The Replacements reunion keeps picking up steam. Not only is the band in the midst of their first U.S. tour since 1991, they’ve also got a bunch of new projects in the works. Co-manager Darren Hill tells Billboard that recording sessions in Waltham, Mass. and Minneapolis have yielded seven or eight “actual” songs (as opposed to the 24-minute instrumental “Poke Me In My Cage“), all of which could potentially appear on a new album. Recording is on hold due to the tour, but several other endeavors are underway including two vinyl box sets, one including the ‘Mats’ Twin\Tone albums (Sorry Ma, Forgot To Take Out The Trash, Stink, Hootenanny, and Let it Be) and one with their Sire releases (Tim, Pleased To Meet Me, Don’t Tell A Soul, and All Shook Down). Memphis Commercial Appeal writer Bob Mehr is working on a band biography called Trouble Boys, and Hill says “Oscar-winning filmmakers” are in talks to do a documentary. There’s also an unspecified project for later this year that will be “huge.”
In the meantime, watch fan-made footage of the Replacements performing a new song called “Whole Foods Blues” at the Palladium in L.A. (Looks like they’ve played it in Portland and Denver, too.) True to its name, it appears to be a blues song about going to Whole Foods.