Friday, May 28, 2010

From a Basement in Seattle

In case you're wearing down the edges of your Pearl Jam vs. Ames Brothers book, now you can divert your attention.  You can pre-order your copy of From a Basement in Seattle: The Poster Art of Brad Klausen now on Amazon.

From the product description:

An extensive look into the creative process through which artist Brad Klausen generates imagery for rock posters for Pearl Jam, Built to Spill, Queens of the Stone Age, and others. Included alongside the image of each finished poster are sketches and detailed commentary of the story behind the execution and concept of the individual designs.

Brad Klausen grew up in southern California and moved to Seattle in 1999 to begin a nine-year career as the in-house graphic designer for the world-famous rock band Pearl Jam. In July 2007 he launched Artillery Design, his one-man design shop where he continues to make posters for Pearl Jam, Built to Spill, Widespread Panic, and many other bands. He still lives in Seattle.

Check Your Mailboxes

The Philly Boxed Sets have started to arrive!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

All That's Sacred, Episode #54

Episode #54 is now available.

Whether you were one of the fortunate ones or not, I imagine just about every fan is experiencing some sort of post tour blues. The short domestic swing through the midwest and northeast barely whet our collective appetite and anticipation for the Euro dates could not be higher after the way the boys closed the tour at Madison Square Garden in New York City. I’ve said it before but it bears repeating: Pearl Jam is a like a fine wine – just gets better with age. The sincerity of each nightly performance and the craft of the set list construction rivals anything they’ve done before and eclipses every other mainstream musical act. If you saw them in May, consider yourself lucky. If you’re seeing them in June/July, consider yourself warned.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

One More Week of American Tour Photos

When next we meet our heroes ... they'll be in Europe!



New York (Night 1)

New York (Night 2)

Monday, May 24, 2010

30% Off Pearl Jam Posters

Well, the 2010 Ten Club Rock and Art Poster Convention has come and gone and it was a great success. We had an amazing time meeting new people, seeing familiar faces and checking out all of the fantastic art. We had such a good time, in fact, that we didn't want it to end . . . That's why from May 24, 2010 to MAY 31, 2010 we're offering a 30% off coupon code, which is good for all posters in the Ten Club Goods section. Just enter the code "POSTERSHOW" at checkout to receive your discount. 10c


Saturday, May 22, 2010

Showbox Poster Show

 Tomorrow (5/23/10) is the free poster show at the Showbox!

WHAT: Poster artists from across the region will showcase their work as part of a one day, Seattle exhibition of limited edition Rock posters. Fans will have the opportunity to purchase hard-to-find works and network with renowned and up-and-coming artists. In addition, Easy Street Records will be on-site to sell from their collection of rare, vinyl records.

WHEN: Sunday, May 23, 2010 12:30 pm – Pearl Jam Ten Club early admission / 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Doors open to the public

WHERE: Showbox at the Market 1426 1st Avenue – Across the street from Pike Place Market Seattle, WA 98101 (206) 628-3151

WHO: Artists schedule to participate include ACORN, Ames Bros., Brad Klausen, Brian Methe, Dan Stiles, Frida Clements, Geoff Peveto, GIGART,Guy Burwell, Jeff Kleinsmith, Jeff Soto, Jesse LeDoux, Justin Hampton, LMK, Mark 5, Marq Spusta, Maxx242, Munk One and Nat Damm

TICKETS: All ages event is free to the public.

BACKGROUND: Pearl Jam’s rich, nearly 20-year tradition has long included creation of exclusive gig posters for each stop of its many world tours. Along the way, the band has had the opportunity to work with some of the most unique and notable artists including Ames Bros., Brad Klausen and Munk One. The Ten Club poster showcase offers fans the opportunity to view these works and the many other pieces created by these artists.

Event sponsored in part by TSURT, Juxtapoz, Volcom, In-House Custom Decals, Showbox at the Market and Pearl Jam’s Ten Club.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Activism: Stopping Diphtheria in Haiti

Since my day job is vaccines, this is a must-post news piece from the Ten Club:

If you've been to a recent Pearl Jam show, you may have heard Eddie speaking about J/P HRO (Jenkins-Penn Haitian Relief Organization).

Haiti continues to need our help as a deadly diphtheria epidemic threatens the country. Check out the latest in an interview with Sean Penn and Anderson Cooper.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

All That's Sacred, Episode #52

Episode #52 is now available.

This tour might be short, but the guys are definitely making the most of each show. Nightly, I'll check the set lists from the west coast and find my mouth agape as I read. Usually by the encore my jaw will just completely give way and shatter on the ground! My envy of the lucky ones in attendance grows exponentially and has me glowing a healthy shade of green. Unbelievable.

Seems only appropriate to end the run with a two night stand on the biggest stage and in the biggest city in the country: Madison Square Garden in New York City. To help prepare for this occasion, #53 takes a look back at a few memorable moments from past NYC/MSG gigs. As good as some of these are, I can only imagine what people are in store for this time around given the momentum of the big wave the boys are riding into these last two shows. 

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Pearl Jam is So Awesome ...


... that Red Sox GM Theo Epstein skipped the Red Socks / Yankees game to attend Monday night's concert.  

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Pictures from Another Week of Epic Shows

If you were blown away by the Hartford setlist, it's only because you hadn't seen the Boston setlist.  If you were blown away by the Boston setlist, it's only because you haven't seen the Newark setlist.  If you're going to be blown way by the Newark setlist ....




Thursday, May 13, 2010

Rockband Update?


Well, this is far from conclusive, but a Swedish gaming retailer has posted a release date for Rock Band: Pearl Jam.  You might want to pencil that in for September 16th.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

All That's Sacred, Episode #52

Episode #52 is now available, with some very nice artwork

Here it is, folks... I've been planning and hyping #52 for weeks now as it marks the one year anniversary of this here podcast. It's the realization of a longtime goal and I really want to celebrate the occasion. From the image art to the 1 hour and 48 minutes of audio, this is a dedication to all my fellow Pearl Jam freaks. It's the listener initiative and input that really makes this episode special.

It's pretty amazing how this band and their music connects us and unites us - all walks of life from all over the globe. I've always had some understanding of this intuitively, but I've gained a new appreciation for just how true this is through this little experiment of mine. Thanks for being a constant source of encouragement, ideas, and correspondence. I really appreciate everyone taking the time to listen and contribute over this past year. My highest aspiration for the podcast is that it enhances the fan experience in some small way. I think we are off to a promising start...

Then head to our forums to discuss it!

Monday, May 10, 2010

A Week's Worth of Pearl Jam Pics!

Just a reminder to keep checking Flickr.  Pearl Jam is superfast at getting pics up this tour.

Kansas City

St. Louis




Brad Joins Sasquatch Festival

The Sasquatch Music Festival at the Gorge has announced that Brad will be playing on May 29th at 3:20pm.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Pearl Jam Lyrics: A Graphical Representation

If you're a reader of this blog, you probably know that I'm not prone to deep thinking and contemplation.  I throw critical news up fast, and in the rare occasions that I feel deep analysis is necessary, I punt to stip.  That being said, I saw some friends using swaths of text to create graphics using, and I realized that there is, at least, one way that no one has used to ponder Pearl Jam lyrics: graphically!

So, I started playing with the lyrics of each album and found some interesting things.  No one would argue that Pearl Jam, Binaural, and Vitalogy are significantly darker albums than Backspacer and No Code, but now you can experience those differences visually as well as audibly.  When you approximate the colors of the album covers in the artwork, you also see the mood of the albums reflected there as well.  Of course, all of this is based on a very cursory viewing, and I can already spot exceptions.  It was fun to look at, nonetheless.

What is the prevailing theme of each album?  I thought this experiment might tell me, but I'm not able to spot it on my own.  Maybe you can.  Take a look.  Click on the picture to expand them.  Spark a discussion if you see something.

Vs. Reissue?

I don't want to say that Mike McCready never keeps his promises, but we ARE still waiting on that solo album and our Pearl Jam 2010 EP.  That being said, in speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Mike did drop a hint this week that we might see a Vs. Reissue this fall.  He also gave us a mini-preview of what to expect.

[On Vs.,] we were just talking about it yesterday backstage — apparently there are some outtakes that were pretty cool. One called, I think, “Indian Beetles” or something like that. Just old tunes from around that time that never made it onto Vs., that Ed had listened to and thought maybe we could throw some lyrics on a few things, and add that to it.

Sign me up for the Super Deluxe Legacy Mega Mondo Edition!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

All That's Sacred, Episode #51

Episode #51 is now available.

I figured it was going to be hard topping last week’s podcast, so I decided #51 should be fast and loose and dig deep into the mailbag. Some great stories and song suggestions explored as well as a few choice moments from tours past to get you ready for the shows next week. We also continue to push the envelope into new interactive territory with the first ever Skype interview. 

There is a lot on the immediate horizon to excite the Pearl Jam fan and I appreciate anyone and everyone spending some time each week with this here unofficial podcast. I am beyond stoked to realize that we are about to celebrate the one year anniversary of this experiment and I hope to build some anticipation.

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In a very recent double post (I would have told you sooner, but I had to preorder my limited edition stuff before you did), Pearl Jam's Ten Club has announced the availability of bootleg shows for the four shows at Philadelphia's Spectrum.  You can buy the boots individuals as mp3s ($9.99), FLAC files ($14.99), or CDs ($16.98) OR you can preorder a limited edition, 9-disc boxed set for $60 AND you can purchase the full 65-disc 2009 Tour Boxed set for $395.  All are currently in the Goods Section.

Pearl Jam has also announced their plans for the bootlegs of the current tour, the sales of which begin in mid-May.

P.S. - While you're in the Good Section, you can pick up a Loomstate Backspacer shirt for $20, benefitting Feed America, which if you're like me, you never did find at Target.

Jeff Interview: Cleveland Plain Dealer

Via @DirtyFrankDahmr and @allthatssacred:

"The first couple of times we went through it, Ed came up with something, then he went back in his little cave, came back out with fairly finished lyrics within an hour and -- presto! -- we had a song," Ament said.

"That's pretty much every song on the record got written. If Ed was inspired by the music, then the song happened really quickly. There really wasn't a whole ton of sitting on something for a long period of time and rewriting and rearranging. We must be getting better at collaborating." He credits the group's longevity to setting limits.


That was a big moment. "Now, we do 12 shows, take three weeks off, do another 12 shows, take three weeks off, go in the studio for 10 days and take a month off. It feels manageable.

"We've got a bunch of songs that we've started to write in the last three months, which is exciting. We still really love to make music with one another. It's always great to look forward to that next time that you're going to make a record or the next time you're going to go out and play some shows. . . . It's a great life."

Read the whole article at!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Pearl Jam and the Internet

The Internet played heavily in our 2008 Year-End Top Ten List, and even as we try to wrap our brains around it, the landscape is changing daily (click here for a feed into Pearl Jam's commercial-free streaming radio which started today), but nonetheless, TwoFeetThick tries to break down the quintessential resources in a two-part guide out today.  Enjoy part 1 and part 2!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Pearl Jam Internet Radio?

I'd like to pretend that I don't rush to press without all the facts, but who am I kidding?  No one knows what this thing's supposed to be doing yet, but when it does it, we'll let you know.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

PJ Flickr: Flight to Mars and NOLA

Pearl Jam appears to be speeding up their Flickr uploads.  Before I can even tell you about Flight to Mars...

... they've uploaded the New Orleans Jazz Festival pics!