Today I’m joined by a journalist of such lethal cunning… Chris Hewitt - news editor for film journal Empire Magazine and host of their massively popular podcast - joins me to talk about an overlooked classic in the catalogue of Georgian alt-rockers REM - 1996′s ‘New Adventures in Hi-Fi’.
How does the near death of drummer Bill Berry hang over the atmosphere of the album? How did Michael Stipe’s vocal style evolve from Murmur to this album and beyond? Why does Chris think Ringo Starr is the worst drummer in rock history? What was the REM’s controversial original name? How did the band end up outlasting some of the acts it influenced? and most importantly - which members of the Avengers cast will play REM in the movie that tells the story of their reunion to take down President Donald Trump?
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My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it's influenced them.
Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist, concert promoter and photographer. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins.
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