Posts Tagged ‘Up’

Ultimate Painting have announced the release of Up!, a record we’re very much looking forward to, and their first for the Bella Union label. It will be out on the 6th April, They’re also heading out on tour (dates below).

The band has also shared a first track from the LP entitled, the meandering, gentle indie-psych of Not Gonna Burn Myself Anymore. Listen to it here.

R.E.M. – Full Set as recorded Live at the Shoreline Amphitheatre (Mountain View, CA) Bridge School Benefit 18th Ocyober 1998, Bridge XII October 17 & October 18, 1998 Performers included: Neil Young, R.E.M., Phish, The Wallflowers, Sarah McLachlan, Barenaked Ladies, Jonathan Richman, Eels, and Pete Droge & Mike McCready (Day 2 only). 

Neil Young performed: Two opening songs and a solo set each day; he did “Ambulence Blues” and “Country Feedback” with REM each day; did “Harry Hood” and “Helpless” with the band Phish on the Saturday and did “Four Strong Winds” and “I Shall Be Released” for a finale on Sunday with Phish & Sarah McLachlan.

Setlist:
0:00:00 – Losing My Religion
0:05:09 – New Test Leper
0:11:00 – Country Feedback
0:20:11 – Daysleeper
0:23:57 – At My Most Beautiful
0:27:48 – Electrolite
0:32:17 – Everybody Hurts
0:38:32 – Man On The Moon

Personnel:
Michael Stipe – lead vocals
Peter Buck – guitar, mandolin
Mike Mills – bass, vocals
Guests:
Ken Stringfellow – guitar
Scott McCaughey – guitar, keyboards
Joey Woranker – drums, percussion
Neil Young – lead guitar on “Country Feedback”

This is excellent quality and although I wouldn’t call it a great performance, it has some great moments and is an interesting set for several reasons. This was shortly after Bill Berry’s departure and the release of their first post-Berry album Up. They didn’t tour this album so their headliner appearances at these Bridge School benefits was a big deal at the time. Several songs get their live debut here and the core trio is augmented by several notable guest musicians, including Neil Young playing lead guitar on “Country Feedback.”

This is a 1999 documentary following R.E.M. during the recording of ‘Up’. 

Up reached #3 in the U.S. (with 16 weeks on the Billboard 200) and #2 in the UK, but didn’t have the staying power of the band’s more-recent albums, and thus the band’s lowest sales in years. “The things that we have to do creatively for the band may not be the most commercial things,” Mike Mills observed. “That isn’t the point. The point is to keep it fresh and interesting and alive.” R.E.M. subsequently admitted that they came close to breaking up while recording the album.

Although R.E.M. initially intended not to tour for the album, after many successful promotional concerts upon the album’s release, the band quickly arranged a four-month arena tour of Europe and America during the summer of 1999. In 2005, Warner Bros. Records issued an expanded two-disc edition of Up which includes a CD, a DVD-Audio disc containing a 5.1-channel surround sound mix of the album done by Elliot Scheiner, and the original CD booklet with expanded liner notes.

R.E.M – ” Walk Unafraid “

Posted: December 20, 2014 in MUSIC
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with First Aid Kit covering this REM song thought we should look at the originators and this quite powerful song. taken from their eleventh album release “Up” by the American alternative rock band R.E.M. It was the band’s first album without original drummer Bill Berry, who left the group amicably in October 1997 to pursue his own interests. In his place, R.E.M. used session drummers and drum machines.