There are few things in life that make my chest seize and my stomach flutter with that inexplicable giddy feeling as much as Pearl Jam. My favorite band since I was 12 years old, I’ve been to a dozen Pearl Jam shows, every single one of them a profound spiritual experience and the best day of my life. The band has been around for over 20+ years, fronted by the enigmatic Eddie Vedder, who turns 50 today. Oh, I’ll find a whole bunch of amazing GIFs of him. Maybe I can even find 50! I thought. And then an hour later, I had 91 GIFs sitting on my desktop. Nine more and I’d have enough for his 100th birthday post. Oops. I managed to whittle them down to 57, but goddammit, I could not bring myself to discard another seven. SUE ME. So here you go. Fifty-seven Ed GIFs in honor of his 50th birthday. Keep reading »
A number of years ago, Eddie Vedder, lead singer of the band Pearl Jam — whose 49th birthday we recently celebrated with 57 GIFs — was out on the water between the Maui and Molokai Hawaiian islands with three friends doing a little sailing, when rough waters overturned their outrigger canoe. Stranded in the ocean, far from shore, Vedder and his friends would have likely drowned if not for some local fishermen rescued them. Earlier this month, the details on that rescue came to light at a Pearl Jam show in Seattle, when Ed introduced Ashley Baxter, the little girl — now a woman — who convinced her father that she heard their cries for help and is the reason they were rescued. Vedder dedicated the song “Future Days,” which was in part inspired by that day on the ocean, to Ashley and her dad. Ashley’s brother Connor, a world champion surfer and windsurfer, wrote even more details about the rescue on his blog. Such a cool story! [Connor Baxter]
This past week was Pearl Jam Week on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” with the band playing both Thursday and Friday nights shows. Javier Bardem was a fellow guest last night, and apparently he and Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder have a longtime bromance. Who knew?! In the clip above, Javier and Ed talk about the time Javier came on stage during a show in Spain, and drunkenly addressed the crowd in Spanish, reducing them to tears for reasons Ed didn’t understand and Javier can’t remember.
Technically speaking, I was a late bloomer. I didn’t go out on a date until I was in college and I didn’t have my first real boyfriend until I was 23. But from the time I was, oh, eight years old, my fictional romantic life flourished. In my mind, I cultivated rich, deep and emotionally complex relationships with a small handful of celebrities I thought to be my soul mates. Let’s take a walk down memory lane to meet the men I’ve never actually met who have been my Valentines over the years.
Last night, a whole mess of iconic musicians got together for the epic “12-12-12″ Hurricane Sandy Relief Concert, which aired on a number of different TV networks and lasted nearly six hours. While the show was definitely lacking in female performers — where were New York City legends like Patti Smith or Bette Midler?! — it was chock full of big name acts like Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Alicia Keys (holdin’ it down for the ladies), Kanye West (wearing a controversial leather skirt), Paul McCartney, the remaining members of Nirvana, Billy Joel, and The Who. I couldn’t clip the whole show, obviously, but here are seven performances that I especially enjoyed!
Super awesome news, kids! “Portlandia” returns to IFC for its second season this Friday, but if that sounds like too long to wait for your favorite hipster satire, no worries! The second episode from this coming season is available early on the show’s Facebook page — and above. This episode — titled “One Moore Episode” — is chock full of awesome: “Battlestar Galactica”! Artisan knots! Backyard fire pits! Guest appearances by Eddie Vedder, Jeff Goldblum, and Edward James Olmos! Shit. I need more. Please post just one more episode, Carrie and Fred? I need it. Just one more. [Facebook: Portlandia]