I’m a huge fan of (ex) R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck (though I will spare unsuspecting readers any earnest pseudo-rock journalism babble about revolutionary jangling arpeggios etc etc, although having said that I’m available if Rolling Stone wants me). But what’s up with Buck releasing his debut solo album, after all these years, on vinyl only? In an entertaining note on the official R.E.M. webpage, Buck says that ‘this is not a career, it is something I am doing for fun’. On the one hand, fair enough … and surely Buck is sitting around in Seattle waiting for me to validate his choices. But on the other hand, as a too-loyal R.E.M. fan who may or may not have his old record player somewhere in a box in the shed (and that record player may or may not have a workable needle) (and what’s the point because the only speakers I own these days are Logitech plug-and-plays), I just want to download the album and listen to it the new old-fashioned way, on my IPod.