Now that R.E.M. have called it quits, so too does its fan club. But not without one last gift. Since 1998, the group has offered holiday exclusives to its die-hard fanbase; in the past, this has led to Christmas cover songs, 7″ singles, and rare tracks with former drummer Bill Berry. This year, however, R.E.M. has issued a pair of live tracks stripped from their final tour: “Perfect Circle” (recorded 8/30/08 in London) and “Life and How To Live It” (recorded 11/18/08, the group’s final concert). Check out both at Slicing Up Eyeballs.
Don’t forget, the group’s latest collection, Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage: 1982-2011, is currently in stores.