Australia may be the first country to ring in a New Year but New York will always be the epicenter of New Year's Eve festivities. If you want to struggle in Times Square and wait like cattle going to slaughter and pack in the cold to watch the ball drop or go to an expensive club or bar.
While the Hold Steady's albums mixed styles varying from bar band to punk to Springsteen's "Rosalita"-influenced rock and roll, Finn's first solo project has mostly a glowing, alt-country feel with a few surprises thrown in here and there.
True confession: baseball was my first love. Soon, like the American male I am, I cheated and fell hard for music. But on this shiny opening day, here's a playlist that puts my first two passions together.