I was giddy as a schoolkid this morning when I saw news of The Replacements rehearsing “Alex Chilton” off the band’s fifth LP, Pleased to Meet Me. No word yet on who’s playing guitar or drums with Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson at their upcoming Riot Fest appearances in August and September. Word is they didn’t even bother asking Chris Mars to play drums because they knew he’d say no. Oh well. Who cares? This sounds great. As long as Tommy and Paul are on board, it sounds like The Replacements to me. They were such a barely strung together ramshackle anyway. The haphazardness of all of this suits.