Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Lost Dogs: 2014 - 2021


2014-2021: They started recording 'Gigaton'  with Brendan O'Brien in the beginning of 2017. 'Can't Deny Me' was released from those sessions. And then three years later Gigaton was released with Josh Evans producing. ‘Can’t deny me was not on Gigaton and has already begun it’s life as a Pearl Jam rarity. Another studio track released from those early sessions was 'Again Today'.

When Josh Evans (producer Gigaton) was asked about outtakes:

They’re always working on something. It’s hard to say, because it’s not really done until it’s out. There are all kinds of things sitting on hard drives — from pieces of ideas to something one of the guys might consider a finished song. As far as mixing the record, these were the only 12 songs we mixed.

On October 2nd 2020 Pearl Jam released a new track and Gigaton outtake called ‘Get it Back’. On Instagram Matt said it was written in 2018. Making it the first outtake being released in years.

At a recent Q&A with fans over at Reddit:

One of the most asked question from fans was about Lost Dogs 2. Mike McCready made the following answer on Lost Dogs 2:

Gigaton is its own record. I’d love to record more music in this time of pandemic but its important that we are all taking measures to be safe. Good Idea about Lost Dogs 2 Ill bet we have the music for that.

I’m sure you do Mike!

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Lost Dogs: 2009-2013



More time to look back again. Like they did in 2003 and 2004 with the release of Lost Dogs and ‘Rearviewmirror - Greatest Hits’. Deluxe remastered editions for Ten, Vs and Vitalogy were released. The Ten release finally saw Just A Girl and Brother get a proper release. Although check that Rarities Unreleased Cuts for even better versions of those songs! The Ten deluxe edition also included fun outtakes like ‘2000 Miles Blues’ and ‘Evil Little Goat’. The Vs and Vitalogy deluxe remasters had very few bonus tracks. But the instrumental ‘CreadyStomp’ was now released!


After these remastered editions the band would also look back at its career with a movie, book, exhibition and festival PJ20. The ‘Ten’ outtake ‘Chinese’ was heard in the movie and played on PJ’s own Sirius channel but strangely was not included on the movie soundtrack. Dave Abbruzzese comments about ‘Chinese’ on his Facebook: 

2013: At an Amsterdam listening party for Lightning Bolt Brendan O'Brien was present. During the Q&A a reporter asked about 'Off the Earth' (which was played live since 2010).  O'Brien said it was not tried again during the Lightning Bolt sessions, but confirmed it was tried for Backspacer.  He said there were not many outtakes this time around. Maybe only one or two tracks. He was probably thinking about OlĂ©


During these years only one original song was released on the fanclubsingles. 'Turning Myst' remains the only PJ song that featured Mike McCready on vocals. One other studio recording was released on the fanclubsingles. 'Better Things' a song from the Kinks was nicely covered by the band.


Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Corduroy! The 2021 Pearl Jam March Madness Champion

Well, if the waiting drove you mad, take heart!  After eliminating 255 Pearl Jam songs, Corduroy stands as the winner of our Pearl Jam March Madness Tournament.  Congratulations, Corduroy, on being Pearl Jam's finest masterpiece, at least for now.

Eddie Vedder to Perform For Vax Live


Pearl Jam has announced that Eddie Vedder will be joining Jennifer Lopez, the Foo Fighters, H.E.R., and J. Balvin in performing as part of Global Citizen's Vax Live event on May 8th.

The show will air on ABC, CBS, Fox, iHeart Radio, and YouTube and benefits Vax Because, an organization working to support equal distribution of COVID-19 vaccine.

VAX LIVE: A Concert to Reunite the World is celebrating the hope that COVID-19 vaccines are offering families and communities around the world. We are calling on world leaders to step up to make sure vaccines are accessible for all so we can end the pandemic for everyone, everywhere.

Monday, April 12, 2021

Pearl Jam March Madness: Last Exit vs. Corduroy

To be completely honest, we're not as far into April as I expected when this 256-Song Tournament started.  Now, we're down to the finals.  Great albums have been cast away.  Sophistication, creativity, and experimentation have all been taken down.  Now, we are left with two brutal rockers from Vitalogy.  Both are former March Madness champions, Last Exit in 2017 and Corduroy in 2007.

Last Exit vs. Corduroy

You can come to March Madness Forum before 8pm tomorrow to cast your vote for Pearl Jam's greatest creation.

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Pearl Jam March Madness: The Final Four

Pearl Jam March Madness has entered the Final Four.  Go vs. Last Exit and Corduroy vs. Hail Hail

The Road to the Semis 

Go: Bye, Alive, You Are, Jeremy, Black, Rearview Mirror Last Exit: Dirty Frank, Puzzles and Games, Release, All Those Yesterday’s, Do the Evolution, In My Tree

Hail Hail: Brother, Of the Girl, Wash, Daughter, Long Road, Sleight of Hand Corduroy: State of Love and Trust, Alright, Last Soldier, Take the Long Way, No Way, Insignificance

Go really ran a gauntlet of their best early work. Other than You Are I voted against it in every round it seems. Yet I do love this song. It just lacks the emotional and lyrical complexity of their best work of that era. Last Exit had to mow down two former champs to get here, but probably had a slightly easier bracket.

Hail Hail had a fairly easy time getting here. Daughter, Long Road, and SoH osometimes make it to the QFs but rarely farther

Corduroy may have had it even easier until Insignificance, though SOLAT is a rough first round and No Way usually does well.

Go and Last Exit had a much harder bracket I think.

Now you can decide which songs are worthy to battle it out in the Finals.  Vote for your favorites today in our March Madness Forum.

Friday, April 9, 2021

Show Your Colors and Shuffle Your Feet (7" Single)


Mike McCready's HockeyTalkter Records is releasing a 7" single with two McCready solo songs from the film Sadie.  He collaborated with Molly Sides and Whitney Petty on the songs.  You can pick up the single at the Ten Club for $10 (plus $6.45 domestic S&H).

"I love collaborating with the women in Thunderpussy and these songs are no different. I was fortunate to score the film for the amazing film SADIE that was released last year. I asked Molly Sides to help with some vocals and she did an incredible job with both "Show Your Colors" and "Shuffle Your Feet". Playing guitar with Whitney Petty is always a blast! These songs have been available digitally for some time, and now you can own it on limited edition vinyl!" -Mike McCready
While you're there, check out HockeyTalkter's new singles for The Gemini Affair and The Kolars.

Pearl Jam March Madness: Sweet Sixteen


Red Mosquito's Pearl Jam March Madness Tournament has just entered the Sweet Sixteen.  After 256 songs battled it out, only six albums and an EP remain.  Only you can determine which song will land on top!  Vote now in our March Madness Forum.

Here are the match-ups!

Go vs. Black
Rearviewmirror vs. Immortality
In My Tree vs. Animal
Do The Evolution vs. Last Exist
Hail Hail vs. Long Road
Sleight of Hand vs. I Got Id
Porch vs. Insignificance
Corduroy vs. No Way

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Alive Coming to Record Store Day

To celebrate their 30th Anniversary and Record Store Day, Pearl Jam will be releasing TWO Alive singles on July 17th.  

The first is a 12" single, that appears to be different than any previous release.  (18,500 copies)
The 12” features the original promo single version of “Alive” plus three rare b-sides: “Wash”, “Dirty Frank” and the Beatles’ cover “I’ve Got A Feeling”, which is currently not available anywhere else. All four tracks are included on side A while side B contains an etching of the band’s Stick Man logo.

Side A: 1. “Alive (promo single version)” 2. “Wash” 3. “I’ve Got A Feeling” 4. “Dirty Frank”
Side B: Etching
The second is a cassette single, replicating an original promo single. The closest thing already in existence is the 1991 Australian release. (6,300 copies)
The “Alive” cassette single is a replica of the promo cassette that was originally used around the album’s release. It includes the promo single version of “Alive” plus “Wash” and “I’ve Got A Feeling”, repeated on both sides.

Side A: 1. “Alive (promo single version)” 2. “Wash” 3. “I’ve Got A Feeling”
Side B: Repeat Side A program

Lost Dogs: 2005-2008


In a 2007 interview with TFT, Danny Clinch (director of 2007 concert movie ‘Immagine in cornice’) said the following about the 2006 S/T (Avocado) sessions:

JR: Pearl Jam is the first record that hasn't had a B-side so we've wondered where are some of these extra cuts.
DC: And there's more to that story that I'm not going to tell you.

One unreleased named 'Off the Earth' track from the S/T sessions have been played live since around 2010.  Jeff Ament opened up about those sessions in an early 2005 interview

So far, the band's written a total of 25 songs, but the final track listing will have around a dozen songs — and the decision about which tracks make the final cut largely rests with "Ed, because he's writing 95 percent of the lyrics," Ament said. But the bassist did reveal some potential song names: "Marker," "Crapshoot Rapture," "Worldwide Suicide," "Cold Concession," "2X4" and "Severed Hand." Ament singled out two other tracks as his current favorites. "One is called 'Of the Earth,' that's a song Ed wrote that is kind of a cross between early Peter Gabriel/ Genesis and Sleater-Kinney with, like, the Who's Live at Leeds or something.


Like Binaural and Riot Act before it S/T seemed to have many outtakes. A pre-production disc leaked to the internet that includes demos by members, sketches and some full fledged songs: Cold Confession, Let it ride, 10 billion years (Stone on vocals)  and 2x4. That last one missed vocals. 



We know that Off the Earth was tried again for Backspacer. And that there are several outtakes being confirmed by both Jeff and Mike in interviews:

In one interview Jeff said that they recorded some incredible rock songs that did not fit on Backspacer very well and he was hopeful that they will enter the studio again early next year to do some final recording/mixing on those tracks aiming at an new release within a year.

The famous EP that never materialized. Similar words were already spoken by Mike in other interviews

BM: I noticed you kept the songs very short, very direct, kind of garage-y. Were you sort of reining in the tendencies to make them a little bit more like that?

MM: I think we didn’t initially know that we were reining them in. We had about seventeen ideas going into this project, seventeen to twenty. And when we were at about eleven pretty much finished, Brendan (O’Brien, producer) and Ed sat down and said, “Hey, this looks like a really good record.” Stone (Gossard, guitarist) had been talking about wanting to have a record that was shorter, more concise and I think we achieved that. That being said, we still have other songs that are out there that are from this session that we may do something with in about six months.

Where they shelved a Who cover 'Baba O'Riley' in 1992. They finally released a cover from Eddie's favorite band on their 2006 fanclubsingle: Love Reign O'er Me.  Two more original Pearl Jam songs appeared on fanclubsingles these years: Santa God & Santa Cruz