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R.E.M. – Gardening at Night, by Pat Thomas

34 years ago today, REM’s Chronic Town EP was released and it simply changed the whole landscape of indie-rock, college-radio, clubs, touring, fanzines – it inspired a whole host of imitators (god help us!) but also tons of bands that sounded absolutely nothing like them (such as SST bands). During the first half of . . . → Read More: R.E.M. – Gardening at Night, by Pat Thomas

REM – Crush With Eyeliner, By Jeff Stevens

Dude, you just know “Monster” — arguably R.E.M.’s best LP ever — was influenced by Peter Buck’s time spent living in Seattle, way back in the early-1994 day.

Why, I’ll even wager that Kurt Cobain — frisky secret Japanophile — told R.E.M. to visually represent themselves for the “Crush With Eyeliner” video with a . . . → Read More: REM – Crush With Eyeliner, By Jeff Stevens

Seattle’s Sunset Tavern Hosts The Young Fresh Fellows and Friends for A Weekend of Wacky Fun, By Holly Homan

Scott McCaughey, still a Young Fresh Fellow after all these years

Seattle’s intimate Sunset Tavern was the place to be Friday and Saturday nights (Sept. 22 & 23). Officially this was two nights of fun in honor of the release of the new Young Fresh Fellows album Tiempo De Lujo. What it really was . . . → Read More: Seattle’s Sunset Tavern Hosts The Young Fresh Fellows and Friends for A Weekend of Wacky Fun, By Holly Homan

Why Break Up When You Live in a World Where No One is Actively Dating? (Arcade Fire is the New REM) By Dennis Shin

Was saddened to hear that REM had announced they were breaking up. Sad that they wouldn’t be playing again? Uh, no. I cant remember the last time they were absolutely essential. Decent stuff, sure sure, but not the break down the doors/get in line @ Tower records variety. Sad that they felt the need . . . → Read More: Why Break Up When You Live in a World Where No One is Actively Dating? (Arcade Fire is the New REM) By Dennis Shin

Stand(ing down with R.E.M.) By Peter Dysart

Hearing about R.E.M.’s withdrawal from active duty was like being reminded that it’s no longer the 90s. It’s not like the band hasn’t been active, but who can tell me the name of their hits off “Collapse into Now”?

Back in ’83, I recall the first review I wrote on them. From a musical . . . → Read More: Stand(ing down with R.E.M.) By Peter Dysart

My Life and REM, By Holly Homan

Yesterday, September 21, 2011, legendary rock band REM announced they were calling it quits. As a result, I was asked to write a reflection about REM. Being a fan, I was more than willing to do so.

The first song I heard by REM was “Radio Free Europe” back in the spring of 1983. . . . → Read More: My Life and REM, By Holly Homan

REM Breaks Up After 31 Years as a Band – Reactions Pour in From Around the World

http://youtu.be/qAkubiZhly4

“To our Fans and Friends: As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band. We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our . . . → Read More: REM Breaks Up After 31 Years as a Band – Reactions Pour in From Around the World

The Decemberists vs R.E.M. (Down By the Water, The One I Love)

Thanks to Karl Clifton-Soderstrom for this. Funny how this recent Decemberists song sounds like an old classic from REM:

REM – Uberlin

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Click here for Paste Magazine’s Review of Collapse Into Now by Stephen M. Deusner

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REM – Furry, Happy Monsters

The best of the Sesame Street vids:

Garage Rock vs. Quirky Indie Pop: Weren’t Young Fresh Fellows more important in the grand scheme of things than Nirvana? And wasn’t Popllama more significant than SubPop?, Critic’s Roundtable, Part 1

“Weren’t Young Fresh Fellows more important in the grand scheme of things than Nirvana? And wasn’t Popllama more significant than SubPop?

– East Portland Blog

Critic’s Roundtable, Part 1

(This conversation has four parts.)

Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 – Part 4

Through the 1980s a couple of . . . → Read More: Garage Rock vs. Quirky Indie Pop: Weren’t Young Fresh Fellows more important in the grand scheme of things than Nirvana? And wasn’t Popllama more significant than SubPop?, Critic’s Roundtable, Part 1

R.E.M. – Collapse into Now, the Trailer

As with every album since Monster, it’s as bland as an accountant’s tie collection, but it still has Michael Stipe’s voice on it, and that’s a good thing. Isn’t it?