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It’s been almost three weeks since R.E.M. broke up, and Mike Mills still hasn’t released a solo album.

posted 10 October 2011 in Tasty Bits. 1 comment

More Adventures in Hi-Fi

R.E.M. have a new album out today, called Collapse into Now. I like late-period R.E.M. more than your average muskrat–but I still can’t get used to the notion that their albums now have lyrics sheets. If you want to revisit the bygone days of 2008, you can check out my article in the archives about […]

posted 8 March 2011 in Archives. no comments yet

1988 Countdown: Commercial Break #15

A shockingly young Colin Quinn, lean of gut and fulsome in hair, is singing U2’s “Pride (In the Name of Love).” On a clear day, from a sufficiently high vantage point, he might be able to spot the melody from where he’s standing. He interrupts himself: “Steve! Steve! You’re out of tune, buddy.” Yes, this […]

posted 21 October 2009 in 1988. 4 comments

Jack Pruitt Would Eat No Suet

I first met Michael Stipe in late 1989 or early 1990; he was tagging along with KRS-One, who was giving a talk (about world history, I believe) at Yale University. (They had not yet released their collaboration on Out of Time’s “Radio Song.”) I introduced myself to KRS-One’s publicist, Leyla Turkkan. She had a request: […]

posted 6 October 2008 in Archives, Articles. 3 comments

Accelerate This Way

Two short items by me went up in recent days on the Rolling Stone website: a review of R.E.M.’s show last week at the Hollywood Bowl and an item on Joe Perry writing the music for “Walk This Way” (part of the “100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time” package). I am pleased to report […]

posted 2 June 2008 in Articles, Outside, Reviews. no comments yet