Thursday, February 15, 2018

Faces in the Crowd


Earlier this year, The Wishlist Foundation, Jason Leung (author of This All Encompassing Trip), and Infinitum Films began releasing short clips from Pearl Jam superfans in a series called Faces in the Crowd.

So far, they have posted two episodes, which are below.  These are slickly produced and beautiful love letters to a band that we are all hooked on.  I can't wait for some more great ones!

Music Journalist, Jessica Letkemann




Vancouver Chef, Brandon Parsons


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Try So Hard: Mike McCready and Friends


Rolling Stone highlighted work the Mike McCready did this past fall with five kids who have lived in foster care to write and record a new stong in Pearl Jam's studio.  You can watch the video and hear excerpts of the song below or donate directly to the Treehouse organization here.


Friday, February 9, 2018

Elvis Presley: The Searcher Original Soundtrack



RCA has announced the April 6th release of the soundtrack companion for HBO's upcoming documentary.  Though the soundtrack will be available on CD and LP, there will also be a 3CD musical companion boxed set that includes original music by Mike McCready.
The 3CD deluxe box set features 37 additional Elvis cuts plus a special disc featuring selections from Mike McCready’s (Pearl Jam) original score for “Elvis Presley: The Searcher”; Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers performing “Wooden Heart”; and the music that inspired Elvis (including R&B and country classics and “Home Sweet Home” sung by his mother, Gladys Presley). The Elvis Presley: The Searcher (The Original Soundtrack) deluxe 3CD set includes a 40-page hardcover book featuring rare photography, liner notes by Warren Zanes, and a director’s note by Thom Zimny.

In his package notes for Elvis Presley: The Searcher (The Original Soundtrack), director Thom Zimny writes, “the soundtrack was in my mind from the beginning. I wasn’t just making a film, I was thinking about the collection of recordings I would gather for a person who saw the film, who wanted to complete the experience, just as I always had. Thankfully, our friends at Sony gave me and the Searcher team the chance to create this collection. It’s been in my mind for years now. To me, this collection is part of the film.”

“So, in this collection, one gets not a Greatest Hits package but a song-by-song, curated portrait of an artist,” writes Warren Zanes in the book featured in Elvis Presley: The Searcher (The Original Soundtrack [Deluxe Box Set]), “….an artist who very consistently and courageously gave himself to his performances, as if in the giving he might find some missing part of himself. The truth in his voice, in the end, was the sound of a searcher. Along the way, he built a catalogue as deep as any found in the broad and beautiful vistas of American music.”
This ultimately boils down to two original songs by Mike McCready, but the completists among us will not be able to resist.  You can pre-order the boxed set now for $40.


The tracklist for the boxed set is below.

Disc 1
1. Trouble / Guitar Man
2. My Baby Left Me
3. Baby, What You Want Me To Do
4. Old Shep
5. That’s When Your Heartaches Begin
6. That’s All Right
7. Blue Moon Of Kentucky
8. Fool, Fool, Fool
9. Tweedlee Dee
10. Baby Let’s Play House
11. Good Rockin’ Tonight
12. Trying To Get To You
13. Blue Moon
14. When It Rains It Pours
15. Blue Christmas
16. Heartbreak Hotel
17. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy
18. Money Honey
19. Hound Dog
20. (There’ll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me)
21. Crawfish
22. Trouble
23. Farther Along
24. Mona Lisa
25. Hide Thou Me
26. Loving You (end title take 16)
27. Lonely Man (solo version)
28. Power Of My Love

Disc 2
1. Milky White Way
2. A Mess Of Blues
3. Fame And Fortune
4. Love Me Tender / Witchcraft (duet with Frank Sinatra)
5. Like A Baby
6. Are You Lonesome Tonight?
7. It’s Now Or Never
8. Wooden Heart
9. Swing Down Sweet Chariot
10. Reconsider Baby
11. Bossa Nova Baby
12. C’mon Everybody
13. Tomorrow Is A Long Time
14. Take My Hand, Precious Lord
15. Run On
16. Baby What You Want Me To Do
17. Suspicious Minds (take 6)
18. Baby Let’s Play House (rehearsal)
19. Words (rehearsal)
20. That’s All Right
21. Never Been To Spain
22. An American Trilogy
23. You Gave Me A Mountain
24. Burning Love (rehearsal version)
25. Separate Ways (rehearsal version)
26. Hurt (take 5)
27. If I Can Dream

Disc 3
1. Dissolution 2 – Mike McCready
2. Satisfied – The Blackwood Brothers
3. That’s All Right – Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup
4. She May Be Yours But She Comes To See Me Sometimes – Joe Hill Louis
5. Mystery Train – Little Junior’s Blue Flames
6. Smokestack Lightning – Howlin’ Wolf
7. Rock-A-My Soul – The Blackwood Brothers
8. Just Walkin’ In The Rain – The Prisonaires
9. Rocket 88 – Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats
10. Write Me A Letter – The Ravens
11. Blue Moon Of Kentucky – Bill Monroe
12. Ain’t That Right – Eddie Snow
13. Just Walkin’ In The Rain – Johnnie Ray
14. Lawdy Miss Clawdy – Lloyd Price
15. Home Sweet Home – Gladys Presley
16. Blowin’ In The Wind – Odetta
17. Tomorrow Is A Long Time – Odetta
18. The Weight – The Staple Singers
19. Heartbreak Hotel – The Orlons
20. Wooden Heart – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
21. Rebound – Mike McCready

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Heaven/Hell by Jeff Ament


It looks like Rolling Stone buried the lead in their printed version of Jeff's Favorite 2017 Songs.  Their on-line article includes an announcement that Jeff will be releasing his third solo album, Heaven/Hell in March.

Here's hoping we find out more in the February 10th Ten Club newsletter.

Obey the Law of the Heart Available Tomorrow


According to Amazon, the soundtrack for Basmati Blues, featuring the song, Obey the Law of the Heart by Stone Gossard, will be available tomorrow.  There is also a short sample of the song on Amazon.

This was previously announced in a movie trailer as a Pearl Jam song.  Though it's not unheard of for Stone to take vocals on a Pearl Jam song, it looks like the band decided it was a Stone Gossard song.  We must assume that the rest of the band is featured on the track until the liner notes tell us otherwise.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Jeff Ament's Favorite Songs of 2017


Rolling Stone asked Jeff Ament for his favorite songs of 2017 in their latest issue (February 8-22,2018, Migos cover).  Here is what he picked.


Mourning Sound by Grizzly Bear



"This has it all: killer bass and drms, both voices, signature guitar cords, and great lyrics.  Probably my favorite band of the past few years."


Snowflake by Gord Downie



"Gord made an unbelievable swan song of an album.  I cried the whole first listen.  So beautiful and honest."


Why Didn't You Say That by Lemon Twigs



"I hear Queen, Beatles, 10cc and other radical prog-pop that I haven't heard since Jellyfish left us.  Killer harmonies and incredible instrumental interplay."


Deadly Valentine by Charlotte Gainsbourg



"This is lyrically centered around Christian wedding vows, with a tinge of sarcasm.  I love the big synth production."


Shoot 'Em Down by U-Men



"Sub Pop released the whole U-Men catalog in one package.  This song takes me back to the heyday of Seattle music."

Happy Birthday, Boom Gaspar!


Yield Turns 20


Friday, February 2, 2018

Eddie Adds a 3rd Sâo Paulo Show



Yesterday, the Ten Club announced that Ed would be playing a 3rd show with Glen Hansard at Citibank Hall in Sâo Paulo on March 30th.

Fan Club ticket presale starts on Monday.  Check Pearl Jam's website for all the information.