Tag: R.E.M.

  • An Opinionated History of Modern Rock

    Hypothesis: while it is usually impossible to pick a precise genesis of any cultural movement, for the purposes of this exercise, R.E.M.’s “Radio Free Europe” gave birth to “modern rock,” and Radiohead’s “Paranoid Android” killed it. I slid in some obvious precursors to R.E.M. and covered the dénouement and fallout from OK Computer as well.…

  • Beaver Hall, Junior Year

    Inspired by the announcement of R.E.M.’s “Up” reissue, I took a trip back to Fall ’98, my first semester away at Penn State. Here’s the contemporaneous music that was spinning in my dorm room on the 4th floor of Beaver Hall. Listen on Apple Music, Spotify or Last.fm.

  • Dropped into my local record store around lunchtime. …

    Dropped into my local record store around lunchtime. Clerk saw me, walked over and said “Dude, I have a truckload of new, super clean 80s indie and alternative in, but that copy of ‘Green’ I posted on Insta last night just walked out the door.”

    I feel very Seen. It feels good.