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:

Vinyl Reissue of In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988-2003 June 14th

We’re pleased to announce the vinyl reissue of In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988-2003. Available for the first time on vinyl in over 15 years, the album includes 18 hits spanning 1988’s Green to 2001’s Reveal, plus two songs released for the first time as part of this compilation. The double-LP set—which makes its … Continued

Stump Monkey Lives

We caught up with Brant Slay of the legendary Chickasaw Mudd Puppies recently and he was kind enough to write up his reflections on the Bingo Hand Job show and t-shirt for us to share:

“The Chickasaw Mudd Puppies Aka: Stump Monkey…

I can’t believe I found that ole stinky t-shirt.

Filthy Friends In-Store Event, May 8th, in Portland

Our friends, your friends, Filthy Friends (including our very own Peter Buck) have a record release event at Music Millenium in Portland, OR, on May 8th, 7pm. Their new LP, Emerald Valley, is due out on May 3rd, followed by a U.S. Tour. Pre-order the new record:

Michael Sings in NYC

Here’s a great shot of Michael performing at Earthfest 2019 in NYC this past weekend at the@pathway2paris in Concert —with performances by @thisispattismith@michiganmanhattan@foonbeck@harlemgospelchoir Learn more about initiatives here: by @ethank 🎁#michaelstipe#pattismith

Bingo Hand Job Revealed

Craig Rosen looks at the legendary two-night stand at London’s The Borderline back in 1991 when R.E.M. assumed the alias of Bingo Hand Job. Interviews with Peter, Mike and Bertis: From A mere two days following the release of their soon-to-be Billboard 200-topping album Out of Time, R.E.M. played a pair of secret acoustic … Continued