Great Book Recommendation from EV

November 17, 2009

I saw this on PJ’s website and thought it was cool. Not only does the book sound interesting, but the fact that EV wrote not one but two Leatherman songs should be a point of interest for fans.

Courtesy of

Dear Listeners,

I was recently sent a book that I thought some of you more hardcore folks might find interesting.

It’s called The Old Leather Man written by Dan DeLuca. It is a detailed historical document all about this intense character who roamed the northeast on foot in the mid to late 1800s.

About twelve years ago on a winters day hike my friend Tim R., his kids and I stumbled upon one of his old caves. That night I was inspired to write not one but two songs about the man (the second, not so creatively titled “Leatherman II” was never released…definitely the more somber of the two).

While this book offers up his life and times in the most complete manner as possible, the mystery of Leather Man remains intact.

It’s also interesting to note the parallels between the Leather Man and Chris McCandless who we got to know through Into the Wild.

Just thought I’d pass it on…



Night 2: Pearl Jam @ Key Arena (9-22-09)

September 23, 2009

Photo courtesy of Ryan Trager

Main Set: Sometimes, Why Go, All Night, The Fixer, Dissident, Johnny Guitar, Faithfull, Lukin, Not For You/(Modern Girl), No Way, Unthought Known, Unemployable, Comatose, Insignificance, Present Tense, Got Some, Go

First Encore: Just Breathe, The End, Black, In My Tree, Spin The Black Circle

Second Encore: Supersonic, Do The Evolution, The Real Me, Porch, Yellow Ledbetter/(Star Spangled Banner)


– NO WAY makes first appearance since Yield Tour in 1998, only the 4th time they have played it live ever.

Played previously:

9-7-98 Virginia Beach, VA USA

and now…
9-22-09 Seattle, WA USA

– “I’m a good tipper” speech:

– “Supersonic” lyrics are changed to reference the Seattle Supersonics.

– “Just Breathe” and “The End” is accompanied by the Octava String Quartet, including April Cameron.

– “The Real Me” is accompanied by the Syncopated Taint Horn Quartet.

More photos courtesy of Ryan Trager:

Full review coming soon, along with more photos…..

Pearl Jam Talks Target Deal

September 2, 2009

Courtesy of Rolling Stone’s Rock and Roll Daily Blog:

Pearl Jam’s management has discussed why the band agreed to an exclusive big box retail deal with Target for their upcoming album Backspacer, and now Eddie Vedder and Co. have opened up to Billboard. The bottom line: the agreement passed the band’s “moral barometer” and opened up the possibility of cool exclusives for die-hard fans.

The Target deal didn’t require Pearl Jam sever ties with the independent record stores or their own Ten Club, and it paved the way for Backspacer to
appear on iTunes and greatly improved the band’s take on each CD sold, guitarist Stone Gossard told Billboard. Target’s Backspacer will come with an option for fans to download Rock Band playable versions of the album’s songs on September 20th, the day the album is released, and Billboard hints at a Pearl Jam-branded music video game next year.
“We’ve put a tremendous amount of thought into this, and we’ve done it in a way that we think will be good for everybody,” Vedder said. “I can’t think of anything we’ve ever done without putting it through our own personal moral barometer. Target has passed for us. The fans just have to trust us.”
Like Target’s previous exclusive release, Prince’s LotusFlow3r three-disc package, there’s an extra incentive for fans to purchase Backspacer through the retailer: “Exclusive full-concert downloads,” according to the Target site. Billboard explains this means fans will get to select two of a possible 11 concerts for download, and the shows span Pearl Jam’s entire career.

As for the album’s running length — Backspacer’s 11 tracks clock in at 37 minutes, making it the shortest PJ album yet — Vedder says, “The songs come off more like sparkling water than pea soup, and I think that’s good for our group right now.”

Ed Sings "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" Again

August 27, 2009

It’s no secret that Eddie Vedder is a huge Chicago Cubs fan. Yesterday he made another stop off to Wrigley Field to sing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” during the 7th inning stretch, his fifth time since 1998. This time he seemed to be a little bit more sober than his infamous first time serenading the Cubs fans.

Last year Eddie also wrote a catchy tune at the request of Hall of Fame Cub shortstop Ernie Banks paying tribute to his favorite ball club called “All the Way”.  He performed it during many of his solo gigs last year, and at the Vic Theater show in Chicago in 2007.

Check out the videos below of his recent Wrigley appearance, his drunken 7th inning serenade from 1998, and his tribute to the Cubs “All the Way”.

Someday at Christmas

July 1, 2009

I haven’t really said much about Michael Jackson’s passing since the news hit. It’s very sad to see such talent leave us so early but on the same token the man was strange, just watch some of those Barbara Walters interviews from some years ago. Yikes!!

I own Thriller and Off the Wall on vinyl and its fun to drop the needle on those now and again, but my favorite Michael Jackson related tune gets the most play time during the holidays. I’ve been known to have done a little DJing, not as much as I would like but a little, and a few years ago I spun records at a friends ugly Christmas sweater party up in Everett. I decided to lug all my vinyl at the time (200+ records) up there for the one night, as I had this “brilliant” idea that I would want full range to play anything from my collection. I wouldn’t say it was a mistake just alot of work. My true brilliant idea was to play to the holiday festivities and intermix famous Christmas tunes into my rock heavy set. It worked on most levels as I spun holiday classics by Frank Sinatra, John Lennon, Queen, Elvis, David Bowie and Bing Crosby between danceable rock hits by Led Zeppelin, Black Crowes, Journey, Tom Petty, AC/DC etc. The one song I was most excited to showcase and saved until later in the night was Pearl Jam’s rendition of the Jackson 5’s “Someday at Christmas”. PJ released this song as the side A of their 2004 Ten Club holiday 7″ single. I didn’t realize until just today that the album art of that PJ holiday single is a knock off of the Jackson 5’s “Christmas Album” from 1970. This may have been better saved for December but I thought this was sort of a cool comparison, and a mild tribute to MJ the way I wish I could remember him.

RIP Michael Jackson (1958-2009)

Hear the comparison at this location. (download, unzip, play)

Inauguration Day with EV (Redux)

June 26, 2009

I ranted and raved about November 4th, 2008 all over the place the day after my fiance (I’ll change this in two weeks babe) and I had our closest run in with Eddie Vedder ever, but I still think it’s a worthy story to rehash. We had purchased tickets to see The Knitters which is a side project for John Doe, Exene, and DJ Bonebrake of X, along with guitar wizard Dave Alvin of Blasters fame. The Knitters are basically a countyfied version of X, and I am a big fan of X and all they have accomplished. It was also a pretty awesome coincidence that our choice for President of the United States had won the same night as well. The stage was set for a big party in Ballard that Tuesday!
I being a rabid Pearl Jam fan knows full well that Eddie is good friends with John Doe and has performed many a times with him at various places around the US, including that now legendary secret gig at the West Seattle Easy Street Records in 2006. Their trademark duet is “The New World” in which Eddie sings Exene’s part. This sort of thing is always in the back of my mind when attending shows by groups that Eddie is either a fan of or that he has performed with in the past. Some these artists and bands include: Neil Young, Crowded House, Kings of Leon, X, My Morning Jacket, Ted Leo, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, and the list goes on. I had been dissappointed the last couple of times I had convinced myself that Ed would show up, most recently the X show at the Showbox in April 2008 was a good example. That one especially sucked because John even mentioned he was supposed to show but was sick right before they played “The New World”.
Anyways, to make a long story short Tif and I walked into the Tractor Tavern and there stood Jeff Ament, very cool but we’ve seen Jeff out and about before so it was more of bonus than a huge deal. Same with Mike McCready who is the member of Pearl Jam I’ve seen the most around town. The fun really began half way through The Knitters set when….well I’ll revert to my half buzzed, shell shocked after show account from the PJ forum which has been viewed a whopping 4166 times to date. This by the way is a huge accomplishment for PJ geeks like myself who frequent the forum. Ha!

Here you go:

I pee’d next to Eddie at the Tractor last night….

“Went to see the Knitters last night (John Doe, Exene, and DJ from X.) Walked in the Tractor Tavern in Ballard (SEA), and Jeff was standing at the bar, which was cool. Half way through the Knitters set John called up Eddie for “The New World”, he sang his parts and then danced with Exene for a good part of the song. He then ran off stage right behind me and up the bar for a Corona. At that point I took a bathroom break and ran right into him saying “Nice work, Eddie” which is all I could muster in passing, he gave me a head node. Later during the show I took another bathroom break and found myself urinating right next to him, but I didn’t say anything because there was a line and since he was in full costume (Big hat, thick glasses, puffy coat)trying not to bring attention to himself, I left him alone. I walked out and Mike was standing near the water cooler talking to some folks, Eddie gave him a hug and they talked about hanging out after the show. I lost my fiance for a bit after that but finally found her standing shoulder to shoulder with him, we rocked out next to him for the encore, he was jumping up and down, loving every minute of the Knitters. My story is not that exciting, but that’ll probaly be the closest I get to Ed, so it was a great night. Not to mention Jeff, Mike, John, Exene, DJ all in the same room as well.It was cool, everyone left him alone, only saw one fan ask for a picture. It was an awesome Inaguration day…life is good!”

As bland as this late night account sort of is, this was a very memorable Seattle experience for Tif and myself. It is really fun to rub shoulders with some of the great muscians new and old from the Seattle area once and awhile. It shows that folks like Tad Doyle, Kim Thayil, Mike McCready, Matt Cameron, Jeff Ament, Eddie Vedder, Chris Martin (Kinski), Bruce Fairweather, Kurt Bloch, Kim Warnick, Mark Arm and others are human and really pretty normal folks who are music fans as well as kick ass Seattle musicians.

Pearl Jam’s "Backspacer" Rumored Tracklist

June 24, 2009

This is the rumored tracklist for the much anticipated new album from Pearl Jam entitled “Backspacer” due out sometime in September. German magazine “Visions” has published a story on the new record with a track by track breakdown of what we can expect in the fall from the greatest band in the land. Yep I said it. Supposedly it’s running time is a short 36 minutes which has enraged a few ridiculously rude fans on PJ’s forum. None the less it should be a rocker, and awesome. Eddie also has been on a short solo tour of the East Coast, and for you poster hounds here’s a look at the what the 2 Brad Klausen posters from the tour look like. In other PJ related news Mike McCready’s UFO cover band “Flight To Mars” will be playing again in Seattle Thursday July 23rd at Neumos. They just did their annual CCFA benefit back on May 2nd at the Showbox, but it should be fun as they always put on a energetic rockin’ show. Stay tuned for more PJ news as it is made available.

1. See My Friend
2. Got Some
3. The Fixer
4. Johnny Guitar
5. Just Breathe
6. Amongst The Waves
7. Unthought Known
8. Supersonic
9. Speed Of Sound
10. Force Of Nature
11. The End