R.E.M.’s Peter Buck just announced the release of his new album, Warzone Earth, which he is calling his best solo work to date. Buck made the following statement via R.E.M.’s official website:
I’ve just had an exciting couple of weeks working with Tucker Martine on the new record by The Jayhawks which is a stunning tour de force. I think it will blow a lot of minds. I spent yesterday with my good friend Mike, who came to town to add some Millsian glamour to the proceedings. And I am pleased to announce this morning my new magnum opus Warzone Earth is now available. The record features two alternate covers by the folk art legend Mingering Mike. I never thought I’d look so good in tights!
All kidding aside, it’s the best solo record I have made, and I’m excited for it to be out in the world. It’s available through littleaxerecords.com who distributes the record. It should also be available in all the cool independent record stores in your neighborhood, once again, vinyl only, but feel free to make a cassette for your friends.
Warzone Earth will be released with two alternate covers, both of which were designed by Mingering Mike (most of whom’s artwork was recently purchased by the Smithsonian). Featured artists on the album include Scott McCaughey, Bill Rieflin, Kurt Bloch, Chris Slusarenko, Krist Novoselic, Jeff Tweedy, Annalisa Tornfelt, Chloe Johnson and Kristin Tornfelt. The R.E.M. Facebook community page posted about several of the track titles recently:
For those who tuned into Scott on Portland’s KBOO’s ‘The Songcircle’ yesterday evening, got an extra treat:
Scott & Jeff Rosenberg debuted 2 songs from Peter Buck’s new album ‘Warzone Earth’, called ‘The End Is Still Unclear’ & ‘Long Time Dead’. This goes along with the other song that Peter debuted in Todos – ‘Playhouse’ (title may change)
Recorded the show, will upload in due course, can’t wait for the full release!
Warzone Earth is out vinyl-only 10/16. You can preorder Warzone Earth here.