Jim Carroll

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Tune of the Week – “Sequestered In Memphis”

Hey kids, it’s The Hold Steady. Sometimes, you need a song like this to help you to shake the dust from your shoes and the cobwebs from your ear. Cobwebs in your ears are terrible things, you know. A song …

Thu, May 22, 2008, 10:03

   

Hey kids, it’s The Hold Steady.

Sometimes, you need a song like this to help you to shake the dust from your shoes and the cobwebs from your ear. Cobwebs in your ears are terrible things, you know. A song like “Sequestered In Memphis” does that job and plenty more.

I mean, how many songs do you know which are about sequestering? And Memphis in the title is already halfway to greatness. Well, bar that one by Marc Cohn. Great city, Memphis. Those trolley cars running up and down Main Street are a blast. You could lose your marbles with great aplomb on Beale Street. Just don’t believe the maps when they tell you that Sun Studios is just five minutes from the old Stax HQ, OK? And we’d really dig some French toast and eggs from the Arcade Cafe right about now.

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“Sequestered In Memphis” is the Hold Steady doing what the Hold Steady do best. They come along, blast away, swell the music to bursting point, throw a trumpet in the mix and let Craig Finn throw down his thoughts about angst and confusion and guilt on top. Finn’s always has a winning way with lyrics so of course, you go with him when he trips off. Job’s oxo, you know. Feel-good anthemic music with a built-in nagging conscience to add some complexity to your day.

They’ve been doing shit like this aeons now. If you got into them with “Boys & Girls In America”, I hope you’ve done the decent thing and got your laughing gear around “Separation Sunday” and “The Hold Steady Almost Killed Me”. You need those albums like you need a refill of coffee. Live, they deliver too. Bands with keyboard players sporting moustaches and berets inevitably always deliver.

The new album “Stay Positive” lands in July and you’ll find “Sequestered In Memphis” playing right here. Play loud. And if you’re going to see The Boss over the next few nights, remember The Hold Steady love you but they also really love Bruce.

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