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“We All Go Back to Where We Belong” is the final single from R.E.M. who recently called it quits. It will appear on their more than necessary greatest hits collection, Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbarge: 1982-2011 (out November 15 via Warner Bros.).

The band has released two music videos for the single. One features the always lovely Kirsten Dunst, while the other features poet/performance artist John Giorno. Both videos are shot in black and white, and get as up close and personal as you can get.

Check out what’s likely to be the last music videos from R.E.M. below:
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[watch]: Coldplay Cover R.E.M.

By Will Oliver, September 25th 2011 — with 2 comments

Coldplay decided to honor R.E.M. (who broke up) at their show at Atlanta last night. They covered R.E.M.’s great ballad “Everybody Hurts” and told the crowd that R.E.M. are on of their favorites, and were saddened by the news. They don’t want fans to judge their cover, but to see it for the gesture since they truly respect the band.

Watch the cover below:

R.E.M. Breaks Up

By Will Oliver, September 21st 2011 — with 2 comments

Sad news indeed. The legendary R.E.M. have officially called it quits. You have every right to be sad, but they’ve had such a long successful career. Just be proud of what they’ve accomplished and remember them for the good.

The band posted the following message on their website:

To our Fans and Friends: As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band. We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening. – R.E.M.

After the jump check out personal messages from each of the guys.

But first, here’s the always classic “Losing My Religion”. Still remember hearing this for the first time because of my dad.

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[new] R.E.M. – Oh My Heart

By Will Oliver, January 9th 2011

“Oh My Heart” is the latest song from R.E.M. and I’m really impressed with it. Sounds like there is a lot of heart and compassion that went into it’s recording. It’s taken from there new album, Collapse Into Now, due out on March 8th via Warner Bros.

Stream it below. Seems like Collapse Into Now is coming together very nicely.

Check out “It Happened Today (Feat. Eddie Vedder)” & “Discoverer“, the other two songs we got so far.

[new] R.E.M. – It Happened Today (Feat. Eddie Vedder)

By Will Oliver, December 21st 2010 — with 1 comment

If you pre-order R.E.M.’s new album Collapse Into Now on iTunes you got an early download of the single, “It Happened Today”. The song features some backing vocals from Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder. It’s not a bad song by any means. It’s a big inspiring song with soaring vocals.

A stream of the song has surfaced, and you can hear it below.

Below you can also watch a trailer of the new album, featuring clips of some more songs from the new album:

[new] R.E.M. – Discoverer

By Will Oliver, December 20th 2010

On March 8th, R.E.M. will release their new album, Collapse Into Now. They gave away the album’s opening song “Discoverer” as a free download. It’s a pretty faithful R.E.M. song. Fans new and old will enjoy it. They still got it.

Grab it below:

[mp3]: R.E.M. – Discoverer

The Decemberists Reveal The King Is Dead Album Art

By Will Oliver, November 11th 2010

Posted above is the album artwork for The Decemberists new album The King Is Dead. It’s coming out on January 18th via Capitol Records.The band recorded the album with longtime producer Tucker Martine on a farm outside their hometown of Portland, Oregon.

If you haven’t already grab lead single “Down By The Water” for free here. It gives us a good taste of the country/americana direction that the band took for this new record. R.E.M.’s guitarist plays on three songs, while Gillian Welch adds vocals to 7 songs.

Excited to hear this new album

Tired Pony (Snow Patrol, R.E.M, Belle & Sebastian Supergroup)

By Will Oliver, June 25th 2010 — with 3 comments

Tired Pony is a new super-group consisting of Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody, R.E.M.’s Peter Buck, and Belle & Sebastian’s Richard Colburn. A pretty impressive lineup, full of three pretty different bands in their own right.

The band will release their debut album, The Place We Ran From, on July 12th in the U.K. The official U.S. release isn’t until September 28th, which is frustrating. The album will be all over the internet by then, so it doesn’t make sense.

Anyway, the album will feature guest spots from the likes of Zooey Deschenal, M. Ward, and Tom Smith, of The Editors fame. If you are quick you can grab the Zooey Deschenal featured song, “Point Me At Islands” as a free mp3 right here (heads up – doing so automatically signs you up for their mailing list). The band said the offer is only good for a day, and this is a late night post, so who knows when it will end. If you are unsuccessful in obtaining the goods, let me know and I may be able to “point you in the right direction”.

Pitchfork reports that Gary Lightbody calls the album “a twisted love letter to the States”. He says he started the group in part because of how much he loves Americana/Alt-Country acts such as: Wilco, Calexico, Lambchop, Palace, & Smog. From the sound of “Point Me At Islands”, the band has captured the essence of a good alt-country song. Having the always lovely Zooey Deschenal add vocals certainly helps.

Could Tired Pony’s debut be the ultimate soundtrack to summer 2010 road trips? Looks like it is an early front runner.

Thom Yorke’s Side Project: Atoms For Peace

By Will Oliver, February 25th 2010 — with 6 comments

Thom Yorke’s side project band that accompanied him during his live gig a few months ago is now Thom’s official side project band and have a name. They went with Atoms For Peace (a song on The Eraser)! Pretty damn cool. Thom posted the info on the good old deadairspace. The band consists of Flea of the RHCP, Joey Waronker of R.E.M.,  Nigel Godrich (Radiohead’s producer) and Mauro Refosco.

For you fellow New Yorkers, you have a chance to catch this rare event. Thom Yorke and Flea together? Is that worth the hefty 48 dollars they are asking on ticketmaster? That is without the annoying fee’s too! YIKESI’m debating on going to the first Roseland show, but I don’t know if I can afford that. I would really love to go see Thom Yorke do his live thing, but don’t know if it’s worth over 50 bucks. What do you think?

They play at Roseland April 5 & 6. The rest of the dates can be found here.

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