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Craig Finn

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Craig Finn & the Whisper Club

improv4humans with Matt Besser

Musical guest Craig Finn of The Hold Steady joins improvisers Brian Huskey, Danielle Schneider, and Seth Morris for this week’s improv4humans in the SXM Garage! Craig performs songs that inspire scenes about a well-organized drug dealer, marketing a dumpling shop, a whisper club, and more! Check out Craig’s new album here.

1hr 15mins

1 Dec 2022

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Craig Finn

Wheels Off with Rhett Miller

Craig Finn is a Minnesota-bred singer/songwriter based in New York City, best known as the singer of The Hold Steady. He joins Rhett to talk about his podcast, That’s How I Remember It, which is about the connection between memory and creativity. Craig and Rhett discuss the inspiration behind the podcast as well as Craig’s songwriting process, the importance of a band’s first record, and why he feels that albums have ‘seasons’. Craig shares the tricks he uses every day to dispel anxiety, depression, and remove any self generated obstacles.  Finn spent the ’90's leading Minneapolis indie band Lifter Puller, which released 3 albums and an EP. After relocating to New York, he joined with Lifter Puller member Tad Kubler to form The Hold Steady in 2003. The Hold Steady quickly achieved critical acclaim and a worldwide fanbase with their unique pairing of dense lyrical narratives with big rock guitars. Pitchfork has described Finn as “a born storyteller, who has chosen rock as his medium.” When performing his solo material live, Craig Finn is joined by a dynamic group of musicians called The Uptown Controllers.Craig’s latest album, A Legacy Of Rentals, is available now. Wheels Off is brought to you by Osiris Media. Hosted and produced by Rhett Miller. Co-produced by Kirsten Cluthe in partnership with Nick Ruffini (Revoice Media). Editing by Matt Dwyer. Production Assistance by Matt Bavuso. Music by OLD 97’s. Episode artwork by Katherine Boils. Show logo by Tim Skirven.  This podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. You can also ask Alexa to play it. Please leave us a rating or review on iTunes. Revisit previous episodes of Wheels Off with Rosanne Cash, Rob Thomas, Will Forte, Lydia Loveless, Allison Moorer, Ted Leo, Paul F. Tompkins, Jen Kirkman, and more. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.


26 Jul 2022

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Remember Prank Calls? (with Craig Finn)

How Did We Get Weird with Vanessa Bayer and Jonah Bayer

Craig Finn is best known as the frontman for The Hold Steady and a successful solo artist but some of his formative years were influenced by peer pressure when it came to teenagers' favorite hobby in the nineties: Prank phone calls. On this episode we recount our own largely anticlimactic stories of receiving and making prank calls, Vanessa explains the way she views conversations between musicians from a comedian's perspective and of course we explore Craig's Cleveland connection, whether that means shaking it up in Shaker Heights as a child or playing to sparse audiences at the Euclid Tavern as an adult. Finally we once against revisit our "Legit Moan or Unnecessary Groan" segment, which sees us discussing if it's OK to talk at movie theatres before the previews start, if Browns fans should be ejected for standing at a football game and if income inequality can truly be blamed on the fact that Nicholas Cage reportedly sold a Superman comic book for $2.1 million dollars in 2011.One thing that we don't think you'll be complaining about is Craig's new solo album "A Legacy Of Rentals," which is out now and in Jonah's constant musical rotation. Trust us, it is very good. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


25 Jul 2022

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Transmissions :: Craig Finn of The Hold Steady

Aquarium Drunkard - TRANSMISSIONS

As leader of The Hold Steady and a solo artist, Craig Finn specializes in unlikely redemption stories. His latest is called A Legacy of Rentals. Like his best work, it traces the lines of down and out characters, imbuing them with humanity and inner drama.Finn is one of the most empathetic indie rock writers out there, and to that end, he’s also launched a new podcast called That's How I Remember It, dedicated to exploring the connection between memory and creativity with guests like Fred Armisen, Patterson Hood of Drive-By Truckers, and Brian Koppelman of Billions. On his week's episode of Transmissions, Finn joins host Jason P. Woodbury to discuss memory, Judee Sill, his mood in New York during the "rock is back" era, and much more. If you want to support Transmissions, check out Aquarium Drunkard’s Patreon page. We’re a part of the Talkhouse Podcast Network.


29 Jun 2022

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Podcast Preview: Craig Finn's 'That's How I Remember It' featuring Patterson Hood

Talkhouse Podcast

Hello Talkhouse listeners and readers. We’ve got a special treat for you this week: Instead of the usual Talkhouse Podcast, we’re featuring the debut episode of a podcast called That’s How I Remember It. Craig Finn, as you hopefully already know, is the singer of The Hold Steady as well as a solo artist. He’s got an excellent new solo record called A Legacy of Rentals, and it inspired him to start a new podcast that explores the intersection of memory and creativity. The Talkhouse gang helped him put it together, and we’re happy to present the first episode here. If you like it, which you undoubtedly will, please subscribe! Here it is, the first episode of That’s How I Remember It, featuring Craig in conversation with Patterson Hood of Drive-By Truckers. Enjoy, and we’ll be back to regular Talkhouse episodes next week!Subscribe to That’s How I Remember It to catch future episodes with Brian Koppelman, Fred Armisen, and many more.

1hr 5mins

9 Jun 2022

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A Sonic Youth episode 40 - Craig Finn, Mt Joy, Gymnastics In The Seventies, Wedding Present

A Sonic Youth

This week Oliver looks at the latest solo album from The Hold Steady front man Craig Finn. Then he looks at some standout tracks from Mt. Joy and Gymnastics In The Seventies. Also featured is the latest of the 24 songs The Wedding Present is due to release each month of this year. Follow @asonicyouthpodcast on Insta and Facebook. this show is part of the Free FM 89.0 YOUTH ZONE. Made with support of NZ on Air.


2 Jun 2022

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In Conversation with Craig Finn of The Hold Steady

In Conversation

In this conversation Craig Finn, frontman of The Hold Steady discusses the inspirations behind his new solo album A Legacy of Rentals, the narrative differences between his solo work and The Hold Steady, the joys of going to shows and the movies by yourself, discovering the Kinks, his collaborative relationship with producer Josh Kaufman and so much more. 


27 May 2022

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Craig Finn of The Hold Steady

Songwriters on Process

"If the next record is about whaling, you'll know where that came from."Craig Finn takes it all in. He's the kind of songwriter who absorbs everything he sees and hears, and right now that involves reading "Moby Dick." Finn is a voracious reader, demonstrating something I've always maintained: the best lyricists read a lot. So when he sits down to write, he's efficient in his ritual: he writes quickly, usually giving himself 90 minutes to write four or five verses. Then he sets aside for a week, using fresh eyes in the revision process. This is the second time I've interviewed Finn; the first time was in 2011. As runners, we talked both times about how exercise helps our creative process. In fact, I wrote an article in the Washington Post about the link between aerobic exercise and higher order thinking, and in that article I quoted Finn.Craig Finn's latest solo release is called a Legacy of Rentals.


22 May 2022

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New Mix: Joan Shelley, Craig Finn, Florist, more

All Songs Considered

All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen shares his favorite tracks of the week, including new ones from singer Joan Shelley, Florist, The Hold Steady's Craig Finn and more.Featured Artists And Songs:1. Florist: "Red Bird Pt. 2 (Morning)," from Florist2. Joan Shelley: "The Spur," from The Spur3. Sadurn: "snake," from Radiator4. Dana Gavanski: "I Kiss The Night," from When It Comes5. Craig Finn: "Messing With the Settings," from A Legacy of Rentals6. dani mack: "Someday"7. Medicine Singers: "Daybreak," from Medicine Singers


12 Apr 2022

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A Sonic Youth episode 31 - Wednesday, Craig Finn, Soccer Mommy

A Sonic Youth

This week's feature band is shoegaze influenced indie rockers Wednesday. Also featured are some exciting new releases from Craig Finn [The Hold Steady] and Nashville's Soccer Mommy,


31 Mar 2022