There are few things more nauseating in this world than Gwyneth Paltrow’s “lifestyle” website, Goop. Staunch R.E.M. fans might want to look away at this point, because the actress has recruited Michael Stipe to work on the site, with the singer fulfilling duites as a restaurant critic for Goop’s e-newsletter.
"Aside from being the frontman in one of the most innovative and brilliant bands of all time, R.E.M., Michael is an obsessed foodie like the rest of us here at Goop,” said Paltrow. "Michael recently spent a good chunk of time in the Big Easy recording the band's next album, and true to form, discovered his favorite culinary gems, which he has so graciously shared with us."
Stipe’s first report includes a place called Cochon, which he describes as "the apex of New Orleans cool…Cochon was, in my short stay there, the gathering place for Alex Chilton; Ana Matronix (sic) from Scissor Sisters; Nicolas Cage, Eddie Vedder, Tim Robbins; Mario Batali, Dermot Mulroney, Parker Posey, various local and international writers, and of course, Peter Buck." In more appetizing news, the new R.E.M. album is reportedly complete, and set for release in the Spring of 2011.