September 30, 2007

The craft of Paul Westerberg’s songwriting: “Everyone’s Stupid” (new) and “Make The Best Of Me” (unreleased)

Speaking of the Twin Cities region, Paul Westerberg did this very cool interview + performance for 500 people last weekend at First Avenue in MPLS for a series called The Craft (not to be confused with the superb artistic statement of the Neve Campbell movie; this is a program hosted by musician Warren Zanes). I had heard about this but don’t have friends in Minneapolis that were planning to attend. But hey! Bruce from Some Velvet Blog happened to be gone from his native Philly that day, was in Minneapolis, and wrote up a wonderful little piece about the session and set, as well as details on some of the things Paul shared about his music and The Replacements.

Westerberg performed ten tunes altogether (a truly lovely setlist), including one new song and one unreleased:


(from the All Shook Down era)

Audio removed by request of original taper, but you can apparently find more about it over on either or It may also be up on Dime in lossless format.

Hey, I want to repost the original mp3s I ripped from these YouTube videos, marginally crappy as they may be, but I overzealously deleted them off my computer. I know this sounds odd, but if you snagged ‘em when I first posted them, could you email them to me? Save me some hassle. Thanks.

And in related news, here’s one other unreleased ‘Mats song that someone recently sent me; add it to your folder of Westerberg/Replacements Rarities and B-Sides.

Perfectly Lethal (Let It Be outtake) – The Replacements
(basically “Seen Your Video” with different lyrics)

[photo credit]


  • Thanks Heather. Always appreciate some Paul/Mats action.

    Brian — September 30, 2007 @ 7:17 pm

  • Yay! New Paul music just makes my whole day. Thank you.

    Brendan — October 1, 2007 @ 9:18 pm

  • I don’t think you mentioned this but did you see the Westerberg-Ryan Adams analysis in the recently resurrected online Crawdaddy!? I think he does a pretty good job of comparing and contrasting.

    Bob — October 2, 2007 @ 1:33 am

  • Just tried to download the three Paul tracks without success. Did the files have to come down already???

    Anonymous — October 3, 2007 @ 11:23 am

  • You are the best Heather EVER.

    gorjus — October 4, 2007 @ 9:05 am

  • Thanks for the videos and music. I read somewhere that he had given 60 (or so) songs to his manager despite the hand injury, so I hope that means new album in the near future.

    Kathy — October 4, 2007 @ 12:04 pm

  • So, the taper griped and got this pulled off Captain’s Dead. I was glad to see it here. Ten minutes later it was gone from your blog. Man, I hate all the elitist whining about “You turned my mediocre taping into mp3s, waaaa…” Can’t we just dig the music? Thanks for trying, Heather. I guess I just wasn’t fast enough.

    Nigel — October 5, 2007 @ 11:09 pm

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Bio Pic Name: Heather Browne
Location: Colorado, originally by way of California
Giving context to the torrent since 2005.

"I love the relationship that anyone has with music: because there's something in us that is beyond the reach of words, something that eludes and defies our best attempts to spit it out. It's the best part of us, probably, the richest and strangest part..."
—Nick Hornby, Songbook
"Music has always been a matter of energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel."
—Hunter S. Thompson

Mp3s are for sampling purposes, kinda like when they give you the cheese cube at Costco, knowing that you'll often go home with having bought the whole 7 lb. spiced Brie log. They are left up for a limited time. If you LIKE the music, go and support these artists, buy their schwag, go to their concerts, purchase their CDs/records and tell all your friends. Rock on.

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