Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Pitchfork Interviews Paul Westerberg

Download: Paul Westerberg - "Baby Learns To Crawl"
Download: Paul Westerberg - "We May Be The Ones"
Download: Paul Westerberg - "Dirty Diesel"
Download: Paul Westerberg - "As Far As I Know"

Pitchfork has an excellent interview with former Replacements frontman Paul Westerberg. The interview, conducted by Joshua Klein, touches on subjects like the Mats' supposedly legendary substance habits, the group's dabbling in the hardcore punk scene, how Hootenanny became the first true Replacements record, and the general evolution of Westerberg's songwriting, which includes how Paul was tentative about introducing his more confessional, ballad-like material to the band. Westerberg has many funny, insightful lines, and the interview is well worth the read. Take a look at it here , and then listen to a few songs from Paul Westerberg's Vagrant recordings. "We May Be The Ones", from his 2002 album Stereo, might be my favorite solo Westerberg song.

(Jonathan Graef)

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