Thursday, September 23, 2021

Pearl Jam's Ohana Merch


Pearl Jam tweeted out the graphic of all of their merchandise for the Ohana Festival.  Items include Ohana-specific items, Pearl Jam's feminism collection that was on sale in Jersey, and several accessories that have been on sale at the Ten Club website from the Gigaton release.

Their Merch Stand opens at 10am tomorrow outside the venue.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Stip Back on State of Love and Trust Podcast


 Will Jason and Paul start paying Stip for his work on their podcast?  That's a question that doesn't get asked in Episode 73 because the discussion sticks to the legacy of No Code.  Listen here.
Jason and Paul are joined once again by Stip from The Sky I Scrape / Red Mosquito to discuss the legacy of the songs of No Code. But first the guys react to the first live Pearl Jam concert in over three years from the Sea.Hear.Now festival. All that and the Lyric and Live Cut of the Week - Off He Goes.

Monday, September 20, 2021

Live on 14 Legs


 If you were at Saturday night's Asbury Park show you know that Pearl Jam has added a new touring guitarist, former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist, Josh Kinghoffer, who was left without a band when RHCP's original guitarist, John Frusciante returned to the band.

With touring keyboardist, Boom Gaspar, this brings the size of Pearl Jam up to seven members and opens up the opportunity for some exciting new arrangements of Pearl Jam's songs.

Friday, September 17, 2021

Forgotten Boardwalk Brewery Releases Four Pearl Jam-Themed Beers

 

In celebration of Pearl Jam's performance tomorrow night in Asbury Park, local brewery, Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing Company has release four beers themed after Pearl Jam songs with cans designed by artist, Local Summer, in Cherry Hill.

Look for First to the Jaw, an IPA; Cigar Box on the Floor, a smoked porter; Don't Go On Me, a golden ale; and Lemon Yellow Sun, a wheat beer.







Thursday, September 16, 2021

Sea.Hear.Now Merch

Ahead of this weekend's festival in Asbury Park, Pearl Jam has tweeted out their merch offerings which will be on-sale tomorrow from 3-9pm in The Wonder Bar parking lot.

10+ shirt designs, hats, a water bottle, and a poster by Ken Taylor are among the offerings.

 

Monday, September 13, 2021

Loosegrove Records: Josh Freese "Just a Minute, Volume 1"


Stone Gossard and Regan Hagar's label, Loosegroove Records, is releasing a solo album by Josh Freese, drummer for The Vandals, Suicidal Tendancies, Paul Westerberg and The Replacements, and Devo and many, many more.  The album contains 20 1-minute songs recording during the pandemic and previously released via social media.

Now the collection, releasing on October 29th, will be available for purchase and as a pink coral vinyl version available from Brooklyn Vegan.


Friday, September 10, 2021

Pearl Jam Halloween Merch 2021


 Act quick!  Pearl Jam just put up a glow-in-the-dark, zombie variant of their Funko Pop! 5-pack.  You can pick up yours for $75 (+$12.45 domestic S&H).

You can also get your annual Halloween shirt, a glow-in-the-dark Stickman, for $35.




Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Eddie Vedder's Third Solo Album, Earthling

While most of us were sleeping the Ten Club and Republic Records announced the upcoming release of Eddie Vedder's third solo album, Earthling.  Ed is working with producer Andrew Watt, who has recently worked with Justin Bieber, Ozzy Osbourne, and Miley Cyrus.
For this record, Eddie Vedder worked with producer Andrew Watt in their first collaboration. The combination of Eddie Vedder's vocals and Watt’s production come together to drive the emotional power behind the piece of work.
The first single, Long Way, heavy with Tom Petty's influence, released to all of the streaming services last night, and you can pre-order a 7" record that will include a B-side called The Haves from the Ten Club ($10 + $6.45 domestic S&H).

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Transparent Clinch Gallery


 If you find yourself in Asbury Park, NJ (perhaps to see a Pearl Jam show in the near future), you should check out the Transparent Clinch Gallery in the Asbury Hotel.  And if you're in town on September 15th, you should stop by the Wishlist Foundation's 15th Anniversary Party.

Danny Clinch Photography and the Transparent Clinch Gallery are generously donating 10% of all Pearl Jam print sales, (online at dannyclinch.com and in-person at the Gallery), all day on September 15, 2021. Additionally, all proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Wishlist Foundation.

Transparent Clinch Gallery is an immersive art and music venue selling large-format prints, T-shirts, and books of the famous photographer’s rock star portraits, mid century modern furniture and a collection of vinyl records

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Stip is Back on the State of Love and Trust Podcast


Our very own Stip is back on the State of Love and Trust podcast, wrapping up a month of episodes celebrating the anniversary of Ten and talking about Alive.
Jason and Paul are joined again by Stip from The Sky I Scrape / Red Mosquito, this time, to discuss the quintessential Pearl Jam song. The history. The lyrical evolution. The music's impact. The arc of its importance to the audience and band as it navigates its ascendency to the aforementioned quintessential status, its banishment due to Roskilde, and its glorious return in a renewed sense of celebration. It's Alive.
Give a listen here.

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Elton John's The Lockdown Sessions

Today, Elton John announced a new album, The Lockdown Sessions, due out October 22nd.  It includes collaborations from many different artists on each track, including a song called E-Ticket with Eddie Vedder.  You can pre-order on CD, vinyl, and cassette here.



Sunday, August 29, 2021

Ten at Thirty

 

 

 A couple of years ago I was out to dinner with several friends.  A classic rock station was playing in the background, and the Rolling Stones’ Brown Sugar came up in rotation. It was followed by R.E.M.’s Man on the Moon, a song about holding onto the innocence time strips away.  About halfway through the song I had a horrifying thought.  When I was in high school Brown Sugar felt old. A relic of a bygone era.  Something no longer vital. A song with nothing to say, whose value lay entirely in nostalgia.  But after some quick math I realized that more years had passed between the release of Man on the Moon and this dinner then there were between Brown Sugar and the release of Man on the Moon.

 

And now Ten is thirty, which means Pearl Jam is thirty.  And yet, somehow, Ten still feels as fresh and vital to me as it ever did.  And even though who Pearl Jam is and what they mean has evolved over time (their music, its themes, and my relationship with them), Ten retains a timelessness seemingly at odds with how firmly rooted it is in the early 90s.  The reverb-soaked production, the unapologetic hugeness of the sound, the furious angst embedded in the songs, even the much-parodied sound and performance of Eddie Vedder himself.  Ten should be dated, and yet I find, after thirty years, it remains the Pearl Jam album I most return to.  And while I don’t want to dethrone Vitalogy, if I’m honest, it might be my favorite.

 

The albums strengths remain undiminished.  Ten contains the strongest collection of memorable riffs in the catalog, alongside some of the most full throated, unselfconscious, unapologetic performances of their career. This was the only time they could be Pearl Jam without fear of repeating or parodying themselves.   Everything was new. Every moment swung for the fences.  Every second bore the weight of a lifetime of things to say and only one chance to say them. One of the highlights of so many of the best songs on Ten (Alive, Black, Jeremy, Oceans, Porch) is that the band was not afraid to linger in an emotional space even if they weren’t sure where it was going.  So many of the songs clear their final chorus and just explore the moment with an unstructured primal intensity, and even though he was out of lyrics, Eddie’s voice weaved in and out of the music, tying those final moments to the stories and the emotional journey that had carried them there. It not only made the music impossibly cathartic, it made it personal, intimate in a way that belied its hugeness.

 

Ten works because Eddie’s voice bridged those contradictions. It collapsed the distance between intensely private performances and the communal experience of them.   His voice gave the songs clarity even when the lyrics were obscure and the delivery jumbled.  It embodied the way in which an experience is felt as real and powerful even when it cannot be fully navigated, deconstructed, or explained.  Even songs that deal with incredibly specific experiences (Alive, Why Go, Jeremy, Release) could feel universal because of the power of those performances.

 

The music you encounter as a teenager or young adult is bound to linger in your consciousness. It gets baked into your formative experiences, and provides the emotional vocabulary you use to process a time when everything is new, every moment formative, every experience the most important in the world.   And Ten certainly benefits from that – at least for me, who was 14 when it came out.   But its continued power and relevance in my life isn’t just nostalgia.  I have my nostalgic attachments, and I know what they feel like.  This is something else.

 

The guiding theme of Ten is about grappling with betrayal – the constant disappointment and crushing hostility of a world and the people in it failing to live up to their obligations.  And yet Ten never quite lingered in those spaces.  It pushed back. Unlike so many of their peers, the music never stopped looking for a way out, and never stopped believing that, together, we would find it.   It gave the album a righteousness that was intoxicating.

 

Thirty years later, my generation can lay no claim to righteousness.  Our legacy is one of failed promises and squandered opportunities.  We are no longer victims of the wickedness in the world.  We own it, or at least abet it. But I still believe we can be better.   Just a few years after Ten, around the time he was turning thirty, Eddie penned the following lyrics:

 

All that’s scared comes from youth

Dedications, naïve and true

With no power, nothing to do

I still remember, why don’t you?

 

The world makes it all too easy to forget.  But every time I put on Ten, I remember.