Perfect Circle: An R.E.M. Post

Well, it’s no secret that Murmur, R.E.M.’s debut album is 25 years old. Neither is it really secret anymore that they’re releasing a two disc special edition of the album to commemorate the day. And now this event will no longer be secret.

There’s a cd release party for the anniversary edition, as is R.E.M.’s tradition since “Automatic”. What’s different about this one is that 1) It’s a re-release 2)It’s an Athens bands play thing (like the “Finest Worksongs” event a while back) and 3) I will not be missing this one.

Seriously, I went to REM Live’s release, to Accelerate’s party, but I was not in town that fateful night that the boys (with Berry!) played the 40 Watt. My body aches from kicking myself so much.

Just wondering how the hell this is going to go. That’s a lot of bands playing a few songs. Last time there was about three songs per band but the hell with it. I’m a shiny happy person for it.

Anywho, a clip from that night and the official announcement below….

Thanks to Jeff Montgomery at for sending this out.

CD Release Party for the 25th anniversary deluxe edition of Murmur

Benefitting Community Connection of Northeast Georgia & Family Connection / Communities in Schools

Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Doors at 8:00 p.m.
40 Watt Club
285 W. Washington Street
Athens, GA 30601

Tickets: $10 advance
Advance tickets available at


Don Chambers + GOAT
Liz Durrett
Iron Hero
Nate Nelson
Heavy Feather
Packway Handle Band

Performing songs from R.E.M.’s 1983 debut LP, Murmur

The event will also feature:

Screening of vintage 1983 R.E.M. footage from the R.E.M. archives Limited edition Perfect Circle event t-shirts for sale designed by Jordan Noel Deluxe edition copies of Murmur for sale

About the Perfect Circle event:

A benefit preview listening party for each R.E.M. album of all-new material has been held in the band’s hometown since the release of 1992’s Automatic for the People. In 2006, the “Finest Worksongs” event celebrated the release of R.E.M.’s best of IRS years compilations with Athens bands performing R.E.M. songs.

Please note that the band will neither perform nor be in attendance at the event.

About the deluxe edition of Murmur:

The 25th anniversary of R.E.M.’s Murmur package features two discs and liner notes with essays from producers Mitch Easter and Don Dixon, among others. The first disc is a remastered version of the original album and the second contains a previously unreleased concert R.E.M. played at Larry’s Hideaway in Toronto a few months after the release of the album.

About the Beneficiaries:

Community Connection of Northeast Georgia celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2008 with the mission to nurture, develop, and maintain information and systems which empower individuals and communities to access needed resources and services. Community Connection provides a way to get help via the 211 Information & Referral Helpline, give help via the Hands on Northeast Georgia Volunteer Center, and grow help via the Non-Profit Development Alliance. For more information, visit or call 211 or 706-353-1313.

Athens-Clarke County Family Connection Partnership / Communities In Schools of Athens is a partnership of 90 organizations working with families to research the needs of children and families in the community and working together to address those needs. Athens-Clarke County Family Connection Partnership is the official planning and coordinating body for services for children and families in the community and co-convened Partners for a Prosperous Athens/OneAthens. For more information, visit or call 706-369-9732.

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