Tag: R.E.M.

Hear R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe’s first-ever solo single ‘Your Capricious Soul’

Hear R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe’s first-ever solo single ‘Your Capricious Soul’

Michael Stipe today released his debut solo single, the synthy “Your Capricious Soul,” which comes a full eight years after the breakup of R.E.M. The song can be purchased for download from Stipe’s website, with proceeds benefiting the climate action group Extinction Rebellion. Hear it right here.

Michael Stipe to release debut solo single ‘Your Capricious Soul’ this weekend

Michael Stipe to release debut solo single ‘Your Capricious Soul’ this weekend

Eight years after the breakup of R.E.M., the band’s former frontman Michael Stipe is ready to release his debut solo single, a song called “Your Capricious Soul” that he’s been playing live and will be released digitally this weekend to benefit the climate action group Extinction Rebellion. Full details here.

R.E.M. releases 2004 rerecording of ‘Reveal’ outtake ‘Fascinating’ to aid Bahamas recovery

R.E.M. releases 2004 rerecording of ‘Reveal’ outtake ‘Fascinating’ to aid Bahamas recovery

R.E.M. today shared a previously unreleased song the band recorded 15 years ago at the famed Compass Point Studios in the Bahamas in an effort to help raise money for Mercy Corps’ Hurricane Dorian relief and recovery efforts in those storm-ravaged islands. The track can be streamed for free or purchased for $2.

Listen: R.E.M., ‘What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?’ — 2019 Scott Litt remix

Listen: R.E.M., ‘What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?’ — 2019 Scott Litt remix

R.E.M. is offering the first taste of Scott Litt’s new remix of Monster — part of the upcoming 6-disc box set marking the 25th anniversary of that album — via a worked-over version of the record’s first single, the Dan Rather-paraphrasing “What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?” Hear it right here.

R.E.M., Sonic Youth, The Damned, Oingo Boingo, Squeeze may have lost tapes in UMG fire

R.E.M., Sonic Youth, The Damned, Oingo Boingo, Squeeze may have lost tapes in UMG fire

The list of artists who are believed to have lost tapes in the 2008 fire that destroyed a Universal Music Group warehouse at Universal Studios in Los Angeles includes R.E.M., Sonic Youth, The Damned, The Police, Squeeze, The Dream Syndicate, Oingo Boingo, Suzanne Vega, Adam Ant, Joe Jackson and more.

Watch: R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe performs 3 new songs while opening for Patti Smith in NYC

Watch: R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe performs 3 new songs while opening for Patti Smith in NYC

Former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe performed a pair of new songs during a short opening set for Patti Smith at New York City’s Webster Hall, performing the electronics-backed “Your Capricious Soul” and “Drive to the Ocean” with help from Andy LeMaster of Now It’s Overhead. Watch them here.

Sara Romweber, powerhouse drummer for Let’s Active, has died at the age of 55

Sara Romweber, powerhouse drummer for Let’s Active, has died at the age of 55

Sara Romweber, the powerhouse drummer who held the beat in the first lineup of jangle-pop heroes Let’s Active and who went on to play in Snatches of Pink and, later, with her brother Dexter Romweber, has died of cancer, according to music journalist David Menconi. She was 55.

R.E.M.’s heavily bootlegged ‘Bingo Hand Job’ show gets vinyl Record Store Day release

R.E.M.’s heavily bootlegged ‘Bingo Hand Job’ show gets vinyl Record Store Day release

R.E.M. famously didn’t tour behind 1991’s breakthrough Out of Time, but the band did play a handful of largely professional shows that year, among the best-known of them being a pair of concerts in London under the nom-de-rock of Bingo Hand Job. See the full details and tracklist right here.

R.E.M. to reissue ‘Monster’ next October to celebrate album’s 25th anniversary

R.E.M. to reissue ‘Monster’ next October to celebrate album’s 25th anniversary

R.E.M. will continue its album-by-album reissue series with a 25th anniversary re-release of its ninth studio album Monster next October, the band’s manager, Bertis Downs, revealed today in a post on the group’s website reminiscing about the genesis of that record. And, he notes, 2020 will be the band’s 40th anniversary.

Listen: R.E.M. performs ‘Orange Crush’ on the BBC in 2003 — off upcoming box set

Listen: R.E.M. performs ‘Orange Crush’ on the BBC in 2003 — off upcoming box set

R.E.M. continues to dole out samples of the material that will be found on its upcoming 9-disc R.E.M. at the BBC box set, most recently in the form of a 2003 on-air performance of Green-era single “Orange Crush” on the BBC’s “Mark and Lard” program — which you can stream in full right here.

Listen: R.E.M. rip through ‘Radio Free Europe’ in 1984 recording from ‘At the BBC’ box set

Listen: R.E.M. rip through ‘Radio Free Europe’ in 1984 recording from ‘At the BBC’ box set

For longtime fans, one of the key lures of the upcoming 9-disc R.E.M. at the BBC box set is the inclusion of a 16-song live set recorded at Rock City in Nottingham, England, in 1984 during the Reckoning tour. The band is now previewing that disc with the high-octane live version of “Radio Free Europe” that you can stream here.

9-disc ‘R.E.M. at the BBC’ features ’84 live set, full ‘Monster’ tour show, Glastonbury ’99 and more

9-disc ‘R.E.M. at the BBC’ features ’84 live set, full ‘Monster’ tour show, Glastonbury ’99 and more

Last month we brought you early word of a giant 9-disc R.E.M. boxed set filled with BBC recordings, and while it’s still not officially announced — though it seems we’re close to that happening — we can now offer full details and a complete tracklist for the package. Full details right here.

‘R.E.M. at the BBC’ 9-disc CD/DVD box set — and 2LP vinyl edition — expected this fall

‘R.E.M. at the BBC’ 9-disc CD/DVD box set — and 2LP vinyl edition — expected this fall

Though not officially announced, it appears a major archival project is in the works from R.E.M.: a nine-disc CD/DVD boxed set of BBC recordings that currently is listed for pre-order via Amazon in the U.K., along with a 2LP “best of” set culled from that larger collection. We’ll pass on more details as they emerge.

Listen: Michael Stipe debuts new song ‘Future, If Future’ ahead of March For Our Lives

Listen: Michael Stipe debuts new song ‘Future, If Future’ ahead of March For Our Lives

Former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe this morning debuted a short, 40-second song called “Future, If Future” — featuring his vocals over minimal electronic accompaniment — ahead of this morning March For Our Lives gun-control events across the country. Hear the full song right here.