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book review: Lemon Jail

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Lemon Jail by Bill Sullivan. University of Minnesota Press| April 2017| 160 pages | $22.95| ISBN: 978-1-5179-0169-1

RATING: ***/5*

“When we arrived in a town on tour I would take flyers from the club and cruise the area handing them to any young people who would take them. My promotion theory consisted of one thing: guys wanted to go where women were, and women wanted to go where guys were. the better looking the boy or girl the better chance they would sway other people. I was skinny and cute with guyliner, so I could easily slip across gender lines.”

I like The Replacements and appreciated the band’s music but don’t know that much about them. This memoir isn’t the best way to find out that much about the band. This isn’t a tell-all. There’s mention of drinking and drugs and sexual encounters but not with salacious detail. It’s also not about specific albums or songs. It’s a non-sequential tour memoir by one of the band’s roadies, Bill Sullivan, who went on to be tour manager for many music acts including Bright Eyes, Spoon, Cat Power and Yo La Tengo. It’s his experience and recollection which makes for an interesting read. As a Boston-based music journalist, I appreciate the details about touring in Boston in particular.  He mentions lots of popular venues such as The Rat in Kenmore Square. He writes: “The last show on the itinerary for the first tour was in Boston at the Rat in Kenmore Square. Boston is well known as a confusing city to navigate even with GPS. For us, in 1983, we would just look for the Citgo sign and keep turning toward it. The Rat itself played host to so many cool bands it’s impossible to list them. The stage was stocked with speakers and lights, and they didn’t care if you turned up.” Lemon Jail reminds me of a long piece I wrote about touring with The Charlatans in the 90s. The bibliophile/book nerd appreciates the font, the cover, the paper quality and overall look and feel of this book.

–review by Amy Steele

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for review from University of Minnesota Press.

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new music: Calexico

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Tuscon, Arizona band Calexico released a new video for the song “End of the World with You” from its upcoming album The Thread That Keeps Us [Anti- Records] which will be released on January 25, 2018.  Assured, laid back indie rock/ American song with lots of Wilco and The Replacements influences. love these lyrics: “Love in the age of the extremes/ there’s nothing better that i’d rather do/ then scatter all the myths/ and walk to the start of the end of the world with you.”

About the new album, guitarist/ vocalist Joey Burns said: “There’s a little more chaos and noise in the mix than what we’ve done in the past, Whenever we’re writing and we come up with something that feels too familiar, someone will end up saying, ‘That feels good, but let’s keep going and see what else we can uncover.’ It’s been really important to the arc of this band’s evolution for us to always keep on trying new things.”

Calexico is:

Joey Burns [vocals, guitar, cello, upright bass]
John Convertino [drums, percussion, vibes, marimba, accordion]
Jacob Valenzuela [vocals, trumpet, vibes, keyboard]
Martin Wenk [trumpet, accordion, guitar, synth, vibes, backing vocals]
Scott Colberg [double bass, electric bass]
Sergio Mendoza [piano, farfisa]
Jairo Zavala [bazouki, baritone guitar, vocals]

The Thread That Keeps Us Tracklisting:

  1.  End of the World with You
  2.  Voices in the Field
  3.  Bridge to Nowhere
  4.  Spinball
  5.  Under the Wheels
  6.  The Town & Miss Lorraine
  7.  Flores y Tamales
  8.  Another Space
  9.  Unconditional Waltz
  10.  Girl in the Forest
  11.  Eyes Wide Awake
  12.  Dead in the Water
  13.  Shortboard
  14.  Thrown to the Wild
  15.  Music Box

 

 

 

 

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Linda Ronstadt ONLY female nominee as 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees Announced

Imagine Linda Ronstadt, LL Cool J, Nirvana & Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) jamming on “Big Ole Butt?” Would that be the song they’d pick? There’s no way LL Cool J will make the Hall of Fame this year. Or is there? Sadly, Ronstadt has Parkinson’s and can no longer sing.

There are 16 Nominees including:

NIRVANA

THE REPLACEMENTS

PETER GABRIEL

LL COOL J

the ONLY female NOMINEE —> LINDA RONSTADT

CAT STEVENS

YES

full list of nominees and more details

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