Happy Birthday, Paul!

Happy Birthday, Paul!

And Happy New Year 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.

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

Own The Original “14 Songs” Cover Photo, Inscribed by Paul

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Here’s an amazing opportunity to own something that is literally one-of-a kind, and to help out Slim Dunlap and his family. I’m posting this message on behalf of Jim Sullivan, who worked with the Mats on their merchandising.

This photo is the original 8×10 print that Paul chose for the cover of “14 Songs” and he inscribed it: “This, with the hands is a record cover. Whole shot”

If there’s a Mats fan out there willing to spread some Christmas love to Slim and family by contributing $1,000 to this FundRazr: Appeal for Mr. Bob “Slim” Dunlap, I would be thrilled to send you this print, along with a couple other great Mats prints by the great Paul Natkin.

Life is short. Keep those you hold dearly in your heart.

The details: First come, first serve! If you want it, you can email me and I’ll pass your info along to Jim. He’ll take if from there and you two can work out the details.

14 songs envelope

Tommy Keene (1958 – 2017)

Such terrible and sad news to report. Legendary power pop singer-songwriter Tommy Keene has died. From his website:

Power-pop legend, acclaimed singer-songwriter, and venerated guitarist Tommy Keene has died.

The 59 year-old Keene passed away unexpectedly, but peacefully, in his sleep at his Los Angeles area home on Wednesday. Keene – who recorded for Geffen, Matador Records, and Second Motion, among others – built an impressive and acclaimed catalog over the course of his nearly 40-year career, spanning eleven full-lengths, four EPs, three compilations, and a live album.

Hailed by fans, critics and fellow musicians for the moving and consistently high quality of his pop songcraft, he was also consummate rock and roller. Over the course of his career, Keene worked with a range of artists who admired his work, including The Replacements’ Paul Westerberg, R.E.M.’s Peter Buck, Guided by Voices’ Robert Pollard, the Goo Goo Dolls, and the Gin Blossoms, among others.

Keene is survived by his longtime partner, Michael Lundsgaard, his father Robert Keene, step-mother Dorothy Keene, brother Bobby Keene, nephews Hunter and Jason Keene, and his beloved dog, Coco.

Deepest sympathy to his partner and family, and to his many, many friends – there is such an outpouring of love for him on Facebook and Twitter.

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Here are Paul, Tommy, Ken Chastain and Josh Freese performning “Ain’t Got Me” on The Tonight Show.

And Paul and Tommy doing “Love Untold” on Letterman, with Paul Schaffer and the house band.

This is the title track from Tommy’s 1984 EP “Places That Are Gone”, which was voted EP of The Year in the Village Voice Pazz & Jop.

Musicians and fans react to the death of power pop singer-songwriter Tommy Keene – LA Times
Tommy Keene Dead at 59 – Billboard
Tommy Keene, dead at 59 (read tributes from Guided by Voices, Ted Leo & more) – Brooklyn Vegan

Live At Maxwell’s: Reviews + Swag

If you are coveting the awesome promo goodies for Live At Maxwell’s here’s your very own paper dolls. Da Capo Press, publishers of “Trouble Boys” by Bob Mehr, is giving away THREE prize packs!

Variety: Album Review: The Replacements ‘For Sale: Live at Maxwell’s 1986’

“Unsatisfied.” That’s the title of one of the Replacements’ greatest songs, and also a word that describes how serious rock fans feel every year when the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominations come around, realizing that bands like this and fellow Minnesotans Husker Du apparently don’t stand a chance of even coming up for contention, despite passing the test for combined influence and greatness several times over. The hall perpetually passing over brilliant proto-punk is really enough to give you the moody blues.

But as consolation this week, by sure coincidence, there is the release of “For Sale: Live at Maxwell’s 1986,” finally seeing the light of day as an actual professionally recorded document instead of bootleg after 31 years. It’s an amazing collection of 29 songs — most of them classics (“Bastards of Young”), a few of them not (“Gary’s Got a Boner”) — that helps remake the case for the Replacements as a band that should at least be considered in a three-way tie with U2 and Nirvana for the greatest to have come along in the post-‘70s era.

Pitchfork: The Replacements For Sale: Live at Maxwell’s 1986 (8.7, Nest New Reissue)

If the Replacements story is one of anarchic inebriation gradually giving way to more sobering introspection, then For Sale: Live at Maxwell’s 1986 is like that last college bender before entering the working world. This oft-bootlegged, now greatly enhanced 29-song recording finds the band on the brink of a crucial turning point, mere months after the release of their Sire debut Tim, and a few more before they ousted wild-card guitarist Bob Stinson. Fortuitously captured on a 24-track mobile studio set up at the venerable Hoboken venue, it’s a crisp, broadcast-ready portrait of the moment when the tug-of-war between the Replacements’ split personalities—the perma-blotto garage band vs. the refined rock craftsmen—had escalated into a bloody battle.

But nothing can top, the review from Mr. Bob Odenkirk…except the reply from the Mats 😄

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