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Hear An R.E.M.-Approved EDM Remix Of “The One I Love”

R.E.M. are not exactly the kind of band whose music lends itself to dance remixes. And if someone was going to put together an R.E.M. EDM remix, you’d think it would be one of the band’s sillier songs, like “Stand” or “Shiny Happy People.” But no: The Denver progressive house producer Joman has gone straight… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 14, 2015 - 9:33 am

R.E.M., Neutral Milk Hotel, Britt Daniel, Kathleen Hanna & More Endorse Net Neutrality In Open Letter To FCC

In two days, the Federal Communications Commission is scheduled to vote on a number of sweeping internet regulations, which will regulate internet service providers as public utilities. They’ll also set standards on connection speed and pricing, and they’ll generally prevent internet users from being at the mercy of internet service providers. The measures are expected… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 24, 2015 - 9:16 am

Watch R.E.M.’s Mike Mills Sing In A Conscious Rap Video About The Death Of Newspapers

Last year the comedy-and-music benefit compilation 2776 enlisted a host of celebrity guests to help raise money for OneKid OneWorld, an organization that works to promote education in Kenya and El Salvador. Today, the group debuted two new videos from the album, one of which is called “Stop The Presses,” and offers a tongue-in-cheek critique… More »

By: Caitlin White / February 4, 2015 - 1:35 pm

Watch First Aid Kit Cover R.E.M.’s “Walk Unafraid” With Peter Buck

On the soundtrack of the new movie Wild the rootsy Swedish sister act First Aid Kit cover “Walk Unafraid,” a song from R.E.M.’s 1998 album Up. The duo taped the song’s video in the woods near Portland, Oregon. That’s where the former R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck lives now, and the duo made the classy move… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 15, 2015 - 3:47 pm

Michael Stipe Played A Surprise Solo Set And Covered Perfume Genius Last Night

Michael Stipe hasn’t made a ton of music since R.E.M. broke up in 2011, and when he talked to CBS This Morning earlier this month, he was noncommittal about the future of his music career: “I will sing again. […] Not soon … maybe … I don’t know.” Maybe he was just being coy; he’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 30, 2014 - 8:55 am

First Aid Kit – “Walk Unafraid” Video

Last month we heard First Aid Kit’s cover of R.E.M.’s “Walk Unafraid” from the new Reese Witherspoon movie Wild. (Incidentally, we also heard the Swedish folk duo cover Simon & Garfunkel’s “America” last month following the summer release of their album Stay Gold.) The video for “Walk Unafraid” features clips from Wild intercut with footage… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / December 19, 2014 - 2:56 pm

Watch Stephen Colbert Sell Michael Stipe

Tonight, The Colbert Report will air its final episode, ending a nine-year run that’s made comedy history. Over the years, the former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe has been such a frequent guest that the show has made a running joke out of it. (Colbert, upset about R.E.M.’s 2011 breakup, put Stipe in his permanent collection,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 18, 2014 - 9:21 am

Michael Stipe: “I Think I Will Sing Again … Maybe”

Michael Stipe has kept busy since R.E.M. broke up three years ago, but he took some time to reflect on his former band’s three-decade-long career in a new interview on CBS This Morning. The interview is interspersed with a quick rundown of the band’s history, intercut with footage from the new REMTV boxset that wa… More »

By: James Rettig / December 13, 2014 - 10:57 am

Win R.E.M.’s 7IN — 83-88 Vinyl Box Set

R.E.M. are about to release 7IN – 83-88, a vinyl box set compiling their 7″ singles from their I.R.S. Records era. The set includes 11 singles including three discs previously available only in the U.K. Here’s the tracklist:… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 2, 2014 - 12:43 pm

Watch A Clip From The Documentary R.E.M. By MTV

MTV will be releasing REMTV, a six-disc retrospective chronicling R.E.M.’s legacy on the channel, later this month. One of the discs is the documentary R.E.M. By MTV, and today the band shared a five-minute clip from the film that discusses the succession of health problems that befell the band during their tour for 1994’s Monster. More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / November 21, 2014 - 11:25 am

First Aid Kit – “Walk Unafraid” (R.E.M. Cover)

First Aid Kit covered R.E.M.’s Up track “Walk Unafraid” for the soundtrack to Reese Witherspoon’s new backpacking movie Wild. Whereas the original broods and jangles in equal measure, First Aid Kit’s version takes a dark-tinged chamber-folk turn. Maybe this is an outrageous thing to say, but I’m pretty sure this cover is a vast improvement… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 4, 2014 - 12:51 pm

R.E.M., Neutral Milk Hotel, of Montreal Donate Items To Crowdfund Athens Steeple Restoration

R.E.M., Neutral Milk Hotel, and of Montreal are donating to the restoration of the St. Mary’s Church steeple in Athens, Georgia. The steeple was once attached to the church in which R.E.M. played their first show in 1980. The church is no longer a performance space and has been mostly torn down, but the “R.E.M. More »

By: Maggie Stamets / November 3, 2014 - 2:24 pm

Michael Stipe Looks Back On 20 Years Of Public Queerness

Michael Stipe has published a piece for The Guardian in which he reflects on how his life has changed since publicly coming out at the height of R.E.M.’s career. “In 1994, most people had a largely binary perception of sexuality — the message was complicated for them. I am thrilled to see how much thi… More »

By: James Rettig / October 26, 2014 - 4:54 pm

Watch R.E.M.’s Mike Mills Perform His “Concerto For Violin & Rock Band”

Recently, R.E.M.’s Mike Mills traveled to 1093 Boulevard Studios in Athens, GA to perform a new composition called “Concerto For Violin & Rock Band.” He played alongside his childhood friend and professional violinist Robert McDuffie and a few notable local musicians that included ex-Drive By Truckers guitarist John Neff, drummer Patrick Ferguson, and guitarist Wade… More »

By: James Rettig / October 26, 2014 - 12:30 pm

Watch The Trailer For R.E.M. By MTV

MTV isn’t really in the business of saluting important musical figures, but the network has put together a new documentary honoring R.E.M., going back through their own vaults of footage to tell the band’s story. From the looks of things, the doc will include very early footage of the band, from when they still looked… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 21, 2014 - 10:51 am

Michael Stipe Launches Evolving Exhibition At NYU’s 80WSE Gallery

Michael Stipe recently launched a new exhibition called NEW SIGHTS, NEW NOISE at New York University’s 80 WSE Gallery. The project will allow Stipe “to be in residence as both an artist and teacher, repurposing the gallery’s 3500 square foot space as a studio, classroom, and laboratory that will exist in a constant state of… More »

By: James Rettig / October 8, 2014 - 9:26 pm

R.E.M. Announce 6-DVD REMTV Culled From MTV Networks Archives

This has been a great year for R.E.M. super-fans, as the band has begun to clear out its vault of material. We’ve already gotten the vinyl set cataloging both of their MTV Unplugged performances, as well as a massive rarities release, and now the band is taking a look at its stockpile of video. REMTVMore »

By: Miles Bowe / September 26, 2014 - 1:43 pm

Monster Turns 20

There aren’t a lot of bands that have a trajectory remotely like R.E.M.’s. After years of crafting perhaps the purest embodiment of ’80s college rock and developing a fervent cult following, they found breakthrough commercial success as that decade waned, with singles like “The One I Love,” “Stand,” and “Orange Crush,” and then serious mainstream… More »

By: Ryan Leas / September 26, 2014 - 10:32 am

R.E.M.’s 10 Best Cover Songs

From the looks of the R.E.M. setlist site, early R.E.M. gigs were glorified bar-band hootenannies. Before they’d written Murmur and Chronic Town, the band cut their teeth seemingly as philistines, playing sloppy, drunken versions of everything from Creedence to the Sex Pistols. Time passed, R.E.M. became more sophisticated, and their covers eventually became more… More »

By: John Everhart / September 18, 2014 - 1:06 pm

Check Out The New Simpsons Figurines Of R.E.M., Elvis Costello, & Weird Al

For the 25th anniversary of The Simpsons, the merchandising machine behind the show has been going all out with an FXX marathon, Hollywood Bowl concerts, cosmetics, and the release of collectible figures of various guest stars. Today The National Entertainment Collectibles Association and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products announced the fourth wave of these “25… More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 9, 2014 - 7:02 pm
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