Happy Birthday Mike Mills!

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REM bassist and founding member Mike Mills turns 54 today.  Although Mike is best known for carrying the rhythm section of the iconic band, let’s not forget his multi-instrumental chops and amazing sense of melody and songwriting. We’re celebrating with a look and listen at “Nightswimming”, featuring Mike on piano, plus a look back at some of REM’s most recent work as well as the early days of the band. Happy birthday Mike!


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Pat Ferrise grew up loving ”the punk rock” and “new wave.” His years at one of the nation’s top college radio stations ultimately led him to a 15-year run as music director of alternative music icon WHFS Washington/Baltimore. Rolling Stone magazine named him of the most influential programmers of the 90s. He’s recorded two albums under the moniker Trampoline for the now defunct SpinArt label. He lives in Baltimore and takes no credit for writing this bio.