Former R.E.M. guitarist and Seattle resident Peter Buck has been chipping away at a solo record since his other band called it splits last year. Scott McCaughey, a longtime friend and collaborator of Buck's, tells us that the record, simply called Peter Buck, will be released
under the moniker Richard M. Nixon as early as next month, possibly in time for Buck's solo shows with the Young Fresh Fellows at the Sunset, Sept. 21 and 22 (release parties for YFF's latest, Tiempo De Lujo). Buck's live band -- performing under the moniker "Richard M. Nixon" -- features McCaughey and Bill Rieflin, the last man to occupy the drum throne in R.E.M.
In an email, McCaughey said that Buck is singing on the record, and is joined by a host of guest vocalists, including former R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills (R.E.M.) and Sleater-Kinney's Corin Tucker. McCaughey lends his vocals as well. Lenny Kaye, longtime member of the Patti Smith Group, appears on guitar. McCaughey says that Portland's Mississippi Records will release the record, and, at least at first, it will only be available on vinyl.
No, there won't be a download code.
No, we don't yet know what it will be called.
Note: We got some clarification from McCaughey that the band will be performing at The Sunset as Richard M. Nixon, but the album will be a Peter Buck solo album, released under his own name.