on my birthday the replacements are re-releasing an early record

and they’re young and sloppy and drunk and so fun.

it reminded me of this crazy podcast

the replacements werent trying to be arena rockers.

they were just being themselves.

i should just keep being more and more myself.

stop thinking about having millions of people listen

just do the things.

have fun.

play the small clubs and parties

before you know it youll be on saturday night live

soon to be banned for life.

if the life of your thing could be counted in weeks

then you should be lucky if one freaking person is paying attention.

thats what sorry ma means to me.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.