The Replacements' Songs For Slim auction raises over $100,000 for Slim Dunlap

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With the highly anticipated auction for Songs For Slim now complete, the lucky (and generous) winning bidders for the first new release from the Replacements in 23 years are now left waiting to receive their precious 'Mats vinyl in the post, while the rest of us anxiously await the eventual digital and commercial release of the five-song EP.

The good folks who arranged the benefit have been left humbled and inspired by the staggering amount of money raised from the ten-day-long auction of the 250 limited-edition records. The bidding, which ended on Friday night, raised an impressive total of $105,743.42, funds which will go towards the continued medical care of 'Mats guitarist Slim Dunlap, who continues to recover from a stroke he suffered last year.

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As expected, bidding was quite competitive (and lucrative) for pressing #1/250, with the winning amount coming in at $10,000 for the first pressing alone. But the other 249 editions all brought in impressive bids as well, with the entire benefit auction ultimately raising over $100,000, an impressive total that not only reflects on the great desire of longtime fans of the Replacements to hear their beloved band play together again, but also the benevolent generosity of those music fans who wanted to assist in Dunlap's recovery in any way possible.

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Those of us who didn't win any of the limited-edition Songs For Slim EP's won't have to wait too long to purchase digital and commercial versions of the recordings. Songs For Slim will be made available digitally on March 5 (with radio distribution of the songs beginning on March 4), and a commercial 12-inch vinyl pressing of the EP (without the autographs, prints, photos and die-cut cover featured on the limited-edition versions) will go on-sale on Tuesday, April 16.

But that's not the end of the Songs For Slim benefit. Each month, a new limited-edition 7-inch featuring covers of Dunlap's songs by various bands and artists will be auctioned off in the same way that the EP was, with digital versions of the tracks being made available sometime after the auction ends. The first 7-inch features Steve Earle doing "Times Like This," while the flip-side has a rendition of "Isn't It?" by Craig Finn. Auction for that 7" begins on February 15.

The next 7-inch in the series, up for auction beginning on March 15, features "Partners In Crime" by Lucinda Williams backed by Tommy Keene doing "Nowheres Near," with more limited-edition 7-inch releases going up for auction each month throughout the year.

There is also talk of the potential of releasing a compilation of all these tracks later in 2013. Everyone interested should pay close attention to the Songs For Slim website and their Facebook page for updated information.

But for now, everyone should be gratified that the initial auction of the Replacements' Songs For Slim EP raised an astounding $105,743.42, which should be heartening news to the Dunlap family, as they are given bountiful evidence that the music world is thinking of them throughout Slim's long recovery.



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