Diffuser: 30 Years Ago–R.E.M. Embark on Work Tour

When R.E.M. began their 1987 Work Tour, “The One I Love” wasn’t even on the Billboard chart. By the time they finished their fall trek, the quartet were about to score their first Top 10 single. They were on the cover of Rolling Stone, which proclaimed R.E.M. “America’s Best Rock & Roll Band.” And their fifth studio LP, Document, was nearing … Continued

Filthy Friends On Last Call With Carson Daly, Sept. 11

Peter’s new band, Filthy Friends, including Corin Tucker, Scott McCaughey, Kurt Bloch, and Linda Pitmon, will guest on Last Call with Carson Daly on Monday, September 11th. The band has just released a new album, Invitation, which they’ve been touring in support of. Tune in or set your DVR! More info here: https://www.nbc.com/last-call-with-carson-daly   Photo by … Continued

Diffuser’s Document Series Continues with “King of Birds”

Diffuser’s excellent series on Document continues with a look at “King of Birds.” Read an excerpt below and click the link for the full article: Because of the running motif of fire on Document, singer Michael Stipe suggested that the phrase “File Under Fire” should be printed on the spine of R.E.M.’s fifth LP. He might have also suggested … Continued

Diffuser Document Series Looks At “The One I Love”

  Diffuser continues its deep dive into every track on R.E.M.’s fifth album, 1987’s Document, with a close look at the band’s first top ten single, “The One I Love.”   http://diffuser.fm/rem-the-one-i-love/    

Album Release Day for Filthy Friends!

Peter and Filthy Friends send these warm wishes to the world: “Happy album release day everybody!” Full details on the album here: http://smarturl.it/filthyfriendskrs  

Peter Checks In With News On New Filthy Friends LP & Tour

Hey, this is Peter. I just got home from seeing Matthew Sweet and Tommy Keene, and thought I’d catch y’all up on current affairs. This Friday the 25th, my new band Filthy Friends releases it’s first l.p. titled Invitation. The group is comprised of me, Corin Tucker from Sleater-Kinney, Scott McCaughey, Kurt Bloch, and Bill … Continued

Video: Michael Reads from On Tyranny

In this video clip from Artists Space, Michael reads from Timothy D. Snyder’s book On Tyranny: Twenty Lesson From the Twentieth Century:  

Filthy Friends Interview

Peter’s new band, Filthy Friends, with Corin Tucker of Sleater-Kinney fame, has an album coming out on August 25th.  The pair did an interview recently with the Willamette Week which you can read Here     

Glenn Campbell Tribute: “Wichita Lineman”

R.E.M.’s take on Jimmy Webb’s classic “existential country song” “Wichita Lineman” (1994) made famous by Glenn Campbell who recorded the song in 1968. This post is a tribute to Campbell who passed away Tuesday at the age of 81.