July 12, 2011 – Billings, MT – MetraPark
(Photo by Skip Milos, Tampa Bay Rays)
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon likes to make things fun for his players, and one of the ways he has done so is by organizing theme-related dress codes for road trips.
For instance, when the team left Detroit recently, Maddon had the traveling party wear T-shirts and caps representing their favorite domestic automakers. When the Rays leave Seattle on Sunday and head for Anaheim to play the Angels, it will be Beach Boys-wear. For a red-eye to Baltimore from Anaheim, the Rays will have a “sleepover” with pajamas and loungewear.
Which brings us to the picture above, taken as the Rays were about to board a bus to the airport for their flight to Seattle after Wednesday’s 3-0 loss to Texas at Tropicana Field.
Maddon’s theme for the trip to Seattle for a four-game series which begins with tonight’s pitching duel between Felix Hernandez and James Shields, was the obvious: Grunge. And he solicited the Rays’ Grunge-meister, Johnny Damon, to customize the players’ shirts for the occasion. Damon, who likes to wear his T-shirts with the sleeves cut off, warmed up to the task.
You can see his handiwork in the photo above, sent out by the Rays. Damon is in the front row, second from the left. Maddon is front and center. Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times was particularly taken with third-base coach Tom Foley, who is to Maddon’s right (fifth from the left in the front row).
Eddie Vedder and Chris Cornell were unavailable for comment.
The recording of Pearl Jam’s 10th studio album is underway earlier than anticipated, according to RollingStone.com. The site caught up with frontman Eddie Vedder at the Los Angeles studio where the band has been working, noting that the project is “coming together faster than the band expected.” Vedder remarked at the beginning of the interview, “I don’t want to jinx it, but it’s on!”
In case some didn’t pick up on it (I’m sure most have since other sites have reported it) but the new Foo Fighters video “Walk” is a homage to director Joel Schumacher’s 1993 film Falling Down, starring Michael Douglas and Robert Duvall. The film is about a man who goes crazy and starts randomly attacking and killing people in the streets of Los Angeles while attempting to go to his daughter’s birthday party at his estranged ex-wife’s home. I watched the film for the first time about a year ago and it’s a solid flick that seems to reflect 90’s society well. Much better than Shumacher’s infamous ‘Batman & Robin’ released in 1997, below are clips from Batman & Robin and Falling Down.
DigitalRevertion posted this on the GrungeReport.net forums.
Still slated for a September 1st release, BC has unveiled the tracklisting on Twitter. Titles are subject to change. And if we assume no song titles were changed prior, only two of these have been heard before.
Four Winds Chime
My Love Is Winter (played live in Summer/Fall 2010)
Quasar (played in exclusive fan soundchecks during summer 2010 tour)
The new Pearl Jam 20 book, the companion piece to the documentary of the same name, has some big names contributing to it.
Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young and Dave Grohl will all provide something for the book, which will be released on September 13. It was put together by authors Jonathan Cohen and Mark Wilkinson and is being described as an “aesthetically stunning, definitive chronicle of the band’s past two decades”. It will include personal drawings, notes and behind-the-scenes information.
Springsteen, Young and Grohl were interviewed by director Cameron Crowe for the book’s forward. Crowe also put together a soundtrack to accompany the documentary about the band that he directed.
There is a great new interview up with Eddie Vedder on Surfline.com. Some really great stories from Eddie, here are a couple of excerpts from the article. First off, Eddie talking about reality television and American Idol:
“I think everybody should own a ukulele. People need a way to express themselves, they just do. It’s not like they don’t have time to learn because obviously, they’re watching shit like American Idol. Reality Shows offer nothing but hollow versions and the lowest common denominator of American lifestyles in 2011. I suggest turning off the TV and pick up the ukulele.”
Amen Eddie! Here is a quote from Eddie about how surfing to him relates to songwriting:
“The good songs ain’t ten yards offshore, being out there for ten minutes and coming back in and going back out. You gotta go deep, and get into some kind of mad-scientist phase at some point, to where the good stuff is. Like when you wake up the next morning and look at it or listen to it, whatever you’ve done and you don’t even really remember. It’s your voice, your handwriting but you don’t remember doing it. You gotta get to an extraordinary circumstance sometimes to get to the good stuff.”
This article (in Portuguese), from a Brazilian news website, says there are David Byrne, Will Oldham and Lanegan’s songs on the soundtrack of This Must Be The Place, among musics by other artists. The journalist watched the movie at Cannes Festival. But he doesn’t mention what Mark’s song it can be, if it’s a new one, an old one, a cover, etc…
Rocker Eddie Vedder has publicly thanked The Who’s Pete Townshend for giving him an appreciation of the ukelele.
The Pearl Jam star is set to release an album full of ukelele music – and he insists it’s all the result of listening to Townshend’s strumming on The Who’s Blue Red and Grey.
Explaining the song helped “legitimise the instrument”, Vedder tells RollingStone.com, “I thanked Pete profusely, but I should probably send him some dough (money), or a nice ukulele. I think I owe it to him at this point.”