NPR and its streaming of new records in their entirety is such a blessing. And a money saver! And a great way to start off a new week!
Yesterday, NPR began streaming The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy, the seventh record from Nada Surf, and Clear Heart Full Eyes, the first solo record from The Hold Steady lead singer Craig Finn. Surf lead singer Matthew Caws and the boys display their signature catchy-as-hell guitar hooks ("Jules and Jim" for instance) and power pop beauty ("Looking Through," the chorus of "No Snow on the Mountain"). Finn takes on a bit more of a country-fried feel in spots on this vacation from THS and the testosterone-laden hooks of THS guitarist Tad Kubler, but his story telling of the down-and-outers and Jesus are still in abundance. This one may take a couple of spins, but it's got potential.
Both records drop for purchase on 1/24.
The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy-Nada Surf-NPR Stream
Clear Heart, Full Eyes-Craig Finn-NPR Stream