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The ‘Mats!!!!

September 19th I went to see The Replacements at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, NYC. I had never heard of the place. Lo and behold the outdoor arena has been there forever (well since 1923, built for The US Open). The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Diana Ross, The Who, The Talking Heads all graced that stage. http://www.foresthillsstadium.com/.
It was initially strange to me that there was a curfew for the show i.e. 3 bands starting at 6PM and ending by 10PM on a Friday no less. Quite a shift from midtown shows listing that they’ll start at 9 and they actually go on at 10 this night started and ended as scheduled. I realized, of course, it’s a residential area and the venue doesn’t want to annoy the neighbors anymore than they probably already are. It’s been 22 years since Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson played together as The Replacements. Paul released his excellent, self-released 49:00 in 2008 and Tommy has been playing bass with the band Guns N’ Roses. Last year I saw The Breeders reunite after 20 years (https://philiplynchmusic.com/2013/12/31/the-breeders-and-speedy-ortiz/). Recently, I’ve been playing in full band formation James Beaudreau on lead guitar, Ben Kraus on bass and Rich Drouin on drums. James and Rich played together many moons ago in highschool. What’s the deal with these reunions? Turns out it’s not nostalgia and it’s not to re-hash former victories. These are vital artists engaged in the act of continuing the flow of music they believe in, expanding the artists dialogue. Long story short the show was AMAZING! Undoubtedly the best rock show I’ve seen this year and maybe for years to come. The pre-show music “When You’re A Jet” from Westside Story was clearly an intentional choice. The set featured old short garage punk tunes from, “Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out The Trash”, “Hootenanny” and “Stink” and more straight ahead rock tunes from “Tim”, “Let It Be” and “Pleased to Meet Me”. They only played 2 songs from “All Shook Down”. Their loose cover of The Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back” was classic! It felt like a dare, like it could fall apart at any moment unlike their more usual cover of Chuck Berry’s “Maybellene”. Those daring moments are what make them The Replacements …we’re in their corner, we’re one of the Jets, we don’t want them to fail but we know there’s always a chance they will. It’s a risk nobody else seems willing to take except maybe jazz musicians and Tom Waits. People are fallible, we are not slick, perfect beings….we don’t know all of the dance steps but damn if our hearts aren’t in it for the dance itself. The audience was singing along to many, if not most, of the songs. I’m usually not fond of crowds but with my focus on the stage, singing aloud and hearing so many others singing the same songs in unison I really felt hopeful for music. Here’s the setlist:
Favorite Thing
Taking A Ride
I’m In Trouble
Don’t Ask Why
I’ll Be You
Waitress In The Sky
Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out (into 3rd Stone From The Sun, Jimi Hendrix)
Take Me Down To The Hospital
I Want You Back (The Jackson 5)
Color Me Impressed
Nowhere Is My Home
If Only You Were Lonely
Achin’ To Be
Kiss Me on The Bus
I Will Dare
Love You Til Friday (They had to do this one the show was ON Friday) hahaha
Maybellene (Chuck Berry)
Merry Go Round
All Shook Down
Swingin Party
Love You In The Fall
Can’t Hardly Wait
Bastards of The Young
White and Lazy
Left of The Dial
Alex Chilton
Encore: Unsatisfied

The Philip Lynch Band is next performing at An Beal Bocht in the Bronx, Sunday October 5th, 8PM No Cover


Art of The Anti-Song

I love songs which reference either themselves or other songs. In jazz I think it’s called ‘quoting’. It can be fun and effective but one does run the risk of being cheesy. I haven’t tried it yet in my own songwriting. I recently came upon a song from a band called Denim which inspired this post. I had never heard of them. The track I found “Middle of The Road” was released in 1993. Pure pop catchiness but with ethos of punk in that our narrator begins with “I hate the Stones and I hate blues, Eddie Cochran and blue suede shoes, I hate the King, I hate Chuck Berry, I hate Hooker, I hate Leadbelly, alright” He goes on to list types of music he dislikes, drugs and all of the things which accompany the typical rock-n-roll trope. It works (for me) in this day and age of folks who profess to not care much about lyrics. Dig this:

The indie rock band Built to Spill made a song of quoting (lyrically) many rock songs which proceeded them. Plus I just love the opening line “You were wrong when you said everything’s going to be alright”.

The Replacements ‘I Hate Music’ is a perfectly joyous contradiction. Bob Stinson’s blistering playing is sorely missed.

Many folks feel as though music should be either a.) uplifting OR b.) dance-able with not too much to think about (aww c’mon more thinking? do I have to?) cutting out whole swaths of our collective human experience. Yes we get furious and yes we get sad and thankfully there are still artists who give voice to that.
Thanks, as always, for reading/listening!

Next up:
Goodbye Blue Monday, 1087 Broadway, Bklyn NYC Friday, January 10th
Philip Lynch 8PM
Cameramen 9PM
The Rotary Club 10PM
Combat Jazz 11PM

Holy Fanzines!!

I recently received my copy of Mole City, the band Quasi’s double album, plus a t-shirt and their fanzine (all items are excellent, most importantly the tunes). Dig that cover! http://www.killrockstars.com/molecity/ I had a notion of creating a fanzine for myself and sending it along with the CD to the various reviewers we’re sending the Philip Lynch album (I’m still keeping title to myself)… now I realize the key to having a fanzine is having fans, I’m still in the market for more of those. I like to consider myself an “artisanal” songwriter and only a select group of very special humans will enjoy what I’ve been cooking up with James Beaudreau hahahahahaha. I’m kidding of course, a ton of people can dig this stuff. So what exactly is a fanzine? Well per wikipedia (I know, I know lazy):

A fanzine (portmanteau of fan and magazine or -zine) is a nonprofessional and nonofficial publication produced by fans of a particular cultural phenomenon (such as a literary or musical genre) for the pleasure of others who share their interest. The term was coined in an October 1940 science fiction fanzine by Russ Chauvenet and first popularized within science fiction fandom, from whom it was adopted by others.

So yeah a fanzine can apply to comic books, fiction, music and anything really. Quasi’s fanzine features praise and insights from Corin Tucker (of Sleater Kinney), Jon Raymond, Gary Jarman (The Cribs), Jon Spencer (Jon Spencer Blues Explosion), Carrie Brownstein (of Sleater Kinney, Wild Flag and the t.v. show Portlandia). There’s also an awesome piece by Sam Coomes (Quasi’s lead singer) reflecting on the band being at it for 20 years. Great photos of shows, backstage antics, life on the road, posters and a couple of reviews.
When I was a kid (said the old codger) fandom was different. We really got into what we were listening to. It didn’t have to be dance music to dance to it. There were 2 kids in my highschool so into the Ramones that they wore only torn jeans and those black leather jackets and they were inseparable. They knew the secret, their band had the best tunes and everyone else was a fool. Also a couple of friends were so into Pink Floyd that that was almost the extent of their conversation and they were really bright. (I went to that animated movie Heavy Metal with those guys and ended up riding around in a shopping cart for a little while) heh. Nicole Blackman was a die-hard Replacements fan and tried to get me into them but in my heart of hearts I was such a Beatles devotee that just the name ‘Let it Be’ (the Replacements album she was pushing) was an affront! How dare they!! Well, here it is years and years later and wow do I love The Replacements (sorry Nikki). I wonder if the kids today (quoth the codger) are devoted to their bands to a degree that they dress like them, fight over who has the better taste, try to convert other listeners and compile and circulate their own ‘zines?


Here’s a track from Mole City! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJlUjm9fGv8

Thanks for tuning in (heh get it?) dear readers I’ll catch you soon! -p

P.S. I’ll have special post for Lou Reed next time, I was kind of devastated and needed time to digest the loss.