R.E.M. releases their debut album on April 12, 1983.

It’s #197 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

Bonus: R.E.M. at Merlins in Madison, 4.24.1982 …




Death Cab For Cutie release their 5th album on August 30, 2005. It becomes what’s now known as an “instant indie classic.”  It spawns 3 singles, a couple of Grammy nominations and a song that, though one of the darkest and most depressing songs around, shines like a literary classic. (I Will Follow You Into the Dark.)