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.
There are a lot of bands I love and a wealth of genres of music on my iPod, but there is one band that will go down in history as my favorite — Pearl Jam. I discovered the band at 12 and it changed my relationship to music forever — two decades, 10 live shows later, and many discarded flannel shirts later, I am still just as moved by their music as I was back then; I’m just better at containing my hysterical shrieks. This week, the band celebrates their 20th anniversary with the release of “Pearl Jam 20,” a documentary film directed by Cameron Crowe which tells the real story of how the band came to be and how they’ve survived this long. (A week-long run in select theaters starting on Friday and the movie will air on TV in October.) In addition to the film, the band has released a double-disc soundtrack filled with rare demos and live performances, as well as a book documenting their 20 years together. If you are a fan, you need both, trust me. Right now, I am singing along to the demo version of “Nothing As It Seems,” while looking at old photos of Jeff Ament and wondering whether he kept all his ugly hats. As Eddie sings in a tune he recently penned for the occasion, I’m so glad they’ve made it “to when it all got good.”
It’s new release Tuesday, so it’s time to take the latest tunes for a spin. This week Pearl Jam gets de-grunged, Basement Jaxx bring down the house, Sean Kingston burns it on the dance floor, and David Gray belts out some tunes, just for you. So, let’s get into the groove, after the jump. Keep reading »
Chances are, if you’re between the ages of 25-40, you owned Pearl Jam’s debut album Ten as a teenager or twentysomething. The album was released 18 years ago and to celebrate, the band is re-releasing the record, newly remastered, with bonus tracks, including “Brother,” “Just a Girl,” “2,000 Mile Blues” and “Evil Little Goat.” Out today, the deluxe version also comes with a DVD of previously unreleased 1992 Pearl Jam MTV Unplugged performance, an LP of the band’s 1992 “Drop in the Park” concert, and a replica of Pearl Jam three-song demo cassette with Eddie Vedder’s original vocal dubs, among other obsessive additions. The one letdown? They didn’t redesign the album cover artwork, which is possibly among the lamest in history. [$27.99 for the double disc CD plus DVD or $124.99 for the collector's edition, Amazon] Keep reading »
I’ve been majorly crushing on Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder since I was 13, lived in San Diego, and made my mom drive past this house I swore he probably lived in when he was a resident of my fair city before becoming famous. Even though I’ve matured past doing drive-by’s (I don’t have a car, anyway), my love for the lusciously maned singer has not waned (ooh, rhyme!). Which is why I am seriously pissed that the tour he just announced in support of his solo effort, the soundtrack to Sean Penn’s Into The Wild, is only hitting the West Coast. Umm, Eddie, where is the love for the Midwest, South, and East Coast? Nevertheless, he is such an eternal Hot Piece of Ass, I had to celebrate him today and take this opportunity to let my bosses know I will be out of the office for a few days in April. [MSNBC] Keep reading »