The Replacements are anything but predictable. The Minnesota punk group that helped spearhead alternative rock of the early 90s (though having imploded way before Nirvana hit it big) reunited for a series of concerts that I wish I was able to see (I can’t believe I missed them with The Hold Steady and Deertick this past summer).
They have also been hinting at a follow-up to 1990’s “All Shook Down,” which many fans consider more or less a Paul Westerberg solo venture. Well, for those wanting to hear some new material, the ‘Mats released a 24-minute mostly instrumental-jazz track, because that is totally something the Replacements would do. It’s titled “Poke Me In My Cage” and it is pretty odd.
It was recorded at Woolly Mammoth Sound in Waltham, Mass. on Oct. 28. So, enjoy.