Statement on Universal Music Fire

REMHQ is receiving inquiries from many people concerned about the New York Times article on the Universal Music fire 11 years ago. We are trying to get good information to find out what happened and the effect on the band’s music, if any. We will detail further as and when.

Michael’s Q&A with Courtney Love for Interview Magazine

Check out Michael’s question and answer for the @courtneylove feature “20 Questions for Courtney Love, The Queen of Grunge” in the Summer Issue of @interviewmag on stands today. More Q&A’s on their website.

Peter’s Tour Diary: On To Europe!

The mighty Filthy Friends touring ensemble, including John and Tammy from Dressy Bessy, bid a fond farewell to the United States. Next stop, Berlin on Monday! Note that I’m doing my toast with soy sauce. I love that stuff. ~Peter

R.E.M. Memorial Weekend Sale/Crush Sale Starts Early

Starting today, head over to the merchandise store for 15% off on all items in the shop (except media).  We’ve just added a bunch of originals to our t-shirt selection, and you’ll also find some cool accessories (totes, water bottles, puzzles, and even some onesies for the little R.E.M. fan). Domestic orders of $75 … Continued

Peter’s Tour Diary, Athens Installment

“Here is Kurt Bloch in his new stage persona, Spaceman! Also pictured, some other people in Filthy Friends w/ Tammy from @DressyBessyBand. Not pictured: Scott out searching for Kurt’s helmet. We’re currently heading to Atlanta & points north and east. See y’all out there!”~Peter

New Filthy Friends Video for “Break Me”

Hey Kids: Check out the new Filthy Friends video for their song “Break Me.” And, just in case you hadn’t heard, the band–Peter Buck, Corin Tucker, Linda Pitmon, Scott McCaughey & Kurt Block–is on tour in the USA so can catch ’em while you can! Watch the video:

Peter’s Tour Diary: East Coast Here We Come

“Filthy Friends have finished the West Coast leg of the tour, and I am back home in Athens preparing for the East Coast and Europe leg. The shows have been great. I’m so thankful to everybody for coming out. As you can see, I finished the all important tryout of the tour pillow. Also, Scott … Continued

Filthy Friends in Athens Friday, 5-17

Make sure to catch Peter’s band Filthy Friends (w/ Corin Tucker, Scott McCaughey, Linda Pitmon, Kurt Bloch) at the Fabulous 40 Watt in Athens, GA, on Friday, May 17th. Support is from Dressy Bessy. Ticket info here:


From Magnet: If you’d told me in 1992 that on a single day in 2019, I would buy a Bingo Hand Job record before breakfast, then see Michael Stipe debut three solo songs, followed by a gospel choir covering Patti Smith, and then Patti Smith herself performing a few songs accompanied by her daughter …

Peter Checks in on the Eve of Filthy Friends Tour

As y’all can see from the pictures and poster, Filthy Friends are preparing to hit the road! Practice is finished, snacks have been consumed, and the van rented. Our record, Emerald Valley, came out last week and we are prepared to rock! … or something. Music will be involved anyway. See everybody at the shows. ~ Peter

Nothing Is Cool: LoveWant Photo/Essay Feat. Michael & Helena Christensen

LoveWant magazine’s issue #16 features a beautiful photo/essay titled “Nothing Is Cool” with images of Michael and Helena Christensen on location in Athens, GA. Photos are by HQ friend Christy Bush (some of which we’ve shared here). You can view more photos from the shoot at Instagram pages for both Christy and Love Want

Salon Interviews Peter

Peter talks about the new Filthy Friends album, Emerald Valley as well as the recent Bingo Hand Job release, and his other plans for recording in the coming months… Read about at the link:

Video: Michael Performs Surprise Set at Webster Hall

Earlier this week, Michael treated fans to a surprise set at Webster Hall prior to Patti Smith’s headline show at the recently reopened venue in New York City. His set included new songs including one called “Your Capricious Soul” on which he was accompanied by Andy LeMaster of Now It’s Overhead. You can watch the … Continued

New Filthy Friends LP, Emerald Valley, Out May 3rd

Just a reminder that Filthy Friends new LP Emerald Valley is out tomorrow, May 3rd. In the meantime, check out this interview with Corin Tucker who talks about her musical partnership with Peter Buck and how the new record came together: