Tag: R.E.M.

NPR Streaming New Decemberists Album

Several of the 10 songs on the Decemberists’ latest, “The King is Dead,” address the war in Iraq.

Posted in Human Rights, Music and Activism

Alex Chilton 1950-2010

Cult rock icon Alex Chilton died yesterday in New Orleans. Ann Powers does him justice in the Los Angeles Times: “What I found on that journey was Alex Chilton. I’d already come to love Big Star’s catalog, introduced to me via the mix tapes my friends and I made for each other as we built…

Posted in Trends in Music and Society

Too Much Joy Singer Spills Beans On Digital Royalties

I get a kick out of learning how the sausages are made in the business called music. As the old-fashioned recording industry sinks slowly into the sunrise, it’s not surprising to discover that the competition for flotsam and jetsam to hang onto runs pretty high. Take for example the digital royalty statement recently received by…

Posted in Trends in Music and Society

Musicians Mobilize To Close Guantanamo

Barack Obama promised to close Guantanamo within a year of taking office. He has four months to go. Until then, dozens of musicians – including Rage Against the Machine, R.E.M., Trent Reznor, Pearl Jam, the Roots, and Rise Against – are demanding to know whether their music was played at ear-splitting volume in order to…

Posted in Human Rights, Music and Activism

R.E.M., Pearl Jam Among Acts Filing FOIA Requests Regarding Gitmo Music Abuse

Pearl Jam, R.E.M., and the Roots are among a coalition of musical headliners pressing the government to find out if their music was used to coerce or punish prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay, according to published news reports. “The fact that music I helped create was used in crimes against humanity sickens me,” said Rage…

Posted in Human Rights

R.E.M., MoveOn.org’s ‘We Can’t Afford To Wait’ Video

MoveOn.org asked members to “share photos showing how they and their loved ones are suffering under our broken health care system.” R.E.M. provided the music.

Posted in Music and Activism, Health Care Reform

Dancing About Politics: Trey Anastasio, Dr. John, SMAP

Links we’re in like with: The Boston Herald interviews Dr. John. “Did Katrina make you a political artist?” asks Jed Gottlieb. “I’ve been at that political stuff since the second record I made,” replies the Night Tripper, adding, “People outside of New Orleans have no idea what it’s like in the city. Half the population…

Posted in Trends in Music and Society

Georgia Theatre 1978-2009

A sad day for Athens, Georgia, is a say day for the world of live music. This morning, the historic Georgia Theatre burned down. Host to countless memorable shows by HeadCount affiliated artists, the Georgia Theatre has long been a staple for touring bands. The Athens-Clarke County Fire Chief called the venue, which opened in…