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iTUNES SAMPLER?


Details are on their way for a special offer. REMHQ will let you know how to tune in to the iTunes Store for a free sneak preview of the new record AROUND THE SUN. The sampler will contain 30 second snippets of selected songs. For more info about iTunes, visit

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POSTCARD UPON LEAVING NEW YORK


This will be a quick one: video shoot is going great, being directed by our good friend Peter Care, responsible for some great ones in past years (“Man on the Moon,” “What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?,” and “Drive”). Of course I won’t give the plot away, but I sense that

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ONSALE DATE ANNOUNCED FOR VOTE FOR CHANGE TOUR


Tickets for all shows on the upcoming Vote For Change Tour including R.E.M.’s dates with Bruce Springsteen will go on sale this Saturday, August 21st. If you haven’t already, be sure to visit moveonpac.orgwhere you can sign up to be eligible for presale tickets. MoveOnpac.org also

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STRINGFELLOW TOUR DATES


Ken Stringfellow ‘Soft Commands’ is out today on Yep Roc (www.yeproc.com),
which is of course also home of the Minus 5. Tour dates are as follows:

July 16 live on KEXP, 9am Pacific time
July 16 KS/Bridget St. John at Wild Buffalo, Bellingham WA
July 17 KS/Bridget St. John at

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DOG OF THE WEEK


Meet Cosmo who claims to be a 6 year old tabby cat. However, evidence suggests that Cosmo is actually a dog trapped in a catsuit (we suspect a Halloween party gone astray coupled with the no-opposable thumbs issue). Cosmo is a sporty boy who loves to play fetch and hunt

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MICHAEL PENS INTRO TO NEW BOOK


Michael has written the foreword to a new book by Steve Taylor of XFM Radio. The book, The A to X of Alternative Music, is described as the “essential reference companion for anyone who loves music made–and listened to–outside the mainstream.” Find out more about The A

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DOG OF THE WEEK


This week’s canine best in show is Sadie, 95 pounds of Chocolate Lab muscle (mostly); she is a true Aries – – extremely energetic @ the age of 11 years; enthusiastic and completely confident (no matter how BIG an approaching dog might be, she always thinks she’s bigger)  and her

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NEW MIAMI PHOTOS


Check out new photos of the band in the studio by visiting Michael’s Photo Diary section of the site (click the photo of Michael on the main news page to view them).

Also, we are excited to present to you, at left, our first ever Dog of the Week,

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The haiku year Expands


The haiku year, the award-winning book featuring poems by Michael Stipe, Grant Lee Phillips and five others, is now available in a new edition featuring an introduction by Steve Earle, an afterword by contributor Tom Gilroy, and 60 pages of new Haiku entitled “Exact Dates Unknown.” The book, first

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STUDIO PHOTOS


R.E.M continues to polish tracks in Miami for their next record. We’ve just gotten a fresh batch of photos from the studio. Enjoy!

Photos by David Belisle.

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CARVED IN STONE VOLUME 2


On Friday, June 4th, Carved in Stone–Volume Two will be released in an effort to raise funds for the Preserve the Rocks Fund, a donation driven reserved dedicated to the preservation and maintenance of the historic Red Rocks Amphitheatre just outside of Denver, Colorado. Included among the ten tracks

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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF MICHAEL STIPE


Watch Entertainment Weekly Daily News today at 1:40pm for a special behind the scenes segment on Michael. CNN “Soundcheck” will also air a feature on Michael sometime between 12:00 noon and 1pm this Sunday, May 30th. “Soundcheck” repeats every hour throughout the day. CNN International is expected to

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NEW R.E.M. BOOK OUT SOON


Johnny Black will be reading from his latest book, R.E.M. REVEAL, The Story of R.E.M., at Borders Bookshop, Charing Cross Road, London, at 6:30pm on Wednesday, May 26th (admission is free). Johnny will also conduct a question and answer session and sign copies of the book. R.E.M. REVEAL

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POSTCARD FROM COMPASS POINT


We are about finished with the work here and will be heading across the water to Miami for the final phase of recording and mixing. Compass Point has been a wonderful place to work, and the songs and sounds have really been flowing the past few weeks.