Highest Fidelity

Welcome to the final month of No Magic. Since we're running out of time, there's no point holding back on the classics, so this week we're featuring R.E.M.'s seminal New Adventures in Hi-Fi. Somewhat regarded as their best album, which in a career filled with so many influential records, is quite the consensus. The album was re-issued on heavy-weight vinyl last year, and I stumbled upon that while record shopping in the north bay last weekend. Thus, here we are. Listening to it anew just brought back the memories of my Dad playing it loud on the hi-fi at home when it first came out. It's an all time great record whose power has only grown in the 25 years since.

Lots more besides, so please enjoy the show.


  1. Featured Leave by R.E.M. on New Adventures in Hi-Fi (Concord)
  2. Break
  3. Cool it Kid by Sports Team on Cool it Kid (Bright Antenna) New
  4. Spider by Momma on Household Name (Polyvinyl) New
  5. Love All The Population by Gently Tender on Sunlight in Motion (So Young) New
  6. Break
  7. Featured New Test Leper by R.E.M. on New Adventures in Hi-Fi (Concord)
  8. Dishes by Pulp on This is Hardcore (UMG)
  9. Bloodless by Tom McRae on Tom McRae (Db)
  10. Break
  11. Police Dog Blues by Lambchop on Police Dog Blues (Merge) New
  12. Tried to Understand (feat. J Mascis) by SASAMI on Tried to Understand (Domino) New
  13. Break
  14. Featured E-Bow the Letter (feat. Patti Smith) by R.E.M. on New Adventures in Hi-Fi (Concord)
  15. This Mess We're In (feat. Thom Yorke) by PJ Harvey on Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea (Island)
  16. Dancing Barefoot by Patti Smith on Wave (Artista)
  17. Break
  18. Along by Ghost Woman on Ghost Woman (Full Time Hobby) New
  19. Beautiy Contest by Charles Watson on Yes (Moshi Moshi) New
  20. Golden by Ferris & Sylvester on Superhuman (Archtop)
  21. Break
  22. Featured Be Mine by R.E.M. on New Adventures in Hi-Fi (Concord)
  23. Times by Wu-Lu on Scrambled Tricks (Warp) New
  24. Star Vehicle by Pale Blue Eyes on Star Vehicle (Full Time Hobby) New
  25. Mirrors by Just Mustard on Heart Under (Partisan) New
  26. Break
  27. First Exit by LDN Monos on First Exit (Self Released)