Meanwhile, The Pixies will continue to tour Doolittle in popular second-tier venues from October 27th through November 21st. I could only be happier if a helicopter blade somehow bifurcated Bono from skull to groin. Thanks again, Shiva.
On September 21, 2011, R.E.M. announced via its website that it was "calling it a day as a band". Stipe said that he hoped the band's fans realized it "wasn't an easy decision": "All things must end, and we wanted to do it right, to do it our way." Long-time associate and former Warner Bros. Senior Vice President of Emerging Technology Ethan Kaplan has speculated that shake-ups at the record label influenced the group's decision to disband. The group discussed breaking up for several years, but were encouraged to continue after the lackluster critical and commercial performance of Around the Sun. The band members will finish their collaboration by assembling the compilation album Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage 1982–2011, scheduled for release in November 2011. The album will be the first to collect songs from R.E.M.'s I.R.S. and Warner Bros. tenures, as well as three songs from the group's final studio recordings from post-Collapse into Now sessions.