“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.
“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.
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)
Animal – MTV VMAs – 9/2/93 Universal City, CA
Whipping – 4/3/94 Atlanta, GA
In My Tree – No Code (1996)
Faithfull – Yield (1998)
Grievance – 8/27/00 Saratoga Springs, NY
Half Full – Chop Suey video – 9/6/02 Seattle, WA
Life Wasted – Letterman – 5/4/06 New York, NY
Got Some – 8/28/09 San Francisco, CA
Down – 7/18/06 San Francisco, CA