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    Michael Stipe on Jimmy Fallon tonight.
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    I really like the 2nd song and 3rd song from this new album. But it does not make me wanna get the record. 1989 is when they started to suck. Before that they were great!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJYogbrsQLY

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1o-2s88_ywU
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    Quote Originally Posted by fnmore View Post
    1989 is when they started to suck. Before that they were great!
    you should listen to automatic for the people

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    gave it a few listens.......kinda depressing

    sometimes I think it is more about the time when you discover a band

    then you watch them as they become huge

    and the music changes, and you change

    still a fan but I think nothing captures the energy and creativity of their first 4-5 records, being in college, feeling like you were the only one who liked R.E.M.

    but it is nice to see them still together and playing live

    kinda like Rush or U2...........still making music, just not as great

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    Upcoming Shows:
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    :'(
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    Damnit.
    7/26 Au Revoir Simone @ The Roxy, 8/1 Arcade Fire, the Unicorns, Dan Deacon at the Forum, 8/2 Burger a-Go-Go, @ Observatory, 8/9 Warpaint @ Observatory, 8/10 Warpaint @ The Ace, 8/23-24 FYF Fest, 9/11 Swans @ Roxy, 9/18 Neutral Milk Hotel @ Hollywood Bowl, 9/19 Chvrches @ Palladium, 9/30 Cibo Matto @ the Roxy, 10/9 Zola Jesus @ El Rey, 10/16 Massive Attack @ Greek Theater, 10/26 Asobi Seksu & Slowdive @ Royale

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    Goddamnit.
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    It's hard to argue with that.

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    I thought this bump was going to be about his dick pics.

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    This band quite literally changed my life when I was a kid.
    RIP.

    They had a good long run, several distinct eras, and we wouldnt have what we know as "indie" without them. I am also glad that I got to see them play a dozen or so times over the years as well.
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    Why don't you all make like a tree and get chopped down and die. You all have been dreadfully mean to me.
    I Hate you. All of you. None of you will ever get to see a womans chest meat or finger blast hott cougies like me.
    Fuck you all. Consider this my resignation.
    Fair the well, you elitest scumbags."

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    They were the greatest American band of their generation. That WB contract became an albatross and a curse, but even in those final albums, there were some gems.

    The Radiohead game:
    1) Reckoning
    2) Automatic for the People
    3) Murmur
    4) Document
    5) New Adventures in Hi-Fi
    6) Green
    7) Lifes Rich Pageant
    8) Fables of the Reconstruction
    9) Out of Time
    10) Accelerate
    11) Collapse into Now
    12) Reveal
    13) Up
    14) Monster (I know other people love this record, and I don't think it's bad, but it's never done much for me.)
    15) Around the Sun (The only truly terrible record they made.)
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    Kinda saw this coming as they didn't want to tour off their latest "last" LP. Glad I caught them for the last time at the Garden with Modest Mouse/The National.....


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    Help me decide what to wear to the show I'm going to tonight, everyone. I'll post pics of my six different potential outfits in a second.
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    Up is honestly Top 10 good.
    "All of you coachella 'regulars' have nasty boy pussies and itchy dick4's on your asses.
    Why don't you all make like a tree and get chopped down and die. You all have been dreadfully mean to me.
    I Hate you. All of you. None of you will ever get to see a womans chest meat or finger blast hott cougies like me.
    Fuck you all. Consider this my resignation.
    Fair the well, you elitest scumbags."

    — Faxman75, who has clearly had enough

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    This is genuinely sad news.
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    This really sucks
    Such a great band

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    Wow. Glad I saw them live in '08. Didn't really see this coming.
    7/30 - Shabazz Palaces - Roxy (?)
    7/31 - Hamilton Leithauser - Echo (?)
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    Quote Originally Posted by getbetter View Post
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    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."

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    Quote Originally Posted by HandBanana View Post
    Up is honestly Top 10 good.
    The ultimate "transitional" album; a lot of ideas there -- some of them worked amazingly, many of them were forgettable. I would categorize it as underrated, but I wouldn't put it with their best post-Berry work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by canexplain View Post
    To you guys I say Wat?????????? Off to ?????? ....... cr****
    Quote Originally Posted by TomAz View Post
    It's hard to argue with that.

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    Got to see them back in the 80's. Guadalcanal Diary opened for them.
    Great show. Michael still had hair.
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    They have left a pretty good discography and they have done pretty well to last 30 years. At their peak, they were the biggest band in the world. Probably the right time to call it a day (for now).

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    I saw them several times in the late 90s but I would have loved to see them one last time
    I really wish that they would have done a farewell show like LCD did

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    Ack! I thought for sure they'd do one last big tour in the Spring... Indio date included. Ah well, they gave us some great tunes along with some great memories, that's the gift that will last forever. All good things...

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    13) Out of Time
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    15) Around the Sun

    Quote Originally Posted by HandBanana View Post
    Up is honestly Top 10 good.
    ????????? It's not even in the top 10 albums that I purchased on it's release date!!!
    14 in a row = 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012a, 2012b, 2013a, 2013b, 2014a, 2014b


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    Up is better, richer, and more interesting than:
    Collapse, Accelerate, Out of Time, Monster, Green.

    And I love all those records. You could make the case that its not as archetypal "R.E.M." as those other records, and that's valid. But its a terrific record that I think has aged incredibly well.
    "All of you coachella 'regulars' have nasty boy pussies and itchy dick4's on your asses.
    Why don't you all make like a tree and get chopped down and die. You all have been dreadfully mean to me.
    I Hate you. All of you. None of you will ever get to see a womans chest meat or finger blast hott cougies like me.
    Fuck you all. Consider this my resignation.
    Fair the well, you elitest scumbags."

    — Faxman75, who has clearly had enough

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    Out of Time gets jumped a few spots in my rankings for having the band's biggest song (the album's second track) as well as its best song (the album's second to last track).
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    They were my favorite band for a long time. Glad I got to see them a few times.
    We're here to play some Mississippi Delta Blues. We're in a horrible depression, and I gotta admit - we're starting to like it.

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    Sad day. but I applaud them for doing it on their terms and with no love lost for each other or for what they have accomplished. I've mentioned it a couple times on this board, but its worth mentioning again... their 2008 show at the Greek in Berkeley with Modest Mouse and the National was one of the best non-festival nights of music I've ever had. And R.E.M. absolutely kicked-ass on stage that night. It's a show I'll never forget and one that means that much more to me now.

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    I will never get to see them.

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    Im sure I have yammered this story around here before, but I had to type it all for a discussion in a thread elsewhere so I figured i’d put it in here too...


    Saw them in Omaha on the Green tour and my whole world changed in one night. Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians opened the show which is the reason you just felt a tinge of jealousy.

    So much of my development sprung out of that one night. I was blown away. I had to start watching Post-Modern MTV and 120 Minutes just to be able to see R.E.M. videos, so that of course opened up my world to XTC, The Replacements, Husker Du, The Smiths, and literally a world of other music apart from the safe edge of slightly modern pop I’d been a fan of before (stuff like INXS and late-era OMD)

    The very next day, I took my $11 to the record store at the mall and bought two cassettes: the Chronic Town EP and They Might Be Giants’ Lincoln and my transformation had begun.

    Everything about R.E.M. at the time excited me.
    I had never seen a band with their kind of dressed-down image, their arty stage show, their arch sensibility, their catalogue of wide-ranging songs (in 1989, a rock show with a mandolin was a pretty rare thing), their political awareness - which I suspect was a gateway into grasping politics and environmentalism for a whole lot of kids of our generation.

    Hell, R.E.M.’s (at the time) incredibly sharp design and aesthetic sensibilities are almost certainly a driving factor in my getting into graphic design (my lifelong career) and DEFINITELY a factor in my making gigposters these past 7 years, a hobby that has allowed me to meet and sometimes even work for/with my musical heroes. Though sadly I never got to do a piece for R.E.M.

    I used to sit with my copy of Remarks and look at the pages of beautifully designed 7” sleeves from their IRS years and those tiny thumbnails sparked my imagination like crazy. I would spend hours drawing and trying to recreate the designs, the logos from their different eras. It was through their design that I first began understanding typography, since Stipe would usually direct a strict set of type styles for each album/tour cycle. This being the late 80s and me being broke, I would redraw all the type by hand, or photocopy and manipulate type samples from Mecca Norma and Letraset catalogs. I redrew entire alphabets from R.E.M. sleeves. From Document’s heavy use of classic Futura and Franklin Gothic families to Lifes Rich Pageant’s Cooperplate Americana. I would try to decode how and why the sleeves looked the way they did and getting into that headspace taught me a lot about unified dsign concepts.

    You can snark all you want about bands aspiring to “change the world” but changing the world isnt always about one grand sweeping gesture. Sometimes its just about encouraging a whole bunch of people to be a little bit better than they had been previously. And sometimes that is exactly what happens.
    "All of you coachella 'regulars' have nasty boy pussies and itchy dick4's on your asses.
    Why don't you all make like a tree and get chopped down and die. You all have been dreadfully mean to me.
    I Hate you. All of you. None of you will ever get to see a womans chest meat or finger blast hott cougies like me.
    Fuck you all. Consider this my resignation.
    Fair the well, you elitest scumbags."

    — Faxman75, who has clearly had enough

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    Quote Originally Posted by algunz View Post
    I will never get to see them.

    Yes you will....Coachella 2015

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