R.E.M.'s Peter Buck: 'My New Album Won't Be In Walmart'

Peter Buck's new album won't be in Walmart. Guitarist's solo record will be vinyl-only.

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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".

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15 comments sorted by best / new / date

    rockfreak611
    vinyl-only? as cool as this sounds, this is a terrible move if he's actually looking to make a decent amount of money off of it or get more widespread popularity from it. people who do not own or do not want to be bothered with buying a record player will just torrent it for free or listen through youtube, since there is no option to buy it digitally or in CD form.
    DickHardwood
    I doubt Buck's doing this for a buck, the man has probably made more than enough with R.E.M. and I would pay money to get this. Vinyl is awesome, plain as that. Digital release wouldn't do much good anyway, for 1 person buying it 20 would torrent it. I know this sample before buy thing is an up but I kinda miss buying an album looking forward to what it might sound like.
    broken ipod
    im sure he knows what hes doing. Obviously refusing to release something in more formats or in more stores will lower sales.
    onealsm
    I think this is a great move. People really need to rediscover the experience of buying a vinyl record at an actual physical location. It makes music that much more powerful and magical.
    Rimfrost
    Kinda sucks that more and more artists seems to neglect cd releases, ive even seen bands that only release their material on casette tapes and Vinyl, wth? As im not planning to buy a vinly player any time soon it just means that im probably going to end up buying some other record instead.
    Kueller917
    I have the same issue with that. I love vinyl but I don't have a record player of my own.
    dr718
    If getting a lot of listeners interested in his material is something aspires to, making it hard for people to do it is a poor strategy. It would seem he only wants an audience who like him so much they'll go way out of their way for him. A sure way to keep his audience small...
    jrodgers
    I love how the article title implies something like "Peter Buck SLAMS Walmart", but in context all he meant was that because his album is only on vinyl it wont be sold in retail chains such as Walmart. Kinda disapointing...I like listen to people rip on Walmart
    Eifler121
    Translation: Peter Buck tries to cover up not being worth mass-producing by claiming he's too cool for Wal-Mart
    bearmod
    Isn't the fact that this is going to be a vinyl only release a little bit more headline worthy then it not being sold at Walmart? Chalk another one up for bad UG headlines.