Tag: R.E.M.

New podcast digs into KCRW host Deirdre O’Donoghue’s ‘lost’ SNAP! archives

New podcast digs into KCRW host Deirdre O’Donoghue’s ‘lost’ SNAP! archives

A new 10-part podcast series from California public radio mainstay KCRW celebrates ’80s college-rock era host Deirdre O’Donoghue and her archive of in-studio performances.

The dB’s early singles, demos compiled on ‘I Thought You Wanted to Know: 1978–1981’

The dB’s early singles, demos compiled on ‘I Thought You Wanted to Know: 1978–1981’

The new label Propeller Sound Recordings next month will release a 23-song compilation of rare and obscure early material from jangle-pop progenitors The dB’s.

R.E.M.’s ‘New Adventures in Hi-Fi’ to receive 25th anniversary deluxe reissue

R.E.M.’s ‘New Adventures in Hi-Fi’ to receive 25th anniversary deluxe reissue

R.E.M. will continue its deluxe album reissue series this fall with an expanded 25th anniversary edition of New Adventures in Hi-Fi, the record the band made while touring 1995’s Monster and the final LP recorded before co-founder Bill Berry left the band. Full details and tracklists right here.

R.E.M. reissuing original ‘Radio Free Europe’ Hib-Tone single for first time in 40 years

R.E.M. reissuing original ‘Radio Free Europe’ Hib-Tone single for first time in 40 years

R.E.M. will reissue its debut single “Radio Free Europe” for the first time in 40 years this summer, pressing up new 7-inch vinyl copies of the original Hib-Tone version of the song released in 1981 — and different than the re-recorded version that appeared on 1983’s Murmur. Full details right here.

Love Tractor reissuing debut LP, releasing 7-inch — hear unreleased ‘17 Days & A Night’

Love Tractor reissuing debut LP, releasing 7-inch — hear unreleased ‘17 Days & A Night’

The 1982 debut album by Love Tractor, part of the fertile Athens, Ga., college-rock scene that also birthed R.E.M., The B-52’s and Pylon, has been remixed and remastered by Bill Berry and Sugar’s David Barbe, and will be reissued with an unreleased bonus track this fall. Full details right here, and listen to the bonus track.

Listen: R.E.M.’s Bill Berry gives very rare interview to ‘In Weird Cities’ podcast

Listen: R.E.M.’s Bill Berry gives very rare interview to ‘In Weird Cities’ podcast

hough he’s been known to hop on stage with his former bandmates in recent years, former R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry has been largely content to let those occasional musical excursions speak for themselves. This past spring, though, Berry did something far more unusual: he sat for an interview with the new podcast “In Weird Cities.”

Watch: Strangeways Radio + Slicing Up Eyeballs’ Week in Review: March 21-27, 2020

Watch: Strangeways Radio + Slicing Up Eyeballs’ Week in Review: March 21-27, 2020

Check out the latest installment right here — this week’s episode features items on Depeche Mode, Paul Weller, Missing Persons, Bill Rieflin of Ministry and R.E.M., Cold Cave and more.
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Bill Rieflin, drummer for Ministry, Pigface, RevCo and R.E.M., dead at 59

Bill Rieflin, drummer for Ministry, Pigface, RevCo and R.E.M., dead at 59

Bill Rieflin, the thunderous drummer who made his name in Chicago’s late-’80s/early-’90s industrial scene pounding out beats for Ministry, Revolting Cocks, Pigface and more before manning the kit for R.E.M. over the last eight years of that band’s career, died on Tuesday of cancer, according to former bandmates. He was 59.

Watch: Strangeways Radio + Slicing Up Eyeballs’ Week in Review: March 14-20, 2020

Watch: Strangeways Radio + Slicing Up Eyeballs’ Week in Review: March 14-20, 2020

Check out the latest installment right here — this week’s episode features items on The Pretenders, R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe, The Psychedelic Furs, Morrissey and U2’s Bono, plus a countdown of the top 10 albums by Depeche Mode as voted by Strangeways Radio fans. Watch the whole thing right here.

New releases: Simple Minds, Luke Haines & Peter Buck, The Cure, TMBG, Rowland S. Howard

New releases: Simple Minds, Luke Haines & Peter Buck, The Cure, TMBG, Rowland S. Howard

This is a round-up of the week’s new albums, expanded reissues and/or box sets, appearing each Monday on Slicing Up Eyeballs. All releases due out this Friday unless noted. May also include some other titles released in recent weeks but not previously featured. Titles from Simple Minds, The Cure, Visage and more.

Listen: Michael Stipe celebrates 60th birthday with new single ‘Drive to the Ocean’

Listen: Michael Stipe celebrates 60th birthday with new single ‘Drive to the Ocean’

As promised, former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe today followed up the October release of his debut solo single “Your Capricious Soul” with a second single, “Drive to the Ocean,” released on his 60th birthday. Like its predecessor, this single also benefit a climate action group. Hear it right here.

Michael Stipe to release second solo single ‘Drive to the Ocean’ on his 60th birthday

Michael Stipe to release second solo single ‘Drive to the Ocean’ on his 60th birthday

Former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe will follow up the October release of his debut solo single “Your Capricious Soul” with a second single, “Drive to the Ocean,” to be released on his 60th birthday on Jan. 4. Like its predecessor, this single also benefit a climate action group. Details right here.

Listen: R.E.M., ‘Uptempo Mo Distortion’ (Demo) — off deluxe ‘Monster’ reissue

Listen: R.E.M., ‘Uptempo Mo Distortion’ (Demo) — off deluxe ‘Monster’ reissue

The, er, monstrous reissue of R.E.M.’s 1994 album Monster arrives on Friday, and the band has continued to tease some of the unheard material that’ll appear on the box set. Next up: the instrumental demo “Uptempo Mo Distortion,” which sounds enough like “old” R.E.M. to explain why it wasn’t further developed.

Listen: R.E.M., ‘Let Me In’ — 2019 Scott Litt remix (off deluxe ‘Monster’ reissue)

Listen: R.E.M., ‘Let Me In’ — 2019 Scott Litt remix (off deluxe ‘Monster’ reissue)

R.E.M. continues to tease fans with tastes of its newly remixed version of Monster, this time previewing the massive reissue of the 1994 album with original producer Scott Litt’s new take on “Let Me In,” the spare, wall-of-sound tribute to Kurt Cobain that anchored that record. Check it out right here.