STONE GOSSARD SAYS PEARL JAM SHOULD TOUR WITH SOUNDGARDEN, TALKS VEDDER’S INJURY

Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard was on WFPK this morning, here are some Pearl Jam notes:

On Pearl Jam touring with Soundgarden: “sounds fun, I think we should do it.”

On Eddie Vedder’s injury: Said Ed hurt his back moving a bench in the back yard, his arm went to sleep. Now he’s going through physical therapy, “He’s in the process of getting healthy right now. I think he’s improving. I think everything’s going to be fine.”

On next Pearl Jam box set: Said there will be another one, but no concrete plans yet, “”I don’t know when the next one’s coming out.”

On new Pearl Jam music: Said Pearl Jam’s best records are ahead of them.

NEWS ON EDDIE VEDDER’S NEW SONG “SKIPPING”

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“Eddie was amazing to accept this project while in the midst of so much,” says Every Mother Counts founder Christy Turlington Burns. “I spoke to him and exchanged several emails about his contribution. ‘Skipping’ is such a sweet song and I just love that his daughter Olivia has a little cameo at the start. He once wrote me saying that his girls would be proud one day that their dad contributed to such a meaningful project.”

GRUNGEREPORT.NET REVIEW OF NEW EDDIE VEDDER SONG “SKIPPING”

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder has a new track on the ‘Every Mother Counts 2012’ album titled “Skipping.” Right off the bat I love the song, it’s better than at least half of the stuff on Ukulele Songs. It’s a heartfelt love song from parent to child, and really shows a different side of Eddie. We started out with the angry young man on Ten singing about his own problems with his parents and his childhood on “Alive” and now on “Skipping” we hear Eddie as a parent himself expressing his love for his daughter. I think the lyric that shows the most growth for Eddie personally is, “All the loves lost and the one that I found, You lifted my gaze up off of the ground.”

The song opens with a child’s voice going “check check” and Eddie responding with “check check.” The child’s voice then says “daddy daddy” and Eddie starts singing. It’s a very laid back acoustic song, with a open ended melody that runs throughout the song. Very inspired lyrics from Eddie, basically about his love for his daughter and appreciating her youth. It won’t last forever, nothing does, but he tries to capture it in this song. Another theme of the song is that the love for his daughter is the type of love Eddie had sought throughout much of his life. For those who think Eddie’s gone totally soft, the song still has that dark Ed quality to it especially with some harrowing ‘ooohhhs’ at the end and some bittersweet lyrics in the song. It’s not just an ‘oh isn’t my life great now’ type of song, it’s acknowledging the road he’s traveled in life to where he is now, and how moments in life like childhood are fleeting but that love is really what conquers all.

For anybody interested in listening to the song, if you look hard enough online you’ll find it. My hint is the words that Pearl Jam’s forum moderators use to announce that tour dates are coming…tweet tweet…

theskyiscrape.com has a fantastic review up of the song.

LYRICS TO EDDIE VEDDER’S NEW SONG “SKIPPING”

Little Girl: Check check
Eddie: Check check
Little Girl: Daddy daddy

Didn’t have to ask you, just took my hand
Off we went skipping throughout the land
The sky was blue and the blood filled my head
Me and you skipping throughout the land

All of my life from beginning to end
What I remember is holding your hand
And all that I’ll cherish is that time that we’ve spent
Me and you skipping throughout the land

All the loves lost and the one that I found
You lifted my gaze up off of the ground
Forever we’ll talk and forever we’ll drown
In each other skipping around

Gravity pulls so many men down
The atmosphere breathes but not in this town
You took me away and you held me so proud
Skipping, skipping around

And all the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Could not keep me from holding your hand
When all that I wanted was something to protect
And all that I needed was your voice in my head
And all I remember from this life that I lived
Is me and you skipping throughout the land

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PEARL JAM’S STONE GOSSARD TALKS ABOUT HOW RADIO STATION HELPED GRUNGE EXPLODE

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Both Gossard and Walla recalled memories of University of Washington’s KCMU, the Seattle public radio station that was key in supporting the area’s emerging rock scene in the ’80s and early ’90s.

“[KCMU successor KEXP] is probably one of the most influential music design organizations out there in terms of their impact in Seattle, but also their impact worldwide… And the model that they’re working with… which is they’re trusting their DJs to an enormous degree to create this blend that people are going to love… Their fans are supporting it,” Gossard mused, discussing the station’s transformation from college radio hub KCMU to the current KEXP in 2001. He also cites the station’s ongoing support of Pearl Jam and his other long-running band Brad, which released a new album, “United We Stand,” this week.

He continued: “And that’s a huge key, that you can create something with it’s own fingerprint that people will feel a real emotional connection with that they will support it without a typical selling detergent model sort of rock radio. That’s exciting. That’s pretty cool.”

HOLE GUITARIST ERIC ERLANDSON CLARIFIES KURT COBAIN SOLO ALBUM RUMORS

Hole guitarist Eric Erlandson clarified the story about him claiming there was a unreleased Kurt Cobain solo album on Twitter:

@LucaChinaski @nwpassage1 i never said there was a solo album. I was misquoted. thanks tho!

Like we reported, Erlandson merely claimed that there were some acoustic demos Kurt had worked on and that he had lots of song ideas for an acoustic solo album, but that he never got to record a proper version of the album.

SMASHING PUMPKINS TO RELEASE DOUBLE ALBUM VERSION OF MACHINA, TALKING TO FLOOD ABOUT REMIXING

Here’s another excerpt from the FasterLouder interview with Billy Corgan:

Alright. Machina II is a brilliant album, have you ever thought about releasing it properly, maybe when you re-issue the others?

Yes. Our sell-out move, for Machina, is we’re going to remix the whole record and put it in its official sequence the way I’d hoped for in the beginning. I wrote it as a rock opera double album type of thing, so we’re going to remix the whole thing. I’ve already talked to Flood, and he’s been indicating he wants to be involved with that part of the process, and then we’ll finally finish the album, the way it was meant to be. How was that? Did that pass the Pitchfork meter of integrity? Me reaching into my own pockets to remix my own records so I can convince kids who didn’t like them the first time the first time to buy them again?

PEARL JAM SPEAK OUT AGAINST BACKPAGE.COM

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Pearl Jam has added their name to a list of leading musicians spoke out against the Village Voice Media-owned Backpage.com’s Adult classified section, where teens and children have been sold for sex.

“Village Voice Media has a history of being a strong advocate for the arts, reporting extensively on musicians and their work in its 13 weeklies across the country. That musicians are now speaking out against Village Voice Media’s refusal to take down the Adult section of Backpage.com where pimps advertise the sale of girls for sex is significant and should send a clear message to the company that it needs to take action to ensure no child is sexually exploited through use of its site,” Mike Mills, R.E.M.’s bassist said in a press release.

BILLY CORGAN SAYS HE’S DONE TALKING ABOUT COURTNEY LOVE

Here are some excerpts from FasterLouder‘s new interview with Billy Corgan.  BillCo took the high road here and decided not to talk negatively about Courtney Love.

In terms of those Courtney Love songs do you still have any ownership of them in a songwriting sense? Did you feel like they were your songs?
Yeah. I just don’t really want to talk about that, her, that subject anymore. I think it’s played out, I really don’t have anything else to say about it. As we say in America, water under the bridge, you know.

What about the current incarnation of the band, can you see yourself touring and recording with it for the next ten years?
I don’t like to put timeframes, because like I said I don’t take anything for granted, but I’m really happy and I hope that we stay together. I really like the band, I like the fact that everybody’s involved, I like the fact that we all participated on the album, and worked hard on it together. This is the sunny version of the band. I was in the dark version of the band, this is the sunny version, so I hope the sunny version lasts as long as possible.

You’ve said in other interviews you said you weren’t 100 percent happy with the way Zeitgeist turned out. Did you feel that way at the time, or is with hindsight?
I felt that way at the time. But that being said, I still thought it was good, or I wouldn’t have put it out. I still thought there was a lot of value there, but because people couldn’t get past it not sounding like Siamese Dream, it got kind of lumped into a category. So I when I say that, people think I mean it in terms of other things, no I meant it in terms of my own goals. It’s not like I went and said ‘let’s make Siamese Dream number two’ and I didn’t make it, ‘yeah it’s a failure’, no I went in to make an album that sounded like Zeitgeist.

I didn’t get out of it everything I would’ve wanted to get, and in hindsight I looked at it, and I’ve always been honest about saying ‘I didn’t get everything I wanted.’ But that said, I’m sorry, Jimmy and I in a room is still better than about 99 percent of the music that I’ve ever heard, outside of bands named The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Cure, Depeche Mode, Nirvana, you know the list. To have it be kind of degraded into something because it wasn’t want people wanted, that’s a different set of expectations that don’t have anything to do with me.

BILLY CORGAN SAYS HE’D BE HESISTANT TO REUNITE WITH ORIGINAL SMASHING PUMPKINS AT ROCK N’ ROLL HALL OF FAME

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When the conversation turns to another rock star who refuses to be told what to do, Axl Rose, it’s no surprise that Corgan sympathises with the lead singer who chose to boycott Guns N’ Roses’ recent Hall of Fame induction.

If Smashing Pumpkins were to receive the same honour, Corgan, too, admits it would be problematic for him to reunite with his former band mates.

“You have to understand I’ve been sued by my former band mates,” he says. “I’ve had them cost me money, crazy amounts of money, over dumb shit.

“They don’t want to participate in things that involve fans, but they still want to make their money because they were around when stuff happened.”

SCOTT WEILAND’S GUITARIST DISCUSSES NEW SONG “BREATHE”

From Doug Grean’s Facebook:

Doug Grean
Weiland and I have a song on the Avengers soundtrack coming out next Tuesday. I co-wrote, produced, recorded, mixed and played guitars. It came out well. Probably the strongest single we’ve ever put together. You can hear it here.

http://www.spinner.com/2012/04/25/scott-weiland-breathe-avengers-soundtrack/?a_dgi=aolshare_facebook

Fan
I LOVE it Doug! Was this supposed to be on HIG??

Doug Grean
it was going to be but we ran out of time.

Fan
It sounds like it belongs there…Great job, This is a Great tune!

Doug Grean
It should have been the single for that record. We would have done a lot better. In my opinion it is much stronger then “Cleveland”.

BUTCH VIG DOWNPLAYS RUMORS OF UNRELEASED KURT COBAIN SOLO TRACKS

Last week Hole guitarist Eric Erlandson revealed that Kurt Cobain was working on new solo material at the time of his death in 1994.

Butch Vig tells NME, “He was working on songs, but they were just in his head. He might have just played some songs to Eric… Around that time period he only wanted to talk about Courtney’s album. I never heard any of his new songs.”