Video of the Day: R.E.M.’s “Blue”

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R.E.M. Patti Smith. James Franco. Lindsay Lohan. Beaches. Chateau Marmont. Helicopters. Drag queens. Sonic nods to The Velvet Underground. Altman-esque short cuts with David Lynch-like haziness. This much is true: the (unexpected) new video from R.E.M.  for “Blue” has something for everyone, and is one of the few videos that perfectly complements the music with its visuals.

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Behrnsie has a love for music that dare not speak its name. He attends many shows and can often be found counting out the beats for no discernible reason. He played alto saxophone in his middle school jazz band, where he was best known for infuriating his instructor when it was revealed that he played everything by ear, and could not in fact read music. He takes great pride that this is the same talent/affliction that got Tori Amos kicked out of the Peabody Academy. He does not live in his parents’ basement….except during the holidays.