.

They erupted into a three song shuffle where The Greatest Show on Earth and Honda Civic immediately set a marker for the night. Big Pic exited the pit as the lights came up. On stage Jimmy grinned, wheezed his accordion, swapped whispers with his brother. They prowled the boards telling tales of the famous falling from grace, of shootings and double crossings, offered up plaintive laments and recalled loves lost. Sleaze and decay are unflinchingly revealed, rotten underbellies exposed and yet throughout flickers of hope are gently identified and moments of tenderness are cherished.

As one they effortlessly switched from swampy voodoo chants to trippy beats to whiskey bar blues and a good old fashioned murder ballad. They took us with them from the gangster days of Chicago to the mountains of the Catskills and from the diminished grandeur and dried sweat of the boxing gym to the back yards of forgotten rural America. All the time we sang and roared, raised imaginary shots of whiskey, stamped our feet and swayed along. Birmingham be damned, for ninety glorious minutes this could have been a party on a riverboat steamer or in a backwoods bar with old bullet holes scarring the walls.

The Felice Brothers are all the R words. Ramshackle, rollicking, raucous, rambunctious, rowdy. They are a carnival band in the best sense of the word taking in everything and spitting it back out with humour, irony, pathos and a gritty realism. Best of all they have a unique brand of rural Americana that is real and genuine and authentic and completely true to themselves.

Tonight all this and more is generously offered up to the audience and we gleefully accept in a like-for-like spirit of joyful delirium and abandon.

The Felice Brothers – lots of drugs, lots of hats.

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Download The Felice Brothers – Fire At The Pageant mp3 (from Celebration, Florida)

Download The Felice Brothers – Frankie’s Gun mp3 (from The Felice Brothers)

Download The Felice Brothers – Run Chicken Run mp3 (from Yonder Is The Clock)

Download The Felice Brothers – Rockefeller Druglaw Blues mp3 (from Tonight At The Arizona)

Download The Felice Brothers – Behind That Locked Door mp3 (from Mojo Tribute To George Harrison)

Streaming Round-Up.Compared with mp3s, it takes us much longer to get around to listening to all the tracks we get sent that are for streaming only – annoyingly paid work has to take priority during the day and you can’t stick these on an iPod – however, there have been a selection of corking tunes released recently that are well worth some of your ear time and maybe even paying for a download or two….

First up is the latest track from the Hold Steady front man Craig Finn’s solo album Clear Heart Full Eyes, which is out on the 23rd of this month. Jackson is the first single, a country tinged rocker that showcases a contemplative narrative. We’re looking forward to him being the support for the rescheduled Felice Brothers shows in the spring.


Next we change pace somewhat with Pulled Apart By Horses’ appropriately titled single, V.E.N.O.M. which is a taste of new album Tough Love (also out on the 23rd).


The Cast Of Cheers single Family has been played a lot on 6 Music since the start of the year and invariably the radio gets turned up in the office – easy to see why they’re being heralded as buzzworthy for 2012.


Howler are another band tipped for big things in 2012, and they are touring the UK and Europe (starting off course on the 23rd). In support will be 19 year old songwriter Nile Marr under the name Man Made. His self-titled EP is out now and you can listen to Nobody’s Dreaming for a taste.


The Sharks new single is Arcane Effigies, a rousing indie-punk singalong that manages to be both powerful and melodic.


Mixing ambient electronics with psych infused indie, School of Seven Bells have released their first official single, Lafaye, from forthcoming album Ghostory.


The Straylings hover somewhere between Calexico and Grinderman! Mixing forceful melodies with controlled feedback, this is the lead single Carvers Kicks from debut album Entertainment On Foreign Grounds due out on 5th March.


We’re quite taken with this grungey single, Touch Electric, by new Criminal Records signings Argonaut. They are a 5 piece all female band that know their way around a proper guitar riff and it certainly makes their new album (their seventh) one to look out for later in the year.


And lastly we have the beautiful, easy paced psychedelic pop of the Pale Seas. Single, Something or Nothing could have been resurrected from the late 60s easily evoking a gentler time of paisley and incense. Lovely stuff. Pre-order here.


MM Shorts 46: Craig Finn Solo of the Hold Steady.This one is for Barry-Sean really. Craig Finn of the Hold Steady is releasing his debut solo album, Clear Heart Full Eyes on the 23rd January via Full Time Hobby. The first track is Honolulu Blues released on Monday (28th) as a limited edition single – take a listen below.

Finn’s solo album is described as being “a little quieter and perhaps more narrative” and features a variety of guests, including members of White Denim, Phosphorescent, The Heartless Bastards and Centro-matic.