Mitch Easter Talks to NME about Hib-Tone Sessions

“In some ways, that session feels like it was the earliest days of electricity.” – Mitch Easter Today marks the 40th anniversary of the release of the Hib-Tone Single for “Radio Free Europe/Sitting Still.” In this interview, producer Mitch Easter catches up with NME about working with the band during those early sessions. Check out … Continued

Michael Stipe’s “Radical Vulnerability”

“As an artist, Michael Stipe is, in his words, “uncategorizable”: He’s a photographer, a musician, a stage designer and a film producer, among other things. When discussing his art in all its forms, Stipe speaks with reverence of the women who have influenced it, from his mother and his multiple goddaughters to Patti Smith, Liza … Continued

Peter Features on New Eyelids “Dubble Live” LP

Portland’s Eyelids have got a new “dubble” live LP (featuring performances by Peter Buck & Scott McCaughey) available to pre-order starting today.   Eyelids maestro Chris Slusarenko reports it’s a “massive 23 track – 2LP set pressed on clear vinyl with black, yellow, red and blue SMOKEY SWIRLS along with an 11×22 poster with 36 … Continued

Video Interview: Michael Chats w/ Diego de Godoy

In this interview, Michael catches up with Diego de Godoy, self-avowed “biggest R.E.M. fan in the southern hemisphere,” to discuss his new book and a host of other timely topics. Watch the interview HERE.

Split Single LP Amplificado Out Today!

Congratulations to Split Single whose outstanding new album, Amplificado, is out and available today. The band is Jason Narducy, Jon Wurster, and Mike Mills. Purchase the new album, sample tracks, and watch the video for the first single, (Nothing You Can Do) To End This Love” here. File under: highly recommended.    

Michael to Guest on BBC’s Inside Culture, 6-25

Michael will be a guest on BBC Two program “Inside Culture” this Friday, June 25 at 7:30 PM (UK). He’ll discuss his new book of photography as well as what he’s up to on the musical front these days. Note: unfortunately, BBC’s iPlayer only works in the UK “due to rights issues,” but the BBC … Continued

Automatic For The People in Dolby Atmos

Automatic For The People is now available in Apple Music‘s Spatial Audio with Dolby ATMOS, an immersive listening experience where sound comes from around and above you. The album was first remixed in Dolby ATMOS by AFTP’s original producer, Scott Litt, and engineer, Clif Norrell, as part of the album’s 25th anniversary reissue in 2017, … Continued

“The Inside Story of R.E.M.’s Early Recording Sessions”

In an outstanding article at Music Radar, producer Mitch Easter shares his in-depth knowledge from heading up the band’s early recording sessions: “They were really committed to that ethos too. They felt like there was a moral quality to getting your shit together fast. I mean they weren’t slapdash about it; they were picky, but … Continued

“Losing My Religion” as a Source for “Reentering”

Patti Smith’s new blog at Substack features an essay about the difficulty she feels (which many of us may share) of re-engaging with the day-to-day now that we’re all beginning to slowly but surely re-emerge from the pandemic. Anxieties still remain, Smith says, that continue to hold us back and tamp down our motivation to … Continued

New Music! Disposable #5 from The Baseball Project

They’re at it again! It’s Disposable #5 from The Baseball Project! Peter and Scott recorded this demo 80 years after Lou Gehrig’s death. An advance look at the long-awaited 4th BBP album? One can hope so!

Michael: Sinead O’Connor’s New Memoir “A Must-Read”

Michael highly recommends Sinead’s new memoir REMEMBERINGS published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade and available today (June 1). “ Her voice on the page is as fearless, riveting and unforgettable as her voice in song. The cadence alone is hypnotic, her story essential. Rememberings is a must-read.” — Michael Stipe Go here to order your … Continued