Colin Meloy of the Decemberists reported via Twitter recently that Peter played alongside the Portland-based band at one of their recent recording sessions: “First official day of #6 practice; made Peter Buck play my fake-REM riffs and he didn’t seem perturbed. Nor litigious.” Read more about the Decemberists and Peter’s involvement at Paste and Gear4music.

Also, Peter has written the foreword to a new book called Record Store Days by Gary Calamar and Phil Gallo. The book is published by Sterling and is available for $19.95. The authors will be signing copies of their book at Book Soup in Los Angeles on April 10th at 5PM.

Here’s a summary of Record Store Days:

Before the days of digital downloads, there was THE RECORD STORE: a place where music lovers could go to indulge their passion, where friendships and romances began, where bands formed, and where information was shared. The history of the record store—€whether a hot jazz emporium selling 78s or a psychedelic underground shop or a punk rock haven—€parallels the history of recorded music itself. Record Store Days (Sterling Publishing; Hardcover; $19.95) traces the growth of an industry that became inextricably entwined in the fabric of American life in the twentieth century.