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Joseph Tate
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We released the iOS 6, iPhone 5 and iPad version yesterday. 
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seems fitting to update my status on google+ as "at google i/o" while i'm at google i/o (extended) #io12  
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seems odd that i can't share location with google+. i guess it doesn't integrate with ... google maps?
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google places. But yeah.
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what's the photo sharing site the cook kids are using nowadays? flickr is dying a slow death, it seems. and i need something non-instagram. i'm sharing work-related screenshots and photos.
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Dear Friends and Family,

As many of you know, I was an REM fan. That said, many of you are daily wondering and perhaps with anxiety if not trepidation: how is Jody taking the news of REM’s retirement? Wonder no longer. Here are my thoughts.

REM should have retired in October 1997, the month and year Bill Berry left the band. Beginning with Up, the band declined. I’ve listened to only song snippets since Reveal, a musical embarrassment. I sound harsh, but I’m considering their later albums in light of their earlier albums. Life’s Rich Pageant was the band’s high point and their strongest, richest album--a pageant of songs I’ll always admire and love.

Document was a strong album in the same vein with a slight veer towards a different sonic landscape, a landscape that was solidified with Green. And that landscape was a shiny, happy one where they stood and looked in clear directions, very unlike the landscape carved by the burning river of Cuyahoga. The albums between Document and Automatic for the People chartered a course somewhere between the shiny, happy people and over-obvious lyrics of pop songs and the ambiguous muddy sorrow and cryptic poem-songs of their early career.

With Monster, Bill Berry wanted to tour and insisted the band make a rock album. And the album rocked. What’s The Frequency Kenneth? takes the rock of Peter Buck's guitar from Life’s Rich Pageant’s Just a Touch (and Document’s Lightning One) and Stipe’s honed stream-consciousness non-sense lyrics and melds their far past and recent past into what was a new sound for the band. Even their tour tshirts that year quoted, in not-quite perfect translation, Rimbaud’s poem Depature: “New Sights. New Sounds.”

But after Monster and New Adventures in Hi-Fi, Berry departed the band and the band departed into caricatures of themselves, of their old sound, making them sound ... old.

Playing old songs in the live album Live at The Olympia the band didn’t sound old. Far from it. Those recordings capture the band’s old sound without the band members also seeming old. But Collapse Into Now wasn’t the re-acceleration Accelerate promised but didn’t deliver. Their last album collapsed Up, Reveal, Around the Sun and Acceleration into one and solidified and clarified the sound that had become stolid.

Retiring now isn’t quite a collapse, but the retirement was overdue. Without Bill Berry REM was never quite REM. For me, in 1997 the band faded into irrelevance and weren’t able to stand in the place where they were. With their retirement I felt like quoting Swan Swan H, "Hurrah, we are all free now." Not so much free from their unfortunate recent albums, but free to remember their old albums without new distractions.

REM influenced countless bands and mentored countless musicians. That influence will persist into the future. And their influence on me was and is indelible. But I’m happy they’re parting ways happily. And my happy love of their early, not shiny and not happy music will not diminish.
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I still have a shoe-box full of REM, spiders, dust bunnies, cobwebs, yipes! what's that, and other miscellaneous and sundry musical items from that era.
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Interface Designer and Developer
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  • A Cleaner Internet
    2011 - present
  • University of Washington
    2007 - present
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Missoula, MT - Portland, OR - Coventry, UK - Greenville, SC