r.e.m. Archive

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
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
30 Nov 2014

Desert Island Discs: Green, R.E.M.

Beginning to end, R.E.M.’s Green is arguably the band’s most accessible album.  That’s probably why it’s my favorite. It was their debut with mega-record label Warner Brothers after being with indie label I.R.S. for years, and it