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SUNDANCE CHANNEL TO RE-AIR ICONOCLASTS EPISODE WITH MICHAEL


The Sundance Channel will re-broadcast Michael’s episode of their special series, Iconoclasts, tonight at 7PM ET.

Michael is one of the two artists profiled in this unconventional documentary series, which will mix its look at Michael’s career with a profile of NYC chef Mario Batali.

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH BLUE LEACH, DIRECTOR OF R.E.M. LIVE


R.E.M. HQ’s David Bell recently caught up with

Blue Leach, the video director for R.E.M.’s 2005 world tour and the director for the band’s forthcoming DVD release, R.E.M. Live (out October 16th in dual CD/DVD package).

In the interview, Blue talks about his experience working with the

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WATCH MIKE ON ABC’S I-CAUGHT TONIGHT


Mike will be on ABC’s i-Caught this evening at 9PM ET to discuss R.E.M.’s ongoing internet presence with remhq.com in addition to some of the cutting edge tools the band utilized to engage and interact with the fan community during R.E.M.’s recent working rehearsals in Dublin, Ireland.

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FRIDAY NEWS ROUNDUP


R.E.M. will be heading back into the studio in just under two weeks to begin putting the finishing touches on their next album. In the meantime, we have announced the release date for R.E.M. Live, the band’s first live effort in their 27-year history. R.E.M. Live will be

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WATCH R.E.M LIVE CLIP FOR LEAVING NEW YORK HERE


Over the course of the next few weeks we’ll be posting exclusive video clips from “R.E.M. Live” which is set to be released on October 16th.

Here’s the video for “Leaving New York”:

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READ EXCERPTS FROM MICHAEL’S Q MAGAZINE INTERVIEW


While the band was in Dublin this summer, Q Magazine interviewed Michael for their special Songwriters’ issue (now available). Michael and Rufus Wainwright talk with William Shaw of Q about their approaches to songwriting and other topics.

Photos were taken by Soeren Solkaer Starbird.

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MICHAEL SINGS ON 1 GIANT LEAP RE-LAUNCH


1 Giant Leap creators Jamie Catto and Duncan Bridgeman are set to re-launch the follow up to 2002’s Grammy-nominated “The Unity in Diversity” sometime in the coming year, and Michael, once again, will lend his vocal talents to the pair’s project. This time around, Michael has recorded “I Have

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THE MINUS FIVE HEAD TO SOUTHERN CAL


The Minus Five’s starting lineup of Scott McCaughey, Peter Buck, Jon Ramberg, and Bill Rieflin will take a road trip to Southern California this weekend where they are scheduled to play shows on Friday and Saturday. Here are the details:

Friday Aug. 31 — Lake Arrowhead Village, Lake Arrowhead CA.

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R.E.M. DONATES LIVE TRACK TO NOMRF RELIEF EFFORT


R.E.M. has joined together with New Orleans Musicians’ Relief Fund in an effort to raise funds and awareness for displaced NOLA artists by donating proceeds to NOMRF from an exclusive download. The track R.E.M. donated is “So. Central Rain” from the Olympia Theatre Working Rehearsals this past July.

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CHRONIC TOWN TURNS 25!


Today is the 25th anniversary of the release of Chronic Town, R.E.M.’s seminal five-song EP, recorded at Drive-In Studio in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in October 1981. Chronic Town was produced by R.E.M. and MItch Easter (Let’s Active) who had previously worked with the band on the famous

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R.E.M. LIVE CD/DVD RELEASE OUT OCTOBER 16TH!


October 16th will see the release of R.E.M.’s first ever live CD/DVD in the course of a career that has spanned 27 remarkable years. The dual package, titled R.E.M. LIVE features 22 songs from the group’s memorable performance at the Point Theatre in Dublin on February 27th, 2005.

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JACKNIFE LEE IN THE TIMES


R.E.M.’s producer Jacknife Lee has released a self-titled solo record (in stores Monday). The Times London has interviewed Jacknife and you can read it all here.