For me, the musical highlight of 2013 was the comeback for one of my all time favourite bands, The Replacements. Beginning the year with the release of a limited edition 10" EP called, Songs For Slim that consisted of the first new recordings by the band (at least Paul and Tommy together) in over 20 years. This EP and subsequent SFS 7" releases by an all-star cast of musicans that donated their time and songs to help raise to date over $200,000 to go towards Slim Dunlop and his family to help with the significant expenses for his long-term care. For more information about about this fundraiser, check out songsforslim.com
The Replacements completed their comeback/reunion with a trio of shows at Riotfest in Toronto, Chicago and Denver. Even though I never made it anywhere close to these three locations, fans like me were fortunate enough to hear live audio and video audience recordings of the shows. Thank you to everyone that recorded the shows and thank you for sharing!
Speaking of live recordings, if you are a die-hard Mats fan like me you should browse the Replacements Live Archive Project for downloads of pretty much every known Replacements show that has been recorded. The mission of the site is "to track down, digitize, share and archive all Replacements and related recordings". I'm sure there are more out there and if you have any shows to contribute, contact them.
Recently, I've begun to digitize my live tapes to a HD (and burn a disc), but also to post to this blog. Most of the Replacements shows I have on tape can be found at the RLAP already, as I probably have some generation from the same masters, but I found one show that hasn't been posted yet or widely circulated. The Replacements at the Ritz (below) is from February 1986, less than a month after their infamous SNL appearance, but not to be confused with a pair of shows at the Ritz in June which ended up being the last shows for Bob Stinson. As usual, a great setlist with some covers and decent sound recorded from the crowd.
Note: there might be a slight drop in volume after Trouble Boys. This is the tape flip and for some reason to me it doesn't sound as loud. Still good though!
Disc One: 01. Rock and Roll All Nite 02. Color Me Impressed 03. Can't Hardly Wait 04. Bastards of Young 05. Fuck School 06. Sixteen Blue 07. Waitress in the Sky 08. Hold My Life 09. Left of the Dial 10. Answering Machine 11. Lay It Down Clown 12. Trouble Boys 13. Go! 14. Unsatisfied 15. I Will Dare 16. Take Me Down to the Hospital
Disc Two: 01. Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out 02. Black Diamond 03. Let It Bleed 04. Galveston 05. Favorite Thing 06. Temptation Eyes 07. Careless 08. Ace of Spades 09. Hey Good Lookin' 10. Stuck in the Middle 11. Shiftless When Idle 12. Eighteen 13. Johnny's Gonna Die 14. God Damn Job 15. My Town