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Video of the Moment #1325: Pearl Jam

 
By on Sunday, 22nd September 2013 at 10:00 am
 

Pearl Jam‘s new video for ‘Sirens’ – their new single out of their forthcoming LP ‘Lightning Bolt’ – is filmed in near darkness, which is appropriate for its introspective nature. Watch it below.

Both the single and album will be out on the 14th of October.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQXP6TDtW0w[/youtube]

 

Video of the Moment #1303: Pearl Jam

 
By on Tuesday, 27th August 2013 at 6:00 pm
 

I’m starting to feel old. It’s one thing for the bands of the ’80s to come back and try to jump on the nostalgia bandwagon, but ’90s bands? Trent Reznor and his Nine Inch Nails were in the news for all the wrong reasons this past weekend at Reading, and now we’ve got a new Pearl Jam video. It’s for ‘Mind Your Matters’, which appears on the band’s forthcoming album ‘Lightning Bolt’, their first release of any kind since live album ‘Live on Ten Legs’ released in January 2011. Part performance and part animation, watch it unfold below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWQYYavheUA[/youtube]

 

Album Review: Pearl Jam – Live On Ten Legs

 
By on Wednesday, 26th January 2011 at 12:00 pm
 

As with so many established bands, live albums are a good way to remind your fans that you’re still here, even if you’re not in the studio recording new material. Often these are bootlegs which the band have allowed or a special concert which was recorded, however, Pearl Jam have managed to condense 8 years of touring into one album.

Recorded during the band’s 2003-2010 world tours, ‘Live On Ten Legs’ is a collection of 18 classic Pearl Jam tracks on one CD. As it is simply a collection of live tracks the flow of a concert isn’t present, which stifles the listening at times, but the production involved in recording the live sound is fantastic.

Kicking off the live extravaganza is a cover of Joe Strummer‘s ‘Arms Aloft’. Vedder’s voice suits the track perfectly and gets the blood pumping from the word go. You can feel the band’s passion and enjoyment for playing live in his voice, which is a good start as they’re one of the world’s best.

Despite having 8 years to record the live album, there was a definite nod given to Pearl Jam’s 2009 album ‘Backspacer’. ‘Got Some’ created such an atmosphere you become increasingly jealous of the crowd noises on CD. Even though Pearl Jam are recognised for being one of the Seattle grunge bands, they still know how to write huge stadium rock anthems, something this album isn’t short of.

At this point it’s relevant to mention the grungier omissions from ‘Live On Ten Legs’. Only two songs from Pearl Jam’s masterpiece ‘Ten’ make an appearance; couple this with other missing tracks and you’re left underwhelmed. There’s no ‘Even Flow’, ‘Nothingman’ or ‘Once’. However, the inclusion of ‘Rearviewmirror’ and ‘Animal’ really showcases Pearl Jam’s talent.

It’s a clash of satisfaction and annoyance that the best tracks occur at the end of the LP. Arguably the band’s most famous song, ‘Alive’, really demonstrates the quality of Pearl Jam as a live band. The whole crowd can be heard screaming along with Vedder at the top of their lungs, the chorus alone gives you chills. Similarly, ending the album on ‘Yellow Ledbetter’ couldn’t have been better. It’s a pure rock and roll song which has stood the test of time. Even though some other classics have been left out, ‘Live On Ten Legs’ is a more than gentle reminder of why Pearl Jam are considered one of the best bands on and off stage.

7/10

Watch the live video of ‘Unknown Thought’ below:[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFRQIEv6mC0[/youtube]

 

Video of the Moment #136: Pearl Jam

 
By on Thursday, 17th September 2009 at 6:00 pm
 

Pearl Jam may not be in your lexicon, especially if you weren’t old enough to have witnessed the ’90s Seattle grunge scene firsthand, you weren’t born yet, or maybe you just decided that grunge, accompanied by its dingy plaid shirts and scary looking dudes with long, unwashed hair, was a passing phase. (I own up to doing the third option when I was in grade school.) Pearl Jam, one of the acknowledged heavy hitters of that era, are now back with a new single, ‘The Fixer’.

As described above, I’m not a Pearl Jam fan from way back. But even I got into the excitement when frontman Eddie Vedder got interviewed on Zane Lowe’s Radio1 evening programme a couple weeks ago. Whenever a band comes back from years of hiatus or they’ve been around and not making hit records, people get apprehensive because they want to know, will the new material ever live up to their glory days? Will they ever get the magic back again? I don’t have “memories” to look back on like other grungeheads, so I don’t have any reference points to compare back to – but I have to say, I do like this song an awful lot. Regardless of whether you were a grunge fan back in the day or not, I say give them a chance on this go-around.

The new promo video for ‘The Fixer’ has been getting steady airplay on the video channels here in America. Watch it by going to the video’s youtube page – sadly their record company has decided not only to only provide a low quality version of the video, but also prevent embedding the video. Their loss.

‘The Fixer’ single was released on 24 August. ‘Backspacer’, Pearl Jam’s new album-length offering, will be released on 20 September via Universal Music Group.

 
 
 

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