Archive for the 'R.E.M.' Category

Monday, October 31st, 2016

R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck isn’t especially geared toward nostalgia. Since the pioneering alternative group disbanded in 2011, Buck has operated at a prolific clip. He’s released a string of vinyl-only solo albums on the venerable Mississippi Records label, played with the Baseball Project, and worked with Joseph Arthur. Recently, his band Filthy Friends — featuring Corin Tucker […]

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

To the faithful—to the true believers—R.E.M.’s fabled five-album run on IRS Records was one of the strongest in contemporary rock/pop history. And in that run, 1986’s Lifes Rich Pageant in many ways marked the end of an era as the group’s next LP, Document, would find them sowing the seeds of the next phase of […]

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

As the last remnants of Summer began to burn off throughout the length of September, the stage was set for taking in the reissue of R.E.M.’s third LP, 1985’s Fables of The Reconstruction, as a whole. If context is indeed everything, then Fables is woolen, wood-smoke and that unmistakable crisping of Autumn air. Twenty five […]

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

“Reckoning was a chance to turn up the volume, tear up the rule book, and instead capture R.E.M.’s on-stage mojo.” – Don Dixon (producer, Reckoning) My relationship with Reckoning began roughly twenty years ago via a dubbed cassette copy I recorded off my friend’s older brother’s vinyl LP.  The flip side of the tape was […]

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

Beginning last year with Murmur, the R.E.M. catalog is once again getting the redux treatment — up next, Reckoning (more on that next week).  Listening the reissue I’ve been digging out my IRS-era vinyl including Lifes Rich Pageant.  On it, with Mike Mills on lead vocals, the band covers “Superman” by The Clique, a Texas […]

Monday, October 13th, 2008

An early R.E.M. interview, backstage, with a very young Michael Stipe and Peter Buck post-show, at the Skyway New York. 12/10/83 on Real George’s Backroom. Related: Sevens (Politiko) :: Randy Newman- Burn On and R.E.M. – Cuyahoga + Download your music DRM free via eMusic’s 25 free MP3 no risk trial offer ——————————————————————————————————————————-

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

(Sevens, a new feature on Aquarium Drunkard, pays tribute to the art of the individual song. From now through the election, Sevens will focus on political songs) While the environment shouldn’t seem like a political issue, it has become one of the nastier ones of the past half century. The conflict between capitalism and conservation […]