THE NEW R.E.M. SINGLE: Here and elsewhere. It's not completely embarrassing, which is progress. The tenor of Vulture's post reminds me of something I saw on TEV the other day:

It's commonplace to observe that Fitzgerald's dictum "There are no second acts in American lives" is no longer worth the paper it's printed on. No, what's dizzying is that there's no longer even a decent sized intermission between acts.

Whatever else one might say, R.E.M. has at least had the decency to wander in the wilderness for most of the last decade.

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