Question: What happens when you put two chirpy, chatty Sagittarians on a cruise ship and confront them with a bunch of journalists?
Answer: Mayhem?!

Well, almost! As y’all know, back in the 1980s, the camera-shy Michael Stipe and Bill Berry avoided the journalists whenever they could, and as a result, Peter Buck and Mike Mills had to handle a majority of R.E.M.’s promotional duties – interviews, press conferences, radio and TV appearances etc. In April 1987, when Peter and Mike were sent to Canada to promote their latest offering Document, someone had an idea that maybe the promotional chores would be a bit less dull if they were doing them on a boat. Luckily for us all, not only were the Canadian TV crew there to film them, but the Youtube user dvdguy2011 has unearthed and uploaded these rare clips. So… *drumroll* All hail Pete & Mikey double act in top form! Enjoy the clips, and btw I have embedded more Documentaries and 2008 Interviews and refreshed our Spotlight with some recently uploaded clips.

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“Cruising With R.E.M.” – Canadian TV 4 – Part 1

“Cruising With R.E.M.” – Canadian TV 4 – Part 2

“The New Music: R.E.M.” – Canadian TV Profile

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REMHQ reports that The Baseball Project and Minus 5 have announced two shows this August:

Thursday, 12 August 2010 in Brooklyn, NY at Southpaw
Saturday, 14 August 2010 in North Adams, MA at the Solid Sound Festival

The lineup for these shows will be Scott McCaughey, Steve Wynn, Linda Pitmon and Mike Mills, who will be pinch-hitting for Peter Buck – as he did last year, when these two bands performed in Spain.

You can download new Baseball Project tracks here.

Speaking of Peter’s and Scott’s numerous side projects, one of the two Tired Pony shows, scheduled for 14 July 2010 at London HMV Forum, has been cancelled. The early show (7pm) will take place as previously announced, but the late show (11pm) was scratched. Now, the reason why I’m mentioning this is because the tickets for the cancelled late show will be valid for the early show, which means that now I have an extra ticket, and I’d be happy to give it away. So, if you happen to live somewhere near London, and would like to see Messrs. Buck and McCaughey in action, just e-mail me!

While R.E.M. and their producer Jacknife Lee are busy in Berlin, working on the band’s as-yet-unnamed 15th album, the media hype machine is now focused on the upcoming 25th anniversary 2CD special edition of their fantastic third album, Fables of the Reconstruction, scheduled for release on 13 July. As y’all know, CD 1 will contain the original tracks, freshly remastered, while CD 2 will be packed with previously unreleased demos that the band had taped in Athens before jetting off to London to record the