Omnivore - Nick Cave calls Holeman and Finch the best food in America." And I was there."

My voyage into groupiedom, Grinderman's voyage into deliciousness.


If you don't know who Nick Cave is, you won't care about this story. Unless you just want another random vaguely famous person to confirm what most of us already know, which is that Holeman and Finch is awesome. But for me, there's no one more perfect to affirm my affection for the Public House.

In a long, rambling story on Spin.com, Larry "Ratso" Sloman describes the latest Grinderman tour, with a hefty portion of the story dedicated to the band's meal, post Variety Playhouse show, at Holeman and Finch. Our friend Greg Best shows up in the story. Thankfully, I do not. But I was there.

I grew up in Melbourne, Australia. As a young teenager, it became part of my weekly routine to watch a show on the ABC called "Rage" - a show that began at midnight on Friday and Saturday nights and ran until noon the following day. At 9 a.m. "Rage" was a top-100 countdown of the popular music chart singles, but from midnight until 9, they played themed videos, often covering the entire career of one band or musician. Some nights a guest VJ, usually a touring musician, would pick the videos for the 9-hour stretch. But there was no talk, no time wasted on studio shots of said musician waxing philosophic about why he or she chose certain songs. It was 9 straight hours of uninterrupted, commercial-free music.