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Pearl Jam has shared their first new music since 2018 and it comes in the form of a new single, “Dance Of The Clairvoyants”. This single is the first release from their forthcoming 11th studio album, Gigaton.

Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament described his excitement in a statement following the single’s release, saying, “I can’t tell you how proud I am about this group of songs. ‘Dance’ was a perfect storm of experimentation and real collaboration, mixing up the instrumentation and building a great song, and Ed [Vedder] writing some of my favorite words yet, around Matt‘s [Cameron] killer drum pattern.”

The Gigaton album is out on March 27th via Monkeywrench/Republic Records. The 12-song LP is a follow-up to their 2013 release Lightning Bolt. Guitarist Mike McCready described the journey of making the record in a statement saying, “It was emotionally dark and confusing at times, but also an exciting and experimental road map to musical redemption.” McCready goes on to say that working on the album gave him “greater love, awareness, and knowledge of the need for human connection in these times.”

The band has recently announced a tour in support of Gigaton,

Owning the distinction as one of the original driving forces behind the short-lived Seattle-birthed but highly influential grunge movement, Pearl Jam administered a brutal blow directly to the nut sack of the international rock establishment when they dropped their dazzling debut record back in 1991. Yet, despite moving in excess of 13 million units and delivering an impressive string of old school classic rock staples (“Alive,” “Even Flow” and “Jeremy”), it can be argued (by me) that 10 isn’t necessarily the crown jewel of the band’s celebrated ten-slab studio catalogue.

Released 25 years ago this week (November 22nd, 1994), via Epic Records, Pearl Jam’s third released set, Vitalogy, burned hotter than its two predecessors, topping the Billboard Top 200 album chart and turning five-times platinum. A collaborative production effort between the band and famed go-to guru Brendan O’Brien , “Vitalogy’s” lo-fi sheen crackled — a detail noticed immediately by those who first experienced the record on vinyl. Thanks to its stripped-down, lean production, Vitalogy stands as Pearl Jam’s most original and uncompromising album. Not that there was anything easy about the album’s recording process, which was carried out in fits and spurts over several months amid Pearl Jam’s grueling tour in support of the previous year’s multi-platinum Vs. album. Sessions were conducted in New Orleans, Atlanta – the base of producer Brendan O’Brien – and Seattle.

While it isn’t a concept album, Vitalogy sounds like one. Death and despair shroud the album, rendering even the explosive celebration of vinyl “Spin the Black Circle” somewhat muted. But that black cloud works to Pearl Jam’s advantage

Accelerated by Dave Abbruzzese’s rib-cracking drum intro, “Last Exit” kicks off the collection furiously — demanding that you sit down, shut up and pay attention. My initial reaction upon first hearing the lead-off single, “Spin The Black Circle,” was something along the lines of, “holy shit!” Decades later, my opinion hasn’t changed, by the way. Driven by Mike McCready and Stone Gossard’s breakneck, in-the-pit guitar riffage, the song is pushed further by Eddie Vedder’s urgent, signature-style vocal performance.

If the accusation is that I’ve remained partial to Vitalogy’s radio tracks over the years, While the delicate “Nothingman” and the garagey “Whipping” still move me, I continue to connect best with the straight up rock crunch of “Corduroy” and the honest purity of “Better Man.”

However, Vedder’s “Not for You” remains my personal favourite of this 14-track litter. Speaking to then-current youth culture, the song opens with beautiful organic keyboards, glossed by Vedder’s transparent vocals. Then, as Vedder veers off the rails, Jeff Ament’s chugging bass groove grabs ya in the nether region while layers of crazed guitar work wash over in a blaze of glory.

I’ve bought several of the band’s albums over the years. Vitalogy is the one Pearl Jam record I rushed to buy on Day One  In sum, Vitalogy — still sounds fresh today as way back. it’s still intoxicating. Still relevant. And 25 years later it still is a great rock record.

Release Date: November 22, 1994
Record Label: Epic Records

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Rock Werchter 2018 lineup

The 2018 edition of Belgium’s Rock Werchter festival takes place from July 5th-8th at Festivalpark Werchter, and the stacked lineup was just announced. Headliners include GorillazJack WhiteArctic MonkeysQueens of the Stone AgeNick Cave & The Bad SeedsThe KillersPearl Jam, and London Grammar. Other notable acts appearing at the fest include Nine Inch NailsFleet FoxesAt The Drive InDavid ByrneAnderson .Paak & The Free NationalsMGMTPost MaloneCHVRCHESNoel Gallagher’s High Flying BirdsThe BreedersFever RayFirst Aid KitAlbert Hammond Jr., and much more. Tickets are on sale now.

One of the most successful rock bands of the past quarter-century, Pearl Jam have released 10 studio LPs and numerous live records and official bootlegs over the course of their career, selling an estimated 60 million albums worldwide. But if they’d released only one record – their 1991 debut, Ten – their place in rock history would still be secure.

Pearl Jam sounded like a superstar group from the start. Released at the beginning of the grunge era, ‘Ten’ remains a timeless masterpiece because they sounded like they were weaned on classic rock. They’d make tougher and more nuanced records over the years, but ‘Ten’ is their most visceral offering, a powerful rock ‘n’ roll record that doubles as a mission statement.

Ten is the debut studio album by American rock band Pearl Jam,  released on August 27th, 1991 through Epic Records . Following the disbanding of bassist Jeff Ament and guitarist Stone Gossard’s previous group Mother Love Bone , the two then recruited vocalist Eddie Vedder and guitarist Mike McCready, and drummer Dave Krusen to form Pearl Jam in 1990. Most of the songs began as instrumental jams, to which Vedder added lyrics about topics such as depression, homelessness, and abuse.

Ten was not an immediate success, but by late 1992 . The album produced three hit singles: “Alive”, “Even Flow”, and “Jeremy”. While Pearl Jam was accused of jumping on the grunge bandwagon at the time despite the fact that Ten had been both recorded and released before Nirvana’s Nevermind—Ten was instrumental in popularizing alternative rock too the mainstream . In February 2013, the album crossed the 10 million mark in sales,  It remains Pearl Jam’s most commercially successful album

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First heard 25 years ago on the soundtrack to Cameron Crowe’s Singles, Pearl Jam’s ‘State of Love and Trust’ and ‘Breath’ are coupled on 45 RPM 7” vinyl for the first time! The double platinum soundtrack album exposed mainstream audiences to the burgeoning Seattle grunge scene, and helped establish bands like Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden and Mudhoney.

‘Singles: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – Deluxe Edition’ will also be released on CD and LP in May, featuring a bonus disc of rare and unreleased material from Chris Cornell, Paul Westerberg and others.

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A spate of grunge classics are going to be hitting the quarter-century mark this year, and certainly one of the biggest is coming back in a big way this month.

Temple of the Dog only released one self-titled album in the spring of 1991 to relatively little fanfare. But by the end of the year, when critics started to take notice of the tidal wave of rock bands from Seattle and lighting the fuse on an eventual grunge explosion, people began to take notice.

Temple of the Dog, conceived as a tribute to the late Andrew Wood, frontman of Seattle group Mother Love Bone, featured two musicians who played in that band (rhythm guitarist Stone Gossard and bassist Jeff Ament); lead guitarist Mike McCready, from Gossard and Ament’s new band Pearl Jam (frontman Eddie Vedder also guested on the album); and Wood’s friends, singer Chris Cornell and drummer Matt Cameron, both of whom earned recognition with Soundgarden that same year. (Cameron currently is the drummer for both Soundgarden and Pearl Jam!) The album, featuring the mainstream rock hits “Hunger Strike” and “Say Hello 2 Heaven,” went Top 5 in America and sold more than a million copies. The band never toured at the time, but made sporadic appearances together in the quarter-century since Temple of the Dog album was released.

For its 25th anniversary, A&M/UMe are pulling out all the stops with a four-disc CD/DVD/Blu-ray deluxe edition, due out September 30th. Featuring  a new mix of the album by longtime Pearl Jam associate Brendan O’Brien, plus three alternate mixes from the original multitracks by Adam Kaspar

Seven demos (including unheard songs “Angel of Fire” and “Black Cat” plus five newly mixed outtakes by Adam Kaspar
A DVD featuring many of the band’s most notable performances, including a “rehearsal” show at Seattle’s Off Ramp Cafe, while the album was being recorded; the “Hunger Strike” music video; fan-shot footage of the band’s reunion at the PJ20 festival in 2011 (combined with professional audio of the show) and Seattle’s Benaroya Hall in 2015
A Blu-ray featuring a 5.1 surround mix by Kaspar, who mixed Soundgarden’s Superunknown into 5.1; the “Hunger Strike” video in 5.1; plus HD stereo versions of O’Brien’s mix and select HD bonus video

This set will be marked by the band’s first real tour, a sold-out affair across five cities in November. Double-disc, CD and vinyl editions are available, too.

CD 1: New remix of original album by Brendan O’Brien (released as A&M Records 750 215 350-2, 1991)

Say Hello 2 Heaven
Reach Down
Hunger Strike
Pushin’ Forward Back
Call Me a Dog
Times of Trouble
Wooden Jesus
Your Savior
Four Walled World
All Night Thing
Say Hello 2 Heaven (Alternate Adam Kaspar Mix) *
Wooden Jesus (Alternate Adam Kaspar Mix) *
All Night Thing (Alternate Adam Kaspar Mix) *
CD 2: Demos and outtakes (previously unreleased except for Track 1, from Pearl Jam Twenty soundtrack – Columbia/Monkeywrench 88697 96035-2, 2011)

Say Hello 2 Heaven (Demo)
Reach Down (Demo)
Call Me a Dog (Demo)
Times of Trouble (Demo)
Angel of Fire (Demo)
Black Cat (Demo)
Times of Trouble (Instrumental Demo)
Say Hello 2 Heaven (Outtake)
Reach Down (Outtake)
Pushin’ Forward Back (Outtake)
Wooden Jesus (Outtake)
All Night Thing (Outtake)
DVD: Videos

Hunger Strike (Live @ The Off Ramp Cafe, Seattle – 11/13/1990)
Wooden Jesus (Live @ The Off Ramp Cafe, Seattle – 11/13/1990)
Say Hello 2 Heaven (Live @ The Off Ramp Cafe, Seattle – 11/13/1990)
Reach Down (Live @ The Off Ramp Cafe, Seattle – 11/13/1990)
Call Me a Dog (Live @ The Off Ramp Cafe, Seattle – 11/13/1990)
Times of Trouble (Live @ The Off Ramp Cafe, Seattle – 11/13/1990)
Say Hello 2 Heaven (Live @ The Moore Theatre, Seattle – 12/1990)
Hunger Strike (Live @ Lollapalooza, Desert Sky Pavilion, Phoenix – 9/8/1992)
Hunger Strike (music video)
Say Hello 2 Heaven (Live @ Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, WI – 9/3/2011)
Hunger Strike (Live @ Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, WI – 9/4/2011)
Call Me a Dog (Live @ Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, WI – 9/4/2011)
All Night Thing (Live @ Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, WI – 9/4/2011)
Reach Down (Live @ Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, WI – 9/4/2011)
Call Me a Dog (Live @ Benaroya Hall, Seattle – 1/30/2015)
Reach Down (Live @ Benaroya Hall, Seattle – 1/30/2015)

pearl jam package

Two days before Pearl Jam’s headlining Bonnaroo show, the rock legends performed a career-spanning set for just 250 fans at Third Man Records’ Nashville venue, Blue Room. The results were recorded direct to acetate and will be released as a limited edition live LP through Third Man’s Vault subscription service.

Vault Package 29 will include a black-and-gold, split-colored vinyl edition of the concert, along with a seven-inch featuring a solo Eddie Vedder acoustic song recorded at Third Man’s Voice-o-Graph recording booth. Rounding out the set is a hardcover photo book featuring shots by the label’s in-house photographer, Jamie Goodsell; a metal lapel pin featuring a custom Pearl Jam/Third Man mash-up logo; and a circular patch with the same design.

Pearl Jam performed 10 tracks during their wide ranging Blue Room show opening with a cover of Pink Floyd’s “Interstellar Overdrive” and spanning their own catalog, from the albums Ten deep cut “Deep” to 2006’s “Life Wasted.” The band kicked off their encore with unreleased track “Of the Earth,” bringing out Third Man founder Jack White to trade guitar solos with Mike McCready. A preview of the thunderous latter song is available below.


Members of Pearl Jam’s Ten Club will receive a single-use coupon for $15 off the Vault package. The official deadline to subscribe to the service is July 31st. Full details are available at the Third Man Records. website

Last month, Vedder performed a surprise set of hits and cover tunes at the Chicago benefit concert. During Neil Young’s “Rockin’ In the Free World,” Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin and guitarist-New York Yankees centerfielder Bernie Williams joined the singer.

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On June 9th, 2016, Third Man Records was humbled to welcome Pearl Jam for a performance in our Nashville Blue Room live venue. Kept secret until the absolute last moment, the crowd of only 250 included lucky Ten Club members, mayors, NBA superstars, country music royalty, and possibly even a few stowaways. To call it a “warm-up” for their headlining set at Bonnaroo two nights later would be to vastly undervalue the evening. The band tore through a clutch collection of songs that spanned both deep cuts and fan favorites. A classic like “Deep” from Ten sits comfortably next to “Life Wasted” from their self-titled album Pearl Jam, and set-closer “Let Me Sleep” was originally recorded in 1990 (and was the band’s first-ever Ten Club release). The highlight of the performance came when Pearl Jam invited Jack White and his guitar to the stage to join on a song that clocked in at over seven minutes and featured wild dueling solos between White and Mike McCready, this epic performance left every mouth in the audience agape and every face on stage all smiles. Those seven minutes were truly some of the most memorable and historic in seven years since the Blue Room opened its doors.

All this said, it should come as no surprise that this performance is the centerpiece of Third Man’s 29th Vault package: a black-and-gold, split-colored vinyl version of Pearl Jam’s set, recorded live direct-to-acetate and packaged in a stunning custom jacket, all soft touch coating and gilded gold metallic ink. While split-colors are normally only made available to attendees of the show, the opportunity to share this once-in-a-lifetime performance with the wide-reaching TMR and PJ world’s was too good to pass up

The following afternoon Eddie Vedder entered Third Man Records’ Voice-o-Graph recording booth and performed an arresting, solo acoustic song. Housed in a custom TMR Record Booth sleeve and pressed on clear transparent vinyl (just like the original) this disc captures a poignant moment for Vedder, and marks the event of yet another musical legend making exceptional use of the Third Man Recording Booth.

Third Man’s accomplished in-house photographer Jamie Goodsell documented the entirety of the evening’s events on his trusty SLR camera. These images have been compiled into a timeless photo book. This embossed, fabric-wrapped, 9” x 6” hardcover photo collection gives the viewer the ability to look behind the curtain, both into Pearl Jam and Third Man’s worlds on a special night for both parties.

Rounding out Vault Package #29 are a 1” round metal lapel pin utilizing the custom Pearl Jam/Third Man mashup logo (printed onto silk-screened posters and complimentary beer koozies used that fateful night) in addition to a 3” circular patch of the same design, featuring gold thread and just begging to be sewn onto your motorcycle leather, denim vest, varsity jacket, backpack, wedding gown, pillowcase, coffin lining, underwear, etc, etc…

ALL of these items will ONLY be available as part of Third Man’s Platinum Vault Subscription service. For this Vault Package #29 ONLY, all members of Pearl Jam’s Ten Club will receive a SINGLE-USE coupon code entitling them to $15 off the cost of the package. Ten Club members active as of 6/30/16 have been sent their unique code as well as instructions to subscribe. Platinum Vault Subscriptions using this coupon code WILL NOT RENEW for the next Vault cycle. Subscribe early, subscribe often — Just make sure you subscribe by July 31st, the official deadline. It is our hope that Ten Club members will enjoy the experience of the Third Man Vault and Third Man Vault members will be incentivized to further explore Pearl Jam’s incredibly rewarding fan club.

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<b>Mother Love Bone</b> | Metal Is Power

Mother Love Bone was something of a grandfather to grunge before Nirvana became its poster- child. After releasing highly-influential Apple, the band’s front-man Andrew Wood, died of an overdose and the remaining band members went on to form a little alternative rock band called Pearl Jam.

Mother Love Bone. Future Pearl Jam members Stone Gossard (guitar) and Jeff Ament (bass) were founders of this Seattle-based glam/punk outfit, which was fronted by flamboyant singer Andrew Wood. But despite countless accolades from the press and their peers, the group’s career was cut short before it could truly blossom due to tragedy.

Both Gossard and Ament had previously been members of Seattle garage rockers Green River (a group that also included future Mudhoney members Mark Arm and Steve Turner), and upon the group’s breakup in 1988, the guitarist and bassist stuck together, looking to form a group more a kin to the arena rockers of their youth (Kiss, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, Queen, etc.). Joining Gossard and Ament was drummer Greg Gilmore, second guitarist Bruce Fairweather, and the Wood on vocals. as a member of another Seattle outfit, Malfunkshun was the complete opposite of the prototypical Seattle frontman as he patterned his look and vocal style after such renowned frontmen as Freddie Mercury, Paul Stanley, and Marc Bolan. But although the group had a few similarities to the then-flourishing glam metal scene, the group’s sound was tougher and more rooted in classic rock than their soon-to-be disposable glam contemporaries.


The group created a buzz from the get-go as the quintet inked a deal with Polygram shortly after forming and were given their own label, Stardog, resulting in the release of the six-track EP Shine in 1989. The year was spent touring and plotting their full-length debut, which was eventually completed by the end of the year, with a projected release in spring of 1990. Expectations for the disc were high and sensing this, Wood wanted to be at his best, so the singer checked himself into a rehab center to try and conquer an addiction to heroin. But on March 16th, 1990, Wood was found by his fiancée unconscious in his bed, having overdosed on the drug. Despite efforts to revive him, Wood was eventually pronounced dead three days later. Devastated, the group called it quits as the resulting album,  Apple, was issued several months later in the fall of 1990.

Temple of the Dog

Gossard and Ament slowly worked their way back into music, as they joined up with Soundgarden members Matt Cameron and Chris Cornell (the latter a good friend and former roommate of Wood‘s) to record a pair of songs that Cornell had penned for the late singer. But the sessions soon took on a life of their own and a full album’s worth of tunes was recorded, issued as a self-titled release in 1991 under the name of Temple of the Dog (a phrase from one of Wood‘s lyrics). The album also saw contributions from guitarist Mike McCready and singer Eddie Vedder, two musicians who Gossard and Ament had been jamming with, soon resulting in the formation of Pearl Jam. With both Soundgarden and Pearl Jam enjoying massive commercial success in 1992, Temple of the Dog enjoyed a second wind on the charts and became a sizeable hit, as interest in Mother Love Bone perked up as well. Sensing this, Polygram reissued both Shine and Apple together as a self-titled release, as well as a home video Love Bone Earth Affair. In addition, the epic Mother Love Bone song “Chloe Dancer/Crown of Thorns” was included on the hit soundtrack to the movie Singles the same year. Besides Gossard and Ament, the other surviving members of Mother Love Bone have subsequently issued recordings as part of other bands,

In October, Pearl Jam gave an unannounced full performance of their fourth studio album,” No Code”, during a concert in Moline, Illinois. It marked only the second time in the band’s entire career that they played an entire album in concert, and the first time with No Code.
Today, the band released a professional bootleg recording of the concert. It’s available on CD and digitally through the band’s concert archive website. The Moline concert also featured the live debut of a new song called “Moline”, which Eddie Vedder reportedly wrote 10 minutes before the show. Watch fan-shot footage of “Smile” from No Code

Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town,Full performance of No Code Sometimes,
Hail Hail, Who You Are, In My Tree, Smile, Off He Goes, Habit, Red Mosquito, Lukin, Present Tense, Mankind (Tour debut),
I’m Open (Tour debut), Around the Bend, Given to Fly, Interstellar Overdrive (Pink Floyd cover), Corduroy, Mind Your Manners,
Brain of J., Infallible, Even Flow, Gone, Garden Porch,
Moline (New Song), Bee Girl, Imagine (John Lennon cover), In Hiding, Lightning Bolt, Do the Evolution, Jeremy, Why Go,
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Eruption (Van Halen cover), Alive, Fuckin’ Up (Neil Young cover), Yellow Ledbetter,