Allison Russell discusses her celebratory, thoughtful new album The Returner, the heady success of her 2021 debut, Outside Child, an update about her forthcoming memoir and its structure, Back to the Future and other trilogies, the power of the Rainbow Coalition, the right-ward shift of politics and fighting fascism with facts, loving The Sound of Music, inspiring work by Roberta Flack, Mavis Staples, Minnie Riperton, and Prince, her friendship with Brandi Carlile and their recent collabs with Joni Mitchell, reading us a poem she wrote about Joni, upcoming tour dates, other future plans, and much more. Supported by you on Patreon, Blackbyrd Myoozik, Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad’s Donuts. Support Y.E.S.S. and Black Women United YEG. Follow vish online.
John Linnell discusses the new They Might Be Giants album and book, BOOK, the band’s dark whimsy, late night talk shows, photos and typewriters, If Day, The Larry Sanders Show and Scott Thompson, future plans, and more! Supported by you on Patreon, Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad’s Donuts. Support Y.E.S.S. and Black Women United YEG. Follow vish online.
The Jesus Lizard Week celebrating the release of Akashic Books’ BOOK concludes with the band’s ace bassist and principal archivist David Wm. Sims. Here, David and I discuss how BOOK was Johnny Temple of Akashic Books’ idea, how the two Davids in the band spent the most time among members making this book with Henry Owings, Sims’ compulsive penchant for archiving things, being an anti-hoarder, how much he learned about his bandmates via the process of writing this book, Mac McNeilly’s obsession with pranks as a kid, how he and guitarist Duane Denison love hearing technical details from musicians about their work and tried returning the favour in BOOK, his emphasis that he just wanted the book to be cool but has some regrets about stuff that didn’t make the final cut, how he has no idea what the band’s legacy is, how their major label situation had less to do with the band’s demise than another thing, band chemistry, the coincidental nature of dramatic shifts in the band’s history, his relationship with Steve Albini and Steve’s piece in BOOK, Rapeman, David Yow being silly, his doubts about BOOK being the final chapter in the history of the Jesus Lizard, whether or not he misses the band, future releases by the Jesus Lizard, his current musical and vocational interests, and then The Jesus Lizard Week becomes the week that was.
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