THE REPLACEMENTS have been on my mind even more than usual in recent months due to some reunion shows.  After posting an article on FB comparing teenage experiences of pain and alienation channeled through the music of The Smiths vs The Replacements, I was asked why I loved the mats in 100 words or less.  “I love the fact that they have immense talent but could just never do anything right. Paul could write a song that made you wonder if he was in 7th grade staying after school for doing something vulgar in class, and the next song would just have your heart in your throat. He could write a song about a magical love affair that just didn’t happen with equal parts indifference and pathos and you felt every bit of it all. Their songs were subtle when they needed to be, as with Left of the Dial, where the story is told by what he doesn’t say, or deliver instant gratification when they needed to, like Alex Chilton and Bastards of Young. They were somehow always a little bit out of step with anything that was going on with music, yet influenced so many musicians that somehow made it all work. They offended people every way they could think of yet left so many songs that means so much to people on a deeply personal level. I probably went over my limit on words….”
#replacements #thereplacements #westerberg #leftofthedial #mats

THE REPLACEMENTS have been on my mind even more than usual in recent months due to some reunion shows.  After posting an article on FB comparing teenage experiences of pain and alienation channeled through the music of The Smiths vs The Replacements, I was asked why I loved the mats in 100 words or less.  “I love the fact that they have immense talent but could just never do anything right. Paul could write a song that made you wonder if he was in 7th grade staying after school for doing something vulgar in class, and the next song would just have your heart in your throat. He could write a song about a magical love affair that just didn’t happen with equal parts indifference and pathos and you felt every bit of it all. Their songs were subtle when they needed to be, as with Left of the Dial, where the story is told by what he doesn’t say, or deliver instant gratification when they needed to, like Alex Chilton and Bastards of Young. They were somehow always a little bit out of step with anything that was going on with music, yet influenced so many musicians that somehow made it all work. They offended people every way they could think of yet left so many songs that means so much to people on a deeply personal level. I probably went over my limit on words….”

#replacements #thereplacements #westerberg #leftofthedial #mats

8 hours ago
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Postcards From Italy - Beirut
There were always golden rocks to throw
At those who, those who admit defeat too late
Those were our times, those were our times

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baroquemeetslife:

The Taking of Christ, Caravaggio, c. 1602.
National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland.

baroquemeetslife:

The Taking of Christ, Caravaggio, c. 1602.

National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland.

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20 hours ago
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Immature people falling in love destroy each other’s freedom, create a bondage, make a prison. Mature persons in love help each other to be free; they help each other to destroy all sorts of bondages. And when love flows with freedom there is beauty. When love flows with dependence there is ugliness.

A mature person does not fall in love, he or she rises in love. Only immature people fall; they stumble and fall down in love. Somehow they were managing and standing. Now they cannot manage and they cannot stand. They were always ready to fall on the ground and to creep. They don’t have the backbone, the spine; they don’t have the integrity to stand alone.

A mature person has the integrity to stand alone. And when a mature person gives love, he or she gives without any strings attached to it. When two mature persons are in love, one of the great paradoxes of life happens, one of the most beautiful phenomena: they are together and yet tremendously alone. They are together so much that they are almost one. Two mature persons in love help each other to become more free. There is no politics involved, no diplomacy, no effort to dominate. Only freedom and love.
theparisreview:

“If I had to choose one image to condense and aggrandize the rock ‘n’ roll mythos, it would be this: a schizophrenic man fresh out of the loony bin, exultant astride his gleaming new hog—wheels aimed south, gaze narrowed, hands steady, pajamas whipping in the wind.”
Dan Piepenbring on Skip Spence’s “music from the other side.”

theparisreview:

“If I had to choose one image to condense and aggrandize the rock ‘n’ roll mythos, it would be this: a schizophrenic man fresh out of the loony bin, exultant astride his gleaming new hog—wheels aimed south, gaze narrowed, hands steady, pajamas whipping in the wind.”

Dan Piepenbring on Skip Spence’s “music from the other side.”

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21 hours ago
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The Strokes - Someday (2002)

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vintagegal:

Original costumes worn by Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman), Adam West (Batman), Yvonne Craig (Batgirl), Christopher Reeve (Superman), Michelle Pfeiffer (Catwoman) and Burt Ward (Robin). By Chip Kidd

20 hours ago
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I sometimes worry that serious music can only be served by serious talk, or worse, that people who like serious music can only have serious reasons for doing so. The truth is that you will probably meet just as many shallow people at a National show as you will at a Miley Cyrus show, the difference being that people at the National show are more likely to think they’re important, while people at a Miley Cyrus show are more likely to think they’re having fun.
Mike Powell talks about what we mean when we talk about pop music with his Pitch piece "It’s Not What You Like But How You Like It". (via pitchfork)

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