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It may be hard to <i>Stay Positive</i> in this heat, but at least you can stay in and stream The Hold Steady’s new album

Your friends in The Hold Steady are doing you a favor in this ungodly heat: if you go to the band’s MySpace, you can stream their new album, Stay Positive, in its entirety. And what’s the first track? “Constructive Summer.”

The album is good by the way, but too heavy on the down-tempo numbers. Early faves are first single “Sequestered in Memphis,” “One for the Cutters,” “Magazines,” and “Slapped Actress.”

Stay Positive hits stores on July 15 via Vagrant stateside (Rough Trade is handling UK distribution on July 14).  [Stereogum]   

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I agree, too many songs that just don't go anywhere - but the good ones are really good.

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Not too impressed. In fact, I've never really understood the appeal of this band.

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Snap judgment: not their best, but not a disappointment either.

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Hi Andrew / Prefix Mag,

On behalf of Rough Trade / Beggars Digital, Vagrant and The Hold Steady, many thanks for plugging "Stay Positive" (street date 14th July and advance, digital release date 9th June) ... .. thanks, also, on behalf of the label and the band for not posting any pirate links to unreleased (studio) material and, if your readers want good quality, non-pirated, preview tracks, “Sequestered in Memphis” is available for fans and bloggers to stream / link to / post etc on the band’s MySpace ... .. check-out and for details on “Stay Positive” and the band’s 2008 shows ... .. for a limited period a play-through of “Stay Positive” shall also be available on the band’s MySpace and on NME (, although these are for promotional purposes only and the artist and labels have kindly asked fans and bloggers not to host or link to pirate copies of the full album on-line – for which many thanks in advance.

Thanks again for your plug.




The good songs are amazing, the bad songs are still impressive.


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