File Under Water

File Under Water

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An R.E.M. podcast.


20: Finale
Oct 25, 2017 • 86 min
It's the end of the show as we know it (and we feel fine). This has been a great deal of fun, revisiting one of our favorite bands and thinking long and hard about what makes them special. We found new favorite songs and learned about the lives and…
19: Collapse Into Now
Oct 11, 2017 • 95 min
R.E.M. goes out on a high note with Collapse Into Now, an album that takes a bit of a tour through the band's various styles over the years. It's impossible to say that the upward trend in the quality of their records would continue, but it's fitting that…
18: Accelerate
Sep 27, 2017 • 70 min
R.E.M. pulls out of its nosedive with an album whose title also serves as its mission statement. It was lauded as a return to form for the band, compared to Lifes Rich Pageant, and talked up as the album that Monster was supposed to be. But does it stand…
17: Around the Sun
Sep 13, 2017 • 87 min
Well, this is it. The nadir. If you're thinking R.E.M. couldn't release an album as bad as Around the Sun's reputation would indicate, then we're sorry to tell you that they can. Up might have had a daysleeper, but this one's a sleepwalker. It's hard to…
16: Reveal
Aug 30, 2017 • 108 min
R.E.M. set out to make an idyllic album about summer, but instead made a product that showed the world just how comfortable they'd gotten. The highs are still high, but the search for what R.E.M.'s voice would be would continue.Links:r.e.m.IX -…
15: Up
Aug 16, 2017 • 111 min
After the Bill Berry left the band, R.E.M. had to make the biggest adjustment of their 18 year career. Previous reinventions happened on their own time, and at their own discretion. The shifts into clearer lyrics, into softer instrumentation, and into…
14: Unplugged
Aug 2, 2017 • 47 min
Our second letters episode also looks at two MTV Unplugged performances, separated by a decade.
13: New Adventures in Hi Fi
Jul 19, 2017 • 129 min
One last hurrah for the boys as we knew them. Hot off the Monster tour with some recordings in hand, R.E.M. was ready to make their best album in years. New Adventures in Hi-Fi meanders in all the right ways, keeping you on your toes with new ideas and…
12: Monster
Jul 5, 2017 • 87 min
Bigger, dumber, more inconsistent. Hot off the heels of their biggest success ever, R.E.M. was ready to tour again. And concurrently, Bill Berry gave the band an ultimatum: no more soft acoustic jams. The result was an album that reveled in its…
11: Automatic for the People
Jun 21, 2017 • 123 min
Two cars in every garage, and a copy of "Automatic for the People" on every media shelf. The R.E.M. rocket is about to reach its apex, as our boys from Athens are riding high after "Out of Time" and about to release their most successful album ever. What…
10: Out of Time
Jun 7, 2017 • 96 min
It took seven albums and 11 years, but R.E.M. finally got their breakthrough in 1991 with Out of Time. The overall album heads in the same direction as Green, but goes even further into mandolin weirdness. Freed from the constraints of touring, Peter,…
9: Green
May 24, 2017 • 107 min
Warner Bros. signed R.E.M. at the height of their popularity as an alternative rock band. Imagine their surprise when the R.E.M. they got sounded nothing like the R.E.M. that released Document just a couple of years earlier. Peter, Mike, Michael, and Bill…
8: Document
May 10, 2017 • 100 min
Their first platinum record. Their first top ten single. Their first kinda bad album? It was 1987 and R.E.M. was staring down their last album with IRS. Continuing the trend from Lifes Rich Pageant, they wanted it to be loud and political. That may have…
7: Dead Letter Office
Apr 26, 2017 • 81 min
We've already talked about most of the B-sides, so instead we turn to the mail bag to read your R.E.M. thoughts.Links:DEAD LETTER OFFICE | R.E.M.HQEPONYMOUS | R.E.M.HQR.E.M. - “Jazz Lips” 1981 Drive-In Studio Outtake - YouTubeR.E.M. - “September Sang”…
6: Lifes Rich Pageant
Apr 12, 2017 • 86 min
The top half is R.E.M. at the top of their game, and the bottom half is, appropriately, some bullshit. After the misery of recording Fables of the Reconstruction, R.E.M. wanted a win. So they headed to Indiana to record with John Cougar Mellencamp's…
5: Fables of the Reconstruction
Mar 23, 2017 • 83 min
The band didn't like it. The critics didn't like it. But we do. R.E.M.'s story so far has been one of effortless creativity. They worked very hard to make good things happen, but they also had the right friends and creative partners to be truly prolific…
4: Reckoning
Mar 15, 2017 • 81 min
The members of R.E.M. were anxious about creating a followup to Murmur, so instead they created a masterpiece. Reckoning is all over the map when it comes to style and production, but it provides evidence of how prolific and creative the band was from…
3: Murmur
Mar 1, 2017 • 84 min
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross begin their journey through R.E.M.'s full-length discography in earnest, by discussing the deeply earnest album Murmur. Quiet, dark, and weird, it was unlike anything people had heard. It sold like gangbusters, took Rolling…
2: Chronic Town
Feb 15, 2017 • 60 min
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross discuss the music and production history of R.E.M.'s debut EP, "Chronic Town". It's an opening salvo that contains bits and pieces of everything the band would eventually become. The links below are a comprehensive listening…
1: Do Not Open
Feb 1, 2017 • 70 min
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross discuss the biographies of R.E.M.'s members, and the earliest years of the formation of the band. The links below are a comprehensive listening list, and we encourage you to listen to them before, alongside, and after the…