“Wild Stab” Release Date 12/11/2015

According to this great find, posted on Facebook by Ernie Fleming, The I Don’t Cares debut album will be out on Dec. 11. This image was found in a new release book from Redeye Worldwide.

It’s Paul Westerberg and Juliana Hatfield!

Wild Stab WEsterberg hatfield

And here’s a second photo of the duo, posted on Juliana’s Instagram.

We are the I Don’t Cares –our first album is coming soon…

A photo posted by @julianahatfield on


New Single, New Band: “1/2 2 P” by The I Don’t Cares

The I Don't Cares

This spiffy-looking duo is known as The I Don’t Cares (aka Paul Westerberg and Juliana Hatfield) and today they’ve released their first single, “1/2 2 P” from the upcoming LP “Wild Stab”.

The single is available to download for $0.99 from Nimbit Music. Click on the “Store” tab in the upper right of the page, then on the green “$0.99″ button. Checkout, download and enjoy!



PW Interview: Bucketfull of Brains

After the second Replacements show in London on June 3, Paul was interviewed by Simon Wright for the U.K. magazine, Bucketfull of Brains – an interview with Paul was a rarity during the reunion shows. Simon also kindly posted the interview and extensive feature story on his blog, Only Rock ‘n’ Roll. He also DJ’ed the Mats shows in London, and shared his perfect playlists, crafted with the Mats in mind, Playing Records for The Replacements @ the Roundhouse.

I found this bit about Letterman fascinating, I can’t believe he turned it down!

Noticeably absent from both London gigs was fan-fave ‘Here Comes A Regular’. How come? “It’s too many words. I monkeyed with it a few weeks ago, I was asked to do Dave Letterman’s farewell programme and they wanted that song but it’s a long way to go for a maudlin drinking song and I didn’t have the patience to remember it.”

Westerberg’s notorious inability to remember his own lyrics means that the first couple of rows at a Replacements gig are frequently required to act as a human teleprompter. Manager Darren thinks Paul pretends to forget lyrics on purpose – it means that no matter how crisply and powerfully the band perform they can never be accused of being too slick.

Do songs drift in and out of relevance with you? “Yes. Playing something like ‘Unsatisfied’ now could be an act but I know that people want to hear it so I’ll mean it while I’m playing it, and then be able to put it down. But a lot of songs from that era were lived, and then written so some of the memories take me down a bit of black hole.”

Westerberg Bucketfull of Brains


Tommy Stinson Interview: Star-Tribune

Tommy is busy touring, recording and producing (check out his Facebook page or web site for all the details). In this interview with Chris Riemenschneider for the Star-Tribune, he talks about his current solo work, GnR and – of course – the Mats:

Tommy Stinson: Replacements run was ‘special,’ but it’s time to move on

Since he’s more interested in talking about his new band coming to the Turf Club on Saturday, Tommy Stinson offered these short answers to the two most heard questions about the old bands he is probably leaving behind:

1) Ask Axl.
2) Ask Paul’s T-shirts.

“At this point, they probably have their own [publicists],” the veteran bassist joked of his Replacements bandmate Paul Westerberg’s letter-encoded white tees.

During the final stretch of his two-year, 33-show reunion run with Stinson (and replacements) as the Replacements, Westerberg wore a series of shirts with letters painted on the front that seemed to spell out the end of the band. Or at least they spelled this one encrypted message: “I have always loved you. Now I must whore my past.”

A friend of Westerberg’s since he joined him in the Replacements at age 12 in 1979, Stinson laughed at the presumed epitaph: “I really didn’t know where he was going with all that. I got home and was like, ‘Oh, that’s what that meant.’ ”

His postscript on the 2013-2015 Replacements: “Of course, the Midway concert [in St. Paul last September] was very special, but as far as I’m concerned, all of those shows were special. Paul had been playing those songs in his solo shows since we broke up, so it maybe wasn’t as big a deal to him. But for me, strapping those songs on again after 20-some years meant a lot to me.

“There were some things I didn’t like about it, but that’s [expletive] rock ’n’ roll. Emotionally, it had its heavy moments. And it still does, but that’s the nature of our beast. And if you read into Paul’s shirts, it probably went on about a year longer than he felt he wanted it to go. As for me, I was fine with how far it went.”

He also talked about the recording sessions done with this incarnation of the Mats:

“It was one of those things: We dipped our toe in the water, and it didn’t feel so good. The water was a little too hot. I won’t say never, but the songs of mine that we recorded, I’ve redone. You know, if [Westerberg] called me up and said, ‘Hey, you wanna try this again?’ of course I would do it, if only to [mess] around a bit. Do we need to do that right now, though? I don’t think so.”

Tommy’s single will be available via iTunes.

“Breathing Room” / L.M.A.O EP

“Not This Time” / L.M.A.O EP


Boston Groupie News: David Minehan Interview

Boston Groupie News posted a wide-ranging interview with David Minehan, including his work with Paul (solo) and with The Replacements. David has had a long and fascinating career (so far, it’s still going!) and it’s a great read, even without the PW-related stuff. That said….let’s get to some of the PW-related stuff :)

On the “final show” in Portugal:

David: Right, that last thing in Portugal, you know four weeks ago, was like “This is our last show”. I think the thing is Paul says all kinds of stuff on stage. Every night it’s just kind of a running banter. It’s a funny, half-cocked shit. But that said, I always think like every show could be the last show of the Replacements. That’s just the way it is. You know, there’s just kind of a perishable thing about this. And I’ve learned not to butt in on any of that and I think that’s why he appreciates me too.

It was ironic because before we went onstage that night, at the festival in Porto, Portugal, the grounds were just incredibly beautiful. Stages set in different parts of these rolling hills that you walk to, and it’s just stunning. And I’m looking around, we finished sound check, and I gave him a hug, and said “You know Paul, if this was the end of it now, this is a good one.” And then later that night like “This is our last show.” (everyone laughs)

B (Interviewer): I always had the impression that it was always Westerberg got you guys together, as The Replacements, but it was never his idea that it was going to keep going with you guys still at in 10 years, I mean..

David: No, exactly. He’s in a real…..I don’t wanna call it midlife crisis, but it’s like ‘what are the Replacements in 2015?’ ….Except that they are loved by millions, and I would say at least a third maybe half are kids weren’t even born when the band was originally playing. When they are out in the audience, and when we start a certain song and they almost start crying. It’s a really powerful visceral exchange that happens up there! But I do know Paul’s ideal would be “Let’s do a half a set of Replacements’ songs and half a set of Solo album songs.” Cuz his Solo Album songs are fucking amazing.

B: Yeah he doesn’t throw those in?

David: No, because it’s the Replacements. When I toured with him in ’92 on his first solo tour, we did do a third or more of Replacement songs then. But even Tommy’s got great songs too. So just for now, I think he’s just faced with…like, he said it in an interview, some years ago, “you know, I’ve been playing those Replacement songs all along anyway, it’s not like I left them completely.” You know he’d do his solo records and, but when he and I toured, he would love to hear certain songs. So I think it’s just a matter of like “I’m not going to become a nostalgia act.” The thing about that guy is that he never seem to care about money, because he lives frugally, he’s not wealthy, and the world has been trying to make him wealthy for 25 years!

B: You’ve played all these songs with Paul. But creatively do you ever interact with him?…like writing?

David: Yes, he comes in odd times, but a lot of the rehearsals leading up to this Replacement stuff would be an afternoon of not playing any Replacement songs. We’d be playing just fucked up shit, you know like covers…and jams, I mean not jamming you know, but just like reaching out into weird riffs that kind of rock. I think that’s his way of making sure that you can think on your feet a little or that there’s a ‘catching lightning in a bottle’ aspect of things available in some way

B: Now during those jams do you see any riffs that he later uses?

David: Yes, he was trying out a lot of new stuff with us. And then I’ve seen him just kind of stop and kind of think about something, so there is a little bit of that process going on too. I actually had those guys in here in a secret recording session a year and a half ago, and it was the hardest session I’ve ever done in my life. You know he’s an unorthodox character. You say white, he says black. You set up for one thing and he starts dismantling it and sets it up another way. So you have to anticipate that this is gonna be an inversion of what you think it’s gonna be.

B: So what do you attribute that too? Is he just a contrarian or is it creative process?

David: It is creative process…and he is a bit of a contrarian, but after all these years, those happy accidents have some consistency. That’s why you can’t point to any particular kind of thing about the Replacements. The records all sound different, the songs all kind of like take different steps, so chalk it up to a real artist who does not want it to be so repetitive.

Good stuff and there’s plenty more in the full interview.