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
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.
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.
Long-time friend and collaborator with the band, Jim Herbert , is featured in the latest issue of Flagpole Magazine. You may remember Jimâs work with R.E.M. from the videos Driver 8, Low, Itâs The End Of The World As We Know It, Life And How To Live
As many of you know, the band has been very supportive of the New Orleans Musicians Relief Fund, an organization devoted to providing financial support to displaced NOLA musicians. You may have seen the moving video R.E.M. and Entertainment Weekly put together recently along with photos of
Stylusmagazine.com rates R.E.M.’s Bill Berry as the 20th greatest rock drummer in rock history in their poll of the 50 Greatest Rock Drummers of all time. Check out the entire poll by clicking here.
The band has joined together with Mercy Corps, the New Orleans Musicians’ Relief Fund, and Entertainment Weekly for a video exclusive currently streaming on EW.com. The video is part of an ongoing effort by concerned musicians and artists who hope to continue to raise awareness for those
Mojo has listed one of the band’s tracks from the recent working rehearsals in Dublin among its Mojo Playlist Top 10. These are the songs Mojo calls the “best songs on the box, at the movies, on album, and online right now…” Click this
This past weekend, Mike joined Dublin’s The Thrills onstage at the Village for a cover of R.E.M.’s “Be Mine” and Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark.” Mike said, “It was a huge treat for me to play with one of the best bands going, and in one of my favorite
The band has just wrapped up recording in Ireland and according to reports the sessions in Westmeath went very well as the guys continued to hone songs they rehearsed in Dublin at the Olympia. After three productive weeks with Jacknife Lee and crew at Grouse Lodge Studios, Peter, Mike, and
An original photograph of Patti Smith from Michael’s photography book, 2x Intro, is being auctioned online to benefit The Sabina Art Auction, taking place July 24- 30. The Sabina Art Auction is a benefit to honor the memory of and assist the family of a wonderful nine-year-old girl, Sabina Hartley-Burke.
AMERICAN PHOTO MAGAZINE has an article featuring 12 musicians and their photography, including Michael’s. Other artist include Patti Smith, Lou Reed and Perry Farrell. Read more about it here.
UK music/pop culture magazine Uncut celebrates its 10th anniversary this August with a feature interview with R.E.M., conducted days before the band began their working rehearsals in Dublin.
To read the interview please click here.
Also, if you haven’t seen all of the reviews from Dublin, please check