Episode 170: Literally Pretentious

Matt and Ryan listen to and discuss R.E.M.’s “Murmur” and interview Jason Hammel of the electro-pop band Mates of State.

Matt and Ryan listen to and discuss R.E.M.’s Murmur, and interview Jason Hammel of the indie pop band Mates of State.

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2 Comments on “Episode 170: Literally Pretentious”

  1. Rich #

    At one time REM was my favorite band. Document was the first REM album I ever owned, right after it came out. I have owned every track they have ever recorded. Including all of the reissue alt tracks. It must be 15 years since I listened to Murmur.

    It is strange to listen to now. Being a 43 year old man, this album is alien to me. I can no longer get my mind in the place that makes this album make sense to me. I am not nostalgic for the past listening to it.

    TFT Wishlist

    U2 – The Unforgettable Fire – 1984
    The Replacements – Tim – 1985
    The Smiths – The Queen is Dead – 1986
    Public Enemy – It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back – 1988
    Pixies – Doolittle – 1989
    The Sundays – Reading, Writing and Arithmetic – 1990
    Uncle Tupelo – Anodyne – 1993
    Hole – Live Throught This – 1994
    Modest Mouse – The Lonesome Crowded West – 1997
    The Microphones – The Glow Pt. 2 – 2001
    Sun Kil Moon – Tiny Cities – 2005
    The Shins – Chutes Too Narrow – 2003


  2. sheely OTI Staff #

    Thanks for the comment, Rich. We had less of an extensive history with REM, but I think we found similar issues with it (see the title that we chose, and the surrounding discussion in the episode). That said, I do think there is a lot of interesting stuff going on in this album that I really enjoyed getting to know better, but maybe that is because I was approaching it less from a possible nostalgia perspective and more with fresh ears.

    A lot of these suggestions are great…A number of the 80s albums (or other albums by the same artists) are on our short-term agenda, and a bunch of the rest are definitely lined up for when we make it to the 90s (Lonesome Crowded West is definitely one of my favorite albums, and I love Chutes Too Narrow as well).


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