The Replacements For Sale: Live at Maxwell’s 1986

live at maxwell's
The “Coming soon” news from The Replacements is here and it’s spectacular!

Replacements Unearth 1986 Concert for ‘Live at Maxwell’s’ (Rolling Stone)
First proper Replacements live album from 1986 coming out in October (Star-Tribune)

When asked in 2007 why the Replacements had yet to release a proper live album, bassist Tommy Stinson told his hometown newspaper, “There are no good Replacements live recordings.”

Rhino Records finally hopes to prove Stinson wrong. The Warner Bros.-affiliated reissue specialty label announced today the Oct. 6 release of “For Sale: Live at Maxwell’s 1986,” a 29-song, double-disc live album that captures Minneapolis’ most legendary band at a landmark Hoboken, N.J., rock club near the end of the run for the group’s original lineup with guitarist Bob Stinson. Not counting the questionably issued 1985 cassette bootleg “When the Sh—Hits the Fans” and the limited-edition 1989 EP “Inconcerated,” it will be the first live album in the Replacements’ discography.

“It’s head and shoulders above all the other recordings in terms of fidelity,” said Bob Mehr, author of last year’s biography on the band, “Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements,” who also helped produce the new collection. Not only is the audio quality supposed to be top-shelf, but the performance is reportedly an unusually solid one, too.

Listen to a preview track on Soundcloud:
🔈🔈 The Replacements – Can’t Hardly Wait (Live at Maxwell’s, Hoboken, NJ, 2/4/86)

Bob Mehr posted additional details about the project on Facebook:


Disc One
1. "Hayday"
2. "Color Me Impressed"
3. "Dose Of Thunder"
4. "Fox On The Run"
5. "Hold My Life"
6. "I Will Dare"
7. "Favorite Thing"
8. "Unsatisfied"
9. "Can't Hardly Wait"
10. "Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out"
11. "Takin' A Ride"
12. "Bastards Of Young"
13. "Kiss Me On The Bus"
14. "Black Diamond"
Disc Two
1. "Johnny's Gonna Die"
2. "Otto"
3. "I'm In Trouble"
4. "Left Of The Dial"
5. "God Damn Job"
6. "Answering Machine"
7. "Waitress In The Sky"
8. "Take Me Down To The Hospital"
9. "Gary's Got A Boner"
10. "If Only You Were Lonely"
11. "Baby Strange"
12. "Hitchin' A Ride"
13. "Nowhere Man"
14. "Go"
15. "Fuck School"

Replacements News is “Coming Soon”

In addition to the surprise of new music from Paul, there’s also some kind of Replacements news on the way, or so it seems. While the Mats do have social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), posts are few and far between. This was posted on Twitter and Facebook last week:

What could it be? In an article on Paul’s new music in the Star-Tribune, Chris Riemenschneider also mentioned the impending Mats news:

Coincidentally or not, the song was posted just a few days after the Replacements’ Facebook and Twitter accounts suddenly came to life after nearly two years of dormancy. Each account posted a photo of the band circa 1986, with late guitarist Bob Stinson wearing a trenchcoat (and possibly nothing else). It’s likely this is the first warning of news to come on a new — and long overdue — archive live recording series from the band. Two reasons to stay tuned now!

A live recording series would be fantastic, we’ll see what happens!

New Record?!

Edited 10:00 PM: The Tweet referenced below has been deleted, whoops! Keep staying tuned 🙂

Following yesterday’s new tune on Soundcloud, now there’s word of a new record on the way! Mastery Bridge posted a snippet of a new song, with accompanying ‘Mats-styled video.

According to their Facebook page, Mastery Bridge is:

Luthier-designed, multi-patented guitar hardware crafted in small batches in Minneapolis, MN since 2008.  Revolutionary designs made specifically to replace the OEM Fender Jazzmaster, Jaguar, Bass VI bridges and vibratos, Mustang and Bigsby-equipped Telecaster bridges, standard Telecaster and Rickenbacker bridges. All of our hardware is precision machined in Minneapolis, MN out of the highest quality, non-corrosive materials.