Sunday, January 16, 2022

Painted Shield - Dead Man's Dream

This past week, Painted Shield, debuted new music via their Instagram.  They debuted new music, Dead Man's Dream, the first single from their upcoming, second album.  You can pick up the single later this month on January 28th.  Follow this link to pre-save on your favorite streaming service.

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Vedder's Earthling Sporting an All-Star Cast


In a new interview with MOJO magazine Eddie Vedder has let fans know to expect some big names on his upcoming album, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, and Ringo Starr.  It will also include music by his late father, Edward Louis Severson, Jr., salvaged from CDs given to him by his father's friend and bandmate, Carmen Fanzone.

Though not part of the interview, those who have gotten the first single on vinyl have no doubt spotted that Eddie's daughter, Harper, is also singing back-up on "Long Way," giving us three generations on one album.

Monday, January 10, 2022

Earthling Tracklist

Today Eddie Vedder announced the tracklist for his upcoming album, Earthling (February 11).  The news also came with a clip of music (is it "On My Way"?) and an announcement that another single, "Brother the Cloud" is coming next week on January 14th.

1. Invincible
2. Long Way
3. Power of Right
4. Brother the Cloud
5. Fallout Today
6. The Dark
7. The Haves
8. Good and Evil
9. Rose of Jericho
10. Try
11. Picture
12. Mrs. Mills
13. On My Way

Saturday, January 8, 2022

The Rockfords Reissue



Danny Newcomb, guitarist for The Rockfords, announced yesterday that their debut album (on vinyl?) next month on Valentine's Day with a single coming to streaming next week on January 14th.  That's very exciting for fans who have had a hard time hunting down this rare gem featuring Mike McCready.

Matt Cameron & Krist Novoselic

Our blog is flooded with pictures and rumors of Matt Cameron (and Mike McCready) buddying up with someone for music that we're still waiting on, but it's hard not to be excited about the possibility of Matt Cameron making music with Krist Novoselic. 



Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Top Ten Pearl Jam Moments of 2021, #1

 #1, OHANA FESTIVAL


FOUR!  Four shows in 2021.  That's what you got from Pearl Jam this year.  It's understandable, but we have been pining for live music (especially those of us in the US who have enjoyed an average two Pearl Jam shows a year from 2017 through 2020).

Next year things will change, but in 2021, nothing was more exciting than the three shows Pearl Jam played at Dana Point were easily the highlight of the year.  Festival shows are never a favorite of hardcore fans, but it was our [almost] first chance to hear "Gigaton" songs live.

Having them dig deep with such rarities as "Sweet Lew," "All Night," "Again Today," and "I Got Shit" really brightened everyone's experience, whether you were at the shows or watching fan clips via YouTube.

Will 2022 be the year that Pearl Jam plays a proper US tour?  Add in Europe and an Ed solo album, and we've got a lot to look forward to in just two days.





Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Top Ten Pearl Jam Moments of 2021, #2

 #2, FLAG DAY ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK


A retired Pearl Jam blogger recently asked me, "when you started doing this, did you ever expect to be reporting on Olivia Vedder news?"  I did not, and yet, here we are ... big news in the Pearl Jam world this year was all about Eddie's daughter Olivia and her impressive vocals on "My Father's Daughter" written by her father and Glen Hansard and featured on the soundtrack for Sean Penn's film, Flag Day.

The soundtrack was a bit uneven, but featured unquestionable gems by both Vedders, Hansard, and Cat Power, including a cover of REM's "Drive" by Eddie Vedder.  In a world where we've been desperate for any music by our favorite artists, this was as close to a Pearl Jam album as 2021 got.

You can try to hate this album because Olivia Vedder started a mini family legacy with it, but you'll love it in the end.  Pick up the album on vinyl or CD here.


Monday, December 27, 2021

Top Ten Pearl Jam Moment of 2021, #3

 #3, I SHOULD BE OUTSIDE


Among the members of Pearl Jam, Jeff Ament seems to be the most active during the COVID-19 pandemic, putting out a 7in single of two songs with his friend John Wicks, an political-themed EP, and now a full album of songs recorded at his studio in Montana.

After making the initial announcement, Ament used a new Instagram account to release pieces of his prolific painting portfolio to drum up interest and excitement, which definitely worked.  Fans were rabidly excited by release day, and "I Should Be Outside" is easily the best received of all of Jeff's solo albums.  Good enough, that for a time, it eclipsed any other Pearl Jam coverage, including the anniversaries of "Ten" (30 years) and "No Code" (25 years).

Sunday, December 26, 2021

Top Ten Pearl Jam Moments of 2021, #4

 #4, DEEP

Pearl Jam calls DEEP a Live Bootleg Immersive Experience.  We call it a web-based platform for accessing all of their available bootlegs.  Whether you have a flair for the dramatic or not, it's hard to argue that the introduction of DEEP (which coincided with Pearl Jam's bootleg collection becoming available on Spotify) wasn't a great boon for fans hoping to rock out at all hours of the day.

You can pick whichever show you'd like to hear, access playlists curated by the Fan Club, or make your own playlist with a Custom Setlist Generator.  The whole thing draws from 186 shows and 5,404 tracks, spanning tours from 2000, 2003, 2008, and 2013.

Saturday, December 25, 2021

Top Ten Pearl Jam Moments of 2021, #5

 #5, STIP & THE SOLAT PODCAST


This year Jason and Paul of the State of Love and Trust podcast found an amazing guest for their amazing podcast in the form of TheSkyIScrape.com author, Brian Stipelman.  One could get lost in the minutia of our Red Mosquito Forum or the contest mastery of the only long-term Pearl Jam podcast out there, but Stip can handle it all.  Grab a download or a stream of the podcast and listen to Jason, Paul, and Brian wax poetic about:

Or, it's really a beautiful podcast.  If you're in need of some good listening, subscribe here and let it fly.

[failure to use "Given To Fly" in that last sentence, noted.]

Friday, December 24, 2021

Top Ten Pearl Jam Moments of 2021, Dishonorable Mention

 THE CLEAR NO CODE


This collectible didn't make our list this year.  Heck, we didn't even report on it when it happened.  However, it would be unfair to say it wasn't a "Pearl Jam Moment."  Pearl Jam tweeted about the availability of this 25th Anniversary Limited Edition Reissue of No Code at 1:09 pm ET on Tuesday, June 15th, 2021.  It was sold out about 5 minutes later.  

The vast majority of fans didn't even know this record existed until it was gone.  There is also significant debate on the necessity of pushing the album out onto two albums, since the original fits on one and still sounds great.  

The SkyIScrape.com was a little disappointed in this piece memoriabilia because it was available only to those who can sit at their computer all day with Twitter notifications on or those with $200-$400 to pick one up on eBay.  Why Pearl Jam didn't randomize these into shipments of the normal, black vinyl reissue that also came out this year, we will never understand, but we'll serve it up between #6 and #5, because ... well ... it happened.

Joy to The Haves!

Thursday, December 23, 2021

Top Ten Pearl Jam Moments of 2021, #6

 #6, RECORD STORE DAY


This being the 30th Anniversary of Pearl Jam's album, Ten, Pearl Jam opted to release their first single on a 12" vinyl single and cassette in celebration of Record Store Day, the day in April [sic] that all of the record industry pushes business to brick and mortar record stores.

With the vinyl, fans got:
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
With the cassette, fans got: 
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
Worth a trip out to your favorite record store for sure.



Top Ten Pearl Jam Moments of 2021, #7

 #7, VAULT #1 ON VINYL


Ten years after kicking off their Vault program at the PJ20 Destination Weekend with a CD of their show at Moore Theater in 1992, Pearl Jam surprised fans last month with a vinyl release of that show.  Still missing the Baba O'Riley closer, but apparently that can't be helped.

Fan Club members had a chance to snatch this one up, and they did so quickly.  For those of you missing out, hopefully it will end up in the bootleg section.




Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Top Ten Pearl Jam Moments of 2021, #8

 #8, 4TH OF JULY by PAINTED SHIELD


Painted Shield, Stone Gossard's side project band with Mason Jennings, Josh Freese, Brittany Davis, and Matt Chamberlain, released a video this year, just ahead of the Independence Day holiday, and less than a year after their debut album release.  

They have us thinking that a new album is underway at Loosegroove Records, and given how great the first album sounded, we can't wait!