Listen: Paul Westerberg releases weird new song ‘2HAWK_1’ ahead of possible album

Paul Westerberg slipped an odd, seemingly home-recorded new song titled “2HAWK_1” out into the world early this week via an anonymous Soundcloud account that may just be the precursor to a new album from the once-again-former frontman of The Replacements.

The song, according to Minneapolis Star-Tribune music writer Chris Riemenschneider, was shared Monday by Soundcloud user 964848511 and posted to a site titled Dry Wood Garage, a presumed play on Westerberg’s longtime publishing company Dry Wood Music.

You can listen to the full track below; there’s guitar, a voice clearly recognizable as Westerberg’s singing “With a hawk ripping at his throat,” and maybe some strings. No drums.

Then, today, fansite Man Without Ties noted that Minneapolis guitar maker Mastery Bridge tweeted “a snippet of a new song, with accompanying ‘Mats-styled video.” The since-deleted Tweet said: “Paul Westerberg is coming out with a new record that we made in our basements.”

Keep an eye on Dry Wood Garage site for future clues.






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  • Scott Stalcup

    Wow. Roky Erickson and Daniel Johnston would listen to this and agree, “Ya know something? We’re okay. This guy? Not so much.”

  • Esoth

    Westerberg as the Walrus



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