With replacement instrumentalists in tow, the Replacements seem to have new material in the works. The reconstituted Minnesotans are presently in the midst of a brief breather between two cross-country touring stints. But before they hit the road again, their manager Darren Hill updated Billboard on a number of their recent endeavors, not the least of some studio time that spawned “seven or eight songs,” and at least one called “Whole Foods Blues” that they’ve been playing at recent shows.
According to Hill, the band is currently unsigned and has hit the studio in both Massachusetts and Minneapolis, but all they’ve officially released so far is a bizarre improv jazz piece called “Poke Me in My Cage.” Hill says that the songs recorded could eventually get released, but “it’s just a question of what the band wants to ultimately do with them.”
Also down the pipeline are a number of ancillary projects. This summer Rhino will issue two previously unannounced vinyl box sets, one collecting Sorry Ma, I Forgot to Take Out the Trash, Stink, Hootenanny, and Let It Be and another made up of Tim, Pleased to Meet Me, Don’t Tell a Soul, and All Shook Down. There’s also a biography and a documentary in the works, and more that Hill didn’t name explicitly, but says will be “huge.” We’ll just have to wait and see.
But in the meantime, footage of “Whole Foods Blues”—which, as it sounds, details the experience of going to Whole Foods—has surfaced via Stereogum, and you can watch that up above.