Color Me Impressed: The Replacements rock, Amazon pays for itself, thanks.

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First thing we do when we finally show up/Is get shit-faced drunk and try to sober up…

But first: Social responsibility, corporate division:

So okay, Amazon dodges sales taxes, did no favors for old-fashioned bookstores (which we love) and add your own pet annoyance/moral offense here.

But when it comes to building itself an enormous corporate HQ in the midst of a big city that will soon have up to 30,000-plus workers living, working, supporting businesses and etc Jeff Bezos and Co do biz in a very appealing way. For instance:

1. They’re paying for a dedicated bike route to their HQ, and buying a new rail car for the city’s South Lake Union transit line.

2. They implore their workers to live within walking distance of the office (see also: enormous residential building spree in the formerly disused South Lake Union neighborhood on the edge of downtown)

3. When it came to leveraging their investment in the city with financial help from Seattle taxpayers (in the form of tax breaks, building cash and etc., the hugely-profitable Amazon asked Seattle taxpayers to pitch in how many 100’s of millions of dollars? Zero million. Zero dollars.

As the ‘mats say…Color Me Impressed. Here’s how it sounded last night in their first show in more than 22 years:

I’m in love with that song. And this one, too: