signs of flickering amidst the embers

Stereogum has posted five YouTube videos from R.E.M.’s “live rehearsal” tour of Ireland, featuring new songs presumably to be featured on their forthcoming album.

I’m provisionally encouraged, particularly after the almost complete disaster that was Around the World Sun*. Peter Buck has remembered why his guitar has amplification, for one thing, and even if the first and last songs risk dropping into that midtempo area they’ve been purgated in for years, they’re at least not all in A minor.

(via Fluxblog)

* Steve of Hot Rox Avec Lying Sweet Talk pointed out I’d gotten the title wrong. In my defense, and as I said to him, that album has barely enough energy to get Around the Block. Oh the humor.

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