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POSTCARD FROM HOME


POSTCARD FROM HOME

Things are heating up here in Athens with the impending release of The Best of the I.R.S. Years (1982-1987) And I Feel Fine on September 12th, exactly one week from today. We’re particularly pleased with how the “bonus” disc turned out with various band favorites, live tracks,

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MICHAEL AND BERTIS CHECK IN FROM LONDON


Bertis reports from London that Michael is in the middle of a steady couple of days of press around the IRS compilation talking with journalists from all over…mostly Europe but also Australia and the States; after what seemed like a quick year off, the band seems ready to gear up

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ATHENS BANDS TO PLAY “FINEST WORKSONGS”


(Mirrored from athensmusic.net)

On Tuesday, September 12, 2006, several Athens bands will provide their take
on R.E.M. songs as part of Finest Worksongs: Athens Bands Play the Music of
R.E.M.
at the legendary 40 Watt Club. Proceeds from the event will benefit
two organizations, Community Connection of Northeast Georgia and Family
Connection/Communities in Schools.

The musicians

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PETER AND THE MINUS FIVE/VENUS 3 IN THE NEWS


Peter and the Minus 5 will take their well-travelled brand of high-energy melodic rock to the House of Blues on August 27th as part of Rickenbacker Guitar’s “75th Anniversary of the Electric Guitar” benefit concert. The Minus 5 will share the bill with Jefferson Starship, The Smithereens, and a host

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GAINSBOURG CD WITH MICHAEL TRACK OUT AUG 1ST


On Tuesday, August 1, 2006, Verve Forecast records will release Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited, an original tribute to the songs of renowned French singer/songwriter/provocateur Serge Gainsbourg. The record features an impressive range of international artists from Franz Ferdinand to Portishead to R. E. M.’s Michael Stipe, interpreting new translations of Gainsbourg’s

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R.E.M. NEWS ROUNDUP


In addition to the big news surrounding the release of the I.R.S. Years CDs and DVD this September, the guys have been staying very busy with various side-projects and appearances. Here is a quick run-down of what’s happening on the R.E.M. front over the next few weeks:

MICHAEL AND NY

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I.R.S. YEARS CD AND DVD DUE OUT SEPTEMBER 12TH


On September 12th, EMI will release the first comprehensive CD and DVD anthologies of R.E.M.’s 1980s I.R.S. Records catalog. The CD will be called And I Feel Fine…The Best of the I.R.S. Years 1982-1987 and will be available in 2 formats: a 21-track single-disc collection of hits and

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PETER BUCK ON GRAM PARSONS’ DVD


Peter appears on a new documentary which recounts the life of Gram Parsons. Fallen Angel which was produced by Gandulf Hennig was released on DVD on July 11. The film covers Parsons’ life as a child heir to an orange juice fortune to his days as a musical icon

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Q GIVES NOD TO MURMUR…THE ONE I LOVE


August ’06 Q Magazine rates the 40 Best Albums of the ’80s with R.E.M.’s debut Murmur standing strong in the rankings at number 6. The record is celebrated as a “glorious return to guitar rock primacy after the floppy-haired, new romantic tyranny of the early 80s.” Murmur appealed

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ATHFEST GETS GOING


AthFest 10, the tenth annual celebration of Athens’ music, culture, and arts, is in full-swing this week and continues on through Sunday. It’s a great event where there truly is just about something for everybody: live music, lectures, film, kids’ events, an auction with a grand-prize trip to Italy,

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AN INSIDE-OUT LOOK AT ATHENS GA


With AthFest taking place over the course of the next five days (June 21st-25th), our humble burg readies itself for an interesting few days of music, arts, and other cultural happenings as temperatures soar into the upper 90s. One of several highly-anticipated events is a 20th anniversary screening of

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MICHAEL REPRESENTS MERCY CORPS AT CARTIER FUNDRAISER


Michael attended a fundraiser in New York City last night which was hosted by venerable French jeweler and watchmaker Cartier. The event, “Celebrate Love,” brought attention to Cartier’s partnership with some of America’s best-known artists who were selected for their “commitment” to a specific cause. Michael represented Mercy

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MIKE TO PARTICIPATE IN PITTSBURGH CONCERT


Mike will participate in a musical tribute concert as part of the festivities surrounding this year’s Major League Baseball All Star game in Pittsburgh. The concert will celebrate the life of baseball legend and humanitarian Roberto Clemente and will take place on Saturday night, July 8th, at the Chevrolet Amphitheatre