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Check out the new cover story at ATN's Music News of the World featuring Peter Buck.
Release dates of the new single, courtesy of Gary Huested.
Billboard spells out the release schedule of the new single: 14 Aug. goes to all rock radio formats 19 Aug. commercial single released in UK w/non-album track Tricycle (A UK dealer called me this mroning to say that he was sending me the E-Bow promo CD. Go figure!) 20 Aug. commercial single released in US w/non-album track Tricycle 26 Aug (the following week) CD5 released w/Tricyle, Departure (alternate version), & Wall of Death.
New press releases and pictures from the new album are surfacing.
Here are the releases...
R.E.M. Set's Rundown The Act's Buck And Mills Discuss Cuts Billboard Newspaper August 10, 1996 R.E.M.'s Peter Buck and Mike Mills provided Billboard with a track-by-track rundown of "New Adventures In Hi-Fi." The band's songs are published by Night Garden Music, administered by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI). "How The West Was Won And Where It Got Us." Features Buck on bass, guitar, mandolin, and bozouki (a Greek stringed instrument). Says Buck, "I doubled it with the guitars. It's supposed to sound Ennio Morricone-ish." "The Wake-Up Bomb." Buck says, "It was kind of about the glam rock scene. Michael [Stipe] was kind of looking at the whole 'Dress like we do' [scene] when we were teenagers. All that said, it is kind of a joyous pop song, too." Mills calls it "a big, loud, stupid rock song." "New Test Leper." "It's about a person on a talk show," says Buck. "It's kind of a weird folk-rock thing with surf guitar." "Undertow." Features touring musicians Scott McCaughey on ARP Odyssey and Nathan December on guitar. Says Buck, "Whether it is literally or metaphorically, it's about someone drowning... Being on tour seems like a drowning situation sometimes." "E-Bow The Letter." "Patti Smith singing on something that I helped write was just amazing," says Buck. "She changed my life in a real literal way in 1976 when I saw her play live. She changed my perception of what music was." As the title suggests, Buck uses an E-bow on the track. "Leave." Features McCaughey again on ARP. The seven-minute-plus song begins with a quiet acoustic passage before exploding into a rocker with a persistent siren-like sound. "Scott's holding down a key and moving the octave switch back and forth through the whole song," says Buck. "We could only play it once every other sound check, because Scott's wrist would be numb by the end of it." "Departure." "It's literary a road song," says Buck. "Michael wrote the Iyrics on a plane flight from Singapore to San Sebastian, Spain," he says. "Bittersweet Me." Says Buck,'For me, it's all snapshots. I remember coming up with the initial riff at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in San Francisco. It was the first show when Bill [Berry] came back from his aneurysm." "Be Mine." Mills says, "We had one version that I recorded by myself on the bus that will probably turn up somewhere as a B-side." "Binky The Doormat." "The title comes from the Bobcat Goldthwait movie 'Shakes The Clown,'" says Buck. "For some reason, Michael got really obsessed with that movie when we were making this record." "Zither." Says Mills, "It was recorded in a dressing room. I think Scott was actually in the bathroom with the autoharp. We like to do instrumentals." "So Fast, So Young." Says Buck, "Someone said, 'Is that a drug song?' and I never have thought about that. That is something that doesn't occur around us a whole lot, but it seems like it is a warning to someone for behavior, maybe just emotional behavior." "Low Desert." Says Buck, "Definitely a road song... It was called 'Swamp,' and toward the end of the tour, Michael said, 'It wasn't a swamp song, I wrote the words and said it was a desert song'" "Electrolite." Mills says, "It was written on piano, so it has a different feel." Adds Buck, "It's hard to drive over Mulholland [Drive in L.A.] and not feel like a movie star, but I don't know what you feel like when you hit bottom and go down the bottom of the hill." CRAIG ROSEN
Older news, but still interesting...
>>> R.E.M.'s album -- which clocks in at over an hour -- was fashioned in a far more off-the-cuff manner than any of the band's previous efforts, with the bulk of the material being written and recorded during last year's Monster tour. In fact, most of New Adventures in Hi-Fi's 14 tracks were taped live during soundchecks and concert performances in various cities, and therefore feature guest musicians Scott McCaughey and Nathan December, who accompanied R.E.M. on tour. The track list for New Adventures in Hi-Fi: 1) "How the West Was Won and Where It Got Us," a studio recording from Seattle, with Peter Buck on mandolin and bouzouki. 2) "The Wake-Up Bomb," recorded live in Charleston, South Carolina. 3) "New Test Leper," a studio recording from Seattle. 4) "Undertow," recorded live in Boston. 5) "E-bow the Letter," a studio recording from Seattle, on which Patti Smith guests. 6) "Leave," a soundcheck recording from Atlanta. 7) "Departure," recorded live in Detroit, with Mike Mills on fuzz bass and Farfisa organ. 8) "Bittersweet Me," a soundcheck recording from Memphis. 9) "Be Mine," a studio recording from Seattle. 10) "Binky the Doormat," recorded live in Phoenix. 11) "Zither," an instrumental recorded in a dressing-room bathroom in Philadelphia. 12) "So Fast, So Numb," a soundcheck recording from Orlando, Florida. 13) "Low Desert," a soundcheck recording from Atlanta. 14) "Electrolite," a soundcheck recording from Phoenix. "The difference between this and the last album," a source at Warner Bros. tells ICE, "is that for all of Monster's noise, dissonance and electric stuff, it was really precisely sculpted. This is a lot less constructed at certain parts. It's not lo-fi, but it resembles a Crazy Horse record in its organic approach -- though the music doesn't sound like Crazy Horse. "A lot of the songs have longer running times than R.E.M. fans may be used to. 'Leave' is the longest -- and weirdest -- track on the album at around seven minutes. It starts out with a very quiet acoustic guitar passage, which sets you up for something you don't get in the rest of the song. Sonically, it's quite different." As for the album's overall impression, one source who's heard it tells ICE, "It's definitely not Monster II. It's one of those records that will clearly take more than one listen too make a real impression. It's diverse -- and has a lot of color to it, too." <<<7/31/96
Thanks to Chris Bray...
This came from Intergalactic Garage: REM E-BOW THE LETTER CD-5 (UK) 8/16 [$10] $8.99 Featuring PATTI SMITH on backing vocals. This is the limited collector's CD and comes with a booklet. c/w live version of DEPARTURE, WALL OF DEATH - written by Richard Thompson & TRICYCLE - a new instrumental track. REM E-BOW THE LETTER #2 CD-5 (UK) 8/16 [$10] $8.99 Exactly the same tracks but in a slimline case.7/27/96
Thanks to Gary Huested for the following info...
Apparently, the first UK CD from the album will be issued with some type of box for the other CDs that will follow. Sure hope it's not as lame as the Out of Time box. I received this from a dealer: Due 08/23, REM - E-Bow the Letter (w/ Patti Smith) / Triangle (unreleased). (As was also noted by the Singapore poster to RMR). Good news having an unreleased track as the 1st b-side--I was hoping we would not get live Monster tour tracks as b-sides.
There is a new article with detailed info on the new album at ATN's Music News of the World.
Howdy. New information about the track listing of the new album is now
floating around the net. I have no idea about the validity of this info.
To see the list, check out:
Rumor has it that the first song, "How the West was Won and Where it Got Us"
will be the first single.
A note from the one... the only... Kipp Teague on 7/2/96.
I phoned the r.e.m. office, and while I didn't get to speak with Bertis Downs about another (non-r.e.m.) matter, I did get confirmation on the new album title. It *really* is "New Adventures in Hi-Fi". Kipp
There is yet another bit of info on the new album from ATN's Music News Of The World
This story mentions a release date of September 10, and a bit about the band's
plans after the album is released.
[From a source close to the band on 5/14/96 (wishing to remain anonymous)]..[A] big piece of news is that the same source has ... heard the new album, in the sequence it will most likely be released in (it hasn't been mastered yet), and is, well, ambivalent at best. Oddly enough, "Revolution" isn't on there, although "Binky", "Departure", and "Wakeup Bomb" all are. Stylistically, the album veers all over the place-- one song (one of the first, if not the first one up) is terribly grating, with a repeating crashing/clanging/screeching noise repeating throughout ("R.E.M. goes industrial?" I asked; "That sounds about right," said the source). Other songs are sweet, silly, and syrupy pop songs about lovey-dovey subjects; some are *very* reminiscent of _Document_ (the source had a brain fart & asked "Which album was "King of Birds" on?", so that might be a clue); and some are just plain *weird* as hell. Also, the lyrics are apparently rather juvenille and self-centered--lots of "me, me, me", and boasting about being the best, etc. (hey, Michael, lay off the gangsta rap, will ya?). "But does it sound like _Monster_-- you know, kinda punky/grungy?" "Not at *all*!" (There goes *that* idea, eh?) Don't know what the title is going to be, but I'll ask the next time we talk and report back as soon as I hear.
Latest new Album Info from ATN's Music News Of The World updated 4/10/96.
Also, this earlier story...
This courtesy of the ATN's Music News of the World: Producer Scott Litt and R.E.M. are heading to Seattle to continue work on the group's next album, according to one of our sources. The group wrote material for the album throughout their 1995 world tour, and already logged some studio time. "We spent a couple of weeks in Georgia doing stuff," producer Scott Litt told us. "It's coming along great. It's going to be a really great record. We're going to be working on it all next month and some of April as well." Litt couldn't tell us if the plan was to get the album out by summer, but we won't be surprised if that's what happens. ATN also made a big deal today of the fact that Scott Litt's new label managed to sign "hot" new Canadian folk-rock singer Hayden. Apparently, it helped that Litt flew Hayden down to Athens (presumably to hang with the boyz). -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thanks to Jesse Sage for the above reference...
Also, check out Kipp Teague's page for even more info...