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Modern Art and the Art of the EP, from R.E.M., Let’s Active, Bangles + others: Shadows in Stereo

Modern Art and the Art of the EP, from R.E.M., Let’s Active, Bangles + others: Shadows in Stereo

An EP release has an interesting aesthetic all its own, as shown by key releases from R.E.M., Let’s Active, the Dream Syndicate, the Bangles and others.

Singing the Phonebook with the Beatles, Talking Heads, Billy Joel, R.E.M. + others: Odd Couples

Singing the Phonebook with the Beatles, Talking Heads, Billy Joel, R.E.M. + others: Odd Couples

Returning to songs by the Beatles, Talking Heads, R.E.M. and others that – despite being pretty much incomprehensible – captured the public’s imagination.

R.E.M.’s ‘Green’ boasted more ambition that it did cohesion, but so what?

R.E.M.’s ‘Green’ boasted more ambition that it did cohesion, but so what?

For all of the wailing from college-radio hipsters (ahem!), R.E.M.’s ‘Green’ arrived this month in 1988 with some of the band’s most durable individual songs.

Warren Zevon found a drunken moment of brilliance with the Hindu Love Gods

Warren Zevon found a drunken moment of brilliance with the Hindu Love Gods

Warren Zevon’s one-off collaboration with members of R.E.M. in the Hindu Love Gods was filled with comfy cover tunes. But one of them stood out.

The Old Ceremony + R.E.M.’s Mike Mills, “Fall Guy” from Sprinter (2015): One Track Mind

The Old Ceremony + R.E.M.’s Mike Mills, “Fall Guy” from Sprinter (2015): One Track Mind

As the Old Ceremony joins together with several musical heroes, “Fall Guy” emerges as a fizzy moment of old-meets-new alchemy.

Beck – Morning Phase (2014)

Beck – Morning Phase (2014)

When Beck came out with Sea Change in 2002, I was more than a little surprised. First of all, its sound was a drastic shift away from the snappin’ funk of Midnite Vultures. Oh sure, maybe it was telegraphed just a little bit by Mutations, but that didn’t really mute the shock of its arrival. But what surprised me evenRead More

The Friday Morning Listen: R.E.M. – Dead Letter Office (1987)

When’s the last time you sat down and wrote somebody a letter? Have you ever done it?

Nick DeRiso’s Mid-Year Best Of 2013 (Live and Reissues): Ringo Starr, Otis Redding, ELO, Greg Lake

Nick DeRiso’s Mid-Year Best Of 2013 (Live and Reissues): Ringo Starr, Otis Redding, ELO, Greg Lake

The standard for making this list is that these projects — some lavish remastering jobs, others new live interpretations — illuminate corners of an artist’s work that we’d never noticed before.

The Friday Morning Listen: R.E.M. – Green (1988)

Everything will kill you, eventually. Pay enough attention to media reports and you’ll discover that consuming just about anything will lead to your early demise.

R.E.M. – Green: 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (2013)

If 1987’s Document heralded the moment when R.E.M. started to get away from us, the follow up Green confirmed things: This wasn’t going to be our little secret anymore.

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