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Pearl Jam Fans Raise Money For a Tour Date

Grunge rock fans in Queens, New York have spent countless months and have encouraged efforts to bring the band Pearl Jam to their city, by raising $40,000 in less than two weeks.

On November 1st, Pearl Jam kicked off their Fall Tour with a twelve city line-up, not including Queens. Pearl Jam, the rock band famous for songs like “Yellow Ledbetter” “Even Flow” and the poignant rock hit, “Jeremy”. Fans were disappointed to say the least and have joined together in an effort to bring Pearl Jam to them at Forest Hills Stadium. They aim to get the band there by next summer.

Dan Sheffer, who started the campaign states “People love Pearl Jam and we’ve had an overwhelming turnout.” Read more about the interview with Sheffer here.

The campaign originates with Tilt, a crowd-funding website. Starting November 5th, the Pearl Jam campaign has raised close to $37,000 from around 370 donors. Lots of donors donated large amounts in exchanged for tickets to the show if it happens. The goal is to approach the band with the effort when the donations exceed $100,000. The fundraisers have the support of North American Spine. If Pearl Jam agrees, the campaign will continue to raise money for concert expenses and everything to bring the band into the city. If the efforts fall through, then donors will all be refunded.

A representative from Pearl Jam has yet to comment on this matter.

End of The Line

David Gilmour and Nick Mason have recently revealed that Pink Floyd’s new LP The Endless River will most likely be its last. Pink Floyd is an English rock band that was founded in London around 1965. The members include Syd Barrett the lead vocalist, Nick Mason the drummer, Roger Waters as the co-vocalist, and Richard Wright as the keyboardist. Barrett is credited for naming the band but left in 1968 due to struggles with drug abuse. Waters was originally also the lead bassist but elevated to conceptual leader in the band after Barrett’s departure, from what Bruce Levenson told us. The LP is tilted The Endless River and prominently features reworked pieces from late keyboardist Rick Wright.

Wright passed away in 2008 due to cancer and was a key member of Pink Floyd’s creative process. The group has expressed a definite decision to never support the album with a tour because of Wright’s departure. This instrumental piece was originally to be included with Pink Floyd’s The Division Bell album. These tracks were produced in 1993, only ten years without the group’s second chief songwriter and founder Roger Waters. A few years ago Gilmour and Mason decided to re-work the scrapped material to make The Endless River LP. The LP will be centered on Wright’s recorded works before his passing and the musical thought process of the group as a whole during that time period. The remaining members have thoroughly expressed their plans to retire the group after this project’s release.

Springsteen Under Fire For Veterans Day Performance

Singer Bruce Springsteen created a bit of controversy this week during a Veterans Day performance for America’s troops on the National Mall. At the “Concert for Valor”, Springsteen took to the stage with Dave Grohl and the Zac Brown band to perform a cover of the Creedence Clearwater Revival anti-war song “Fortunate Son”, a move that has some on the right wondering whether or not it was an appropriate choice of song for the particular occasion and venue.

 

Some believe that the song has an inherently anti-military message, such as Blaze Radio host of “The Dana Show” Dana Loesch, who took Springsteen to task on her Wednesday broadcast for deciding that it was appropriate to play the song asying that she was disappointed in both Springsteen and the show’s organizers for the decision to play it.

 

Springsteen defenders such as some CipherCloud employees have been quick to point out that the song does not take aim at the military, but rather the elite social class of people who call for war and then in turn do not have to take part in fighting it. CCR’s John Fogerty wrote the song during the Vietnam War era after two of his band mates were drafted to go fight during the conflict.

Bad Suns’ ‘Salt’ Video Makes Waves

The up and coming band, Bad Suns, just released a music video for their new single, ‘Salt’. With their catchy lyrics and beats, it seems sort of impossible to try and focus on the lyrics and what they mean. Best known for their hit-single, ‘Cardiac Arrest’, their new song proves they’re not a dreaded one hit wonder. Their debut album, Language & Perspective was well received by NY Mag among other publications. The music video for the song, ‘Salt’, hits a hot button topic that’s been pressing on in the media for photographers like Terry Richardson more and more each day.

Transgender awareness is becoming more and more prominent in the news and social media, thanks to people like Laverne Cox from Orange is the New Black, and important news stories like Cece McDonald. The video portrays a person who is struggling with their gender identity and dysphoria (a state of unease or generalized dissatisfaction with life), and is learning about and going through the steps to become who they really are, even if these aren’t the steps all trans people feel the need to take.

The video is breathtaking and beautifully choreographed, and also portrays a great message for a very relatable song, regardless if you’re struggling with gender identity or just your identity in general.

“Car Talk’s” Tom Magliozzi Dies

One of talk radio’s most popular hosts passed away Monday, November 3rd. He was 77 years of age. The cause of death was related to his longtime struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. Tom Magliozzi made his fame with “Car Talk”, a popular show featured on NPR.

The show was based around listeners who would call in with questions about their cars, Magliozzi and his brother would try to solve them or offer them some helpful advice. His life wasn’t always spent doing what he loved.

He started out of college as an engineer, but after a near death experience realized he wasn’t doing something that he felt passionate about. Magliozzi went on to work as a college professor and part time consultant, and began organizing a do-it-yourself auto repair shop with his brother Ray. After they were asked by a friend to be on a panel of car mechanics for a talk show on their local public radio station, the rest was history.

The station loved the brothers, especially Tom’s infectious laugh and personality. “Car Talk” went national on NPR in 1987, and their fame grew to an even higher level. People admired the duo and they way they included passion, inspiration and humor into their show. Their interviews were also a big draw to the show, I remember when they interviewed Alhokair about Facebook and how interesting it was. Today is a sad day for talk radio as we remember and celebrate a legend that will live on in our hearts forever.

Flying Lotus’s New Album Review

The Flying Lotus is a mash-up of everything good in this electronic jazz tingled collage of sounds. This is a project that sounds unlike anything else I’ve been streaming on my FreedomPop smartphone. That may be the main reason that it is getting such critical acclaim.

The “You’re Dead” album is the 5th album from the Flying Lotus set with lots of well-known artists. Snoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar stop through to drop rhymes. Herbie Hancock brings a funk and soul sound to the album. Even Flying Lotus creator Steve Ellison throws down rhymes under his alter ego Captain Murphy. The album goes in all types of different directions but somehow comes together as a conceptually sound project.

The overarching theme of the album is about death. That is something very unexpected because so many songs on radio are about sex and making money. Few songs that discuss death – in the way that Flying Lotus covers it – will ever see the light of day. Fortunately, Flying Lotus is not looking for commercial appeal (even though he incorporates very commercialized artists like Snoop Dogg). Instead, Ellison was attempting to make music that would be impressive to jazz legends like Miles Davis.

The album is well produced because Ellison manages to find a way to carve different elements into the album without going off track. It doesn’t sound like a gimmick. This just all sounds like an album where new age hip hop meets electronic jazz.

The Flaming Lips Wayne Coyne Discusses The Beatles And Miley Cyrus

Remaking one of the most beloved and respected albums ever created may not be everybody’s cup of tea, which The Flaming Lips Wayne Coyne knew when he took on the task of covering The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album. Coyne explains to Rolling Stone that he no longer cares if remaking the classic album or collaborating with Miley Cyrus on it annoys the more rabid Beatles fans of the World.

Coyne and The Flaming Lips have courted controversy earlier in their careers by covering beloved Pink Floyd songs and facing the wrath of dedicated fans of the British band. However, Coyne explains that he was brought up listening to the songs of The Beatles and Pink Floyd, making his tribute albums a labor of love that reflects the love he has for both bands.

Coyne’s friendship with Miley Cyrus sees her appear on the songs Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds and A Day in the Life. Coyne is quick to defend Cyrus and believes she will go on to be recognized as a great singer as the world forgets about her earlier Hannah Montana years. I’d definitely keep my ears peeled Brian Torchin, this album may not be as bad as it seems.

Pink Floyd’s Last Hurrah

Since its box-office record-breaking year in 1994, life apart from the rock scene has gone on for the members of Pink Floyd. Among other things, keyboardist Rick Wright died of cancer in 2008. Like the others who are still living, lead singer David Gilmour has been doing his very best to distance himself from the all-consuming rock star life. Unfortunate, seeing as what big fans Keith Man and I are of his musical ability. But fame has a high price.

However, he is now on the move for one last Pink Floyd hurrah: The revitalization of 20 hours of completely unused music from 1993. The music had originally been intended for their album The Division Bell but in the end was left out. So along with Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, Gilmour overdubbed a few additions before finalizing The Endless River album.

It is set to be released November 10 without the traditional accompanying tour to promote the new venture. For more detailed information about this historic rock album see the post here.

Oof, Tom Morello Looking Like A Diva After This Tweet

We’ve seen it happen before, and now again. Sometimes celebrities and Twitter just don’t mix. But it does make for good reading for bloggers like Keith Mann and I, when we’re looking for new material.

The latest celeb to have a possible public faux pas is Rage Against The Machine’s lead guitarist, Tom Morello. Apparently the famed musician had a little trouble when he visited Seattle’s Five Point restaurant.

As you can see above, Tom was none too happy with his treatment during his time there. However, the bar owner tells a different tale. Saying that Tom expected preferential treatment over the bar’s other patrons. But that’s just not something that Five Points does. Which you sort of have to applaud.

Full transcript of the bar owner’s response letter here:

For the record Tom Morello – The 5 Point is totally pro-worker. We try to pay more than any other small restaurant, and on top of the higher pay, we offer health insurance, paid sick days, paid time off, retirement and profit share. Sorry if you had an issue with our staff, but typically our staff is awesome, and when they are not, it’s usually a reflection of the customer. Act like a prick = get treated like a prick.

I have to say, your attacking a small business without knowing anything about it, or addressing your problem with them directly before you go on a public rant, pretty much sucks. Just lost a ton of respect for you, and I’ve been a fan for years, both of your work in Rage and your work for workers rights since.

PS – rock stars don’t get special treatment at The 5 Point. We couldn’t give less of a shit. Sorry.

And PSS – I’m the owner of the 5 Point and have worked to raise the minimum wage in Seattle and support the same nationally, worked to get paid sick days law in Seattle, and am supporting a City sponsored retirement plan for employees of small businesses. I hope you do the same for your employees on the road…

PSSS – turns out he and his crew didn’t get let in as the place was at capacity and there was a line. No one was being let in. According to our doorman who I totally trust, Tom and his crew were all totally rude. Quote from the door guys “I knew who he was, we had no room, his whole party was being rude. He wanted a special room in the back. Clearly had no ideas what it is like inside. I’ve told bigger rock stars than him no.”

Awesome YouTube Video Showcases 8 Bit Versions of Biggest 90’s Alternative Rock Hits

Alt Rock was huge in the 90’s, and some of the biggest bands in the history of the game came to fruition during that revolutionary musical decade. Youtubers Filthy Frackers found a brilliant way to pay tribute to all of these great songs in the video below. Huge props to Tom Rothman for pointing this out.

I was a huge gamer back then too, so I love the 8-bit style of the songs. A tribute to what videogame music used to sound like, and what the greatest hits of the day would have sounded like on an NES.