Paul Sighting on Instagram

It’s been quite awhile since we’ve seen Paul. It looks like the last time was March of last year, when the video for “Done, Done, Done” was posted on YouTube.  We heard Paul in April 2016, when he was interviewed about Prince by MNN but no real news or sightings since that time.

Still no news to report but we do have a sighting on Josh Freese’s Instagram! PW is modeling a t-shirt designed by Hunter Freese, Josh’s son.

My man Westerberg reppin’ a @hunterfreese T-shirt!

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Westerberg-Adjacent News

In the absence of PW news at the moment, I’ve gathered up some Westerberg-adjacent items you might find of interest.

• Tommy is busy, busy, busy as always. Keep up with his many projects on his FB page. He just announced new Bash & Pop tour dates in May. He’s done quite a few interviews in support of the new B&P record, “Anything Can Happen”, including this one with Rolling Stone: “How Tommy Stinson Moved On From Replacements and Guns N’ Roses“, in which he discusses the ill-fated attempts to produce new Mats music:

In May 2013, the group cut some songs at Minneapolis’ Flowers Studio, where they’d recorded Songs for Slim, and attempted the Stinson-penned tunes “Cut and Run” (which engineer Ed Ackerson says is an “awesome song”), “Shut Your Mouth” and “Won’t Get That out of Me,” as well as two numbers that wound up on Anything Could Happen, the confused-love song “Anybody Else” and a folky, acoustic number about people who aren’t happy with themselves called “Shortcut.” But by the end of the sessions, which included many songs by Westerberg that Stinson did not mention by name, they felt the results weren’t up to snuff.

“We just didn’t get a boner for it,” Stinson says. “I don’t know why. I think the baggage we carry with us is too much. We should have just been thinking about ‘let’s fucking have fun – let’s fucking make a record and fucking sing some songs.’ But ultimately fucking just when you walked in the door, it was like, ‘Oh, baggage.’ We tried three different times to record these things and make something happen, and all three times fell flat. I think we thought making an album sounded like a good idea in theory, but when we got into it, it was like, ‘Eh, maybe not.’

“But I’ll be honest with you,” he continues. “I was hoping we’d revisit recording again and do it the way we should’ve done it, but the reunion went on. It would have been hard to get enthused about it and I think it’s hard for Paul to compete so much with his past. We all hold the Replacements stuff in high regard. I think it’s hard for him to imagine people are going to want to hear anything new because all they like about us is the old shit. So it’s a self-defeating mindset.”

• Here’s another reason to get on IG: Follow Bob Mehr (@bobmehr3) because he’ll be sharing some cool pictures and videos from his ‘Mats archive, as well as bonus material and backstories of things that were in “Trouble Boys”.  Ever wonder what late Quiet Riot singer Kevin DuBrow thought of the Mats? Now you know!


• Speaking of Bob Mehr, enjoy this great cover of Tommy’s “Tiny Pieces” (from Bash & Pop’s 1993 album “Friday Night Is Killing Me”) by Coco Hames (Bob Mehr’s talented missus) and John McCauley. The song appears on Coco’s self-titled debut out on 3/31.

• Juliana Hatfield (@julianahatfield) is releasing a new album in April. “Pussycat” will be out on April 28 on American Laundromat (pre-order now). Special pink cassette version available!

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“I wasn’t planning on making a record,” says Juliana Hatfield, of her new “Pussycat” album. In fact, she thought her songwriting career was on hiatus, and that she had nothing left to say in song form; that she had finally said it all after two decades as a recording artist.

But then the presidential election happened. “All of these songs just started pouring out of me. And I felt an urgency to record them, to get them down, and get them out there.” She booked some time at Q Division studios in Somerville, Massachusetts near her home in Cambridge and went in with a drummer (Pete Caldes), an engineer (Pat DiCenso) and fourteen brand-new songs. Hatfield produced and played every instrument other than drums—bass, keyboards, guitars, vocals. From start to finish—recording through mixing—the whole thing took a total of just twelve and a half days to complete.

Juliana posted this a few weeks ago…2016 seems so long ago..

 

“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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