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Verse Chorus Verse: Pearl Jam – Backspacer

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Every once in awhile it's good to break with tradition.  I guess we're going to get some of that out of the way twice in one week.  We had the glorious occasion of my birthday this week in which we didn't focus on one song but instead had a fun little countdown of sorts (check it out and drop some comments since you got me nothing for my birthday).

Today we're going to take the occasion to talk about how cool it is to have something to look forward to on a Sunday in addition to football.  Pearl Jam decided to break the mold with their new album Backspacer.  They don't have a label.  They don't have to play the same games as everyone else, so in addition to distributing a record according to their will they've decided to release the album not on a traditional Tuesday release date but instead on a Sunday.  Today.

I'm getting ready to put the CD in my player but before we get to Backspacer we get BONUS music.  With the purchase of your copy of Backspacer comes two free downloads.  That's not new.  Come on, Pearl Jam!  You can do better than that- oh, wait.  It's not two songs, it's two full-length concerts and you get your choice from roughly a dozen shows. 

A couple of your downloading options are for 2008 shows and I bought that whole run, so I've gone for two 2006ers.  The first was their May 17 in Chicago.  The second was their June 3 show in E. Rutherford, N.J.  Considering Backspacer clocks in at 36 minutes, it's nice to have some additional music.  Of course, size isn't everything (or so other guys have been told).  This may be 36 glorious minutes of majestic rock and roll goodness.  I can't wait to find out.  Until then, new music on a Sunday and two free concert downloads have already improved my outlook on life considerably.

Chicago Set Setist:

    * Severed Hand
    * World Wide Suicide
    * Life Wasted
    * Animal
    * Marker In The Sand
    * Do The Evolution
    * Whipping
    * 1/2 Full
    * I Am Mine
    * Even Flow
    * Gone
    * Insignificance
    * Better Man
    * Save it for Later
    * Down
    * Garden
    * Inside Job
    * Lukin
    * Why Go
Encore 1
    * Wasted Reprise
    * Man Of The Hour
    * Footsteps
    * Once
    * Alive
Encore 2
    * Last Kiss
    * Last Exit
    * Glorified G
    * Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town
    * Crown Of Thorns
    * Rockin' In The Free World
    * Yellow Ledbetter

E. Rutherford, NJ Setlist:

    * Severed Hand
    * Corduroy
    * World Wide Suicide
    * Hail, Hail
    * Animal
    * Love Boat Captain
    * In Hiding
    * Even Flow
    * I Am Mine
    * Whipping
    * Gone
    * Comatose
    * State Of Love And Trust
    * Rats
    * Garden
    * Inside Job
    * Porch
Encore 1
    * Army Reserve
    * Hard To Imagine
    * Last Kiss
    * Black
    * Crazy Mary
    * Last Exit
Encore 2
    * Wasted Reprise
    * Life Wasted
    * Lukin
    * Leash
    * Don't Gimme No Lip
    * Why Go
    * Leaving Here
    * Alive
    * Yellow Ledbetter
Pre-Opener
    * No Surrender
Accompanying Support Act
    * It Makes No Difference
 

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  • http://www.marksaleski.com MarkSaleski

    i’m kinda psyched that this record is so short. too many modern releases are too long and lose focus.

  • http://www.maskedmoviesnobs.com El Bicho

    you can hear the whole thing in MySpace

  • http://www.confessionsofafanboy.com Josh Hathaway

    I like records that are compact and powerful. The risk you run is if you cut it lean, the misses stick out just a little more.

  • Brad Wellen

    Check out an exclusive look including videos and tracks from “Backspacer”.

  • Josh Hathaway

    I’ve now been through the album entirely once and am on my second way through. I like it because I like Pearl Jam but it will take more listens to a truer sense of it.

  • http://everythingisamess.wordpress.com Tom Johnson

    It’s damn near perfect. I’m with Mark – LOVE that it’s short. Very few long albums pay off. Keep it short and even not-so-great songs are tolerable. Backspacer, however, is great start to finish.

    Don’t bother trying to subvert the system. It won’t let you get more than your two downloads even on two computers in completely separate locations. Damn them keeping me from cheating.

  • http://everythingisamess.wordpress.com Tom Johnson

    I read something from Mike McCready talking about how great older rock albums were for being short, and he mentioned Aerosmith’s Rocks among others. Gave that a spin this morning and damn if Backspacer doesn’t actually share a few similarities in spirit and even a bit in style with Rocks. Pretty cool, if you ask me.

  • oceanicladybug

    love this album from start to finish, fantastic. i have been a pj fan since the very beginning, and like the band as artists have grown, so has their music with them. thanks guys for another amazing album, different (and thank goodness for that, who wants samey?!) but truely enjoyable from start to finish x