Green River?, Green Fundraising, plus McCready Rapper Pal’s Release

by Kathy Davis on February 16, 2011

Mini PJ News-o-rama!  Together or apart, Pearl Jam manage to keep their finger in many musical pies. Lucky us!

Green River News: Stone and Jeff’s early band Green River may be favoring us with some new music;  our pal Brandon at TheSkyIScrape picked up on this little tidbit from Green River’s Official MySpace Blog on Valentine’s Day:

New Recording In the Works?

The other day some of the guys got together to trade new riffs for new Green River songs to possibly record.  They are still in the early stages, but the songs seem to be in the up-tempo scale of things at the moment.  We’ll see how it all goes as it all smooths out.

A Possible Mudhoney / Green River Split Single?
There has been an offer for Mudhoney to do a 7-inch single which may actually turn out to become a split Mudhoney / Green River 7-inch.

And, of course, there has been a push on for them to play more shows.

Let’s all keep our fingers crossed on all of this!

UPDATE on above: The Sky I Scrape also caught this update from Green River on their MySpace:

This page under new management
The person who was taking care of this “official” page is no longer running it as of today.  Should any recording, shows, tours, etc. actually be in the works we will let you know.  As opposed to the prior blog there are no such plans at this time.  Until then, take care. Thanks.

In fact, as of this writing, Green River have pulled their MySpace page.

Green Fundraising: We well know how important environmental awareness is to our band, and the longtime passion with which they support many related non-profits is inspiring. Outdoor clothing company Patagonia has come up with a novel way for bands to garner cash for their favorite green causes through music with the Patagonia Music Collective. Surf news website Surfwire posted this press release about the project:

Patagonia Music Collective with Jack Johnson, Pearl Jam – Partnership Music Benefits Enviro Groups

February 15, 2011

PRESS RELEASE

Patagonia Inc., the environmentally minded apparel company, and some of music’s most talented artists have come together to form the Patagonia Music Collective. The Patagonia Music Collective will launch, Tuesday March 1, 2011 at www.patagonia.com/music.

Exclusive tracks from over 100 artists will be sold at $.99/each with the net proceeds going directly to the artist’s favorite environmental group. Musicians on board thus far include Jack Johnson, Pearl Jam, Bonnie Raitt and Jon Cleary, Maroon 5, Philip Glass, Zac Brown Band, moe., The Bad Plus, Blitzen Trapper, Mason Jennings, John Scofield, Piers Faccini, Switchfoot, Brett Dennen, Ky-Mani Marley, Sun Kil Moon, Umphrey’s McGee, Ben Solee, RaRa Riot, Spoek Mathambo, Taj Mahal, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Drive By Truckers, Bobby Long, String Cheese Incident, Ki: Theory, Moondoggies, Vusi Mahlesela, Disco Biscuits, O.A.R., Ziggy Marley, Los Lobos, Dawes, Abigail Washburn, Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Brandi Carlile and many more.

The Patagonia Music Collective will launch with 24 tracks with 4 new tracks released each subsequent week from established acts and emerging artists. Exclusive compilation records will be available at varying intervals at Patagonia stores worldwide and more.

Patagonia views the “collective” as a new model for green giving, as well as a way to engage a non-Patagonia demographic in environmental activism.

“As a company, we’re aware that the more customers we can engage, the more we can give back to the planet. About a year ago, we realized if we partnered directly with enviro-minded artists, we could hit upon a demographic entirely outside of Patagonia’s current customer base – a demographic that is interested in music and the environment, but might not be skiers, climbers or surfers,” notes Rob BonDurant, Patagonia’s VP of marketing, “The Collective engages artist’s fan bases directly – bringing new people to the Patagonia brand and the concept of environmental giving. This program is effective for bands in that it ties their fans to a cause the band supports; it’s effective for Patagonia in that it introduces new people to the brand, and increases the amount of money that’s being funneled directly to grassroots enviro orgs.”

The tracks will be available at www.patagonia.com/music, through a dedicated iphone app and a widget at participating artist’s websites. Fulfillment will be handled by iTunes.

This is a long term project. The company’s goal is to amplify the causes that are important to the participating artists and turn people on to excellent new music.

The PMC is not a record label. Artists are simply donating tracks for a sustainable music initiative that benefits the environment. Patagonia is providing a platform for artists to participate in a larger effort to increase awareness of both the enviro groups and causes artists would like to support and the music/artists associated with Patagonia Music.

About Patagonia
Patagonia, with sales last year of over $333M, is noted internationally for its commitment to product quality and environmental activism. Incorporating environmental responsibility in to product development, the company has, since 1996, used only organically grown cotton in its clothing line. In Fall 2011, the company’s entire product line will be recyclable thorough its Common Threads Recycling Program. The company also advocates corporate transparency through its interactive website, The Footprint Chronicles, which outlines the environmental and social footprint of individual products. Patagonia was featured as The Coolest Company on the Planet on Fortune Magazine’s April 2007 cover.

This seems like a  positive way for a company to use it’s power for the greater good; no word yet on what track Pearl Jam will donate or when. Neat idea!

Scribes finally releases second album: Back in May of 2009, we reported about Seattle-area rapper Scribes (also known as Henry Kleaveland) working on his second record, thanks to financing from Pearl Jam’s own Mike McCready.  Well, the time has finally come – new release “What Was Lost” hit the streets Friday! Scribes has overcome much to put this out, and this friend of Mike’s deserves all the support he can get.  Here’s a bit about the release from Seattle music resource Guerrila Candy/Travis Hay.

Scribes dropped his new album, What Was Lost, last Friday during two sold-out CD release shows at Nectar.

The album was set to be released much earlier than last week but the studio where Scribes recorded most of the record was broken into and the master tapes of all his recordings were stolen. So not only is the title What Was Lost a quite literal reference to a pretty horrible event from Scribes’ life, it is also Scribes’ second attempt at making this record. Give “Monster,” a track off the album featuring JFK of Grayskull, a listen above.

You can download the record, which was financed by Mike McCready (the two met at a gym where Scribes works) and produced largely by Dyme Def’s Bean One, for free for a limited time over at Scribes’ website.

Rock!

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.