Monday, March 24, 2008
THE UNKNOWN: R.E.M. - MTV Unplugged
I have been distant. I have been withdrawn. I know I had surgery. But something more important...something more life-changing has been distracting me for the past few weeks. It is the NCAA basketball tournament. One of the greatest...if not greatest sporting events of all time. 65 college basketball teams compete in a single-elimination tournament. One missed shot...one extra turnover...one extra free throw can spell the difference between getting to play another game and going home until next season...or some cases...forever.
But now that the "madness" has lulled until Thursday...I have time to get back into my blogging.
A week from today...on April First (and it's not a joke), R.E.M. is set to release their 15th album. That's right 15 albums. Some bands are lucky to get to record 15 songs. R.E.M. has proven that they aren't some flash in the pan indie rock band. They are in fact, one of the greatest rock bands of all time.
This entire week will be dedicated to R.E.M. coming up with every list imaginable about the band. But today...no list. Instead, how about a Happy post-Easter treat.
Here is R.E.M.'s performance from MTV Unplugged. And a hidden classic at that...
1. World Leader Pretend
2. Half a World Away
3. Disturbance At Heron House
4. Swan Swan H
5. Radio Song
7. Perfect Circle
8. Fall On Me
10. Love is all Around
11. End of the World
12. Losing My Religion
13. Pop Song 89
Here's the deal. In order to get more R.E.M. goodies...you must buy the new album, Accelerate, by the band. (less than $10 here) Don't burn it from a friend. Don't get it off bittorent. Don't put your ear to the wall and listen to your neighbor's copy. Go buy your own. If I see that a lot of people are going out and buying the album (and I can tell by all your clicks), I will continue to post great stuff. If not...this will become Bryan Adams week. And trust me, the last thing you want is 11 different versions of Run To You.