31 May 2010

R.E.M. SPIN Me Around

As promised, I have found some time to update our gallery of scans. I take pride in being systematic, so I decided to finish with the various issues of SPIN before I move on to other magazines. I have uploaded features from the following issues: February 1989, December 1991, August 1993 (where the members of [...]

A huuuuge thank you to Conni Freestone, a very talented New York based photographer (and a die-hard Big Star fan), who has kindly allowed us to share her story and photos from the Alex Chilton Memorial show, staged at the beautiful Levitt Shell amphitheatre in Memphis on 15 May 2010. I have added some of [...]

Filled Under: News & Features

A huge thank you to Melissa, the lucky girl who attended the Alex Chilton Memorial gig at Memphis’ Levitt Shell on 15 May, and who was kind enough to send us her report and some beautiful photos taken on the day. As you all remember, Mike Mills joined the remaining members of Big Star (Jon [...]

I’ve always been a mini Peter Buck, reading every book and magazine that I could get hold of, especially if they’re music related. These past few days I’ve been reading Joel McIver’s book Justice for All – The Truth about Metallica, and while the book itself is so-so – very well-researched but occasionally overlong and [...]

Filled Under: Random

21 May 2010

Mike Mills, From Athens To Antenna

I’ve just joined Twitter (better late than never), and while still trying to figure out how the damn thing works, I discovered that Mike Mills will be in yet another Memphis-related documentary! Namely, a film called Antenna is currently being made about the eponymous club that changed Memphis. According to the director Chris Scott McCoy: [...]

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20 May 2010

Fables, Reconstructed

Gosh, I just LOVE musicians who are not only good strummers but also good storytellers and/or enthusiastic bloggers. Much kudos to Ken Stringfellow and Amy Speace for publishing very detailed accounts on the memorial gig in honour of Alex Chilton, which took place on 15 May in Memphis. As y’all know, Mike Mills was there, [...]

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More videos from the Alex Chilton Memorial concert held on 15 May in his hometown of Memphis, TN have surfaced online. In the first clip you can see Mike Mills join his Big Star buddies Ken Stringfellow, Jon Auer and Jody Stephens, plus Brendan Benson, for a singalong of “September Gurls”; and even better, in [...]

Ta-dah! Rolling Stone has just published a detailed review of the memorial concert in honour of Alex Chilton, staged two days ago in his hometown of Memphis. Some interesting (for us) bits: The Raconteurs’ Brendan Benson and R.E.M.’s Mike Mills joined the surviving members of power-pop pioneers Big Star to pay tribute to the late [...]

Here comes the first clip from yesterday’s Alex Chilton Tribute show staged at the Levitt Band Shell in Memphis, Tennessee. Mike Mills joined the remaining members of Big Star – Ken Stringfellow, Jon Auer and Jody Stephens – for a spirited rendition of “Jesus Christ”. The full setlist has not surfaced yet so I don’t [...]

14 May 2010

Mike Mills, Big Movie Star (sort of)

While looking for some additional information on tomorrow’s Memphis gig in honour of Alex Chilton, I stumbled upon this review of the recent New Orleans Jazz Fest. One of the gigs singled out by Jamband’s reviewever as a highlight of the festival was the Tipitina show, when Mike Mills and his R.E.M. bandmate Scott McCaughey [...]