Brett Buchanan

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Bio: Brett hosted the BWR podcast from 2004 to 2009, and then opened GrungeReport.net in May 2009. The site changed its name to AlternativeNation.net in June 2013. Brett also owns Concertfy.com. Reach out to Brett at; brett (at) alternativenation.net

Pearl Jam performed “Of The Earth” two days ago in Denver for the first time on their Fall 2014 U.S. tour. Pearl Jam have only played “Of The Earth” 8 times live. The band performed the track for the first time at The O2 in Dublin, Ireland on June 22, 2010. The band performed the song 4 times on their 2010 tour, twice in 2011, once in 2012, and now once in 2014. The track is a fan favorite since the band have never released a studio version of the track.

Pearl Jam first attempted to record “Of The Earth” for their self-titled 2006 album, but decided to wait on using it. Ament discussed the track in 2005 with MTV, “One is called ‘Of the Earth,’ that’s a song Ed wrote that is kind of a cross between early Peter Gabriel/Genesis and Sleater-Kinney with, like, the Who’s Live at Leeds or something.”

They recorded it for Backspacer in 2009, but Brendan O’Brien said on Pearl Jam Radio in 2011 that they didn’t finish it. He said that Backspacer was a record they wanted to be very concise with, and the idea was to remind people they could write great songs with great choruses. That song didn’t fit in quite as much as the others, according to O’Brien. Matt Cameron and Stone Gossard discussed the track on Pearl Jam Radio in 2011, calling it an ‘epic jam.’ Stone wanted to resurrect it as a live song, which led to its select performances from 2010-2014. Eddie Vedder has said it’s kind of like The Who’s old songs that were performed live but didn’t make an album.

Watch the Denver performance of “Of The Earth” below.

Watch previous “Of The Earth” performances below.







In a new interview with The Washington Post, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl was asked if he sees himself as a global ambassador for Rock N’ Roll with his projects like Sonic Highways and Sound City.

“Uh, no. (Laughs.) That would be pretentious and egotistical and a terrible way to see myself. Everything that I do, I do within this relatively small organization that is the Foo Fighters family. We’re on our own label. And we make records in our studio. And sometimes we make our own videos. We come up with the ideas for all of our projects on our own. We have aspirations and things we want to accomplish, but it’s simple: I love music. I want to share music with people. And I have the resources to do something like the ‘Sonic Highways’ project. So to me, it’s just a labor of love.”

Grohl also discussed how much was cut from Foo Fighters’ Washington DC episode of Sonic Highways, “My interview with Ian MacKaye was four and a half hours long. So yeah, a lot did! It’ll be the greatest criticism of this series: We didn’t cover enough in each city. There’s no way you can tell the history of music from a city in one hour. So we have to find a way to pay tribute to and honor these musicians, and their background, and their city — all while weaving in a personal journey with the band writing a song that will pay tribute to these people. It’s tough to get it all in one pop.”

Eddie Vedder has announced a performance that will take place in a ‘location near Seattle’ on October 30th.  All of the proceeds will go to the EB Research Partnership.

Enter to win one pair of tickets to a private and intimate Eddie Vedder solo show held in a secret location near Seattle on October 30th (plus up to $1,000 to help cover travel and accommodation costs). This is the ONLY pair of tickets being made available to the public for this show.

Each entry is $10 and you can donate as many times as you’d like to increase your chances to win. ($10 one chance, $20 two chances, $50 five chances, etc.)

This contest is open through Monday, October 27th at 11:59 pm EST.  The winner will be chosen and contacted Tuesday, October 28th.

All proceeds from these tickets and the contest benefit the EB Research Partnership whose mission is to find a cure for Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB).

Eddie Vedder, a co-founder of EB Research Partnership, is dedicated to finding a cure for Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB). EB is a devastating genetic skin disorder that affects a child from birth. Even the slightest touch or friction can cause the skin to tear apart, blister, and shear off their body. There is no known cure but the EB Research Partnership is working tirelessly to change that. For more information, please go to www.ebresearch.org.

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Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam discusses Epidermolysis Bullosa, a devastating skin condition, along with Dr. Jakub Tolar, a leading researcher, and brave kids and grownups who battle EB every day, in a video below.

Jill & Eddie Vedder also discussed the disease on EBResearch.org, “We are thrilled to be able to support the brilliant work of leading doctors and researchers committed to identifying better treatments and ultimately a cure for this cruel disease. Our close family friends have a son with EB and we want to do everything we can to ensure a better quality of life for him and all children living with those types of genetic disorders.”

In partnership with Microsoft, Jill and Eddie Vedder were instrumental in creating the “Heal EB: Cause the Wave” campaign to raise $5 million for EB research. To learn more, visit causethewave.org.

Also according to EBResearch.org, “An individual with EB lacks a critical protein that binds the layers of skin together. Without this protein, the skin tears apart, blisters and sheers off, leading to severe pain, disfigurement, and wounds that never heal. EB affects the body inside and out. Blisters occur all over the body, as well as in the eyes, mouth, esophagus, and other internal organs. EB causes severe pain, disfigurement, and in too many cases, an early death from an aggressive form of skin cancer. It is estimated that EB affects at least one in every 20,000 births. EB is not specific to any ethnicity or gender. Given that EB affects only 30,000 people in the US, advancing this research relies on the generosity of individuals and corporations.”

Early in the planning stages of Queens of the Stone Age’s …Like Clockwork, Josh Homme approached Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor about producing the album, according to LA Weekly. While Reznor was too busy with his own projects, he did discuss the album with Homme, who at the time was having difficulty in creating a vision for the album.

“I saw a guy that was trying to make a great album, and trying to find where his voice was, and feeling unsure of himself artistically,” Reznor says. “All I said was, ‘For me, if I’m not sure about what I’m doing, it’s a sign I’m probably doing the right thing. If I’m too confident, and too sure of myself, am I really pushing myself to the next place?’ ”

Homme also discussed his created process in the article, remembering that Johnny Cash once said he was merely the deliverer of music, not the creator. Bob Dylan also has said he has no idea where his songs in the mid 60’s came from. Homme says, “I fully embrace that, I feel less in control of the music than ever. I’m doing whatever I feel that I’m being told what to do.”

Queens of the Stone Age will wrap the …Like Clockwork tour on Halloween in Los Angeles at a show that will feature the return of bassist Nick Oliveri.

Homme told KROQ, “Have you ever heard of that company Blackout? It’s one of the most horrifying things ever and they’re going to be doing a special haunted house at the Forum. We also have a mariachi band Dias De Los Muertos wandering the halls, there’s going to be contortionists on all different levels, sword swallowers, the Suicide Girls are going to be dancing through the foyer. The more we started to talk about this, the more we realized that the show will never really stop. It will be all through the building. When one band is done something else will pop up, like an evil jack-o-lantern. It’s gonna be kind of constant and it’s going to be like a Halloween battering ram of fun.”

“It all sort of hinges on making this really explosive and I think that’s why the ideas kept coming. Here’s another thing we’re gonna do: a friend of mine who I think should be getting government money because he’s crazy, he’s going to wander the audience and pull the 5 best costumes that he sees and we’re going to let the audience judge. We have special seats bathed in red light on the side of the stage. The winner gets to sit there and get free candy. The candy’s been laced, but I don’t want to give away everything.”

“I think sometimes Halloween can be a bit like New Year’s where everyone wants to go out but no one knows where to go. This place where you feel artistically and socially safe to cut loose. I think that’s a main sticking point. You’re safe to go nuts.”

In a new LA Weekly article, Dave Grohl discussed his musical connection with Josh Homme. Grohl revealed that he told Kurt Cobain that the next Nirvana album should sound like Kyuss’ 1992 album Blues For The Red Sun. Cobain responded, ‘Really? You think so?’

“Josh and I are kindred spirits, in that we are entirely focused musically but we don’t give a fuck,” Grohl says. “In the last 22 years, I found my musical soul mate with Josh. He is definitely the one musician that I’ve connected to the closest of anyone I’ve played with. We have this ESP unspoken language of our own that doesn’t take any discussion.” Grohl said that Homme pushes him more than any other musician, liking to get him pissed off in the studio.

Grohl drummed on the 2002 Queens of the Stone Age albums Songs for the Deaf and last year’s Like Clockwork… Grohl, Homme, and former Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones also formed Them Crooked Vultures in the late 2000’s, releasing a self-titled album in 2009.

Today, Homme is wrapping up Queens of the Stone Age’s tour, and Grohl is preparing for the release of Foo Fighters’ new album Sonic Highways.

Chris Shiflett discussed Sonic Highways album with TheRock.net.nz, “The initial idea was that we were going to go all over the world, the scope was maybe going to be a little bigger, and wider. But once it got narrowed down to the 8 cities that we did, it maybe got a little more focused. After the last Foo Fighters record, Dave had a lot of big crazy ideas for that record, I remember at the beginning of that last record thinking, ‘There’s no way we’re going to pull all this stuff off,’ then we did. So when he came in with this idea, I thought, ‘Yeah okay, cool.’ When he comes up with a big idea, he figures out a way to get it done.”

Grohl discussed the HBO Foo Fighters series recently with The Pulse of Radio, “This has been two years of my life — and I’m still not done, man. On the break between the last interview and this one, I had to go in there and approve edits on the next episode that we’re working on. My life has been consumed by this thing — which is amazing, and I’m so psyched — but, when it’s done… I’ll probably miss it. But, good God, I can’t wait to get this thing (done).”

Sonic Highways Tracklisting:
01. Something From Nothing
02. The Feast and The Famine
03. Congregation
04. What Did I Do?/God As My Witness
05. Outside
06. In The Clear
07. Subterranean
08. I Am A River

Dave Grohl discussed why he never contributed heavily to Nirvana’s songwriting process in a new interview with KROQ.

“I started playing guitar when I was about 9 or 10 years old, so that’s my first instrument. I played guitar in bands when I was young, but the drummers were always kind of, um, crappy. I don’t know how to say it. So I finally said to one of the drummers, “Hey give me those things. Let me try this.” I started playing the drums and had a knack for doing it, so I was the drummer from then on. But I always had a guitar with me on tour wherever I was and always wrote songs, and I would record them by myself, but I never let anyone hear them because I didn’t think they were any good and I didn’t think anybody would want to hear them.”

“Being in Nirvana it’s like, you don’t want to confuse the songwriting process when you’re in a band like that with the greatest songwriter in the world and all I had to do was beat the hell out of the drums and have Nirvana. That was great, but then after the band was over it was the one thing that I realized was going to help me get on with life, to try something new and to challenge myself rather than just become a drummer of another band.”

Grohl did write “Marigold” and wrote the riff to “Scentless Apprentice,” along with receiving a co-writing credit on “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” but Grohl did not release his own songs until Pocketwatch and later Foo Fighters’ debut album.

Pearl Jam wrapped up the main part of their Fall 2014 U.S. Tour (barring an acoustic performance at the Bridge School Benefit this weekend) in Denver, Colorado at the Pepsi Center last night with an epic show featuring a 38 song setlist to mark their 24th anniversary. “Of the Earth” made its tour debut, and “Ghost” and “Don’t Gimme No Lip” were also performed. This was only the 8th time “Of the Earth” has been performed, it’s a song that has been in contention to make previous Pearl Jam albums, but the band haven’t felt they’ve been able to get it right in the studio.

Eddie Vedder mentioned that he didn’t even know until after the 2nd encore that it was the 24th anniversary of the band’s first show in Seattle. He then joked about long term relationships and said they had to divorce a few drummers before they found Matt Cameron. He then mentioned that Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament had been together for 30 years, and thanked them for giving “us the ride of our lives.”

Setlist:
Release
Low Light
Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town
Last Exit
Why Go
Lightning Bolt
Mind Your Manners
Setting Forth (Eddie Vedder song)
Leatherman
My Father’s Son
Even Flow
Ghost
Present Tense
Do the Evolution
Eruption (Van Halen cover)
Of the Earth (Tour debut)
Given to Fly
Sirens
Don’t Gimme No Lip
Lukin
Porch

Encore:
Future Days
Sleight of Hand
Imagine (John Lennon cover)
Mother (Pink Floyd cover)
Last Kiss (Wayne Cochran cover)
Breath
Leash
Rearviewmirror

Encore 2:
Once
Black
State of Love and Trust
Better Man
Wasted Reprise
Life Wasted
Alive
Baba O’Riley (The Who cover)
Yellow Ledbetter

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Flea discussed several topics on Larry King Now yesterday, including a funny bit where he legitimately tricked King into thinking the Red Hot Chili Peppers got their name from something called a ‘name tree’ in Hollywood. Flea discussed performing named, particularly at Woodstock 1999, “It seemed like a good idea at the time.” He added, “I think that was Woodstock, and if you’re ever going to take off your clothes at any gig, it would be Woodstock. I took off my clothes and felt free, the breeze blowing up me.” King pointed out his blue hair in a photo of the incident, and Flea responded, “I dye my hair all the time Larry, I’m a punk rocker.”

Flea also discussed drug addiction in the Red Hot Chili Peppers and his relationship with Anthony Kiedis, “Members of the band have suffered from addiction problems. I think in a lot of ways, as with anyone having problems in life, you discover more about yourself, and you become a kinder, stronger person.”

“[Anthony and get along] very well, we’re brothers. We have our sulking, yelling, arguing moments, but in the end, we’re brothers.”

He also mentioned that he thinks he’ll have his memoirs ready in about a year, and he’ll begin working on them more when the Red Hot Chili Peppers finish their new album. Flea recently revealed that RHCP plan to have out a ‘danceable and funky’ new album by the end of 2015, and in this interview he mentioned ‘wrapping the album up’ soon, so perhaps the album could come sooner in 2015 than fans expect. Watch the full Larry King Now interview below.

In a new Rolling Stone article, U2 revealed that they plan to release two albums to follow up Songs of Innocence, and to complete what Bono says is a trilogy that would include:

Songs of Innocence
Songs of Experience
Songs of Ascent

“We’re hoping Songs of Experience will be less about intimacy,” says bassist Adam Clayton, “and more about a celebration of sorts.” Bono said Songs of Ascent ‘will come’ and that it has some ‘beautiful songs.’ Songs of Ascent has been in the works since 2009. The band had a full Danger Mouse produced version of Songs of Innocence ready for release last year, but The Edge says it lacked ‘what you might call the hallmarks of our work – the big music.’

The band brought in a new producer, Ryan Tedder (Adele), and Bono told him, “This is how we work. You’re going to do whatever you do and get it as good as you can and then more than likely your stuff is going to get messed with by somebody else.’ So I hesitated for like five seconds and then Edge was like, “Man, tear it apart. Do what you want.” Adds Danger Mouse, “They’re not my tracks. They’re U2’s tracks. I’m not happy about a song if they’re not happy.”

U2 released Songs of Innocence last month via Apple’s iTunes. “From the very beginning U2 have always wanted our music to reach as many people as possible, the clue is in our name I suppose—so today is kind of mind-blowing to us. The most personal album we’ve written could be shared with half a billion people… by hitting send. If only songwriting was that easy,” said U2 lead singer Bono in a press release. “It’s exciting and humbling to think that people who don’t know U2 or listen to rock music for that matter might check us out. Working with Apple is always a blast. They only want to do things that haven’t been done before—that’s a thrill to be part of.”

“U2 has been an important part of Apple’s history in music and we’re thrilled to make ‘Songs of Innocence’ the largest album release ever,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “We get to share our love of music today by gifting this great new album to over half a billion iTunes customers around the world.”

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan discussed the music industry in a new interview with XFM.

“The industry does itself a disservice by not building up headliners,” he explained. “What they do is rocket these artists up quick to headline, who can’t play a full 90 minute set to an audience that’s been stood in a field all day.

“You have to be able to have a big hit song catalogue to carry a festival like I’ve done and it takes time and it takes patience. The promotors at times are often too quick to discard the elder artists to the side for the guy or the kid that’s got the one hit song that year.”

On whether the politics of festivals has made him cynical, Corgan said “I’m cynical about the music business. I think the music business is one of the worst businesses on the planet. It takes great artists and makes idiots of them. It asks us to do things we really shouldn’t be doing…

“The festivals and the music industry need to work together to build up the younger artists but you can’t run somebody out there at a ninety minute festival set before they’re ready.”

Corgan discussed Tommy Lee’s contributions to the new Smashing Pumpkins album Monuments to an Elegy with Gigwise.

“Tommy brings that vivacious immediacy to anything that he does, and it’s kind of cool because he brings a more open drum sound to Pumpkins, whereas usually the drums are quite busy and complex. He does it so massively and until you see him do it in person, you don’t really understand how brilliant it is.”

The Smashing Pumpkins are releasing two albums within a year of each other starting with Monuments to an Elegy out December 9, to be followed by Day For Night in 2015. Both albums, according to singer/guitarist Billy Corgan, will be released via Martha’s Music/BMG. Monuments to an Elegy was recorded in Chicago with Smashing Pumpkins guitarist Jeff Schroeder, who’s been in the band since 2007. Playing drums throughout is Tommy Lee.

Monuments to an Elegy was produced by Howard Willing (who first worked with the Pumpkins on the Adore sessions), Corgan and Schroeder. It was mixed by David Bottrill and mastered by Howie Weinberg, who did the same honors for Pumpkins classics in the 90’s. Monuments to an Elegy is “an album within an album,” part of their ongoing work-in-progress Teargarden By Kaleidyscope (with Day For Night as the project’s last work).

“Howard lives in the real world, unlike me,” says Corgan. “And so it was his task to be the traffic cop. To point out where the Pumpkins’ sound needed to come forward, and for that I’m appreciative, because it was never the idea of the band as conceived to live in the past, or to become a machine of sentiment. And like all good rock and roll scythes, we’re back to chopping forward.”

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl discussed the state of rock and roll on KROQ last week, seemingly having a more optimistic feeling on the genre’s future than Gene Simmons.

“There’s lots of rock being played and lots of rock being cared about and being made all over the world. I think popular culture works in cycles. Think about where music was just before Nirvana and Pearl Jam and Soundgarden, Alice In Chains and all those bands that blew up. We were kind of in a place where it almost seemed untouchable. There were a lot of bands that were really heavily stylized and heavily produced. It was really fun and it was fun to party to, but there are some times that you get hungry for something that’s real. I want to see a dude sweating blood over his instrument he just smashed on the ground. Everybody has that in them sometimes, and I just think it sort of works in these cycles. For me it’s my air, it’s my food, it’s my lifestyle. It’s just what I do. My band is my family and the music we make is our voice. It’s never going to disappear. When I step out at a Foo Fighters gig, either in an arena, club or stadium full of people singing ‘Everlong’ or ‘My Hero’ or ‘Pretender,’ rock and roll is alive and well in my house. I’m sorry that some people might feel starved for it.”

“I’m not a kid anymore. Rock ‘n’ roll is a young man’s game. Basically at this point my mission in life is to get those instruments into those kids’ hands. Watch the episode about Buddy Guy. Watch the episode about Steve Albini, or Chuck D, or Dolly Parton, or Seattle and like, put an instrument in your hand and start playing. Because then it’s only a matter of time. Nobody’s going to look at me and think ‘Dave is so cool and new!’ It’s not going to happen. We’ll bring the party. You want to come out? We’ll bring the party. Otherwise, we’re going to make a project like this with the intention to really inspire people to be inspired.”

Based on one day sales, Slipknot’s new album .5 The Gray Chapter is projected to sell 100-110,000 copies in its first week on sale in the United States. Slipknot’s last album, 2008’s All Hope Is Gone, debuted at #1 with 239,516 copies sold. Other new releases this week include Neil Diamond (70-80,000), Logic (65-70,000) and Tip (65-70,000). Check out AlternativeNation.net reporter Riley Rowe’s review of .5 The Gray Chapter below.

Similar to some of Slipknot’s past albums, the opener track is a moody, atmospheric piece titled “XIX.” Frontman Corey Taylor’s vocals enter and they are strong as ever. And if you were afraid that the band had gone soft with age, you sure as hell are wrong. “Sarcastrophe” possesses the same heaviness as the debut album, yet flaunts an impressive set of more matured guitar licks. The fast pace continues with “AOV,” which is the first track to exhibit one of Taylor’s signature clean vocal chorus melodies. It is also revealed in the lyrics that the song’s title is an acronym for “approaching original violence.” Many fans may have already become familiar with the next song, “The Devil in I,” the album’s second single. Having the perfect amount of thrash-y and melodic elements, this track will undeniably sound great live and has the potential to earn its position along Slipknot’s other hits.

“Killpop” is a slow, percussion-driven piece that is most notable for its dark lyrics: “She’s sticking needles in her skin/I turn with another grin/Her canvas doesn’t leave a lot to fantasy.” You can tell that percussionists, Shawn “Clown” Crahan and Chris Fehn, were heavily involved in the next track, “Skeptic,” which delivers a constant beat and some back-and-forth growl-y vocals. “Lech” keeps the intensity going heavy with a plethora of build-ups and chants. After 7 in-your-face tracks, Slipknot gives us a breath of fresh air with “Goodbye,” a low-key anthem that perfectly transitions to an explosion of epic guitar riffs. The chaos is continued on “Nomadic,” which holds the album’s most creative guitar solo so far.

The most notable aspect of Slipknot is their blending of thrash with catchy hooks. This stays true for the next two tracks,”The One That Kills the Least” and “Custer.” The latter track, which is the album’s third single, could fit perfectly on the group’s 1999 debut LP. “Be Prepared for Hell” is a creepy Marilyn Manson-like transition to the release’s highlight, “The Negative One.” The single is defined by its powerful stride and tasteful turntable scratching. “If Rain Is What You Want” feels like the perfect end to the album, as it boasts an alluring, suspenseful soundscape colliding with the distortion-laden progressions of the rhythm section.

Musically, this album spans from radio-friendly to scare-your-grandma intensity. Lyrically, Corey Taylor does not hold back, shown with the reflective “The Devil in I,” the poetic “The Negative One,” or the nu-metal styled “Custer.” While some of the tracks begin to sound slightly cliche at parts, there is never a dull moment of .5: The Gray Chapter. Hell, even the bonus tracks “Overide” and “The Burden” are deserving of high praise. Slipknot have succeeded in delivering an album that will satisfy fans and listeners on all fronts.

While art obviously can’t be forced, sometimes rock albums just take way too long to make, with Tool’s long in the works 5th studio album being the perfect example. Here are 10 albums that took longer than most to make.

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10. Portishead – Third

Portishead went on hiatus in 1999, but in 2005 announced that they were writing their third studio album. They released two tracks on their MySpace page in 2006, but didn’t end up releasing the album until April 2008.

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9. Hole – Nobody’s Daughter

Courtney Love began writing tracks for what was planned to be her second solo album during a rehab stint in 2005. She continued writing and recording throughout the rest of the 2000’s, releasing demos online. Linda Perry and Billy Corgan at times came in to contribute to the writing of the album. Love decided in 2009 to make Nobody’s Daughter a Hole album, despite Eric Erlandson not being involved. The album was finally released in 2010, nearly 5 years after writing had begun.

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8. U2 – Songs of Innocence

U2 already were working on a followup to No Line On The Horizon in 2009, with Songs of Ascent rumored for a mid 2010 release. The album was abandoned though, and reports came out that the band were working on three separate albums: a rock album, a dance album, and a meditative album. These albums were also abandoned, and in 2012 the band continued work and Bono even proclaimed that they’d just spent their best three weeks in the studio since 1979. In January 2013, the band claimed the new album would be titled 10 Reasons To Exist and that it would be released in September. The band released “Ordinary Love” in November 2013 and “Invisible” in February 2014 to provide fans with new songs as they waited for a full album. U2 surprised fans last months when they released Songs of Innocence for free on iTunes, 5 years after announcing they had begun work on a new album.

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7. Aerosmith – Music From Another Dimension

Aerosmith’s 2012 album Music From Another Dimension came over a decade after the band’s last full album of entirely original material, 2001’s Just Push Play. The band reportedly started working on a new album in May 2006, with more studio work done in November 2007. In 2009 reports came out that the band would be releasing an album by June with Brendan O’Brien producing. After Steven Tyler’s 2009 injury, there was major tension in the band, leaving to Tyler almost leaving. Aerosmith reconvened though for a tour in 2010, and resumed work on their new album in 2011. The album was finally released in November 2012, 6 years after initial recording sessions took place.

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6. Boston – Third Stage

Boston began work on Third Stage in 1980, writing the album’s first track “Amanda” during the first year of work. The band was recorded at Tom Scholz’s Hideaway Studio for 6 years ‘between floods and power failures.’ The album was finally released in 1986, debuting at #1 and going 4X Platinum.

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5. Scott Weiland – Happy in Galoshes

Former Stone Temple Pilots/Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland began work on his second solo album in 2002 with producer Josh Abraham, but Weiland ended up shifting his focus to Velvet Revolver throughout the 2000’s, while working on the album in his spare time with his producer/guitarist Doug Grean. Happy in Galoshes was finally released in November 2008, with single and double disc versions being avilable for purchase.

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4. Peter Gabriel – Up

Peter Gabriel began work on Up in the spring of 1995, and claimed the album was near completion in 1998. The album didn’t end up coming out until September 2002, 7 years after initial work began. Gabriel released videos of short demos leading up to the album’s release.

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3. Kate Bush – Aerial

Kate Bush began work on Aerial in 1996, to follow up her 1993 album The Red Shoes. Bush took her time on the album, focusing on her family and raising her son. Aerial finally came out as a double album in November 2005, 9 years after she had initially began work on it.

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2. Guns N’ Roses – Chinese Democracy

Guns N’ Roses began working on new material in 1995-1996, mostly to no avail. Axl Rose had brought in his guitar teacher Paul Tobias to attempt to write with Slash, and Slash did not think Tobias was fit for the band. Slash quit GNR in 1996, followed by Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum in 1997, leaving Axl Rose the last original/classic GNR member standing. Rose brought in several musicians in the ensuing years to work on the album including Robin Finck, Tommy Stinson, Josh Freese, Buckethead, Bryan Mantia, Chris Pitman, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, Frank Ferrer, Gary Sunshine, Dave Navarro, and even Brian May. “Oh My God” was the first track to be released from the sessions in 1999, with Rose promising that the album would be released by the end of the year, the first in a series of postponed album release dates that would continue throughout the 2000’s, along with several tours to promote the album years before it ever came out, with many tracks leaking. The album reportedly cost $13 million to make, and was finally released in 2008.

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1. Brian Wilson Presents Smile

Brian Wilson originally began work on Smile as a Beach Boys album in 1966 with Van Dyke Parks. The album was intended to be the followup to Pet Sounds, but it was shelved with Smiley Smile being released in 1967. After years of encouragement, Wilson began to finally put Smile songs into his live setlists, with “Heroes and Villains” being performed in March 2001 for the first time in decades. In 2003 Wilson began to finally complete the album and perform it live. The album was finally released in 2004, 38 years after it was originally intended for release.

Today is the 24th anniversary of Pearl Jam’s first show at the Off Ramp Cafe in Seattle on October 22, 1990. To celebrate the band’s birthday, here is a photo history of Pearl Jam, showing a picture of the band from every single year they have been together (1990-2014).

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Stone Gossard, Eddie Vedder, Jeff Ament, Dave Abruzzese and Mike McCready of Pearl Jam

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Billy Corgan discussed the state of The Smashing Pumpkins in a new BBC interview. Corgan jokingly described the new Smashing Pumpkins single “Being Beige” as being, “Tommy Lee playing the Coldplay beat.”

Corgan also discussed the band’s current lineup, “There’s really not much of a band left, it’s just the guitar player is left. The other two have gone, basically the whole record is just me, the guitar player, and Tommy.”

He also discussed playing bass on the album, “As I like to say, I’m the best bass player the Smashing Pumpkins ever had.”

He added, “I’ll put it this way, if you like your old school Smashing Pumpkins: he’s back. The Siamese Dream bass player is back, that’s the way I look at it.”

Corgan played bass on Siamese Dream in 1993, and recorded the majority of the instrumentals himself, outside of Jimmy Chamberlin who played drums. Bassist Nicole Fiorentino exited the band this year, with Corgan taking over bass duties yet again for the new Smashing Pumpkins albums Monuments to an Elegy and Day For Night.

Billy Corgan discussed Monuments to an Elegy with AlternativeNation.net last month, “The album is very in tune to the speed of this generation. Whether or not Generation X wants to be a part of it, we are part of it now. So I just think you’ve got to move at the speed of the world, or you look kind of flat footed and antiquated. I think we’ve found a nice balance of what we do well, and the speed of the world. So it’s hard to talk about, because at the end of the day, people either get it musically, or they don’t. There’s times where I’ve been certain that people would get it, and they don’t, and there’s other times where I thought nobody would get it, and they do. So I’ve learned to kind of not guess on that any more.

I feel like it’s there, and all of the response that I’ve gotten behind the scenes is off the charts. Just a really, really intense response. Things like people saying, ‘This is the record I’ve been waiting for you to make for 15 years.’ That kind of stuff, very grandiose things, but it tells me that we’re on point, in terms of hitting the right note. Because if you made like, ‘Hahaha, Siamese Dream 2,’ people wouldn’t have that response. They wouldn’t see it as current, and I know that from my own list, so it feels current to people that are hearing it.”

From NPR:

Oh my god, they look so young! It was 1981 when this little Athens, Ga. based band started making a splash. Over the years that followed they made waves. This small trailer for a larger documentary about R.E.M. is a beautiful peek at innocence, youth, the ’80s and MTV. The music television network (it used to be that) and R.E.M. grew up together. Much of what that band did was documented on MTV, including its break up in 2011.

The documentary, R.E.M. By MTV will premiere simultaneously on VH1 Classic and Palladia later in November. It’ll also be included in the six-DVD set REMTV, out on Nov. 24. Also in the set: award highlights, TV appearances, live performances and plenty of tidbits and highlights from the vaults including both of the band’s MTV Unplugged sessions from 1991 and 2001, live concerts from the other Athens, 99 performances spanning three discs and much more. Take a look at this, then imagine your favorite young band and the documentary that could get made 33 years from now.

Full release from REMHQ.com:

R.E.M. and MTV sort of grew up together–in July 1981, “Radio Free Europe” was released and only a couple of weeks later the new Music Television network launched and premiered its first music video (The Buggles “Video Killed the Radio Star”). From that point forward, thirty years in total, MTV documented everything about R.E.M.: their music, their stories, and ultimately, their decision to disband in 2011.

Now, this entire story, from start to finish, is chronicled in a new six-DVD set, REMTV, that includes live performances, award show highlights, and television appearances, as well as a new documentary about the band and network’s mutual history. REMTV will be available on November 24.

“It occurred to us that there’s all this footage of some of the band’s absolute career highlights sitting in some MTV vaults in London and New York– and thanks to a lot of effort and digging and arranging, this is our chance to share that music with various generations of R.E.M. fans in a pretty unique release,” said longtime manager Bertis Downs. “And Alexander Young’s documentary is a fine way to tell the story of R.E.M. through its various twists and turns, as captured in real time by MTV’s cameras– it has some great funny bits too!”

“This is the first DVD project to unite material from all across Viacom’s networks,” said Bill Flanagan, EVP of the Viacom Music Group. “Not only are we drawing from the vaults of MTV – domestic and international – but from VH1, Comedy Central, and Nickelodeon. I don’t think anyone realized just how much terrific R.E.M. footage we were sitting on. To gather the best of it in one collection is pretty overwhelming. R.E.M. started great, stayed great and ended great – here’s the evidence.”

Disc One combines R.E.M.’s first and second performances on MTV Unplugged, along with the outtakes that debuted earlier this year on the audio release, Unplugged: The Complete 1991 And 2001 Sessions. Disc Two opens with the band’s 1998 VH1 Storytellers performance, including two songs–“New Test Leper” and “(Don’t Go Back to) Rockville”–previously unaired. Performances from various MTV award shows through the years, as well as the band’s 2007 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame round out the second disc. Two vintage performances from 1983 and 1984 are not to be missed: the first one captures the band on Livewire performing “So. Central Rain” and “Carnival of Sorts (Box Cars)” from 1983, while the next clip showcases five songs from The Cutting Edge in 1984, including a rare cover of Brownsville Station’s “Smokin’ in the Boys Room.”

The next three discs present a trove of rare live performances recorded between 1995 and 2008 in countries around the world. Of the 99 songs that are spread across these three discs, nearly half are unique song titles, offering a deep exploration of the band’s live legacy. Especially noteworthy are two massive free concerts filmed for broadcast: Live In Cologne (5/12/01) and R.E.M. Live In Athens, Greece (10/5/08). More than a dozen songs from those shows did not air during the original broadcasts. Both concerts appear here in their entirety for the first time.

(Check out this clip of “What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?,” from Cologne, Germany, (5/12/2001). Fans will recall “What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?” was the first single and video from Monster: watch here!)

Undoubtedly, the heart of this superb collection is the new feature-length documentary, “R.E.M. By MTV,” included on the final disc. Drawing exclusively on archival events, the film traces R.E.M. and MTV in real time, which makes it feel as exciting and immediate as it did when it was happening. “All the energy and momentum of both the band and the network come roaring through,” writes Anthony DeCurtis in the set’s liner notes.

R.E.M. By MTV will also premiere simultaneously on VH1 Classic and Palladia later in November, marking its first television run in the United States. Additional information about air dates will be announced on remhq.com and R.E.M. social channels, so please stay tuned.

Special bonus: if you pre-order REMTV from the remhq.com store you will receive a code that enables you to download the 2003 MTV Sonic Show in Milan, Italy (mono recording) — Not Included in the REMTV package. Vist store.remhq for more information on how to order!

REMTV Includes:

Disc 1

UNPLUGGED 1991
(04/10/91)

Half A World Away
Disturbance at the Heron House
Radio Song
Low
Perfect Circle
Fall on Me
Belong
Love is All Around
Its The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
Losing My Religion
Pop Song 89
Endgame

OUTTAKES 1991

Fretless
Swan Swan H
Rotary Eleven
Get Up
World Leader Pretend

UNPLUGGED 2001
(05/21/01)

All The Way To Reno (You’re Gonna Be A Star) *
Electrolite
At My Most Beautiful *
Daysleeper *
So. Central Rain (I’m Sorry)
Losing My Religion
Country Feedback
Cuyahoga
Imitation of Life *
Find the River

OUTTAKES 2001

The One I Love
Disappear *
Beat a Drum *
I’ve Been High *
I’ll Take the Rain *
Sad Professor *
The Great Beyond *

Disc 2

VH1 STORYTELLERS
(10/23/98)

Electrolite
Daysleeper *
Losing My Religion
Perfect Circle
Sad Professor *
Fall On Me
I’m Not Over You *
The Apologist *
Man On The Moon

STORYTELLERS – OUTTAKES

New Test Leper
Parakeet *
(Don’t Go Back To) Rockville
Suspicion *
Walk Unafraid *
At My Most Beautiful *

THE CUTTING EDGE
(06/14/84)

(Don’t Go Back To) Rockville
Driver 8
Wendell Gee
Smokin’ In The Boys Room
Time After Time (Annelise)
Driver 8

LIVEWIRE
(10/30/83)

So. Central Rain (I’m Sorry)
Carnival of Sorts (Box Cars)

MTV 10th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL
(11/10/91)
Featuring members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Losing My Religion

VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS 1993
(09/02/93)
Including Brian Harris and Duane Saetveit

Everybody Hurts
Drive

VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS 1995
(09/07/95)

The Wake-Up Bomb

EUROPEAN MUSIC AWARDS 1998
(11/12/98)

Daysleeper *

EUROPEAN MUSIC AWARDS 2001
(11/08/01)

Imitation Of Life *

ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION 2007
(03/12/07)

Begin The Begin
Gardening At Night
Man On The Moon

THE COLBERT REPORT
04/02/08)

Supernatural Superserious *

Disc 3

R.E.M. IN DALLAS
(09/19/95)

I Took Your Name
What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?
Crush With Eyeliner

R.E.M. UPLINK AT BOWERY BALLROOM
(10/28/98)

Losing My Religion
Lotus *
Daysleeper *
E-Bow The Letter
The Apologist *
So. Central Rain (I’m Sorry)
Walk Unafraid *
Man On The Moon
Radio Free Europe

LIVE IN COLOGNE
(05/12/01)

All The Way To Reno (You’re Gonna Be A Star) *
The Lifting *
Imitation Of Life *
The One I Love
She Just Wants To Be *
Walk Unafraid *
Losing My Religion
Man On The Moon
Its The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

LIVE IN COLOGNE OUTTAKES

What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?
Cuyahoga
Electrolite
I’ve Been High *
Find The River
I’ll Take The Rain *
At My Most Beautiful *
So. Central Rain (I’m Sorry)

Disc 4

R.E.M. AT THE TABERNACLE, LONDON
(03/02/99)

Losing My Religion
Daysleeper *
Walk Unafraid *
Man On The Moon
What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?
Its The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

MTV SONIC MILAN
(05/02/01)

Losing My Religion
The Great Beyond *
What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?
Daysleeper *
All The Way To Reno (You’re Gonna Be A Star) *
The Lifting *
I’ll Take The Rain *
I’ve Been High *
Man On The Moon
She Just Wants To Be *
Imitation Of Life *

ROCK AM RING
(06/03/05)

What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?
Leaving New York *
Imitation Of Life *
Electron Blue *
Man On The Moon

ROCK AM RING OUTTAKES

I Took Your Name
Bad Day
Drive
The Outsiders *
Leave
Me In Honey
Wanderlust *
Everybody Hurts
Electrolite
Orange Crush
The One I Love
Walk Unafraid *
Losing My Religion
Imitation Of Life *
The Great Beyond *
Animal *
I’m Gonna DJ *

Disc 5

LIVE AT ROLLING STONE, MILAN
(03/18/08)

Living Well Is The Best Revenge *
Drive
Accelerate *
Hollow Man *
Electrolite
Houston *
Supernatural Superserious *
Bad Day
Losing My Religion
I’m Gonna DJ *
Horse To Water *
Imitation Of Life *
Until The Day Is Done *
Man On The Moon

LIVE AT OXEGEN FESTIVAL
(07/12/08)

What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?
Drive
Its The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
Man-Sized Wreath *
I’m Gonna DJ *
Supernatural Superserious *
Man On The Moon

R.E.M. IN ATHENS, GREECE
(10/05/08)

Living Well Is The Best Revenge *
What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?
Drive
Man-Sized Wreath *
Bad Day
Electrolite
(Don’t Go Back To) Rockville
The Great Beyond *
The One I Love
Losing My Religion
Let Me In
Orange Crush
Imitation Of Life *
Supernatural Superserious *
Man On The Moon

Disc 6

R.E.M. BY MTV

DELETED SCENES

Peter
Politics
Golf
The Hornblower Affair
The Year 2000

Record Store Day‘s website has unveiled a full list of Black Friday releases.  David Bowie will release “Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime),” Faith No More will release “Motherfucker,” and Mother Love Bone will unveil two previously unreleased recordings “Hold Your Head Up/Holy Roller.”  “Holy Roller” is an alternate take, and “Hold Your Head Up” is an Argent cover.  See the full list below, and then head to your local record store on November 28th.

5 Seconds Of Summer
5 Seconds of Summer
Format: 12″ Picture Disc

Aaliyah
Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number
Format: 12″ Colored Vinyl

The Afghan Whigs
Gentlemen at 21
Format: 12″ Vinyl

Against Me!
The Daytrotter Sessions
Format: 7″ Vinyl

Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force
Planet Rock
Format: 12″ Vinyl

Beatles
Long Tall Sally
Format: 7″ Vinyl

Bleachers
Strange Desire (The Demos)
Format: 12″ Colored Vinyl

Bon Jovi
Live 2
Format: 10″ Picture Disc

David Bowie
Sue (Or In A Season of Crime)
Format: 10″ Vinyl

The Bug Vs. Earth
Boa/Cold
Format: 12″ Vinyl

Chvrches
Under The Tide
Format: 12″ Colored Vinyl

Miles Davis
Blue Xmas
Format: 7″ Vinyl

Miles Davis
Miles Davis: The Prestige 10 Inch LPs Collection Vol. 1
Format: 10″ Vinyl Box Set

Miles Davis
Enigma
Format: 10″ Vinyl

Dead Milkmen
Big Lizard in My Backyard
Format: 12″ Colored Vinyl

Decemberists
Black Friday 7″
Format: 7″ Vinyl

Ramin Djawadi
Game of Thrones
Format: 12″ Vinyl

The Doors/Peter LaFarge
Honor The Treaties
Format: 12″ Vinyl

Fantomas
Wunderkammer
Format: Vinyl Box Set

First Aid Kit
America
Format: 10″ Vinyl

Fishbone
Truth and Soul
Format: 12″ Colored Vinyl

The Flaming Lips
Imagene Peise–Atlas Eets Christmas
Format: 12″ Vinyl

Game Theory
Pointed Accounts of People You Know
Format: 10″ Vinyl

Game Theory
Distortion
Format: 10″ Vinyl

Genesis
From Genesis to Revelation
Format: 12″ Vinyl

Gov’t Mule
Stoned Side of the Mule Vol. 1
Format: 12″ Vinyl

The Grateful Dead
11/18/72 Hofheinz Pavilion, Houston TX
Format: 12″ Vinyl

Green Day
Tune In, Tokyo
Format: 12″ Vinyl

Billie Holiday
At Storyville
Format: 12″ Vinyl

Hozier
In The Woods Somewhere
Format: 10″ Vinyl

Husker Du
Warehouse: Songs and Stories
Format: 12″ Vinyl

Chrissie Hynde
Stockholm Live at the 229 Club, London, England
Format: 10″ Colored Vinyl

Iron Butterfly
Heavy
Format: 12″ Vinyl

The JB’s
These Are The JB’s
Format: 12″ Vinyl

Waylon Jennings
Louisiana Man, Kentucky Woman
Format: 7″ Colored Vinyl

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
Format: Book

Judas Priest
5 Souls
Format: 10″ Colored Vinyl

Korn
KORN
Format: 2 x 12″ Vinyl

Jenny Lewis
Pax-Am Sessions
Format: 7″ Vinyl

Little Richard
Little Richard
Format: 12″ Vinyl

J. Mascis
Fade Into You/Outside
Format: 7″ Vinyl

Mastodon
The Motherload
Format: 12″ Picture Disc

Metallica
Lords of Summer
Format: 12″ Vinyl

Ennio Morricone
The Good, The Bad And The Ugly Soundtrack
Format: 12″ Vinyl

Mother Love Bone
Hold Your Head Up
Format: 7″ Vinyl

New Order
1981-1982
Format: 12″ Vinyl

Conor Oberst
Standing on the Outside Looking In/Sugar Street
Format: 7″ Vinyl

Roy Orbison
At The Rock House
Format: 12″ Vinyl

Outkast
Player’s Ball
Format: 10″ Vinyl

Rammelzee V. K-Rob
Beat Bop
Format: 12″ Vinyl

Joey Ramone
Christmas Spirit… In My House
Format: 10″ Vinyl

The Ramones
Morrissey Curates The Ramones
Format: 12″ Vinyl

Rockabye Baby!
Lullaby Renditions of Jay-Z
Format: 12″ Colored Vinyl

Ronnie James Dio/Dio & Friends
Dio and Friends Stand Up and Shout For Cancer
Format: 12″ Picture Disc

Run Dmc
Christmas In Hollis
Format: 7″ Vinyl

Joe Satriani
Joe Satriani EP
Format: 12″ Vinyl

Ed Sheeran
Thinking Out Loud/I’m A Mess
Format: 7″ Vinyl

Bessie Smith
At The Christmas Ball
Format: 7″ Vinyl

Sneakers
Sneakers
Format: 10″ Vinyl

South Park
James Cameron/My Bitch Ain’t No Hobbit
Format: 7″ Picture Disc

Phil Spector and Various Artists
A Christmas Gift For You
Format: 12″ Colored Vinyl

St. Vincent
Pieta
Format: 10″ Vinyl

They Might Be Giants
Flood
Format: 12″ Colored Vinyl

Johnny Thunders
Looking For Johnny
Format: 12″ Colored Vinyl

Various Artists
For The People Part 1
Format: 7″ Vinyl Box Set

Various Artists
Christmas Rap
Format: 12″ Colored Vinyl

Various Artists
Little Miss Sunshine
Format: 12″ Colored Vinyl

Various Artists
Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1
Format: Cassette

Various Artists
This Warm December A Brushfire Holiday Vol. 1
Format: 12″ Vinyl

Various Artists
The Big Lebowski
Format: 12″ Vinyl

Various Artists
Frozen
Format: 7″ Picture Disc

The Velvet Underground
Live MXMXCIII
Format: 12″ Vinyl

Wham!
Last Christmas
Format: 12″ Vinyl

Wu Tang Clan
C.R.E.A.M.
Format: 10″ Picture Disc

Neil Young
Official Release Series Discs 5-8
Format: Vinyl Box Set

Neil Young
Zuma
Format: T-Shirt

Neil Young
On The Beach
Format: T-Shirt

Neil Young
Time Fades Away
Format: T-Shirt

RSD Limited Run / Regional Focus Release

The Acacia Strain
The Dead Walk
Format: 12″ Colored Vinyl

Death Grips
Government Plates
Format: 12″ Vinyl

Lizzy Mercier Descloux
Fire/Morning Light (duet with Patti Smith)
Format: 7″ Colored Vinyl

Five Finger Death Punch
Purgatory
Format: 12″ Picture Disc

Lee Hazlewood/Various Artists
There’s A Dream I’ve Been Saving: Lee Hazlewood Industries 1966 – 1971
Format: Vinyl Box Set

Korn
The Paradigm Shift
Format: 12″ Picture Disc

Ben Kweller
It Ain’t Christmas Yet
Format: 7″ Colored Vinyl

Los Straitjackets
Los Straitjackets Play Some of the Great Instrumental Hits
Format: 10″ Vinyl

Wayne McGhie and The Sounds of Joy
McGhie, Wayne and The Sounds of Joy
Format: 12″ Vinyl

Mewithoutyou
Eastenders Wives
Format: 12″ Vinyl

Peter Murphy
Mr. Moonlight Tour 35 Years of Bauhaus
Format: 10″ Vinyl

Penny Arkade
Not The Freeze
Format: 12″ Vinyl

Ra Ra Riot
Two Hearts Beat As One
Format: 7″ Vinyl

STRFKR
Astronaut/Little Lover
Format: 7″ Vinyl

Johnny Thunders
Real Times EP 1978
Format: 10″ Colored Vinyl

Umphrey’s McGee
Seven Inches
Format: 7″ Vinyl

‘RSD First’ Release

Dave Matthews Band
Recently
Format: 10″ Vinyl

Diplo
F10rida
Format: CD

Diplo
F10rida
Format: 12″ Vinyl

Echosmith
Cool Kids
Format: 12″ Picture Disc

Faith No More
Motherfucker
Format: 7″ Vinyl

Jimi Hendrix
Hear My Music
Format: 12″ Vinyl

Imagine Dragons
Night Visions
Format: 12″ Picture Disc

The Kinks
Muswell Hillbillies
Format: 2 x 12″ Vinyl

Leftover Salmon
High Country
Format: CD

Elvis Presley
Showroom Internationale
Format: 12″ Vinyl

Various Artists
American Hustle
Format: 2 x 12″ Colored Vinyl

Various Artists
Jingle Bell Rock
Format: DVD

Various Artists
Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1
Format: Cassette

Pearl Jam put on another unforgettable show last night in Milwaukee, performing Yield and also covering The Who’s “Baba O’Riley” with Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen. Nielsen is a busy man, as he performed with Foo Fighters on David Letterman last week, is featured on the band’s new single “Something From Nothing,” and also appeared in a prominent role in the Sonic Highways HBO premiere last week.

Pearl Jam performed No Code in its entirety a few days ago in Moline, also debuting a new track titled “Moline.” You can read our full report from that show by clicking here.

11 rough mixes from Pearl Jam’s self titled 2006 (Avocado) album sessions also leaked over the weekend. Check out our review below in case you missed it. The tracklisting is as follows:

1. 2X4 (Fast/Instrumental) – 4:24
2. The Only Cloud In The Sky (Instrumental) – 4:49
3. Life Wasted (Vocal Rough Mix) – 4:13
4. Severed Hand (Vocal Rough Mix) – 4:12
5. The Bigger The Wave (Vocal Rough Mix) – 3:01
6. Open Door (Vocal Rough Mix) – 6:25
7. Rearranged Furniture (Instrumental) – 4:04
8. Rearranged Priorities (Instrumental) – 4:19
9. 10 Billion Years (Vocal Rough Mix) – 6:00
10. Lucky 13 (Litho Demo) – 4:29
11. Breeze In D (Instrumental) – 5:10

The collection is labeled ‘Rough Mixes 02 April 05.’ Not too long ago “Let It Ride” and “Cold Confession” from the Avocado sessions also leaked, while this material is far less developed than those tracks, there is far more experimental and interesting material here. “2X4″ is an instrumental demo, and it is the highlight of this leak. It easily sounds like it could have been the first track off of Avocado had Eddie Vedder put a melody and lyrics to the song. The track has a bit of a Vitalogy feel, with elements that also would have fit in very well with the mid 2000’s indie rock sound that was prevalent at the time (think The Walkmen).

“The Only Cloud In The Sky” is a quieter experimental instrumental, with an ethereal feel. The only comparison I can think of when it comes to other Pearl Jam material, is maybe “Sleight of Hand.” The vocal rough mixes of “Life Wasted,” “Severed Hand,” and “Big Wave” are just what they are described as, rough vocal mixes. You get to hear the songs in a bit of a less developed form. Vedder’s definitely just trying to get the melody down on “Life Wasted,” as his performance clearly isn’t Ed completely going for it. Instrumentally though, the outro works way better here.

“Open Door” is an unreleased track that features vocals from Ed, but he’s just mumbling trying to create a melody with no real lyrics. “Open Door” is my least favorite out of the unreleased tracks here, it is a bit long and meanders, though it obviously could have become something had Vedder actually finished his melody and written lyrics, or if Brendan O’Brien had been brought in to help the band ‘put a bit of fixin’ on it.’

“Rearranged Furniture” is a loose jam, with some nice riffs, but it doesn’t have as much promise as some of the other demos. “Rearranged Priorities” mixes electric and acoustic guitar, and instantly sounds like it could have been a song. It sounds like it could have fit on Riot Act, which is a great thing to me (Riot Act >>>>> Avocado). “10 Billion Years” features Stone Gossard on vocals and has a country type vibe, kind of like “Thin Air.” It’s easy to imagine Ed singing this, solid track.

Many are guessing that “Lucky 13″ is a Matt Cameron song, due to similarities to Wellwater Conspiracy, and the rhythmic feel of the song. The main riff is very memorable, it actually sound like it could be a midtempo Soundgarden riff. “Breeze In D” just kind of moves along, picking up some crunch along the way, it’s easy to see why they didn’t pursue the idea though.

Overall though this is a pretty cool collection of material, and gives fans a real insight into Pearl Jam’s creative process. The highlights are “2X4,” “10 Billion Years,” and “Rearranged Priorities.”

Pearl Jam are about to wrap their current tour, check PearlJam.com for more.

Pearl Jam performed their 1998 album Yield last night in Milwaukee. Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen also joined the band to perform “Baba O’Riley,” just a week after performing with Foo Fighters. Ed sang some lines from “Surrender,” but sang about Mike and Rick being alright instead of Mommy and Daddy.

After this, the band played Yield, dedicating “Given To Fly” to Aaron Rodgers. Ed said regarding Push Me, Pull Me, “This song was not a radio single. This was back when we felt we had the trust of the audience. Obviously, we still do.” Ed joked that they were going to play Lost Dogs after Yield, before kicking into “Even Flow” to the dismay of many Ten Clubbers who were probably about to wet their pants.

Walk On Music: (Untitled)

Setlist:
Pendulum
Mind Your Manners
Corduroy
Lightning Bolt
Baba O’Riley (The Who cover)
Yield
Brain of J.
Faithfull
No Way
Given to Fly
Wishlist
Pilate
Do the Evolution
MFC
Low Light
In Hiding
Push Me, Pull Me
All Those Yesterdays
Even Flow
Sirens
Rats
Setting Forth (Eddie Vedder song)
Rearviewmirror

Encore:
Sleeping By Myself (Eddie Vedder song)
Just Breathe
I Won’t Back Down (Tom Petty cover)
Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town
Got Some
Jeremy
Lukin
Porch

Encore 2:
Crazy Mary (Victoria Williams cover)
Black
Alive
Fuckin’ Up (Neil Young cover)
Yellow Ledbetter
The Star-Spangled Banner (John Stafford Smith cover)

Walk Out Music:
“Hummus” from “Yield”

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As 1993 came to a close and Alice In Chains were wrapping up touring for Dirt, the band spontaneously decided to book a new recording session, and what came of it was the Jar of Flies EP, released in January 1994.  Most of the material on the EP was written on the spot, with the band working out the music to songs, and then sending them to Layne Staley upstairs where we would create his melodies and lyrics.  Here is an oral history of the recording of Jar of Flies, over 20 years after its release.

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Toby Wright: They were hot off Lollapalooza, coming out of Australia, and they were just hot after that whole tour, and they came right into the studio. It was funny, when Jerry was in Australia, he asked me if I wanted to do an EP with them. I said, ‘Absolutely, yeah, send me some songs.’ He said, ‘Yeah okay, I’ve got like 17 of them. They won’t make it up there in time, because we’re on our way back, and we’d like to meet you in the next week or two up in Seattle.’ I was like, ‘Okay cool, let’s do it.’ (2014 The Double Stop Interview)

Layne Staley: We had just gotten off the road where we had traveled something like 50,000 miles, and played ear-blasting music every night. We just wanted to go into the studio for a few days with our acoustic guitars and see what happened. (1994 Hit Parader Interview)

Toby Wright: So we all got to the control room, I was like, ‘Hey, what about those songs?’ He’s like, ‘Funny thing about those song.’ I said, ‘What?’ He responded, ‘I don’t have any.’ I asked, ‘What do you got?’ He said, ‘I’ve got a chorus of something, I’ll just play it, we’ll see what happens.’ He said, ‘Do you mind if we jam for the next 10 days?’ I was thinking in my head, ‘Jam with the best band in the world? Fuck yeah, let’s just jam for the next 10 days and see what happens.’ (2014 The Double Stop Interview)

Jerry Cantrell: That was a really fun record to make, it was super spontaneous. We wrote and recorded those songs in 7 days, with the except of “Don’t Follow,” which I’d written on a previous European tour. We came in the studio and didn’t have any ideas, nobody came in with anything concrete, which was really weird, because usually I’d bring in a couple, or Layne would bring in a couple, or whatever. We didn’t have nothing on that one, we just totally winged it, and we had a great record. (1998 Media America Radio Interview)

Toby Wright: The attitude in the room was, whatever happens, happens. If it comes out, it comes out, if it doesn’t, we had fun trying. It was the first EP to debut at number 1. (2014 The Double Stop Interview)

Jerry Cantrell: “Whale And Wasp” was another song that I had lying around for a while. In fact, its one of my earliest pieces of music – I was probably around 18 or 19 when I wrote it. So when we started writing ‘Jar Of Flies’ I had to remember how the song went. Mike talked about putting some strings on the record, and we though ‘Whale And Wasp’ would be a good song for that. As for why I called it ‘Whale And Wasp,’ I did so because that’s basically what it sounded like to me – a conversation between whales and wasps. (1994 Guitar School Interview)

Layne Staley: [The Jar of Flies title] came from a science experiment Jerry Cantrell did when he was in the third grade. They gave him two jars full of flies. One of the jars they overfed, the other jar they underfed. The one they overfed flourished for a while, then all the flies died from overpopulation. The one they underfed had most of the flies survive all year. I guess there’s a message in there somewhere. Evidently that experiment had a big impact on Jerry. (1994 Hit Parader Interview)

Jerry Cantrell: “Rotten Apple” and “I Stay Away” were songs that Mike came up with on bass, and then I massaged it with my guitar to make them come alive. Besides the stuff on the ‘Last Action Hero’ soundtrack, this was the first material we’ve written with Mike. He’s a really talented guy, and he adds a lot to the band. It was important for us to know that he could do that.  (1994 Guitar School Interview)

Layne Staley: We never really planned on the music we made at that time to be released. But the record label heard it, and they really liked it. It was more their idea to release it than it was ours. For us, it was just the experience of four guys getting together in the studio and making some music. (1994 Hit Parader Interview)