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december 20, 2013

Happy holidays to everyone out there from the SFS staff and heartfelt thanks to all of those who have purchased the Rockin Here Tonight compilation during the last several weeks.

There are two more Minnesota-based charitable efforts that we'd like to make everyone aware of. First is Slim Town Singles, a cooperative effort by friends and fans of Slim that will be regularly releasing digital singles to help support the Dunlaps. They've just launched and have already released some amazing music. Slim Town Singles uses a "name your price" model and will be releasing new songs on a weekly basis for at least the next few months.

Rob Rule and his wife Leah helped make The Turf Club in St. Paul one of the area's premier music venues. Rob first booked Slim and his band back in the mid-90s, leading to a decade long monthly residency and countless memorable Slim live performances. Leah lost her battle with cancer last year at this time and Rock For The Rules was created to financially assist Rob after years of medical expenses and lost income. An inaugural digital compilation of original material was released last year and a second volume with 56 tracks is being released this year on December 21. Of special interest to Slim fans: an unreleased Slim track written a few years ago especially for Rob and Leah called "Bar Chord."  

november 1, 2013

When guitarist Slim Dunlap suffered a debilitating stroke last year, the music community rallied around him and came to his aid. His former band The Replacements reformed and headed into the studio in support of their old friend. The resulting session, the Songs For Slim EP, consisting of five covers, including two of Slim’s songs, was released in January of this year as a limited edition auction-only 10-inch record and propelled a nearly year long project to help pay for Slim’s long term medical care. The initial EP was followed by a monthly auction-only 7-inch series featuring musicians like Jeff Tweedy, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, Frank Black, Craig Finn and John Doe covering songs from Slim’s two post-Replacements solo records, The Old New Me and Times Like This.

Songs For Slim – Rockin Here Tonight: A Benefit Compilation For Slim Dunlap, will be released November 11 on New West Records and compiles all the inspired and eclectic Slim covers from the series into a two-disc album with a second disc of previously unreleased bonus material from The Jayhawks’ pseudonymous LP.ORG, Soul Asylum, The Young Fresh Fellows, Peter Holsapple (The dB’s) and more. The compilation features a cover painted by Slim’s former bandmate turned acclaimed artist Chris Mars and a 16-page booklet complete with liner notes by original Replacements manager Peter Jesperson who has spearheaded the project. The booklet also contains fully detailed recording info and color reproductions of the SFS picture sleeves from the auction series.

Disc one kicks off with the two Slim songs from The Replacements’ Songs for Slim EP and includes all of the tracks released on the seven limited run double A-side 7-inches as well as the Record Store Day exclusive 7-inch that paired The Minus Five featuring Curtiss A on one side and Tim O’Reagan and Jim Boquist on the other.

The second disc features 10 additional tracks, anchored by seven more Slim covers - including the unreleased "Two By Two," done here by his son Louie, daughter Bee and longtime bandmate Brien Lilja. Also featured are two songs written for Slim – "Slim's Place," a rockin' little ditty the Young Fresh Fellows whipped up in the same session as their other track for Songs For Slim, and "When I Fall Down," written and recorded by Chris Mars shortly after he heard about the stroke. Finally, there's "Love Lost," an obscure James Burton instrumental that was covered by Slim on his first solo record, The Old New Me. Here it's done by The West Saugerties Ale And Quail Club, with their Woodstock neighbor, legendary harmonica player John Sebastian of The Lovin' Spoonful.

On November 1, Slim celebrates one year at home, under the care of his family. Slim’s wife Chrissie Dunlap says: “His comfort has been interrupted by many trips to the hospital, but his will to live is strong. His mantra is ‘Fight, fight, fight.’ All of us who love him are fighting with, and for, him. His strength, along with the love and support of so many wonderful friends and fans, has kept him going. Slim is so grateful for the Songs For Slim project and takes great joy in listening to his songs performed by some of his favorite musicians and friends. The revenue from the project has saved us from financial ruin, enabled us to hire nursing help and therapists, and helped to make him as comfortable as possible. Slim and the family send our love and gratitude to New West and everyone involved in the project, and everyone who bought a song for Slim. Special thanks to our long time friend, Peter Jesperson, who worked tirelessly to produce Songs for Slim, and to whom we are eternally grateful."

To date the non-profit Songs For Slim project has help raise raised nearly $200,000 for Slim who was left bed-ridden by the stroke – paralyzed on his left side, unable to swallow and very frail. All proceeds have gone, and continue to go, towards assisting Slim and his family with the significant expenses related towards his long-term care. Fore more information or to see how you can help, visit SongsForSlim.com

Disc One: The 45s

1. The Replacements – Busted Up
2. Chris Mars – Radio Hook Word Hit
3. Steve Earle – Times Like This
4. Craig Finn & Friends – Isn’t It
5. Lucinda Williams – Partners In Crime
6. Tommy Keene – Nowheres Near
7. The Minus 5 Feat. Curtiss A. – Rockin Here Tonight
8. Tim O’Reagan & Jim Boquist – Cozy
9. Jakob Dylan – Ain’t No Fair (In A Rock ‘N’ Roll Love Affair)
10. Joe Henry – Taken On The Chin
11. John Doe – Just For The Hell Of It
12. Deer Tick + Scott Lucas + Vanessa Carlton – From The Git Go
13. Frank Black & The Suicide Commandos – The King & Queen
14. You Am I – Ain’t Exactly Good
15. Patterson Hood – Hate This Town
16. The Young Fresh Fellows – Loud Loud Loud Loud Guitars
17. The Ballad Of The Opening Band – Jeff Tweedy
18. From The Git Go – Lucero

Disc Two: Unreleased Bonus Tracks

1. Peter Holsapple – Laugh It Up (it’s all a big joke anyway)
2. John Eller – Girlfiend
3. Soul Asylum – Little Shiva’s Song
4. The Young Fresh Fellows – Slim’s Place
5. Bee, Louie & Brien – Two By Two
6. Chris Mars – When I Fall Down
7. Chan Poling – Chrome Lipstick
8. Frankie Lee – Times Like This
9. LP.ORG – The Ballad Of The Opening Band
10. The West Saugerties Ale & Quail Club Feat. Jon Sebastian – Love Lost

september 23, 2013

The final Songs For Slim monthly auction, for the Jeff Tweedy b/w Lucero single, ended yesterday. 567 bidders placed 919 bids to raise a total of $15,712.14 for Slim and his family. This was the second highest auction total of the entire series, surpassed only by the inaugural Songs For Slim auction for The Replacements EP back in January that not only started out this project on an extremely high note, but also played a big role in lighting the spark for the first Replacements live shows in 22 years that, fittingly, just wrapped up this last weekend in Denver.

From the entire Songs For Slim staff and the Dunlap family: warmest thanks to everyone who participated in the auctions, purchased digital copies, picked up the commercial version of The Replacements' EP, bought some merch or helped out by spreading the word about Slim’s plight. Your generosity and spirit have been humbling and inspiring. And major hugs and kisses to all of the musicians, engineers and producers who donated their time and efforts to help make the musical part of Songs For Slim so awesome. Because of all of you, Slim’s quality of life has been greatly improved and, as an added bonus, the number of people who are now aware of Slim and his wonderful music has increased significantly.

Coming up on November 12: a double CD Songs For Slim compilation, collecting all of the Slim songs from the monthly releases + 10 supercool bonus tracks, all in a specially priced package complete with original Chris Mars artwork and a 16 page booklet. Stay tuned for more info in the coming weeks.

september 15, 2013

All 250 auctions for the Jeff Tweedy / Lucero single are now live on eBay. The auction will run for 7 days until September 22. Happy bidding!

september 13, 2013

This month will be the final regular monthly auction for SFS and, as Slim himself might say, it’s a real humdinger. Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, his son Spencer Tweedy + a few friends offer up a gorgeous version of “Ballad of the Opening Band,” Slim’s touching paean to opening acts far and wide. Recorded in Wilco’s Chicago studio, Tweedy’s beautifully nuanced vocal performance on “The Ballad Of The Opening Band” taps right into the emotional heart of this poignant, insightful masterpiece, a song clearly borne out of years of first hand experience from both sides of the microphone. Spencer Tweedy’s understated but expert drumming and a lovely multi-tracked vocal arrangement by Tweedy Sr. are highlights of this knockout cover of one of Slim’s most adored creations. Tweedy has a special connection to Slim that is especially appropriate for this song, dating way back to a long forgotten 1991 tour when Tweedy’s former band, Uncle Tupelo, opened for The Replacements on a few east coast dates. Years later, Tweedy famously quipped, “Everything we do is based on The Replacements” right before a cover of “Color Me Impressed” during a legendary 1997 Wilco live show in San Francisco.

LISTEN: JEFF TWEEDY - "BALLAD OF THE OPENING BAND"    

On the flip, soulful Tennessee rockers Lucero kick the doors down with a smokin’ take - Memphis style - on Slim’s classic uptempo rocker, “From the Git Go.” Recorded in Memphis and produced by Chris Scott, the Lucero gang, ably assisted by local horn vets Jim Spake and Scott Thompson, conjure up a raucous, giddy version of a song that always electrified live audiences when Slim and his band played it. Lucero and their evolving sound are a perfect fit for “Git Go” - this rock/soul hybrid sports a punchy horn chart and capably threads the needle between the genres that have made Memphis famous over the years, even evoking fond memories of The Replacements’ explorations into that territory with their visit to Ardent Studios in 1986/7 and the resulting Jim Dickinson-produced Pleased to Meet Me album.

LISTEN: LUCERO - "FROM THE GIT GO"
     
To bookend the auction series, the Jeff Tweedy / Lucero single will be limited to 250 copies, just like the Replacements EP that got the ball rolling back in January. Like all Songs For Slim (SFS) releases, this single will be beautifully packaged, hand numbered, signed by the artists and features original Chris Mars artwork on the picture sleeve. This auction will be accessible via SongsForSlim.com and will run September 15-22.

Last month’s auction of the Patterson Hood / The Young Fresh Fellows single was another rousing success. Almost 350 bidders raised $7185 for Slim and his family. This was the third highest total for a SFS 7” auction, barely missing (by less than $19) the #2 slot, held by July’s Frank Black & The Suicide Commandos / You Am I single.

Planning for the double CD compilation of all the various SFS vinyl releases is nearing completion. Songs For Slim - Rockin Here Tonight: A Benefit Compilation For Slim Dunlap, all of the Slim songs from the auction series will be released on November 12, 2013. Details to follow.

The idea for Songs For Slim was hatched after former Replacements guitarist Slim Dunlap suffered a severe, life-changing stroke in February 2012 that left him in need of long term medical care. The idea was simple: raise money to help Slim and his family by auctioning off limited edition vinyl releases featuring a variety of artists covering Slim’s excellent but overlooked songs. In January 2013, Songs For Slim kicked off a monthly auction series with a 5 song EP by The Replacements, their first release of new music since 1991. That record not only was headline news, but also raised a staggering $106,700 for Slim. The resultant good will even inspired The Replacements to perform their first live shows in over 22 years, one of the most anticipated musical reunions in recent memory. Since that momentous ‘Mats EP, there have been 6 more successful auctions, a commercial release of The Replacements EP, digital release of all SFS tracks plus a special limited-edition single for Record Store Day 2013. Over $150,000 has been raised this year by Songs For Slim to assist Slim and his family. The proceeds from SFS activities have significantly improved Slim’s quality of life - sincere thanks to everyone who has shown their love and support over the last 9 months.   

Reminder: all Songs For Slim releases, including the special Record Store Day release and The Replacements EP, are now available digitally via iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.

Don’t forget about the Songs For Slim online store: merchlackey.com/songsforslim, which is selling t-shirts, slip mats, bracelets and necklaces, with specially-priced bundles also available. Like all SFS projects, all proceeds go towards assisting Slim and his family.

SONGS FOR SLIM SITES:
www.songsforslim.com
Facebook.com/SongsForSlim
Twitter.com/SongsForSlim

August 22, 2013

The auctions for the Patterson Hood & The Downtown Rumblers / The Young Fresh Fellows single just ended after a final day of healthy bidding. 338 bidders placed 522 bids to raise a total of $7185.44 for Slim and his family. This was the third highest total for a SFS 7” auction, barely missing (by less than $19) the #2 slot, held by last months Frank Black & The Suicide Commandos / You Am I single. Thanks once again to everyone for their continued participation and support over the last several months.

Next month: a very special release that will mark the end of regular monthly Songs For Slim auctions. Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, his son Spencer + a few friends offer up a lushly beautiful version of “Ballad of the Opening Band,” Slim’s touching paean to opening bands everywhere, while soulful Tennessee rockers Lucero kick the doors down with a smokin’ take - Memphis style - on Slim’s classic live set opener, “From the Git Go.” To bookend the series, 250 of these singles will be auctioned off, just like for the Replacements EP that started everything off with a bang in January.

august 15, 2013

All 100 auctions for the Patterson Hood & The Downtown Rumblers / The Young Fresh Fellows single are now live on eBay. The auctions will run for 7 days until August 22. Happy bidding!

August 14, 2013

Today is Slim's 62nd birthday. Please focus your good thoughts in the general direction of Minneapolis and wish him a happy day. The next SFS auction, for the Patterson Hood & The Downtown Rumblers / The Young Fresh Fellows single, begins tomorrow and will run for 7 days until August 22.

august 13, 2013

It’s auction time again for Songs For Slim. For the August auction, a double-sided dose of aural stimulation is on tap, coming from opposite ends of the country. First up is a brilliant rendition by Patterson Hood (Drive-By Truckers) of “Hate This Town,” one of the brightest gems in the Slim song catalog. Assisted by his “Downtown Rumblers” (DBT band mates Brad Morgan and Jay Gonzalez, Jacob Morris on cello and long-time DBT producer/partner in crime David Barbe on bass), “Hate This Town” was recorded in Athens, GA and produced by David Barbe. Hood, a long time fan of Minneapolis music, absolutely nails this one on the head, beautifully capturing the emotional complexities of the original, complete with a touching spoken tribute to Slim at the end that will make the hair on your arms stand up. Since many of Hood’s songs occupy a similar thematic universe to “Hate This Town,” it’s almost like he was born to cover this song.

On the flip is a spot on offering from Seattle’s alternative pop-rock pioneers The Young Fresh Fellows, who have been thrilling fans for the better part of three decades. Slim’s connection with this beloved band goes back to the late 80s when The YFF teamed up with The Replacements for some now legendary shows in the Pacific Northwest. The current YFF lineup features Tad Hutchison, Jim Sangster, Kurt Bloch and Scott McCaughey, who previously appeared on the SFS Record Store Day single with The Minus Five. McCaughey and company tackle a real Slim rarity, “Loud Loud Loud Loud Guitars,” which originally was released in 1986 on Twin/Tone’s Big Hits of Mid America Volume IV compilation. This is the first Slim song in the series so far not to be sourced from either one of his two solo albums. “LLLLG” is an early example of Slim’s unique, finely-tuned wit, something that would become much more evident in his later solo work. The Fellows channel Slim’s original spirit perfectly while rocking up a storm, with all 4 members even taking turns on guitar solos.

Like all SFS releases, the Patterson Hood & The Downtown Rumblers / The Young Fresh Fellows /  single is limited to 100 beautifully packaged, numbered, signed copies and features original Chris Mars artwork on the picture sleeve. This auction will be accessible via SongsForSlim.com and will run August 15-22.

Last month’s auction for the Frank Black & The Suicide Commandos / You Am I single was a rousing success. Almost 400 bidders raised over $7200 for Slim and his family, the second highest total so far for a SFS 7” single auction. The highest bid was $202.50 and the bidding action on the final day was very lively right up to the final seconds. The continued participation in these auctions by everyone has been critical to the success of this project and is much appreciated by everyone involved.

Planning continues on a CD compilation of all the various Songs For Slim 45 releases (plus exciting bonus tracks), including the two Slim covers The Replacements did on the EP that kicked off this whole project. Release date will be November 12, 2013. Stay tuned for further details  

Reminder: all Songs For Slim releases, including the special Record Store Day release, are now available digitally via iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.

Don’t forget about the Songs For Slim online store: merchlackey.com/songsforslim, which is selling t-shirts, slip mats, bracelets and necklaces, with specially-priced bundles also available. Like all SFS projects, all proceeds go towards assisting Slim and his family.

SONGS FOR SLIM SITES:
Facebook.com/SongsForSlim

Twitter.com/SongsForSlim

july 24, 2013

Latest update on Slim from his wife Chrissie.

The end of July, 2013 marks nine months since his homecoming, interrupted by several visits to the hospital. Bob has not regained any movement on his left side or the ability to swallow, but his mood is upbeat and his pain level is better. He takes pleasure in listening to music, watching baseball on TV, his children and grandchildren, and visits from friends. We are looking forward to celebrating his 62nd birthday next month--a milestone most did not think he would reach.

He is so grateful for the Songs For Slim project and takes great joy in listening to his songs performed by some of his favorite musicians and friends. The revenue from the project has saved us from financial ruin, enabled us to hire nursing help and therapists, and helped to make him as comfortable as possible. Slim and the family send our love and gratitude to everyone involved in the project, and everyone who bought a song for Slim.

july 23, 2013

The Songs For Slim 2013 Record Store Day release with The Minus 5 feat. Curtiss A b/w Tim O'Reagan & Jim Boquist is finally available digitally worldwide via iTunes and Amazon. It's definitely worth the wait.

july 22, 2013

The auctions for the Frank Black & The Suicide Commandos / You Am I single ended with a flurry of activity after a day of steady bidding. 386 bidders placed 642 bids to raise a total of $7204.19 for Slim and his family. This was the second highest total so far for any SFS 7" auction - very impressive all around. Thanks once again to everyone for their participation and support. Make sure to mark your calendars for next month's auction: a most exciting single featuring Patterson Hood & The Downtown Rumblers + The Young Fresh Fellows. The auction will run August 15-22.

July 15, 2013

All 100 auctions for the Frank Black & The Suicide Commandos / You Am I single are now live on a eBay. The auctions will run 7 days until July 22. Happy bidding!

july 14, 2013

t’s auction time again for Songs For Slim. This month, a most exciting release. Frank Black (Pixies) joins forces with Minneapolis punk legends The Suicide Commandos to completely reinvent Slim’s “The King & Queen.” The Commandos (who first crossed paths with Slim back in the mid-70s Minneapolis pre-punk scene) and Black turn Slim’s Stones-ey original into a frighteningly heavy monster of a song, topped off with an insanely maniacal vocal performance by Black that won’t soon be forgotten. “The King and Queen” was recorded in various New York and St. Paul studios, mixed by Mitch Easter and produced by Steve Almaas (Commandos, Beat Rodeo) and Tommy Stinson (Replacements, Perfect, Guns ‘n’ Roses).

On the flip is a fine effort from one of Australia’s best musical exports, alt-rockers You Am I. Their crunching, high-voltage reading of Slim’s magnificently acerbic “Ain’t Exactly Good” is an uptempo delight and brilliantly in tune with the spirit of Slim’s original, one of his finest compositions and performances. “Ain’t Exactly Good” was recorded in Melbourne and produced by the band.    

Like all SFS releases, the Frank Black & The Suicide Commandos / You Am I single is limited to 100 beautifully packaged, numbered, signed copies and features original Chris Mars artwork on the picture sleeve. This auction will be accessible via SongsForSlim.com and will run July 15-22.

Last month’s auction of the John Doe & Deer Tick/Vanessa Carlton/Scott Lucas single was another success, with almost $6000 being raised for Slim and his family. Once again, heartfelt thanks to everyone for their continued support and all of the good vibes being directed to Slim and his family.

Planning continues on a CD compilation of all the various Songs For Slim 45 releases (+ bonus tracks), including the two songs The Replacements did on their EP that kicked off this whole project. Release date will be later this year. Stay tuned for further details  

Reminder: all Songs For Slim releases are now available digitally via iTunes and Amazon with the exception of the special Record Store Day release which won’t be available digitally until July 23 due to the standard 90-day RSD exclusivity agreement.

Don’t forget about the Songs For Slim online store: merchlackey.com/songsforslim, which is selling t-shirts, slip mats, bracelets and necklaces, with specially-priced bundles also available. Like all SFS projects, all proceeds go towards assisting Slim and his family.

JULY 11, 2013

The John Doe / Deer Tick singles have been shipped. The next SFS auction, for the Frank Black & The Suicide Commandos / You Am I single, begins on Monday, July 15 and will run for 7 days.

JUNE 26, 2013

The just completed auction for the John Doe / Deer Tick single raised almost $6000 for Slim and his family. Thanks again to everyone who has continued to support this worthy endeavor. Next month, a most exciting release: Pixies front man Frank Black joins forces with Minneapolis punk legends The Suicide Commandos to reinvent "The King and Queen" backed with You Am I tackling Slim's magnificently acerbic "Ain't Exactly Good."

JUNE 14, 2013

It’s auction time again for Songs For Slim. This month we’re excited to announce a single with fantastic tracks from the legendary John Doe combined with a fascinating collaboration on the flip featuring the pride of Rhode Island, rockin’ alt-country champs Deer Tick, assisted by Grammy Award-winning, platinum-selling singer-songwriter Vanessa Carlton and Scott Lucas (Local H).

Doe, co-founder of X, the legendary LA punk band, conjures up a raucous, smokin’ version of “Just For the Hell of It,” a rumbling rocker that was always one of the highlights of Slim’s live sets over the years. Doe worked with Songs For Slim go-to producer Joe Henry, recording his track in North Hollywood with the A-team crew of studio musicians that have distinguished themselves so well on several previous SFS releases (Jennifer Condos, Jay Bellerose, Greg Leisz, Keefus Ciancia and Val McCallum). On the flip is an inspired endeavor featuring Deer Tick with Vanessa Carlton and Scott Lucas, a “strange bedfellows” group of friends who recorded their wild and swingin’ version of Slim’s “From the Git Go” in Nashville.

The John Doe / Deer Tick single is limited to 100 beautifully packaged, numbered copies and, like all SFS releases, features original Chris Mars artwork on the picture sleeve. All copies will be signed by Deer Tick and John Doe. As an added incentive, the person with the highest final bid on all of these auctions will also receive a complimentary pair of beautiful and masterfully-crafted wooden headphones, courtesy of LSTN. This auction will be accessible via SongsForSlim.com and will run June 15-22.

Planning is currently underway for a CD compilation of all the various Songs For Slim 45 releases (+ bonus tracks), including the two Slim songs on the Replacements EP that kicked off this whole project. Release date will be later this year. Stay tuned for further details  

Reminders: The 12-inch vinyl version of The Replacements' Songs For Slim EP (same track listing as the limited 10-inch auction version but without the deluxe packaging) is now available through regular retail channels everywhere. Also, all Songs For Slim releases are now available digitally via iTunes and Amazon with the exception of the special Record Store Day release which won’t be available digitally until July 23 due to the standard 90-day RSD exclusivity agreement.

Up for auction next month: a most exciting release, a single featuring Pixies front man Frank Black backed by Minneapolis punk legends The Suicide Commandos paired with a contribution from Australian alt-rock giants You Am I.

Don’t forget about the Songs For Slim online store: merchlackey.com/songsforslim, which is selling t-shirts, slip mats, bracelets and necklaces, with specially-priced bundles also available. Like all SFS projects, all proceeds go towards assisting Slim and his family.

june 9, 2013

After April’s special Record Store Day release, it was back to regular monthly auctions in May for Songs For Slim, with a single featuring covers of Slim songs by Jakob Dylan and Joe Henry.

270 bidders helped raise almost $5600 for Slim and his family in the 7 day May auction of 100 beautiful limited edition singles. The continued generosity of everyone who has supported the Songs For Slim project is a beautiful thing and has been a wonder to behold.

On June 15, the next Songs For Slim auction goes live with a release that packs a potent 1-2 punch: John Doe (from the band X) cranks up the rock on “Just For the Hell of It” and an inspired collaboration featuring Rhode Island alt-country champs Deer Tick, Vanessa Carlton and Scott Lucas put their unique stamp on “From the Git Go.”

MAY 15, 2013

All 100 of the auctions for the Jakob Dylan / Joe Henry single are now live on eBay. The auctions will run for 7 days until May 22. As an added incentive, the highest overall bidder for all of the auctions will receive a free pair of beautiful wooden headphones courtesy of LSTN. Happy bidding!

MAY 13, 2013

After last month’s special Record Store Day release, it’s back to regular monthly auctions for Songs For Slim. May is National Stroke Awareness Month, and Songs For Slim is glad to be doing its part in helping assist the many organizations that are dedicated to promoting stroke awareness and prevention.

This month we’re excited to announce a single with fantastic tracks from Jakob Dylan of The Wallflowers and Joe Henry. Dylan and his crack band of A-list LA session players (Jennifer Condos, Jay Bellerose, Greg Leisz, Keefus Ciancia and Val McCallum) offer up a rollicking, bluesy interpretation of “Ain’t No Fair (In A Rock ‘N’ Roll Affair),” a classic Slim rocker and crowd favorite. Recorded in North Hollywood and produced by Joe Henry, “Ain’t No Fair” also features a guest appearance by John Doe (X, The Knitters) on backing vocals. Speaking of Joe Henry, his work over the last three decades has made him a favorite of discriminating music fans worldwide, distinguishing himself both as an ever-evolving solo artist and an in-demand producer. He’s also been a key part of the Songs For Slim project; his contributions as producer for several of the SFS releases have been invaluable. This month he takes center stage for an impassioned reading of “Taken On The Chin,” Slim’s mournful journey to the dark side of life. Henry delivers a stunning vocal performance as he and a slightly different batch of fab session-eers (David Piltch, Jay Bellerose, Val McCallum, Greg Leisz, Patrick Warren and his son Levon) masterfully create a piece that hits the listener straight in the gut with an emotional wallop that won’t soon be forgotten. It’s brilliant on every level.

The Jakob Dylan / Joe Henry single is limited to 100 numbered copies and, like all SFS releases, features original Chris Mars artwork on the picture sleeve. All copies have been signed by Jakob and Joe. As an added incentive, the person with the highest final bid on all of these auctions will also receive a complimentary pair of beautiful and masterfully-crafted wooden headphones, courtesy of LSTN. This auction will be accessible via SongsForSlim.com and runs March 15-22. 

After unavoidable manufacturing delays due to recent strong demand for vinyl products, the last batch of SFS singles has been mailed to auction winners. Thanks to everyone for their patience. Future mailings should go out more promptly following auction closings.

Reminders: The 12-inch red vinyl version of The Replacements' Songs For Slim EP (same track listing as the limited 10-inch auction version but without the deluxe packaging) is now available through regular retail channels everywhere. And the Lucinda Williams/Tommy Keene and Steve Earle/Craig Finn & Friends singles are now available digitally via iTunes and Amazon. The recent special Record Store Day release won’t be available digitally until July 23 due to the standard 90-day RSD exclusivity agreement.

Don’t forget about the Songs For Slim online store, which is selling t-shirts, slip mats, bracelets and necklaces, with specially-priced bundles also available. Like all SFS projects, all proceeds go towards assisting Slim and his family.

april 14, 2013

Songs For Slim is excited to announce a special release for Record Store Day 2013. On April 20, a limited-edition 7-inch split single will be released featuring Minnesota legend Curtiss A (aka the “Dean of Scream”) and The Minus Five (featuring Scott McCaughey, Peter Buck, and John Moen & Nate Query from the Decemberists) working some transcontinental magic on “Rockin Here Tonight.” The sessions for this amazing performance began in Portland, Oregon under the tutelage of Adam Selzer and Scott McCaughey and was completed in Minneapolis with Ed Ackerson at Flowers Studio (where The Replacements recorded their Songs For Slim EP). On the flip are local heroes Tim O’Reagan (Jayhawks, Joe Henry) and Jim Boquist (Son Volt, Golden Smog) (ably assisted by Paul Westerberg on guitar) shining their considerable talents on Slim’s magnificent composition, “Cozy,” a “shoulda been” hit if there ever was one. This single will be limited to 1000 copies and, like all Songs For Slim releases, features a beautiful picture sleeve with original Chris Mars artwork. This special RSD release will be available via participating retail outlets rather than auction (check the RSD website for more details). Because of a ninety day exclusivity agreement with the RSD folks, the digital release for this single will be July 23. Regular monthly Songs For Slim auctions will resume in May with Jakob Dylan & Joe Henry.

The 12-inch vinyl version of The Replacements' Songs For Slim EP (same track listing as the limited 10-inch auction version but without the deluxe packaging) hits the stores next Tuesday, April 16.

The Lucinda Williams/Tommy Keene and Steve Earle/Craig Finn & Friends singles will finally be released digitally on April 23.  

Don’t forget about the Songs For Slim online store: merchlackey.com/songsforslim, which is selling t-shirts, slip mats, bracelets and necklaces, with specially-priced bundles also available.

APRIL 8, 2013

The 12-inch vinyl version of The Replacements' Songs For Slim EP (same songs as the limited 10-inch auction version without the extras) hits the stores next Tuesday, April 16. Also, the Lucinda Williams/Tommy Keene and Steve Earle/Craig Finn and Friends singles will be released digitally on April 23. And don't forgot about the next Songs For Slim release, a special limited edition 7-inch split single for Record Store Day with The Minus 5 (feauturing Curtiss A) and Tim O'Reagan & Jim Boquist offering their inspired takes on "Rockin Here Tonight" and "Cozy." This rad release will be available on April 20 at your favorite participating music retailer (check the RSD website for more details). Regular Songs For Slim auctions will resume on May 15 with a release featuring Jakob Dylan and Joe Henry.

MARCH 26, 2013

The third round of Songs For Slim auctions, for a limited-edition 7-inch single featuring covers of Slim songs by Lucinda Williams and Tommy Keene, ended last Friday. More than 200 people bid almost 500 times, raising over $6600 for Slim Dunlap and his family. The top bid (for copy #1) was $222.50 and there were 17 winning bids of $75 or more. Once again, the spirit and generosity of those who have participated in these first few auctions, bought merchandise or offered their support has been a wonder to behold and is much appreciated by the Dunlaps and everyone involved in the Songs For Slim project. Thanks to you all and we’re looking forward to everyone’s continued involvement in this worthwhile endeavor. Stay tuned for further updates, as well as details on next month's special Record Store Day release.

MARCH 19, 2013

First off, thanks to everyone who has participated so far in the first two Songs For Slim auctions (The Replacements EP & Steve Earle/Craig Finn 7"). Over $115,000 has been raised so far to assist Slim and his family as they face the considerable challenges that lie ahead for them. Your overwhelming generosity is awe-inspiring and humbling.

The third round of auctions for the Songs For Slim project is currently underway. This release is a 7-inch 45 featuring Lucinda Williams covering Slim’s signature rocker “Partners in Crime” paired with Tommy Keene and R. Walt Vincent’s interpretation of “Nowheres Near,” Slim’s brutally honest, wistful ode to the quest for the elusive brass ring. This release will be limited to 100 numbered, signed copies and, like all SFS releases, will feature original Chris Mars artwork. The auction ends this Friday, March 22.

The Replacements Songs For Slim EP is currently available digitally on iTunes and Amazon and has been selling very well. It debuted in the Top 30 on the iTunes Top albums chart and reached as high as #17. It also has been receiving tons of great press, including reviews in Rolling Stone, Uncut and People. 12-inch vinyl versions will be available through retail outlets on April 16.

The second Songs For Slim release, the 7-inch 45 with Steve Earle and Craig Finn & Friends has been shipped to auction winners. It will be available digitally in early April.

Next month: an exciting, special Record Store Day release featuring Minnesota legend Curtiss A (aka the “Dean of Scream”) and The Minus 5 (featuring Scott McCaughey, Peter Buck, and John Moen & Nate Query from the Decemberists) working some transcontinental magic on “Rockin Here Tonight,” one of Slim’s greatest achievements in the studio, and local heroes Tim O’Reagan (The Jayhawks) and Jim Boquist (Son Volt) (ably assisted by Paul Westerberg) shining their considerable talents on Slim’s magnificent composition, “Cozy,” a “shoulda been” hit if there ever was one. This special RSD release will be available via retail outlets rather than auction; regular monthly Songs For Slim auctions will resume in May.

march 5, 2013

The second round of auctions for the Songs For Slim project ended on February 22 on a positive note as music fans from all around the world once again dug deep to help out Slim Dunlap and his family. The success of Songs For Slim, an innovative charitable project that enables participants to contribute to a worthwhile cause while receiving high quality, super cool collectibles in return, is entirely dependent on the generosity of those with a desire to help Slim face the considerable challenges that lie ahead for him and his loved ones. The SFS team, New West Records and the Dunlaps are awed and humbled at the initial response so far.

The just completed auction of 100 copies of the second SFS single, featuring Steve Earle and Craig Finn proved to be an overwhelming success. Over 300 people bid almost 700 times to raise just over $9000 – an impressive total by any accounting. The top bid (for copy #1) was $355 and 20% of the records went for $100 or more. Physical copies are scheduled to be shipped towards the end of March with worldwide digital availability to follow soon thereafter.

The third Songs For Slim release leads off with Lucinda Williams covering Slim’s signature rocker “Partners in Crime.” Lucinda previewed her inspired and soulful take on this song live to a Minneapolis audience last month, dazzling them in the process. Joe Henry once again mans the producer’s chair, guiding Lucinda and her band of studio heavyweights (David Piltch, Pete Thomas, Val McCallum, Greig Leisz and Patrick Warren) with the skill and élan he’s become known for in recent years. The other side is Tommy Keene and R. Walt Vincent’s interpretation of “Nowheres Near,” Slim’s brutally honest, wistful ode to the quest for the elusive brass ring. Keene is a bona fide pop master who’s been releasing amazing records for over 30 years and Vincent is a noted producer best known for his work with Pete Yorn and Liz Phair. “Nowheres Near” was recorded in LA by Keene and Vincent who also handled all of the instrumental work themselves. This release will be limited to 100 numbered copies and, like all SFS releases, features original Chris Mars artwork (in this case: “Equilibrium”) and all copies will be signed by Lucinda and Tommy. This auction will run March 15-22.  

Next up in April is Minnesota legend Curtiss A (aka the “Dean of Scream”) and The Minus Five (feat. Scott McCaughey, Peter Buck, and John Moen and Nate Query from the Decemberists) working some transcontinental magic on “Rockin Here Tonight,” one of Slim’s greatest achievements in the studio, and local heroes Tim O’Reagan (Jayhawks) and Jim Boquist (Son Volt) (ably assisted by Paul Westerberg) shining their considerable talents on Slim’s magnificent composition, “Cozy,” a “shoulda been” hit if there ever was one.  

Don’t forget about the Songs For Slim online store, which is selling T-shirts, slip mats and necklaces, with specially-priced bundles also available. All profits go to the Slim Dunlap fund.

“I’m Not Saying” (the Gordon Lightfoot via Nico cover) and the rest of the Replacements’ Songs For Slim EP are now being spun at radio stations all over the country. The EP is also now digitally available at iTunes and Amazon; it debuted in the Top 30 on iTunes.

february 12, 2013

Phase One of the Songs For Slim project – the auction of a limited edition run of 250 numbered copies of a brand new, deluxe 10” vinyl EP package by The Replacements, their first new release in over 20 years – went off with a BANG, raising $106,750.92 for Slim Dunlap and his family! This staggering amount far exceeded any expectations; the Dunlaps, the Songs For Slim team and New West Records are deeply humbled by this overwhelming response of love and support. Nearly 6,500 individual bids were made and almost 4,000 people participated in the 10-day auction. Shockingly, copy #1 went for a whopping $10,000 to a Replacements über fan in Brooklyn, a price that puts it in very elite company for auctions of rock era vinyl. Over half of the winning bids were in the $350-500 range, with 26 copies going for $500 or more. The average winning bid was $422.97 and the “price of entry” (i.e. the lowest winning bid) was $310.50 – again, numbers that far exceeded any sensible early predictions. As the auctions ended throughout the day on January 25 with all of the nail-biting excitement of a close horse race, it became clear just how far people were willing to open up their pocketbooks – and hearts – to support this eminently worthwhile project.

Next up is Steve Earle’s version of one of Slim’s greatest songs, "Times Like This." Earle’s ace band of LA studio A-listers (Jennifer Condos, Jay Bellerose, Greg Leisz, Keefus Ciancia and Val McCallum) recorded “Times Like This” in North Hollywood under the expert ear of Joe Henry. On the flip is a reinterpretation of Slim’s "Isn't It?" by Craig Finn & Friends, a killer lineup of Minneapolis veterans featuring Kraig Jarret Johnson, Peter Anderson, Jacques Wait and Ed Ackerson. Like the Replacements EP, “Isn’t It” was produced, recorded and mixed by Ackerson at his Flowers Studio in Minneapolis. This auction will run February 15-22.

And this is only the beginning. The Songs For Slim auction series will continue over the next several months with a succession of split (two artists per release) 7" vinyl singles featuring covers of Slim songs by a bevy of fantastic artists. All of these releases will be limited to 100 copies and come with beautiful, numbered picture sleeves, colored vinyl, and most, if not all, will be signed by the artists. Future auctions will commence on the 15th of each month and run for 7 days.

We’re also excited to announce the opening of the Songs For Slim online store:
http://www.merchlackey.com/songsforslim/.  Initial offerings include t-shirts, turntable slip mats and necklaces featuring the creative efforts of Michael Buchmiller and Chris Mars. Merch Lackey has provided the store and all profits go to the Slim Dunlap Fund. Specially-priced bundles are also available and more cool items will be added in the future.

The Replacements Songs For Slim EP ships to the auction winners at the beginning of March. The music will be delivered to radio on March 4 and be available digitally worldwide on March 5. 12” vinyl copies (without all of the bells and whistles of the limited 10” edition) will be released to retail stores on Tuesday, April 16.