What are you listening to today? Me, I’m in a shufflin’ mood

ipod-classic-accessories-3I’ve added a bunch of stuff to the iPod lately, including the new discs from Paul McCartney (pretty good), Pearl Jam (really good) and a classic compilation from the Faces that I picked up for the awesome price of $4.99(!) at Sunrise Records in downtown Toronto (great store). So after listening to those discs and other complete albums  for a while I decided to flip the switch back to shuffle mode. At the time of this writing, here are the latest 15 that have come up in the rotation.

1. That’s The Way–Led Zeppelin

2. Clifton Springs–Steven Page

3. Holly Holy–Neil Diamond

4. I Fought The Law–The Clash

5. Sting Me–The Black Crowes

6. I’ll Survive–B.B. King

7. Little Bones–The Tragically Hip

8. Two Janes–Los Lobos

9. My Little Town–Simon & Garfunkel

10. Can’t Take My Eyes Off You–Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

11. Love Is The Drug–Roxy Music

12. Busted–Ray Charles

13. Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On)–Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

14. Time Stand Still–Rush

15. See You–Foo Fighters




New Pearl Jam album, “Lightning Bolt” out October 15th

As a follow-up to the tour announcement from a couple of days ago comes word that Pearl Jam’s 10th studio disc, Lightning Bolt, will be released on October 15th. Producer Brendan O’Brien is once again onboard for this one. Check out the first available track, “Mind Your Manners”. Guaranteed to wake the neighbours.

Pearl Jam announce Fall tour; 2 Canadian stops

Pearl JamPearl Jam announced today that they will embark on a two-leg, twenty-four date North American tour this fall. Leg one kicks-off in Pittsburgh on October 11 and wraps in New Orleans with the band’s previously announced headlining performance at Voodoo Music + Arts Experience during the weekend of November 1. The second leg of the tour commences in Dallas on November 15 and closes in the band’s hometown of Seattle on December 6. There are two Canadian dates scheduled: December 2nd in Calgary and December 4th in Vancouver. Tickets are to go on sale July 27th.

In addition, their website has a countdown clock which could mean…the announcement of a new album? Who knows.

I will admit I was a latecomer to Pearl Jam. I wasn’t all that into them when they first hit in the scene over two decades ago (has it been that long) but I absolutely love 2009’s Backspacer. Below is one of my faves from that album, followed by the Fall tour dates.

Oct-11 Pittsburgh, PA Consol Energy Center
Oct-12 Buffalo, NY First Niagara Center
Oct-15 Worcester, MA DCU Center
Oct-18 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
Oct-19 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
Oct-21 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
Oct-22 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
Oct-25 Hartford, CT XL Center
Oct-27 Baltimore, MD 1st Mariner Arena
Oct-29 Charlottesville, VA  John Paul Jones Arena
Oct-30 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena
Nov-1-3* New Orleans, LA Voodoo Music + Arts Experience

Nov-15 Dallas, TX American Airlines Arena
Nov-16 Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy Arena
Nov-19  Phoenix, AZ Jobing.com Arena
Nov-21 San Diego, CA Viejas Arena
Nov-23 Los Angeles, CA Sports Arena
Nov-24 Los Angeles, CA Sports Arena
Nov-26 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
Nov-29 Portland, OR Rose Garden Arena
Nov-30 Spokane, WA Spokane Arena
Dec-2 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome
Dec-4 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
Dec-6 Seattle, WA Key Arena

It’s Friday. How about some tunes?

ipod-classic-accessories-3Here’s what I’ve been listening to in shuffle mode today as the end of the work week approaches. Have a great weekend everyone. Hopefully the weather will co-operate wherever you are.

As of the time of this posting, here are the last 15 to come up in the rotation.

1. Only Us–Peter Gabriel

2. Lovers Jamboree–Nick Lowe

3. Business Time–Flight of The Conchords

4. Roll Away The Stone–Leon Russell

5. On Green Dolphin Street–Oscar Peterson Trio with Milt Jackson

6. Always On The Run–Lenny Kravitz

7. The Real Feeling–Ace

8. None But The Brave–Bruce Springsteen

9. She Came In Through The Bathroom Window–Joe Cocker

10. Memphis–Chuck Berry

11. Golden Sorrows–Blackie & The Rodeo Kings

12. Johnny Guitar–Pearl Jam

13. Lincoln Town–John Hiatt

14. Synchronicity I–The Police

15. Hey Bartender–The Blues Brothers

Do a good deed. Get concert tickets.


This is a very cool initiative. The following comes from rollingstone.com:

To fight world hunger and transform their fans into social activists, Bruce SpringsteenPearl JamBeyoncéBlack SabbathNeil YoungKanye WestMy Morning Jacket and dozens of other stars will donate two tickets to every show they play for the next three years. The Global Citizen Tickets Initiative allows fans to earn points (one for sharing a Facebook video dealing with extreme poverty, 20 for raising $20 or more for a participating charity) and apply them to a ticket lottery.

It’s an idea Pearl Jam’s manager, Kelly Curtis, and Hugh Evans, chief executive of the Global Poverty Project, put together while planning last year’s Global Citizen Festival in New York City’s Central Park. That concert, starring Young, Foo Fighters and the Black Keys, raised $1.3 billion in pledges for the world’s poor. Curtis first came up with the idea, but he needed Evans, an Australian who started working on world-hunger issues at age 14 and organized 2006’s Make Poverty History concerts in Melbourne, to make it work. “It just shows the natural link between music and social activism to create change,” Evans says.

For Curtis, the concept is a way to take something Pearl Jam and other stars have in abundance – tickets to concerts – and apply them to groups such as the UNICEF US Fund, Earth Day Network, Malaria No More and charity:water. “I’m hit up every day for something, whether it’s to play or donate a song or give money,” he says. “I just thought, ‘What would accomplish a lot that wouldn’t require time or anything – what if everyone gave a show?’ You’re talking about social activism in a really great way.”

Curtis and Evans devised a lottery system in which fans who rack up between 10 and 20 points (depending on the concert price) can “spend” them on prize drawings for tickets. They’ll manage their accounts on the Global Citizen webpage. The tickets are from each headliner’s personal stash, so they’re guaranteed to be available for every show and the pair of tickets is in areas where press and radio-contest winners usually sit. (Festivals such as Bonnaroo and Coachella aren’t included in the artists’ ticket offers, but some are participating in the initiative as part of their own deals.)

Evans first met Curtis in 2006, when he helped coordinate a collaboration between Pearl Jam and U2’s Bono and the Edge on “Rockin’ in the Free World” during the Make Poverty History concerts. “One day I was studying in the library and Bono’s manager called us, and said, in a thick Irish accent, ‘We want to perform at the Global Poverty Concert and we want to bring Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam,'” Evans recalls. “We said, ‘Wow, that’s amazing.’ It ended up beaming beamed all over the world.” 

To help coordinate the Global Ticket Initiative, which focuses on awareness about polio, malaria, women’s rights, education and other issues, Curtis and Evans reached out to a group of concert-business leaders – reps from competing promoters Live Nation and AEG and competing agencies William Morris and Creative Artists, among others. At one point, Rob Light, head of CAA’s music department and agent for Springsteen, Radiohead and many others, visited the office of longtime WMA rival Marc Geiger, co-founder of Lollapalooza, for the first time. “We are lucky the people running these areas are pretty altruistic and enlightened people, even though they may kill each other day-to-day,” says Michele Anthony, a former Sony Music president who is chairing the initiative.

“It’s such a non-political, easy thing,” Curtis says. “You can’t really say no, or you’ll be shamed into saying yes.”