Droolworthy Billboard Article

by Kathy Davis on July 31, 2009

Billboard has an absolutely amazing new article about “Backspacer”, so dense with Pearl Jam goodness that you simply must head over there now and absorb it all. Written by the legendary  Jonathan Cohen.   New Danny Clinch photos? Check. Verizon V-Cast news? Got it.  Special vault the Target discs unlock? OH YEAH that’s in the article too.  It’s five pages, don’t miss a single word.  A smattering of selected highlights are below, but click here to get started.  You won’t want to miss a word.  Click each link in the highlights to go to the article page directly for the full scoopage.

“We’ve put a tremendous amount of thought into this, and we’ve done it in a way that we think will be good for everybody,” Vedder says.

Verizon V-Cast News: The partnership has been re-extended to include ringtones and ringbacks for songs from “Backspacer,” which will roll out at a rate of one per week until release date, as well as mobile bootlegs for the band’s fall tour.

Target’s “Backspacer” marketing: The Target discs will link to a virtual “vault” of 11 concerts spanning Pearl Jam’s career, from which fans can choose two. The band will also create an organic cotton T-shirt to be sold at Target (for charity)…

RockBand/Video game exclusives: “Backspacer” will also be available on “Rock Band” the day it comes out…

Matt & Stone on Brendan O’Brien: “He does those melodic things from his musician brain first, and then he’s able to layer them within the music with his producer brain,” Cameron says. “He uses both sets of skills in a way that most producers aren’t even able to do.” O’Brien’s efficiency rubbed off on the band, according to Gossard. “We made this faster than we’ve made any record,” he says. “

Backspacer highlights: …musical highlights on “Backspacer” include the opening one-two combo of “Gonna See My Friend,” a furious Stooges-style garage blast, and the propulsive, Police-y “Got Some,” which Pearl Jam premiered June 1 on the first episode of “The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien.” On the softer side, “Just Breathe” is a gorgeous ballad based on an instrumental from Vedder’s “Into the Wild” soundtrack…

Ed says: A lot of the songs on this record were ones I just tried to get out of the way of, without self-editing.”

Heavenly! Head over to Billboard.com, stat.

photo by Danny Clinch
photo by Danny Clinch
Kathy Davis ( Twitter: @CrookedArm23 )
A Bay-Area based entrepreneur, co-editor Kathy conceives and writes her share of TFT’s articles and sections. She was co-editor/co-founder of one of the first Pearl Jam fanzines "Footsteps" (1992-1997). Kathy’s first Pearl Jam show was at the Bridge School Benefit on November 1, 1992.

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