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JACKNIFE LEE TALKS TO HQ


R.E.M HQ’s David Bell caught up with producer Jacknife Lee on the eve of the Dublin Olympia shows to discuss the Vancouver recording sessions, and many other things, including the Irish, Grouse Lodge, R.E.M.’s Working Rehearsal, the producer’s role, and Jacknife’s iPod:



1. How’s your summer been going up

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BBC SEVEN AGES OF ROCK AIRS SATURDAY


R.E.M is one of the seminal bands showcased on the BBC’s ongoing series, “The Seven Ages of Rock” this weekend. The latest episode (Program 6), titled “Left of the Dial: American Alternative Rock,” airs on BBC 2 Saturday June 23rd at 9:30pm. The show will include ‘Radio Free Europe’, ‘The

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MILLS BLOGS ON THE VANC BC EXPERIENCE


Hello R.E.M fans and friends,

Another great time in beautiful Van BC. That a city that nice should have two studios the quality of our new friend the Armoury and old friend the Warehouse is a fine thing indeed.

We had a lot of fun laying down the

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INSTANT KARMA OUT TODAY


Featuring an amazing group of songs performed by an amazing lineup including R.E.M, U2, Snow Patrol, Green Day, The Flaming Lips, and Regina Spektor, Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur CD is available in stores and online for purchase today. Sales from the two-disc CD, consisting of

BRIGHT EYES ON TOUR THIS SUMMER


As we continue to gear up for R.E.M in Dublin, Ireland this summer, we’ve been keeping our eyes open for signs of activity from some of our favorite bands, one of which is Conor Oberst’s Bright Eyes. Bright Eyes just wrapped up touring the United States with

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HQ SUMMER UPDATE


With a whole host of things going on in the R.E.M. world between the Vancouver and Dublin recording sessions, here’s your summer installment of the HQ Update (R.E.M.-related happenings and miscellany):

PETER BUCK HITS THE ROAD IN EUROPE

Peter is out on the road with Robyn Hitchcock and the Venus 3 for

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INSTANT KARMA COMPILATION ON MTV.COM TUESDAY


Beyond his well-documented contributions to the musical canon, in life and death, John Lennon remains a symbol of peace. It is apt then that a selection of some of his greatest songs are the basis for Instant Karma: The Campaign to Save Darfur, a compilation being released June 12 to

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GEORGIA MUSIC HALL OF FAME HONORS R.E.M. AT TRIBUTE CONCERT TONIGHT


If you happen to be in the Macon, Georgia, area tonight, the Georgia Music Hall of Fame is hosting a First Friday tribute concert and exhibition in honor of R.E.M. this evening beginning at 6pm. First Friday Around The Sun will feature a performance by Athens’ band Modern Skirts

CINÉ ATHENS OPENS!


Congratulations to the founders of CINÉ, the wonderful new art-house in Athens, which officially opens tonight and gives our little town a real big city movie appearance. Some great local coverage so far…

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…and another reason to celebrate life in Athens!

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POSTCARD FROM VANCOUVER


Happy to report the recording went great in Vancouver. Hard to believe 3 weeks went by that fast. Many songs shaping up nicely, although I will resist the temptation to try and describe them, especially since many will be able to hear them live in Dublin in

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WATCH PETER STUDIO VIDEO AT YOUTUBE


A short clip of Peter playing dulcimer in the studio in Vancouver has been posted on the R.E.M. channel at youtube.com. Check it out by clicking here.

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SCENES FROM VANCOUVER


3rd week in . . . lots of tunes and takes . . . pictures worth stories . . .5 weeks til Dublin

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MAY IN VANCOUVER: R.E.M. BEGINS RECORDING SESSIONS


R.E.M will begin their recording sessions with producer Jacknife Lee in Vancouver, BC, next week. The band and Lee will spend a few weeks in Canada and will then set up shop in Ireland, where they will continue to record as well as perform a five-night stand of