30 May 2015

A Second Listen: R.E.M., ‘New Adventures in Hi-Fi’

In 1994, fresh off their mega-million selling Automatic for the People, R.E.M. decided to go hard. Very hard. Their follow-up, Monster, was brash and noisy, with tremolo guitar effects threatening to kill what little harmony Michael Stipe could generate from
20 Jun 2015

A Second Listen: ‘Up,’ R.E.M.

I remember hearing “Airportman,” the first track from the 1998 R.E.M. album Up, and thinking, That’s it, they’ve lost it. Drummer Bill Berry had just quit the band, and they had steadfastly refused to replace him, opting
19 Dec 2013

A Second Listen: Cheap Trick

The quest seemed simple enough: Name your favorite and least favorite Cheap Trick song. It was one of these Facebook memes in which a friend posts something, and if you “Like” the post, the friend will continue