“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 … Read more →

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to Paul! 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 … Read more →

“Trouble Boys”: West Coast Events

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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 … Read more →

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, … Read more →

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 … Read more →