The new Hold Steady, “Heaven is Whenever,” is pretty awesome. Their piano player left, but the guitar solos are making up for it. It’s a solid record, more of the amazing, storytelling lyrics from Craig Finn about drugs and girls and music, it’s such a scene feeling that he manages to encapsulate but I love it tons. Seriously, you don’t even have to listen to the song to appreciate the words.

“Heaven is whenever we can get together,
Sit down on your floor, and listen to your records
Heaven is whenever we can get together,
Lock your bedroom door and listen to your records.”

~We Can Get Together,
The Hold Steady, Heaven is Whenever

Favorite song so far: The Weekenders

“There was that whole weird thing with the horses
I think they know exactly what happened
I don’t think it needs any explaining
I’m pretty sure I wasn’t your first choice
I think I was the last one remaining
I wish we hadn’t gone and destroyed it
Cause I was thinking we could pull another weekender
You’ve still got a bit of clairvoyance

I remember the metal bar
I remember the reservoir
You could say our paths had crossed before

So if it has to be a secret
Then I guess that I can deal with it
you and i both know it’s a negative thing
In the end only the girls know the whole truth

….
So if it has to be a secret
Then I guess that i can deal with it
God only knows it’s not always a positive thing
To see a few seconds into the future

And if you swear to keep it decent
Then yeah I’ll come and see you
but it’s not gonna be like in romantic comedies
In the end I bet no one learns a lesson


~The Weekenders,
The Hold Steady, Heaven is Whenever