April 24th, 2014
Giacchetto says his greatest deal was the 1994 Sub Pop sale to Warner. ‘I can now reveal that Universal was the top bidder, $25 million,’ says Giacchetto, ‘but it wasn’t the right creative fit. Sony Music bid $5 million. David Geffen bid $8 million—I told him his bid was way too fucking low—and Microsoft bid a paltry $4 million, frankly insulting. Bill Gates, who at the time considered himself to be “the future of entertainment,” couldn’t have been a more dull character. It definitely would have made Microsoft a bit more hip, which in hindsight might have actually made Microsoft a player in entertainment. They’re still not.’
excerpt from Billboard's profile of crooked money manager to the stars Dana Giacchetto
April 11th, 2014

Let the video dump from last night begin! Here’s Michael Stipe inducting Nirvana into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

April 3rd, 2014

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R.E.M.’s Mike Mills just announced David Letterman’s retirement.

Mills and Peter Buck will be on the Late Show tonight backing Joseph Arthur, which means those two guys were on hand for something of a landmark show-business moment. Mills tweeted: “Dave just announced his retirement #2015 #muchlovedave,” effectively announcing Letterman’s retirement to the world.

Above watch R.E.M.’s first television appearance, back on Late Night in ‘83. “So. Central Rain” didn’t even have a name yet!

Reblogged from Stereogum's Tumblr
May 11th, 2013
First We Take Manhattan
R.E.M.
Drive (single)

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shelterfromthenorm:

“First We Take Manhattan” by R.E.M.
(Words/Music: Leonard Cohen, Album: I’m Your Fan: The Songs of Leonard Cohen, Atlantic 1991)

Perhaps my favorite cover song of all time, R.E.M., at the height of their popularity during the Automatic For the People era, bring some grit and attitude to the Leonard Cohen song originally recorded by Jennifer Warnes (oh, and Stevie Ray Vaughan played guitar on the Warnes version). Particularly of note is the dual vocal track with Michael Stipe speaking and singing the lyrics which gives it a somewhat more haunting feel.

They sentenced me to twenty years of boredom
For trying to change the system from within
I’m coming now, I’m coming to reward them
First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin

One of my favorite covers of all time.

Reblogged from tiny outpost
February 11th, 2013

Click here to listen to the Michael Stipe–Courtney Love duet “Rio Grande,” from the forthcoming Son of Rogues Gallery compilation. NPR is streaming the entire pirate-themed collection here. (And yes, Johnny Depp is on it.)

December 7th, 2012
I wrote a short piece for the new issue of Rolling Stone (out today) about Moving the Still, the first-ever large-scale exhibition of animated GIFs (in Miami through Monday). I interviewed Michael Stipe, one of the open-call show’s judges, for the story. The above submission was his top pick.movingthestill:


Title: SkaterArtist: Vlad Lunin

I wrote a short piece for the new issue of Rolling Stone (out today) about Moving the Still, the first-ever large-scale exhibition of animated GIFs (in Miami through Monday). I interviewed Michael Stipe, one of the open-call show’s judges, for the story. The above submission was his top pick.

movingthestill
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Title: Skater
Artist: Vlad Lunin

Reblogged from Moving the Still
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Official Tumblr for Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge, a Time magazine book of the year. (Now in paperback; purchase info here.) The blog is run by the author, freelance writer/editor Mark Yarm; he is of no relation to Mark Arm of Mudhoney.