Friday, February 27, 2009

Pearl Jam Eye Second Neil Young Collaboration

This doesn't really rise to the level of news, but I wanted an excuse to post a graphic.  Pearl Jam bassist, Jeff Ament, (who apparently is doing a lot of talking in the lead up to the Ten Reissue) recently told NME that if Neil Young asked, they'd record an album with him.

And bassist Jeff Ament admits they are desperate to get back in the studio with Young in a bid to build on their previous work.

He tells NME magazine, "If Neil called us now, unless we were in the middle of making our own record, we'd do it in a heartbeat.

"Making Mirror Ball was great, but we made it in four days. It would be really fun to make a record with him now knowing what we didn't know then. I think we could make a better record with him."

Will Neil Young ask?  Will Pearl Jam be free when he does call?  We shall see!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Pearl Jam Pumped Up To Hit The Studio

As Pearl Jam heads back into the studio to work on their upcoming, as-of-yet-untitled album, bassist, Jeff Ament, recently spoke with about some recent studio work:

Frontman Eddie Vedder "put rough vocals on about half the stuff we worked on in December," bassist Jeff Ament tells "There's a handful of really great lyrics. Lyrically, that stuff is in the embryonic stage, but there's a handful of lines and a couple of choruses that are just really great. He keeps getting better."

"I saw [guitarist] Mike [McCready] last night and we were both talking about this song and that song," he continues. "One of the songs we decided would go down a whole step and he was asking me about a chord progression."

... and working with Brendan O'Brien

"He brings a brutally honest approach to what he thinks is working and what isn't, and it really moves things along," he says. We don't get waded down with ideas that maybe aren't even that good. He's one of the few people outside of the band that we trust with our music, and we're really, really looking forward to making this record."