R.E.M. fans were devastated at the news that, after 31 years, the band decided to " call it a day".
Their final album will come out November 15, a 40 song retrospective that collects, for the first time ever, songs from R.E.M.'s entire back catalog, including the early years on IRS. A brand new song " We All Go Back to Where We Belong" will sent available October 18.Â Â Â Â
The album " R.E. M. Part Lies, Part Heart. Part Truth, Part Garbage" is available for pre-order on Amazon. com.
Here's the line-up!
Gardening At Night
Radio Free Europe
Talk About The Passion
So. Central Rain
(Don't Go Back To) Rockville
Life And How To Live It
Begin The Begin
Fall On Me
It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
The One I Love
Pop Song 89
Losing My Religion
Shiny Happy People
The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite
Man On The Moon
What's The Frequency, Kenneth?
New Test Leper
At My Most Beautiful
The Great Beyond
Imitation Of Life
Leaving New York
Living Well Is The Best Revenge
Oh My Heart
A Month of Saturdays
We All Go Back To Where We Belong
R.E.M. LAUNCH “IT HAPPENED TODAY” REMIX PROJECT DOWNLOAD RAW TRACKS AND CREATE YOUR OWN REMIXES OF “IT HAPPENED TODAY,” A SONG FROM BAND’S UPCOMING ALBUM, COLLAPSE INTO NOW
In keeping with R.E.M.’s ongoing commitment to giving their fans an interactive musical experience, the band have announced an exciting remix project in conjunction with “It Happened Today,” a track on R.E.M.’s upcoming new album Collapse Into Now, which is due from Warner Bros. Records on March 8th.
R.E.M., and Collapse Into Now’s producer, Grammy-Award winner Jacknife Lee, are offering you the opportunity to remix the entirety of “It Happened Today” from the ground up by distributing the raw source for the song as both a Garageband file for Apple Macintosh computers, or as raw stem audio files for other platforms. Lee, himself, has prepared both sets of files, which delivers the song in its "raw" state with no reverb, mixing, or effects.
Visit the band’s website, www.remhq.com, and download all 16 tracks Lee used to create the song, including vocals by Michael Stipe and Mike Mills, as well as those by special guests Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder and The Hidden Cameras’ Joel Gibb, plus Peter Buck’s guitar and mandolin, Mills’ signature bass, and brass ensemble tracks from Bonerama. After creating their own versions of the song, you are invited to submit your remixes on the band’s website to share with the members of R.E.M. and other fans around the world.
“It Happened Today” is currently available on iTunes as an “Instant Download” track for those who pre-order Collapse Into Now.
Ben Folds performs live at the Overture Center Thursday, January 27th in support of his new release Lonely Avenue. His 6th solo record is a collaboration with Nick Hornby author of High Fidelity. Hornby handed the lyrics over to Ben who then set the short stories to music recording all eleven songs in analog onto two inch tape.
But this wasn't the first time Folds had asked for Hornby's assistance. Over the years they had unknowingly developed a mutual admiration for each other's work. Then in 2002 as Ben Folds was working on William Shatner's Has Been record, he reached out to Hornby asking him to help write some songs for Shatner. With Lonely Avenue, Hornby again marked a definitive starting point for each song surprisingly yielding an even wider creative palate for Folds to develop the music to. There's moog synthesizer , string arrangements, horns and much more on the record.
Street Corner Symphony from NBC's The Sing Off will be the opening act on the 27th. Â Folds is a judge for the a capella talent search. Â He'll have a four piece behind him when he takes the stage next Thursday. Last year he once performed songs on video chat site Chatroulette while on stage in front of thousands. Â He likes to be unpredictable and has a tendency to improvise feeding off the audience during his performances which should make for a fantastic night out.
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Check out this really great video biography created for Gregg Allmanâs Rounder debut; Low Country Blues. This is Greggâs first solo album in 15 years.
This past June, Gregg underwent a successful Liver transplant. His recovery was quite rapid - and (in a sense) this has given him an opportunity to replenish his commitment to making incredible music.
You can pre-order the album here - there are a few specials available including the immediate digital download of three tracks from Gregg's new CD, t-shirts, a beautiful limited edition poster autographed by Gregg, and a vinyl copy of the album.
All of the songs selected by Gregg are Blues Classics: Sleepy John Estesâ âFloating Bridge.â, Little Miltonâs âBlind Manâ Skip Jamesâ âDevil Got My Woman".
The notable exception is the first single, âJust Another Riderâ that Gregg co-wrote with Warren Haynes. Itâs a archetypal Allman Bros influenced song that only Gregg could sing with such laconic acumen.
Unless you never turned on the radio in 2010, you couldn't have missed one EskimO's song Kandi. Have you ever wondered what " Kandi" has to do with the song?
It all started with Patsy Cline! Shortly before she died, she recorded a song called " He Called Me Baby".
In 2004, R& B singer Candi Staton covered the tune:
That's the female voice you hear in the One EskimO song.
And now you know.... the rest of the story.
So, if you ever wanted to encapsulate Wilco in a beverage, now is your chance because you can get a cup of fresh Wilco direct trade coffee.
According to their website, "This past Fall, some members of the band dropped by our neighbors Intelligentsia's Cupping Lab to select their favorite coffee. The unanimous selection is the Single Origin, Organic Ethiopia Sidama Homecho Waeno. This coffee comes from the Sidama region of Ethiopia and is grown by the Homecho Waeno co-op..."
What does it taste like?"The aromatics of coffee blossom and violet make way for an incredibly graceful and elegant cup. The body has a light and silky quality, like fresh whipped cream, that beautifully compliments the ever-present note of citron, juniper berry and vanilla. As it cools, the cup blossoms into notes of confectioner's sugar, rosehips, and soft raisin, resonating on a pristine finish with a touch of milk chocolate."
The coffee will start shipping on December 9th.Â It will cost $21 per pound and comes as whole bean only.
This week I received a CD that excited me for 2 reasons. One, itâs the first album in 9 years released by Huey Lewis and the News, one of rocks great party bands, and second, itâs a tribute to Memphis Soul!
Recorded at historic Ardent Studioâs in Memphis, â Soulsvilleâ has 14 songs from the vaults of Stax Records including âRespect Yourselfâ and âGot to get You Off My Mindâ.
I canât stop listening to it, and you can too when itâs released November 2.
You Are Not Alone by Mavis Staples
When I heard that soul and gospel legend Mavis Staples was teaming up with Jeff Tweedy, I wasn't sure what to expect. It seemed an odd pairing..the guy from Wilco producing an album by the same woman who belted out "I'll Take You There" with the Staple Singers.
What we ended up getting with âYou Are Not Aloneâ is a soulful album, filled with great song choices. Staples says the songs Tweedy chose showed that he really knew what she was all about, and you can tell sheâs really into what sheâs singing.
Check out this acoustic version of the title song, featuring Mavis and Tweedy.
Ezra Furman and the Harpoons + Free Download
A few weeks ago The Nod came in to play for us during the morning show.Â These guys are great, but today's post isn't about them.Â It's about a band they've turned me on to called Ezra Furman and the Harpoons.
Brett from The Nod says the lead singer really does a lot for his fans including writing personalized songs for fans that send him their interests/feelings.Â The group seems to have a good sense of humor too.
Here's the bio on the bass players: "Bassist Job Mukkada is a singer-songwriter in his own right, but staunchly avoids the limelight because of his citrus allergy."
Check out the video for their single: "Take Off Your Sunglasses".
Plus you can download "Take Off Your Sunglasses" for free!
String Quartets and such
I've been hooked on instrumental covers of music for a long time.Â And highest on the list of musicians in that field is the Vitamin String Quartet who have carved a successful career out of hard rock and all kinds of different music, ranging from Lady Gaga to Coldplay to Rise Against.
You can catch a lot of their music on Youtube and I believe it's available on iTunes as well.Â Check out this song below where they have covered "Snow (Hey Oh)" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Florence & the Machine Covers Bruce Springsteen
I am a HUGE fan of Florence & the Machine andÂ I also love Bruce Springsteen and Kid Harpoon.Â So there is really one way to describe a Springsteen cover by Florence and Kid Harpoon: Magic.
The pair did a cover of the song I'm Going Down. If you're worried these artists have ruined Bruce, don't be.Â They respect the original while still putting themselves into it.Â Both of these artists have amazing voices and the power of their harmonies mixed with the simple acoustic guitar is perfection.
Check out a fan made video below or click here for the .mp3!
Silversun Pickups "Lazy Eye"
It seems I am developing somewhat of a theme each week - I keep discovering bands that are already "old news" to some - but like television re-runs, if you haven't seen it, it's "new to you!" I've been hearing a lot of buzz about Silversun Pickups for the last year or two, and upon finally hearing the music myself I can see what the buzz is about.
Silversun Pickups is a four piece, Grammy Award-nominated indie alternative rock band from LA. It's got a minimalist sound, with repeated chords. It's dense and layered, making heavy use of guitars for rhythms. It's all very trance-like without being electronica. It has emotive highs and lows, but it's not angry. There's distortion, but it's not dissonant. The whole song sounds like it's rolling, if that makes sense.
The band released their debut EP, Pikul, in July 2005, and their debut full-length album, Carnavas, on July 26, 2006. Their second full length album, Swoon, was released on April 14, 2009.
Check out this acoustic performance of "Lazy Eye" at KNDD in Seattle
I just canât get my mind off Lukas Nelson and the Promise of Real, a band that I saw at Farm Aid 25 a couple of weeks ago in Milwaukee.
Lukas is Willie Nelsonâs son..but he seems more like the descendant of Jimi Hendrix or Stevie Ray Vaughan. Even if you have seen someone play with their teeth before, I think youâll be impressed! Heâs also got an old blues guy kind of voice which is strange coming out of someone so young.
He hasnât released an album yet, but you can find a bunch of live performances on youtube.
Radiohead "Creep" cover
I've always been pretty interested in movie soundtracks.Â The new movie, The Social Network (which is about the invention of Facebook) features music from Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) Atticus Ross.Â They did a great job with the music.
However, the song I'm hooked on is not used in the movie, but it was used in the trailer of the movie.Â It's a cover of Radiohead's Creep.Â It's performed by the Scala & Kolacny Brothers which is actually a Belgian girls choir.Â They've taken a lot of rock and roll songs and put their own spin on it.
Creep is already a creepy song, but it's brought to a new level with this version.Â (Careful, they do use the 'F' word a couple of times in the song).
Jonathan stole my thunder!
Ok, I saw "The Social Network" last week and I have to say it's one of the better movies I've seen in a while.Â One of the incredible parts of the movie is the soundtrack done by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (who has been known for his combination on Hughes Brothers films).
The cool part of the soundtrack is this minimalist driving Philip Glass-like electronic rhythm mixed with the soft playing of a piano. You also have the frenetic voracity of Nine Inch Nails and some of the songs are very intense.Â I mean, covering "In the Hall of Mountain King" by Edward Grieg?Â Director David Fincher is a modern day Kubrick.Â Genius.Â Here's one of the best tracks "Intriguing Possibilities."
The Generationals released their debut album, Con Law, back in July of 2009 on Park the Van Records.Â However the song that caught my attention is off their upcoming EP Trust.
I heard the title track this past weekend and ever since it has been on repeat in my head and on my i-pod.Â It's a great indie pop track with heavy drums and a simple guitar melody.Â Its a light and catchy jangly tune and one that will have your head nodding.
You can stream the full track along with others byÂ visiting Generational's Myspace!
Check out a video of Generationals performing These Habits and Trust
The Fruit Bats "When U Love Somebody"
My pick this week is what could be considered "an oldie but a goodie." The Fruit Bats' last release was in 2009 but I am just getting around to listening to the band now. The Fruit Bats have toured with the likes of Modest Mouse and The Shins but have never gained as much notoriety as many of their folk-rock counterparts.
The music is pretty easy listening, not too in-your-face and keeps the emotion positive. The songÂ that I am listening to on repeat these days is the light + refreshing love song of sorts entitled "When U Love Somebody" from their 2003 release Mouthfuls. The band managed to take 4 simple lines and turn it into an incredible song.
I came across this fan music video - it's really well done!
Oh, spring, you dirty little flirt. You gave us a taste of your sunshine and warmth yesterday, but now you are gone, faster than doughnuts in the breakroom of a radio station.
Are you as ready for spring as I am? Take my little test and see.
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You may have driven by that seemingly rundown brick building on East Washington Avenue hundreds of times, but you probably never got to go behind the scenes at the iconic recording studio that brought us so much great music in the 1990s.
What are you doing Sunday March 9th? Why not spend the afternoon supporting a great cause, and enjoying some fantastic music?
It's a benefit for the family of a young Madison girl, Anna Mischnick, who is battling brain cancer.
The event goes...