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Wednesday, March 29, 2006


Can't Hardly Wait

Color me impressed:
NEW YORK (Billboard) - The surviving members of legendary post-punk band the Replacements have reunited to record their first new songs in 16 years

Singer/guitarist Paul Westerberg, bassist Tommy Stinson and drummer Chris Mars convened in the band's Minneapolis hometown to record "Message to the Boys" and "Pool & Dive." The Westerberg-written tunes will appear on the retrospective CD, "Don't You Know Who I Think I Was?: The Best of the Replacements," due June 13 via archival label Rhino Records.
The article goes on to tease a Mats' box set for 2007 and expanded editions of the individual albums. The new songs may well be crap, and who doesn't already have every studio album plus the All For Nothing/Nothing for All comp, but I've been waiting for this story since 1991. I'd rather have an all-new album, but baby steps, I guess.

In related news, Kevin Shields now has no excuse whatsoever.

I think we can all safely assume that the new Replacements songs will be "Album Only" at iTunes. If so, yo ho ho and a bottle of rum, the pirate's life for me.


Battle of the Century

Of late, Superfrankenstein has been blessed with regular appearances by humorless right-wing comment section arsonist SpySmasher. Super-F makes fun of Dick Cheney's hotel requirements, Spysmasher says John Kerry was worser:

Super-F then posts a garish picture of Zombie Larry King with W, and Spysmasher responds by reposting entire articles on right wing Iraq WMD conspiracies in the comments, without attribution:

Our man S-F retorts by cheekily reposting "Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu", which has as much to do with the original Larry King post as Spysmasher's sneakin'-into-Syria's-back-door wet dreams, and Spysmasher doggedly stays on message, re-typing "reams of documents" one-handed, then getting all fake teary-eyed patriot, with "You hold me "accountable" for loving America and defending the President, and I'll hold you "accountable" for mocking the war on terrorism, using the suffering of others as material for comedy, and generally thinking all of life is one big joke." In other words:

Supes finds a demented letter-to-the-editor blaming Kerry campaign negativity for the abject failure of the Iraq War, and Spysmasher's rejoinder is a Charlie Sheen story. Game, set and match, Superfrankenstein!:

Now Spysmasher is clarifying, in case anyone was confused, that he is Spy Smasher, not the Unknown Comic:

And so, the battle rages on. WHO WILL WIN? Superfrankenstein, the world's mightiest blogger? Or Spy Smasher, with the cunning, if twisted brain? Just drop us a line, and let us know how you enjoy this grim battle, and who you think the winner will be.

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