Twin Cities music lovers pretty well know the local sites important to Bob Mould, Tommy Stinson, Craig Finn and Lori Barbero, but now the rest of the world can learn about them.
Vice’s online music channel Noisey debuted a new video today (posted below) from its “Made in America” series that shows all four Minnesota-bred musicians visiting and talking about strategic locations around town.
Perhaps most enjoyable among them is Mould revisiting the old Northern Lights record store location in St. Paul where Hüsker Dü first rehearsed in the basement -- now the Divine Cuts by Rome hair salon, whose clients clearly don’t know him from Bob Mackie. “The record store is no more, much like my hair,” Mould quips outside the salon.
More on the heavy side, Stinson talks about his family’s old home on Bryant Avenue, famously featured on the cover of the Replacements’ 1984 album “Let It Be.” That prompts a discussion about his late brother Bob Stinson, the ‘Mats guitarist who bribed Tommy into learning to play bass when he was 12. “I owe it all to Bob," he says. "He gave me this life that I cherish.”
Meanwhile, Finn wisely skips City Center and instead shows us the bench between Lake of the Isles and Lake Calhoun that commemorates Bob, who often fished the channel there. As Finn affectionately notes, “In true Replacements fashion, it’s not much.”
The only local music star from today’s scene in the 9-minute clip -- also the only current local resident, period -- is Lizzo, who takes them to Hidden Beach on Cedar Lake but makes it clear the site is not a year-round destination. “This last winter wrecked lives,” the Houston native rightfully tells the cameras.
Yes, come back in January, Noisey, and you’ll really get a taste of Minnesota. That said, nice job.