Category Archives: Pearl Jam


Batman Robin The nineties are dead

2011 is shaping up to be quite the year for enthusiasts of (good) nineties music.  Four months into it, and we’ve already seen two Pearl Jam deluxe reissues (with a newly-released live album), new Radiohead, new Foo Fighters, new Cake, and new Beastie Boys.  Well, we now we have confirmation of the following tasty nineties nuggets for the second half of the year…


Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer and resident Will Ferrell impersonator Chad Smith tells Rock It Out that the band’s tenth studio album (their first with new guitarist Josh Klinghoffer) is set for release during the final week of August.  While the album doesn’t yet have a name, I can confirm that it does indeed have a place reserved in my heart (read: pants).  [via]


Nineties alt-grunge filmmaker hero Cameron Crowe has been working on a Pearl Jam documentary for years now, and the release has finally been set for September.  While it’s not yet known if Pearl Jam Twenty will have a wide release, its release will be accompanied by the release of a book and soundtrack.  I have to assume they don’t mean they’ll be handing out the book and soundtrack in the theaters before showings.  Which is a shame because my mom’s always told me that I’m a great multitasker!  [via NME]

UPDATE:  The band just released a painfully short teaser today.  Check it here.


Billy Corgan and some other guys The Smashing Pumpkins are set to record new material in May as part of their ongoing 44-song pretention-fest entitled Teargarden By Kaleidyscope, with release (under the title Oceania) set for September.  Meanwhile, remastered deluxe versions of albums spanning 1991 through 2000, containing bonus material, will start rolling out this fall, which is nice news for fans of the actual Smashing Pumpkins.  [via]


Ed Vedder Longing To Belong Ukulele Songs

"Say ukuleles are for sissies one...more...time. I dare you."

If, like me, you found Eddie Vedder’s soundtrack of original solo material to be one of the only redeeming aspects of Sean Penn’s pretentious, intelligence-insulting, and drawn-out Into The Wild, then I’ve got some good news for you.  Vedder’s new solo album Ukulele Songs is due out in June, and he’s released his first single, “Longing To Belong”.  Not surprisingly, it’s a ukulele song, but it is beautiful.

On the Pearl Jam front, bassist Jeff Ament has stated that the band is ready to hit the studio in April to record several demos of new material…

“We did a whole bunch of demos and everybody’s got a disc of 25 [songs] right now,” he said. “April will be the time where we get together and learn to play all these demos and figure out which 12 to 15 of them float to the top. Hopefully we can get something done this year. […]  There’s been so much focus on the past that I think all of us are really excited to make a new record,” he said. “And have something to look forward to because we’ve been digging in the boxes in our basement a lot the last year or so.” [Editor’s Note: He’s referring to the recent re-issues of their early albums and the production of the upcoming Cameron Crowe documentary] [Billboard via NME]

Within the Vedder article, I found links to two unreleased Pearl Jam songs from last summer that are well worth a listen if you’re a fan and may or may not be two of those 25 on the table for the new record.  Here (and with video after the cut) is the throat-puncher, and here’s their subsequent, sweet “sorry about melting your face” apology letter to you.

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Quickies Are Fun: This Sounds Familiar Edition

Pearly Jams

In celebration of Pearl Jam’s re-issue of their badass debut album Ten, MTV asked a few artists to cover some album tracks for their program no one’s heard of called Rock The Deuce. Below is a cool one of “Why Go”, by P.O.S. Here’s a link to some other covers and clips, because I know you’re all clamoring to hear The Academy Is… cover “Jeremy” or learn whether or not Hoobastank really think they sound like Pearl Jam.

Also, I can’t resist the terrible and obvious lyrical-pun-doubling-as-name-dropping-of-my-own-blog here, so here goes…Gives new meaning to “scratches a letter”, doesn’t it?! Eh? No? Aw, c’mon…

Chickenfoot Has Arrived…

…and it’s sounding tasty.

Super Wayne’s World

Has anyone noticed that Dr. Carter samples Super Mario World’s castle theme? Does Weezy give credit in the liners? Hip Hop needs more Nintendo.

"Stone Has A Beard. It’s Glorious."

As I type, Pearl Jam is just digging into their set at the SusquetweeE-Center in Camden…playing their first of two nights.

And around this time last night, this was happening across the river in Philly…

You can download the live track here.

I would’ve hopped up onto stage too, but I didn’t want to steal the spotlight from Eddie and Michael. It just would have been a jerk move.

Quickies Are Fun: Pearl’s Killer Jam Edition

I’ve immersed myself in Grandma Pearl’s delicious Jam these past few weeks. Not to say that I don’t usually take a taste almost daily, but lately I’ve been swimmin’ in it. And I’m about to throw approximately 4% of the Jam I’ve been tasting right in your face. Lap it up.

The Second Coming of Pearl Jam

I’ll suggest Rolling Stone’s online-exclusive excerpt over it’s published main article. This is relatively old (as is everything else in this post), but both are a great read if you’ve got the time.


I came across this blog months ago, but didn’t fully appreciate the author’s shared love of Pearl Jam (and likewise, her love of sharing Pearl Jam) until very recently.

Between the articles, interviews, and crap load of downloadable rarities and live tracks she posts, you’ll find it hard not to check in every day to Heather Browne’s music blog. And none of the above is anyway near exclusive to Pearl Jam…She boasts a pretty eclectic and generally good taste in music, with plenty of indie fodder for your inner (or outer) hipster.

Bad Radio

According to the latest scientific studies (source: me), the average shmuck believes that before joining Pearl Jam, Ed Vedder just played with himself for days on end. In reality, while Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament were busy with Mother Love Bone, between surfing, pumping gas, and playing with himself, Vedder fronted a funk-rock band called Bad Radio from 1988 to 1990. Starting out as a Chili Peppers cover band, they began writing and recording original material, much of which is still floating around. Among songs such as “Believe You Me”, “Homeless”, and “I’m Alive”, the band’s catalog actually included Vedder’s then-8-year-old pop jewel “Better Man”.

Here they are in action. For better or worse, stick around for the whole tune.

Who Knew?

I knew Vedder had a kid post-divorce. I did not know the mother looked like this.

This is Jill McCormick. She’s an international fashion model. And apparently Vedder’s baby mama. Goddammit. I really didn’t want to ever have to dig up that old giant baby diaper costume again, but how else am I going to seamlessly sneak into bed between those two?

Quickies Are Fun

Several music news items caught my attention this week. Here’s a quickie…

Russian Study Says Heavy Metal Is 50% Murderous, 35% Satanic, 7% Suicidal

A tasty recipe for success, if you ask me. I suspect the remaining 8% is a divided up between fist pumping, head punching, heavy drinking, rough sexin’, fireballs, dragon slaying, and catching rainbows, but the study doesn’t disclose this information. And apparently, as points out, it doesn’t disclose much else, either. Such as the bands listened to (the Russian scientists claim to have sat around listening to 700 “heavy metal” bands, which I imagine would be quite a scene), presence of ironic lyrics, or sub-genre of metal “studied”. Which I guess is kind of a big deal, what with the 1,897 dozen types of metal currently in existence (black metal, death metal, glam metal, industrial metal, nu metal, power metal, alternative metal, thrash metal, progressive metal, speed metal, metalcore, grunge, to name one of those dozens).

Zeppelin To Release Yet Another Greatest Hits Compilation

Really, guys? You really need to slap together another “Best Of” comp? You’re not doing much to convince me that Alzheimer’s hasn’t yet set in for you old farts. You seem to forget that you ceased recording new music together 27 years ago and have since officially released ELEVEN compilations, remasters, live recordings and DVDs, and any combination of the three. The only way you’re going to get me to buy another recording of ‘Whole Lotta Love’ is if it comes with footage of it being ventriloquized through the mouth of your favorite shark during his favorite pastime.

Linkin Park Are Obvious

The guy who makes noise with a guitar in Linkin Park had some earth-shattering revelations after opening for Pearl Jam recently.

“I was really blown away by what they do on stage — how organic their show is,” Delson says. “We played [with them in] Lisbon, and we were kind of high on ourselves a little bit. Then I stood on the side of the stage, watched Pearl Jam perform, and was immediately very humbled. They seriously destroyed us. I say that in the best way possible. It was like, ‘Holy crap, there’s so much room for us still to grow.”

I give this guy a lot of credit for being able to juggle his music career and his, obviously very successful, detective agency. I’ll give the gumshoe a hand and help promote his band with this rockin’ video. Must be their new single or something.

Andy McKee Is A Fox

Ok, so this is neither new nor news. And I know his YouTube videos have already been around the block quite a few times, but I’ll be damned if I ever get sick of listening to/watching this guy play. I finally got a chance to listen to his album during this post, and I can safely say I’ll be climbing into bed in a bit with a little less blood flow in my head, if you know what I mean.