Thursday Music News

  • In probably the most unexpected news of the month (year?), The Replacements are back. Singer/guitarist Paul Westerberg and bassist Tommy Stinson recently reunited to record a 10″ EP of covers under the seminal Minneapolis band’s name that will be auctioned off to benefit former guitarist Slim Dunlap, who suffered a stroke earlier this year. Founding drummer Chris Mars, who quit playing music in favor of painting some years ago, opted not to participate, so Westerberg and Stinson enlisted Westerberg’s live guitarist Kevin Bowe and drummer Peter Anderson to flesh out the recordings. Speaking to Rolling Stone, Westerberg spoke enthusiastically about the sessions, and refused to rule out any further shows or recordings, saying, “It’s possible… I’m closer to it now than I was two years ago, let’s say that.” Westerberg, Mars, and Stinson last recorded together as the Replacements in 2006 to cut two tracks for a retrospective release.
  • “Would That Not Be Nice”, a slinky highlight from Divine Fits‘ debut album, now has an equally slinky video to go along with it. Britt Daniel, Dan Boeckner and Sam Brown run through the dark groove in an fittingly dimly-lit and hazy setting provided by director Brian Butler. Check it out below and listen to the Fits’ recent KEXP session over here.

  • Although Bloc Party’s latest disc, Four, is more ferocious than its more contemplative predecessor, not many critics would have compared it to a deadly game of red rover. However, it turns out that this bizarre and grisly take on the playground game makes more than a fitting image for the band’s track “Kettling”, which is what the band have done. Watch the surprisingly entertaining 300-meets-elementary school clip below.

  • After the release of their slump-avoiding sophomore album last month, The Vaccines are soon to be back on the road. Along with an extensive European leg, the London quartet will make their way Stateside in February, and while they don’t have any Pacific Northwest Dates on the docket at the moment, it’s more than possible that they’ll end up here at some point during the cycle. Check out their whole itinerary over at Consequence of Sound.
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