The Hold Steady Release New Song, Announce Three NYC Shows, Plan “Live at Soho” iTunes EP

01/12/2011 9:05 AM |

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Lots of Hold Steady news to report this morning, and much of it is very exciting, but don’t get your hopes up: There are still no plans to reissue Almost Killed Me or Separation Sunday on vinyl, so for a little while longer at least, you’ll still be stuck wondering if there’s any possible way you can justify coughing up upwards of $400 for them on eBay, if you can even find them at all. (There’s not, I’ve tried.)

Anyway, onto the good news: The band wrote a new song called “Just Saying” specifically for the new, uh, Vince Vaughn/Kevin James joint, The Dilemma. The soundtrack was released digitally yesterday, but the Hold Steady song can’t be purchased on its own, and since I can’t find it anywhere else on the internet, and there’s obviously no way I’m purchasing the soundtrack to a new Vince Vaughn/Kevin James joint, I’ve only heard the free sample on iTunes. Sounds a bit bluesier than when we last heard them on Heaven is Whenever, and it includes the line “We’re old enough to laugh at the folly of our youth,” which seems like an important one in the band’s development, doesn’t it?

They’ve also announced three upcoming New York City shows: two at Music Hall of Williamsburg on January 30th and 31st, and another on April 8th at Terminal 5. Presale for those starts today at noon, so get your credit cards ready.

Finally, they’re set for the January 18th release of “Live at Soho,” an iTunes-only live EP recorded the day after the band played the Beacon Theater show back in October. It’s said to include “stripped down, acoustic takes on songs from their increasingly deep catalogue.”