Pearl Jam

Eddie Vedder airs first single from new solo album.

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder slips out first single ‘Longing To Belong’ from his second solo album. Antiquiet are streaming the plaintive tune here, featuring what sounds like ukulele and cello, as a precursor to his follow-up to the Into The Wild soundtrack. They suggest that other songs to appear on the album will be called ‘Satellite’, ‘You’re True’, ‘I Know’, ‘Goodbye’ and ‘Broken Hearted’. Their source also hints that the whole album will be centred around the ukulele ‘ an instrument he’s played on Pearl Jam albums, along with harmonica, accordion and electric sitar. The album’s name hasn’t been revealed yet, but is purported to be released in June

Pearl Jam celebrate 20th anniversary

Pearl Jam

Pearl Jam

Pearl Jam celebrate 20th anniversary with newly restored and expanded editions of Vs. and Vitalogy
Epic Records and Legacy Recordings will celebrate Pearl Jam’s 20th anniversary with the release of newly restored and expanded editions of Vs. and Vitalogy, the second and third albums from Pearl Jam which broke all initial Soundscan records and secured the band’s reputation as a preeminent force in American rock music.

Vs. and Vitalogy will be available in new Expanded Editions (featured three bonus tracks on each) or together in a three-disc Deluxe Edition (featuring Live at the Orpheum Theater, Boston, April 12, 1994) and Limited Edition Collector’s Box Set, on March 29th. Each album will also be released in new commemorative re-mastered vinyl editions on April 12th to coincide with Record Store Day 2011.

Pearl Jam documentary expected later this year.

Pearl Jam documentary expected later this year.

Pearl Jam documentary expected later this year.

Almost Famous director Cameron Crowe promises his Pearl Jam documentary this year. The director and the band have been working together since 2009 on a documentary to celebrate their twentieth anniversary (feeling old yet?).  The documentary, called Pearl Jam Twenty, features archive footage from their entire career, as well as live performances and interviews. Pearl Jam’s website promises the release of the documentary this year, as well as a commemorative book and an accompanying soundtrack album. Crowe is a longtime fan of the band and directed the clip to the 2009 single ‘The Fixer’ from Backspacer. The band have just released a live album, Live On Ten Legs, to kick off their anniversary, and will rerelease Vs and Vitalogy in deluxe editions, as well as play a ‘weekend bash’ sometime in the US summer.

Linkin Park give fans free bootlegs.

Linkin Park give fans free bootlegs.

Linkin Park give fans free bootlegs.

Linkin Park give fans free bootlegs. Linkin Park have worked out an innovative way to give their fans a digital encore. WENN reports that the ranty rockers will hook up with a group for ‘official’ bootlegs of their concerts so that fans can get a copy of the show they just saw. for free. There will reportedly be a short code displayed at their forthcoming shows, which fans can text to a numbers, and they will receive a link to a live recording of the concert after the show. Linkin Park’s bassist, Dave Farrell said to WENN, ‘The energy we get from our fans is what makes a great show. We wanted to show our appreciation by giving that experience back to them.’ The company that are handling the live recordings are called Basecamp Productions. Other bands that have worked with Basecamp include Pearl Jam, Jay Z, Bono, Kings of Leon, Chris Cornell, Tori Amos, Ben Harper, My Morning Jacket, Sonic Youth, Wolfmother and Disturbed.

Pearl Jam celebrate twentieth anniversary with live disc

Pearl Jam

Pearl Jam

Pearl Jam celebrate twentieth anniversary with live disc.  Has it really been twenty years? Pearl Jam add to their exhaustive live catalogue with ‘Live On Ten Legs’. It’s effectively a follow-up to their first live album called Live On Two Legs, which was released in 1998. Live On Ten Legs features eighteen tracks recorded by their tour engineer John Burton and mixed by their long-time engineer Brett Eliason. The tracks span seven years of world tours, culminating in 2010′s majestic Hyde Park show. It’ll be available in CD, digital and deluxe box set versions. The box set includes a CD, double LP, four posters, five live photos, and a snappy tour laminate so you can pretend you were backstage. Live On Ten Legs will be released through Universal on January 21, 2011.

Tracklisting
1. Arms Aloft
2. World Wide Suicide
3. Animal
4. Got Some
5. State of Love And Trust
6. I Am Mine
7. Unthought Known
8. Rearview Mirror
9. The Fixer
10. Nothing As It Seems
11. In Hiding
12. Just Breathe
13. Jeremy
14. Public Image (Public Image Ltd cover)
15. Spin the Black Circle
16. Porch
17. Alive
18. Yellow Ledbetter

Train Gets “Unplugged” On VH1 In September

Train Gets "Unplugged" On VH1 In September

Train Gets "Unplugged" On VH1 In September

Train Gets “Unplugged” On VH1 In September. Train is getting “Unplugged” with the return of MTV and VH1’s iconic series. The Grammy Award-winning group are the latest artists to strip down their sound for the mostly acoustic, intimate performance.  Pat Monahan, Jimmy Stafford and Scott Underwood are riding the wave of their latest huge hit, “Hey, Soul Sister.” They’ll also perform more cuts from their latest album, “Save Me San Francisco,” including “If It’s Love,” and “Marry Me.” They’ll also perform their hit “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)” and a cover, which has yet to be revealed. Exclusive interviews and performances from “Unplugged: Train” did debut on the VH1 website on August 12th, while the full special will air as part of VH1’s “Friday Night Alright” on Friday, September 17th at 11pm and on Palladia Saturday, September 18th at 9pm. Train are the latest artists to go “Unplugged,” which have included current stars and music legends like Nirvana, Mariah Carey, Eric Clapton, Alicia Keys, and Pearl Jam. Train are currently on tour with John Mayer. They’ll continue on a solo tour through the U.S. at the end of the month before heading overseas for shows in the UK, Germany, and Switzerland, among other spots.

Meet THE MOOG – Hungary’s most popular alternative rock band.

Hungarian quintet the Moog

Hungarian quintet the Moog

Meet THE MOOG – Hungary’s most popular alternative rock band. Formed in Budapest in 2004 by then-teenagers Tonyo Szabo (vocals), Adi Bajor (guitar) and Gergo Dorozsmai (drums), and later joined by Csaba Szabo (bass) and Miguel Gyorgy (second guitar), they’ve been compared to such modern-day chart-toppers as The Strokes and The Hives; but The Moog’s influences run deep and wide: The Beatles, David Bowie, The Sonics, The Smiths, Nirvana, Ramones, Sonic Youth, Roxy Music and Bauhaus. These and other seminal bands come to mind upon hearing their two releases: 2007’s Sold for Tomorrow, and the upcoming Razzmatazz Orfeum. Yet, THE MOOG manages to infuse their music with their own personality and heritage, and the resulting sound is brightly original, fusing together elements of 60’s garage music, goth rock, punk, and pop. Under the influence of American and British rock, they write and sing in English but their sound is distinctively Eastern European, as heard in their immediate, contagious and haunting melodies. And despite Tonyo being The Moog’s primary songwriter, the other band members have stepped up their contributions here: Gergo penning “Lost Day,” and also collaborating with Tonyo on “Self and Soul.” Additionally, new guitarist, Miguel, contributes his surf-infused picking style and blends perfectly well with the more angular guitar playing of founding member Adi. The band’s debut album, Sold for Tomorrow was mixed by the legendary Nirvana producer Jack Endino, and it turned quite a few heads, thanks to the two indie underground hit singles and videos, “I Like You” and “Everybody Wants.” Both videos were heavily played on mtvU and even made the first-round nominations for the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards. SPIN.com acclaimed, “The album boasts rough-around-the-edges garage pop tunes, and “Everybody Wants” is a catchy three-chord gem.” To record their sophomore release, Razzmatazz Orfeum, the group set up shop in Seattle—its climate and weather not unlike Budapest—and they worked with one of the Northwest’s most respected contemporary producers, Geoff Ott (Queens Of The Stone Age, Mark Lanegan, Pearl Jam, etc.). Razzmatazz Orfeum kicks off with the roaring “This Is Horror,” its fade-in intro delivered true to the band’s name with a swirling vintage Moog synthesizer, before leading into another off-kilter rocker, “Panic,” culminating in Tonyo vocalizing his best Cobain. Up next is the album’s first single: the wry, catchy dance/goth rocker, “You Raised A Vampire,” and the blood-letting doesn’t stop as then comes the album’s second projected single, the hook-heavy “When I See You.” The emotional pull of “Can’t Say No, Can’t Say Yes” brings to mind Ziggy-era Bowie and Syd-era Floyd; “Lost Day” possesses one of the album’s catchiest choruses, while “Joyclad Armies” shows that the band has unmistakable roots in ‘80s Euro dance-pop-rock. The album wraps up with five tracks that when played back to back show how diverse The Moog is: the mid-tempo “Sphinx” (with its tasty bass lines); the ultra-catchy early 60s/Spector-esque “Make Me Happy;” the synth centerpiece “Self and Soul,” featuring Tonyo’s surprising falsetto; the progressive goth rocker “Mina,” a tribute to Mina Harker and Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’, and ending with the piano-heavy and slow burning “Epilogue.” The record’s second single, When I See You, achieved the biggest success so far for The Moog. The video which was shot in LA’s Bob Baker puppet theater by legendary director AG Garth (White Stripes, Von Bondies, Adult) has been on regular show on MTV2’s Subterranean program as well as on the newly started MTV channel LOGO. Another great success for The Moog is that one of the standout tracks on the album, Joyclad Armies is a featured song in the latest game NBA2K10 alongside The Gossip, Metric, MGMT or Kanye West. The result is an album that stands way out from the overcrowded alt-rock pack—and the group continues to mature musically at an impressively rapid rate. The Moog will soon receive another huge boost Stateside, when they land on U.S. soil for their fourth American tour in spring of ’10.

You Me At Six to spill ‘Liquid Confidence’

You Me At Six

You Me At Six

You Me At Six are a 5-piece pop band from Weybridge, Surrey who formed in 2005. You Me At Six to spill ‘Liquid Confidence’ . YOU ME AT SIX’S meteoric rise from the underground to the mainstream continues unabated. Already scheduled to play their biggest tour to date next month, the quintet will also release their new single ‘Liquid Confidence’ on April 19th on Virgin Records.   Combining tender emotions with the band’s patented exuberant energy, ‘Liquid Confidence’ utilises an acoustic opening and atmospheric vocal harmonies to create one of the band’s most anthemic moments to date. The single is taken from the band’s recently released second album ‘Hold Me Down’ that debuted at #5 as the second highest new entry of the week – three places above Delphic.    Their biggest headline show to date at London’s Roundhouse will be surpassed with the Brixton date of their imminent UK tour:

March
14th – Glasgow, O2 Academy
16th – Leeds, O2 Academy
17th – Nottingham Rock City
18th – Southampton, Guildhall
19th – Norwich, UEA
20th – London, Brixton O2 Academy

Produced by John Mitchell (Funeral For A Friend, Enter Shikari, Architects) and Matt O’Grady (The Blackout, Hexes), and mastered by Bob Ludwig (Radiohead, Coldplay, Pearl Jam), ‘Hold Me Down’ has built upon the momentum which was established with their critically-acclaimed debut album ‘Take Off Your Colours’. The Surrey quintet has twice been nominated for Best British Band at the Kerrang! Awards and were also named Best British Newcomers in the Kerrang! Readers’ Poll.  The five piece played locally until early 2007 when spring support slots with Saosin at Leeds Cockpit (03.05.07) and later Paramore at the Colchester Arts Centre (10.06.07) saw them attract media attention from the likes of Kerrang, Musicscoop and NME. In July 2007 they supported Tonight Is Goodbye on their summer tour along with Death Can Dance and then later that month were featured in Kerrang magazine in their new music section. The group were then recruited as support for firstly Fightstar on their September tour and then Elliot Minor in October 2007. Following their return from those tours they headlined a special Halloween show at the Kingston Peel with support from notable local acts such as Consort With Romeo and We Have A Getaway. In Nov/Dec of 2007 they released their debut single “Save It For The Bedroom” on Slam Dunk Records and then went on their first headline tour with support from Flood Of Red playing six dates across the country. In December 2007 the band were announced as support for The Audition’s February 2008 UK tour. You Me At Six were also nominated for Best British Newcomer at the Kerrang! Awards 2007, the category eventually went to Gallows, and headlined the London KOKO whilst playing Klub Kerrang. On December 10th 2007 the band added the B-side to their single “Save It For The Bedroom”, “You’ve Made Your Bed” onto their official myspace.

It’s members are Josh Franceschi on Lead Vocals, Max Helyer on Guitar, Chris Miller on Guitar, Matt Barnes on Bass and Dan Flint on Drums.

w.youmeatsix.co.uk www.myspace.com/youmeatsix

Jude Law, Justin Bieber Appearing On “SNL”

Jude Law, Justin Bieber Appearing On "SNL"

Jude Law, Justin Bieber Appearing On "SNL"

Jude Law, Justin Bieber Appearing On “SNL”  “Saturday Night Live” has lined up an impressive host of, well, hosts for when it returns from being pre-empted by the Winter Olympics. The weekly comedy staple announced new episodes featuring hosts like Jennifer Lopez and Jude Law.  Lopez kicks things off when the show returns on Saturday, February 27th. She’ll also be the musical guest, performing songs from her upcoming album, “Love?” The following weekend, “Hangover” star Zach Galifianakis takes over hosting duties for the very first time on the show. Airing March 6th, Vampire Weekend is the musical guest.  On March 13th, Jude Law returns to host again, while Pearl Jam have been confirmed as the musical guest. It’s their fourth time performing on the show. Current teen singing sensation Justin Bieber has been announced as the musical guest for April 10th.  Following a major Facebook campaign for Betty White to host “SNL,” the show is working on a deal for the actress to feature during a primetime “Women of SNL” special on April 15th. Tina Fey also reported that she would be hosting in April, but it’s currently unconfirmed if she would appear in the “Women of SNL” special or her own episode.

“SNL” is currently in its 35th season. This season’s guest hosts have included Gerard Butler, Taylor Swift, Drew Barrymore, and Jon Hamm

Musicians And Labels “plug In” On FCC Net Neutrality Proceeding

R.E.M.

R.E.M.

National education, research and advocacy nonprofit organization Future of Music Coalition (FMC) has launched an online comments tool to help artists, labels and fans file comments with the Federal Communications Commission as it considers adopting formal rules on net neutrality — the principle that protects the open internet.

Artists such as R.E.M., Kronos Quartet, Erin McKeown, Martín Perna (Antibalas, Ocote Soul Sounds), Franz Nicolay (The Hold Steady), Pearl Jam, Imani Winds, Dead Prez and more are submitting comments in this proceeding. Through the comments tool, FMC is offering a means by which all musicians — established and developing — can tell their stories about how they use the internet in their lives and careers and voice their opinions on specific questions related to this historic FCC proceeding.

FMC has long supported the codification of net neutrality principles to preserve access to a legitimate music marketplace for creators and independent labels. Currently, the internet allows all users to compete on an equal technological playing field with the biggest companies: a bedroom artist with a website can use the same technology to reach potential audiences as a superstar act. If Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are allowed to charge higher prices to content providers — including musicians and other entrepreneurs — many smaller operators would be forced into the slow lane of the information superhighway.

“Without clear and enforceable net neutrality principles, we may lose an incredible platform for creativity, innovation and commerce,” said FMC Policy Director Michael Bracy. “Artists should not be forced into a situation where reaching potential audiences comes down to their ability to cut deals with a handful of powerful players. We’re pleased that the FCC has undertaken this proceeding, which makes it all the more important that artists are part of the process.”

In October 2009, the FCC took affirmative steps in preserving the open internet for all users. Through this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the issue of net neutrality (GN 09-191), the Commission has opened a transparent process by which stakeholders and the public can register their perspectives on about this crucial issue.

According to the FCC, the goal of the proceeding is to adopt “clear, enforceable, common sense rules of the road” meant to keep the door open for continued innovation online, while allowing users access to the broad range of ideas and services today’s internet provides.

The FCC is seeking public input on draft rules that would codify and supplement existing principles to safeguard the Internet’s openness. This process is intended to secure and protect the many economic and social benefits of the open Internet by preventing anyone from restricting the free flow of lawful content and applications online.

FMC’s Rock the Net campaign — which was launched in 2007 and includes thousands of musicians and independent labels — has helped demonstrate to policymakers the importance of net neutrality to the creative community. These activities and more reflect an ongoing commitment to a legitimate digital music marketplace where artists have access and fans can find the music they want.

Rock the Net:
About Future of Music Coalition
Future of Music Coalition is a national non-profit education, research and advocacy organization that seeks a bright future for creators and listeners. FMC works towards this goal through continuous interaction with its primary constituency — musicians — and in collaboration with other creator/public interest groups.

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