Monday, September 15, 2014


Talk Like A Pirate Day just got even more amazing!  This Friday, September 19th, from six to 9 a.m., we'll be talking like a pirate AND busting out the brand new vinyl box of Beatles mono remasters!  The reviews of the set have been glorious, and we'll get to hear them for the first time together.  The folks that did this set really did their homework, consulting the original notes of the engineers that worked on the mono editions, utilizing the mono master tapes, and using vintage gear to create the pressing plates.  It's as close to the intended sound as you can get, and on high quality vinyl, too.  It's really nice.

Here's the original post announcing Talk Like A Pirate Day.  Take note of the rules, because we're hardcore about it!


Friday, September 19th 6-9a.m

Get yer pipes in order, Mateys, because Talk Like A Pirate Day is just around the corner!  From six to nine a.m. we'll be talkin' like a pirate and takin' requests!  REMEMBER:  If ye talk like a land lubber, then we can't understand ye.  Ye have to talk like a pirate to get yer request played, otherwise we caint understand ye!  Tis no joke!

Brush up on yer pirate speak, swabbies!

Sunday, September 14, 2014


This image of Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson at the end of last Saturday's triumphant homecoming show for The Replacements sums up everything there is to convey about the night.  The fellas got up in front of 14,000 true believers at Midway Stadium and, to borrow the appropriate baseball phrase, knocked it out of the park.  Everything about the day was perfect, and, for a boy like me that has been dreaming of an event like this for most of my adult life, it surpassed everything I could have hoped for.

From the perfect weather, to the perfect arrival, to the perfect parking spot, to the perfect wrong turn that led to the perfect local restaurant, it felt like something bigger was guiding this day.  It was almost comical. If it was a movie I could say "What could possibly go wrong?" and then get struck by lightning, but nothing went wrong.  Everything was really freakin' right.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that I had a good time.

Right now it's all a jumble for me, and I'm having a hard time cataloging all the memories I have from the day.  To detail them all would be lengthy and would ultimately be a failure.  Maybe a list would serve me better.

  1.   The weather perfectly illustrated why Minnesota rules in the Fall.  Sunny, cool, light breeze... It was the kind of day that a friend of mine described as justifying staying in this state through Winter.
  2.   We took a wrong turn and ended up just north of the State Fair Grounds, which led us to a fish and chips restaurant that Scooter and Shelley had always wanted to go to but never had the chance before.  It was amazing. 
  3.   Arriving at Midway Stadium around one and getting an amazing (and free) parking spot right out front, which allowed us to hear the tail end of The Replacements' soundcheck.
  4.   The merch table was outside the stadium, and it opened very early, allowing us to get our swag and take it back to the car.  They had shirts and posters with the amazing Minnesota Twins style poster design, and they were relatively cheap for a big deal concert.

  5.    Tailgating with Tune Town heroes Carl and Dave just outside the stadium gates drinking Hamm's for three hours.  This also settled any disputes over whether or not Michael McDonald is appropriate for Replacements tailgating.  (Answer: He is)

  6.    The gates opened about a half hour early, allowing us to get within about 30 feet of the stage, front and center.  Out position was perfect, because it was close enough to see the sweat, but far enough that we didn't have to deal with the carnage.

  7.    Lucero hit the stage right before 7, and they were the perfect music for the tail end of sunlight.  I had never heard anything from them before Saturday, and they won me over in all their weathered glory.     

  8.    The Hold Steady ROCKED.  Craig Finn looked like the happiest boy on earth when he said "I'll save you the hysterics, but for a guy that grew up here this literally a dream come true for me".  It was perfect that a hometown super fan got to open for this gig.  I wish my crummy phone took better pictures, but you can still make out his massive smile.  Extra points for opening with Your Little Hood Rat Friend.

  9.    The Replacements hit the stage to Surfin' Bird.  PERFECT.
  10.    They pretty much played every song I would want them to play, and the show just kept getting better and better.
  11.   The final song couldn't have been any more ideal.  I even hugged Scooter Polanski, and I AM NOT A HUGGER!
Of course there were the usual amount of killjoys that get drunk and violent, and the usual ghost farters cutting loose in the anonymity of the crowd, but those were minor blemishes on a great day.

The music... let's talk about the music.  Coming out to Surfin' Bird was goofy but also a nice tribute to the history of Minnesota music.  Then they launched into Favorite Thing.  This clip has terrible sound but it gets the point across:

When the crew was setting up we got a glimpse of the setlist.  From our distance we couldn't possibly read it, but it was apparent that they had a lot of songs planned.  Sure enough, they played close to two hours, and played a fan's dream of "hits".  Hits is such a relative term with these guys, but if you're a fan you have your faves, and I don't think they misfired all night.  Let's check the list:

Pretty loaded with fan favorites, right? The only omission for me was Answering Machine, but, honestly, the last song of the night made up for any sins.  I had checked setlists from the previous shows and never saw this song listed, but all of us DESPERATELY wanted it to be played.  We were all but certain that there would be instant weeping if they played it, and by the second encore it was looking like it wasn't gonna happen.  AND THEN IT DID:

UNSATISFIED.  An appropriately emotional song for an incredibly emotional night.  I even hugged Scooter Polanski.  Listening to this clip now just makes me well up.  The show delivered on every level. 

The lengths that people went to for this show were astonishing.  People from all over the country flew in.  There were people from AUSTRALIA that made the show.  This was the underachiever equivalent of seeing The Beatles in Liverpool, or The Velvet Underground in New York, or Springsteen at The Stone Pony, and it met every expectation.

When the lights came up and people filed out, I couldn't help but feel kind of lost.  This was a night I had dreamed of for most of my adult life.  It surpassed any hopes that I had for it, and now it was over.  It was kind of heartbreaking, you know?  I'm not sure how long it will take to shake this feeling.  Hopefully getting this on the blog will sort it all out.

I put together a youtube playlist of the show with the best clips I could find. Take note of the big ol' kiss Paul plants on Tommy during Kiss Me On The Bus! I want to encourage folks again to visit the incredible Replacements Live Archive blog.  If there's one show that feels guaranteed to end up there, it's this one, and that way the people that were there can relive it, and the folks that weren't can still experience the show in a small way.

Thanks for putting up with this fanboy.


Friday, September 12, 2014


Check out this awesome poster that artist Kevin Cannon made!  It's all the major locations mentioned in All Over But The Shouting, Jim Walsh's fantastic book about The Replacements.  I wanna visit all these places!  Somethin' to Du before the big show on Saturday, kids! 

Visit Kevin Cannon's Tumblr:


Thursday, September 11, 2014


Friday, September 19th 6-9a.m

Get yer pipes in order, Mateys, because Talk Like A Pirate Day is just around the corner!  From six to nine a.m. we'll be talkin' like a pirate and takin' requests!  REMEMBER:  If ye talk like a land lubber, then we can't understand ye.  Ye have to talk like a pirate to get yer request played, otherwise we caint understand ye!  Tis no joke!

Brush up on yer pirate speak, swabbies!

UPDATE!  We're now also going to be playing the Beatles mono vinyl remasters all morning!  Pirate talk AND sweet sounding mono albums?  It's Talk Like A Pirate Day as God intended!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


Couldn't stay awake for it? Want to see The Replacements perform Alex Chilton again?
Feast your eyes on this folks! Rumor has it that a second video will be available today from their Tonight Show visit. If that does indeed happen we will try to add this to the post.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

What A Night!

We meant it when we told you that Sonny Knight and The Lakers are the real deal, and last night at the Rock Bend Folk Festival they proved it. I mean, Boy Oh Boy did they prove it! I sure hope you were somewhere in the massive Rock Bend crowd shaking your money makers and jumping up and down. By the way - we can thank Maverick Slim's wife Mary for the 25 hops. To be honest with you I would have jumped up and down with Sonny 250 times if the man asked us to! After the show Sonny told us that he'd twisted his ankle at the State Fair. Can you believe he was dancing and jumping all night on a bad ankle?!

This is the only picture I took last night, and it was seconds before we had the honor of introducing Sonny and the band. After jumping off the stage I just stood there transfixed, which quickly turned into the kind of spastic stand/dance kind of thing I do because I am not a dancer but yet I can't help but move to the music. Maybe you know how it is? Anyway, thanks to all of you for coming out last night and making the band feel so welcome and thanks to the staff and volunteers of Rock Bend. Hopefully we can get them back down here sometime soon - that is after they get a chance to catch their breath!


Friday, September 05, 2014


Can it be?  It seems like only yesterday we were all scrambling to the computer and praying that we could get some tickets to this magical event, right?  IT'S HAPPENING NEXT WEEK!  We'll be getting psyched for it all week long on Shuffle Function, so be sure to request your favorite Mats/Solo Mats material as we gear up for the big event.

On Tuesday 9/9 (also the day that the Beatles mono vinyl is released) The Replacements are apparently appearing on THE TONIGHT SHOW!  Check out this mysterious video they released.  It certainly seems to be hinting that they will be on the program:

How funny is that?  In 1986 they were BANNED from 30 Rock for abusing guest privileges during their anarchic appearance on Saturday Night Live, and Loren Michaels said they couldn't come back until they paid a $1000 bill for "damages".  Now they'll apparently be on The Tonight Show, WHICH IS PRODUCED BY LOREN MICHAELS!

Check out these clips from the original program.  God, I love these fellas!

On Friday, September 12th we have a Day Sponsorship courtesy of Slamra Sue from the Mankato Area Derby Girls!  She wants a day of music from The Replacements on the station to get folks psyched for the show, so Shelley and I will be on the air from six a.m. to 1 p.m. playing nothing but The Replacements and solo Replacements material!  Let's celebrate Minnesota's favorite underdogs by calling, texting, and e-mailing requests.  It's gonna be a great day.

And then, of course, there's this on Saturday the 13th...

"The Combo With A Big Band Beat"

If you listen to the morning show then you have heard me going on and on about my massive record organization project I began on Wednesday. While it is a lot of work, I have stumbled across a few long forgotten thrift store finds. The photo above is one of those treasures. It is an album cover that has been "repurposed" to hold an audiodisc recording of Vivian and Lee. The cover is handmade with construction paper, and real photo cut outs.

Does anybody out there know who Vivian and Lee might be? I am guessing Vivian plays the organ, and Lee plays the trumpet. I would also place the date on this in the early 1950's. The four songs that they perform on the 78 album are as follows: St Louis Blues / It Had To Be You / Jealous / Just One More Chance.

This is the 78 that is found inside the record. There are hand made instructions inside as well that explain how to play a 78 speed album on the turntable.I am 99% positive that I bought this in a thrift store somewhere here in Minnesota. Do either of these photos look familiar to you? Is that your Uncle Lee or Grandma Vivian? PLEASE LET ME KNOW!! Drop us an email at or leave a comment below. Thanks!



Thanks to listener Tom for solving this mystery album in record time (see what I did there? record - record? okay let's move on). The Vivian in the picture above is Vivian Boeshaar of Columbus, Ohio.

I am not sure who Lee is, but my guess is he was another performer at the Clarmont. The article I found this in said that Vivian played the organ at the Clarmont for over four decades! She was fond of greeting regulars with their favorite songs as they entered the restaurant, and would take requests and mark birthdays, anniversarys and other celebrations.

Thanks for your help Tom - I will keep this prized record and take it out and give it a spin every once in awhile.