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Since coming back together for 2013’s Songs for Slim benefit EP, The Replacements have kept their reunion strictly to the stage. They’ve hinted that a new album could be in the future, but so far have been silent. That is until a few days ago when the band quietly released a brand new recording to its Soundcloud. It’s not exactly what you’d expect, however: “Poke Me in My Cage” is a 24-minute improvisational jazz piece the band recorded in October at Woolly Mammoth Sound in Waltham, Massachusetts.
The Soundcloud description for the track, unearthed by Boston-based blog Bradley’s Almanac, says it was written by Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson, with David Minehan handling engineering with the help of Matt Jones. Interestingly, the song was posted on December 17th, what would have been the 55th birthday of Stinson’s late brother and founding ‘Mats member Bob, who passed away in 1995. Perhaps this should be seen as a bit of a tribute, then? Take a listen below (via Pitchfork).