“A little birdie tweeted us to say “we should have our Ten Club memberships & addresses up to date by the 5th of December.” Then he flew away tweeting something that we thought sounded like, “Cheerio, Auf Wiedersehen, Farvel…” Source: Pearl Jam Forum
Hey 10C, you got 20 minutes left for your big announcement (mid-european-time 🙂 ) … but a 2012 European Tour would just blow my mind!
“Well, it’s that time of year again… Election day is Tuesday and I thought I’d try a little experiment with U.S. political history to inform and inspire. I’ll let you listen and decide whether it ultimately works or not. For me the exercise showed that for as much as things have progressed and changed in this country, too many things continue to stay the same. That might be enough temptation for some to let their apathy overcome them and sit this election out. I have a hard time resigning myself to the notion that my vote doesn’t matter. I’ll be educating myself and making my voice heard and I encourage you to do the same.
Although all the talks at the TEDxZurich 2011 were very good and interesting, some of them were just great and astonishing / breathtaking / funny. Here’s a quick selection of some of those.
Molly Corckett – Can pills change our morals?
Molly Crockett‘s talk was one of the best of the day. She and here team isolated a certain chemical which can change your morals. Just watch the talk and see for yourself. If you’re interested in the moral dilemma (utilitarianism vs. deontology) have a look at the lecture Justice with Michael Sandel from Harvard University. You can even download these lectures as podcast with iTunes.
Satyabrata Dam – Journey to the ends of the world
Satyabrata was unbelievably funny and unbelievably impressive. He himself titled his talk “35 years of vertical nonsense in 18 minutes“. With lots of beautiful pictures and stories about the most hostile places on earth, this talk will stick with me for a long time. And then there was his sense of humor.. I think we had more fun being on stage, then anyone else that day. But see for yourself.
Jojo Mayer – Exploring the distance between zero and one
One of when not the best drummer in the world talks about the emergence of rhythm culture and its relationship to today’s technology & communication. And he plays the drums 🙂
Eleanor Dobson – Daily Life in Extreme Science
Eleanor gives us a nice insight into CERN’s research, especially the ATLAS-experiment and how it is to work as a scientist at CERN. She explains what happens, when particles collide at almost the speed of light.
“Ed is appearing at Neil Young’s annual Bridge School Benefit this weekend at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA. If you’re not lucky enough to be there in person, you can apparently stream online here. You can also support the cause and relive highlights from years past with a new 25th Anniversary DVD and CD release available 10/24. Here on ATS #84, we’re revisiting some of PJ’s many BSB appearances dating back to 1992.
Despite taking place in a giant outdoor amphitheater, PJ’s sets at Bridge always feel pretty organic and intimate. I think part of that is due to Neil’s insistence that all the music be performed stripped-down and acoustic. This leads to some pretty cool renditions, experimentations, and collaborations.
Ultimately what makes Bridge so special are the kids that the event is recognizing and benefiting. They are present and active participants throughout the weekend and share the stage with all the bands. Neil and his wife Pegi should be commended and proud of the work they’ve done to create such a cool a event for such a worthy cause. You can learn more about the Bridge School and how to support on their website.
Donny over at allthatssacred.net just released #83 of his Unofficial Podcast for the Pearl Jam Fan 🙂 Enjoy!
“Even though it’s downtime between tour legs, the guys appear to be keeping pretty busy. I imagine they want to stay on top of their game in anticipation of November and the upcoming South American tour. 2005 set the bar pretty high. I wasn’t at any of those shows nor am I able to attend any of these upcoming gigs. Regardless, I am a huge fan of the energy on those bootlegs and recognize that this next leg is sure to be another event and spectacle. I’m thinking they maybe saved the best for last in closing out this year that has been PJ20.
Enjoy #83 as we catch up and prepare.
Olé Improv – 11/23/05 Santiago, Chile
U – 10/11/00 Maryland Heights, MO
Deep and Dark – Jack Irons – Blue Manatee (2011)
(Interstellar Overdrive) Corduroy – 11/30/05 Curitiba, Brazil
Do The Evolution – 11/25/05 Buenos Aires, Argentina
“Having fully digested the PJ20 book, movie, and soundtrack, I’m feeling pretty nostalgic as I look forward to Vancouver tonight. No more reason needed to fire up the microphone and bring you ATS #82. Hope you enjoy it and hope you are enjoying this 20 year celebration as much as I am.
Incubus will come to Zurich to play at the Hallenstadion on Nov 14, 2011 in Support of their new record If not now, when?. Not like the years before, where they played in rather small locations in Zurich, now their coming to the biggest venue in town. Let’s hope they are still able to create this intimate atmosphere we used to know from the previous gigs here.
Right in time for the big pj20 in Alpine, Donny releases ATS#81:
This podcast is probably best enjoyed in the same manner it was recorded – with a drink in hand. This for a couple of reasons… Mainly, it’s the PJ20 weekend which is cause for celebration! Just the reports trickling in from the usual suspects leave little doubt that this event will be one to remember.
However, not everyone can be there and that is cause for commiseration. I, like many of you, could not make the pilgrimage to Alpine Valley. The last few days have been a vicious cycle of checking various sites for details, expressing regret that I didn’t sell plasma and cut coupons to find a way to be there, and then scheming ways for a last minute trip that would financially ruin me. Oh yeah, and all the while imbibing copious amounts of alcohol. Ultimately, I figured it would be a lot more productive and even therapeutic to dust off the mic and reconnect with a new episode.
ATS #81 is a musical time line of all my initial favorite songs from each respective album. Picking an absolute favorite Pearl Jam song is an impossible task. If you are like me, it changes depending on your mood and what is going on is your life at the moment. These tunes are the ones that had an immediate resonance for me with each record release. Some were eventually trumped by another song that grew on me but many remain my PJ catalog stalwarts. I also try to find my podcast sea legs in providing some commentary and tired rambling.
So join me in raising a glass and toasting in celebration of the last 20 years and commiserating amongst friends!
Breath – early demo version (1990-1991)
Even Flow – re-recorded version – Alive Japanese EP (1992)
[box] Pearl Jam Twenty, the definitive portrait of the band as told by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker and music journalist, Cameron Crowe, opens in select theaters on September 20th. That same day, the Cameron Crowe curated soundtrack for the film — including 2 CDs of rare and unreleased tracks from across Pearl Jam’s 20 year history — is also available. Enjoy this live performance of “Crown Of Thorns” here as featured on the forthcoming soundtrack.[/box]
Click here to pre-order the Soundtrack and the PJ20-Book.
Pearl Jam Twenty chronicles the years leading up to the band’s formation, the chaos that ensued soon-after their rise to megastardom, their step back from center stage, and the creation of a trusted circle that would surround them—giving way to a work culture that would sustain them. Told in big themes and bold colors with blistering sound, the film is carved from over 1,200 hours of rarely-seen and never-before seen footage spanning the band’s career. Pearl Jam Twenty is the definitive portrait of Pearl Jam: part concert film, part intimate insider-hang, part testimonial to the power of music and uncompromising artists.
About the Filmmaker
CAMERON CROWE, Director, Writer, Producer
At Age 13 Cameron Crowe began his professional life as a music critic, writing for magazines such as Creem and Crawdaddy, and at 15, became a staff writer for Rolling Stone. In 1979, Crowe (then 22) went undercover as a Southern California high schooler for his book, Fast Times at Ridgemont High. He then wrote the screenplay for the film upon which it was based. In 1989, Crowe made his feature film directorial debut with Say Anything…. His other films include Jerry Maguire, Vanilla Sky, Elizabethtown and Almost Famous, which earned him an Oscar® for Best Original Screenplay. His newest narrative film, We Bought A Zoo, starring Matt Damon, will be released in December 2011.
Jeff Ament, Matt Cameron, Stone Gossard, Mike McCready and Eddie Vedder
Written and Directed by:
Cameron Crowe, Kelly Curtis, Andy Fischer and Morgan Neville