Guitarist Peter Buck
used to be in one of them most successful touring bands of all time. But now that R.E.M.
is no longer a concern, he's been able to do things a bit differently. As SlicingUpEyeballs
notes, the guitarist has announced details of his upcoming solo album. The record, on which Buck will sing eight of the twelve tracks, is planned as a vinyl-only release. What's more, the whole album took Buck a mere four-and-a-half days to record, a time that he hopes to get down to two days for the next record.
The guitarist also predicts that the album, released through Mississippi Records
, will be out in time for Thanksgiving: "If I had wanted to make it a CD, the CD would've been out three months ago, but vinyl is what I want to do for right now. It's a record - like all records, people will have to look for it, I guess. It's not gonna be in Walmart. We'll see about the digital. I'm sure it'll be out before, say, Thanksgiving. I say that with hope
Meanwhile, Buck intends to start playing shows with longtime sideman Scott McCaughey
, ex R.E.M. drummer Bill Rieflin
and others under the name Richard M. Nixon
. The first of their shows is this weekend in Seattle. Buck notes that fans can expect something a bit different from these shows compared to R.E.M.: "It's not really my job to be a frontman. I'm not gonna be doing hour-long sets or anything like that, but I wouldn't be surprised if you heard some songs from my next - this new thing that I did