I've always kind of liked 'The Hold Steady'.
For all the reasons you might expect.
But I've never really become obsessed with anything they've done, maybe because of the notable absence of a glockenspiel.
I was super surprised when Bigger E. gave me the new album by Holder (&nolongerLFTR-PLLR) frontman steadycraig Finn.
She sought the album out because she heard Mr. Finn on Mike Pesca's podcast and became enamoured by the tune 'Newmyer's Roof'.
So, while we were off exploring beaches both old and new (to us anyway) on the far outer reaches of western-most Lotusland this past week we played the album over and over again during all the to-and-froing in the car.
And when we got back to the kids' grandpops' house I waited for an appropriate amount of time before disappearing to plug-in in an effort to find Mr. Finn doing his thing. As is so often the case with this so-called 'indie' - type stuff, the best I could find came from a session just down the I-5...
And, mostly because I was bashing away on the keyboard for awhile at the time, I let the YouTube-thingy turn over. As a result, I listened to a couple of additional live sessions recently recorded in the studios of the fantastic KEXP in Seattle.
Which, by total fluke, led me to fall headlong into new musical obsessions with 'Bully' and 'Wolf Alice'.
Now, if only I can convince E. and e. to become enamoured with these fine musical folks too.
Then my job will be done.
At least for the weekend or, perhaps, late Saturday afternoon at least.
And, speaking of serendipity....Mr. Beer 'N Hockey used the recent earthquake to echo-locate the latest resing place of Lemmy's bass amp deep beneath the sea bed off of Sidney Island....Who knew.
Image at the top of the post...Taken by C., it's the Whackadoodle and me walking on the rich man's, close-to-Tofino beach formerly known as Chesterman's...We did, however, serendipitously find our way to a fantastic little spot, still untouched by developers' devil hands even though it is a little bit south of the National Park...You can get there by turning right at the 'T' at the end of Highway 4 towards Uclulet and then going 2 km until you come to 'Wya Resort' sign on your right...Turn right onto Willowbrae Rd, go up the hill a few hundred meters and park at the trail head...It's a fifteen minute walk on a good trail straight out to the edge of the cliffs and a one hundred-and-seventy-three stair/step walk along a boardwalk right down to the southern end of Florencia Bay, or you can head left for another 500 meters or so and head on down to the very secluded Half Moon Bay on another very well-maintained many-stepped/staired boardwalk...
May the flukes, kid-assisted or otherwise, be with you in 2016!