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R.E.M.: The Best of the Rarities

R.E.M.: The Best of the Rarities

Spectrum Culture Staff June 26, 2014 0

The Record Store Day release of R.E.M.’s “Unplugged” sessions would likely have been enough to occupy their fanbase for a while. Yet just weeks later, the band issued two “complete” rarities collections (divided up

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Holy Hell! Monster Turns 20

Holy Hell! Monster Turns 20

Kevin Korber June 4, 2014 0

1994 was a weird year for R.E.M. They were coming off their commercial (and, some would argue, artistic) peak with the chart-toppers Out of Time and Automatic for the People, but the world of

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R.E.M.: Unplugged 1991 & 2001: The Complete Sessions

R.E.M.: Unplugged 1991 & 2001: The Complete Sessions

Kevin Korber May 26, 2014 0

Aside from maybe the Grateful Dead and Pearl Jam, I can’t think of a more heavily-bootlegged band than R.E.M. Head on to eBay right now, and you’ll find more than a handful of bootleg

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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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