“Wendell Gee”

What’s better than R.E.M.’s 1985 album, Fables of the Reconstruction? The 25th anniversary, super-duper deluxe reissue of R.E.M.’s 1985 album, Fables of the Reconstruction! Due July 13 via Capitol/I.R.S., the remastered album has been expanded with 14 previously unreleased demos and liner notes by Peter Buck (always loved his name). It’s available either digitally, on two CDs, or on 180g vinyl.

Writes Buck: “It’s a personal favorite, and I’m really proud of how strange it is. Nobody but R.E.M. could have made that record. It took our four twisted personalities and the legendary Joe Boyd to make an album that character-filled and vibey.”

As for the song “Wendell Gee”? Buck hated it. (Seriously.)

• R.E.M.: http://remhq.com
• Capitol: http://www.capitolrecords.com


“Classic” [feat. Talib Kweli]

“Classic,” produced by Karriem Riggins, may or may not be on MED’s upcoming album on Stones Throw. In other news, Green Day may or may not be guesting on the album, too.

• MED: http://www.myspace.com/medaphoar
• Stones Throw: http://www.stonesthrow.com

El Guincho


El Guincho’s Piratas De Sudamerica EP is out July 13 on Young Turks/XL Recordings, followed in the fall by his second full-length, Pop Negro. RACIST ALERT!

• El Guincho: http://www.myspace.com/elguincho
• Young Turks: http://www.theyoungturks.co.uk
• XL Recordings: http://www.xlrecordings.com

Pernice Brothers

“Jacqueline Susann”

Pernice Brothers’ video for “Jacqueline Susann” was shot for $30. That’s probably cheaper than all the bullshit chillwave videos being released lately! PB’s Goodbye, Killer (TMT Review) is available now on Ashmont.

• Pernice Brothers: http://www.pernicebrothers.com
• Ashmont: http://www.ashmontrecords.com


“Saanko jäädä yöksi (Ernest Gonzales remix)”

What do you get when you cross Finnish electro-pop trio Regina with Exponential Records owner Ernest Gonzales??????

• Regina: http://www.myspace.com/reginaxxx
• Ernest Gonzales: http://www.myspace.com/theoryofeverything
• Friendly Fire: http://www.friendlyfirerecordings.com
• Exponential Records: http://www.antipop.net


“Drugs Beach” [new song live]

The University of Minnesota’s Radio K rules. The station has been providing further proof of this by posting daily videos this week from HEALTH’s recent set at Minneapolis’ 7th St. Entry. Today’s video features HEALTH playing a brand new track, “Drug Beach.” Holy shit, am I right HEALTH fans?

• HEALTH: http://www.healthnoise.com
• Radio K: http://radiok.cce.umn.edu


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