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Friday, November 21, 2008

"There's the key, your adventure for today"

I believe my shirt is wearing thin
And change is what I believe in
- "I Believe"

Ack, Michael Stipe needs a shirt! Here's one. It's funny because —well, you know. He deserves lots of hilarious t-shirts.

On the last night of their world tour, R.E.M. played extra songs for their Mexico City audience, including a rendition of "Country Feedback" that might be the most beautiful song they—or you will hear this year. Staggering guitarwork by Peter Buck.

The band has posted well over half an hour of Mexico City concert footage, including that gem. "This song is actually a request," Stipe said, in introducing "Country Feedback", "but it's a request on the part of each one of us because it's one of our favorite songs that we ever wrote and we love to play it." That's lucky, because a lot of people probably love to hear it.

Stipe cited the end of the tour as one reason for the extra songs, as well as fondness for the audience. Future concert-goers wondering whether there's anything they can do to increase the odds of extra songs might want to note his specific words of praise and follow their example: "You guys have been awesome and you look great too and you smell pretty good up close and you know the words."

The "set" as posted (i.e. a portion of their concert):

1. "Supernatural Superserious"
2. "Losing My Religion"
3. "I Believe" (Stipe, afterward: "Well, thank you. That was kind of goofy, but that was fun.")
4. "Country Feedback"
5. "Life and How to Live It"
6. "Man on the Moon"


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