Here's a few selected awesome The Hold Steady songs: Dan's The Hold Steady Sampler on Rhapsody
Sadly, Rhapsody does not have Lord, I'm Discouraged (or as I think of it, "Excuses, and half-truths, and fortified wine") which MUST be listened to for the guitar solo, not to mention the heartbreaker story. So here it is on Last.fm.
Part of the joy of The Hold Steady is in the lyrics. Here's an example:
Don’t drop little hints. I don’t want them to guess.Stuck Between Stations
Don’t mention Tampa, they’ll just know all the rest.
Don’t mention bloodshed, don’t tell them it hurts.
Don’t say we saw angels, they’ll take us straight to the church.
She was a really cool kisser and she wasn’t all that strict of a Christian.The video for Stuck Between Stations has a laugh-out-loud funny at the end.
She was a damn good dancer but she wasn’t all that great of a girlfriend.
He likes the warm feeling but he’s tired of all the dehydration.
Most nights are crystal clear but tonight it’s like he’s stuck between stations --
On the radio.