Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Pearl Jam Nominated for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

This morning, the latest group of artists to be nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and as expected, Pearl Jam was among them. This year's list of nominees also includes Tupac Shakur, Depeche Mode, Electric Light Orchestra, Jane's Addiction, Janet Jackson, Journey, the Cars, the Zombies, Yes, Bad Brains, Chaka Khan, Chic, J. Geils Band, Joan Baez, Joe Tex, Kraftwerk, MC5 and Steppenwolf.

The Hall of Fame has also answered the "drummer question."
In a change of tradition, the Hall of Fame has announced the individual members of each band that will be honored. Pearl Jam have had five drummers, but only current drummer Matt Cameron and founding member Dave Krusen will be inducted should they make it in.
If you want a chance to help Pearl Jam make it in, Rolling Stone is hosting a fan ballot that may help.
For the fifth consecutive year, the public will have the opportunity to vote alongside the more than 800 artists, historians and music industry insiders of the Rock Hall voting body. From now until December 6th, fans can vote on RollingStone.com for the nominees they'd like to see inducted. The top five acts will comprise a "fan's ballot" that will count as one of the ballots that determine the class of 2016.
Visit RollingStone.com to cast your ballot.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Soundgarden Reissues Badmotofinger

Soundgarden is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Badmotofinger with the release of four special edition reissues.  Very similar to recent reissues by the bands we love, they are offering: 

  • The Super Deluxe Edition ($149.99) - Remastered album, bonus disc of outtakes, 2CDs of the March 6, 1992 show, DVD of tat same show, DVD of Motovision, BluRay Audio Disc of the album and b-sides, Revolving Badmotofinger Icon Box, 52-page Book, collectible prints, stickers, and patch (and a chance to win a 7-inch record and collectible 7-inch hole adapter)
  • 2LP Black Vinyl ($27.99) - Newly remastered album, with Side D "25th Anniversary Vinyl Etching"
  • 2CD Deluxe Edition ($18.99) - Remastered album plus a disc of studio outtakes
  • Anniversary CD ($12.99) - Newly remastered album
Check the official announcement for the complete tracklisting for all four editions.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Mike Watt's 1995 Ring Spiel Tour Coming to LP and CD

NY-Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings have announced that they will be releasing a double album of Mike Watt's 1995 "Ring Spiel" Tour on November 11th.  The set will features Watt's May 6th, 1995 show at The Metro in Chicago, where he was backed by Eddie Vedder and Foo Fighters, David Grohl, Pat Smear, and William Goldsmith.

The album will be available in digital format, CD, double LP, and a limited edition orange colored vinyl set.  The first three formats are currently available for pre-purchase on Amazon.

Here's the endorsement of the label:

In March 1995, Columbia Records announced that Watt would be hitting the road for the first time as a solo artist. Members of opening bands Hovercraft and Foo Fighters –Vedder, Grohl, Smear and drummer William Goldsmith–joined headliner Watt on-stage as eager participants of the jaw-dropping back-up band heard on the “ring spiel” tour ’95 album.

Watt’s relentlessly energetic set at The Metro on May 6, 1995 is an astonishing sonic time machine, catapulting the listener back to that historic gig, with Watt and his fired-up and raw back-up squad, the musical lineup constantly shifting between performances to accommodate the different feel and shape of each song.

The Tracklist will include:

1. Walking the Cow (Daniel Johnson cover)
2. Brain Train (Chip + Tony Kinman cover)
3. Formal Introduction
4. Against the 70's
5. Drove Up from Pedro
6. Habit (early performance of Eddie Vedder composition)
7. Makin' the Freeway
8. Chinese Firedrill
9. Piss-Bottle Man
10. Forever ... One Reporter's Opinion

11. E-Ticket Ride
12. Political Song for Michael Jackson to Sing
13. Coincidence Is Either Hit or Miss
14. The Red and the Black (Blue Öyster Cult cover)
15. Garden Song (Madonna cover)
16. Powerful Hankerin' 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Dave Abbruzzese Working on a Solo Release

If Vs. and Vitalogy are your favorite Pearl Jam albums, you might want to head over to Dave Abbruzzese's Bandcamp page to support his solo release.
Over the last 25 plus years I've been blessed to be a part of an amazing musical tribe. Now, the time has come & I have gathered a group to help me make a record; My record. 
Musically and personally, I have a lot to say and it's time to say it. 

My friends, I need your help to make this dream come true. 

The course is charted.
If that intrigues you, head over to help fund the project and check out two unnamed solo tracks recorded in 2006 and 2015.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Eddie Joins Concert Across America

Eddie Vedder will be joining the Concert Across America to End Gun Violence in Manhattan in two weeks.  He'll be joining Jackson Browne, Rosanne Cash, Marc Cohn and Vy Higginsen's Gospel Choir of Harlem at the Beacon Theatre in New York on September 25th.

Tickets are available here.

The Beacon Theatre is among 250 venues nationwide where more than 1,000 artists will lend their voices and mobilize to make the country’s epidemic of gun violence a voting issue in the November elections. Spearheaded by Massachusetts-­based Stop Handgun Violence (SHV) partnering with Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence and dozens of other organizations, the Concert Across America to End Gun Violence will feature performances at a diverse array of venues ranging from churches and school gymnasiums to honky­tonks, theatres and hotel rooftops.

Visit www.ConcertAcrossAmerica.org for more information on this news. #ConcertAcrossAmerica to #EndGunViolence.

The Mike McCready 1959 Les Paul Standard

For those of you with an extra $11,500 laying around, Gibson is releasing a Mike McCready Les Paul.
Gibson Custom is proud to announce the Limited release of 50 signed Mike McCready 1959 Les Paul Standards in true historic spec. A 1959 Les Paul that's still in active use on tour and in the studio is a rare gem in its own right. One with a provenance that stretches from Seattle to Belfast and back, in the hands and woven into the tapestry of genre-defining music, is a bona fide once-in-a-lifetime guitar. The Mike McCready 1959 Les Paul is a hands-on replica of one of the most interesting original Les Pauls we've ever had the pleasure to collaborate on, produced with exacting analysis of the original to re-create its look, sound and feel to the Nth degree. Add to its unique backstory, a cutting, crisp and aggressive tone with a lifetime of battle on display in its well-worn finish, and a neck feel that simply says "let's play," and you have a guitar that's irresistible.

  • Binding and Plastics: True Historic plastics for total accuracy
  • Neck: Double-carved to match the original '59 profile
  • Finish: Thin, wet-sanded nitrocellulose lacquer
  • Pickup Covers: Period-correct PAF pickup covers
  • Fingerboard Binding: Rolled for a comfortable vintage-like playing feel
  • Hand Aged: Matches every detail of the original
  • Top: Double-carved top arch
  • Neck and Body: Genuine hot-hide glue construction
  • Pickups: Custom Buckers

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Fenway Bootlegs Hit the Pearl Jam Store

Pearl Jam's 2013 Wrigley show was never released as part of the official bootleg program, so most fans figured we wouldn't see bootlegs for this year's Fenway and Wrigley shows.  After Pearl Jam performed live on the rooftop of Bleachers for Danny Clinch, we thought maybe we'd be seeing a special DVD box.

It turns out, we were wrong, because today, Pearl Jam released the August 5th and August 7th Fenway shows as digital and CD bootlegs.