Friday Desk Clearing: New R.E.M. DVD Set & Bloodshot Anniversary Collection

Just wanted to get the word out on some really cool new collections coming up later this year.

R.E.M. and MTV have a long history together. Enough to fill 6 DVDs, as the upcoming REMTV box set proves. Besides the obvious inclusion of the band’s 2 Unplugged sessions, VH1 Storytellers shows and various appearances (going back to 1983), the set also has live concerts of the group performing in Dallas, Cologne, Athens (Greece) and other locations. Plus there is an all-new documentary and plenty of outtakes. Look for it in store on Nov. 24 (okay, it does have a hefty suggested price of $99.98).


In November, the iconoclastic indie label Bloodshot Records celebrates its 20th anniversary in a suitably unique way – they have gotten 38 acts to cover songs originally released by the label over the years. Among the tracks on the awesome-looking While No One Was Looking: Toasting 20 Years of Bloodshot Records are Blitzen Trapper doing Ryan Adams‘ “To Be Young (Is To Be Sad, Is To Be High),” Carolyn Mark covering Alejandro Escovedo‘s “Last To Know,” Andrew Bird & Nora O’Connor performing Robbie Fulks‘ “I’ll Trade You Money For Wine,” The Handsome Family‘s version of the Bottle Rockets‘ “1000 Dollar Car” and William Elliott Whitmore‘s take on “I Wish I Was The Moon” by Neko Case.


Also this fall, look for a couple of Kinks “kollections” in honor of the band’s 50th anniversary. BMG/InGrooves will release the Anthology 1964-1971 anthology, which will contain over 100 songs (including rarities and 25 never before released tracks), and Legacy Recordings has an Oct. 14th release date for a 2-disc Essential Kinks “kompilation.”

R.E.M.’s Georgia brethren Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ will be the subject of their own documentary Scarred But Smarter (life n times of drivin n cryin). that will be released on Nov. 4. It’s nice that this long-running cult band will be some deserved attention. Maybe the film will give a good explanation on all of the various spellings the band name has had over the years.

Another documentary A Place We Have Been To spotlights another batch of Georgia bands, those part of the Elephant 6 Recording Company (Neutral Milk Hotel, Apples in Stereo, Olivia Tremor Control and Of Montreal). This film project is still a work-in-project and fundraising is being done at Pledge Music.

About Michael Berick

I am a longtime writer, and lover, of music and pop culture. I have written for Entertainment Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, the LA Weekly, the San Francisco Chronicle, Cleveland Scene and more places (that I wouldn't take up more of your time mentioning now).
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