Big day for rock'n'roll tomorrow when REM releases their new album, Accelerate, their 14th! It's also probably their best since Bush stole the election in Florida. An old friend of mine, Michael Goldberg, has an interview he just posted with Michael Stipe up at MOG. But let me suggest that you listen to the single first, "Supernatural Superserious." You'll be able to catch them live with Stephen Colbert on Wednesday. They played the Royal Albert Hall in London last week but their actual tour kicks off on the West Coast in late May. North American and European tour dates are here.
The album is so good that we just had to jump the gun and give you another song to listen to. This one is "Horse to Water" and we think it should be the follow-up single.
Tonight we have a little contest for REM fans. REM gave us 5 special edition CD/DVD packages to give away tonight. Each has a 64 page booklet and the 48 minute behind-the-scenes film by Vincent Moon (which includes pieces of performances from various songs). There are also two non-LP B-sides: “Red Head Walking” and "Airliner." Just drop us a paragraph and tell us which is the best REM song ever-- and why. Send your answer to email@example.com.