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Frances Bean Cobain Has Virtual Thanksgiving With Michael Stipe

Frances Bean Cobain showed her ‘Virtual Thanksgiving’ with her godfather Michael Stipe on Twitter. She tweeted, “It ’twas a virtual thanksgiving. My god father is the most handsome, even with pie in his hands @remhq.” She added that she was lucky to have the former R.E.M. frontman as her godfather, “I really am. Not because he’s in a band but because he’s one of smartest, kindest & sincere humans I’ve ever known.”

Cobain also praised Stipe earlier this year on his birthday, “Happy birthday to my god father & 1 of the greatest humans on the planet. I love you eternally. Thanks for being exactly who you are @remhq.”


Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea had some critical words for Thanksgiving last week. He tweeted, “The native Americans were slaughtered, raped, and robbed by the weird, lying invaders who showed up in ships one day.”

He later added, “I’m aware that thanksgiving is about being thankful for bonds with people. I am very thankful. We still murdered the Indians in my thoughts.”

R.E.M. Tell Donald Trump To Go F**k Himself: ‘He’s An Orange Clown’

R.E.M. have condemned Donald Trump for using “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” during his Presidential campaign:

“While we do not authorize or condone the use of our music at this political event, and do ask that these candidates cease and desist from doing so, let us remember that there are things of greater importance at stake here. The media and the American voter should focus on the bigger picture, and not allow grandstanding politicians to distract us from the pressing issues of the day and of the current Presidential campaign.”

R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills had further comments on Twitter.

Personally, I think the Orange Clown will do anything for attention. I hate giving it to him.

The R.E.M. statement will be regarding Trump’s use of our song. Nothing more than that!

Oops, lack of tech savvy got me. Official statement coming when I figure out how.

Upcoming is Michael’s statement about Trump using our song at the rally. His opinions are HIS, please do not tweet angry responses at me.

“Go fuck yourselves, the lot of you–you sad, attention grabbing, power-hungry little men. Do not use our music or my voice for your 1)

…moronic charade of a campaign.”–Michael Stipe

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan discussed Donald Trump and the first Republican Presidential Debate last month at a VIP Q&A in Cincinnati. Read Alternative Nation’s transcription below from Corgan’s August 8th fan Q&A:

“I think what’s cool, and I’m not saying I agree politically, but I think what’s cool is Trump’s running chaos theory. He’s forcing a lot of things out into the open, so they can’t control this, whatever that control is. It’s like the music business, everybody gets controlled, and somebody comes along that fucks it all up. So I think it’s good that he’s fucking it up, because whether or not he’s the guy, obviously the political class doesn’t want him there, it’ll open it up to a bigger dialog. Just like rock and roll, it gets boring and it needs to be – I mean look, whether anybody agrees or not, the rating on that debate was 24 million. It was 8 times higher than the first Republican debate of the last cycle. It was highest non-sports related cable rating of all time. That means people are engaged.”

Corgan added, “I would argue at this point is there any difference between politics and entertainment? Is there any difference at this point between music and entertainment? I don’t think there’s any difference any more.”

Michael Stipe Releases First New Music Since R.E.M. Breakup

Michael Stipe, former lead vocalist of R.E.M., has released his first new music since the legendary alternative rock band’s breakup in 2011. Stipe recently collaborated with his friend, filmmaker Tom Gilroy, on a soundtrack composition for The Cold Lands.

In an exclusive interview with Salon.com, Stipe says that he worked with fellow Athens, GA native Andy LeMaster on the project, stating: “he’s a tremendous producer, he’s a tremendous person. I know I work well with other people — to have someone to bounce something off of works for me.”

Stipe also remarked: “this is, in fact, the first thing that I’ve done musically since R.E.M disbanded. So, of course, I wanted it to be for something that meant a lot to me. That was important.”

Regarding the possibility of new music in the future, Stipe says that “music will most definitely be a part of my future output” but that he “can step away from [music] for several years and be very happy.” Listen to Michael Stipe’s new The Cold Lands composition exclusively at Salon.