Desert Island Discs Archive

Desert Island Discs – Green, R.E.M.

Beginning to end, R.E.M.’s Green is arguably the band’s most accessible album.  That’s probably why it’s my favorite.  It was their debut with mega-record label Warner Brothers after being with indie label I.R.S. for years, and it seemed as if the band wanted to expand on the commercial success that “The One I Love” had …

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Desert Island Discs: Escape, Journey

I feel as if I have to defend this choice – of all the records ever recorded, this would be one of the top 20 that I would play incessantly on a desert island? It’s easy to poke fun at Journey – the spaceship-laden album covers with esoteric names such as “Frontiers,” “Infinity” and “Departure” …

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Desert Island Disc: Candy Butchers Self-Titled Album

My discovery of Mike Viola and the Candy Butchers and their unreleased demos is a story for the ages, one that involves hidden treasures, research and intrigue. First, the background. In 1996, the Candy Butchers had just released an EP, Live at La Bonbonniere, under Blue Thumb Records, and were putting the finishing touches on …

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