What are you doing on Tuesday? Well add this to your list: buying The Hold Steady‘s new album, the tantalizingly-titled Heaven is Whenever (The cover art features a hand raised in… praise?). This band is one of our favorites here at Mockingbird, and for good reason. Check out this staggering lyrical nugget from “How a Resurrection Really Feels”:
The priest just kinda laughed.
The deacon caught a draft.
She crashed into the Easter Mass with her hair done up in broken glass.
She was limping left on broken heels.
When she said Father can I tell your congregation how a resurrection really feels?
If you haven’t given them a listen, do yourself a favor, put down your woodworking/scrapbooking/bacon/novel writing/cursing at the TV/etc., and go here to check out their new album (Thanks, NPR!). The album is worthy of a longer review (like: first, it rocks hard. Also, there are guitar solos here the likes of which I haven’t heard since I was into pop heavy metal in the late 1980s), but until then just listen. Also: A video from another track from their must-have 2005 album, Separation Sunday. This song is pretty much unbelievably good: