03 November 2010

Mike Mills Spills The Beans!

Squeeeee!! I’m to excited to type right now, so I’ll just copy the entire feature from SPIN:

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R.E.M. have finished their fifteenth studio album, called Collapse Into Now (due in early 2011) — so what can fans expect? According to multi-instrumentalist Mike Mills, a more “expansive” sound than on 2008′s Accelerate and some special guests, including Eddie Vedder, Patti Smith, and Peaches!

“With Accelerate we were trying to make a point by making the songs as short and as fast as possible,” Mills tells SPIN. “So we wanted this new one to be more expansive. We wanted to put more variety into it and not limit ourselves to any one type of song. There are some really slow, beautiful songs; there are some nice, mid-tempo ones; and then there are three or four rockers.”

Mills adds that while Accelerate‘s lyrics were politically-inspired, Collapse Into Now is a “very personal, very human record. Not only to [singer] Michael [Stipe], but personal and human in the sense of the narrative of the songs, the protagonists of the songs.”

The 12-track release — produced by Garret “Jacknife” Lee (Snow Patrol, U2), who plays alongside R.E.M.’s Peter Buck in alt-country supergroup Tired Pony — includes rocker “All the Best,” and the album’s closing song, “Blue,” which features vocals from Patti Smith.

A yet-to-be-named song, which Mills promises will feature the word “alligator” in its title, features Peaches on vocals and Smith’s longtime collaborator Lenny Kaye on guitar.

“It Happened Today” features Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder on vocals.

Another, “Walk It Back,” was written during studio sessions in New Orleans, the product of the band’s new approach to writing and recording. Instead of penning a batch of tunes and tracking them in a marathon session, R.E.M. scheduled sessions in different cities — Berlin, Nashville, New Orleans — with breaks between to write and rewrite songs.

“It’s also fun for us to go to the cities we really love and spend some time,” says Mills. After a day’s work in the studio, the band would go out to dinner. “It’s really important to go out, get great food, shrug off the debris of the day, and just be friends and have a good time. In Berlin you drink beer and eat wurst. In New Orleans you eat Cajun food and drink Sazerac. In Nashville we ate a lot of fried chicken.”

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  3. Dol Says:

    Great news! Thanks to Mike, who gives us these fresh news. Next step: the release date!

  4. Riley Says:

    YES!!! The only fear I really have is that we get another AROUND THE SUN. I really loved the album, but it just wasn’t the R.E.M. sound I was aching for after REVEAL. I want this album to be more versatile than ACCELERATE which is promised, but I want an album that isn’t to all over the place. I want an album with a feeling that is not really constant but actually there. ACCELERATE had a feeling that was very strong, fast, and powerful. It was great, but not really any diversity. Now if everyone can think back 1986, the album LIFES RICH PAGEANT. There was a feeling that filled the album. It was a consistent, but different. Hard to explain, you know? MURMUR is another great example. Had a haunting tone to it, but still had a bright shimmery beauty to it. A consistent feeling, but diverse. Anyway I’m rambling…. You guys get my fear I think, I’m excited though!!! I can’t wait no more!!!!!
    P.S. I saw the title has “alligator” in it, and I immediately thought of the song “Hope” off of UP.
    So yeah, I’m done rambling…
    P.P.S- Ummmm, does anyone know where I can get the music video to “How The West Was Won And Where It Got Us”? Figured this is the best place to ask…
    NOW I’m done!

  5. Dol Says:

    Hi Riley,
    I feel in the same way, but I think that the feelings into Murmurs and Fables are too far away to come back in this album. We can only hope for a new and fresh album. IMHO there are too many guests, but I’m ready to retract big grin.

    For the video request, you can find it in In view – The best of R.E.M. or simply on R.E.M.HQ



  6. Dol Says:

    And from Rolling Stones:

    a rocker called “All The Best” that features Mills and Michael Stipe sharing lead vocals and “Everyday Is Yours To Win”


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