Good stuff Bob. I haven't listened to MCS much although I have one cd downloaded from the library.
I've been listening to REM quite a bit after quite a bit of a hiatus on my part. They were my favorite band when current for many years and I got burnt out a bit after Bill Berry left. I've been digging back in and although the first couple records after he departed were not very good imho, they finished on a real high note which is which is amazing considering how many bands go out on a whimper after being around that long.