A couple of months ago, MTV released an un-aired interview with The Replacements on their YouTube stream, and it’s worth all eight minutes of your time. At this point in their career (1989), the band was in shambles, trying to keep the music coming while knowing full well that their time with major label Sire was on the brink of ending (they also might be highly inebriated, which is par for the course with The Replacements). As a result, Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson talk with a frankness that is hard to come by in our time of publicists and political correctness.
This past Thursday I rode my bike to downtown Minneapolis so that I could catch post-punk outfit Ought perform at the 7th Street Entry. Since moving to the Twin Cities a couple months ago, this would be my third show at the club that plays little brother to the more famous First Avenue, where Prince filmed “Purple Rain” and an incredible list of artists have performed.
In tonight’s episode you’ll hear:
Superchunk “Low F”
Laura Veirs “Sun Song”
No Age “C’mon Stimmung”
Zola Jesus “Fall Back”
Destruction Unit “Bumpy Road”
Mouth of the Architect “Dawning”
The Replacements “Unsatisfied”
Bob Dylan “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue”
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Over Christmas, I met up with my friend SongsSuck for a few drinks, and our discussion got into books. He asked me to list my top 10 favorite books of all time. As I tried coming up with my list, one book kept popping into my head: This Band Could Be Your Life by Michael Azerrad. At first, I resisted listing this title, trying to focus on the classics, but again and again the book kept creeping into my brain. I knew why. This one book had such a profound affect on me and my love for indie music, that I dare to say that this book could change your life. It did mine.
You can’t help but be changed by the stories of bands like Sonic Youth, Minor Threat, The Replacements, and Black Flag and how they were able create music that was original and honest without any money backing their efforts. To this day I reference moments from the book, whether it be the tumultuous relationship between Lou Barlow and J. Mascis or the untimely death of D. Boon. This book shows you music at its rawest form and gives you insight into the trials and tribulations these kids dealt with as they took their four-track garage rock and made it into something legendary. Our Band Could Be Your Life is the indie rock bible; no question about it.
Yesterday, to mark the ten-year anniversary of the book, a show was put on at the Bowery Room consisting of current indie bands covering bands from the book, just another testament to the staying power of the book. While I enjoyed the clips from the show I saw of Ted Leo, tUnE-yArDs, and Titus Andronicus, it was St. Vincent covering Big Black that blew me away. I’ve never gotten any St. Vincent and never had any desire. What I’ve heard has never really peaked my interest, but after seeing their take on Big Black, I’m all in.
Their incredible performance “Kerosene”: