Saturday, July 30, 2011

PJ20 Movie: Press Tour (Spoilers)

If the trailer last week wasn't enough to get you excited, Cameron Crowe answered questions about PJ20 for a PBS: American Masters press conference.

The discussion was live-blogged by, and you can read their coverage here.

There are a few decent spoilers in there so read at your own risk. But if you're interested to know how they handled the drummer situation, read on.

July 30: Soundgarden in Seattle

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

January Set for New BRAD Album

In all the excitement surrounding BRAD's new song and the Pearl Jam Twenty announcement yesterday, we missed this little blurb about BRAD's ambitious plans for their new album.  It says the label has not been determined yet, but we are hoping for Monkeywrench.  Here's an excerpt from the Ten Club announcement (emphasis my own):
BRAD, the longstanding rock quintet featuring Shawn Smith (Pigeonhed, Satchel), Stone Gossard (Pearl Jam), Regan Hagar (Satchel, ex-Malfunkshun), and Keith Lowe are currently recording their self-produced fifth studio album at Studiowarehouse in the Fremont neighborhood of their hometown.

The follow-up to 2010’s heralded Best Friends? is expected for release in January 2012 (label TBA). Thankfully, BRAD fans won’t have to hold their breath that long to hear new music. Tracks from the upcoming album will be unveiled in a number of different ways prior to the full album release, starting with a recently completed new track, Waters Deep. As a show of appreciation for their fans, BRAD is offering the track for free on their website, beginning today [7/25/2011].

Another pair of new BRAD songs will be released on limited edition 7-inch vinyl, to celebrate Record Store Day, on Friday November 25th. In addition, BRAD fans can expect online video dispatches from Studiowarehouse during the album recording. In the videos, the band will give fans a birds-eye view into the goings on in the studio, and even plan to do live fan Q&A (details to be announced).

July 27: Soundgarden in Calgary

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Untold Story of a Great American Rock Band

Enough 20 second clips.  Enough photographs of half a page of notes covered by crap.  It's trailer time.  You can get all the latest information about Pearl Jam Twenty, the movie, at!

Pearl Jam Twenty from Pearl Jam on Vimeo.

Check the current screening schedule (starting September 20th, 2011) to see if this bad boy is coming to a theater near you.  If not, you can complain about it here (or check back to see if your town gets added to the list).

It is also time to pre-order your Pearl Jam Twenty Book (official release 9/13/11) and Pearl Jam Twenty Soundtrack (official release 9/20/11).

Monday, July 25, 2011

New Brad Song, Waters Deep

You can download the mp3 by visiting Brad's new website.  Speaking of side projects, while you're at it, jump over to Mike's Tumblr and catch he brief ditty "Song of Healing for Page."  Is that the title or just a description?  I'm not sure.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Meet Your Blogger: Stone Gossard

Pearl Jam - 6.25.10 - London

Ah yes, thank you, Mike, for drawing our attention to the newest Pearl Jam member of the twitterverse!

Welcome, @SGossard, and happy belated birthday!

Hello friends. I am joining the twitterverse and will be checking in to say hello and share the latest on my world. I welcome you to follow.

July 21: Soundgarden in San Francisco

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Who Was @PearlJamTwenty ?

UPDATE: @PearlJamTwenty appears to have made what is his or her final tweet. "Bye." And the account has been scrubbed of any mega-upload links.

Certainly, we know the answer to "What is Pearl Jam Twenty?" but what of this twitter account that has the entire Pearl Jam universe thrown into a tizzy?  You know the one.  He or she was leaking Eddie Vedder acoustic tracks and never-before-heard Mookie Blalock demos.  The band appears to have successfully stopped the tweeter from spreading the Jam and shut down recordings on YouTube.

The fans seem to have no idea who was behind this account.  At least one member of our forum claims to have had the songs on a tape given to them by the band member, but even that claim goes unverified.

We can't even tell you when this Mookie Blalock demo was recorded.  It claims to be the "Mookie Blalock's FIRST" demo, but it's dated well after demos with verifiable dates.

Demos and tapes have been shuffling around the PJ-o-sphere while the band, Monkeywrench Records, the Ten Club, and Vinyl Film work to celebrate the band we all love.  Who knows what has fallen into the wrong (or is it the right) hands.  Hopefully, we'll find out what these songs were, if not also who was the saint who brought them to us.

PJ20 Movie: Opening Credits and Soundtrack Update

Besides gifting us this sweet shot of Pearl Jam Twenty's opening credits, Cameron Crowe has also treated us to some more hints as to his selections for the movie's soundtrack in a recent interview with The Uncool.

I heard that Blood Circus’s “Six Foot Under” will be featured in the Pearl Jam Twenty doc. Will other musicians’ songs play a part as well or will most of the music be courtesy of PJ?

Yes. “Six Foot Under” is in the documentary. It’s one of the first songs I heard back in Seattle when Bruce Pavitt (Sub-pop founder) was DJing at a museum show and played “Six Foot Under” into “Ring My Bell” by Anita Ward. I was thinking, “Holy Shit.” That’s a different sensibility than I grew up with. That is not a San Diego segue. That feels like the future.

Sure enough, later that night, we ended up at a Mother Love Bone show at the Central. It all felt like that KCMU (now KEXP, of course) sensibility that I love so much. Pearl Jam Twenty begins with that mood setting and the idea is to put you back into that frame of mind. 1988-89 Seattle, where the music belongs to you. You have the music playing in clubs that nobody else has. You have KMCU at the far left end of the dial. They will play Thelonious Monk, Anita Ward and Blood Circus. PJ20 begins by putting you in that place.

The soundtrack will have quite a few rarities and some demos from a few different eras in the band’s history. Kevin Shuss (and Josh Taft) deserve a lot of credit for that – Kevin in particular was filming the band as it was all starting to break wide open. He’s still filming them. Chris Perkel, Kevin Klauber and Adi Cabigting, our editors on PJ20, have been deep in the cave curating this visually and sonically, along with Andy Fischer (Vinyl Films) of course, for what has been literally years. It’s been our passion project for a long time. The crew all deserve a big thanks. You’ll be able to hopefully, between the movie and the soundtrack, really feel the band from the inside out. It’s one of the gifts of having met them so early in their careers. They gave me a lot of cassettes and work tapes, and I kept everything. It’s been a little bit like homework for them, I know, to go back over all the artifacts… but like Neil Young, they’re able to be objective and look at their own stuff the way a fan would. Which is one of the themes of the movie – a band made up of fans, kept alive by fans, and now their concerts are a celebration of that fact. Everybody made it, together…

July 20: Soundgarden in Lake Tahoe

Friday, July 15, 2011

Shame On You

Thanks to for the premiere of Shame On You, a new track from the Live From Nowhere Near You compilation featuring Stone and Mike.  You'll remember they recently hosted a cover of Marvin Gaye's Mercy, Mercy Me featuring Ed.

Written by S. Gossard Stone Gossard: vocals and guitar;
Mike McCready: guitar and piano;
Pete Droge (Sweetwater): backing vocals;
Cole Peterson (Sweetwater): bass;
Chris Friel (The Rockfords): drums

This was recorded at Studio X in Seattle, during the same sessions that produced the Mike led song “Powerless” which appeared on Volume One.

July 15: Eddie Vedder in Seattle

Monday, July 11, 2011

South American Tour Announcement

Well, the rumors were true.  I believe this marks the first time Peruvian fans will be able to see Pearl Jam live.  Check your e-mail for presale information and passwords.

Ten Club Members:

Our passionate and dedicated friends in the Southern Hemisphere have been anticipating this day for many many years, so today we are very pleased to announce Pearl Jam?s 2011 South and Central America Tour!!!

Nov 4: Morumbi: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Nov 6: Apoteose: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Nov 9: Estadio Parana do Clube:   Curitiba, Brazil
Nov 11: Zequinha: Porto Alegre, Brazil
Nov 13: Estadio Unico La Plata: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Nov 16: Estadio Monumental: Santiago, Chile
Nov 18: Estadio San Marcos: Lima, Peru
Nov 20: Estadio Nacional: San Jose, Costa Rica
Nov 24: Foro Sol: Mexico DF, Mexico

A fan club only pre-sale will be conducted through the venues public ticket vendor while supplies last. Ticket sales are limited, so please be ready to purchase right at the specified on-sale time. Fan Club pre-sale tickets are available in all location options while supplies last. You may purchase up to 4 tickets maximum for each show. Pre-sale times are all listed in local time.

Only members active as of Sunday July 10th at midnight Pacific last night, will be sent fan club pre-sale links and passwords. Fans registering an account today will not be sent this info.

Mucho Amor!!!
Ten Club Staff

Two PJ20 Tracks Revealed

It's just a tiny bit of news, but it's been a slow week, so we'll go ahead and drool on it.  Cameron Crowe posted this photo of his soundtrack notes.

What is there to know?  Well, it seems to confirm Nothing As It Seems and Not For You for the soundtrack, but we don't know if these are studio cuts, demos, alternative takes, and/or live songs.  In fact, maybe these are notes about why he chose NOT to include these songs.  Who knows.  He's obviously teasing us by covering notes with a pencil and a CD case, so we're meant to be desperately wanting more.

And we do.  So, we scour these notes and find the phrase "and appears in the next disc."  Is this a hint of a double album soundtrack?  Perhaps.  Perhaps.

Add this to your lack of knowledge ... Cameron Crowe also lists "PJ 20 Book/Soundtrk" on his official calendar for September 12th.  This is a Monday, and these sorts of things usually release on Tuesdays, so ... well, do with that info what you will.

July 11: Eddie Vedder in Oakland

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

What's the Score?

Two bits of news on the "movie score" front, one of them PJ20 related ...

Chris Cornell has a composer credit for the movie Singles.  He apparently wrote and/or recording some or all of the score.  I'm not really clear.  It is, however, clear that there is unreleased music from that work that Cameron Crowe is fitting that into the upcoming Pearl Jam Twenty movie as well as some Temple of the Dog demos.

Also, Mike McCready has another job scoring an adaptation of the K.L. Going novel, Fat Kid Rules the World, directed by Matthew Lillard (Scream, SLC Punk!).
Set against the backdrop of the Seattle music scene, Fat Kid Rules the World is a coming-of-age story about two dysfunctional teenagers searching for something more out of their completely hopeless existence.

July 5: Soundgarden in Ottawa

July 5: Eddie Vedder in San Diego

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Fourth of July!

If you'd like to catch the live show, Mike will be playing the national anthem at Angels Stadium this Thursday, July 7th, and you can get a Mike McCready autographed ball.

Game tickets are $10.00 each with a maximum of 4 tickets per person.  For an additional $40.00 donation you will receive a baseball autographed by Mike McCready himself (maximum of one baseball per ticket purchased).
If you want to seriously kick it up a notch and meet Mike and join him on the field, you can bid on this sweet package and support the Wishlist Foundation.

  • 2 Tickets in Advocacy for Patients Section
  • Meet 'n Greet with McCready after the National Anthem
  • Autographed Baseball Personalized by McCready
  • Autographed PJ CD (Live on Ten Legs) Personalized by McCready
  • McCready Guitar Pick (can also be autographed)
  • Autographed Angels Memorabilia

Friday, July 1, 2011

Horrible Bosses

Mike  has been tweeting away about his work on the Horrible Bosses score.  Here he is at the premiere last night.

Now the studio has released an EPK featuring the musicians that worked on the score and soundtrack.  Check it out.

Ed Covers Mercy, Mercy Me with Josh Homme & The Strokes

Antiquiet has a track from the soon-to-be-released benefit CD, Live from Nowhere Near You.  Ed and Strokes frontman, Julian Casablancas, cover vocals with Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age on guitar and Fabrizio Moretti of the Strokes on drums.

July 1: Eddie Vedder in St. Louis