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Rolling Stone mag article

Pearl Jam are almost finished with their follow-up to 2002's Riot Act. The band plans to spend the next three weeks in the studio recording vocals and mixing. If all goes according to plan, the yet-to-be-titled disc could be released as early as May.

"There's a lot more up-tempo stuff," says drummer Matt Cameron. "It's a lot more rockin' than our last one." Song titles like "Severed Hand," "Worldwide Suicide" and "2x4" seem to reflect that harder edge. Though the track listing has not been finalized, other candidates include "Marker" and "Cold Concession."

Cameron, who teamed with guitarist Mike McCready on the track "Unemployable," characterizes the sessions as more collaborative. "We reworked everything together in the studio," he says. "It's a really healthy environment -- everyone really just wants to dig in and make the songs as good as they can be."

Pearl Jam hope to support the new record with a summer tour.

(Posted Mar 15, 2005)

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From the Fri. March 18th Seattle P-I:

Gossard said Pearl Jam hadn't yet decided what it will play during its set. But the group is currently working on songs for its next album for BMG Records after leaving its longtime label Epic. The album is due next year.

"There's a lot of excitement, as well as a lot of songs that we're very excited about. But until we all step into a room and say, 'OK it's done,' we just don't know when the process is going to stop," he said. "We're not approaching the goal line yet."


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Northwest School benefit show review

Just for the sake of keeping all the recent news together in one thread, particularly since they played a new song on Friday night...

Review plus pics:


See, if you haven't already, for their show notes and an .mp3 of the new tune.



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RE: Rolling Stone mag article

Hi Sarah,
How are you? I wanted to post that photo a couple of days ago and wasn't able to paste it into the body of the thread... I use Netscape, I wonder if it has anything to do with it. May I ask you how you did it?


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I don't know whether your using Netscape is causing the problem... I use Internet Explorer, and I've been able to post things to the Board simply by hiliting the contents of the webpage or article in question (including any pics) and then right-clicking, Copying and Pasting.


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Hello Sarah,
Yes, has to be Natscape, I've tried all of the above and it didn't work, also, all the simple text editing is impossible... thanks for the info, take care,


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Edited By Jonathan Cohen. April 07, 2005, 3:40 PM ET

Pearl Jam Halfway Home On New Album

Pearl Jam is progressing on its eighth studio album in Seattle. Guitarist Mike McCready tells the band has "about 20-25" songs in the hopper, comprising "some ballads and some pretty harder stuff, and some Who-ish type-stuff."

In addition, McCready says Pearl Jam is approaching the project from a new angle. "How we're recording it is a first," he says. "We've been recording for awhile, and then we'll sit down and listen to the songs and then take a couple of weeks off, come back and re-record them and add stuff. We generally just go in, do some demos and record."

McCready is hoping the as-yet-untitled album will be out before the end of the year, with a tour to follow. The set will be Pearl Jam's first for J Records/BMG, following the dissolution of its career-long relationship with Epic.

However, the guitarist says Pearl Jam is "not anywhere close to being done. We're about halfway there. It's going to be a really awesome record, and I'm not just saying that like every band member says it. It's been really exciting."

The opportunity to revisit and potentially add to songs has been a welcome one, the guitarist says. "I've woken up a few times and had a riff going in my head that I really liked, say, of [bassist] Jeff [Ament]'s or something," he offers. "It's like, OK, cool. That one is sticking in my head. I want to keep doing that. Let's do that. Whereas before, you'd just do it and it'd be done."

Last month during a benefit at Seattle's Paramount Theatre, the band unveiled a fast, punky song co-written by McCready with guitarist Stone Gossard, tentatively titled "Crapshoot Rapture."

"I'm certainly by no means a punk rocker at all," McCready says with a laugh. "But, the guys in my band are. Jeff and Stone and Ed have that in them, and those guys bring that out of me. We have this joke that my punk is more Dio-like."

As previously reported, McCready will lead the U.F.O. tribute band Flight To Mars at a benefit tomorrow (April 8) at Seattle's Showbox for the Northwest chapter of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation. Earlier in the day, he will serve as the featured speaker at a CCFA luncheon at Seattle's Westin.

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