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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

All photos by Omar Kasrawi

On the Mount Rushmore of great American songwriters, some names are given, like Dylan, Waits, Springsteen, and the likes. You know the ones, the musicians that craft Americana into a sound wave of struggle, earth, and deconstructed ideals. No one can argue that the lens they shine on the history and lore of this nation bring out all its beauty and flaws, its rust and shine, its triumphs and tragedies, but it’s all done along the sonic highway of America’s past, present, and future. And one name that deserves to be right there alongside them, is Grant-Lee Phillips, whose music evokes a fever dream melding of Rockwell and Wyth set to steely strings. And he brought his latest and timely tunes to a filled out Rough Trade on March 13 (in support of Kristen Hersh’s solo tour).
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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.

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