Good thing I didn't let this one slip through the cracks. This guy just doesn't slow down - rocking harder than before and belting out ballsy numbers as if he'd led a band all his life. I mean, he did - except not as
Two of our favorite singer/songwriters stop by to talk about their latest albums and play a few songs live.
You wore a shirt of violent green and never understood, don’t f--- … hey! Whoa! What’s that supposed to mean? Greatness has often sprung from the fertile soil of Athens, Ga. The Georgia Bulldogs have provided quality football, tennis, gymnastics and tailgating for generations -- Hall
The R.E.M. By MTV documentary was just released on DVD and Blu-Ray and to celebrate we've got a special giveaway. R.E.M. By MTV is the 6th disc from REMTV, a six-disc DVD box set that the band released last year, compiled of various television performances. Including VH1
I don't know if Peter Buck, the fellow who played guitar in that band from Athens, Georgia, intended his third solo release to be "funny" but damn it, it is. It's also rockin' and great on one side and eerily experimental but no less good
Yes, I’ve already run down my picks for the year’s standout albums, my 2014 mixtape suggestions and my ratings for new albums by artists over 50. But that's not everything that graced our earbuds this past year. Herewith, then, are the winners of the first annual
As it stands, the R.E.M. nostalgia/reissues campaign hasn't slowed a bit, although this is definitely one for the completist/hardcore fan - and I should preface this by saying I certainly am one (I do have my original I.R.S. purchases of "Radio Free Europe", "So.
It's already three years since Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Michael Stipe officially announced the end of R.E.M. as a band (after a 30-year run as a recording unit and 14 years after drummer Bill Berry had left the group) but yet, it doesn't feel
For so many, R.E.M. was one of the most important bands to come along since The Beatles; they helped redefine and reshape the musical landscape, starting in the early '80's and lasting a total of 31 years, until their announced dissolution in September, 2011. Being
I was as surprised as anyone when it was announced in early 2012 that Peter Buck would be releasing a solo album and even more surprised that he would be singing. As the guitarist for R.E.M. after 31 years, it was quite a turnaround, and
Much like Pee Wee Herman, these examples of the PR shuck 'n jive "meant to do that."
Grant-Lee Phillips pays a visit to the Radio Hour to discuss his latest album Walking In The Green Corn.
Originally released in 1990 as Remarks: The Story Of R.E.M. (and subsequently updated, minus the photos, as Remarks Remade in 2002), Perfect Circle is the fitting, final written chapter of R.E.M.'s 31-year story. Tony Fletcher puts together the Athens band's history through their own words,
In revisiting Green, I have to remove myself from the R.E.M.-worshiper that I was in the '80's; I was younger and a bit more crassly idealistic. Having not cared for Document, the 1987 monster hit album, I fully expected to not like Green, which was
Looking back on a quarter century with R.E.M.'s breakthrough record
This one goes out to the contest winner
R.E.M. were my Beatles. I mean, the Beatles were my Beatles, too, but if I have to name one band active in my generation that had a similar effect on me to the one the Beatles had on their fans in the Sixties—the initial impact, followed by years of songs and albums that challenged me and made me tap my foot and occasionally do little Thom Yorke dances around whatever room I was in—I’m naming R.E.M. U2 came close—they were another band that wrote great songs and filled big places with righteous noise, but I didn’t get into them until pretty much everybody had gotten into them (around the time of Live Aid and “Pride [in the Name of Love]”) and their early stuff I still find spotty. Other similar bands of the era—like Depeche Mode, the Smiths, and the Cure—I grew to love over time, but I did not click with them the way I clicked with R.E.M.
Every Wednesday, music nerd and serial list-maker Drew brings you a small, highly specific, pop culture-related list to either enjoy or inspire debate. He remains the only Popblerd staffer pretentious enough
Every year, while lording over an impressive amount of music catalogue news and views at my site, The Second Disc, I think the same thing at the end of every year: this is it. This is the year the reissue/remaster/repackage trend gets too outsized for
I think we all have those early albums that we remember hearing that were different. They were different, because top to bottom, the listening experience provided a sonic knockout because of the quality of the songs and in some cases, where the band took those songs.
Kiko by Los Lobos hit the mark on both of those points. Spanning 16 tracks, it was a remarkably filler-free listen that found the band reaching new creative peaks throughout. Los Lobos were extremely inspired during the recording sessions for Kiko and that comes through in the vibe of the songs which made it to our ears in album form.
And yet, it wasn’t an easy time for the band. They began the sessions for what would become Kiko surrounded by feelings of frustration. The creation of their previous album The Neighborhood had been somewhat of a soul sucking experience on many levels and the touring process to promote the album would leave the group bleeding money at its conclusion.
As saxophonist/keyboardist Steve Berlin tells us, they entered the process of recording their next album “pissed off” about a number of things, but they had a new approach in mind. They were going to do things their way and that artistic leap of faith certainly paid off. Berlin says they knew when they completed recording sessions for Kiko that they had captured “something that was pretty special.”
20 years after its original 1992 release, Kiko is getting a well-deserved ticker tape parade in the form of two new releases from Shout! Factory. The original Kiko album has been expanded with five additional bonus tracks, including previously unreleased studio demos and live tracks.
Additionally, Kiko Live presents a full album performance from 2006 which reveals how perfectly the Kiko album was sequenced. It flows very naturally in the live setting. Available on CD, DVD and CD/Blu-ray, the video component of this package is an essential pickup. Documentary footage surrounds the live performance of the album and tells the complete story of how Kiko came together, featuring interviews conducted with the members of Los Lobos specifically for this project.
We were happy to get the chance to talk with Steve Berlin to talk about the rich history behind Kiko, the nearly 40 year history of Los Lobos and the band’s upcoming tour with Neil Young.