Hands up: Who had Peter Buck as the first R.E.M. member to go solo after last year’s breakup? It’s true! As Michael Stipe hangs with Muppets and Mike Mills perfects his golf swing, guitarist Buck has been in the lab, working on a debut solo album. As Seattle Weekly reports, longtime R.E.M. buddy Scott McCaughey recently appeared on a Seattle radio station and claimed that he’s been helping Buck work on a solo album. He doesn’t yet know what form that album will take. Buck may put the album out exclusively on vinyl, with no MP3 download, and he may also sing. And according to McCaughey, the album could be pretty “out.” This sounds promising!