New Fischerspooner Song Produced by Michael is Out on iTunes


In a post on his Instagram page (@michaelstipe) tonight, MIchael announced that the new single by Fischerspooner, which he produced, is out and available on iTunes: “HAVE FUN TONIGHT the new song by Fischerspooner is out now on iTunes ! Produced and cowritten by me…” This is the first single off the new album Sir … Continued

Find Of The Week: R.E.M. At Stitchcraft, Inc. 1983


Hidden Gem Uncovered! Here’s a photo from September 30, 1983, taken by our old friend and early R.E.M. photographer Laura Levine which she says she never saw until earlier this week: “I found it on one of my contact sheets of R.E.M. rehearsing at Stitchcraft, Inc, a former sewing factory in Athens, where they played … Continued

Video Message from Michael: “Stand Firm and Proud”


“This latest stunt is a political smoke screen, and it saddens me that our friends and patriots in the transgender community are in the sightlines of this reckless decision. Continue to stand firm and proud. We stand beside you and we will not abandon you.” –Michael Stipe #transgender #lgbtq #transgendermiltaryban

Peter Introduces the Newest Eyelids Video


Hey everybody, here’s the new video from the Eyelids! As y’all might remember, I co produced their record. In spite of that, it’s a pretty great album. As you might also remember, I starred in their previous video. An Oscar quality thespian performance such as mine comes along once in a generation. That said, this … Continued

Flashback to Vienna, 1995


Flashback to Vienna, 1995–R.E.M. good friend Klaus Hoffmann recalls some favorite moments: Today is the 22nd anniversary of R.E.M.’s first ever show in Austria at Happel Stadium, Vienna. It was a hot summer’s day with the Cranberries and Belly opening for the band. I did not see much of those two, but have vivid recollections of my … Continued

Live At The Olympia—A Personal Take from IndieWire a Few Years Ago


This week we are celebrating the tenth anniversary of R.E.M.’s Dublin residency at the Olympia Theatre in July of 2007. As you know by now, the shows were recorded and released a couple of years later as “Live at the Olympia” which we like to call “the best R.E.M. record you’ve never heard” as it … Continued

Video Clip: This Is Not A Show Explained


Rather than rehearsing in Athens, GA, R.E.M. invited an audience to 5 nights of live rehearsals midway through recording “Accelerate”. Here, Michael explains the concept of the live rehearsals. These live rehearsals took place in 2007 at The Olympia Theatre in Dublin, Ireland. June marks the 10th anniversary. Revisit the 2-CD, 1-DVD “Live At The … Continued

32 Years Ago: The Longest Day


Thirty two years ago today, soundcheck for The Longest Day (thanks The R.E.M. Timeline): R.E.M. first met the band from Dublin who became their lifelong friends: it was soundcheck for The Longest Day, June 22nd was the show— at Milton Keynes Bowl in England. The rest, as they say, was history and tonight U2 is celebrating … Continued