New Music Tuesday: R.E.M. 'Collapse Into Now,' Billy Joel, Glee, Avril Lavigne, Sara Evans

R.E.M. returns with a new album but no tour...
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I was all prepared to start this off talking about the new R.E.M. record until I saw there's actually a fucking Altar Bridge tribute album. Let's stop and think about that for a moment and then spend the rest of our lives trying to forget it. My consciousness has been assaulted. I have experienced souldeath.

No smooth segue from that so we'll just start talking about the album I'm (trying to be) most excited about this week, Collapse Into Now from R.E.M.

R.E.M.
Collapse Into Now
 

R.E.M. returned from the bland grave they dug themselves on Around The Sun with the spirited Accelerate. I saw them on that tour, my first ever R.E.M. show. I was so excited about new music from R.E.M., but a bevy of guests on the record (Peaches, Patti Smith, Eddie Vedder) and the song titles gave my heart warning. Nothing I've heard so far have inspired hope in me. I'm going to buy the album. I'm going to hope the three songs I've heard – "Discoverer," "Oh My Heart," and "It Happened Today" – are the filler and that the best is still to come. I love R.E.M. and want to like this record but we're off to a bad start. Now they're not even going to tour. Yeah, we're off to a bad start.

Alter Bridge Tribute - String Tribute To Alter Bridge
Ancient Astronauts - Into Bass And Time
Ann-Margaret & Al Hirt - Personalities -- The Velvet Lounge
Asia - Spirit Of The Night - Live
Ava Inferi - Onyx
B Lan 3 - Library Catalog Music Series:
Bang Tango - Psycho Cafe
Bang Tango - Dancin' On Coals
Bang Tango - Ain't No Jive... Live
Beehoover - Concrete Catalyst
Benedictum - Dominion
Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley's Beach Party
Bolin, Tommy - Teaser Deluxe
Bon Jovi - The Lowdown
Cervenka, Exene - The Excitement Of Maybe
Charles, Ray - The Soul Explosion 1954 - 1960
Children Of Bodom - Relentless, Reckless Forever / [Cd/Dvd Combo]
Cockburn, Bruce - Small Source Of Comfort
Collins, Bobby - I'm On The Boat
Color Morale, The - My Devil In Your Eyes
Condemned? - Condemned2death
Creepersin - The Rise Of Creepersin
Curious Mystery, The - We Creeling
Curtis, Stoney Band - Cosmic Conn3ction
Cusson, Matt - One Of Those Nights
Cut Copy - Zonoscope / [Cd/Dvd Combo] [Deluxe Edition]
Dance Gavin Dance - Downtown Battle Mountain Ii
Defeater - Empty Days & Sleepless Nights
Demon Hunter - Death, A Destination
Destruction - Day Of Reckoning
Diamond, Neil - The Bang Years
Dinosaur Bones - My Divider
Diversecity - Welcome
Domino, Fats - Rare Dominos Vols. 1 & 2
Dornenreich - Flammentriebe
Drive Angry - Score
Eagle, The Score - Atli Orvarsson
Eis - Kainsmal
Etheridge, Riley Jr - Powder Keg
Evans, Sara - Stronger
Factory Of Dreams - Melotronical
Fen - Epoch
Fulton, Champian - The Breeze And I
Fuzztones - Preaching To The Perverted
Gehenna - Ww
Glee Cast - Glee: The Music, Volume 5
Glen Galaxy - Thankyou
Go-Ray & Duke - The Yoga Sessions: Go-Ray & Du
Gocho - Mi Musica
Grails - Deep Politics
Gray, Dobie - Drift Away / Loving Arms (2-For-1)
Grossman, Stefan - The Ragtime Cowboy Jew
Gurtu, Trilok, Phillips, Simon & Ndr Bigband - 21 Spices
Halfbrother Sid - Crazier Than Thou
Harley, Steve - Hobo With A Grin/The Candidate
High Kings, The - Memory Lane
Hollies, The - Bus Stop/Stop! Stop! Stop!
Human Abstract, The - Digital Veil
Isomer - Face Toward The Sun
Jag Panzer - The Scourge Of The Light
Jelly Roll Morton - Jazz Biography
Jennifer Stinton; Scottish Chamber Orchestra; Steuart Bedford - Stinton, Jennifer: Twentieth Century Flute Concerti: Poulenc, Nielsen, Honegger
Jib Kidder - Library Catalog Music Series:
Joel, Billy - Live At Shea Stadium
John Barry - John Barry
Jolly - Audio Guide To Happiness, The
Jonny Greenwood - Norwegian Wood Ost
Kitt, Eartha And Shorty Rogers - St. Louis Blues -- The Velvet Lounge
Klugh, Earl - Dream Come True/Crazy For You/Low Ride
Kooper, Al - Easy Does It / New York City (You’re A Woman) / A Possible Projection Of The Future (Double Cd)
Kumaresh, Dr. Jayanthi - Mysterious Duality
Lavigne, Avril - Goodbye Lullaby
Lavigne, Avril - Goodbye Lullaby (Deluxe Edition)
Lawson, Robbie - Rise And Shine
Lifelover - Sjukdom
Lil Keke - 713 : Volume 4
Long Distance Calling - Long Distance Calling
Love, Billy - Gee....I Wish
Luis Conte - En Casa De Luis
Lullwater - Silhouette
Lupe Fiasco - Lasers (Amended)
Lupe Fiasco - Lasers
Mae - Evening
Mahones, The - Draggin The Days
Mahones, The - Live At The Horseshoe
Mahones, The - Rise Again
Mahones, The - Take No Prisoners
Mahones, The - The Irish Punk Collection
Mahones, The - Black Irish
Mahones, The - Here Comes Lucky
Mahones, The - Paint The Town Red
Mahones, The - The Hellfire Club Sessions
Manzanera, Phil - Diamond Head
Marco Capelli Acoustic Trio - Le Nuages En France
Maruta - Forward Into Regression
Mcnamara, Stevin - Prana Groove
Memphis - Here Comes A City
Morning Teleportation - Expanding Anyway
Morse, Steve - High Tension Wires (Re-Release)
Mr. Capone-E & Mr. Criminal - South Side's Most Wanted
Mumford & Sons Tribute - Piano Tribute To Mumford & Sons
Murder Junkies - Road Killer
Murdoch, Alexi - Towards The Sun
Nelson, Rick - Million Sellers/Rick Is 21
Norton, Jim - Despicable
Parts & Labor - Constant Future
Phillips, Charlie - Sugartime
Presley, Elvis - Elvis Is Back (Legacy Edition)
Pride, Charley - Choices
Quiet Sun - Mainstream
R.E.M. - Collapse Into Now
Raekwon - Shaolin Vs. Wu-Tang
Raekwon - Shaolin Vs. Wu-Tang (Edited)
Raiders - Country Wine... Plus
Red Lili - Une Vie De Reve
Reeves, Glenn - Johnny On The Spot
Richards, Keith - The Document
Rick Trevino - In My Dreams/Whole Town Blue
Rival Schools - Pedals
Rolf Julius - Music For A Distance
Sanborn, Kathy - Blues For Breakfast
Shangri-Las, The - Remember
Shelter - Score
Sierra Hull - Daybreak
Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water (40th Anniversary Edition)
Soundtrack - Battle: Los Angeles (Brian Tyler)
Soundtrack - Unknown (John Ottman)
Spellman, Jimmy - Doggonit - Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight
Starfucker - Reptilians
Steve Morse Band - Southern Steel
Steve Morse Band - Coast To Coast
Stone Sour Tribute - String Tribute To Stone Sour
Sufis At The Cinema - 50 Years Of Bollywood Qawwali & Sufi Song 1958-2007
Tafari, Ya - Utopia
The Antikaroshi - Per/Son/Alien
Three Days Grace Tribute - String Tribute To Three Days Grace
Tiger - Most Wanted
Tosh, Daniel - Happy Thoughts
Touissant, Allen - The Allen Touissant Story
Trust Company - Dreaming In Black And White
Turisas - Stand Up And Fight
U.D.O. - Mastercutor
U.D.O. - Mission No. X
Ufo - All The Hits & More
Various - Odd Couples -- What Were They Thinking? The Velvet Lounge
Various - That'll Flat Git It, Vol. 27 From The Vault Of Sage And Sand Records
Various - The Red Bird Story
Various - Electronic Body Matrix 1
Various - Frank Zappa's Classical Selection
Various - I'm Going Slightly Mad
Veggietales - Hosanna!-Today's Top Worship Songs For Kids
Vile, Kurt - Smoke Ring For My Halo
Warlock - Hellbound
Warlock - True As Steel
Warlock - Triumph And Agony
Wc - Revenge Of The Barracuda
Winehouse, Mitch - Rush Of Love
Wino - Adrift
Wires Under Tension - Light Science
Withering Soul - No Closure
Wye Oak - Civilian
Zukerman, Natalia - Gas Station Roses