When Pearl Jam began working on their sixth album, ‘Binaural,’ in 1999, they went in with a different set of priorities. For starters, they weren’t using producer Brendan O’Brien, who helped shape every Pearl Jam album since their second, 1993’s ‘Vs.’ Instead, they recruited Tchad Blake, best known for the textured soundscapes he applied to records by Los Lobos and Tom Waits, to co-produce with them. And because of Blake’s experimental approach to record making, the band itself adapted a more probing tone on ‘Binaural.’
You’ve seen them at parties, lurking in the corner, waiting to engage in battle disguised as conversation. They’re indie rock know-it-alls, and no matter what band or musician you mention, they’ve got an opinion — strong and almost certainly negative — ready to ram down your throat
To commemorate its 15th anniversary, the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience has announced the first 15 acts on this year’s lineup. Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails and Paramore are just a few of the groups set to perform at the three-day bash, which comes to the New Orleans City Park Festival Grounds on Nov. 1-3.
Ever since their 1991 debut album, 'Ten,' Pearl Jam's songs have served as a sort of cathartic outlet for fans. Their music -- a hard-rock pulse steered by punk instincts at first, more introspective in the later years -- certainly encourages fist-pumping, singalong action. But their lyrics, most penned by singer Eddie Vedd
Apparently, we were wrong in reported recently that Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger was in the studio laying down tracks for the next Pearl Jam album -- but we weren't the only ones. Numerous news organizations were misled by a tweet from Einziger that featured the above photo and caption "in the studio with my girl and Eddie Vedder, recording strings for Pearl Jam’s new album."
Pearl Jam are making progress on their new album, and it will feature a contribution from Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger. How do we know his? Well, for one thing, the axeman tweeted a photo of himself, his lady love and the one and only Eddie Vedder, frontman for PJ, revealing that he is "recording strings" for the new platter. That's just about all the proof we need that stuff is happening.
A new supergroup is in the works, Rolling Stone reports, and it features Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready, former Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan and onetime Screaming Trees' drummer Barrett Martin. The as-yet-unnamed unit still needs a vocalist, but the search is on for singers to help them crystallize their ideas and form some new ones.