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R.E.M.: Green: 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

R.E.M.: Green: 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

David Harris July 11, 2013 0

There are two major demarcation points for R.E.M. fan – when the group left indie label I.R.S. Records following Document and the period following drummer Bill Berry’s departure in 1997. For many, the move

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List Inconsequential: Indie Songs for Kids

List Inconsequential: Indie Songs for Kids

Spectrum Culture Staff January 17, 2013 1

Side A Chromeo – “Nice N Clean” To be honest, I had a pretty awesome childhood. Thanks, Mom and Dad. Now approaching 30, I look back and ponder the two things that really would

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Concert Review: Robyn Hitchcock/The Young Fresh Fellows/Peter Buck

Concert Review: Robyn Hitchcock/The Young Fresh Fellows/Peter Buck

David Harris November 4, 2012 0

(Photo: Nigel D Nudds) How strange is it to see Peter Buck sing? For 30 years he stood to the side while Michael Stipe shimmied and shook, dutifully playing his jingle jangle Rickenbacker. For

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R.E.M.: Document (25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

R.E.M.: Document (25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

Stacey Pavlick September 27, 2012 0

“Crazy, crazy world/ Crazy, crazy times.” Document is an album that is hair-triggered with rhetoric and dignified with activist sweat; but for all of the commentary both explicit and metaphorical, these opening words to

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List Inconsequential: Runt of the Litter: Weak Albums By Strong Artists

List Inconsequential: Runt of the Litter: Weak Albums By Strong Artists

Spectrum Culture Staff May 3, 2012 0

Sky Blue Sky by Wilco (2007) Drugs help. When Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy went to rehab (no, no, no) in 2004, the band had just come off the masterful one-two punch of Yankee Hotel

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List Inconsequential: Beautiful Songs About Cities

List Inconsequential: Beautiful Songs About Cities

Spectrum Culture Staff January 12, 2012 0

“New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down” by LCD Soundsystem (2007) James Murphy, the brilliant sweatpants-clad schlub behind LCD Soundsystem, seemed an improbable frontman. But for 10 years, this producer and

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PLAYLIST: R.E.M.

PLAYLIST: R.E.M.

Spectrum Culture Staff November 21, 2011 1

To mark R.E.M.’s recent retirement, we selected the group as our next PLAYLIST band. The idea is simple enough: make a playlist centered around one artist or band with a deep catalog, but with

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Best Albums of 2011 (So Far): You Ain’t Livin’ Until You Hear These

Best Albums of 2011 (So Far): You Ain’t Livin’ Until You Hear These

Spectrum Culture Staff July 31, 2011 0

The year is more than half over with the big push of fall releases to come. But before we get mired down in year-end lists, have you heard all the vital 2011 releases? Some

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R.E.M.: Lifes Rich Pageant (25th Anniversary Edition)

R.E.M.: Lifes Rich Pageant (25th Anniversary Edition)

Dan Seeger July 19, 2011 0

R.E.M. Lifes Rich Pageant (25th Anniversary Edition) Rating: 4.7/5.0 Label: Capitol/I.R.S. By the time they released their fourth full-length album in 1986, R.E.M. was already a household name, albeit only in those households that

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Interview: Scott McCaughey of Minus 5, R.E.M. (and more!) Vol. 2

Interview: Scott McCaughey of Minus 5, R.E.M. (and more!) Vol. 2

David Harris May 4, 2011 0

As our conversation with Scott McCaughey continues, we turn to R.E.M., Collapse Into Now, vegetarianism and why R.E.M. is more environmentally-conscious than U2 or Sting. I’m pleased to present the second half of the

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