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The Help Machine And A World Class Fad

Thursday, October 17

Ode To Joy is the latest release from Wilco and is being heralded as one of the group’s best records within the last decade. We’ll hear selections from it as well as songs from the latest by Texas band Fastball from the album The Help Machine.

Friday, October 18

Newly sober and having recently disbanded the group he’d led since 1979, The Replacements, Paul Westerberg set about making his solo debut album sometime in 1992. Released the following summer, 14 Songs veered between emotional ballads (“Things,” “Even Here We Are”), raucous, punk-inspired tunes (“Something Is Me,” “Down Love”) and a song that may have been inspired by Kurt Cobain (“World Class Fad”). Joining Westerberg were Joan Jett, Josh Freese (Devo, The Vandals) and Westerberg’s then-partner Laurie Lindeen (Zuzu’s Petals). We’ll hear music from that release as well as selections from Anything Could Happen, the 2017 release from Westerberg’s former Replacements bandmate Tommy Stinson’s band Bash & Pop.

Saturday, October 19

To celebrate 30 years as a band the country-inflected outfit The Mavericks retreated to the studio and recorded a series of cover tunes, ranging from songs by Freddie Fender to John Anderson. The result is The Mavericks Play The Hits. We’ll hear songs from that release as well as selections from B5-549’s 1996 self-titled debut album.

Monday, October 21

Opening with an admonishment from the Minneapolis police, Stink, the 1982 EP from The Replacements leaned into the Minnesota quartet’s punk aesthetic with songs such as “Kids Don’t Follow,” “Stuck In The Middle” and “Dope Smokin’ Moron.” We’ll hear music from that release as well as from The Cavves’ Venture Out.

Tuesday, October 22

Trigger Hippy is a band co-founded by former Black Crowes’ drummer Steve Gorman. The group recently issued its sophomore release, Full Circle and Then Some. We’ll hear music from it as well as songs from Mojo by singer-songwriter Evan McIntosh.

Wednesday, October 23

Released in 1997, the self-titled effort from Grandpaboy appealed to the lighter side of former Replacements front man Paul Westerberg’s songwriting with fare such as “Ain’t Done Much” while also touching on the singer’s struggles with depression and anxiety (“Psychopharmacology”). We’ll hear music from that release as well as songs from the new Replacements boxed set, Dead Man’s Pop.

Jedd Beaudoin is host/producer of the nationally syndicated program Strange Currency. He has also served as an arts reporter, a producer of A Musical Life and a founding member of the KMUW Movie Club. As a music journalist, his work has appeared in Pop Matters, Vox, No Depression and Keyboard Magazine.