Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Yes, I Want It

I know I have probably said this about a million times since its inception, but thank God for YouTube. I wasn't home on Monday night to catch Conan's debut on The Tonight Show, so of course he was visited by two big loves of mine - Will Ferrell and Pearl Jam.

I heard that PJ debuted "Got Some," a new song from their upcoming (BUT NOT SOON ENOUGH) album, so I hurried on over to YouTube to check it out. If you didn't see it, or just want to check it out again, here you go.

Okay, so it wasn't really their best song ever, but I think there were a lot of sound issues during the performance. The guitar was up too loud, the vocals were buried, and everything sounded a bit muffled overall. I've seen Pearl Jam enough times to know that they are AMAZING live. The only time I was ever even close to being disappointed was the time I saw them in Philly, where they tried their best to overcome the Wachovia Center's horrible sound system. (Actually, that whole experience was harrowing, but that wasn't PJ's fault.)

Anyway, I think the song has the potential to be pretty good on record...or in a venue with better acoustics. I'm optimistic because, out of all the Pearl Jam songs out there, I only dislike a small handful. Probably less than ten (no pun intended). They rarely disappoint me.

And, really, when Eddie Vedder is before me growling, "Got some if you want it," the chances of me having anything negative to say are pretty slim. Even if it is a stupid question. I mean, seriously. Stop asking, Eddie. Just give it already.

By the way, I better not hear anyone calling PJ "sell-outs" because of their deal with Target. Leaving a giant record label like Sony and relying on the kindness of sponsors is in no way a sell-out move. And not many artists in recent history have been as concerned with the "little guy" as Pearl Jam have, so I have faith that this is all going to work out well for the fans.


elaine said...

I saw Pearl Jam at an outdoor music fest in London. They were one of the opening acts (along with james and Four Non Blondes) for Neil Young with Booker T and the MGs. Nobody seemed very excited about Pearl Jam, so I guessed that the British just weren't that into them. When I saw PJ again a couple of nights later headlining at a small club, I figured that I was safe pushing my way front and center before the show started. Big mistake. Apparently all the hard-core fans had waited for the smaller venue, and I got pretty trampled and crushed the moment that Eddie stepped out onto the stage. Wimpy girls who are 5'0" do not do well in big crowds. But it was a fantastic show.

red said...

I think Eddie's voice was a little tired/under the weather, too.

I love Conan on TTS!!!

McGone said...

Wasn't crazy about the song but I agree, the mix wasn't very good.

I was stunned to realize that I haven't seen Pearl Jam live in 17 years. Not since the second Lollapalooza back in '92 in support of the TEN album. And they were playing on an impressive lineup that included my beloved Soundgarden. Truly those were the salad days of my Seattle-centric musical love affair.

Bond said...

If I find a better sound mix I will decide. I am not a huge PJ fan, so there are many of their songs I have not enjoyed - the opposite of you I guess....

words...words...words... said...

I'm fairly lukewarm on PJ, but I liked that song.

I love the way Conan is doing the Tonight Show. I think he was a little nervous Monday, but he looked like himself last night. And his bits are killing.

Soda and Candy said...

The only thing I have to contribute is that every guy within about a 5 year radius of my age seems to own at least one black-faded-to-grey Pearl Jam t-shirt.

It's like there's a law.

LiLu said...

Pearl Who?


Love me anyway?

Candy's daily Dandy said...

I don't know about the Conan thing.

I'm still on the fence.

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Del-V said...

Pearl Jam is one of my favorite bands. I have seen them maybe 5 times live and I agree, they are a better live band then an album band. But I still buy all their albums... except for the Ten re-issue... I would rather buy some more live stuff.

Anyway, Pearl Jam isn't a sell-out for their Target deal. Prince did it also. And we all know Prince isn't a sell-out. He's too into his music to care about money.

In short, Pearl Jam rocks.

Fancy Schmancy said...

McGone, I saw them in Massachusetts for that Lollapalooza, too! Cool beans! Ice Cube being on that billing was ridiculous, but Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and the Chili Peppers all at one show was just amazing!

gizmorox said...

I am extremely, extremely disturbed by how much Eddie Vedder looks like my boss in that vid.

EddieSki said...

I recorded it, but was also a little disappointed. It didn't sound very Pearl Jam. I didn't like it at first, but sometimes music isn't good until you listen to it a few times so I'll give it a few more listens before I toss it!


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