“Your Capricious Soul” will be released on Saturday (Oct. 5) through Stipe’s website.
Michael Stipe teased his first ever solo song with a 40-second Instagram snippet of a track called “Future, If Future” to mark yesterday’s March for Our Lives rallies across the world. Over a frenetic electro beat, Stipe sings, “Future, if Future, this future is ours/ Stunk to high heaven lotus, nerve gas or flowers/ We’ve got the obvious, we’ve got the power/ Please don’t stare, we’re doing all we can.”
A Peter Strain Illustration
Marking a significant moment for the multimedia artist and forefather of alternative rock, Michael Stipe will release a never-before-seen installation at Moogfest 2017. The installation will be a compilation of video footage he has shot over the years in New York City that explores desire and movement. Using Moog gear, Stipe will score the piece, marking his first solo composition ever. The installation will run continuously throughout the festival.
Stipe became involved thanks to festival’s exec producer Kai Riedl, a former member of experi-post-rock band Macha. It’s thanks to the Athens, Georgia connection, that Riedl and Stipe have been friends for 20-odd years.
“Over the last decade, Michael has expanded his futurist leaning and artistic output through various projects, many of these with imagery and film he’s shot himself,” says Riedl of Stipe’s involvement. “During this time, largely as a member of R.E.M., he has also worked often with Moog synths. This installation presents a unique opportunity to wed these two worlds in a multimedia experience and to expand on his explorations as a solo artist. Stipe has always had a futurist yet Southern leaning style and has had a rich history of creating in the South, so having Moogfest in the region of his hometown of Athens made it all the more appealing. In addition, Stipe has always been a voice for equality, new creative possibilities and futurist ideals—many of the same pillars of Moogfest.”
Here is a NY Times interview from last year that serves as a prediction to Michael Stipe’s return to live performance. He has joined his good friend, Patti Smith at several of her concerts including her birthday celebration on 12/30/16 at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago.
It’s rejuvenating to have R.E.M. back in the spotlight with media press events, interviews etc. They are working to promote the 25th Anniversary deluxe reissue of their break through Out of Time recording. The video segment Michael Stipe conducted with Willie Geist NBC’s Sunday:TODAY was instrumental in understanding how Michael Stipe visualizes the captivating lyrics he has created to the songs he illustrates.
“I don’t hear music I see it. My job as a lyricist is to close my eyes and hear the peaks and the valleys, see the landscapes the vista that the band has created sonically. I then have to create a story.” Micheal Stipe does this better than any lyricist I have heard in my lifetime.
I am jazzed Michael wants to work in music again. He is starting by producing “SIR” an album by the electroclash group, Fischerspooner.
I was watching the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon when I heard Jimmy mention that Michael Stipe would be performing a tribute to David Bowie. I did everything in my power to stay awake for Michael’s performance. I had been missing his soulful voice. I wasn’t disappointed.
It was a great teaser for the The Music of David Bowie tribute concert which sold out in minutes at Carnegie Hall on Thursday March 31st and Friday April 1st. The Friday night concert will be streamed for a suggested donation of $20. Donations benefit various NY City music education programs. A cause near and dear to the music of our heart 🙂
Here is Michael Stipe’s segment. I love how it is just Micheal invoking Bowie set against a solo pianist. Striking. Welcome back, Michael. It’s wonderful to hear you singing from your heart once more.
I don’t get HBO on my Optimum Cablevision system. I was thankful that Rolling Stone Magazine posted information that the full HBO Nirvana Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2014 induction ceremony was available on YouTube.
If you love Grunge Rock and emotionally inspirational live music performances you should watch the 38:39 YouTube HD video segment. It also includes the three-minute video intro, featuring archival commentary from Kurt Cobain and reflective asides from drummer Dave Grohl and bassist Krist Novoselic.
“It is the highest calling for an artist, as well as the greatest possible privilege, to capture a moment, to find the zeitgeist, to expose our struggles, our aspirations, our desires, to embrace and define their time,” he says. “That is my definition of an artist. Nirvana captured lightning in a bottle. – Micheal Stipe, R.E.M. Induction Speech”
There are four wide-ranging performances, with Grohl, Novoselic and guitarist Pat Smear joined by four female rock icons. Joan Jett helps out with a seering “Smells Like Teen Spirit”; Sonic Youth vocalist-bassist Kim Gordon adds abrasive wails to “Aneurysm”; St. Vincent’s Annie Clark helps out with “Lithium” and Lorde assist on “All Apologies.”