I remember when I was a kid, I would have extreme debates (read as: “fistfights”) with a friend of mine about who was the better band: U2 or REM.

Nobody ever won the debates (except that I did)… it’s been years since and I’ve come to realize just how utterly ridiculous those discussions were. I mean, how can you compare those two bands? They were similar yet different… similar in the fact that they were both rock bands and different in the fact that… well, they were just different.

It’d be like comparing The Three Amigos, Galaxy Quest, A Bug’s Life, to Seven Samurai. All the same premise, but all different movies… even though Seven Samurai was first.

Anyhow, because of these debates, my fascination with REM took a back seat, which turned out to be a shame. I finally caught up with them, though, and absolutely fell in love with their 1986-1993 period where they released some excellent albums like Lifes Rich Pageant, Document, and Monster. Sadly enough, I then lost interest because it was during that time when I discovered the sport of Underwater Basket Weaving… I actually earned the Silver Medal at the 2001 International World’s Cup Bowl Olympics, losing to N!aimi of the Dobe ǃKung.

It was heartbreaking because I sustained a career-ending injury, but I was revered for about 2 days in the small town of Bangorluncheontuyi… population: 3.

Anyhow, REM is back with a few new songs and is set to release their 15th studio album on March 8th. Titled Collapse Into Now, the record will feature a number of guests (Eddie Vedder and Patti Smith, to name a couple).

Here’s the tracklisting:

1. Discoverer
2. All the Best
3. Überlin
4. Oh My Heart
5. It Happened Today (featuring Eddie Vedder and Joel Gibb)
6. Every Day Is Yours to Win
7. Mine Smell Like Honey
8. Walk It Back
9. Alligator Aviator Autopilot Antimatter (featuring Peaches and Lenny Kaye)
10. That Someone Is You
11. Me, Marlon Brando, Marlon Brando and I
12. Blue (featuring Patti Smith)

Pretty exciting stuff, huh?

I’m extremely curious about the track called, “Mine Smells Like Honey,” because I want to know what “mine” is. Could they be talking about their finger? Or their foot? Or are they talking about honey?

I NEED THIS INFORMATION.

You’ll find below three tracks off the album… take a listen and tell me if you think they’re better than the songs off U2‘s last album, No Line on the Horizon. Maybe we can start open extreme debate again.

Visit their official site for more news and info on how to get some free downloads.

Your Dig-It But Sorry Can’t Downloads:

Oh My Heart – by R.E.M.
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Discoverer – by R.E.M.
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It Happened Today – by R.E.M.
[gplayer href=”http://www.mediafire.com/file/sjmsohhlscv691k/01%20It%20Happened%20Today.mp3″]It Happened Today[/gplayer]

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5 thoughts on “New R.E.M. Songs – “Oh My Heart,” “Discoverer,” and “It Happened Today”

  1. Wow, 15 albums. That is quite the career. I have never been an avid fan or followed their careers but I have always enjoyed their music that I was exposed. I find it hard to believe you at one time had debates as to who was the better band, U2 would be so disappointed in you!

    Basket weaving huh? I wonder what it would be like to live in your head for just one day 🙂

  2. REM. Haven’t listened to them on a regular basis for a while……..end of 2007/early 2008 I would say. Wow, that is SO sad. U2 and REM were my Physical Therapy bands. PT would put U2 on when I was there and slowly mixed in REM……….. he got me hooked. Hearing these songs has sparked my REM interest again. I don’t know why I drifted away from them. A guy I worked with always said they were depressing, so maybe he got into my head, who knows. Maybe it was laziness………..or that I just got VERY heavily into Springsteen and had so very much to catch up on there (and still do).

    In the 3 new REM songs: I like the lyrics, the voices, the music arrangements. I listened to the songs quite a few times throughout the day. I want to listen to them some more and look forward to the others.

    That is very different about how I feel about NLOTH (excepting Moment Of Surrender and White As Snow (music from Oh Come, Oh Come Emmanuel, a favorite hymn of mine) Magnificent is acceptable……….I don’t think that is really what U2 was going for. The rest of NLOTH is skip, skip, skip……….

    Underwater basket weaving? Did Bea, Milo or Oscar get you into this. What exactly is a career ending injury in underwater basket weaving? I NEED TO KNOW THIS INFORMATION.

  3. I love R.E.M…. but I, too, love U2 more. Hands down. But I still got a whole lotta love for this band.

    Was driving home from volleyball the other night and “Nightswimming” came on – Man ALIVE, I forgot how much I love that song. It was such a peaceful few minutes in the car alone and gave me the opportunity to just sit back, listen, and reflect (while still paying 100% attention to the road, of course!). Anyway, it also reminded me to come back here to grab these bad boys.

    Thank you for posting 🙂

    And as far as the tracklisting, I just gotta say, WHOA 😛

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