Sorry CJ fans, but my first love, my own true obsession, is and will always be R.E.M. They don't need my help, they have a nice long career behind them and years of more beautiful music ahead, so I haven't devoted my every waking moment to them. But don't mistake that for lack of interest. So when I hear that they just finished work on their latest album, my heart skips a beat. Which, at my age, is not necessarily a good thing!
According to the article on SPIN.com, they recorded both in Nashville and in Berlin -- an odd, but oddly R.E.M.-like choice. The album was produced Jacknife Lee who also produced their last album, Accelerate, which was a much better record than the disappointing Around the Sun which left even this R.E.M. fanatic cold.
To commemorate this announcement, here are some of my favorite R.E.M. songs:
Carnival of Sorts (Boxcars):
Harborcoat (when they, and the rest of us, were young)
Fall on Me (From MTV Unplugged)
So. Central Rain (great photos of Michael Stipe!!)
In the off-chance that a certain someone is reading the post today, here's something you haven't seen. It's very cute. But for others, a warning. There's lengthy intro and if you're are really easily offended you might want to skip to 2:30.