Ho! Ho! ... Hold Steady frontman getting in the holiday spirit? So it seems!
For the year-end conclusion of its Undercover series, the A.V. shared a video Tuesday of Craig Finn covering an indie-rock Christmas classic, "Just Like Christmas," made (relatively) famous by his fellow Minnesotans in Low. He was joined by recent tourmate Esmé Patterson for the peppy duet, one made even merrier by the presence of digitized snowflakes and an inverted snowman.
"It's been my favorite Christmas song for a long time," Finn told the A.V. Club in a brief interview. "When I thought about a doing a Christmas song for this it immediately came to mind. And it's a duet, so I immediately thought we should get Esmé singing. It came out really organically. It's a beautiful, beautiful song."
When we last heard from Edina's favorite son, he was struggling to understand a Craigslist ad for a Playstation 4 controller he allegedly graced. Hell, we all were. That is until City Pages blew the story wide open, revealing it to be a prank by local comic Justin Colucci. The good-humored rock 'n' roller was down to clown, though, even later naming his touring band the Uptown Controllers.
Finn's second solo album, Faith in the Future, came out in September. On it, he made a concerted effort to ditch the "drunk in Minneapolis" tales beloved by so many Hold Steady fans.
Here is Low's original version of "Just Like Christmas," which can be found on the Duluth band's 1999 Christmas EP. Christmas, a Christian holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, goes down December 25.