Our own Perry Ellis has a borderline-creepy fascination with doughy retro-rockers The Hold Steady — a condition not shared explicitly by Father Scott and myself, but treated with deference lest the old man succumb to a bout of senile agitation.
In the cyberpages of ESPN.com yesterday, Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn returned the favor, offering up love to many things dear to the extended Pax Familias.
For example, the Twins fan is also partial to the Mets:
Kevin (NYC): I know you are a big Twins fan, but living in brooklyn now, do you have a favorite new york team? (and I’d hope if you do, it’s not the yankees)
Craig Finn: New York Mets. I can see them most nights on TV. I was happy to see Santana land there instead of the Yankees or Red Sox. They are just a fun team to watch. A good friend of ours has season tickets so we go sometimes. The Rangers are a close second. I just recently got back into hockey. I never really took to the Wild. I’ve been to quite a few Rangers games with friends. And the Knicks just aren’t very likable right now.
And he loves Fenway:
Dustin (Minneapolis, MN): What is your favorite baseball stadium to go watch a game? What kind of hopes or expectations do you have for the new Twins stadium?
Craig Finn: My favorite park is Fenway. I went to a lot of games there when they were not very good. I did get to go to a lot of games for cheap and you can’t do that anymore. For the Twins, taking the ceiling off is fulfilling a lot of my expectations. I think they are on the right track. Small witih lots of sightlines so you can see the game from all over.
And he likes Radiohead, despite what bandmate Tad Kubler says:
Ryan Dees: What’s up with your boy Tad dissing Radiohead? Do you feel the same way?
Craig Finn: I do not feel the same way.
Craig Finn: But to each their own.
So there you have it. The Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn pretty much likes all the right stuff. Now if he would just quit forcing 42,000 words into three minute pop songs we’d sooooo be on the same page.
On to the songs:
Shake it Off — Wilco
Cruised and Accused of Cruising — Lifter Puller (Speak of the devil, huh?)
Nom de Plume — Calexico
Corona Radiata — Nine Inch Nails
Resurrection Fern — Iron & Wine
Joey — Bob Dylan
Promiscuous — Nelly Furtado (Shut up. Just shut up.)
Wash Off — Deerhunter
All Up the Seething Coast — The Mountain Goats
Dirty Dishes — Deer Tick
Flume — Bon Iver (Live on Conan)
The Rules: The Friday Random 10 is exactly that — random. We open up our iTunes, set the thing on shuffle, and listen to 10 songs. We are not permitted to skip any out of embarrassment or fear of redundancy. Commenters are encouraged to post their own.