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Complete freedom after a long spell in a very successful rock band has its privileges. Peter Buck (Mississippi/Change), the new good-time album by ex-R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck, is one of them. It is the first solo music to emerge since he, bassist Mike Mills and singer Michael Stipe dissolved that band in 2011. But you’ll need a turntable to play this fun. An ardent record collector, Buck has issued his debut effort only on black 12-inch wax, with no download code, through a label associated with a great Portland, Oregon, store: Mississippi Records.

The guitarist also made Peter Buck the way he used to wish R.E.M. worked more often: fast. He cut and mixed all 14 tracks in five days, and he did it with friends, including Mills, Jenny Conlee of the Decemberists, Patti Smith guitarist Lenny Kaye and Corin Tucker of Sleater-Kinney. Drummer Bill Rieflin and guitarist Scott McCaughey, who both toured and recorded with the post-Bill Berry R.E.M. (the latter is Buck’s bandmate in the Minus 5 too), are all over the record.READ MORE


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