R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck will release his latest solo album Warzone Earth on October 16 through Little Axe Records, as Pitchfork points out.
Buck shared a statement about the record yesterday, along with the news that he’s also working on a new record with ’90s alt-country act the Jayhawks, promising that it will “blow a lot of minds.” Stereogum reports that Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic and Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy will feature on the album along with members of his supergroup Super-Earth. Folk artist Mingering Mike designed the cover.
Curiously, Buck says the record is available t0 purchase now, but there’s no buy link live on the Little Axe site. Read Buck’s full statement below.
A representative for R.E.M. has yet to respond to a request for confirmation of these details at press time.
I’ve just had an exciting couple of weeks working with Tucker Martine on the new record by The Jayhawks which is a stunning tour de force. I think it will blow a lot of minds. I spent yesterday with my good friend Mike, who came to town to add some Millsian glamour to the proceedings. And I am pleased to announce this morning my new magnum opus Warzone Earth is now available. The record features two alternate covers by the folk art legend Mingering Mike. I never thought I’d look so good in tights!
All kidding aside, it’s the best solo record I have made, and I’m excited for it to be out in the world. It’s available through littleaxerecords.com who distributes the record. It should also be available in all the cool independent record stores in your neighborhood, once again, vinyl only, but feel free to make a cassette for your friends.