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 […]
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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 […]
“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 […]
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 […]
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 ——————————————————————————————————————————-
(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 […]
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