R.E.M. is the greatest thing since bread came sliced.

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MichaelStipe is Hot as Fuck.

Holy shit that was like a shot of happiness straight to the brain.

God bless you, Stephen Colbert.

Must watch that episode a million zillion times more.

OMG MICHAEL STIPE, BRIAN ENO, AND STEPHEN COLBERT ARE SINGING ON THE COLBERT REPORT. FLAILING MY ARMS IN THE AIR LIKE A CRAZY MOFO.

abakedpotato:

MY CRIEZ.

(reblogging myself cuz I’m lazy)

THIS IS PERFECTION YOU GUYS. PERFECTION.

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We All Go Back To Where We Belong - R.E.M.

slicingeyeballs:

R.E.M., ‘Monster.’ Released Sept. 26, 1994 — exactly 17 years ago today.

The now-disbanded R.E.M. today unveiled the tracklist and cover art for its forthcoming, career-spanning best-of — the 40-song Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage: 1982-2011 —  and announced that “We All Go Back to Where We Belong,” one of three  new tracks on the set, will be issued as a single next month.
The album — the band’s first retrospective to span both its classic ’80s output on IRS Records and its later Warner Bros. material — is due for release Nov. 15, and will be preceded by the new  single on Oct. 18. Two other new tracks, “A Month of Saturdays” and  “”Hallelujah,” were recorded this past summer in Athens, Ga., with  producer Jacknife Lee.
In the announcement of the new best-of, bassist Mike Mills is quoted as saying, “Working through our music and memories from over  three decades was a hell of a journey. We realized that these songs  seemed to draw a natural line under the last 31 years of our working  together.”
The 2CD set is assembled in roughly chronological order, kicking off  with “Gardening at Night” and running through 12 more tracks from the  IRS years before switching to the more commercially successful Warner  Bros. material, starting with “Stand” and running through the three new  songs.
Tracklist: R.E.M., Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage: 1982-2011
Disc 1: 1. “Gardening At Night” 2. “Radio Free Europe” 3. “Talk About The Passion” 4. “Sitting Still” 5. “So. Central Rain” 6. “(Don’t Go Back To) Rockville” 7. “Driver 8″ 8. “Life And How To Live It” 9. “Begin The Begin” 10. “Fall On Me” 11. “Finest Worksong” 12. “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” 13. “The One I Love” 14. “Stand” 15. “Pop Song 89″ 16. “Get Up” 17. “Orange Crush” 18. “Losing My Religion” 19. “Country Feedback” 20. “Shiny Happy People”
Disc 2: 1. “The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite” 2. “Everybody Hurts” 3. “Man On The Moon” 4. “Nightswimming” 5. “What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?” 6. “New Test Leper” 7. “Electrolite” 8. “At My Most Beautiful” 9. “The Great Beyond” 10. “Imitation Of Life” 11. “Bad Day” 12. “Leaving New York” 13. “Living Well Is The Best Revenge” 14. “Supernatural Superserious” 15. “ÜBerlin” 16. “Oh My Heart” 17. “Alligator_Aviator_Autopilot_Antimatter” 18. “A Month of Saturdays” * 19. “We All Go Back To Where We Belong” * 20. “Hallelujah” *
* New songs

i still can’t believe it’s over.

i'm very sad.

We all are. :(

R.E.M.

thefinestexampleisyou:

It felt like a punch in the gut. My breath literally whooshed out of my lungs and I made a soft noise that I can’t translate into letters, but it sounded like a tiny, dying animal.

I can’t say I was surprised to hear the news. Reading between the lines of the press for Collapse into Now and the lyrics of the songs on that album, the end of their Warner contract, the decision not to tour — this was in the mail. I just didn’t expect it to arrive quite so quickly.

But the quiet, dignified, low-key manner in which they are announcing it is pure R.E.M. class. No Who-style “break-up/retirement” tour with its inherent cash-grab fixings.

But I wanted that last tour. They didn’t have to say it was the last tour — I would have kind of known deep down. I wanted to hear those new songs live.

I’m pretty sure they will play together again someday. I doubt they’ll formally record again, but they will play, assuming everyone stays healthy (knock on wood). Maybe I will get that last tour/show. But not knowing if, when, or how, is painful right now. This band has been such a big part of my life for the last 20 years and while I know we have 30+ years of incredible material to enjoy, there’s still a hole in my heart knowing that they’ve ceased to be a current entity.

And I wonder about their staff in Athens — what happens to them now? Will we still get a Christmas fan club package this year? Will the fan club dissolve after this?

I know this sounds overdramatic, but I have to grieve this. It feels like something just died in my heart.

all of that.


“To our Fans and Friends: As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band. We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening.” R.E.M. In their own words: The guys share their thoughts on why now. MIKE “During our last tour, and while making Collapse Into Now and putting together this greatest hits retrospective, we started asking ourselves, ‘what next’? Working through our music and memories from over three decades was a hell of a journey. We realized that these songs seemed to draw a natural line under the last 31 years of our working together.“We have always been a band in the truest sense of the word. Brothers who truly love, and respect, each other. We feel kind of like pioneers in this—there’s no disharmony here, no falling-outs, no lawyers squaring-off. We’ve made this decision together, amicably and with each other’s best interests at heart. The time just feels right.” MICHAEL “A wise man once said—‘the skill in attending a party is knowing when it’s time to leave. We built something extraordinary together. We did this thing. And now we’re going to walk away from it. “I hope our fans realize this wasn’t an easy decision; but all things must end, and we wanted to do it right, to do it our way. “We have to thank all the people who helped us be R.E.M. for these 31 years; our deepest gratitude to those who allowed us to do this. It’s been amazing.” PETER “One of the things that was always so great about being in R.E.M. was the fact that the records and the songs we wrote meant as much to our fans as they did to us. It was, and still is, important to us to do right by you. Being a part of your lives has been an unbelievable gift. Thank you. “Mike, Michael, Bill, Bertis, and I walk away as great friends. I know I will be seeing them in the future, just as I know I will be seeing everyone who has followed us and supported us through the years. Even if it’s only in the vinyl aisle of your local record store, or standing at the back of the club: watching a group of 19 year olds trying to change the world.”

They’ve definitely have busy lives and stuff but I was just expecting to wait a few years for a new album. I wasn’t expecting for them to quit.

I just hope whatever they all decide to do next makes them happy because in the end that’s what should matter. :)

Thanks for everything, guys!

Like, I’m pretty sure I just heard they were working on a new album…

and now…this.

I feel lost right now.

Oh my god. If this means what I think this means I'm going to cry.

allthisrunningaround:

*Heart attack* OMG WHAT????????????!!!!!!!!!!! D: D: D:

YEAH. I KNOW. i thought it was a joke at first, but then i figured if michael was posting about it then it must be true.

I seriously feel like I’m gonna cry.

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