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The Decemberists, R.E.M., The Heligoats, More

December 1st, 2008

Episode 192 of 811 episodes

This year marks the 25th anniversary of R.E.M.'s debut full-length album, Murmur. The band is marking the occasion with a remastered version of the record and a deluxe edition that includes a bonus live concert from 1983. The Decemberists are also back, with a collection of new singles. Always The Bridesmaid features seven new songs the band is releasing in three installments, on vinyl and as digital downloads but not as CDs. Also on the show: Strokes drummer Fabrizio Moretti's side project called Little Joy, jazz trumpeter Steven Bernstein, electronica trio A.R.S., legendary guitarist Max Ochs, and the strangely compelling Heligoats.

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