I'm new to this board as a poster, though I've been reading for a while. And I'm a big fan of the Hold Steady, dating back to 2004 when friends at the website I wrote for interviewed the band and turned me onto Almost Killed Me.
I wanted to share a podcast that my friend/fellow THS fan and I are putting out, called A Positive Jam. The aim is to break down great records track by track to see what makes them work, and we're starting with Almost Killed Me, of course. We have two hosts but then a few guests who are also big fans join us at some point or another for most episodes.
We've put out an intro episode and, today, a Hold Steady Starter Kit playlist. We start releasing the track by track episodes on August 5th. I don't mean to spam or anything, but I just thought people on this board might get a kick out of it. We refer to this thread a couple times during the 12 episodes (we do one on the bonus tracks and one on the Twin Cities as a scene in addition to the 10 main tracks), and I think we get into a lot of fun stuff for Hold Steady fans.
The podcast is available wherever people get podcasts, including these links:
And if you want to look at our Starter Kit Playlist, it's here. It's meant for newbies and we tried to keep it short, but we may have missed stuff (I would have loved to include Cattle & the Creeping Things or Barfruit Blues).
Thanks for your time and I hope you check it out! If you have any feedback or anything, feel free to get in touch, especially if we're doing something wrong, though staying positive is welcome .
Last Edit: Jul 22, 2020 6:13:23 GMT -5 by dshortman
Post by jimmyswagger on Aug 5, 2020 19:33:23 GMT -5
I listened and enjoyed it. I thought you guys did a good job in delving into the song, given its overall simplicity. I'm really looking forward to The Swish.
AKM was my entry point to The Hold Steady. It wasn't until about 2006 when I first heard about them, but I decided to start at the beginning. I thought it was audacious that they used their band name in the first song. And then when they did it again in The Swish, and DJs and Knuckles, I was hooked.