I’m a huge, huge R.E.M. fan but even I find it kinda weird that the band chose to debut a new song in conjunction with Anderson Cooper’s upcoming CNN special, Planet In Peril. I guess it wouldn’t seem as odd, if the song wasn’t on the band’s 2008 studio album or if the band wasn’t also promoting the release of a live CD/DVD (in stores next week!). I’m sure everyone’s heart is in the right place, it just seems like the song and special should maybe exist separately. That said, the song (“Until The Day Is Done”) is pretty good. It sounds like Automatic For The People era R.E.M., and that’s a very good thing (especially after their disappointing last album, Around The Sun). You can hear the song, and see how our planet is screwed at the same time, by clicking here.