rhino records is re-releasing four amazing replacements records today

stink and hootenany are two of my faves.

from stink comes one of my favorite songs of all times, fuck school, and even though its most definately a punk song, its also one of the most simplest pop songs ive ever heard.

i know a lot of people who didnt grow up with the replacements might hear a song like this and be all meh or whatevers or WHY ARENT YOU GIVING ME SOMETHING LIKE “UNSATISFIED” but those people probably never went to school before.

this is a song for people who have been to school.

and who love punk rock and pop mushed together with a very tiny guitar solo oreo center.

hootenanny, let it be, sorry ma forgot to take out the trash, and stink are now all available in yr grocers freezer in sweet ass deluxe editions so expect every critic or wannabe critic to drool all over themselves as they tell you how omg amazing let it be is/was as if you didnt know that already a gazillion years ago.

h/t metafilter who had a decent thread going till a bunch of jackholes hijacked the thing wanting to talk about some far inferior bands

today is tomdogs birthday

hes one of the nicest fellows you’ll ever meet.

he also bikes, blogs, and computer programs better than anyone you’ll meet.

he also knows way too much about music and then blogs about it. mostly on LAist where he is the TV Editor (aka the TV Junkie).

he also invented the “tomdog bug“.

its when you lay on the ground and pretend your dead and take a pic.

god bless tomdog.

and happy birthday bro!

the baby gorilla is back!

our favorite howard stern sidekick, big fat drunk artie lange was back on the show this morning and all was well in the world again.

heres the wrap up by the Stern Fan Network:

Artie was came to work clean shaven. Howard said he honestly didn’t think artie would be back. Artie takes full responsibility and apologizes to Howard, Teddie, Sirius, & the fans.

Artie explains that even though he has some money issues with Teddy, he is not stealing from him. He’s an honest good kid. he said please don’t quit your job.

Howard apologizes for pulling the replay and explains he was worried about Artie. He didn’t know if he was suicidal and was concerned that it might either send Artie into a rage or into deep depression. Artie says, thank you and admits he was on the edge.

Artie said for the first time he realized he really is part of a family. He received many calls from every level of the show & Sirius with genuine concern. Robin was surprised it took him this long to see this.

Artie OK’s replaying the audio & the Howard TV footage. The Howard TV website says the footage will be on tonight at midnight and the 4-10-08 show will air on Sirius this weekend.

Howard & Robins said how they don’t believe there will be any more chances. Artie confirmed this. Artie had a series of meetings with Sirius higher ups. Both Howard & Robin said they spoke to the higherups as well and they weren’t happy.

Artie thanks Howard for letting be a part of the show. Howard said his fans are such a bunch of fuckheads. This was directed at all of the complaining about pulling the replay & accusations that it was all a bit.

Artie said he made an appointment with the shrink. Artie is going to find a professional assistant & Teddy can carry on as the road guy. They will continue to work together, it will just be different.

From most anticipated to most anticlimactic first segment. Within the first hour they were already playing clips, talking about the Pope, Robin’s dress, & Riley’s contract, and had a guest in right after the first break. Fans seem disappointed expecting more details of what all happened but back up, did I mention Artie is back on the show? it’s a good day.

If you were disappointed that they didn’t go into it more, a woman called in and gave Howard a hard time for wrapping up the Artie discussion so quickly. it got them back on it.

Gary says he’s mad at Artie for not seeing how good his life is with the show, the gigs, and his family. Fred says Artie really needs to seek some help. Artie says he’s absolutely right and admitted that he’s been running away from therapy his whole life.

Teddy said that for the good of the show he wants to leave. Howard & Artie told him no way. He didn’t do anything wrong and should stay.

artie sounded alert, rested, and had good tales to tell about his trip to Amsterdam. lets hope this changes his life for the better.

as you might know, my girlfriend scarlett johansson

is fixin to come out with a whole mess of tom waits cover songs. the first cut will be the title track of “anywhere i lay my head” and whaddya know, its been leaked to the interwebs!

when tom waits heard about the project late last year he was soon interviewed by Pitchfork.

Pitchfork: I’m sure you know Scarlett Johannson is recording an album of your songs?

Tom Waits: Well no, I read about it in the paper.

Pitchfork: No one consulted you beforehand?

Tom Waits: No, no. But, you know, more power to her.

Pitchfork: Are you excited to hear it?

Tom Waits: I don’t know if I’m excited to hear it, but I’m curious. People make songs so that somebody else will hear them and want to do them. I guess it’s an indication that the songs aren’t so ultra-personal that they can’t possibly be interpreted by anyone else. I’ve seen her in movies. I don’t know what she’s going to do with the tunes. When you get a hold of somebody else’s song, you make it your own. That’s all you can do. And that usually requires a certain amount of tailoring. Cut the sleeves off, lay some buttons. Everybody does something different to a song, that’s the tradition.

even though what follows isnt the official video, its a good start and you also get to hear what it all sounds like.

now i dont know about you, but one of the best parts of singing a tom waits song is to get the chance to mimic that crazy homeless drunken sailor style. little miss underpants seems to wanna take all the fun out of it.

lets hope she really goes for it on the rest of the record.