#pearl jam

Brian Hiatt: I take it you’re not into much new pop music, then. 

Eddie Vedder: These pop songs almost feel like tabloid journalism, in a way. It’s crap that people seem to like. And I don’t know if it has meaning. I don’t know if one of the pop songs of the summer has any fiber in it. People are consuming it, and is it healthy? I don’t know. Maybe it’s some kind of way of taking themselves away from their problems. Maybe there’s some healthy property or some restorative property that I’m not receiving. It seems like it has a really high fructose content.

Andy Greene (incidentally, a friend of mine from high school), interviews longtime Pearl Jam producer Brendan O’Brien about the bands’ new record, “Lightning Bold”:

It’s easy for a band that’s been around for a long time to gear down a bit when it comes to songwriting and making records. It’s very easy to bring it down. But not these guys. They want it badly. I think that’s awesome. I’m very happy with that.

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Over the weekend, former NBA star Mookie Blaylock was seriously injured in a car crash and is currently on life support. Upon hearing this news, the band Pearl Jam, which originally named itself after Blaylock, wished the player a get-well-soon after the crash. During the band’s heyday, they actually got a chance to play basketball with the point guard, the group’s Jeff Ament told The New York Times. “I went and played basketball with him, and he said: ‘You do have game! You have a good shot; you have a nice rotation,’” Ament explained. “I was like, ‘Awesome.’ That was all I was looking for.”

Why was Pearl Jam’s first album named “Ten”? Mookie Blaylock.
Update: Now he’s facing vehicular homicide charges. Sad story. (Apologies for not mentioning the charges at first — they were just updated.)

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Over the weekend, former NBA star Mookie Blaylock was seriously injured in a car crash and is currently on life support. Upon hearing this news, the band Pearl Jam, which originally named itself after Blaylock, wished the player a get-well-soon after the crash. During the band’s heyday, they actually got a chance to play basketball with the point guard, the group’s Jeff Ament told The New York Times. “I went and played basketball with him, and he said: ‘You do have game! You have a good shot; you have a nice rotation,’” Ament explained. “I was like, ‘Awesome.’ That was all I was looking for.”

Why was Pearl Jam’s first album named “Ten”? Mookie Blaylock.

Update: Now he’s facing vehicular homicide charges. Sad story. (Apologies for not mentioning the charges at first — they were just updated.)