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One Track Mind: The Replacements, “I’m Not Sayin’” from Songs for Slim (2013)

One Track Mind: The Replacements, “I’m Not Sayin’” from Songs for Slim (2013)

Anyone who was a fan of their dangerously debauched brand of college rock, so long gone now, would have thought that chances of the Replacements getting back together were roughly the same as the odds they’d cover a Gordon Lightfoot song.

One Track Mind: Depeche Mode, “Heaven” from Delta Machine (2013)

One Track Mind: Depeche Mode, “Heaven” from Delta Machine (2013)

Dimly foreboding, funereal in the most intriguing of ways, Depeche Mode’s new single “Heaven” moves with a delicious deliberateness. It’s all atmosphere, all feel, completely enveloping.

Exclusive stream: Chris Stamey, “Anyway” from Lovesick Blues (2013)

Exclusive stream: Chris Stamey, “Anyway” from Lovesick Blues (2013)

Check out an exclusive advance stream of “Anyway,” from Chris Stamey’s upcoming album Lovesick Blues, due on February 5, 2013 from Yep Roc Records.

The Pogues – Very Best of (2013)

All you need to know, really, about Irish punk rockers Pogues is right in their name, taken from a Gaelic phrase meaning “kiss my arse.” Confounding expectation, they played softly as often as they played loudly

Camper Van Beethoven – La Costa Perdida (2013)

There is a majestic weirdness to Camper Van Beethoven, recaptured in all of its freak-flag glory on La Costa Perdida, their first studio effort in some eight years.

Dash Rip Rock – Black Liquor (2012)

If you grew up a fan of live music in or around Louisiana in the late 1980s or early 1990s, you knew, without a doubt, that Dash Rip Rock was going to be huge one day.

Yo La Tengo – Fade (2013)

Long time fans won’t necessarily hear new things from Yo La Tengo on Fade, and yet it feels like a huge leap forward for these ageless indie-rock favorites.

Something Else! Interview: Chris Stamey, co-founder of the dB’s

Something Else! Interview: Chris Stamey, co-founder of the dB’s

Chris Stamey, up until recently, hadn’t issued a new long-player since he worked with Yo La Tengo on 2005′s A Question of Temperature, and last recorded a full album with his old band the dB’s in 1982.

Stray Cats – Live at Montreux (2012)

It figures, amidst the 1980s’ buttoned-down conservatism, that the ’50s would become talismanic — and that the Stray Cats would be such big hitmakers. Yet, a new Eagle Rock concert DVD makes it clear there’s still something to be learned from those rockabilly-loving post punks.

Movies: Color Me Obsessed: A Film About the Replacements (2012)

It wasn’t quite as nihilistically put out as punk, so it had little credibility there. It wasn’t sweetly composed enough to connect with pop fans, either.