Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Poncier Coming to Record Store Day (Black Friday)

The Black Friday Record Store Day list was announced today.  Nothing by Pearl Jam, but one of the most Pearl Jammy non-Pearl Jam items in "existence" is coming.  Record stores will have the Poncier demos on vinyl and cassette.  What is Poncier?  It's the demo tape sold by Matt Dillion's character Cliff Poncier, but in reality, record by Chris Cornell, in a cut scene from the movie Singles.

Here is the blurb from this year's Super Deluxe release of the Singles Soundtrack:
One of the best bits of Singles lore I've heard is the story of the Poncier tape that Jeff Ament designed – which is coming out in full on this new edition of the soundtrack – and how all these actual songs were birthed out of it. 
It's kind of amazing. The idea was that Matt Dillon's character, Cliff Poncier, in the course of the movie, he loses his band, and he loses his girlfriend, and he gains soul. So, there's a period where he's on a street corner busking, having lost his band, but beginning his solo career. And there would be, in reality, these guys standing on the corner outside the clubs in Seattle hawking their solo cassettes. So we wanted Cliff Poncier to have his own solo cassette. And Jeff Ament, in classic style, designed this cassette cover and wrote out these fictitious song names for the cassette.

And Chris Cornell was another guy who was close to us when we were making the record, and still is a good friend. I really loved Soundgarden; they were my favorite band. I originally thought Chris could play the lead, but then I think that turned into too big of a commitment for everybody and so he became the guy he is in the movie, but in the course of making the movie he was close to all of us. He was always around.

Anyway, Jeff Ament had designed this solo cassette which we thought was hilarious because it had all of these cool song titles like "Flutter Girl," and "Spoonman," and just like a really true-type "I've lost my band, and now I'm a soulful guy – these are my songs now" feeling. So we loved that Jeff had played out the fictitious life of Cliff Poncier. And one night, I stayed home, and Nancy, we were then married, she went out to a club, and she came back home, and she said, "Man, I met this guy, and he was selling solo cassettes, and so I got one for you." And she hands me the Cliff Poncier cassette. And I was like, "That's funny, haha." And then she said, "You should listen to it." So I put on the cassette. And holy shit, this is Chris Cornell, as Cliff Poncier, recording all of these songs, with lyrics, and total creative vision, and he has recorded the entire fake, solo cassette. And it's fantastic. And "Seasons" comes on. And you just can't help but go, "Wow." This is a guy who we've only known in Soundgarden. And of course he's incredibly creative, but who's heard him like this? And we got to use "Seasons" on the soundtrack, and Chris did some of the score. And some of the unreleased score is on the new version of the album.

It's kind of an example of how the community was close, still is close, and musically generous, and everybody is such huge music fans, that this would be the greatest joke to share with a buddy you can imagine. And obviously the music really holds up. He went and recorded "Spoonman" with Soundgarden and it was a big hit. It's a statement about how when you're not worried about somebody judging you or looking over your shoulder sometimes you do great stuff. And that's the story of the fictitious Poncier cassette that became largely real.
The records and tapes will be available in three colors, randomly distributed to record stores.  There will be 4,000 copies on vinyl and 1,500 copies on cassette.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Joe Buck Interviews Eddie Vedder

The Ten Club published a video of sports commentator, Joe Buck, talking to Eddie Vedder about playing Wrigley, the Cubs, and the making of Let's Play Two.  Check it out on YouTube.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Pearl Jam / Don Pendleton Halloween 2017

Pearl Jam has released their annual Halloween shirt, a Don Pendleton design, today.   It's available at the Ten Club for $29.99 (plus $6.99 domestic S&H).  You can also tack on a matching sticker for $5.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Let's Play Two: Fan Review II

We'll continue our reviews by Red Mosquito Forum members today with a post from Australia. Thank you to our moderator, Sarge, for this great review.

Nights out like this are a rarity for me these days, especially during the week. It's not that I'm unsociable. After long working days and dealing with the kids, I often don't have the energy left. Yet I persevered. I meandered down to the theatre precinct, to meet with some mates. We grabbed some Gami Chicken for dinner. I had no idea what the fuck this was, but found it to be a mixture of tasty and insanely spicy food. After destroying my taste buds permanently, we headed up to the theatre.

We found some good seats, and relaxed before the previews started. This was the point that something began stirring in my belly. A minor rumbling warning, deep down in my gut; a little reminder of why I don't usually eat spicy food. The film started, and it didn't waste any time jumping into the baseball side of things. The Cubs and Wrigley Field.

Being Australian, Baseball isn't a widely followed sport here. Actually, we know fuck all about it apart from what The Simpsons has told us (it's boring if you're sober?). But I found this quite interesting. We're told of the long history of a teaming struggling for success, i.e. the classic underdog story. We're also told of the supposed curse of the Goat. Eddie quips "I don't believe in goats" - haha, funny fucker.

Intertwined into this story are mentions of Eddie growing up in Chicago. When he was a kid and would buy hotdogs from a bar know as Murphy’s Bleachers. We meet meet the owner Beth. who has a close friendship with Ed. Beth and her husband Jim Murphy bought the bar in 1980, but Jim sadly passed away in the late 90's. There's early 90’s footage of Ed walking around the outside of Wrigley Field. I seem to remember seeing some of this footage in PJ20. But most of it's new - barring a scene featuring an excited Ed finding a pile of dumped turf. He mentions he wants to take it home and have his own piece of Wrigley in the garden. Ha, the rich fucker can probably afford to buy the entire Wrigley Field now.

During this journey, someone seemed to have plugged a hose into my belly button. They were pumping air, or something into my gut. The deep rumbling increased. The ache worsened. And my discomfort was getting out of control. Am I going to explode?

There's a lot of sentiment in the story. I mean absolute fuck-loads of it. Snippets and short stories about some of the famous people tied to history of Wrigley Field. Such as Harry Caray. We see footage of him singing Take Me Out to the Ball Game. This intertwines with footage of Ed doing a (likely) drunken rambling of the same song. It's a horribly beautiful duet. In a light hearted moment, we meet the old fellas who wait outside around the field. They stand in hope of catching home run balls. These guys appear to be bonkers. Once of them states “My specialty is to wait for the ball to stop rolling, then I grab it!.” Yeah, quite bonkers.

This film did it's best to try and make us blubber. We're shown Steve Gleason doing a small speech and introducing Inside Job. We're also introduced to a fellow named John who queued up for 2 4 days so he could be at the front of the show. His father had died shortly before the concert, and he talked about how he sang Release prior/after. (I wasn't clear on this, he either sang with his dad while he was dying, or he sang it after with his family). So Ed calls him out during the concert, and mentions that John had been going through a hard time recently. They played Release for him. We watch John's mixture of emotions, through teary eyes. No, wait. Fuck off I'M NOT CRYING YOU ASSHOLES!

Meanwhile, some farts were working their way out of my swollen gullet. Thanks to the loud cinema, nobody hear. But the stench. Fucking hell. The stench.

The story winds its way to where the tension rises in the final few Cubs games. Where it looks like they may not quite reach the pinnacle. But then, obviously due to Ed singing I Believe in Miracles, SPOILER ALERT - they mother fucking win the World Series. Jubilation and celebration ensue. Then we're shown the brand new fancy ass locker rooms and facilities Wrigley Field now have. It seems to double as a bar/nightclub. Are there strippers on those bar tops during the games?

It's a great, emotional and uplifting story. Interspersed into this story are live songs played at Wrigley Field over 2 nights in August 2016. I have to say, the cinematography and sound are the best I've seen from a PJ DVD. Fuck me, they sound great. We've heard/seen a lot of these songs up-teem fucking times. But seeing them on this scale of production was interesting. And something else to behold during these songs, is that the band appeared to be having fun.

Unfortunately, I wasn't having as much fun. Gami was proceeding with a full frontal assault on my digestive system. The ensuing farts were not providing near enough any relief. And, at one moment I felt a large fart bubble thump into my lower bowel. Is that the big one? After a horrid noise, there was a stench of death. Oh shit. That felt a little hot.. and wet... Ugh. Bodysnatcher flashed in my mind. What would he do now? FUCK YOU GAMI CHICKEN!

For those that are curious, the use of the baseball story VS songs is actually well balanced. We're provided with between about 2-5 minutes of baseball/Ed story for each segment. Then between each of these, we're shown a pair of full length live songs. During each song, there's very little baseball footage, but live band/crowd footage.

Some points to note, Crazy Mary was pretty good. Lightning bolt sounded different in the mix, in comparison to the other songs. Not worse, but quite different. It was somewhat heavier in production. I wondered if this meant the mixing done by someone else. Or was there more a purposeful emphasis placed on this one? We're given a performance of Last Exit that has more energy that previous performances. Proving that these guys are not dead yet. Overall, the song selection was reasonably good. It drew mostly from the early to mid eras of PJ discography. With notable omissions from the entirety of Backspacer, Binaural, and No code.

At a mid point in the film, we're treated to the rooftop rehearsal on Murphy’s Bleachers. This was a highlight. Rarely heard Thumbing My Way was a treat. We're shown little jams, and tid-bits of songs, while a crowd is gathering in the street below. The band seems relaxed, happy, and content. There's banter. More of this please. Seriously.

There were only a couple of moments where I caught myself dozing off. During Go, and Inside Job - (hey, it's a fucking long song). Apart from that, I was thoroughly immersed. Danny Clinch successfully bathes us in the atmosphere. Not only in the Cubs journey, and the history of Wrigly Field. But also in the pleasing visuals and audio of the live performances.

Also, a special fuck you goes to B. He mentioned something about snippets of new songs during/after the credits. I stuck through only to be assaulted by a live performance of Mind Your Manners. Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad performance. But why place it here after the credits? It's an abrupt note to end on. Why not show another acoustic rooftop jam song? Something laid back. That would have worked for me, but not this. This was a shite ending. When I watch the DVD, I'm never watching beyond the credits.

Above all, it's a great flick. We filtered out of the theatre, and I immediately made a beeline for the toilets. Bodysnatcher, you would have been proud. I didn't shit my pants (as suspected earlier) but I fucking destroyed that bowl.

Film - 9.5/10
Gami chicken 2/10
My Gut 0/10

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Let's Play Two: Fan Review

One of our strongest assets at TSIS is our community.  Our Red Mosquito Forum can discuss Pearl Jam minutia until most people have been reduced to tears.  Drawing from that strength, we hope to feature a few fan reviews.  Today's review by Tuolumne is our first.

Saw the movie this weekend and am glad I saw this on a big screen, Clinch really captured the feeling of being in the pit in front of the band. You can hear the crowd sing right along and it accomplishes the feeling of being at a show moreso than their other video releases. I also think we're very fortunate artists like Clinch or Cameron Crowe find this band worthwhile enough to want to put their own spin on them or give their take on their feelings about the band. It's territory most artists never get to - where others are giving their interpretation of what they do. And I certainly can't think of any other doc that does this baseball spin Clinch gives it. Overall, it makes sense - tying together hope and devotion and improbable outcomes and fan communities. In that sense it works, although it's always a stretch tying in concerts to baseball.

Clinch managed to give it a really good authentic shot and this film certainly has a great reason to exist. And man, you can tell Clinch poured his heart into this. There's these little details, like when Ed does one of his mic stand leans and looks at the crowd upside down - and Clinch actually shows a shot of the crowd upside down to mimic what Ed's seeing. There's tons of little clips he splices that show how much heart he put into this project. That little detail sort of clinched (pun intended) that this dude was really going for something, and some of his sinouttes gave me the chills, and some of them didn't.

Does it capture the concerts themselves? These are the greatest shows I've ever been to, and not even a full bootleg or Youtube video truly does justice what a moving experience these shows were. But I sure as hell got a really cool keepsake of that weekend, and it reminds me of something I do not ever want to forget.

For shows that were just chalk full of one highlight after another: The intro to Sad and the performance of it, Masters of War, Let Me Sleep, Throw Your Arms Around Me, Footsteps, Immortality, I Got Shit, and on and on, the one thing I was really disappointed Clinch didn't include was the fuckin WAVE we did on the first night as Ed and Jeff were about to start into Bee Girl. That was about as much of a **baseball** moment you could ever hope for during a concert, and Clinch didn't include it? It would have totally made sense!

All said, believe it or not us TenClubber types aren't the only consumers of this band, and there's alot about this film which I think is appealing to outsiders of the band, especially given the setlist selection. Lucky for me, I'm a baseball fan and was an especially obsessive one as a child, so I kinda get it even though I'm not a Cubs fan.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Rolling Stone's Pearl Jam: The Ultimate Guide to Their Music & Legend

This week, Rolling Stone's collectible Pearl Jam guide hit store shelves.  It's been available on eBay and other back channels for a week or so, but now most [U.S.] fans can pick one up at their local grocery store or newsstand for about $14.

The guide collects Rolling Stone's articles about the band from 1991 to 2013, specifically:


It also includes stories behind each album and drummer as well as a guide of Pearl Jam's best shows.


All in all, it's a great piece of Pearl Jam history and worth a trip to your local newsstand to grab a physical copy.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Matt Cameron Video & Interview

Matt Cameron sat down with Billboard magazine this week to talk about his first solo album, Cavedweller.  He talks about influences from Pearl Jam and Soundgarden and having another drummer playing on his own album.
"For me it's just the basic joy of songwriting, and my whole mission draws out of that," Cameron explains. "It's something I've done over the years for sure, when I have time between gigs. I was just trying to zero in on each particular track, and I tried to bring each musical and vocal part out as much as I could. That was basically the goal, and that's what's so fun about doing my own record was completely making all the decisions myself. Working in these enormous bands I've always had to play my role -- and lovingly so. I love my role in all my bands. It's nourishment for me.  
The interview was also released with the debut of a video for Time Can Wait directed by Josh Graham.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Let's Play Two Blu-ray & DVD

Today, Pearl Jam announced the pre-sale for the Let's Play Two Blu-ray and DVD.  Both are available at the Ten Club for $19.99 (+ $6.99 domestic S&H).  

Both contain the movie plus five bonus videos (Mind Your Manners, Rearviewmirror, Black, Immortality, and Masters of War), a photo gallery by Danny Clinch, and three downloadable digital extras (Oceans, Deep, and Let Me Sleep).

The DVD comes with a CD of the movie soundtrack.

The movie officially debuts tomorrow around the world, and you can check out a review at TheMusic.Com.Au.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Pearl Jam Announces 2018 Lollapalooza Dates

Today, the Ten Club announced that they will be headlining Lollapalooza in Argentina, Chile, and Brazil.
March 16-18: Buenos Aires, Argentina
March 16-18: Santiago, Chile
March 23-25: Sao Paulo, Brasil

Pearl Jam will perform one night in each city. The festival will announce the exact performance date in the near future. 
For ticketing information, visit the Ten Club's website.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Ed Takes a Knee

Eddie Vedder was among several artists this week who took a knee in support of players in the NFL protesting police treatment of African American citizens and free speech.  He paused during his performance at the Tennessee Pilgrimage Fest to kneel and show his disdain for President Trump's comments calling for the firing of any players who protested at NFL games.  Other artists doing the same were  Pharrell Williams, Roger Waters, Dave Matthews, and Stevie Wonder.

The band's twitter account also confessed support for the players.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Eddie Vedder, Street Performer

If you were at the Cubs game today, you might have caught Eddie Vedder on the sidewalk performing for tips with other fans.  Apparently, he stumbled upon some buskers (had to look that one up: one who plays music or otherwise performs for voluntary donations in the street or in subways) playing near the stadium and decided to join them for some tunes.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Pearl Jam 2000 - 2006 Reissues

Pearl Jam has announced today plans to reissue Binaural, Riot Act, and Pearl Jam (Avocado) on vinyl as well as six vinyl singles (Light Years, Nothing As It Seems, Save You, I Am Mine, Bu$hleaguer, and Live Wasted).  Each album is available for $24.99 (plus $10.99 domestic S+H), and the singles are $8.99 (plus $6.99 domestic S+H).  Everything has been remastered, and Pearl Jam has been remixed by Brendan O'Brien.

They have also announced the release of a $350, 17 pound boxed set including all ten of their studio albums on vinyl.  The announcement does not mention which version of each album is available, but the likelihood is, you'll be getting the 2009 remaster of Ten, the 2011 remasters of Vs. and Vitalogy, the 2016 remasters of No Code and Yield, the new remasters of Binaural and Riot Act, and the new remaster of Pearl Jam (Lightning Bolt is now the only album without multiple versions).

If you love that boxed set, but already own all the albums or you can't order them b/c all 500 have already sold out, you can also score the box without the albums for $44.99 (plus $13.99 domestic S+H).

The official release date for everything but the empty box is November 11th, 2017.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Cavedweller Now Available for Pre-Order

You can now pre-order Matt Cameron's solo album, Cavedweller on vinyl ($19.98 + $10.99 domestic S&H) or iTunes.  Ordering via the Ten Club gives you a chance at 250 randomly distributed colored records.  The official release date is September 22nd.

You can also check out the first single, Time Can't Wait, on Spotify or Rolling Stone.

'in a different world' by Jeff Ament

If you hurry, you can bid on an original painting by Jeff Ament with the proceeds benefiting The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas (BFI).

 Online bidding starts Sept. 6th and ends Sept. 13th @ 7pm PST.  For more information on the auction and to BID on Jeff’s artwork, visit: http://tiny.cc/9uwjny.  The current high bid is $1,100.

Here is information from the Ten Club:

The painting was inspired by a story from a 4th grade BFI student as part of ‘Ekphrastic: The Auction Where Words and Art Hang Out Together’. Jeff Ament and Pearl Jam's Vitalogy Foundation are longtime supporters of Bureau of Fearless Ideas, a Seattle-based non-profit organization that provides writing and tutoring for humans aged 6-18 in the Greenwood neighborhood, and at a soon-to-be-opened second location at Yesler Terrace.

About Jeff's Painting:

  • Auction item #22, titled “in a different world…” 
  • 23” x 30” acrylic painting, oil pastels and charcoal on watercolor paper. 
  • Inspired by a poem from Keziah, 4th grade Bureau of Fearless Ideas student. 
  • Poem titled “Taming” about a creative dream she is having. 
  • Selected quote:
“In this different world
With pixel pencils, transparent marshmallows that become fluffy clouds
Hershey’s kisses melt into mountains of candy”
  • Valued at $1,000 (starting BID $400 with minimum BID increments of $100). 
  • Sold as-is, no returns.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Matt Cameron - Cavedweller

Matt Cameron has announced the upcoming release of his solo album, Cavedweller.  According to Blabbermouth, the album will be available later this month on September 22nd.  Watch the Ten Club for more details on how to pre-order.  For now, you can enjoy this teaser and the tracklist below.

01. Time Can't Wait
02. All At Once
03. Blind
04. Through The Ceiling
05. One Special Lady
06. In The Trees
07. Into The Fire
08. Real And Imagined
09. Unnecessary

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Mike McCready's Young-ish

Mike has released another song from his soundtrack for the movie, The Glamour & The Squalor, about the late Seattle DJ, Marcos Collins.

In an interview with Ultimate Classic Rock's Jeff Giles, Music Supervisor, Kevin Moyer, had this to say
“I love this one because it just sounds kinda crunchy and plodding with guitar riffs and solos all over it. Halfway through it breaks into this really pretty and atmospheric uplifting part, and then it comes back down again.” 
“I love working with Mike, because he is as kind and down to earth as he is incredibly talented, and the best part is that he seems to function with music through feeling and passion — if you’ve ever seen him play live, you see him alternate between jumping around like a madman and taking it all in with his eyes closed and head tilted back as if he’s spiritually channeling and squeezing every sound that comes out of his guitar.”
You can hear the song below that and check out the tracklisting for the soundtrack below that.

Darkness – Mike McCready
Lightness – Mike McCready
Young-ish – Mike McCready
Grandmother Earth – Mike McCready
Windless – Mike McCready
Tried & True – Mike McCready
Northern / Falling Apart – Mike McCready
Southern / Coming Together – Mike McCready
Sean Mac On A Horse On A Boat – Mike McCready, Troy Nelson & MacKenzie Mercer
Meridian Suns – Mike McCready
You’re the Song – Mike McCready, Kim Virant
Love Wins – Mike McCready
Tree Fractal – Mike McCready
Safe Room – Mike McCready
Altered – Mike McCready
Outside – Mike McCready
A Revolution of the Heart – Mike McCready
Social Distraction – Mike McCready
Shrine Watcher – Mike McCready
Spaced Out – Mike McCready
Whole Level – Mike McCready
Moonlight Thieves – Mike McCready
Aspiring – Mike McCready
Descending – Mike McCready, MacKenzie Mercer
Tree Fractal (Reprise) – Mike McCready
Trying & Truer – Mike McCready
Connection – Mike McCready
Sky Accepted – Mike McCready
Don’t Let Go, Hold On – Mike McCready, Star Anna
Love Wins Again – Mike McCready
Radio Sign Off – Jeffrey Dorfman

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Eddie Vedder on Twin Peaks

The latest episode of Twin Peaks featured a performance of Out of Sand by Edward Louis Severson III.  Check out a fan's rip of the performance and read more about Eddie and the performance at Rolling Stone.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Let's Play Two Soundtrack and Screenings

Yesterday, the Ten Club dropped a ton of news about Pearl Jam & Danny Clinch's upcoming film, Let's Play Two.
  • The official theatrical premiere will be September 27th and 28th at Metro Chicago.  Ten Club members only!
  • Other screenings around the nation start on September 28th.
  • You can pre-order the soundtrack on CD ($14.99 + $6.99 domestic S&H) or vinyl ($33.99 + $11.99 domestic S&H) right now.
  • The movie will premier on television on October 13th prior to the ALCS Game 1 on FS1.
  • There is a home video release coming November 17th.
  • Both shows' full bootlegs will be released on November 17th.
Here is the official announcement:
In celebration of Pearl Jam's legendary sold out performances at Wrigley Field on August 20th & 22nd, 2016 during the Chicago Cubs historic World Series championship season, Pearl Jam is set to release the documentary film Let’s Play Two and accompanying soundtrack album.

With Chicago being a hometown to Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam has forged a relationship with the city, the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field that is unparalleled in the world of sports and music. From Ten to Lightning Bolt, this feature film shuffles through Pearl Jam’s ever-growing catalog of originals and covers -- spanning the band's 25-year career. Through the eyes of Danny Clinch and the voice of Pearl Jam, Let's Play Two showcases the journey of that special relationship.
Oh, and we got our longest trailer to date.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Let's Play Two - Trailer #2 (and Rumors)

  • Are we getting a boxed set? - UNCONFIRMED.
  • Will there be a vinyl release? - UNCONFIRMED.
  • Is this hitting select theaters on October 3rd? - UNCONFIRMED.
Do we know anything?  NO.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The Glamour & The Squalor Score

Last year, Mike McCready created the score for Marq Evans movie, The Glamour & The Squalor.  Loudwire has announced that the score will be released as an album on September 1st (currently available for pre-order on Amazon).  They also have a streaming song, Grandmother Earth, premiere on their website.
McCready says, “The Score album is dedicated to Ashley, who helps me with my musical vision, my muse. And to my kids who inspire me daily. Thanks to Chris Adams for being awesome and a great organizer! Thanks to Kevin Moyer for suggesting we release this as an album! Thanks to Marco for allowing me to help his story. And to the entire cast and crew for The Glamour and The Squalor film. This is also in remembrance of all the musicians from Seattle who aren’t here anymore, but their music remains…”

Director Marq Evans adds, “Working with Mike on the score for The Glamour & The Squalor was a dream, not just because I’ve been a fan of his since I was a kid, but more importantly because of what a uniquely talented artist he is. Mike really felt the film, and the score he created elevated it to an entirely new level. It’s a beautiful listen and I’m so glad we’re putting it out.”

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Secret Stash Coming to Creating Equilibrium, August 26th

Creating Equilibrium has announced that Secret Stash, a band made up of Mike McCready, Stefan Lessard (Dave Matthews Band), Nate Ruess (fun.), and Sully Erna (Godsmack) will be on stage for a concert at heir event at Lake Tahoe, August 26th.

Tickets are available on their website.
Anchored by Stefan Lessard from Dave Matthews Band and Mike McCready from Pearl Jam, this iconic duo will be joined by a “secret stash” of musical friends, including Fun.’s Nate Ruess, Godsmack’s Sully Erna, saxophone player Michael Ghegan, and many more—all in one of California’s most majestic settings: the base of the KT22 mountain at Squaw Valley.

Joining them onstage will be special guests Dispatch. Fresh off the release of their celebrated sixth album, “America, Location 12,” the band returns to the road on their first national tour in five years. They will play their only California appearance at Creating Equilibrium. Rounding out the weekend’s list of musicians is R&B singer-songwriter, Allen Stone.

The Secret Stash, Dispatch and Allen Stone concert will be open to the public, with general admission and VIP tickets available now!

Let's Play Two


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The Untold Story of Trevor Wilson

Gil Kaufman of Billboard, in recognition of the 25th anniversary of the video, Jeremy, has published an outstanding biography of the child star, Trevor Wilson, who, by the way, tragically drowned about a year ago at age 36.  Here's a snippet describing the young actor.
Just 12 at the time the video was made, Wilson blew away veteran video director Pellington on his audition tape, despite being sick as a dog on the day he went up against hundreds of fellow kid actors eager to show how they’d tapped into the title character's seething anger and despair. Pellington says he told Wilson to just “look at the camera and don’t say anything” no matter what happened around him. “I just played the song [during the shoot] and you could see something… something changes in the room," the director says of the alchemy he felt watching Wilson channel the title character's desperation.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Ed To Honor David Letterman in DC

David Letterman was kind enough to step in for Neil Young this past year and induct Pearl Jam into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Now, Eddie is going to repay the favor, joining a long list of very funny comedians in honor of David Letterman at the 20th Annual Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
Eddie Vedder will join Jimmy Kimmel, Steve Martin, John Mulaney, Bill Murray, Paul Shaffer, Martin Short, Sarah Silverman, and Jimmie Walker to salute David Letterman at the 20th Annual Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 8 p.m.

In addition to honoring this country's greatest comedians, the Mark Twain Prize gala also also serves as a major fundraising event—all contributions help support the Center's year-round educational and artistic initiatives that reach millions of students, educators, and families throughout the nation.

Tickets on sale to the public August 9th.

Watch on PBS November 20th. Check your local listings.

Eddie Coming to Chicago with Pete Townshend's Classic Quadrophenia

This September, Pete Townshend's Classic Quadrophenia show is coming to Chicago, and Edd will be joining the show.  The show benefits Teen Cancer America.  Check out the details from the Ten Club.
On September 13, 2017 Eddie Vedder will join Pete Townshend, Billy Idol, Alfie Boe, the Chicagoland Pops Orchestra and Chicago Children’s Choir for one memorable night of music. Townshend will bring his Classic Quadrophenia stage show to the Rosemont Theatre as part of his ongoing efforts to raise money for Teen Cancer America.
Tickets on sale at 10am Friday, July 28, 2017

Friday, July 21, 2017

CCF Night at Safeco Field, September 8th

Every year, Mike McCready plays the national anthem at a Mariners' game in support of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.  This year, if you purchase tickets for the September 8th game, you'll have a chance to collect a Mariners/Mike McCready cap at the game.

For details, visit the Ten Club.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Barrett Martin Releases New Mad Season Song, "Ascension"

Barrett Martin, who has played on over 100 albums, many of which with Mike McCready (Mad Season, Levee Walkers) and Matt Cameron (Skin Yard) is releasing a memoir full of his stories about his "musical adventures" called The Singing Earth.

You can pre-order the book which comes with a companion CD of various projects by Martin including a previously unreleased Mad Season instrumental called Ascension.  The book, also, by the way, currently comes with all five albums by the Barrett Martin Group.

Yahoo has shared the song as well as a trailer for Martin's book.  Go check it out today!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Hype! Collector's Edition Coming September 2017

ShoutFactory previously announced that they were working on a blu-ray/DVD to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the movie, Hype!  They have now officially announced the pre-sale of their Collector's Edition, available on September 29, 2017.  You can pre-order now for Blu-Ray ($17.98) or DVD ($14.98).  

UPDATE: Blabbermouth is reporting that the special features "will include a new audio commentary with [director, Doug] Pray, vintage interviews and performances, Peter Bagge's animated short Hate, outtakes, and a new featurette with interviews and insights from some of the original characters in Hype! two decades later."

Monday, July 10, 2017

Soldier Field 1995 Coming to Vinyl

It's about time!  We've been silent for a while here at The Sky I Scrape.  Pearl Jam has been largely quiet for the last couple of months.  They came back into news with a bang, announcing today that this year's vault release will be the long-loved, long-bootlegged, 1995 Soldier Field show in Chicago, Illinois.
This show was originally broadcast by Monkeywrench Radio and widely bootlegged. We've taken the original multi-track tapes and mixed and mastered the show for vinyl. Not all of the songs exist on multi-track tape, so we're including digital versions of the "missing tracks" from the original broadcast.
The 150gm vinyl album is available for pre-order now for $50 (plus $13.99 domestic S+H).  The website is already dragging from everyone rushing to buy one!  As always, CD and digital copies will be made available after the vinyl ships (est. December 2017 - January 2018).

Monday, May 22, 2017

Cornell: Not Everyone Escapes

Like most (white) American men of a certain age, grunge was my formative musical experience, and the music resonated with incredible power. Even my lesser lights in the big 6 grunge bands (I always included STP and the Pumpkins alongside the Seattle groups-it feels right spiritually, if not geographically) were still tremendous talents, and it seemed impossible that this much amazing music could come out of one brief moment in time (one I assumed would extend on into forever). 1991-1996 saw Ten, Nevermind, Gish, Badmotorfinger, Core, Dirt, Vs, Siamese Dream, In Utero, Jar of Flies, Vitalogy, Purple, Mellon Collie…, No Code, Tiny Music…, Down on the Upside. 6 bands. 5 years. 16 classic albums. Four genre-defining singers coming out of the same god damned town. What a time to find yourself first opening up to music. This became the benchmark against which we all came to measure what music could do. Even as we left these songs behind we expected new music to make us feel the same way.

During those formative years, struggling with the transition into adulthood, I found the darkness and the bleakness in grunge utterly compelling. It felt true, in a way that joy and light and peace and acceptance never did – at least not without being earned, purified through suffering. But one of the things that spoke to me the most about Pearl Jam, which I wasn't able to articulate until I was a bit older and started writing and talking about them in a systemic way, was the optimism that lay beneath the music, though you’d miss it on a superficial listen. Grunge reflected a lost soul searching for a companion to walk with them down a long, dark, lonely, road. In Pearl Jam's music, that ultimately lead someplace better, even if it lay someplace beyond the limits of your current vision. But for Kurt Cobain, Layne Staley, Scott Weiland, and now Chris Cornell, there was no way out. The road itself was the final destination.

Cornell's story is really striking in this regard. He's someone who seemed to make it out, and maybe he did, but the darkness and the demons stayed with him. Even if they were under control, all it takes is that one slip, that one bad night, that one mistake. And his death, or really what his death demonstrated, has made the music more vital. As I've grown up, started a family, a career, and have generally lived a very happy life there's a way in which the grunge themes that seemed so powerful became, if not nostalgic, at least historical. Something you interacted with from a distance and as memory. These songs were still great, but I had to remind myself that they were great. They were no longer living truths. As a result, I had a tendency to become ever so slightly dismissive of them. A little overwrought and over the top. Music for white suburban kids struggling with first world problems. Music for teenagers that play an important part in your transition to adulthood, but that are best left behind afterwards. Fondly recalled, but lacking the same fierce commitment and deadly seriousness.

I love Pearl Jam in part because their music grew past those themes. Themes of alienation became social and political, or personal in a way that reflects a life being lived. When there was a grievance it was a legit grievance with a world that failed to live up to its promise, rather than sullen personal, static, experience. And the best songs were inspirational - reflecting a desire to be a better person, to live a better life. They were written from a place of wisdom and experience - from someone who completed their journey and made it out alive, rather than from someone still stuck on the long, lonely road. And even if I preferred the songs written on the road, I was glad that they moved past it. The fact that they grew, that they weren't stuck in that moment, made those earlier moments feel more authentic - an important part of a larger, more vivid picture. A central chapter in a complex and moving arc, rather than the story in its entirety. It's why a middle aged album like Lightning Bolt, filled with middle aged themes like love, fear of loss, the inadequacy of what we leave behind, both resonant with me and make the earlier work simultaneously more vital.

It’s my experience, but it comes from a place of satisfaction, of having lived, thus far anyway, a good life. Pearl Jam speaks to my experiences. Chris Cornell's tragic death has been a stark and powerful reminder that not everyone escapes, or that you can escape and find yourself wandering back in a loop that feels closed, even if it isn't. That these songs no longer speak to my direct experience doesn't mean they have nothing to say. And in the last few days I find these lonelier, angrier, more hopeless and nihilistic songs have recaptured much of the dark power and terrible beauty lost with age and experience.

Chris Cornell was not one of my favorites in the grunge pantheon, but he was still in the pantheon. I was drawn more to Pearl Jam, Nirvana, and Alice in Chains. But there were no shortage of his songs that I adored, and Soundgarden was my younger brother’s first favorite band. I have vivid memories of him listening to my copy of Superunknown on my Sony discman on long driving vacations with my parents, and feeling proud of my work as a big brother. And given the place that grunge holds in the formation of my identity during those critical years, and Chris’s place within that story, his death hurts, and hurts more for seeing how raw that wound is for so many other people.

I have also received enough 'Eddie is the last man standing' texts from my friends that I find myself incredibly grateful for the fact that he is, especially since, 20+ years ago, he seemed the person the most likely to go first. Some fans have bemoaned the celebratory atmosphere that defines the modern Pearl Jam concert experience. But maybe we should be celebrating the vanquishing of our demons, and finding passage into safer harbors. I had the following thought watching the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony on my bootleg periscope feed - especially with the Alive - Given to Fly - Betterman run of songs.

In the story of grunge Eddie was cast as a martyr. That mystique was one of the things that drew us to him, and to the music. The scene was full of them. But what makes Pearl Jam's story special, possibly even unique, is that this messiah didn't have to die to liberate his followers. Instead it was the followers who helped saved the messiah. The night of the Hall of Fame I was so incredibly grateful for that as much as the music and the history. And that's why songs like Alive or Betterman can have their meaning almost entirely inverted from the original intent, and feel as powerful as ever. Maybe even more.

In the face of the alternative that is, I think, something to celebrate