by (@BHSmithNYC)

Find Out Which Rock Stars Have Guested On Cooking Shows And Shown Off Their Culinary Skills

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Rock n’ roll and cooking. The two go together like peanut butter and Jameson’s Irish Whiskey. Actually the pairing is more common than you might think. Both aspiring rockers and chefs spend long hours learning their crafts in unsafe working conditions, thrive on spontaneous creativity, and aspire to send their audiences into a state of pleasure-driven bliss. Add to that the fact that many a musician has found kitchen work over the years, some even going on to become renowned world class chefs, and it’s no wonder there’s a podcast named Food Is The New Rock that obsesses on all things food and music.

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by (@TaylorFerber)

First Look at R.E.M.’s Upcoming REMTV Box Set

R.E.M. fans, we know you’re counting down until the new REMTV box set is released November 24th. In honor of their Storytellers special airing 16 years ago today, we have a special clip to hold you over and get you ready for more. Above is their performance of “Perfect Circle” in a clip that will be included in the set. Read more…

by (@JordanRuntagh)

This Is The End: The 10 Most Devastating Band Breakups Of All Time

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Like the great poet Neil Sedaka once said, breaking up is hard to do. It’s bad enough with couples in love, but when a band splits up, everyone suffers. Sure there’s always some solo stuff to look forward to, but it’s always lame (let’s be honest). The magical blend of your now-defunct favorite band is gone forever…and it’s hard, man!

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by (@fdot415)

Friday Face-Off Music Videos: Britney Spears vs. R.E.M.

So the end of the world didn’t come, but the end of the year still approaches. In the spirit of second chances, this week’s Friday Face-Off salutes the Mayan Apocalypse that never was and 2013 yet to come. Does R.E.M.‘s “It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” or Britney Spear‘s “Till The World Ends” say, sayonara 2012, best? Vote after you read our case for each, while I figure out to do with all these cases of bottled water.

Team Britney

Britney Spears “Till The World Ends - Dancing in a sewer ankle deep in feces isn’t my idea of a good time, but it beats getting impaled by a crumbling skyscrapers. Read more and vote…

by (@zaragolden)

James Franco, Lindsay Lohan, Terry Richardson and R.E.M. Join Forces For New “Blue” Video

Heavy as our hearts may be with the news, R.E.M. are still broken-up. They haven’t let their split mean the end, though, and Michael Stipe himself has launched the Collapse Into Now Film Project, divvying up songs from their last album to a group of artists and filmmakers who will create accompanying visuals. Amongst the hand picked group is James Franco, who was given the album’s closer to work with. And boy — tragic starlets, tragically hip photographers, and the ever-congested 405, oh my! — did he deliver.

Here we have “Blue,” a James Franco-directed video that and stars Lindsay Lohan and features the song “Blue,” off R.E.M.’s final album Collapse Into Now. There’s hazy fly-over footage of Los Angeles and sludgy guitars here, Terry Richardson shotting photos of of Miss Lohan in a slinky black tank and Patti Smith singing there — and zeitgeist-y as it may be, the song is very good and the visuals pleasant. And so we let go of the who’s-who’s and how did this happen’s and, lo and behold, turns out it’s a pretty good video! What do you think?

Watch the Video For R.E.M.’s “Blue”, Directed By James Franco and Starring Lindsay Lohan [Pitchfork]

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by (@kat_george)

Ingrid Michaelson Covers R.E.M.’s “Nightswimming” A Capella Style

If you’re looking to inject your day with a dose of pretty we suggest listening to singer/songwriter Ingrid Michaelson‘s cover of R.E.M.‘s classic “Nightswimming”. Michaelson took the piano-led original and infused it with her own magical vocal on SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Layering her voice and putting the various melodies on loop, Michaelson was her own full a Capella band, radiating a cool charm as her mesmerizing voice melted like honey over the dynamic vocal backing track. And it’s not only Michaelson’s a Capella that’s amazing, her album, Human Again, is doing well too, sitting pretty at number one on the iTunes charts.

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by (@kat_george)

Last Lap: Michael Stipe Has The Force And He’s Not Afraid To Use It

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Retirement seems to be treating the former R.E.M. frontman well, wouldn’t you say? [Confessions Of A Michael Stipe]

Scarlett Johansson Duets With Dean Martin (!!!)
ScarJo sings with the dead on the new edition of the late Dean Martin‘s album, My Kind Of Christmas. The actor-come singer’s vocals appear alongside Dean Martin’s on “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” and it’s quite lovely, really. [Stereogum]

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by (@unclegrambo)

R.E.M.emories: VH1 Staffers Reflect Back On Their Favorite Songs From The R.E.M. Catalog

R.E.M.‘s announcement earlier today that they’re “calling it a day as a band” after 31 years together hit the VH1 offices even harder than that earthquake did a few weeks back. As a means of aiding everyone accelerate through their own personal Kübler-Ross grief cycle, we reached out to a number of VH1 staffers and asked them to share their favorite R.E.M. memories. We sincerely hope that this feature is as instrumental in helping you reach your own personal Acceptance stage as it was for us. And if you have your own memories, please share them below in our comments section; we’d love to hear them!

“BEGIN THE BEGIN” (LIFE’S RICH PAGEANT, 1986) by TOM CALDERONE, PRESIDENT (@tomcalderone)
I was the program director of my college radio station, Buffalo State College’s WBNY, when Murmur came out. “Radio Free Europe” was the single, and R.E.M. was opening for the English Beat and Squeeze; that’s kind of what the pecking order was for them at the time. One day, their label called and said, “Hey, we’re selling a lot of records in Buffalo, and you’re the only radio station playing them, we want to have them come play Buffalo.” We said “Great!” So they played this place called the Lackawanna Sky Room. They told us, “We don’t really have much to play, we could use an opening act.” So we offered to help. At the time, the Goo Goo Dolls were so metal that it wasn’t the right call, but there was this other little band from Jamestown called the 10,000 Maniacs. We suggested them, explaining to them that this Natalie Merchant girl, she’s great, and the band’s really cool, and you guys will get along. That’s how the friendship between the bands began, back at the Lackawanna Sky Room. They were the nicest guys, incredibly giving to the college radio stations all across the country.

My favorite song by R.E.M. is “Strange,” which is actually a Wire cover. Of their originals, “Begin The Begin” is my probably my fave. It had a really cool edge to it, and sounded a little bit different than what they normally had done. It recently came to life to me again, about a year and a half or so ago, when The Decemberists did it live with Peter Buck on stage. I thought to myself, ‘I forgot how good that song was!’, so I revisited it again. Of their later material, “Crush With Eyeliner” was my favorite.

“EVERYBODY HURTS” (AUTOMATIC FOR THE PEOPLE, 1992) by SANDY ALOUETE, SVP MUSIC & TALENT RELATIONS
One of my former boyfriends was hellbent on buying the identical neon star from the cover of Automatic For The People, and he finally tracked one down outside of an abandoned motel in upstate NY. I loaned him the money to have it professionally cut down, I housed it for him in my parents? garage until he could clear out enough space in his Greenpoint apartment/recording studio, and then not long after he got the star, we broke up. Did I ever get the money back? Nope. Shouldn?t I by rights take the neon star for my very own? Yep. EVERYBODY HURTS.

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