Ed. Note: Welcome to the first of our new weekly posts. Every day we will have a new post dedicated to something involving the music industry. Tuesdays will focus on new releases, so stay tuned for recommended picks and other albums coming out each week right here on WMFO.
Here are the new releases for March 8, 2011:
Featured New Release: R.E.M. – Collapse Into Now
The Band: Formed in 1980 in Athens, Georgia, R.E.M. have taken the Alt-Rock scene by storm ever since their inception. Buoyed by airplay on college radio, their 1983 debut album Murmur was met with critical acclaim, launching the band to become one of the forerunners of Alt-Rock before the genre hit it’s stride in the 90s. In 2007 they were inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. They’re best known for songs like “Losing my Religion” and “It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I feel fine)”.
R.E.M.’s first album since Accelerate in 2008, Collapse Into Now is the band’s fifteenth album. It features guest artists like Eddie Vedder, Patti Smith, Peaches, Lenny Kaye, and Joel Gibb.
Also out this week:
Carol Bui – Red Ship
Bruce Cockburn – Small Source of Comfort
The Color Morale – My Devil in Your Eyes
Sara Evans – Stronger
Dam Mantle – First Wave
Dance Gavin Dance – Downtown Battle Mountain Pt. II
Dinosaur Bones – My Divider
Riley Ethridge, Jr. – Power Keg
Avril Lavigne – Goodbye Lullaby
Lupe Fiasco – Lasers
Parts & Labor – Constant Future
Raekwon – Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang
Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo
Wye Oak – Civilian