Just when you thought you'd heard the last of R.E.M., and I don't mean that in a bad way, I mean it in a "WOO look what we got" kind of way! A new track appears online dating back to 1984 when I was, well, unborn for another 5 years! The recording is of Stipe and co covering ABBA's 1979 hit "Does Your Mother Know?". Did any of ABBA's tracks not become a hit?! Spin the R.E.M. cover below and the ABBA version is also there for comparisons sake.
Way back in 1988 R.E.M. started rewarding members of their fan-club with a special holiday release. This may have been a Christmas song, a live recording or a completely new track. The now defunct band have offered up fans one final gift from the bottom of their hearts. Late last week the band sent out some recordings from their final ever performances as a little gift. The good folk at Slicing Up Eyeballs have been kind enough to upload the aforementioned streams. First up is a recording from a London show in August, 2008 of "Perfect Circle". Secondly you can enjoy "Life and How To Live It" which was actually the penultimate song at R.E.M.’s final ever concert, ever. That show was way back in '08. Time flies huh? Anyway, happy Holidays from R.E.M.
Now that R.E.M. have officially called it a day there's not a lot you can do in terms of playing late night slots performing tracks from Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage (1982-2011). However, last night Michael Stipe visited Jimmy Fallon to sit down for a chat about the band and it's history. After that he stuck around to play a game of Password with J-Fal. Martin Short and the living felt legends that are Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy. How can you resist hitting play on the videos? Up top is the interview and after the jump comes the Muppets infused fun. Thanks to The Audio Perv for the video love.
Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage: 1982-2011 is out now.
Every cloud has a silver lining, and the R.E.M. post break up silver lining may well be the release of their greatest hits compilation titled Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage: 1982–2011. It's set to drop on November 15th via Capitol Records and will built up of two discs spanning the bands huge career. Give the LP a spin prior to it's release next week and also check out the first ever Gif cover in the history of, well, ever, that's at the top too.
Yes, you read that title correctly. R.E.M. have created not one but two visuals to accompany their final ever single, "We All Go Back To Where We Belong". The song will also feature on the their career spanning greatest hits LP, Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage: 1982-2011. Michael Stipe and director Dominic DeJoseph joined forces to put together two simple yet moving black and white videos to accompany the song. One features Kirsten Dunst and can be viewed at the top whilst the other is viewable after the jump. The latter features poet and performance artist John Giorno. Give them a watch and pick up the greatest hits when it's released on November 5th via Warner Bros.
We've not been short of previews and video teasers from R.E.M. in the lead up to the release of their fifteenth studio album, Collapse Into Now, and today we get the full visuals for the track "Überlin". It features Aaron Johnson the guy who was in the Lennon biopic, Nowhere Boy and Kick Ass too. Here we see him dancing his backside off to the sounds of R.E.M. on location in London. He jumps, hops, skips, jumps some more pretty much that repeatedly in and around Brick Lane. It's fun to watch and makes you want to get up and join in! (Just me?). It was Directed by Sam Taylor-Wood and has been called a “work of beauty" by Michael Stipe. She coincidentally also directed the film Johnson starred in, Nowhere Boy, and the two are now together and happiley engaged!
There's also a second video you can watch a video to accompany "It Happened Today" over here which is a little more chilled out but none the less entertaining to watch on a Friday afternoon. On top of this we kno wthere is at least another two videos to accompany R.E.M.'s new album as NME reports Oscar host James Franco has overseen the making of visuals for “That Someone Is You” and “Blue”.
Offered up today after allofthepreviews we've previously had prior to this is the full album stream of R.E.M.'s latest studio offering, Collapse Into Now. Take an hour out of your day to hit play and let their latest album, their fifteenth to be precise!
The album is set to be released one week today or March the 8th to those of you without a calendar to hand. In the mean time before it's release and while you're listening to it in the common try before you buy method that is oh so very popular nowadays, you can pre-order it over here. Enjoy another Tuesday afternoon being sound-tracked by new music, guys!
The Decemberists can't sit still, apparently. After releasing The King Is Dead last month, the band has dropped this little nugget into the webosphere. Here we have the band covering "Cuyahoga", straight from R.E.M.'s 1986 album Lifes Rich Pagent from their Morning Becomes Eclectic set back on the 11th.