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Day 132: The Replacements – Let It Be

10 Jul
Let It Be (The Replacements album)

We’re Coming Out

Minnesota.  It’s a pretty cool place.  I’ll be spending the next three weeks of my life in this wonderful state, at Carleton College in Northfield, MN.  I’ll be participating in the college’s world famous Summer Writing Program, so hopefully the new writing methods and techniques that I’ll be learning will help improve this steaming pile of crap that I call a blog.

I figured, “hey, I’ll be spending quite a bit of time in the land of 10,000 lakes, I should tie this back to Swole Ear.”  What you’re reading is the first post in a series of seven in what I will be calling “Minnesota Week.”  Creative, right?  One week, all bands/artists that formed in the state of Minnesota.  Hey, I have to write about something.

The first Minnesotan band that I listened to is The Replacements.  My dad suggested that I check them out after I played him some of Titus Andronicus’ The Monitor a few months back, and I completely understand why.  I thought that Titus front man Patrick Stickles’ voice was fairly unique, until I got about half way through The Replacement’s Let It Be.  Paul Westerberg, the voice behind The Replacements, must be Stickles’ father or something.  It’s not just that their growly voices sound the same—they do—but their deliveries are almost identical.  It’s weird.  No, The Replacements don’t sing ballads about the Civil War, but the similarities are still really noticeable.

Now, for the most important part of this blog—my opinion.  The Replacements have just gained a new fan.  Their fast, sloppy, lo-fi punk rock is right down my alley, and I can’t wait to check out more by them.