“Wild Stab” Video Winners

Winner #2 is a stop-motion video for “Back” by Helen Frank from Sheffield, UK. Thanks Helen!

The first in the “Wild Stab” video contest was directed by Max Tullio with help from his pals at Sarah Lawrence College. Here’s the official video for “Outta My System”.

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Wild Stab: Reviews & Lyrics

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Some very nice reviews have been coming in for Wild Stab:

Salon, Caryn Rose “There are hooks and riffs and clever turns of phrase; there are bold declarations, and much quieter ones. There is so much to like on the record, and it’s tremendously accessible and listenable.”

 Aquarium Drunkard “So – how does Wild Stab (more lowered expectations) hold up? It’s actually fantastic. From what has been said in interviews, Hatfield was allowed a look through Westerberg’s demos that had gone unreleased (mostly) and allowed to pick what she thought sounded worth tackling. The results are a record that sound a lot like this recent excellent period of Westerberg’s songwriting.”

AllMusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine “Wild Stab emphasizes sharp hooks and smart songwriting, but the striking thing about the album is how it feels buoyant, an emotion that doesn’t come easy to either member of the I Don’t Cares.

And it was named an Album of the Week by Sun Media (CA newspaper chain).
wild stab album of the week

If you’re looking for lyrics (or best guesses on lyrics, to be more accurate) for Wild Stab, you can find some lyrics here, still 5 or 6 song left to go.

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The I Don’t Cares Want Your Videos

The I Don’t Cares want YOU to take a Wild Stab at making a video!

Are you an aspiring film maker? Clever or artistic? Too much time on your hands? Need to make a few bucks to cover rent this month?

Then what are you waiting for?

  1. Make a video for your favorite song on “Wild Stab”.
  2. Upload your video to YouTube and send us the link: theidontcares@tenpinmgt.com
  3. If we like your video, we will pay you $1 per second and feature your credited video on our websites.

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Peter Wolf Interviews Paul Westerberg (!)

Today is the release date for Wild Stab, which was already going to make this a banner day. And then here comes this completely unexpected interview on Vanyaland interview, way out of left field. Peter Wolf interviewed Paul at a hotel in Cambridge yesterday.  I can’t remember the last time Paul did an hour-long filmed interview.

In detailing each track over the course of the hour-long conversation, Wolf describes the album as a very romantic, spontaneous collaboration, with multiple layers of feeling. “It’s like a nice jewel,” he says, “you just keep rubbing it, and it starts shining.”

Throughout the chat, in which Westerberg touches on his career as a songwriter, his influences, and the recent Replacements reunion, the 56-year-old Minnesota native stresses that the raw, grittiness of the album is one of its finer qualities.

“I go with goosebumps and the ear,” he tells Wolf. “When I feel it, then it’s done, it’s ready…. You do it with computers and shit — you can fix everything. And people do. Why compete with that? Everybody can make a perfect record in their basement, bedroom, on their phone. That’s not gonna serve anything. I don’t want to make a perfect record.”

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Paul Westerberg and Peter Wolf – Le Méridien Cambridge

Over the course of the reunion tour, Paul mentioned “Daffodil” several times during performances, which had the message board wondering who he was referring to. At Boston Calling, he dedicated “Valentine” to Daffodil, and if memory serves, also during the performance of “Alex Chilton” (“I’m in love with Daffodil”). Mystery solved!

“We joke, we call each other ‘Sandpaper’ and ‘Daffodil’. I got this one voice and she’s got this other and I always thought let’s kinda meld the two together… she puts something very lovely and makes my voice an easier pill to swallow.”

Interesting background on the new version of “Born for Me”, Paul reveals that song was written about Juliana and touches on one reason he’s doing the interview rather than both of them. Peter asks him about the photo on the back of the CD, with their hands reaching out to each other:

“Read into it what you want…I think that’s why she isn’t here. Like it or not, there’s an element of romance to the record that is deep and in this day and age you don’t want to come out and lay it out there for people to speculate about and ask questions. The reason “Born for Me” is on there is because I wrote it about her, how many years ago (when) it came out.”

Born For Me Lyrics

Vanyaland helpfully provide a list of topics to jump to, I’ll spare you the agony of waiting regarding the tour question. The answer was basically “nothing is planned but never say never”.

3:25: How did the collaboration come about?
8:37: Bringing Sammy Davis Jr. to life
12:54: Dissecting I Don’t Cares songs, and writing for Juliana Hatfield
16:35: Letting the music do the talking
19:22: “There’s a certain mystery that sits with this [LP]”
23:27: Songs from Paul Westerberg’s basement
28:00: How old Replacements demos became I Don’t Cares songs
31:38: Westerberg’s first record purchased, first concert attended
35:45: Westerberg’s first guitars, and when music started paying the rent
40:03: Coming off the Replacements’ reunion tour
47:10: Singers in the band are the craziest
50:26: Let’s get a refill
51:00: “We teased ourselves… we’re not making a record” —
53:35: Life after the Replacements reunion
56:30: Where is Juliana?
59:56: Taking the I Don’t Cares on the road

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