Pearl Jam Keeps Getting Cooler (Video)

Man, I feel such a renewed respect for Pearl Jam as of late. Do you go through those phases? I feel like Pearl Jam and I are running through a field of wildflowers in slow motion whilst the golden rays of the sun shine upon us. Is that too much?

The point is, I really dig Lightning Bolt, I admire the longevity, the consistent relevance (relevevity?) and the steadfast do- it-the-way-they-want-to-do-it-regardless-of-trends-and-sales attitude they've employed from the get go. I have vivid memories of seeing the video for "Alive" at 2 in the morning because it wasn't in day time rotation yet on MTV (This is where I should say 'when MTV actually played MUSIC videos'. They used to. If it garnered ratings like the crap they show now, they still would- I blame you for watching it still. How dare you).

I was born in the 70's, raised in the 80's and for some time lamented the fact that there would be no everlasting bands from my generation other than Metallica- not that Metallica wouldn't have been enough. They would have, but my parents got the Beatles, The Stones and Led Zeppelin. For a time it appeared as though I got...Poison. I like Poison. Poison is/are a good time. Poison isn't/aren't all time (my apologies to Brett and his Hairdana).

Pearl Jam is/are an all time band. They are one of the great rock and roll bands and they will live on forever on the t-shirts of kids and the record players of their parents. This video is an example of why- respect those who came before you by playing surprisingly kick ass versions of their songs live, exposing people who (as hard as it is for me to admit) may not have heard the song before said kick ass performance.

I'll write another post about my affinity for Van Halen. I was alive when VH began but I was young and didn't really appreciate them until I hit my teens. Eddie Van Halen changed the way the guitar was perceived. No one since has had that kind of impact. I hope someone will again though.

I could have saved you and me some time by just posting the video and saying how kick ass it is to see Pearl Jam play Van Halen's "Eruption/Ain't Talkin' Bout Love" but, man, I got into radio because of music. I didn't get into radio necessarily to tell you wacky stories about Chipmunk crime and Science oddities (although I will TOTALLY keep doing that- someone has to). MUSIC is the reason you listen, MUSIC is the reason I wrote this. MUSIC. The caps make it more dramatic. WAY MORE.

I feel like if we were in the same room, we'd embrace, lock hands and engage in some sort of sing along.

Hey. Check out Pearl Jam's kick ass version of  Van Halen's "Ain't Talkin' Bout Love." Man.

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Pearl Jam Doing Mother Love Bone (Video)

Pearl Jam is/are really good. They seem to have hit another super fantastic stride of awesome with their great new album 'Lightning Bolt' and their legendary live shows. They started doing "Chloe Dancer/Crown Of Thorns" in their set a while back and it just sounds stellar. For the uninitiated, Mother Love Bone was the band Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament were in with a singer named Andrew Wood before Pearl Jam existed. Their self titled album is definitely one you need in your collection if you plan on not having your collection made fun of by people who are cool. It doesn't have the exact vibe that would later be called grunge but you can hear some inkling there. Andrew Wood was much more flamboyant than Eddie Vedder, more in the vein of 70's and 80's rock front men.

Andrew died of a heroin overdose in March of 1990 which led to yet another MUST HAVE album by Temple Of The Dog. Really. You have to have it. Don't embarrass you by not having it. Soundgarden front man (and one of the greatest singers in the history of singing) spear-headed that project with the Pearl Jam guys as a tribute to Andrew Wood. It's one of THE great rock records of the entire movement and, dammit, you can't NOT have it.

Here is a live performance of "Say Hello To Heaven":

Here is Mother Love Bone with the original version of "Chloe Dancer / Crown Of Thorns":

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Pearl Stream [Link]



See, their name is Pearl Jam and they're streaming their entire new album Lightning Bolt at iTunes one week before it's 10/15 release and I titled the story Pearl Stream. See because it uses part of their name AND tells you there is a stream involved.

If anyone actually read these posts, I think they would be impressed.

Stream Lighting Bolt at iTunes here.

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Pearl Jam ‘Lightning Bolt’ Documentary (Video)

I like Pearl Jam. There was a period where I think I was a bit tired of them. I needed space. I felt like we were in a rut. I haven't looked forward to a new Pearl Jam record with this much anticipation since maybe Vitology. You have to give it to a band who has been together, consistently making music for over 20 years and continue to be relevant. That's a very rare thing these days. Everyone likes to throw out the 'sell out' tag whenever any band does anything they don't like but no one could say that about Pearl Jam. Plus, how many bands have dudes named Stone in them? Not many. Not many at all.

Lighting Bolt is out on 10/15. If you pre-order the album on Pearl Jam's site, Eddie Vedder will be your Dad. No other lead singer would do that.


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