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New tribute LP illuminates Arthur Russell's unappreciated greatness

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Covers are stubborn. For every magical Jimi Hendrix-“All Along the Watchtower” combination, hundreds of reinterpretations crash and burn. When Arcade Fire performed a new cover at every show on their Reflektor tour, for instance, they often fell short, because, well, even the Greatest Freakin’ Indie Band will struggle to nail iconic recordings by R.E.M. and Sam Cooke. Sometimes brilliance strikes, like on Cat Power’s The Covers Record, but tribute albums are frequently dull and all too often smack of washed-up stars trying to channel legends.

Considering these challenges, Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell, the new tribute dedicated to one of New York City’s most seminal (and unappreciated) musicians, is remarkable. Arthur Russell isn’t a household name, but this star-studded album could make listeners wonder why.

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Lindsay Lohan stars in R.E.M. video directed by James Franco

Yes, you read that right. Two of Hollywood’s strangest individuals, LiLo and JFray (I just made that up), have teamed up for an incredibly bizarre R.E.M. video.

Directed by James Franco in true James Franco fashion (meaning it’s basically a total blur), “Blue” stars Lindsay Lohan as a sultry muse for Terry Richardson. Lohan bites her lip and musses her hair while shots of Los Angeles fade in and out with dizzying persistence. All I can say is: don’t watch this if you get carsick.

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R.E.M. invite Kirsten Dunst to their farewell party in 'We All Go Back To Where We Belong' video: Watch it here!

R.E.M. said adios a few weeks ago, but they have a tiny bit of business to attend to before they go gently into that good night.

The band has a definitive compilation album called Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage coming out on November 15, and with that they have their last-ever single: A newly-recorded track called “We All Go Back to Where We Belong.”

The song itself is a reasonably catchy acoustic-and-strings number, but the real attention-grabber is the video that accompanies it. There are two versions of the video, actually. One stars poet, filmmaker, and activist John Giorno, but the other stars radiant Melancholia star Kirsten Dunst.

It’s a pretty simple premise: a static shot of Dunst staring right back at you, occasionally laughing suddenly or looking as though she might weep uncontrollably.

Give the Dunst version a spin below, and go ahead and pretend like you’re having a conversation with her, and that she’s laughing at your jokes and finding you fascinating and charming. We won’t tell anybody. (We’re totally going to tell everybody.) READ FULL STORY

Coldplay pay tribute to R.E.M. with cover of 'Everybody Hurts': Watch it here

With their deft ability to keep one foot in the underground and the other riding the mainstream wave, R.E.M. have served as a source of inspiration for hundreds of bands who believed they could start out small and gradually become stadium-fillers.

Though they’ve done it in a conflated period of time, Coldplay certainly followed that script, and R.E.M.’s breakup has clearly had a serious impact on frontman Chris Martin. During a concert on Saturday in Atlanta, only about 70 miles west of R.E.M’s hometown of Athens, Martin tipped his hat to his heroes with a cover of “Everybody Hurts.”

“One of our favorite bands of all time, for some crazy reason, have finished,” Martin announced from the stage, introducing his cover. “And it’s sad. Please don’t judge this cover version on its musical merits. See it for the gesture rather than its actual sound. This is just to show how much they meant to us.”

Check out his acoustic run through “Everybody Hurts” — which inspired quite the singalong in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park — after the jump. READ FULL STORY

R.E.M. officially disband after 30 years

After over three decades and 15 studio albums together, R.E.M. have decided to call it quits.

In a statement posted to their official website, the band told fans that Collapse Into Now (which was released earlier this year) would be the last thing the band recorded as a unit.

“To our Fans and Friends: As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band,” the announcement said. “We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening.”

The Athens, Georgia quartet (founded by singer Michael Stipe, drummer Bill Berry, bassist Mike Mills, and guitarist Peter Buck) soldiered on as a trio after Berry left the band in 1997 due to health problems.

All told, R.E.M. have sold over 25 million albums, amassed a bevy of awards, put out dozens of iconic music videos, and left behind a body of work that includes some of the most iconic songs of the end of the 20th century.

UPDATE: Stipe, Mills, and Buck each wrote their own individual comments about the break-up.

Mike Mills
“During our last tour, and while making Collapse Into Now and putting together this greatest hits retrospective, we started asking ourselves, ‘what next’? Working through our music and memories from over three decades was a hell of a journey. We realized that these songs seemed to draw a natural line under the last 31 years of our working together. READ FULL STORY

All-star Japan Relief album on iTunes now: Madonna, Gaga, John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Eminem, U2, Elton John, Justin Timberlake, and more contribute 38 hits to $9.99 comp

Dozens of the world’s best-known recording artists have come together for a digital-only album—downloadable today on iTunes for $9.99—with 100% of profits dedicated to relief efforts in earthquake-ravaged Japan. (To preview or purchase, click here.)

Songs for Japan features 38 tracks, the majority of them well-known hits, from a remastered version of John Lennon’s “Imagine” and Bob Dylan’s “Shelter from the Storm” to Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie” and Beyonce’s “Irreplaceable.”

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R.E.M.: Aaron Johnson goes dance crazy in the new video for 'UBerlin'

REM-Aaron-JohnsonImage Credit: Cass Bird; Landmark/PR PhotosIs it National “Hey, Remember You Can Dance To Rock Music Too” Year? First Thom Yorke got his groove on for Radiohead’s single “Lotus Flower.” Now those R.E.M. folks have released the clip for their single “ÜBerlin” which finds actor Aaron Johnson (Kick-Ass, the John Lennon movie Nowhere Boy) making like Fred Astaire. Okay, I’m not sure Astaire would have approved of Johnson’s casual attire — or, for that matter, his dance moves. But take a look and tell us what you think. READ FULL STORY

R.E.M. reveals details of 'expansive,' guest-packed new album: Should we be worried?

REMImage Credit: Erika Goldring/Retna LtdR.E.M. has finished recording Collapse Into Now, its fifteenth studio LP, according to a new interview with Spin. This is excellent news for R.E.M. fans—maybe. The previous decade was a bumpy one for us, as the numerous awesome R.E.M. albums of the ’80s and ’90s (several of which remain severely underrated) led into 2001’s Reveal and 2004’s Around the Sun, both generally regarded as subpar. Many fans, including myself, began to believe in R.E.M. again after 2008’s much better Accelerate. Will Collapse Into Now be a worthy follow-up or another turkey? Let’s look at the clues from that Spin interview… READ FULL STORY

'Glee' exclusive: Hear Cory Monteith cover R.E.M.'s 'Losing My Religion'

Next week’s episode of Glee is one of the series’ best episodes yet: a moving hour devoted to the subject of religion. Look for the episode to feature a slew of great spirituality-themed covers including Billy Joel’s “Only the Good Die Young,” Barbara Streisand’s “Papa Can You Hear Me,” The Beatles “I Wanna Hold Your Hand,” and R.E.M.’s “Losing My Religion,” performed by a faith-questioning Finn (Cory Monteith). For Monteith, the chance to tackle this tune was a dream come true. “So cool,” he tells EW. “I’ve been a huge Michael Stipe fan all my life.” Lucky for you Gleeks (and Music Mix-ers), EW has obtained an exclusive stream of Monteith’s version of the R.E.M. hit. Listen to Monteith pay homage to Stipe below…

To hear the other tracks from the episode, visit gleethemusic.com.

What did you think of Monteith’s version, Music Mix-ers? Is it as good as the original?

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What song is most likely to make men cry?

REMImage Credit: Joe Giron/CorbisMusic can make men cry. It’s okay to admit it — I’ve shed a tear or two to a tune in my day. According to a new study by PRS for Music (hat tip: Vulture), the song that most reliably produces this effect for gents is R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts,” followed by Eric Clapton’s “Tears in Heaven” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” Yeah, those are some tear-jerkers, all right.

Have any of those songs ever made you weep, dudes? What about any other tunes? We promise we won’t laugh. While you think it over, check out a live performance of “Everybody Hurts” after the jump and see if you can keep your eyes dry. READ FULL STORY

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