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 →

“Trouble Boys”: Upcoming Events

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Here’s the full list of Bob Mehr’s upcoming rock and reading for “Trouble Boys”, including appearances with Dave Minehan and Josh Freese. Some details still to come for the West Coast dates. May 31 – Boston @ 7PM | Cafe 939 (Berklee) A conversation with Dave Minehan and Bob Mehr. The event is free but you do need to reserve tickets. June 3 – Philadelphia @ 7PM | Main Street … Read more →

Prince Rogers Nelson 1958-2016

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A day later and it’s still impossible to believe that Prince is gone. From Rolling Stone: Paul Westerberg Remembers Prince: ‘I Can’t Think of Anyone Better’ People like to paint him as a reclusive this or that; I think he was genuinely truly, truly shy. But one thing says a lot about him: I was there (Paisley Park) making a solo record a few years later, and I got a … Read more →

I Don’t Cares on Instagram

Juliana Hatfield and Josh Freese have both share posts on Instagram this week that indicate the IDCs are currently making music in MN. More to come? caught in the act (of breaking a string) A photo posted by @julianahatfield on Feb 16, 2016 at 12:58pm PST Packed up some cameras, a few pairs of sticks and some warm clothes. Next stop, Minneapolis. A photo posted by Josh Freese (@joshfreese) on Feb … Read more →