R.E.M. Finishes Recording New Album

Members of R.E.M. have been spending a lot of time in recording studios. The band’s guitarist, Peter Buck, recently collaborated with The Decemberists and helped form the supergroup Tired Pony with longtime R.E.M. contributor Scott McCaughey. Now, according to the band’s website, the follow-up to 2008’s Accelerate has finished recording at the Hansa Studio in Berlin.

Jacknife Lee (U2, Snow Patrol, Bloc Party) will begin mixing the album this fall and “all signs are pointing towards a Spring 2011 release” for the yet-to-be-titled LP. In an interview with BBC, Buck says the band is “very excited” about their latest effort.

Incidentally, R.E.M.’s 25th anniversary edition of their third studio album, Fables of the Reconstruction, came out in the U.S. today. The album, which can be purchased digitally and as a 2-CD compilation, contains 14 unreleased demo recordings. It is also available on 180-gram vinyl.