Friday, February 23, 2024

Pearl Jam Adds Dates to New Zealand and Australia


 The South Pacific is so excited about Pearl Jam's World Tour that the band was forced to add three dates to their tour.

  • November 10th at the Go Media Stadium Mt. Smart in Auckland
  • November 18th at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne
  • November 23rd at GIANTS Stadium in Sydney
Head to Ticketmaster.com.au for purchasing information.  No word on Ten Club seats for those shows.

Thursday, February 15, 2024

House of LSGRV: 2024

We sped through that Record Store Day list a little too fast and missed the Loosegroove Records Artist Compilation.  It looks like Loosegroove Records will be dropping 1,000 copies of a 2024 sampler album on yellow vinyl.  It includes previously unreleased tracks from Painted Shield and Brad, a new song by Stone Gossard and Ani DiFranco, and a Tigercub song remixed by Stone Gossard.
Loosegroove Records is a Seattle-based record label created and run by guitarist and songwriter Stone Gossard (Pearl Jam, Painted Shield, BRAD), and drummer/Creative Director Regan Hagar (BRAD, Malfunkshun, Satchel). Distributed through The Orchard, Loosegroove prides itself on its curated and eclectic roster of artists encapsulating a broad range of musical genres. Currently working with alt-rock band Tigercub, singer/songwriter Jonny Polonsky, folksinger Mason Jennings, Painted Shield featuring blind, BIPOC, nonbinary singer, rapper, sound manipulator Brittany Davis, along with new signings, James and the Cold Gun, Zoser, and more.

Loosegroove Records began in the 90s releasing music from Malfunkshun, featuring Regan and the late Andrew Wood, Critters Buggin, Weapon of Choice, and punk band, The Living, which includes Duff McKagan among others. In 1998 they signed Queens of the Stone Age and released the bands' debut album as well as a few successful movie soundtracks and hip-hop compilations before taking down their shingle in 2000. They regrouped again in 2020, with a strong foundation and reputation in artist development and A&R.
Tracklist
1. Brittany Davis- Present Tense
2.Tigercub- Show Me My Maker (Stone Gossard remix)
3. Brittany Davis- Sepricon (radio edit clean)
4. James and the Cold Gun- Chewing Glass
5. Jonny Polonsky- Something Like An Angel
6. Thee Deception - Influencer
7. Thee Deception- Lost At Sea
8. Ani DiFranco & Stone Gossard- The Message
9. Josh Freese- Give Em Nuthin
10. Mason Jennings- The Underground
11. Josh Freese- Somehow I Like Lou Reed
12. Zoser - Sun Song (stripped remix)
13. Painted Shield - Testify
14. Brad - The Happiness I Need

Record Store Day: Malfunkshun and Yellow Dark Matter


We already knew that Pearl Jam was planning on releasing an Indie Exclusive variant of Dark Matter for Record Store Day, April 20th, the day after the albums official release.  Now, we know a few more details.  We know that Pearl Jam will be releasing 15,000 "ghostly yellow and black" Dark Matter vinyls on RSD2024.

Record Store Day's website has announced that the label, Southern Lord, will be releasing Olympus Awaits, a vinyl collection of all Malfunkshun recordings.  Malfunkshun was the first band of Andrew Wood, who went on to form Mother Love Bone with Stone and Jeff upon their break-up.  The album, Return to Olympus, was eventually release on Stone Gossard's Loosegroove Records, but this will be the first release on vinyl, and includes early demo recordings as well.

Only 1,300 copies of this 2-LP set are going to be released, so make sure you line up early on April 20th.


SOLAT Podcast's Live Reaction to Dark Matter


As always, when our author, Stip, shows up on a podcast, we like to let you know.  This week, Stip sat down with Jason and Paul of the State of Love and Trust Podcast to do a "first" listen to Dark Matter.  It originally aired as a live-cast, but you can give it a listen now on their website or wherever you get your podcasts.

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Pearl Jam's World Tour Has Been Announced!

 


In case the announcement of a new album wasn't enough, Pearl Jam has also announced a 35-show World Tour starting on May 4th and taking damned near the whole year.  They'll be staring in the Pacific Northwest, then off to Europe, then the U.S. East/Midwest before heading out to Australia.  

Very few of us have an excuse for missing Pearl Jam in 2024.  

Opening acts include Deep sea Diver, Glen Hansard, The Murder Capital, Richard Ashcroft, and the Pixies, depending upon where you are seeing them.

Fan Club members have gotten an e-mail with details for the pre-sale.  Non-members can look here for ticketing info.  All dates are listed below.


May 04 | Vancouver, BC | Rogers Arena

May 06 | Vancouver, BC | Rogers Arena

May 10 | Portland, OR | Moda Center

May 13 | Sacramento, CA | Golden 1 Center

May 16 | Las Vegas, NV | MGM Grand Garden Arena

May 18 | Las Vegas, NV | MGM Grand Garden Arena

May 21 | Los Angeles, CA | Kia Forum

May 22 | Los Angeles, CA | Kia Forum

May 25 | Napa Valley, CA | BottleRock Festival

May 28 | Seattle, WA | Climate Pledge Arena

May 30 | Seattle, WA | Climate Pledge Arena

Jun 22 | Dublin, IE | Marlay Park

June 25 | Manchester, UK | Manchester Co-Op Arena

Jun 29 | London, UK | Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Jul 02 | Berlin, DE | Waldbühne

Jul 03 | Berlin, DE | Waldbühne

Jul 06 | Barcelona, ES | Palau Sant Jordi

Jul 08 | Barcelona, ES | Palau Sant Jordi

Jul 11 | Madrid, ES | Mad Cool Festival

Jul 13 | Lisbon, PT | NOS Alive Festival

Aug 22 | Missoula, MT | Washington-Grizzly Stadium

Aug 26 | Indianapolis, IN | Ruoff Music Center

Aug 29 | Chicago, IL | Wrigley Field

Aug 31 | Chicago, IL | Wrigley Field

Sep 03 | New York, NY | Madison Square Garden

Sep 04 | New York, NY | Madison Square Garden

Sep 07 | Philadelphia, PA | Wells Fargo Center

Sep 09 | Philadelphia, PA | Wells Fargo Center

Sep 12 | Baltimore, MD | CFG Bank Arena

Sep 15 | Boston, MA | Fenway Park

Sep 17 | Boston, MA | Fenway Park

Nov 08 | Auckland, NZ | Go Media Stadium Mt Smart

Nov 13 | Gold Coast, AU | Heritage Bank Stadium

Nov 16 | Melbourne, AU | Marvel Stadium

Nov 21 | Sydney, AU | Giants Stadium

Dark Matter (single) - The TSIS Review


DARK MATTER

It’s been almost four years since we’ve gotten new music from Pearl Jam.  We’ve had an election, a pandemic, existential threats to democracy and the planet, a few small tours, and an avalanche of side projects.  And now, finally, Dark Matter’s eponymous first single has arrived.

The choice of lead single is always revealing, though exactly what’s revealed can’t be known until we have the full record.  There are times Pearl Jam will showcase something out of left field – a Who You Are, Nothing As It Seems, or Dance of the Clairvoyants.  Sometimes these songs are essential for unpacking the DNA of the album (Who You Are or Nothing As It Seems). Sometimes they are just a chance to showcase something they’re proud of (Dance… is a full stop masterpiece but something of an outlier on Gigaton).  But usually the single is a guarantor for the album - a declaration of purpose (every single since Given To Fly, with the exception of Dance) and an approximation of the feel and sound of the record.

Pearl Jam is also an older band with a rich legacy.  They defined an era, have been memorialized in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (in fact, a quote from Light Years is up on the walls in the museum), and still immediately sell out shows anywhere in the world. But that Pearl Jam has endured and thrived creates challenges of its own. Each new piece of music is forced to grapple with the legacy of what came before. It forces us to ask why, for all their success, doesn’t Pearl Jam feel like it did when we were younger?

Sometimes it’s music. The criminally underrated Lightning Bolt explored aging and mortality and legacy, wearing its heart proudly on its sleeve, and is generally considered to be one of Pearl Jam’s lesser works. But it wasn’t the themes. Gigaton explored the same ideas, albeit with less overt sentimentality. However, the production felt more intimate, the performances looser, the experience more organic. And Gigaton remains well regarded within the fan community.

But sometimes it is the expectations we have for music.  Most of us, as we age, don’t consume new music with the imperial ferocity we once did.  And even if we do, new bands will rarely hit quite as hard as the ones who were the touchstones of our youth – the songs and artists that soundtracked our transformation from who we were into who we are and might still be.  Over time those artists we depended on break up, or worse.  Their music ends. And so what music remains shoulders a heavy weight. We ask it to not only recapture the feeling of our youth, but, in a way we are rarely conscious of, to also validate our journey from then to now.  When an older artist finds a way to speak to us, in language simultaneously familiar and new, we feel confident that our past experiences were all necessary steps on the road that led us here. It's not that the music makes us feel young again as much as it connects past and present in a way that makes us feel richer, fuller, timeless, and alive.

All of this ran through my head, even if I didn’t realize it, as I stayed up until midnight for the release (like I did when I was younger and will ONLY do for Pearl Jam). I’m not just eager to hear new music, and to get a sense of what the album will sound and feel like. I’m anxious to discover what Pearl Jam means to me now– to see if they are still capable of embracing my past and present, and can keep building the bridge between them.

Seems like they are.

Pearl Jam writes albums, and it’s hard to get a full sense of what a song means without placing it in conversation with the songs that surround it.  But this also gives the lead single a temporary purity. It gets to stand on its own, for a little while, as a complete thought.  And with the caveat that the experience of Dark Matter may change in the context of the album, lets dive in.

Dark Matter is a three-and-a-half-minute song that feels longer and yet not quite long enough.  It is simultaneously new and recognizable, and weirdly fresh. A song that could have only come from Pearl Jam while lacking a direct 1-1 analog with anything that’s come before.  Producer Andrew Watt is a huge Pearl Jam fan and the deep knowledge of their music he brought to the recording process is fully on display.  The vocals feel like the 2000s era rerecording’s of Brother and Alone – applying Eddie’s more weathered and grounded range to older songs he would have once belted into space. There are vaguely electronic flourishes to the guitars reminiscent of You Are, and some of Riot Act’s road weariness is present.  The deep, thunderous groove is reminiscent of Temple of the Dog.  It has some of the fragile precision of Dance of the Clairvoyants and at the same time feels like it could fall apart at any moment in a way reminiscent of No Code. And yet the swing for the fences bombast of Ten and Vs is all over the song. Underneath it all, hints of Binaural’ s atmosphere.  All coming together in a way that feels familiar and comforting without being repetitive or safe.

In some ways, this is the song Can’t Deny Me very much wanted to be, but never was.  It’s angry, but the anger doesn’t feel performative.  It’s running through some of the same critiques embedded in Gigaton, but while Gigaton was noteworthy for its inward, reflective focus and surprisingly non-judgmental tone, there is a fierce urgency to the performances in Dark Matter, even when its playful. It embraces a clarity of purpose while letting go of the guilt haunting Gigaton. If Gigaton quietly recommits you to a cause, Dark Matter feels like a rally. It looks outward, fosters solidarity (that chorus feels organically huge and enveloping and should elicit a natural, rather than engineered, reaction live), and howls at the structural but still contestable unfairness in the world – a stance that has been at the heart of their best music since Pearl Jam began.

Dark Matter is not the most innovative song they’ve ever written, but it is elevated by some ferocious performances.  Matt is given the space to drive the proceedings and gives the song an immensity to help it meet the moment.  Mike and Stone play sharp and angry with an angular ferocity, and Mike’s solo rises from that space to wrap its claws around Dark Matter’s throat.  Jeff is a little buried in the mix, but there are moments where his chunky playing pushes through in a way that calls to mind classic performances like Why Go.  The deceptively simple structure hides many exciting flourishes – something new revealed with each listen.

Eddie sounds great, but his voice is pushed back into the mix. The music drives the song, and Eddie is contributing his instrument in critical ways, rather than the band serving as his background players.  The end result feels collaborative – a band playing together, feeding off each other’s energy.   Eddie sounds weathered and wounded, but he has wrapped himself around his voice, keeping it in a controlled and protective space, and when he lets it off the leash we get intense punctuation that avoids drifting into the screechy territory that defined his work on S/T or Backspacer.  He sounds vulnerable, but not like a victim, and sings like someone who has uncovered the wisdom and power and confidence at the heart of vulnerability.

The longer Dark Matter goes on the less measured and more unhinged it becomes. There is a rising intensity that gets angrier the longer it goes on. The music and lyrics feel almost extractive.  A blunt drill powered by brute, wrenching force.  Painful, destructive, outrageous.  The performance captures the experience of living in a world not designed for living well. This is not presented as a revelation. It plays instead like a confirmation of known grievances that must nevertheless be named. The central ‘dark matter’ image makes sense in this context – the hidden substance that makes up our world is injustice. The source of our profound alienation from each other. Oppositional and totalizing, but only so long as it remains invisible.

Dark Matter is not a youthful song. It’s not trying to recapture that energy.  That’s why it’s successful.  As we get older we learn that context and compromise define what it means to live in the world.  Gray mutes the bright, sharp colors we saw with younger eyes, and life inevitably forces us into choices that are no choice at all. This is both true and terrible, and to pretend the world is otherwise would be dishonest.  It’s why mid and late life attempts to capture the energy and worldview of our younger selves so often rings inauthentic and insincere. 

Instead, Dark Matter redefines what it means to age, and understands that, fire is not the sole possession of youth.  We never stop needing light, heat, and potential. We just burn a different fuel to get it.  Dark Matter owns what we’ve learned, and refuses to surrender to the dark, not in spite of the gray but because of it.

Monday, February 12, 2024

Dark Matter by Pearl Jam Out Now


Dark Matter has arrived!  It's time to get out of bed and dive into the new single featuring [classic] Ed on vocals and a screaming McCready solo. 

The album drops on April 19th (one day ahead of Record Store Day, which is probably not a coincidence).  You can go to PearlJam.com right now to get 
Pearl Jam’s twelfth studio album, Dark Matter, will be released on Monkeywrench Records/Republic Records on April 19, 2024. The album’s title track is available now exclusively on pearljam.com. Dark Matter was produced by GRAMMY® award winning producer Andrew Watt and is the band’s first release since Gigaton.

In 2023, the band retreated to Shangri-La Studios in Malibu where they simply plugged in and played under the watch of producer Andrew Watt. Writing and recording in a burst of inspiration, Dark Matter was born in just three weeks. As a result, Dark Matter channels the shared spirit of a group of lifelong creative confidants and brothers in one room playing as if their very lives depended on it.

The album’s packaging features light painting art by Alexandr Gnezdilov. The album cover art was crafted using a large self-made kaleidoscope. Each letter visible on the cover was individually captured and handwritten midair with a specially designed flashlight to create the pearlescent effect.



Friday, February 9, 2024

New Pearl Jam Single Tomorrow??

 Fan Club Newsletter Day is tomorrow?  Is this teaser here to make sure we check our e-mail at 1pm?


Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Stip Discusses Waiting for a New Album on SOLAT Podcast


 This week, you can look for our very own, Stip, co-author of I Am No Guide: Pearl Jam Song By Song, on the State of Love and Trust Podcast.  He talks with hosts, Jason and Paul, about what it's like to wait on a Pearl Jam album that seems like it's never coming.
Jason and Paul welcome The Sky I Scrape / Red Mosquito legend, Stip, back to the show to discuss how we approach the impending release of new Pearl Jam. How did we anticipate and consume new Pearl Jam singles and records in the 90s vs the 2000s to now? How has the internet affected how we arrive at a new single? Everyone has their own method to consuming Pearl Jam's art...and as we anxiously await the impending new album we discuss all the ways the community responds to new music. Then the guys discuss the Lyric and Live Cut of the Week - Retrograde.
You can give the podcast a listen here.

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

New Album? --- It's Definitely a Thing!

 


We won't tease you with rumors of a name and tracklisting, but there is DEFINITELY a new Pearl Jam album out there.  Their biographer, Jonathan Cohen, has heard it.  According to Spin Magazine, they debuted the album at Troubadour in West Hollywood earlier today.

Specific details such as song titles and lyrics are being kept under wraps for now, but SPIN can confidently report that the album offers a little bit of everything for the longtime Pearl Jam fan. “No hyperbole — I think this is our best work,” enthused Vedder, who later poured tequila shots for the assembled audience. “I couldn’t be prouder of us as a band,” added Ament, who briefly got emotional while describing the experience of making the album.
We even get a little idea of what we can expect to hear.
The LP features several intense rockers that showcase the ever-powerful drumming of Matt Cameron and the panache of guitarist Mike McCready, whose solos are more prominent here than on 2020’s Gigaton. One has a chorus particularly tailor-made for chanting and fist-pumping.

A couple songs nod to the chiming, acoustic-flavored sound of the late Tom Petty, while another has the loping, off-kilter feel of past Pearl Jam tunes such as “Parachutes” and “All Those Yesterdays.” Thematically, Vedder is writing about human connection (or lack thereof), aging, parenting and the state of the world. “We’re still looking for ways to communicate,” he said.
Other than Rob Skinner (Pearl Jam's Fan Club Kingpin) posting a vague post about today's date, we still don't know when to expect the album, but it's going to break our brains if we don't hear something this week!

Monday, January 29, 2024

Painted Shield 3: New Music and Pre-Order

 


Painted Shield, Stone Gossard's band with Brittany Davis, Mason Jennings, Matt Chamberlain, and Jeff Fielder, has announced that their third album, titled "Painted Shield 3" will be released on July 26th, 2024.

You can pre-order a limited copy on "Bone Vinyl" at the Loosegrove Store on Brooklyn Vegan (only 1,000 available).

You also have a chance to see Painted Shield live in Seattle on March 2nd.  Details and tickets are available HERE.

In the meantime, check out the first single, "Transector."

Saturday, January 27, 2024

Pearl Jam Receive Honorary Clio Award

 


Pearl Jam will be receiving an honorary award Wednesday night at the 2024 Clio Impact Awards.  The band will be recognized for their program of showcasing local artists as part of their show poster collection and for their work through the Vitalogy Foundation.

The Clio Awards were founded in 1959 to honor excellence in advertising and creative business practices in the fields of sports, fashion, music, entertainment, cannabis, and health.

Monday, January 8, 2024

Pearl Jam to Headline Bottlerock Festival


 Pearl Jam announced today that they will be headlining the Bottlerock Festival in Napa, California on May 24th.  We might have a full tour by the end of this month!

Pearl Jam will headline the BottleRock Festival 2024 at Napa Valley Expo in Napa, California along with Ed Sheeran and Stevie Nicks. The festival includes additional performances by Maná, Kali Uchis, Megan Thee Stallion, Queens of the Stone Age & many more! Stay tuned for more info on daily lineup information.

If you are in the Ten Club, you have an e-mail with the details.  If not, you can get ticketing information here.