“Singles” Soundtrack 25th Anniversary Edition

’Singles’ Soundtrack Featuring Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Paul Westerberg to Get 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Reissue

From Diffuser:

The soundtrack to Cameron Crowe’s 1992 movie Singles, which served as a point of entry for many into the grunge scene and featured Paul Westerberg’s first post-Replacements compositions, is set to get reissued in honor of its 25th anniversary. Sony Legacy is giving it the deluxe edition treatment, and it is set to arrive on Feb. 17…
However, as of now, it will only be available as an import, with pre-order listings at Amazon’s U.K. site for a two-CD and a triple-LP. Consequence of Sound notes that, last May, it was reported that this would be released in August, but never came to pass.

And Consequence of Sound notes:

Pre-orders for a double-CD and triple-LP box set of the Singles Soundtrack (Deluxe Edition) have appeared on Amazon’s UK site. Both editions feature the original 13 tracks plus 18 new ones including demos, instrumentals, and “Touch Me I’m Dick” by Dillion’s fictional band in the film, Citizen Dick, which featured Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, Stone Gossard, and Jeff Ament. (It should be noted that the way the tracklist is listed out makes it seem as if the vinyl box set will actually feature the original OST on double-vinyl and include the 18 bonus tracks on CD.)

There’s a February 17th release date listed, but it might be worth holding off to place your pre-order. A previous listing on Acoustic Sounds from May 2015 listed a August 2016 release date, and obviously that never occurred. Still, this new listing comes from Amazon, so it seems a bit more legit.

Seems like the listing on Amazon UK is the only sign of the release – that it hasn’t been officially announced. And nothign yet in the U.S. Still, it’s newsworthy for us because it lists 4 songs from Paul as part of the bonus material:
– Dyslexic Heart (presumably an alt. version)
– Waiting for Somebody (presumably an alt. version, perhaps the one below?)
– Blue Heart (previously unheard song? blues-y version of Dyslexic Heart?)
– Lost In Emily’s Woods (previously unheard song, based on the title)

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to Paul!happy birthday paul westerberg

And best wishes/desperate hopes for a better 2017 to all.

Here’s wishing you the bluest sky,
And hoping something better comes tomorrow.
Hoping all the verses rhyme,
And the very best of choruses to
Follow all the doubt and sadness.
I know that better things are on the way.

Here’s hoping all the days ahead
Won’t be as bitter as the ones behind you.
Be an optimist instead,
And somehow happiness will find you.
Forget what happened yesterday,
I know that better things are on the way.

It’s really good to see you rocking out
And having fun,
Living like you just begun.
Accept your life and what it brings.
I hope tomorrow you’ll find better things.
I know tomorrow you’ll find better things.

Here’s wishing you the bluest sky,
And hoping something better comes tomorrow.
Hoping all the verses rhyme,
And the very best of choruses to
Follow all the drudge and sadness.
I know that better things are on the way.

I know you’ve got a lot of good things happening up ahead.
The past is gone it’s all been said.
So here’s to what the future brings,
I know tomorrow you’ll find better things.
I know tomorrow you’ll find better things.

“Trouble Boys”: West Coast Events

West Coast people: “Trouble Boys” author Bob Mehr has several upcoming West Coast events, including a big one in Seattle on July 20.

July 16 – Phoenix @ 5PM | Changing Hands Bookstore
Discussion and Q&A,  moderated by Ed Masley of the Arizona Republic. [event info]

July 20 – Seattle @ 6PM | KEXP
Celebrate the release of “Trouble Boys” with author Bob Mehr and former Replacements manager Peter Jesperson. Former First Avenue DJ and current KEXP DJ Kevin Cole will introduce a reading followed by a Q&A. There will be rare Replacements memorabilia and live music from STAG, Prom Queen and more. [event info]

July 24 – Portland @ 4PM | Powell’s
Bob will be joined in conversation by Scott McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows/Minus 5/Baseball Project) and you KNOW you are going to hear some amazing stories! [event info]

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Beach Slang Play “Pleased To Meet” Live

In a 2015 interview with Rice and Bread Magazine, James Alex of Beach Slang discussed his love for the Mats and for PTMM: Beach Slang’s James Alex still inspired by The Replacements’ Pleased to Meet Me

Beach Slang‘s James Alex says one of his most influential albums comes from a band his own group has been compared to countless times, The Replacements. The ‘Mats’ 1987 album, Pleased to Meet Me, not only gave Alex the songwriting push he needed to take Beach Slang to the next step, it also features one of his all-time favourite songs. But maybe not the one you’d think?

James Alex: “This is shooting from the hip, and I could answer right now and probably change my mind in 10 minutes, but in this moment in time that we’re talking right now, I could definitely hit you with a favourite record. Pleased to Meet Me by The Replacements has always been really huge for me. I like everything by them since the beginning, but something about when they got to this album and [guitarist/vocalist Paul] Westerberg’s songwriting started to go into a place I’m more drawn to as a songwriter. Stink and Sorry Ma had that really punk attack, and I subscribe to the spirit of that, and I love the songs on those albums, and those records mean so much to me, but as a songwriter I really dig on the direction they went with Pleased to Meet Me. A song like “Never Mind” has always meant so much to me. I just got asked by someone about my favourite song of all time, and while that’s totally impossible to answer, I can think of the one that really lifted me up as a writer for the Beach Slang stuff, and that’s “Never Mind” on this record. Then there’s “Alex Chilton” and “The Ledge,” and they cut the album in Memphis with [producer] Jim Dickinson, and with all of the Big Star interconnectivity on the album, so it just felt like it all came together on that record. All the cool things they were thinking and believing in, it just sort of all hit perfectly on this record.”

Last weekend at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, Beach Slang played PTMM in its entirety, as part of a fundraiser for the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund. Craig Finn joined them for a rousing “Can’t Hardly Wait”.

Pleased to meet me. #beachslang

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The New Yorker review: “Trouble Boys”

There’s an excellent piece by David Cantwell in The New Yorker entitled “Why Rock Criticism Was Essential to the Replacements”. It’s a review of the book that focuses on (as the title says) the importance and influence of rock criticism on the band, or more specifically on Paul.

“I was weaned on critics. I read every issue of Creem, Rolling Stone, Crawdaddy!,” Westerberg tells Mehr, adding, later, “I started to get a sense of what critics think is cool.” He also got a sense of what a certain type of critic did not think was cool. Critics, Westerberg explains, taught him that Top Forty singles and album-oriented-rock tracks were corny and hackneyed, and that punk rock—Johnny Thunders and the New York Dolls especially—was the way to go. Happily, the lessons young Paul Westerberg learned from all those critics freed him to explore new sounds. And, just as happily, he and the other Replacements followed those lessons only intermittently, mixing uncool bubblegum, A.O.R., and singer-songwriter balladry in with the punk—and whatever else was needed.


Photograph by Robert Matheu / Camera Press / Redux