Entries tagged with: Eddie Vedder
by Nick Masi
Pearl Jam & Sleater-Kinney in Portland - 11/29/13 (via @eli_w_n)
August 12, 2006 was the last time Sleater-Kinney performed together...that was until November 29, 2013! Corin Tucker, Janet Weiss and Carrie Brownstein joined Pearl Jam at the Portland, Oregon stop of their tour for a cover of Neil Young's 'Rockin in the Free World' at the Rose Garden last Friday, like Pearl Jam, Carrie and St. Vincent did in Dallas a couple weeks ago. Corin sang, Janet banged the drums with Matt Cameron and Carrie played guitar. Ah, the good ole days.
On our BrooklynVegan Blog Radio show on SiriusXMU, we have played a Sleater-Kinney song on every show since their hiatus and claimed that it wouldn't stop until they reunited. Does this count as a reunion? Personally, this isn't what I was holding out for, but it may be the start of something good. Fingers crossed. Check out the video below.
words by PJ superfan Dominic Masi Jr., photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Pearl Jam in Brooklyn
While Arcade Fire was playing a Bushwick warehouse and CMJ was going on all around the city, Pearl Jam brought their tour to Brooklyn for two sold out shows at the Barclays Center. Choosing the new Brooklyn venue over the being-renovated MSG has been a recent trend, and for PJ to skip the Garden was a big deal for fans. Especially since they've had some of their most legendary shows there. Unofficial spokesman for the city and the building itself, Jay-Z, joined PJ onstage at the Made In America Fest in Philadelphia last year for a version of '99 Problems,' but this was Pearl Jam's first trip to Jay's borough. After a 30+ song set on Friday night, fans felt that the bar was set high but knew they could top it on night #2 and they did just that. On what was the 20th anniversary of the release of their second album, VS., Pearl Jam played for nearly 3 hours and 33 songs on Saturday (10/19) for what many fans are calling one of their best shows ever. Dennis Rodman was even in attendance, bumping elbows with the 10Club members in the pit. Everyone knew from the beginning it going to be "one of those nights."
by Andrew Sacher
Paulvana (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
The 12/12/12 Hurricane Sandy benefit concert at Madison Square Garden went down last night and aired on multiple TV channels, websites, and in theaters worldwide. The concert featured performances by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Roger Waters (joined by Eddie Vedder), Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Chris Martin (joined by Michael Stipe), and Paul McCartney (joined by members of Nirvana). And in between there were speeches/appearances by Billy Crystal, John Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, P. Diddy, Chris Rock, and many more, spliced with footage of the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. (The less said about Adam Sandler's "funny" version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" with Paul Shaffer the better.) As was to be expected, the sets were short (though some longer than others) but it still ran late, ending after 1 AM. If you missed any of it, videos of some of the highlights are in this post.
Bruce Springsteen opened the show, getting everyone into the spirit of the night right away. Of all the sets, his choice of songs felt the most catered to the event ("Land of Hope and Dreams," "Wrecking Ball, "My City of Ruins," and of course also "Born to Run") and halfway in he prefaced "My City of Ruins" with a touching, personal speech about the damage done to the NY/NJ area, similar to the one he gave in Rochester in October.
Other highlights from throughout the show: Roger Waters ended his set by bringing out Eddie Vedder to sing lead on "Comfortably Numb." The Rolling Stones only got to play two songs ("You Got Me Rocking" and "Jumpin' Jack Flash") but still looked like they were having a great time. The Who, meanwhile, played seven songs. Then Kanye delivered a set which sent much of the twitterverse into an angry fit, though you have to wonder if this would have happened at a non-classic rock show (probably not). And of course, it was a pretty great surprise when Chris Martin brought out R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe to do "Losing My Religion."
But the most anticipated part of the night was that Nirvana reunion with Paul McCartney on vocals that everyone was talking about. Paul ended up bringing Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear out during his set to perform a new song they wrote, titled "Cut Me Some Slack," and then they left the stage and Paul returned to his own material. It would've been interesting to see those guys jam with Paul during "Helter Skelter" (which he opened with) or something, but at least Paul didn't sing "Smells Like Teen Spirit."
Videos and setlist from last night are below...
As mentioned several times, tonight is the 12/12/12 Hurricane Sandy benefit at MSG with countless notable performers, including Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Paul McCartney, The Who, Kanye West, Eddie Vedder, Dave Grohl, Eric Clapton, Chris Martin and The Rolling Stones.
If you didn't get tickets for the event, you're not alone, but you'll have many chances to view the "widely distributed event" from the comfort of your own home. The concert's website has a full list of the websites (YouTube, MSG.com, Hulu, iHeartRadio, Vevo, many more), US television channels (MSG, HBO, IFC, many more), international television channels, and movie theaters (many of which are in NY and NJ) that will be live streaming the show. Theaters in NYC and Brooklyn include Clearview's ChelseaCinemas (260 West 23 St) and National Amusements' Linden Boulevard (2784 Linden Blvd).
You can head below to check out the list of sites, TV channels, and theaters...
We were wondering... and now here we go:
Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, The Madison Square Garden Company and The Weinstein Company announced today that Bon Jovi, Dave Grohl and Eddie Vedder will be joining the esteemed lineup of artists of the "12-12-12" concert on December 12, 2012 at Madison Square Garden, with proceeds to benefit the Robin Hood Relief Fund. Tickets to this one-night-only special event will go on sale on Monday, December 3, 2012 at 12 p.m. (ET). The all-star lineup includes, Jon Bon Jovi who will now be performing with Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Roger Waters, Kanye West and The Who, with other top artists to be announced. The concert will be presented by Chase.No Rolling Stones. And:
Tickets for "12-12-12" will go on sale Monday, December 3 at 12:00 p.m. ET through Ticketmaster phones, outlets and www.ticketmaster.com, www.thegarden.com and www.radiocity.com. Tickets will be available at a variety of price levels. Ticketmaster has generously agreed to waive its ticket service charges. VIP packages will be made available through the Robin Hood Foundation. Information on those packages is available by contacting The Robin Hood Foundation at 212-844-3564.And because I know everyone really cares, Bon Jovi is also playing a benefit at Best Buy Theater in NYC on December 5th.
by Tim Griffin
Eddie Vedder & Beth Ditto @ Rock Werchter 2012 - 6/29/2012
"Rock Werchter is a Belgian annual music festival held in the village of Werchter, near Leuven, since 1973. It is one of the five biggest annual rock music festivals in Europe (the other four being Exit, Sziget Festival, the Glastonbury Festival and Roskilde Festival). The 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007 festivals received the Arthur award for best festival in the world at the International Live Music Conference (ILMC). It can host 85,000 guests daily, of which 67,000 combine all four days, to add up to a total maximum of 139,000 different attendees." [Wikipedia]You saw pictures from day one. Here we go with day two..
Day two of Belgium festival Rock Werchter kicked off for me with the still-reunited, classic California punk band X playing on the main stage. I stayed for their entire, great set which means I missed Belgium band School is Cool who were playing on the other side of the park. Judging by the bubbles seen on several attendees leaving that stage though, it looked like missed a fun time. Other bands on the second day, of this festival that featured so many big names, included Pearl Jam, Lana Del Rey, Jack White, Deadmau5, The Gossip, Beirut and many others
I couldn't make it to every band on all three stages each day, obviously, but I at least have a good excuse for missing Mastodon: I was getting a behind-the-scenes tour of the fest (many thanks to FIAF and Rock Werchter for the hospitality - and WAFFLES!). They took me behind the fences and gateways, to get a glimpse all that goes on to keep things moving. The scale and logistics were pretty mind-expanding. Some bullets:
- Rock Werchter goes for 4 days at the end on June, but initial setup begins in early May.
- More than 8000 are directly employed by the festival, with thousands more as subcontractors.
- More than 25% of the staff are directly engaged in security and safety of the venue and audience.
- Most staff are sourced locally to ensure direct local benefits from the festival.
- Rock Werchter is practically a small town, with everything but a school system on site (medical services, residences, offices, supply depots, repair stations, food services (including storage and preparation), and even on site garbage sorting and recycling.
- Thousands of large steel road plates are used throughout the facilities to protect the ground from vehicle traffic, and thousands of square meters of field and audience areas are also similarly protected using plastic and wood flooring.
No pictures from backstage, but more from who was playing on the stages, along with Pearl Jam's setlist, below...
The 18-year ordeal of the so-called West Memphis Three ended today in an Arkansas courtroom after a judge accepted a plea deal to set them free.The trio is currently addressing the media, and will soon be free men. Eddie Vedder is at the press conference and gave gave Damien Echols a huge hug.
The three men will be allowed to maintain their innocence while acknowledging that prosecutors have enough evidence to convict them, according to the Associated Press.
It is a legal maneuver that would allow the men to leave prison for the first time in more than a dozen years. They have always maintained their innocence.
As far as Prosecutor Scott Ellington is concerned, he said, "the case is closed," despite his firm belief that the West Memphis Three are guilty.
"I have no reason to believe that there was anyone else involved in the homicide of those three children," other than those three defendants, he said.
Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr. were convicted in the 1993 deaths of three 8-year-old boys from West Memphis, Ark. -[ABC NEWS]
Kanye West & Big Sean @ Irving Plaza Tuesday (Joshua Laboy)
Maybe it was all the excitement of summer finally arriving, but for whatever reason, NYC shows have been pretty heavy on the special guests lately. Here's a few we know about.
Reggie Watts was the secret guest that joined Glenn Kotche and Buke & Gass during 'Wilco weekend' at NYU for the Jab Abumrad's Radiolab Concert on Saturday (6/18). Reggie was a secret because of the two Summerstage shows he's playing this week including the one in Red Hook Park TONIGHT (6/24).
Reptar was a secret guest at the Thee Oh Sees Brooklyn Bowl show on Saturday (Reptar played Governors Ball earlier that day). And as predicted, Thee Oh Sees themselves were the secret headliner at Death by Audio the previous night (6/17).
Reptar, who also opened for Art Brut at Music Hall last night, will open for Foster the People at Terminal 5 on September 27th. The only mystery here is how Foster the People are big enough to headline Terminal 5 already! Tickets are on sale.
Ted Leo showed up as a special guest at the Eleanor Friedberger show at Europa during Northside. Bradford Cox was in the Audience. Catch Ted again at the free South Street Seaport kickoff party for the 4Knots Festival that Eleanor plays at the South Street Seaport a week later. It was just announced that Eleanor will also open for Deerhunter at their Webster Hall shows in August. (Deerhunter frontman Bradford Cox must have really liked her set) Tickets for both Deerhunter shows are still available.
As also recently mentioned both Clams Casino and Neon Indian (DJ) were added as last minute surprises guests to the Northside show at Cameo on Sunday (6/19). The show was one day after Neon Indian played Governors Ball. Monday night Cameo hosted semi-secret DJ sets by YACHT, The Miracles Club & Midnight Magic, all who played MHOW on Sunday.
Kanye West showed up at Big Sean's Irving Plaza show on Tuesday (6/21), the same night Big Sean appeared on the Bon Iver episode of Fallon. Despite two of Kanye's friends being on Fallon on the same night however, Kanye did not make an appearance on the show (not even backstage). Videos from Irving Plaza below.
Justin Vernon did not show up at the S. Carey/David Bazan show at Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday (6/22), as we hoped he would. S. Carey is a member of Bon Iver's band and played with Justin the two days previous on both Fallon and Colbert.
Speaking of Fallon, Bob Mould (who DJs his Blowoff party at Highline Ballroom tonight) showed up and surprised people by playing a Sugar song backed by the Roots on the show. Mould recently performed live with the Foo Fighters during their set at Sasquatch. Video of that special guest appearance is below.
Lenny Kravtiz's daughter Zoë Kravitz and her band Elevator Fight played Southpaw with J*Davey on Tuesday (6/21). Lenny showed up to watch his daughter, but he wasn't the only crowd member blowing up Twitter. Drake was also in the audience to catch the show. FADER grabbed him outside the Park Slope venue for a quick video interview which you can watch below.
Flying Lotus & Just Blaze @ Music Hall (via the Comedian)
Flying Lotus headlined two Brainfeeder showcases (his label) this week. The first was at Bowery Ballroom on Monday (6/20) and the second at MHOW on Wednesday (6/22). Apparently trippy instrumentals aren't the only thing FlyLo digs when it comes to hip hop producers, because Just Blaze (Jay-Z, T.I.) showed up to play with him at the MHOW show. Flying Lotus also surprised NYC by playing a free late show at Le Poisson Rouge too.
Following in FlyLo's footsteps, Ivan & Alyosha gave NYC a gift in the form of a last-minute free late show at Mercury Lounge.
Crowded House frontman Neil Finn played with Eddie Vedder at Beacon Theatre on his tour with Glen Hansard.
And while opener Glen Hansard (Swell Season, the Frames) helped Vedder recreate "Sleepless Nights," the tender duet the pair shared on "Ukulele Songs," and the crowd found their voices and their feet for several of he night's tunes -- "Porch," "Unthought Known" -- the biggest roar erupted when Vedder invited Crowded House/Split Enz frontman Neil Finn to the stage for an impromptu collaboration Vedder jokingly called an "unrehearsed collision." With longtime friend Finn on organ, the twosome blended delicate harmonies on Hunters And Collectors' "Throw Your Arms Around Me." Finn took up a guitar and sat down next to Vedder to trade verses on Finn's Split Enz hit "I Got You," which found Finn playfully calling out chords to Vedder during the bridge. "It turns out we play that song differently," Vedder quipped, "But since he wrote it, he's right."Neil Finn plays his own show at Bowery Ballroom on 6/26. You can win two tickets on our Facebook.
Decked out in a trio of long white lab coats, Finn (organ) and Hansard (guitar) returned with Vedder for the second encore, the rousing "Big Hard Sun" from "Into The Wild." [Billboard]
As you know, Stephen Colbert was the special guest with The Black Belles on his own show last night (6/23). He performed with the band and also recorded a single with them which is now on sale via Third Man Records. Jack White actually also appeared on the show this time for his third and final appearance during StePhest Colbchella '011 and then appeared with Colbert again today (6/24) at The Lot at the High Line. Jack and the Black Belles were also spotted last night (6/23) bowling at Brooklyn Bowl. According to Questlove (who was DJing the venue), he "has bowling game."
Tonight (6/24) is the another Doveman show at LPR. Lisa Hannigan (who played 3 sold out NYC-area shows this week) and Mike Doughty are billed as openers, but according to Doveman, some secret special guests will be showing up as well (as usual).
Last but not least, as hinted, and confirmed earlier today, Fucked Up are the special guest at 285 Kent Saturday (6/26) with JEFF the Brotherhood and Iceage. Tickets are on sale at Record Grouch. Iceage also played a secret show at 538 Johnson while they were in town for Northside.
Any special appearances we left out?
photos by Andrew Bisdale
Glen Hansard in Temple of Dendur @ The Met -- 5/26/2011
Eddie Vedder will release his second solo album this Tuesday (5/31) Ukulele Songs via Universal, plus a live concert film Water on the Road. The album features guest vocals from Glen Hansard (The Frames, The Swell Season) and Cat Power's Chan Marshall. The DVD, directed by Brendan Canty of Fugzazi and Christoph Green, features performances from Vedder's 2008 solo tour. Ukulele Songs is currently streaming on NPR.
Vedder and Hansard will tour in support of the album this June and July. They will both also perform at the Pearl Jam Labor Day Destination Weekend festival at Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, WI on September 3 and 4. Other performers include The Strokes, Queens of the Stone Age, Mudhoney, John Doe, Joseph Arthur, Liam Finn, and special guests to be announced. Tickets go on sale June 4 at 10 AM CST.
Pearl Jam are following the festival with a ten-day Canadian tour and a documentary film, Pearl Jam Twenty, directed by Cameron Crowe. The film will be released with an accompanying book and soundtrack album, for which Cameron Crowe selected the track listing, this fall.
Glen Hansard played a solo acoustic set in the Temple of Dendur at The Met last night (5/26). The show was "in celebration of the exhibition Guitar Heroes: Legendary Craftsmen from Italy to New York" which is at the museum through July 4th. More pictures from that show, and all tour dates, below...
"In support of his forthcoming solo album, Ukulele Songs, Eddie Vedder will embark on a month-long US tour on June 15th in Providence, Rhode Island which wraps up on July 15th at Seattle's Benaroya Hall. Special guest Glen Hansard (The Swell Season, The Frames) will join Vedder on the road. "That tour includes two shows at NYC's Beacon Theater. Ten Club presale begins Tuesday. All dates with presale starting times, below...
Eddie Vedder w/ Ben Bridwell - May 21st @ MSG (via Karen Loria/Pearl Jam official)
Tour closers always have a lot of hype and [Pearl Jam's May 21st MSG show] has already lived up to it. As "Band of Horses" is milling about sidestage, you assume you'll get "All Along the Watchtower" and that'll be it. Ben Bridwell is introduced on stage, gives humble hugs and handshakes to all members sans Ed and here we go.One night after playing Madison Square Garden with a four-piece version of the Black Keys opening, Pearl Jam played the venue with Band of Horses in the opening slot. They invited BoH's Ben Bridwell to the stage during their second encore to sing on "Hunger Strike," a Temple of the Dog song and duet between Eddie Vedder and Chris Cornell. Video of that performance, and setlists, below...
But the unmistakable deep-toned beginning of "Hunger Strike" starts and the crowd issues an enormous gasp in unison. Holy Crapola! Then it hits you - the perfect "cover". Can you think of a song that the entire band can play flawlessly, but without the key ingredient - Cornell's high-frequency singing - the song just can't be done alone? Bridwell's selection - like Sleater-Kinney's Corin Tucker in 2003 and Wolfmother's Andrew Stockdale in 2006 - is ideal. Cornell''s ... er ... Ben's vocal is first, and early, and he steps right out with a nervous smile but joy bursting from his eyes. He's a nervous, pacing lead man on stage and the thrill of the moment can't keep him from standing still. The rest of the band - once pensive on stage - are now side stage and all wide-eyed and smiling at their mates' effort. [Two Feet Thick]
"Rx are discussing options w/PJ now. Doesn't look like I'm gonna make it. They're not reinstating any of these flights..." Ted Leo, Aug 21 @ 2:06 PM
Eddie Vedder & The Pharmacists - Aug 21, 2009 in Toronto
Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, who just got back from playing some West Coast dates, have scheduled a few new East Coast ones for December. One of those is December 6th at Bowery Ballroom in NYC and tickets just went on AmEx Presale. All currently known dates below.
The West Coast dates were supposed to happen right after Ted left Toronto. In Toronto Ted was scheduled to play in a charity soccer game and (again) open for Pearl Jam. Other celebrities playing the soccer game included Rivers Cuomo and Michael Cera. They actually played, but Ted never made it...
"Ted Leo, famed indie rock musician, was also originally scheduled to be at this event, but apparently he got stopped at border security and couldn't make it (or, in addition, open for Pearl Jam the night before!). Also, Rivers Cuomo was there with his Japanese wife and 2-year-old Japanese daughter!! Exciting, eh?" [Until we Eat Again]Ted never made it to the Pearl Jam show either, so instead his band The Pharmacists played without him (and, much to the delight of the crowd, with Eddie Vedder and Mike McCready). A Little bit more about that, their setlist, videos from the show, and all Ted Leo dates, below....
Half a Beatles reunion, or some approximation of it, took place Saturday night at "Change Begins Within," a benefit concert at Radio City Music Hall for the David Lynch Foundation. Paul McCartney was headlining; Ringo Starr was also on the bill, and yes, after letting the anticipation build, the two surviving Beatles did perform together, as they did in 2002 for a memorial after the death of George Harrison...Eddie Vedder and Ben Harper played "Under Pressure", there were lots of serious Beatles fans there, Howard Stern was there... That and more in the videos from the event below...
...As the concert's entire lineup-including Donovan, Sheryl Crow, Eddie Vedder, Moby, Bettye LaVette, Ben Harper and Mike Love (from the Beach Boys)-filled the stage, Mr. Starr took his place at the second drum kit. And Mr. McCartney unveiled a song that could surprise even Beatles fanatics: "Cosmically Conscious," an excerpt of which appeared as a hidden track on his 1993 album "Off the Ground." [NY Times]
The Clearwater Concert: Creating the Next Generation of Environmental Leaders, a star-studded, one night only concert event celebrating Pete Seeger's 90th Birthday, will be held on Sunday, May 3, at 7PM, at Madison Square Garden. This once-in-a-lifetime concert event will benefit and raise awareness for Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, founded by Pete Seeger, which strives to preserve and protect the Hudson River. Seeger, a legendary folk singer, political activist and avid environmentalist, has long inspired social change through his extraordinary life and music. The Clearwater Concert: Creating the Next Generation of Environmental Leaders will feature over 40 artists representing a wide variety of musical genres and generations, including Joan Baez, Ben Harper, Ani DiFranco, Dave Matthews, Michael Franti, Emmylou Harris, Juanes, John Mellencamp, Tao Rodriguez-Seeger, Bruce Springsteen, Taj Mahal, Eddie Vedder, and Keller Williams. The evening, hosted by Clearwater, will focus on ensemble renditions of musical treasures inspired by Pete Seeger.Full confirmed artist lineup below...
American Express pre-sale tickets will be available starting Monday, March 23 at 9AM. Public on-sale will begin Monday, March 30 at 9AM. Tickets are available via ticketmaster.com and range from $19.19-$250, with a majority priced at $90 to honor Pete's birthday. Special Clearwater Legacy Tickets will also be available. For more information, please visit www.Seeger90.com.
Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Bettye Lavette, Ben Harper, Sheryl Crow, Donovan, Eddie Vedder, Moby, Paul Horn, Ringo Starr AND Paul McCartney are playing the previously-mentioned David Lynch Foundation show at Radio City Music Hall on April 4th. Regular tickets go on sale Monday at 11AM, or of you're rich, your tickets are on sale now...
$100,000 PackageThe "post-concert celebration" is described like this: "Celebrate with us at the Four Seasons, located just a few blocks away. Live DJ, great food, and a special celebrity auction, featuring signed guitars by Paul McCartney and other legendary performers."
Includes: premier front center orchestra row (13 seats) for the concert, 13 reserved seats at the post-concert celebration at the Four Seasons, 4 backstage passes, 4 day-of-show rehearsal passes, 4 tickets for the pre-concert cocktail reception at Radio City, 4 tickets for the Sunday celebratory brunch and acknowledgment in the concert program. (The deductible portion of this package is $93,625.)
The David Lynch Foundation presents the WORLD HARMONY CONCERTThx rajohn!
Paul McCartney, Donovan, Eddie Vedder, Sheryl Crow, Paul Horn, Moby and more will perform a global benefit concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Saturday, April 4, 2009, in support of the David Lynch Foundation's international initiative to teach one million children the Transcendental Meditation technique--and change the world overnight.
Limited seats: A limited number of excellent seats have been reserved for friends of the David Lynch Foundation.
In related news, Pearl Jam are pumped up to hit the studio, and Paul McCartney and Bon Jovi were in the crowd on opening night of the restored Beacon Theater when Garfunkel took the stage with Paul Simon at the first of Paul's two night run in the venue that Leonard Cohen played last night.
Leonard Cohen plays Radio City in May.
today in NYC
* Hanukkah stuff
* Pete Rock @ SOB's
* Dan Deacon in a house
* a show @ Knitting Factory
* Nicole Atkins in Red Bank, NJ
* Chris Thile @ the Living Room
* Yo La Tengo & ??? @ Maxwell's
* Matisyahu & U-Melt @ Webster Hall
* Wu Tang Clan @ Hammerstein Ballroom
* Good For The Jews w/ Todd Barry @ Highline Ballroom
Eddie Vedder was born today in 1964.
Showtrotta is the DJ @ Loud Crowd.
Some tickets went on sale today.
Cat Power announced some shows at The Apollo Theater.
Eugene Mirman wrote a book.
The animated video for Danielson's "Idiot Boksen" is below...
photos by Eric M. Townsend
Pearl Jam have the best fans in the world, no questions asked. What an amazing experience, I don't think I can say which night it was better. [Metro Distortion]Legendary? Generic? Amazing? Music for "frat tools"? Whatever you think, Eddie Vedder and band played their 2nd of two sold out shows at the Garden last night (June 25, 2008). The pictures in this post are from night one (June 24).
I heard Ted Leo and the Pharmacists sounded great playing their opening set in the large room. No pictures unfortunately because MSG is strict and confusing with the credentials and Eric was only allowed in during Pearl Jam's set. More of those pics and some oher stuff below.....
Sonic Youth has finalized the track list for its compilation "Hits Are for Squares," due June 10 exclusively in Starbucks stores in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., as well as online.Obviously this association with Starbucks is going to piss some people off, but Thurston doesn't care. Check out the tracklist below...
In addition to the exclusive Sonic Youth track "Slow Revolution," the limited-edition CD features Sonic Youth songs, handpicked by Radiohead, Chloe Sevigny, Dave Eggers, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Beck, Flea, David Cross and other enthusiasts. Participants have also written about their selections for the liner notes... [Billboard]
words & photos by Bao Nguyen
Liam Finn (son of Neil) began his set to a small audience (an un-crowded house?) last night (Feb 26, 2008) at Sound Fix in Brooklyn (sans Eddie Vedder). He began his set with somewhat slow, folk songs which soon progressed into his own unique sound. Organized chaos can be used to describe some of Liam Finn's songs, where Ben Gibbard-esque vocals are met with sharp cadences and brief guitar riffs. Between songs the audience was amused with Finn's first taste of Brooklyn Lager and his aspirations to move to New York in three or maybe five years time. As the songs evolved and progressed, the audience also grew in size. His pleasant stage presence and unique songs make Liam Finn someone to watch in the future.
by Black Bubblegum
Sean Penn & Dennis Kucinich introducing Ringworm
I am convinced that Sean Penn is everywhere: Alaska to shoot an amazing film, Iran, New Orleans during Katrina, Venezuela to meet Hugo Chavez, Cleveland with Dennis Kucinich to see Ringworm... wait, what? Next up, Susan Sarandon will visit Dwid Hellion (Integrity) to check up on his new project with Jacob Bannon (Converge).
If you haven't heard yet, The Golden Globe awards were handed out last night at - due to the writer's strike - a quickly done press conference that any TV station was free to broadcast. I watched some of it on CNN which meant I got to hear all of Larry King's unintentional hilarious commentary when awards were announced ("a great movie everyone needs to see", etc). I felt tense when they were about to announce best picture. Would it be "There Will Be Blood" or "No Country For Old Men"? They were the only two I saw in that category, and the two I was misled into believing had to win. I was about to feel bad for the one that didn't win, when it was announced that neither won. "Atonement" took it instead. I need to see that - and "The Great Debaters" that Sharon Jones is in, and "American Gangster" that inspired the new Jay-Z album.
Daniel Day Lewis did win best actor though, and Javier Bardem won best supporting actor, so both NCFOM and TWBB were well-represented. "Ratatouille" starring future Plug Awards host Patton Oswalt won best cartoon, "Sweeney Todd" beat "Juno" for best musical or comedy, and Eddie Vedder won best song. Jonny Greenwood didn't win anything, which could be because they don't even seem to have a soundtrack category.
Also happened this weekend: Bjork flipped out again
Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder's debut solo album, the soundtrack to the film Into the Wild, is out this week, along with long-awaited debuts by two singer-songwriters I have followed for some time, Placelessness by Alina Simone and Kismet by Jesca Hoop. Kevin Drew releases his solo debut disc, Spirit If..., as well, and Hard-Fi drops their sophomore effort with the "No Album Art" cover, Once Upon a Time In the West, in the US.
Discs I haven't heard yet but am highly anticipating include Jamie Cullum's In the Mind of Jamie Cullum, the Green Pajamas' Box of Secrets: Northern Gothic 2, and Jana Hunter's Carrion. Are these worth picking up?
Have I left anything noteworthy off the list? What new music releases can you recommend this week? What should I avoid?