Tag Archives: The Replacements

MLA 2020: A Final Reminiscence

In hindsight, my favorite moment of the 2020 MLA Conference in Seattle wasn’t the excellent panels or my presentation or the fine coffee, beer, and seafood. It was approaching the University of Minneapolis Press’s cubicle in the Academic Press Exhibition … Continue reading

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The Replacements: “Live and Drunk” at 35

Thirty-five years ago, the Replacements performed one of rock music’s most brilliant acts of artistic sabotage. In 1984, the Minneapolis-based band was receiving accolades in the press. Music fans discussed when (not if) they’d move to a major label and … Continue reading

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Chris Mars’s Video is “New Weird” Sci-Fi Goodness

The video for Chris Mars’s new song, “Down by the Tracks,” is like a cinematic version of a China Miéville novel as scored by the Kinks in 1968. (There’s more going on there, but that should grab the right people’s interest.) … Continue reading

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Replacements Fandom: Celebrating The Skyway’s 100th Issue

With very little fanfare, the day before Thanksgiving, an email landed in my inbox.  It was the 100th issue of The Skyway, an internet mailing list about legendary Minneapolis band, The Replacements, that has been published since 1993. The 100th … Continue reading

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Songs My Old Band Covered (Music Nostalgia)

Every now and then, someone asks me “What did you old band sound like?”  I often answer this by listing a few of the bands we covered rather than trying to explain the music in words. So, here’s a personal … Continue reading

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New Flash Fiction – “Have You Seen Lucky?”

My short story “Have You Seen Lucky?” was recently published by Abyss & Apex. Dog lovers and Replacements fans should enjoy it. While you’re there, buy a copy of The Best of Abyss & Apex, Vol. 1 which features great short … Continue reading

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