Mike had a busy weekend in LA where he played with Steve Wynn and friends at McCabe’s Guitar Shop on Valentine’s after joining Steve for “Let Us Go On The Way” at the Wild Honey Benefit for The Autism Think Tank and Children’s Music Fund on Saturday… Check out the video here
The band’s extended love for the area around Lake Geneva began in 1995 when Bill Berry’s brain surgery occasioned a month-plus on the shores both in Switzerland (Lausanne) and in France (Evian les Bains). We got to know the late great impresario and founder of the Montreux Jazz Festival Claude Nobs, and he had us … Continued
Longtime R.E.M. friend Steve Wynn has a pair of shows coming up on the West Coast this week which fans will not want to miss. He’ll be playingMcCabe’s Guitar Shop in LA and also The Chapel in San Francisco accompanied by Linda Pitmon, Mike Mills & Robert Lloyd. “I think they’ll be a couple of … Continued
Dressy Bessy‘s new album KINGSIZED is out on February 5, 2016 through Yep Roc / Burger Records featuring guest performances from Peter Buck, Mike Mills, & Scott McCaughey. For more information about the new album & current tour check out their website: http://www.dressybessy.com/
R.E.M. By MTV, Alexander Young’s fascinating documentary chronicling 30 years of the band’s history, airs at 7:00pm EST on MTV Live (formerly Palladia) this Wednesday, February 3rd. R.E.M. By MTV tells the band’s story in their own words, through three decades of performances and interviews R.E.M. gave to MTV channels in the USA and around … Continued
Rolling Stone has published an online article on the evolution of Peter’s music festival in Todos Santos. Check it out here.
The 90s was the decade alternative went mainstream according to this article at Cheatsheet.com. and here are some of the highlights
“Losing My Religion” is the subject of a new documentary which recently aired in Sweden and Norway. The program is part of a series called “The History of the Hit Song” produced by the Scandinavian public broadcasters NRK and SVT. The producers were kind enough to send us a version where the narrative has been … Continued
The X-Files is back after a 14-year hiatus with a six-part mini-series and to get in the game we’re featuring a track from the soundtrack Songs In The Key Of X with R.E.M. and William S. Burroughs: Watch here…
From the New York Times: Shortly before David Bowie’s death, Carnegie Hall announced a concert honoring the singer on March 31. Now, the event, part of the City Winery founder Michael Dorf’s annual tribute series, will be reframed as a memorial concert, and a second show has been added at Radio City Music Hall, with Michael Stipe, Laurie Anderson and … Continued
“I was lucky enough to sit next to David Bowie at dinner at our friend Claude’s home in Switzerland in 1999. He was kind, funny, friendly and shared some fascinating and unusual thoughts on the upcoming millennium, and how he had become a devotee of things digital, doing all his writing and art on his … Continued
DAVID BOWIE Right now, it feels as if the solar system is off it’s axis, as if one of our main planetary anchors has lost it’s orbit. That said—I am certain that wherever Bowie is now—I want to be there someday. —Michael Stipe
Happy Birthday to Michael who was born on January 4, 1960.
Here’s a sheet in Michael’s handwriting with song titles and lyric snippets, etc from Monster… (with marginalia)
We’re less than a month away from the 2016 Todos Santos Music Festival in Baja, Mexico. The LA Times has an article on the festival including comments from Peter about the early days & the latest iteration. Check it out here.