New The Hold Steady video – “Stay Positive”

“Because everyone seemed to completely forget about The Hold Steady this year, which is only more proof that history is dying and long-term memory has become short-term memory and short-term memory has become a dream,” writes Rex Sorgatz.  To which, I would say, well yes.  Sort of.

It’s not so much that people’s memories have contracted to the point of not existing, which to a degree they have; when it comes to music people treat bands and musicians as they would movies – they’re not necessarily inclined to get down with a sequel to a beloved original.  Debut albums are movies and the majority of music writers aren’t inclined to find the sequel as interesting as the original.

A shame really.

The Hold Steady’s Stay Positive was an album I had on constant spin this year.  It will certainly be on my year end list or would be if I do one.  And this video makes me miss the graffiti and urban decay that you have to look really hard to find nowadays.   With gentrification and all.

Comments on this entry are closed.