R.E.M. Celebrated In New Podcast From Scott Aukerman, Adam Scott

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R.E.M. are the subject of a new podcast from comedian Scott Aukerman (Comedy Bang! Bang!) and actor Adam Scott of Parks And Recreation fame.

Their new series – titled R U Talkin’ R.E.M. RE: ME? – will discuss the iconic, Athens GA’s “music and impact” via “album by album analysis”, although both Scott and Auekrman have been known to veer wildly off course. The debut episode, covering R.E.M.’s 1982 EP Chronic Town, is now available.

R U Talkin’ R.E.M. RE: ME? follows Aukerman and Scott’s previous series, the U2-centric U Talkin’ U2 to Me? Back in 2015, the pair actually managed to interview U2 on an episode.

Aukerman is the co-creator of Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis and co-founder of the Earwolf podcast network. Initially built around the Comedy Death-Ray Radio podcast, the network has since grown to include many podcasts on diverse subjects. The Earwolf studios are based in Los Angeles, California.

Comedy Bang Bang (previously Comedy Death-Ray Radio) is Earwolf’s flagship podcast. It is hosted by Scott Aukerman and was originally an extension of his weekly live Comedy Death-Ray show versus The weekly podcast features guests from the world of comedy, including Paul F. Tompkins, James Adomian, Tim Heidecker, Bob Odenkirk, and others.

The show is known for improvised conversations between Aukerman and his guests, some of whom perform impressions or original characters. Earwolf has also hosted two music-specific podcasts, Nocturnal Emotions, hosted by Har Mar Superstar and Shortwave, an interview podcast hosted by Grant Lee Phillips.

Adam Scott is perhaps best known for his role as Ben Wyatt in the NBC sitcom Parks And Recreation. He has also appeared as Derek in the film Step Brothers, Henry Pollard in the Starz sitcom Party Down, and Ed Mackenzie in the HBO series Big Little Lies. He is currently co-starring with Craig Robinson in the sitcom Ghosted, which premiered on 1 October 2017 on Fox.

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  1. Brian

    February 22, 2018 at 10:30 pm

    I got excited about this but honestly, it wasn’t for me.This podcast was just so difficult to listen to. I don’t mind irreverence and humor in a podcast but this was too much. It was almost 30 minutes in before Michael Stipe was even mentioned and then there was like a 1-2 minute digression on him and his name.. I grew tired of the “ADDesque” tangents and digressions. I hope this improves in future podcasts.

    • James

      February 23, 2018 at 12:14 pm

      I found it extremely enlightening. I’m not that big of an R.E.M. fan, so it was really nice to get an early deep dive into the band. Scott and Scott are true fans and have a lot of great points to make. Can’t wait for future episodes! great ep!

  2. Cliff

    February 24, 2018 at 4:44 am

    I was excited about this as well. But what a drag! I had to fast forward to get to the bits where they mentioned R.E.M. or the members. But even then, it was painful. Not much substance here for a so-claimed all things R.E.M. All I heard was “I love this song”. Such a total waste of time.

  3. A-dog

    February 24, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    R.E.M. is my favorite band, but I also happen to be a big fan of both these guys. I listen to CBB and also their U2 podcast and loved it. If you’re not a fan of the humor you might struggle though as they often lose track completely. They needed two episodes discussing one of U2’s albums as they forgot to talk about it in the first. It was hilarious, but for sure not everyone’s cup of tea. If you stick with it you’ll discover they really are music nerds with a lot of knowledge, and they love these bands.

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