R.E.M. Guitarist Peter Buck Announces Release of First Solo Album

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R.E.M. Guitarist Peter Buck Announces Release of First Solo Album

We’ve known for some time that former R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck has been readying his first solo album, and now it’s official. In an entertaining post on R.E.M.’s website, Buck announced that the album will be released on Oct. 5 (that’s tomorrow) through the vinyl-only Mississippi Records. Only 2,000 copies will be produced.

“I know I said for years that I would never make a solo record,” Buck wrote. “It was never a plan or a desire but it just kind of happened.”

The record features Corin Tucker of Sleater-Kinney and the Corin Tucker Band, Jenny Conley of The Decemberists, Patti Smith guitarist Lenny Kaye and several other friends and musicians Buck has worked with over the years.

“We recorded and mixed it in four and a half days,” Buck told Paste, “and I’m hoping if I were to do another one to do it a little faster. I’m gonna try to get it down to two days. I only believe in doing things once and everyone laughs at me, but that’s really how I do it. And, you know, I love the way that that feels, and I love the spontaneity and I like the mistakes.”

Though the album will initially be released strictly on vinyl, Buck hinted to Paste that a digital edition is not out of the realm of possibility.

“If I had wanted to make it a CD, the CD would’ve been out three months ago,” he said, “but vinyl is what I want to do for right now. It’s a record—like all records, people will have to look for it, I guess. It’s not gonna be in Walmart. We’ll see about the digital.”

Earlier this summer, Buck premiered a song from the album, “10 Million BC,” during a guest DJ spot on New Jersey’s WFMU. Listen below.