Here's professional R.E.M. fan Adam Scott hiding in the video for 1992's "Drive"

When he’s not too distracted by all that “star of stage and screen” bullshit, A.V. Club favorite Adam Scott periodically embraces his true calling in life: serving as a comedy/music podcaster, originally on Earwolf’s U Talkin’ U2 To Me, and now on its sequel series, R U Talkin’ R.E.M. RE: ME? In both shows, Scott…

Live’s not dead: 21 great live albums from the 21st century

In May 1968, Johnny Cash released Live At Folsom Prison, a recording of a raucous, emotionally charged performance before a group of grateful inmates that went on to top the country charts, completely reinvigorating Cash’s career. Folsom wasn’t the first successful live album, obviously, but it quickly became a…

What are you listening to this week? 

I’ve yet to see Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest, Phantom Thread, but over our holiday break, I found myself obsessed with a short musical excerpt from the film’s score that Nonesuch Records published ahead of tomorrow’s full digital release. As with every Anderson film since There Will Be Blood, the soundtrack was…

Michael Stipe to debut his first solo composition at this year’s MoogFest

R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe will premiere his “first solo composition ever” at MoogFest this May, according to Pitchfork. The “exclusive audiovisual installation,” which will run throughout the annual festival, explores “desire and movement” and features video that Stipe filmed in New York along with his new…

From the creator of 30 Days, 30 Songs comes 1,000 tracks to keep you sane in Trumpworld

Dave Eggers’ 30 Days, 30 Songs project attempted to create art out of misery, debuting an original anti-Trump protest song every day for the last month of the 2016 election. (Highlights included entries from Death Cab For Cutie, Aimee Mann, Moby, and more.) And while Eggers and his collaborators don’t necessarily have…

Check out exclusive R.E.M. playlists from Dave Eggers, Patterson Hood, and more

As you may have heard around the internet, R.E.M. just released the 25th anniversary edition of Out Of Time, which made many of us feel very old. But also very good, because it’s a watershed album for the influential band, launching as it did “Losing My Religion.” (Also “Shiny Happy People” and, way more importantly,…

Michael Stipe was supposed to play the killer in Se7en

Erstwhile R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe’s recent chat with Alec Baldwin on the latter’s Here’s The Thing podcast has yielded an intriguing cinematic what-if: Stipe very nearly played the role of pious serial killer John Doe in David Fincher’s 1995 thriller Se7en. That’s right, the guy who sang “Shiny Happy People” in…

Revisit a favorite band, get organized, and play a new mobile game

I have a soft spot for R.E.M.’s first sorta-greatest-hits collection, Eponymous, which collects (again, mostly) the hits from the band’s I.R.S. Records years. It was released not too long after Document, the record that introduced 13-year-old me to a band I’d love for a long time. It’s still, overall, my favorite…

Week 14: It’s hard to say goodbye to Radiohead and R.E.M. (so I won’t)

Q And Not U: This D.C. band came in at the perfect time to grab the torch from Fugazi—Dischord even released their records. There’s a fantastic urgency to the first album, No Kill No Beep Beep, that gives way to a more groove-oriented, airy vibe on Different Damage. I had forgotten there was a third album, which I’m…

What’s your favorite pop culture from 1996?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

From Bowie reissues to Blink-182, here’s what’s coming to record stores and streaming services in July

Having officially passed 2016’s midway point—look for a catch-up guide on the year’s best releases soon—the new music train just keeps on rolling. On first glance, July seems slight, but it’s stuffed in ways other months haven’t been. Featuring reissues from icons such as David Bowie and R.E.M. and new albums from…

MTV’s The Year In Rock: 1991 looks back at what it deemed “a pretty bad year”

With the benefit of hindsight, 1991 was a watershed year for rock music. That was the year of Pearl Jam’s Ten and Nirvana’s Nevermind. A documentary released in 1992 even referred to it as The Year Punk Broke. The alternative revolution was just entering its golden age, as evidenced by the popularity of the inaugural…

Now R.E.M. is pissed at Donald Trump for using “It’s The End Of The World”

As dreadful and depressing as it is to admit, it’s officially election season in the United States. That means, in addition to incessant attack ads and the inflated ego that Iowa gets every few years, we’re now going to be seeing a lot of stories about (let’s be honest) predominantly conservative politicians getting…

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