R.E.M.’s early IRS catalog reaks of Athens’ GA lore. While not not always conveyed directly in the lyrics themselves, there is always a film that covers and envelopes the atmosphere of the songs. None better exemplified that “So. Central Rain.”
Brooklyn country-politan collective, HEM, have just released their third album entitled No Word From Tom. This album is a collection of live recordings, b-sides, demos, covers and rarities…including this fantastic take of So. Central Rain. Slowed down and twanged up. While not as engaging as the original, it is a fine tribute.