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,” “Whatâs the Frequency, Kenneth?,” and “Drive”). Of course I wonât give the plot away, but I sense that
On October 5, Epic Records will release Mary Had A Little Amp, a special collection of songs including “We Walk” by R.E.M., to benefit People For the American Wayâs Project Kid Smart and Start Smart America. Both projects are working to ensure preschool education for all American
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
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
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
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
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) Â and her
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,
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
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.
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
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
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
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.