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R.E.M.’s Peter Buck Records With the Decemberists

While R.E.M. fans await the group’s 15th studio album, guitarist Peter Buck has found a number of ways to keep himself busy. Last week, the first fruits of Buck’s labor with Tired Pony — a cameo-heavy project with Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody — surfaced on Spinner. Now, as Slicing Up Eyeballs reports, there’s pictorial proof of Buck in the studio, contributing mandolin and guitar to the Decemberists’ sixth LP.

The photographs were snapped by R.E.M.’s longtime collaborator Scott McCaughey earlier in the month. McCaughey — who also fronts the Young Fresh Fellows — took the pictures when Buck descended on a barn outside of Portland, Ore. where Colin Meloy and his band have gathered to work on the follow-up to 2009’s ‘The Hazards of Love.’

The Decemberists’ next album is expected in early 2011 via Capitol Records, with producer Tucker Martine guiding the band. Martine also worked with R.E.M. earlier this year on demos for their hotly anticipated follow-up to 2008’s ‘Accelerate’. That disc is also expected in 2011.More About R.E.M. on AOL