Broken Record with Rick Rubin, Malcolm Gladwell, Bruce Headlam and Justin Richmond
Craig Finn, the lead singer and songwriter of The Hold Steady, is known for his vivid, literary-style songwriting. He often writes about characters going through an existential crisis. The Hold Steady released their eighth album, Open Door Policy, earlier this year. This time around, the Minneapolis-born Finn says his focus is on themes related to the trappings of technology and late-stage capitalism. On today’s episode Craig Finn talks to Bruce Headlam about how the Drive By Truckers inspired him to create The Hold Steady, how Springsteen taught him to vamp, and why he feels like it’s his duty to not only write about the party, but to write about the hangover too.Subscribe to Broken Record’s YouTube channel to hear all of our interviews: https://www.youtube.com/brokenrecordpodcast and follow us on Twitter @BrokenRecordYou can also check out past episodes here: https://brokenrecordpodcast.comCheck out a playlist of our favorite Craig Finn and Hold Steady tracks HERE. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
The Hold Steady recently released their eighth full-length record, Open Door Policy. It’s an album in every sense of the word, with ebbs and flows, dynamic musical shifts, and boisterous bar-room rock nestling alongside creeping musical passages. It’s all off-set by Craig Finn’s formidable lyrical storytelling, delivered in his trademark sung-spoken way. We talk about how he developed that style in this interview, and how he went from attending hardcore shows in Minneapolis as a kid to playing in acclaimed underground band Lifter Puller, before moving to New York to form The Hold Steady. We also talk about what it was like finding fame in his 30s, his DIY method of booking early tours, and much more.
Craig Finn joins me on today's episode, telling us all about working at a a finance company in Minneapolis during Lifter Puller, the shift in his life when they were getting busier, booking their tours using a payphone, forming his identity as a writer, moving to New York, getting a job at a webcasting service, finding himself more in NY, starting The Hold Steady for pure fun, their community fanbase and the energy that informs it, how the band operates today with their yearly schedule, and lots more. Thanks to Jay Taylor :) The Hold Steady's new record Open Door Policy is out now!You can order your 101 Part Time Jobs coffee/toilet book at 101parttimejobs.comGet your beers delivered! 101 Part Time Jobs is supported by Signature Brew: listeners can get 10% off all their beers by visiting signaturebrew.co.uk and using the code '101PODCAST'Songs: The Hold Steady 'Family Farm', Cock Sparrer 'Working' See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Craig Finn is busy. He's busy making and releasing new music with his band The Hold Steady now on No. 8(!) and also with his solo career with 4 LPs under his belt since 2012 and a new collection of odds and ends called All These Perfect Crosses. Now he's even busier in these almost post-pandemic days with a live album they recorded on the release day of Open Door Policy, THS's most recent and maybe finest release and this time they put it out themselves. Allen and Craig swap stories and find out just why he stays so busy, what happens when he hits a creative wall, why did the game of tennis catch him in high school, and what exactly would he do if he weren't making music. craigfinn.com allenepley.com thirdgearscratch.com
Why Catholicism Infuses the Rock Songs of The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn
AMDG: A Jesuit Podcast
The Hold Steady plays big, loud rock 'n' roll that sounds like the best bar band you’ve ever heard. But if you listen carefully to the lyrics, you’ll hear moving, funny, heartbreaking stories about broken people sinning, falling and reaching for redemption. You’ll hear references to saints and churches and Catholicism and parties. Lots and lots of parties. Today's guest is the songwriter behind The Hold Steady, Craig Finn. Finn, who has been called our greatest Catholic storyteller since Flannery O’Connor, grew up in a Catholic family and graduated from Boston College. He talked to host Mike Jordan Laskey about the Catholic themes in his songs, his time at BC, and the Hold Steady’s fabulous new record "Open Door Policy."The Hold Steady: https://theholdsteady.net/Craig Finn: https://craigfinn.net/AMDG is a production of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States.Subscribe wherever you get podcasts.
Rollermania comes to Sending Signals! Yes, Les McKeown is on, talking about his time in the whirlwind of fame, and the toll of touring in your 60’s.You can also hear my chat with The Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn, talking about his excellent new solo record “I Need A New War”.Come and get it!
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In the 9th (not 10th) episode of "Tuesdays with Lazerbeak," Jeyca and Beak are joined by Craig Finn of The Hold Steady. Craig walks through his musical history and meeting a young Lazerbeak when he was in his indie band.