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
It's hard to believe I haven't written a new post in over four months, it's crazy how time flies! I don't really have a legitimate excuse, I haven't been ill, I didn't vacation anywhere warm for the past four months, nor was I physically unable to type on a keyboard. Though it's not really an excuse, I blame the winter blues! Up northward where I live we've suffered one of the harshest, coldest and largest amounts of snowfall in recent memory. On top of that, hundreds of houses are without running water and thousands (including myself) have to run their water tap continuously 24/7 until as late as mid-June to prevent frozen pipes. I Haven't really felt like going out much (actually didn't see a concert in 2013!!) and I've spent the past months nightly glued to the TV watching NHL hockey and the Olympics, though there's nothing wrong with that, right?
Enough with the excuses! Recently I have resumed uploading some live concerts and my goal is transfer some favourite shows I have on tape in attempt to save them to HD, as well as post on the blog. I promise I'll keep this blog more updated and I'm psyched to share some interesting recordings I've downloaded, received in trades and concerts I recorded.
To kick off my first post of 2014, I have a request for more Beat Farmers (thanks Kurt!). This is an early show, before the release of their first album, Tales Of The New West (in my opinion, their best) recorded almost 30 years ago with the original lineup that included Buddy Blue. A great sounding audience recording that accurately captures the blistering live show that the BF's were known for. Wonderful!
01. Reason To Believe 02. Lost Weekend 03. Buy Me A Car 04. Glad n Greasy 05. Ain't Your Business 06. Happy Boy 07. Big Ugly Wheels 08. Sperm Dog 09. Selfish Heart 10. There She Goes Again 11. Bigger Stones 12. Goldmine 13. Lonesome Hound 14. I Still Miss Someone 15. Beat Generation 16. California Kid 17. Mondo