09 October 2010

Future Of Music, Sister Lovers, And More

As y’all know, R.E.M.’s Mike Mills and Bertis Downs have been involved with the Future of Music Coalition for several years now, and a few days ago they attended the FMC’s Tenth Annual Policy Summit in Washington DC. Bertis Downs has published his own report, and two additional reports can be found here (Washington City Paper) and here (Bonerama’s official website).

You may have also stumbled upon this interview: Peter Buck asserts that he refused to do more than three takes when recording songs for R.E.M.’s 15th album. Also, according to Peter, the REMboys are yet to make a final decision as to which songs to include. May I suggest that they preview all the tracks for fans and let us decide? It worked for Accelerateangel

I was also thrilled to discover that Mike Mills is about to team up with his friends to revive Big Star’s third album Sister Lovers! According to Paste, on 9th and 10th December 2010, The Cat’s Cradle in Carborro, North Carolina will host Big Star’s own Jody Stephens, Mike Mills, Mitch Easter of Let’s Active, Chris Stamey of the dB’s, and the Tomahawks’ Jeff Crawford and Charles Cleaver. The shows will be filmed as part of Nothing Can Hurt Me: The Big Star Story, an upcoming documentary by Danielle McCarthy and Drew DiNicola. Proceeds from the shows will benefit KidZNotes and the New Orleans Musicians Clinic, two charities focused on improving the lives of musicians.

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