Back around the release of the band’s 40-song retrospective Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage, 1982-2011, Mike was interviewed by Consequence of Sound and discussed a number of topics relevant to the collection: the new material, working with producers Mitch Easter and Joe Boyd during the band’s early career, why the band chose I.R.S. records, and what it was like training a three-legged dog to walk after drummer Bill Berry’s departure in 1997. Check out the audio interview at consequenceofsound.net
On a similar note, Weepingelvis.com has posted a great interview with Bertis Downs. Bertis talks about how he became involved with the band as well as his early relationships with the band members, his favorite R.E.M. songs, and what’s next for him and the guys. You can read it here.