Good things: A.M. Homes’ “May We Be Forgiven” and the Replacements’ “Hootenanny” “…for the fuckin’ last time”

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I’ve gotten to the point where my copy of “May We Be Forgiven” sort of glows at me from the bedside table. No matter how screwy my day gets, for whatever set of external or (more likely) internal static, that book is still there waiting to liven things up. It’s my caustic, smart pal whose simple presence makes me feel smarter and happier. You have got to check it out. And so say all of us.

Also here to electrify the molecules: this recording of the Replacements, at their last concert, performing the title track to “Hootenanny,” the title track of their 1983 (or was it ’82?) album. We’ll be reading more about that record, and a bunch of other ‘Mats records, in the next few days. (see also: return of the Retrofit Digest). But for now, marvel at how deliriously bad a band can be, and how perversely magnificent it can sound. Is that paradoxical? Damn right it is. Stay tuned.

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