1. Review: The Replacements at Midway Stadium

    paulisded:

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    "Everybody at your party

    They don’t look depressed

    Everybody dressin’ funny

    Color me impressed”

    It was quite the party Saturday night at Midway Field in St. Paul, and 13,000 of my closest friends were invited. That may sound like a cliche, but it really did feel like a private party. One could not turn around without meeting a pal, and most I had never met in real life…

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  2. (Source: minnpost.com)

  3. Fifteen years ago (or more), I was sitting up late, as you do, trolling the internet to try to find out what the various members of the replacements were up to. On one of the few web pages on the ‘mats that existed back then, I found a list of ‘references to the Replacements in popular culture’. One of the items on that list was a book called THE SECOND GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD. I liked the description of the book: God decides to send his daughter down to earth this time to finish the job #1 son couldn’t finish, and she’s born in Cooperstown, drinks Tab, loves David Letterman and the Replacements. The book was out of print, but it wasn’t hard or expensive to track down a used copy. I read it and loved it to bits. It became one of my favorite new books. I would buy up other used copies and force them on friends. I vowed that when I sold my first novel (which I was still writing at the time) and got a big film deal, I would buy the movie rights. (Gotta dream big, right?)

    Well, I would keep checking the internet for the Replacements and now for the author of this now-favorite book, Gorman Bechard. And not long after I moved back to NYC I found a website for him! He made movies! And lived in New Haven. I sent him a mash note about how much I loved the book & how I hoped it would be a movie some day. He wrote back that he had just gotten the movie rights back (that’s a long story I’ll leave to him to tell if he wants) and if he was going to make the movie, I could come up to New Haven and help.

    And then one day he announced he was making a movie about the Replacements, and people should send in their stories. So I sent him my story, and Gorman came down to Brooklyn to talk to me. We discovered other mutually shared interests (like the New York Mets) and became friends. I went up to New Haven to see a very early screening of the movie (VERY early, not at all what it is now).

    And then the movie came out, and I started to meet people that were in the movie. I went to Minneapolis for the screening (because at the time that was the only Replacements-related trip I thought I would ever have the chance to make). And then other crazed Mats fans who saw the movie would find me on Twitter and we would become friends. And then my novel came out—with its Mats-centric chapter—and I talked about it in interviews and even more people tracked me down.

    And then we all went to Toronto to see the band play.

    And then we all went to Minneapolis.

    I am very sure that if I didn’t need to be first on line and in the very front I would have spent the evening hugging people all across the Midway infield. And when the show was over, and I peeled myself off the barrier, I went to see if I could still find Gorman and co. and there were more introductions and MORE hugs. 

    I am just sorry about all the people I didn’t get to meet this weekend.

    I still can’t believe this all happened. They were our tiny little band that nobody liked and everyone made fun of and insisted that they sucked or they sold out and HORNS on can’t hardly wait and the cool kids had already turned their backs (or pretended to turn their backs more like) on the band by the time I showed up. 

    It is a beautiful life.

  4. Goodbye, Minneapolis. xoxo

    Goodbye, Minneapolis. xoxo

  5. Beer for breakfast (not really)

    Beer for breakfast (not really)

  6. The Replacements Rock Homecoming Concert at Minnesota Stadium →

  7. I stood front row center on the rail for the Replacements in Minnesota, and after last night I am now not quite sure how I can see any other concert ever again.

    — http://www.jukeboxgraduate.com/2014/09/the-replacements-midway-stadium-minnesota/

  8. Ben Nichols singing backup #THSMID

    Ben Nichols singing backup #THSMID

  9. Ben Nichols & Lucero!

    Ben Nichols & Lucero!

  10. Here is @steadycraig interviewing a fan in the parking lot at Midway for @thecurrent. #replacements

    Here is @steadycraig interviewing a fan in the parking lot at Midway for @thecurrent. #replacements

  11. You take the… #replacements

    You take the… #replacements

  12. thebaddestfemaleradfem:

huntyqueen:

Today one of my friends was dress coded for her bra strap showing and so she wrote on the gym shirt that they gave her. It reads “Dress Code: promotes the objectification and sexualization of young bodies, blames the wearer for the onlooker’s perceptions/actions, perpetuates rape culture, and is bullshit” On the back she wrote “You can’t shame me for something I’m not ashamed for”. It was really cool seeing all of the people’s reactions who saw it and I thought what she did was pretty cool.

YES YOUNG WOMEN STANDING UP FOR THEMSELVES
ENDLESS APPLAUSE

    thebaddestfemaleradfem:

    huntyqueen:

    Today one of my friends was dress coded for her bra strap showing and so she wrote on the gym shirt that they gave her. It reads “Dress Code: promotes the objectification and sexualization of young bodies, blames the wearer for the onlooker’s perceptions/actions, perpetuates rape culture, and is bullshit” On the back she wrote “You can’t shame me for something I’m not ashamed for”. It was really cool seeing all of the people’s reactions who saw it and I thought what she did was pretty cool.

    YES YOUNG WOMEN STANDING UP FOR THEMSELVES

    ENDLESS APPLAUSE

  13. (Source: harreki)

  14. #GamerGate Is Everything That's Wrong With the Internet and Video Game Culture →

    Tom Hawking: Sigh yes OK I wrote for @flavorwire about why #gamergate is so fucked http://t.co/QXjpxd88Tw

  15. There are few moments more truly Seattle than this.

    Sir Mix-A-Lot does “Baby Got Back” with the Seattle Symphony.