"The Hold Steady Almost Killed Me"
Yesterday was some biblical shit, as most of the afternoon felt like God was trying to fuss with the Hold Steady's plan to build something this summer by drowning drunken kids in a relentless storm. Apparently no one told him that Craig Finn is down here doing his work and the kids are being redeemed. It's really quite lovely, in a druggy, bloody and ugly sort of way. It fucking poured yesterday, but no amount of thunder, lightning or rain could keep The Hold Steady from holding mass at McCarren Pool. And so when Craig Finn began delivering the gospel, the skies grew blue and fists were raised to the sky. Total redemption.
Peep the video below for an accurate portrayal of yesterday's rain soaked show. Yes, the crowd sang along at that volume the entire show. My neck really hurts, in the best was possible.
Setlist:Constructive Summer/ Banging Camp/ Chips Ahoy/ Magazines/ Multitude of Casualties/ Yeah Sapphire/ Navy Sheets/ Same Kooks/ Stay Positive/ Stuck Between Stations/ The Swish/ Your Little Hoodrat Friend/ Resurrection Really Feels/ Joke about Jamaica/ Sequestered in Memphis/ Arms and Hearts
Encore:Lord I'm Discouraged/ One for the Cutters/ Slapped Actress
The Hold Steady "Stuck Between Stations" at McCarren Pool, Brooklyn, NY 6/29/08