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  1. 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

    tasty

    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

  2. Thursday, April 17, 2014

    douglas arellanes got to welcome them to prague 

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    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.

  3. Monday, April 14, 2014
  4. 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

  5. Sunday, September 22, 2013

    last night the replacements played the busblog theme song 

    but first Paul gave Tommy a hard time for being in… Van Halen

    Kiss Me On The Bus
    Tim
    Sire Records, 1985
    (Westerberg)

    On the bus, that’s where we’re ridin’
    On the bus, okay, don’t say hi, then
    Your tongue, your transfer,
    Your hand, your answer

    On the bus, everyone’s lookin’ forward
    On the bus, I aint lookin’ forward
    And everything ain’t okay
    I might die ‘fore Monday
    They’re all watchin’ us

    Kiss me on the bus
    Kiss me on the bus
    If you knew how I felt now
    You wouldn’t act so adult now
    Hurry, hurry, here comes my stop

    On the bus, watch our reflection
    On the bus, I can’t stand no rejection
    C’mon, let’s make a scene
    Oh, baby, don’t be so mean
    They’re all watchin’ us

  6. Saturday, May 4, 2013

    with Lindsay Lohan spending her first night in rehab tonight 

    everyone has been referencing Mean Girls

    but before there were those little ladies there was Heathers

    who were also cruel and stuck up and trendy

    and very.

    Replacements fans will get a kick out of the fact that the Heathers high school is

    Westerberg High named after Paul Westerberg

    according to this Angel Fire site(!),

    the Mats were Winona’s favorite band at the time.

    Later, of course, she dated Soul Asylum guitarist Dave Pirner, who was on the same label as the Replacements.

    would we have forgiven Westerberg if he had dated Winona?

    probs.

    sadly, fans would have also probably have blamed her for All Shook Down.

  7. Tuesday, April 30, 2013

    hey tony how on earth are you calling Stink an EP? 

    the replacements stink

    a gentle reader named wiser writes into the world famous busblog on the Hootenany birthday post and says:

    a Happy Birthday indeed, but there’s only one problem with this note. Hootenany is the ‘Mats THIRD album not second. There was “Sorry, Ma …” followed by “Stink,” which can never be discounted as a throw-away or an “EP” because it’s a release that certainly does stand on its own. And, to make it even more clear, upon the ‘Mats re-release of their discography with additional songs, “Stink” was included in that series.

    i completely agree that Stink is freaking amazing. in fact it contains two of my favorite songs – not just favorite Replacements songs – but all-time favorite songs in the history of punkerdom

    “Fuck School” and “God Damn Job” are perfect in each and every way. when Nobama lets us start really gay marrying things those two songs will be my first sister wives.

    The latter should have been written by Hank Jr. Dude has the blood in his veins from the greatest songwriter ever and yet somehow Westerberg, a young Westerberg at that, penned the minimalistic but exquisite

    I need a God damn  job/I need a God damn job/I really need a God damn job/I need a God damn job/Goooooood Damnit/Gooooood Damnit/God damn, I need a God damn job.

    How ya gonna beat that? Sure it’s in the same basic punk rock structure as “I Hate Music” from Sorry Ma, but even more so somehow.

    “Go” is haunting and beautiful.

    “Kids Won’t Follow” puts everything out today to shame.

    “White and Lazy” is funny, bluesy and then scary.  (“Sounds good in here.”)

    “Dope Smokin Moron” is what Westerberg talks about when he says the early days of the Replacements were them trying and failing to be a hardcore punk rock band. Bros didn’t fail on that one.

    “Stuck In The Middle” should have gotten the Replacements in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame off this line alone: “I got a head full of teeth and a pocket full of nothing.”

    But Stink is an EP. Not because of girth, but because of length.

    STINK IS FIFTEEN MINUTES LONG.

    That’s not an LP. LP = Long playing record.

    Even that reissue you mention, the one with the sweet bonus tracks is only 26 minutes. Weezer don’t even make albums that short.

    So no, if you are saying that EP means a throwaway, then I agree with you, Stink is nothing I’ll ever throw away. What I am saying is that it’s an EP because way back in the day thats what you put out because you couldn’t afford the studio time, production time, or didnt have enough songs for a full album.

    Next thing you’re gonna tell me is Come On Pilgrim was box set :)

  8. Monday, April 29, 2013

    today is Hootenanny’s birthday, it’s 30 years old 

    Hootenanny: how badass are you to start your second album with everyone playing the wrong instruments. youve got singer Paul Westerberg on drums. 17 year old Tommy Stinson the bassist on guitar, his older brother Bob the guitarist on bass. and drummer Chris on more guitars? Vampire Weekend would never do this.

    Run it: Red light red light, run it! They aint gonna shoot, RUN IT!

    Color me Impressed: the book on Westerberg is he was the poet laureate of the lonely. And with this line “everybody at your party they dont look depressed, everybody’s dressing funny – color me impressed” you see why.

    and those are just the first three songs of this, the most underrated Replacements album in their discography.

    happy birthday Hootenanny!

  9. Friday, March 29, 2013

    in this week’s Time there’s an interview with Tommy Stinson 

    the replacements let it be outtake

    Here are a few segments from the interview conducted by Jim Walsh, of Minnesota’s City Pages

    Time:  I understand you’re in the Middle East?

    Tommy Stinson: Yeah, Abu Dhabi.

    What are you doing there?

    I have no f—ing clue. We have a show here.

    It’s hard to imagine Guns N’ Roses in Abu Dhabi. How are you received there?

    Surprisingly well, actually. We played here five years ago and we did good. We played in front of something like 35,000 people. It was part of the F1 series that was going. We do good. It’s weird. Every time I think we’re going to the weirdest place possible, we end up going somewhere even weirder. We’re going to Beirut. There’s a civil war happening, I think. Our gig is already hotly protested. I’m looking forward to it not really at all.

    - – -

    Every time you or Paul mentions in an interview that you might get the Replacements back together, your fans go nuts. Do you really think it will happen?

    I think if we think we’re having fun and it made sense and the music we were making was fun, we would do it. If it became too much of a nightmare, we wouldn’t. We want to enjoy ourselves, make some people happy, do our bit — not make a nightmare. Paul has more at stake, as he has more real feelings about it. He’s more reticent. He’s a singer. He doesn’t want to go out and compete with his 25-year old self. He’s 50. But if he could go out and have fun without the pressures and personal demons of competing with himself, I think he would.

    - – -

    Is that the craziest thing you guys ever did?

    God, no.

    What was?

    One time, Paul and I had a cab driver drive us backwards all the way to this bar Small’s, which was on Gower and Melrose. He actually did it! All the way. Three miles. We told him we’d give him an extra hundred bucks if he would do it, and he and went in reverse the whole way.

     

  10. Thursday, February 21, 2013