As you can see, it’s been a week of change and evolution here at Consequence of Sound. Modern times call for modern web design, and with transition on our minds, we’ve decided to tweak our weekly song countdown as well, dropping “MP3s” in favor the simpler title you see above (an obvious move, as streaming services continue to thwart file sharing). We would also like to welcome back Mike Madden, an original contributor to this feature, who will undoubtedly help us bring you an even more diverse selection of songs. Speaking of, we’ve got a dangerous smattering of tunes this week, from blackened doom metal to pungent hip-hop. Click ahead and get learned, people.
10. The Hold Steady – “I Hope This Whole Thing Didn’t Frighten You”
“We were looking to make a big rock record,” frontman Craig Finn says of the forthcoming Hold Steady LP, Teeth Dreams (out March 25th via Washington Square). He warns that it might be “less wild,” but the Hold Steady have always been about the lyrics, and lead single “I Hope This Whole Thing Didn’t Frighten You” is no exception. “There was a sight in this city I didn’t want you to see,” Finn sings during the chorus, “There’s just these cats that I know, we go back pretty deep.” Typical of his poetic style, Finn is hyper-literal, yet metaphorical enough to remain relatable. –Jon Hadusek