Michael Stipe Experiences Freedom After Disbanding R.E.M.

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R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe spoke with RollingStone.com in a Q&A, where he talked about the veteran group disbanding, how it was first discussed in 2008, how his friendships with bandmates Peter Buck and Mike Mills has changed, and how it was important for R.E.M. to be finite.

“I had been under contract since I was 22. I’d been in a band since I was 19. I was experiencing something profound for the first time: freedom,” Stipe said about his feelings the day they announced the news. “Suddenly, I was a free agent. Mike and I met up two nights later, and he said to me, ‘This feels liberating.’ [Sighs] I was like, ‘He feels the same way.'”

‘R.E.M., Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage, 1982 – 2011’ Out November 15th

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After R.E.M. announced they had decided to “call it a day as a band” via a statement on their website last week, Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Michael Stipe have announced that they will release their final album, ‘R.E.M., Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage, 1982 – 2011’, on Warner Bros. Records on November 15th, 2011. The album is a 40-song career-spanning retrospective that collects, for the first time ever, songs from R.E.M.’s entire back catalog, including the Athens, Georgia band’s years on both the IRS label (1982 to 1987) and Warner Bros. Records (1988 to 2011).

A brand-new song, ‘We All Go Back To Where We Belong’, goes to radio and will be available for sale on October 18th.

“Working through our music and memories from over three decades was a hell of a journey,” Mills said in regards to choosing the songs that appear on ‘R.E.M., Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage, 1982 – 2011’. “We realized that these songs seemed to draw a natural line under the last 31 years of our working together.”

In addition to liner notes written by band members Bill Berry, Buck, Mills, and Stipe, the album also features three new songs that R.E.M. finished after they completed their last album, ‘Collapse Into Now’: ‘A Month of Saturdays’, ‘We All Go Back To Where We Belong’, and ‘Hallelujah’, which were recorded over the summer in Athens with ‘Accelerate’ and ‘Collapse Into Now’ producer Jacknife Lee.

The track-listing for R.E.M., Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage, 1982 – 2011 is as follows:

Disc 1:
Gardening At Night
Radio Free Europe
Talk About The Passion
Sitting Still
So. Central Rain
(Don’t Go Back To) Rockville
Driver 8
Life And How To Live It
Begin The Begin
Fall On Me
Finest Worksong
It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
The One I Love
Stand
Pop Song 89
Get Up
Orange Crush
Losing My Religion
Country Feedback
Shiny Happy People

Disc 2:
The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite
Everybody Hurts
Man On The Moon
Nightswimming
What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?
New Test Leper
Electrolite
At My Most Beautiful
The Great Beyond
Imitation Of Life
Bad Day
Leaving New York
Living Well Is The Best Revenge
Supernatural Superserious
ÜBerlin
Oh My Heart
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A Month of Saturdays
We All Go Back To Where We Belong
Hallelujah

R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe Describes His Job As A Lyricist

Dave Gorman of London’s Absolute Radio spoke to R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe about everything from iPhones, farts, the songwriting process, the new album ‘Collapse Into Now’, the expectation from fans and critics and more. “What happens when I listen to music, as a music fan it provides me with an experience which is profound and phenomenal,” Stipe explained. “As a writer, it’s a different experience all together. That is, music, I see things when I hear music, and it’s usually a landscape, and my job as the lyricist is to people that landscape with stories and with narrative and with ideas and with words.” Listen to the interview via YouTube below.

R.E.M. ‘Drive’ Live In Dublin

R.E.M. 'Drive' live
R.E.M. are out with a live video for ‘Drive’, performed at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin, Ireland during the alternative rock group’s five-night residency at the venue in 2007. ‘Live at the Olympia’ is out October 27th on Warner Bros, and features 39 songs on two CDs. Watch it via MySpace below.

R.E.M. Perform ‘I Believe’ Live After Obama Victory

R.E.M. paused their show in Santiago, Chile on Tuesday (November 4) to bring out their manager Bertis Downs, who announces some important news about Tuesday night’s U.S. election – that Barack Obama had been become President Elect. The band then performed ‘I Believe’. Watch it via YouTube below.

R.E.M. ‘Until The Day Is Done’ Video

R.E.M. 'Until The Day Is Done' music video

R.E.M. are out with the video to their new single ‘Until The Day Is Done’, the fourth release off the Athens, Georgia alternative rock group’s fourteenth studio album ‘Accelerate’, out now on Warner Bros. Records. Watch it below.

R.E.M. ‘Man-Sized Wreath’ Video

R.E.M. are out with the video to their new single ‘Man-Sized Wreath’, the third release off the Athens, Georgia rock group’s fourteenth studio album ‘Accelerate’, out now on Warner Bros. Records. Watch it below.

R.E.M. ‘Hollow Man’ Video

R.E.M. are out with the video to their new single ‘Hollow Man’, from the Athens, Georgia rock band’s fourteenth studio album ‘Accelerate’, out now on Warner Bros. Records. Watch it below.

R.E.M. Performs On ‘Today’

R.E.M. visited the ‘Today’ show on Tuesday (April 1) in New York City, chatting with co-host Matt Lauer about their fourteenth studio album ‘Accelerate’, its great reviews, lessons learned from their previous album which wasn’t so well received, releasing the disc online, and the state of the industry. They also performed ‘Losing My Religion’, ‘Supernatural, Superserious’, and ‘Hollow Man’ in the Rockefeller Center Plaza. Watch the interview and performances below.
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R.E.M. ‘Supernatural Superserious’ Video

R.E.M. are out with the video to their new single ‘Supernatural Superserious’, from the Athens, Georgia alternative rock band’s fourteenth studio album ‘Accelerate’, out April 1st via Warner Bros. Records. Watch it below.

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