nothing in here is true

  1. Monday, November 21, 2016

    full weekend. too full to write 

    coulter reading

    friday i MCed the SW Lauden Replacements-inspired mystery novel short story collection

    did i know what i was doing? do i ever?

    most of life is being on time.

    the rest is being black and proud.

    i was incredible. the writers/readers were too.

    we even had a guy who skyped in from Scotland to read.

    turned out it was his idea, he got the book deal, and it wouldnta happened without him.

    also his story was great.

    afterwards some of our friends played replacements songs and it was beautiful

    weird thing about my friends: we all love the Replacements soooooo much, but for some reason it’s like an unspoken rule that you dont cover them you dont sing them at hootenannys and you dont really even talk about them very much

    but when this book came out i guess a few of them were all, lets learn some tunes and rock that shit

    it was dylan, greg and marko

    marko was a local santa barbara teen who stumbled across our friends and befriended them

    he placed bass in Popsicko which was fronted by Keith Brown (RIP) who went to high school with coulter, greg, and dan

    he said something really nice at the beginning, he said, a lot of these guys have known each other since freshman year of college

    and a few have known each other since high school so it’s really great to be around them

    because these songs mean so much to all of them.

    so true. so very true.

    afterwards i got a few tacos at a taco stand, then ubered for a while.

    it was a good weekend.

  2. Tuesday, August 9, 2016

    the best part of life is never knowing what the hell 

    replacements shit hits the fans

    my favorite record was a tape

    my favorite movie had no end

    my favorite book completely confuses me

    my favorite team barely won

    the best part of life is just rolling with it and seeing whats next.

    once i met this girl who had, not the official version of my favorite tape,

    but someone had made it for her and it was in her car.

    and i said i love you, come with me, to the sea.

    she said im taken. i said, can i have this tape then.

    she said no, i love this tape.

    i said look me in my eyes.

    and we just looked at each other for a while.

    and it was the best part of life.

  3. Thursday, April 16, 2015
  4. Friday, March 6, 2015
  5. Monday, February 9, 2015
  6. Thursday, October 2, 2014

    thirty years ago today the replacements released Let It Be 

    Replacements Let It Bethe problem for those of us who loved the replacements was

    so, you make a ridiculously wonderful kickass punk rock record

    that also has some of the sweetest saddest songs ever (Unsatisfied, Sixteen Blue, Answering Machine)

    and all of these other records by lessors make so much more money and get so much more fame.

    what are we supposed to learn from this? that great art will not always be met with financial reward and/or popular appeal

    unless you’re Led Zeppelin?

    sorry but most of us aren’t Jimmy Page.

    not that we’re Paul Westerberg neither, but we’re a lot closer to those drunken sloppy bums than the devil worshiping skinny brits.

    well three decades later the lesson now is dont count your rotten eggs until theyre hatched

    because nowadays The Replacements might not be getting any more airplay or video play but they can go to any festival that they want and pretty much headline on the strength of the material they made in the 80s.

    and go home with a mountain of money and take the rest of the week off.

    so maybe page and plant were right when they said Your Time Is Gonna Come.

    sadly that message was delivered on an answering machine that had run outta tape, so we were sweating it.

  7. Monday, June 23, 2014

    the three best things i saw at coachella 

    2014 is half over which makes me wanna look back and give thanks

    to the killer things ive gotten to see so far.

    one thing i didnt expect to be as fun as it was was coachella.

    i thought it would be too hot, and that id get too tired and the music would blow

    but no it was great and miss lana del rey was a desert oasis

    she opened her set with the provocative Cola which spilled out into the front row


    the replacements were the main reason i was there and Paul hurt his back

    so they pulled out a couch for him to lay on

    and life pulled out Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day to play with them

    on pretty much every song. he even sang I’m In Trouble while Paul lounged.

    typical unpredictable Replacements action for 75 minutes.

    arcade fire played so long coachella shut their mics off

    but that didnt stop them from being awesome

    they did one little acoustic victory lap around so everyone knew what to sing

    as they all went on their long journeys to their cars in the parking lot

  8. Thursday, April 17, 2014

    douglas arellanes got to welcome them to prague 


    steve coulter got to run errands for them in isla vista

    and i got to interview them – twice

    the replacements are the greatest band to only attract 100 people to the coachella stage at coachella

    and they’ll probably never get invited back, but who cares

    hopefully the tractor trailer of money that goldenvoice paid them to make their rickety slo-mo reunion tour of sorts swing thru palm springs

    a place people retire

    could fill the now forgotten metrodome.

    i love this band so much im paying crazy amounts of money and passing up better offers to do dumber things.

    if i was barack obama id give paul and tommy medals of freedom

    and put a picture of bob stinson on the three dollar bill.

    i cant believe i get to see them again tomorrow after too too long.

    god bless rock.

  9. Monday, April 14, 2014
  10. Saturday, January 11, 2014

    paul asks, “in order who are the bands, by day you wanna see at Coachella”? 

    the replacements

    Friday: The Replacements, Bryan Ferry, The Afghan Whigs, The Cult, Girl Talk, Outkast, John Spencer Blues Explosion, Dum Dum Girls, Preatures

    Saturday: Lorde, Pet Shop Boys,  Foxygen, Pharrell Williams, Nas,  Muse, Warpaint, The Internet, Skrillex

    Sunday: Arcade Fire, Lana Del Rey, Motorhead, Beck, Fishbone, Surfer Blood, Trombone Shorty, Little Dragon, Beady Eye, Toy Dolls