Slim Dunlap Joined HiFi Hair and Records' Record Store Day Celebration

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Photo By Tony Nelson
As nice as it would have been to make the rounds and take in all the shows on Record Store Day, the festivities at HiFi Hair & Records by Loring Park stood out the most. This was for many different reasons, not the least of which (in the interest of full disclosure) was that my band, Street Hassle, got to close out the night there.

But more important was the fact that the whole day there was dedicated to local hero Slim Dunlap. Slim is the former guitarist for the Replacements (and renowned solo artist in his own right) who suffered a serious stroke a few years ago and is still struggling with the effects of it. Exclusively for Record Store Day, New West Records re-released Slim's two solo albums, The Old New Me and Times Like This, as a double-LP set, and they were being snapped up by fans from the minute the store opened.

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The Replacements Announce Studio Albums 1981-1990 Box Set

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Photo by Tony Nelson
"Last year, the band was nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but lost to Cat Stevens and KISS."
Adding a layer of icing to their "Back By Unpopular Demand" 2015 tour cake, the Replacements are re-introducing their catalog to the world via an eight-disc box set on Rhino Records.

According to a press release, which has been lovingly marked with red pen (see below), this collection includes the 'Mats' seven studio albums on Twin/Tone and Sire, as well as the Stink EP. The set is in stores April 14. Even if you already own these in their remastered form, the press release is worth a look.

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The Replacements Announce 2015 U.S. Tour Dates

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Photo by Tony Nelson; full slideshow here.
The Replacements are touring!
The cheeky rock 'n' roll cranks locally known as the Replacements are taking their act on the road for real this year. Starting in April, the 'Mats are heading out on a string of a lucky 13 U.S. dates.

After a double-decade break from touring and activity, founding members Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson brought the band back into existence with spot festival appearances two years ago. More dates followed last year, and a majestic homecoming show at Midway Stadium was the biggest local one in the band's history.

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This New Replacements Song Is a 24-Minute Noodle Fest

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Photo by Tony Nelson from Midway Stadium. More here.
Imagine a song that sounds how this picture looks.
For those among the Replacements' fan base who want to know how the sausage gets made, this is the ripper for you. (That, or it's an elaborate prank.)

A 24-minute, 22-second jam sesh titled "Poke Me in My Cage" was uploaded to Soundcloud recently. Credited to Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson, and engineered by the band's guitarist David Minehan, the track is a rambling mess ostensibly held together by drummer Josh Freese. Not to say that there aren't some amusing moments, but just don't expect any concise songcraft at play here.

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Replacements Ticket Stub = Free Beer

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Photo by Tony Nelson

There have been a lot of stories this week about the Replacements. (We know, a LOT.) This one might the the most important one of all. After attending Saturday's performance at Midway Stadium -- the final one for the ballpark, and the first Twin Cities show for the band in 23 years -- be sure to save the ticket stub.

Not only will it serve as a memento of proportions rivaling your bronzed soccer cleats and your original pressing of Big Star's #1 Record, but it will serve as a temporary key to fast living and economical bliss at the CC Club.

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Replacements' Minneapolis Map Traces the Band's History

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Kevin Cannon/Pat Ganley

In another example of graphic design making our cluttered lives less so, the history of the Replacements can now be disseminated via a new map.

Ahead of this weekend's Midway Stadium show, cartoonist/cartographer (cartoonographer?) Kevin Cannon and pal Pat Ganley hatched this collaboration to follow the 'Mats' journey to notoriety and greatness around the Minneapolis metro. Back in 2007, Cannon created the Rock Atlas for City Pages that still hangs in our office.

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The Replacements Perform "Alex Chilton" on The Tonight Show

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The Replacements' Tommy Stinson and Paul Westerberg at 30 Rock
The Replacements made a huge splash on Tuesday evening's The Tonight Show. Leading up to the group's first Twin Cities show in 23 years this week at Midway Stadium, the guys busted through "Alex Chilton" with poise.

Announced just last week, the performance marks the band's return to 30 Rock after a notorious ban from Saturday Night Live in 1986. Social media photos from the visit confirm that they interacted with the evening's guest, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards.

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The Replacements to play The Tonight Show

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Photo by Kyle Matteson
The Replacements are getting another chance at TV glory over at NBC next week. After famously being banned from Saturday Night Live nearly two three decades ago, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon will welcome Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson, and their newer recruits -- including Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong -- back to 30 Rock. More »

Get an awesome Replacements poster and support Slim Dunlap

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Aesthetic Apparatus

When the Replacements announced their first hometown show in over 20 years at Midway Stadium, an impressive Twins logo-inspired poster came along with it. This weekend, more local artists are getting in on the nostalgic fun for a great cause.

Kinda Like Some Artists: The Replacements Poster Show will showcase prints from 20 local artists this Sunday, August 24 at Hamilton Ink Spot and a concert will follow at Amsterdam Bar and Hall in St. Paul. Proceeds will go towards medical bills for Replacements guitarist Bob "Slim" Dunlap, who suffered a stroke in 2012.

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Replacements roadie Bill Sullivan writing '80s tour diary

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Photo By Bill Sullivan
The reunited Replacements are hotter now than they were in their prime. Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson -- along with hired guns Josh Freese, Dave Minehan, and, for the time being, Billie Joe Armstrong -- are now headlining major festivals throughout the United States and Canada, along with rapidly selling out Midway Stadium in what will be their largest local show (and first in 23 years) in their infamous history.

Rather than get swept up in the modern-day hoopla of the 'Mats reunion, Bill Sullivan is taking an insider's look back at when the band were at their creative (and destructive) peak. Sullivan, the co-owner of the 400 Bar with his brother Tom, began serving as an unpaid, self-described "driver/gopher" during the Replacements' East Coast tour in 1983, and he has set up a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the release of a book documenting his rowdy experiences with the 'Mats during their first U.S. tours, entitled Lemon Jail: 'Mats Tour Diary 1983-1986.

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