Monday, October 29, 2007
Saturday, October 06, 2007
Thursday, October 04, 2007
"Pearl Jam has toured with Mudhoney, so we played with [former Green River members] Mark [Arm] and Steve [Turner]," he reports. "But we haven't played with Alex [Vincent] and Bruce [Fairweather] in quite a while. They're both excited about it, from everything I've heard."
And as for Pearl Jam, the group is taking a break following a summer European tour.
A live DVD filmed by photographer Danny Clinch, "Immagine in Cornice," was released last week. "We're in that period of time where we actually allow ourselves to not know what's going to happen next, which is great," Gossard says.
A Celebration of Woody and Marjorie Guthrie To Benefit Huntington's Disease Society of America (HDSA) will feature Brad and Billy Bragg and is hosted by Tim Robbins, with some very special guests.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007 at 7pm at the intimate Webster Hall 125 E 11th Street.
Ten Club members are invited to take part in the private pre-sale for this event going on now. Click here for tickets! The special pre-sale password is: HDSA
The event hits particularly close to home for Brad/Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard, whose wife's mother, brother and grandfather have suffered with Huntington's. Woody Guthrie is the most prominent name associated with the disease, a rare neurological disorder that is somewhat akin to Parkinson's disease or multiple sclerosis.
There is no cure for Huntington's, but symptoms can be managed with medication.
"There are so many people in the HD community that don't have the care they need," Gossard told www.Billboard.com. "We wanted to support both the care that people get for HD through local chapters and any scientific breakthroughs that may be on the horizon."
While in New York, Brad will play a separate headlining show on Oct. 16 at the Highline Ballroom.
Gossard has also finished tweaking a batch of material the band recorded in 2004 but is just now ready to release, comprising the songs "Every Whisper," "Rush Hour," "No Regrets," "Price of Love," "One Love Remains," "Low," "Bless Me Father," "Believe in Yourself," "Oh Goodness," "Luxury Car" and "Holiday."
In addition, the band has acquired the rights to its first two albums for Epic, plus albums from connected groups such as Satchel and Malkfunksun, and is hoping to reissue the projects at some point in the future. "We're trying to figure out how to play a little bit more often," Gossard says. "We want to keep the band alive."
Friday, September 21, 2007
- If you can't be bothered to leave the house, then you can still get your hands on an extended version on itunes, with 4 bonus tracks:
1. No More
2. Photographs (Instrumental)
3. Here's To The State (Live At VH1 Storytellers)
4. No More (Live In Nijmegan)
- In other Into The Wild news, Ed will appear with Sean Penn on The Charlie Rose Show on Monday at 1:30 on WNED. Check out Charlies website at http://www.charlierose.com/home
- Ed has also fuelled rumors of an impending solo tour of clubs by talking in surfing metaphors in Rolling Stone, saying:
"If you surf fifty-foot waves all the time, you can't try too many new things, because fifty-foot waves are kind of life and death. Playing big shows is like that. So you want to take on some smaller waves to rework or refine what you do, and then take it back to the big surf."
- And finally, Ed continues his mission to single handedly bankrupt us all before Christmas, with the news a release date has been set for the DVD release of the Johnny Ramone documentary, Too Tough To Die. Its 3rd December, and you can pre-order it from almost any major online retailer.
- Remember, next Monday/Tuesday (depending where you live) is the release of the new PJ DVD, Immagine In Cornice, so be sure to grab a copy! If you live in the UK, Into The Wild is released on the same day!
Sunday, September 16, 2007
- A studio version of Picture In A Frame cover plays while Eddie sweeps the ruins of the Pistoia tower (image from the DVD cover).
- There are loads of cameras all over the place during the concert, including one staged just under the roof of the stage. There are slow-motion shots as well.
- There are shots of Eddie and his daughter, band spontanouesly changing the setlist backstage, Mike talking to the fans in front of a Bologna hotel, Mike explaining his tattoos, Eddie talking to an Italian translator, Jeff riding his skateboard, Eddie and Boom talking with the Principal of the local music school...
- Eddie and Mike play an acoustic version of Lukin laughing their asses off.
- Betterman is incomplete.
- Boom plays his own composition "Heaven Can You Here Me Now?"
- A new interpretation of "Alive" will be featured called "Donato's Dance", by Rami Jaffee of The Wallflowers, also a touring member of the Foo Fighters on their Skin & Bones tour and upcoming Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace tour, on the accordion.
- There is an accompanying 24-page booklet with photos.
- Most of the behind-the-scenes footage is dedicated to Eddie; Matt and Stone are barely featured
- The DVD is 113 minutes long (not sure if this includes the bonus features as well).
- Danny Clinch devoted a lot of time to the fans as well; there are footage of various fans from Israel, Sweden, Finland...
To us, it seems 'Immagine' is going to mix all the good bits of the performance DVDs like LATG and the documentary style behind the scenes style of Single Video Theory - all in all, this is gonna be awesome!
Agree? Disagree? Leave a comment, let us know :)
After 17 years fronting Pearl Jam, the Seattleite is stepping out on his own this fall, contributing songs to two very socially conscious films.
How did Sean Penn, who directed Into the Wild, get you to participate?
We'd just finished touring with Pearl Jam, and Sean called my second day off. I remember watching the movie the first time--it was just me and Sean sitting on the floor with a pack of smokes--and the whole thing was incredibly moving.
You hadn't read the book?
No. Everyone else I knew had. It's one of those you read in college and then decide you're going to throw away your whole stupid life and run off to the woods and die. Yeah--or live. Learn from his mistakes. I think it will not only affect people who did that stuff, but people who didn't do it, and are wondering why they didn't, having lost that chance.
Did you set out to compose so much of the soundtrack?
Sean just said, "Whatever you wanna do. Maybe it's music, maybe it's a song." So I spent three days giving him colors that I could paint with, 25 minutes of music. I didn't think anything was gonna come out of it. [But] Sean called and was like, "I've already put two pieces in, if you give me five or six more, it could be the interior voice of the character." As a parent, it's gotta be hard to see Wild--watching this kid turn his back on his family. I think parents will learn a lot from this, even if they haven't done anything wrong...yet. It's hard to get through a kid's life without f---ing them up. And no matter how good you are, at some point your kids have to create their own independence. These are troubled times, too. Do you force your kids to pay attention to what's going on, or do you let them live outside of it? My hope is that my child is a strong activist. That would make me most proud.
What if she rebels against your liberal politics and becomes a neo-con?
[Laughs] Aaaah... It would be shocking. It's certainly not in her nature now. She's 3 years old. That's like the height of liberalism. Liberalism comes naturally.
You also worked on Body of War about paralyzed Iraq vet Tomas Young, with codirector Phil Donohue. What stood out to you about the doc?
Plenty of stories have been told about what's criminal about this war. There's the political side, there's the monetary side, it's all intertwined. But this is the human side. It's incredibly violent to me, just watching what Tomas has to go through because he signed up on Sept. 13 and went over to fight the good fight, and he's paralyzed almost upon arrival. One casualty, of which I think now we have over 25,000.
So you surely have vast plans for election season?
Um, I'm gonna vote. [Laughs] I'd like people to be educated on the voting machines, making sure our democracy isn't being hijacked by computer technology. We had Diebold machines when I worked at a gas station in 1989, so trucking companies could keep track of the gas they used. I know these machines really well. And there's no reason why they can't have a paper trail.
Will there be any Vote for Change-type activity this time around?
Maybe we'll just play Ohio. For a month. Ohio and Florida.
Time Magazine (Ed w/Sean Penn):
They're both rich and famous, they're both notoriously earnest and left-leaning, they both have reputations for being emotionally tortured. So it makes a kind of cosmic sense that Sean Penn and Pearl Jam front man Eddie Vedder would be friends; they have been since 1995, when Vedder wrote music for Dead Man Walking, in which Penn starred. Both are currently experiencing second acts, Penn as a director and Vedder as a film composer.
The duo have now collaborated: Vedder has written the sound track for Penn's movie Into the Wild, based on the book by Jon Krakauer. Later this month Vedder will release a CD of songs written for or inspired by the movie, the closest thing to a solo album he's ever done.
Into the Wild is the true story of Chris McCandless, a good kid from a prosperous but unhappy family, who left home, burned his money, changed his name to Alexander Supertramp and in 1992 walked off into the Alaskan wilderness. He died there of starvation 16 weeks after he arrived. What was he looking for? Penn and Vedder--who are a lot funnier than they get credit for--talked to Lev Grossman about this and other profound questions, like how you keep a huge grizzly bear happy on a movie set.
What made you pick up Krakauer's book?
PENN: The cover grabbed me--the bus, the image of the bus with the title Into the Wild on it. I've made a lot of decisions in my life that you could call judging a book by its cover. And I've become a real advocate of it. So I took the book home, and I read it cover to cover twice, and I went to sleep in the wee hours and immediately got up in the morning, and I saw in essence the movie that you saw last night.
What was it about what McCandless did that got to you?
PENN: I really think that we shouldn't just accept rites-of-passage opportunities as they come, because what we'll find is that they don't come in our world anymore. And we shouldn't look at them as a kind of luxury or romantic dream but as something vital to being alive. McCandless quotes somebody else in the movie: "If just once you put yourself in the most ancient of circumstances ..." This is where nature comes into it--and I think that Eddie and I share this feeling--that every sober-minded person of any belief would probably agree that the biggest issue is quality of life. You've gotta feel your own life to have a quality of life, and our own inauthenticity, our corruptions, get in the way of that. The wilderness is relentlessly authentic.
Have you ever gone through anything like that? A rite of passage?
PENN: Formatively the experience I had, where I found the beginning of the map to figure out how to feel my own life, would have come from surfing as a kid. My wilderness is the ocean, and my experience with risk and conquering fear was the ocean.
Being alone like that can help people find themselves, but it can also make them fall apart.
VEDDER: See, I love it. I need it. I'm a better person because of it. I mean, I feel really blessed even to have had the opportunity of disappearing on an island or something and not seeing anybody for weeks. It makes me somebody that somebody else could live with. That's another thing, when you talk about the environment and how precious it is: it makes us better people.
How did you get into doing sound tracks, what with being a huge rock star and all? Is it a lot different from doing Pearl Jam?
VEDDER: Yeah, it's easy. Really. I almost don't remember a thing. It was like I kinda went into some weird space for a week or two, and then I woke up out of this daze, and it was done. I don't really remember it.
That doesn't even sound like work.
VEDDER: I was thinking about it yesterday. I don't trust art that was made easy. If there's not some kind of pain involved, then I don't trust it. And I thought, Well, how can I be honest and tell people that it was easy? But what I figured out is that the hard part was 25 years ago, when I went through what this kid went through. I went through pain, but it was just a long time ago. And I guess what's a little bit worrisome to me is how easy it was to access it. You know? That I just had to barely put my finger in. It was right there on the surface. I thought I'd grown up much more. I'm glad there was a use for it, but now I've got to tuck it away again.
So how does it work? Sean, do you just go to Eddie and say, "Here's a bit with a guy hitchhiking. Write a song that would sound good with that"?
PENN: Well, I'd written the script originally structured for songs. I love that kind of thing in movies. I was born in 1960, so you can do the math and figure out that I was just coming into my own with Harold and Maude, and earlier than that, Simon and Garfunkel and The Graduate, and Coming Home. It just added something, letting your songwriter be a co-author of the script in many ways.
VEDDER: It was like a factory, where I would sit in a chair and they'd hand me instruments. We'd just keep going, and I didn't have to teach anybody the part or talk them into the idea, the theory, the soul of whatever the piece was. I'd just sit in the chair, and they'd hand me a fretless bass, and they'd hand me a mandolin, and they'd take a second to do the rough mix, and then I'd write the vocal, and it was just quick. It was as in the moment as you could be, and in that way it's like a great feeling of being alive. You'd hear two pieces at the end of the day--or three--and feel like you were actually doing something on this planet while you were here.
Some of the vocals were wordless, just these howling chants ...
VEDDER: That was all stuff I did not-to-picture. In a way--like the music for the scene on the mountaintop--I don't think I would have done that [if I had seen the footage]. I would have felt too--like if you could be both vulnerable and pretentious at the same time?
PENN: [Laughs.] Leave that to me!
Emile Hirsch [who plays McCandless] goes through a truly shocking physical transformation to show McCandless starving to death. How'd you achieve that?
PENN: Turns out he has phenomenal willpower. A 21-year-old kid, who just got the right to go drinking with the guys in the bar, and he is by choice sober. By choice a monk for eight months. He was in a room watching his feet roll under him on a treadmill or doing pushups or eating another glass of water with lemon in it for dinner every night for eight months. You know, that's really, really hard.
He has a scene with a bear that got some audible gasps.
PENN: He was an 8-ft. 6-in. grizzly bear, and if he wasn't a good bear, I wouldn't be here right now. But no flinching from Emile--he just stood there, six inches away from that thing.
What do you do when the bear's not being a good bear?
PENN: You say, "Good boy," all day long. Or the trainer does. And he gives him a lot of chocolate whipped cream.
McCandless doesn't come off as a saint in the movie. I mean, he won't call his parents even though they're desperate to hear from him. He's angry.
PENN: You know, this is subject to a lot of personal stuff on anybody's part--yours, mine. My answer to "He should have called his parents" is "Who says?" I understand it, but I walked in my shoes, not his shoes. What I do know is that if you're not feeling your life, you are obligated first to do everything it takes to feel your life. I've done many things without the intention of hurting people that have hurt people. And I'm saying this knowing that I've got two kids that are coming up to that age myself right now.
Eddie, you talked before about how much you have in common with McCandless. [Vedder has a famously difficult relationship with his stepfather, as McCandless did with his father.] Did doing the movie help you get over that pain at all?
VEDDER: Not enough. But it'll do for now. I don't think it's gonna go away. I think in the last 10 to 15 years, I've just been able to not let that person and that part of me be in charge--that guy is in the car, but we just don't let him drive. That's something Springsteen told me once, and it really works. He'll be talking in your ear in the backseat, but just don't let him get behind the wheel. And you can be proud of it. I've talked to the people that raised me, and I've thanked them for giving me a lifetime's worth of material. I was talking to Bono in Australia last year, and we mentioned something about family histories, and he was like, Wow, they really gave you some good stuff to write about. It was like he wanted to hug them and thank them.
PENN: My mother was reading this article about me in Esquire last month, and she called me up, and she said [Penn does his mother's voice], "Well, I thought it was an interesting article, but you know, the one thing, every time I'm sitting with you, you have a Diet Coke. Why is it that you're an alcoholic? I'm the alcoholic!" It was as though I'd stolen her mantle!
The thing I can't figure out about Into the Wild is if it's a happy story or a sad one. McCandless experiences so much joy, but then he dies in the end ...
PENN: Let me tell you what I think. My Uncle Bill, who was dying--with 13 cousins that he had all with my Aunt Joan, they had a great, happy marriage for all their years. So there he is on his deathbed. He'd been in a coma a couple of days, and a priest has come in to give last rites. This was the first time, Irish that they are, that my aunt let a tear fall, trusting that his coma would make him unaware of it. Well, open come the eyes, and he sees. He catches her--she can't get away with it. And his last words were "What're ya crying about? You're gonna die too." Chris McCandless lived too short, that's true, but he, in my view, put an entire life from birth to the wisdom of age into those years.
- Ed has been doing the rounds this week, kicking off with a performance at the Into The Wild premiere in Toronto, he played a short 4 song set. He then played two songs at the Body Of War premiere, check out one of them here:
- Eddie is also to appear in yet more movies, this time he will appear in the next Tom Petty DVD, a four-hour documentary titled "Runnin' Down a Dream", in which director Peter Bogdanovich tells the Heartbreakers' story. Vedder, along with other artists such as Stevie Nicks, Dave Grohl and others, will talk about Tom Petty & his historical group's legacy. It hits in October.
- He also appears in Michael Moore's new documentary "Captain Mike Across America", which follows Moore going from stadium to stadium in 62 cities in the dying days of the 2004 presidential campaign for his "Slacker Uprising Tour 2004", bashing US President George W. Bush. Pearl Jam's Ed Vedder and other artists such as Steve Earle, Tom Morello and Joan Baez break up the film with their live performances during several dates of this tour.
- Ed also appeared on Michael Stipe's (R.E.M.) photography website as the photo of the day, rather cheese-tastic, don't you think?
- Chris Cornell has not closed the door on recording a follow-up to Temple Of The Dog, it seems:
"I think some combination of those people making a record is always going to appeal to me. I don't know if it'll be called Temple of the Dog but some collaboration with any combination of those guys, I'll always be open to because it was such a great experience. Quite literally Temple of the Dog is the reason why Audioslave happened as far as I'm concerned. That was the only reason I was really open to it. After Temple of the Dog I felt that I wanted to always keep an open mind in my career about different collaborations because I felt like that was an exciting experience and it taught me that it was totally possible and pretty painless to do it."
- Finally, check out the official video for Ed's new single, Hard Sun:
Saturday, September 08, 2007
- If you take up 10C on this offer you will automatically be entered into a sweepstake to win a flyaway trip for two (2) to the Los Angeles, CA "Into The Wild" Premiere on September 18th.
Coach Airfare for two(2) to Los Angeles, CA (September 17-19)
Two(2) nights hotel accomodations (September 17,18)
Two(2) tickets to the Los Angeles premiere of "Into The Wild"Ground transportation to and from the airport in L.A., hotel and film premiere.
- On Sunday, Ed, Matt and Mike were all spotted backstage at Bumbershoot in Seattle.
- Sean Penn said this of Ed's soundtrack to Into The Wild:
"Within a month of his accepting the request, these great and moving songs poured out of him. No other voice flows, bleeds or rejoices the young American's land and heart so passionately as Vedder's.
His contribution not only raises the impact of the film considerably, but I believe will be an indelible collection independently. Put it in the time capsule under 'Road companions.'"
- How the Starbucks offer will work:
The CD will be $15 and will not include the 3 extra tracks. Basically they are being offered as a download through Itunes. When you buy the CD at Starbucks you go home and download them through Itunes with a special code that comes with the CD.
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Lets keep our fingers crossed for lots of acoustic No Code/Yield goodness!
The full line-up is:
- Neil Young
- Jerry Lee Lewis
- Eddie Vedder with Flea and Jack Irons
- Tom Waits with Kronos Quartet
- John Mayer
- Tegan and Sara
- Regina Spektor
Buy tickets now at www.livenation.com
Monday, September 03, 2007
- 'Music from the motion picture Into The Wild' was recorded at Studio X, Seattle, WA by Adam Kasper (who produced Riot Act & Avocado) and was mixed & produced by Adam Kasper & Eddie Vedder.
- 'Hard Sun', as we previously reported, is a song originally written by Indio, recorded by Vedder with Corin Tucker of Sleater-Kinney.
- 'The Wolf' is written by Jerry Hannan, who also played the guitar and did some vocals on this song.
- On 'Rise', you can hear Ed plays Banjo
- 'End of the road' is an instrumental track.
- The artwork was designed by Brad Klausen & Eddie, and Vedder himself created the album's concept, under the alias 'Jerome Turner'.
- A back cover silhouette photo of Eddie was taken by famous photographer Anton Corbijn
- People thanked in the credits: Jon Krakauer (who wrote the book this movie is based upon), the actor who plays Chris McCandless in the movie (Emile Hirsch), the McCandless family and Brian Dieker. Special thanks to Sean Penn, who directed the movie.
- The record is 'for Jill & Olivia' (Vedder's fiancee & daughter) and is in memory of Chris McCandless.
Source: www.pearljamonline.it, Italian Radio 1
Sunday, September 02, 2007
Saturday, September 01, 2007
This week, we jump back to 1992 to see PJ perform the song that made them massive, Jeremy, at an MTV Awards show, before they began to rage against the machine!
- Kat from the Message Pit confirmed that despite 10C previously reporting otherwise, the new DVD 'Immagine In Cornice' will be released in Brazil, which i would assume means that it will be released throughout all South America!
- PJ are fast becoming stars of the videogaming world! Hot on the heels of news that Even Flow will be included in the upcoming release Guitar Hero III, it has been announced that Alive will feature in Singstar Amped!
- According to http://www.variety.com/, both Into The Wild and I'm Not There will premiere at the Telluride Film Festival this weekend, August 31st - September 3.
- On the bootlegs front, The Army Reserve has released two more vault shows, 1993-08-18 Toronto, ON and 1998-09-06 Knoxville, TN, which can be downloaded from the relevant sections of The AR Vault!
- A second recording has surfaced from this years Katowice show, and will eventually be made available on this site. However, in accordance with the tapers wishes, this show will NOT be offered in mp3 format, only FLAC.
- A fan is hosting a London screening of Immagine In Cornice on September 26th. Further Info:
Time: 6.30pm till close
Venue: The Bath House, 96 Dean Street, London, W1D 3TD
The room has a screen with a projector and a surround sound system so we should be able to really give the DVD a nice going over!
As I have previously said myself (melbourneflower) and a fellow jammer will be putting on a lucky door prize where an attendee will win a copy of the DVD to take home with them!!
If you are interested in attending contact melbourneflower at the message pit by PM.
- Thats all for this week!
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Mike performs 'Spanish Castle Magic' with The Iconics
Mike, Stone and Shawn Smith (Brad) perform 'Little Wing' with The Iconics
Mike and Stone perform the NorthWest classic 'Louie Louie' with The Iconics
- Shawn Smith reports that Brad will be playing 4 or 5 gigs in September, possibly as a Seattle residency, or as a minature tour of the North West!
- Ed was last night awarded the prestigious title of SIMA Environmentalist Of The Year at an awards ceremony in Dana Point, CA!
- 10C's official pre-sale for 'Immagine In Cornice' has begun at www.tenclub.net, whereby you can receive a t-shirt emblazoned with the DVD artwork when you purchase!
- However, such an event never passes without controversy, and this time 10C are pleased to inform us:
1) If you live in South America, you will have to order the DVD online, as there are no plans for an official release there in the near future.
2) If you have ordered the DVD frm 10C and live in Europe, you could well be stuck with a useless disc, as all 10C DVDs are in NTSC format, not the Region 2 format which almost all European DVD players use.
- On a more pleasant note, if you pre-order Ed's upcoming solo album, Into The Wild, from Itunes or Starbucks, your copy will include 4 bonus tracks: No More, Photographs, Here’s To The State Of George W. (live), No More (live)
Monday, August 20, 2007
#1 1993-08-11 Max Bell Arena, Calgary, AB
Not Available, Not In Circulation
#2 1993-08-12 Convention Center, Edmonton, AB
Not Available, Not In Circulation
#3 1993-08-14 Sunfest, Gimli Motorsport Park, Gimli, MB
Available In FLAC, mp3
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Neumann KM140's > AETA PSP3 > Edirol R09 > Digital Mastering
Show #8 Of The 2007 European Tour
03. Do The Evolution
06. World Wide Suicide
08. Given To Fly
10. Not For You
11. Half Full
12. Severed Hand
14. Spin The Black Circle
15. Life Wasted
16. Even Flow
18. Why Go?
20. Rockin' In The Free World
Download Links (FLAC):
Download Link (mp3):
Download Link (Artwork, Photos):
Thanks to the taper. Sound Quality Is B\B+
Saturday, August 18, 2007
I just put up a Brad song, Reason Enough, from our soon to be released new album. It's a song of mine that I am very proud of. In other words, I dig it quite a bit. I put this up without consent from the other guys so if it is taken down in the next few days you will know that Brad is a facist regime!!
Anyway, enjoy and let me know what you think......
Download here: http://www.myspace.com/thediamondhand
Mike performed Spanish Castle Magic to help celebrate the 100th birthday of Pike Place as part of the Market Party. A little later Stone and Shawn Smith joined him and they performed The Day Brings With and Little Wing, before Mike closed the evening playing Star Spangled Banner.
Leave a comment and let us know what you think...
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Master MiniDisc-->Cool Edit Pro-->FLAC
Kudos to EvenKat from the Message Pit for doing a little background research into AT&T and where their money goes:
2006 ELECTION OVERVIEWTop Overall DonorsRank Contributor Total Contributions To Dems To Repubs Contributions Tilt
14 AT&T Inc $2,676,447 34% 66% Leans Republican
GEORGE W. BUSH (R) Top Contributors Cycle: 2004
Morgan Stanley $600,480
Merrill Lynch $580,004
Pricewaterhouse Coopers $513,750
UBS Americas $472,075
Goldman Sachs $390,600
MBNA Corp $356,350
Credit Suisse Group $331,040
Lehman Brothers $329,725
Citigroup Inc $320,620
Bear Stearns $309,150
Ernst & Young $305,140
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu $290,450
US Government $287,636
Wachovia Corp $275,310
Ameriquest Capital $250,650
Blank Rome LLP $223,900
Bank of America $218,261
AT&T Inc $212,920
The $47 Million Retiree Sellout: How White House/GOP donors bought a Medicare bill that lets them cut health benefits.
May 14, 2004On Oct. 29, 2003, President Bush reassured seniors that "corporations have no intention to what they call dump retirees" from their existing drug coverage after the Medicare bill passed. But according to the Wall Street Journal, the White House and its allies in Congress added "a little-noticed provision" to the law which rewards companies with a tax subsidy even if they reduce retirees' existing drug coverage. In effect, the provision creates a financial incentive to reduce retiree benefits.
The Wall Street Journal notes that the provision was pushed primarily by a group called the "Employers' Coalition on Medicare" – an organization made up of corporations that have given President Bush and the RNC more than $47 million since 2000. These same corporations stand to profit from the provision. And it appears at least 10 of them (representing tens of thousands of workers) have either tried in the past or are trying to slash retiree benefits. These 10 companies, which include 3M, AT&T, Bank of America, DaimlerChrysler, GM, IBM, and Verizon, have alone given more than $17 million. Here is the breakdown of the contributions given to President Bush and his allies in Congress by all of the members of the "Employers Coalition" – contributions that no doubt helped buy this provision. For the official list of members of the "Coalition" please see their Web site at http://www.employersandmedicare.org/.
$17 Million From Companies Actively Cutting Retiree Benefits. These 10 companies, which are members of the "Employers Coalition on Medicare," have tried to seriously reduce health/drug benefits for their retirees. And because of their campaign contributions to the White House/Congress, the new Medicare bill insures they will now receive tax subsidies even as they continue to reduce those benefits.
Verizon Total Contributions: $3,882,181
Hard money contributions to Bush since 2000: $65,900
Soft money contributions to RNC since 2000: $2,100,923
PAC money to Republicans since 2000: $1,715,358
Verizon Reducing Employee/Retiree Health Benefits: "Verizon Communications stated it expects its obligation for post-retirement benefits to fall by $1.3 billion as a result of the new Medicare prescription drug benefit…. Verizon is relieved of liability for promises to pay benefits for retirees now that liability shifts to the federal government and the taxpayers. A corporation improves its bottom line, but at the expense of the taxpayer and to the detriment of retirees." [Source: Allentown Morning Call, 3/24/04]3M Total Contributions: $347,305Hard money contributions to Bush since 2000: $9,250Soft money contributions to RNC since 2000: $165,305PAC money contributions to Republicans since 2000: $172,7503M Reducing Employee/Retiree Health Benefits: According to the Austin Business Journal, Austin's 3M is now requiring employees and retirees to "shoulder more of the burden" for health care/drug benefits with its public relations manager admitting "we're asking them to pay more." [Source: Austin Business Journal, 11/29/02] AT&T Total Contributions: $4,660,815
Hard money contributions to Bush since 2000: N/A
Soft money contributions to RNC since 2000: $4,141,772
PAC money contributions to Republicans since 2000: $519,043
Does AT&T owe Bush and the RNC?
May 10, 2002 When the nation's No. 1 cable company, AT&T Broadband, gets swallowed up by No. 3 Comcast sometime next year, the merger will spawn a mammoth new company that will reach 50 percent of the country's cable households. Yet Congress remains unfazed by the company's new size. At a Senate subcommittee hearing in April, members rapidly dismissed any potential antitrust concerns surrounding the merger."Overall, this merger by itself does not appear to present the types of competitive concerns that have led me to be skeptical or critical of some other recent media mergers," said Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), adding that, unlike the proposed EchoStar/DirecTV merger, this deal would not eliminate a direct competitor.
But consumer advocates warn that there are plenty of things to worry about if the AT&T/Comcast merger goes through as planned.
Since Congress passed the 1996 Telecommunications Act that deregulated the cable industry, consumers have seen their cable rates increase by 43 percent. "That's three times the rate of inflation," says David Butler, a spokesman for Consumers Union, a public interest group. "It's been six years since deregulation, and the cable industry has merged to a point where there are only a handful of companies left. This merger would combine two of the biggest industry players and would give them greater power to keep raising prices, limit choices in programming and ignore customer service issues."
Comcast and AT&T insist that the deal will offer consumers, especially those who live in rural areas, greater access to broadband services, including high-speed Internet connections and digital cable. With broadband access a hot topic on Capitol Hill these days, industry insiders joke that you can get almost anything you want in Washington—as long as you say it promotes broadband. Comcast and AT&T will likely have no problem getting the merger approved by federal regulators, especially since no member of Congress has come forward to strongly oppose the deal.
One reason Congress is silent on the issue may have to do with campaign contributions. AT&T (the parent company of AT&T Broadband) has contributed more than $1.5 million in individual, PAC and soft money donations so far in the 2002 election cycle, 53 percent to Republicans. During the 2000 election cycle, AT&T was the country's top corporate contributor, donating $5.9 million to federal candidates and parties, including $47,400 to George Bush for his presidential run. The company supplied another $1 million to the GOP for the Republican national convention in Philadelphia, where Bush won his party's nomination. Comcast, which also gave $1 million to the Republican National Convention, contributed $40,750 to the Bush campaign. So far in the 2002 election cycle, Comcast has contributed more than $200,000 in individual, PAC and soft money contributions, 67 percent to the GOP.
But Comcast and AT&T are not the only corporate donors who want the merger approved. Microsoft invested $5 billion in AT&T in 1999. When Comcast entered into talks to acquire AT&T's broadband division, it made Microsoft a deal. Rather than having to pay Microsoft when the merger went though, Comcast would convert the computer giant's $5 billion investment into 115 million shares of the new company's stock.
Comcast also promised to give Microsoft an edge over other Internet service providers. According to Comcast's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, "if AT&T Comcast offers a high-speed Internet access agreement to any third party, then it will be obligated to offer an agreement…to Microsoft."
Like AT&T, Microsoft is a top campaign contributor. The company has contributed $1.8 million in individual, PAC and soft money donations in the current election cycle so far, 57 percent to Republicans. Microsoft also spent $6.5 million in lobbying last year, at least part of which was used to lobby on broadband issues. During the 2000 elections, Microsoft contributed $4.7 million to federal candidates and parties, including $61,250 to Bush. Microsoft also chipped in another $1 million to help sponsor the Republican national convention. (Both AT&T and Microsoft also gave $1 million each to the Democrats for their convention in Los Angeles.)
A third set of campaign contributors closely watching the AT&T/Comcast merger are the so-called Baby Bells. The four regional phone companies—BellSouth, Verizon, SBC Communications and Qwest—have come out more or less opposed to the merger. But rather than aggressively combating the deal, the companies are apparently hoping the merger will force Congress to lift regulations that apply to the Baby Bells, but not to the cable industry. After the Comcast/AT&T merger was announced, SBC Communications issued a statement asking Congress for "rules that all competitors can play by in the broadband market." Congress currently requires that the Baby Bells lease part of their high-speed networks to rival Internet service providers if they want to offer broadband services. (Legislation recently passed by the House would remove that restriction.) The Baby Bells have contributed more than $5.4 million combined in individual, PAC and soft money donations during 2001-2002. The companies have also spent a combined $21.3 million on lobbying in 2001.Some critics of the AT&T/Comcast merger say there may be another reason why no one on Capitol Hill is voicing any opposition to the deal. Once the merger is complete, the new cable giant will control programming for an estimated 25 million Americans. "Comcast has local control [over programming]," says Jeffrey Chester, head of the Center for Digital Democracy. "They give access to politicians. This is a silent campaign contribution that keeps on giving." Chester argues that one reason the Bush administration has ignored the concerns of consumer advocates is because "it doesn't hurt having the largest cable company in the country recognizing its debt to the administration for approving the merger." The Bush administration tried to grease the wheels of media mergers earlier this year when it transferred oversight duties from the Federal Trade Commission to the Justice Department.
Consumer groups immediately protested, saying the Justice Department would be too lenient compared to the FTC, which last year okayed the AOL/Time Warner merger, but only after imposing several restrictions on the deal. Sen. Ernest Hollings (D-S.C.), chairman of the powerful Commerce Committee, has threatened to strip the FTC of funding if the agency gives up its oversight role to the Justice Department. The AT&T/Comcast merger is currently undergoing review at the Federal Communications Commission, but consumer advocates don't hold out much hope that the FCC will prevent the merger or even impose restrictions. The FCC is chaired by Michael Powell, the son of Bush's Secretary of State, Colin Powell. And earlier in the year, the FCC changed its classification of cable high-speed Internet services from a "telecommunications service" to an "information service." The switch helps the cable industry escape further regulation under the 1996 Telecommunications Act.
This all goes to show the close ties that exist between AT&T and Bu$h and the Republicans, furthering suspicions that AT&T's censorship of Ed's anti-Bu$h was no accident, but rather a deliberate move by the company to protect itself and its relationship with Bu$h. Have your say in our new poll.
"Thoughts of an American.
I grew up in a democratic system of government. This is what was taught all through Kindergarten through College. Freedom of thought and expression were hallmarks of my early education. These concepts and theories integrated my belief in an American system of democracy. Consequently, I became a musician because of these inalienable rights. Make no mistake I am an artist and a capitalist because of this system that I believe in and our country. I don't however believe that a capitalist corporation such as AT&T has the right to subvert the first amendment of the constitution to which we all are accountable. This happened on the night we played Lollapalooza. I was dismayed to hear that the act of censoring free speech was used to edit our song Daughter for a webcast. Surely the American listening public can discern for themselves what they deem acceptable to hear. This is a hallmark of our American way!! The freedom to listen to what you want or don't want to. The American public was duped as was I in believing that I can speak freely without censorship.
I can only look to historical figures who are above reproach in my mind, such as Thomas Jefferson "I hope we shall crush...in it's birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country." I feel that corporations can still exist without worry of a few words at a rock concert and need not trample upon our constitution for the sake of profit.
Another example that I believe is relevant is a George Orwell quote from Animal Farm. "If liberty means anything at all it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear." Some people don't want to hear our political beliefs in a song but that too is the beauty of America. WE CAN DISAGREE and still function as a democracy. When one person or company decides what others can hear, that is totalitarian thinking! This runs contrary to America and threatens the core of our freedom. We can think for ourselves, AT&T. I had the great pleasure of seeing the Space Shuttle launch live in Florida today. This gave me a feeling of excitement and patriotism in my country today.
It showed me a future of ingenuity and promise for a better America.
With that I will leave you with a last quote from the quintessential American "Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it." This is an example of my belief in what Ed was saying the night we were censored during Daughter. You can't get more American than Mark Twain!!! Say no to censorship, it leads to dictatorship!
The soundtrack is set for release on October 30th.
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
"After concluding our Sunday night show at Lollapalooza, fans informed us that portions of that performance were missing and may have been censored by AT&T during the "Blue Room" Live Lollapalooza Webcast.
When asked about the missing performance, AT&T informed Lollapalooza that portions of the show were in fact missing from the webcast, and that their content monitor had made a mistake in cutting them.During the performance of "Daughter" the following lyrics were sung to the tune of Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall" but were cut from the webcast:
- "George Bush, leave this world alone." (the second time it was sung); and
- "George Bush find yourself another home."
This, of course, troubles us as artists but also as citizens concerned with the issue of censorship and the increasingly consolidated control of the media.
AT&T's actions strike at the heart of the public's concerns over the power that corporations have when it comes to determining what the public sees and hears through communications media.Aspects of censorship, consolidation, and preferential treatment of the internet are now being debated under the umbrella of "NetNeutrality." Check out The Future of Music or Save the Internet for more information on this issue.
Most telecommunications companies oppose "net neutrality" and argue that the public can trust them not to censor..
Even the ex-head of AT&T, CEO Edward Whitacre, whose company sponsored our troubled webcast, stated just last March that fears his company and other big network providers would block traffic on their networks are overblown.."
Any provider that blocks access to content is inviting customers to find another provider." (Marguerite Reardon, Staff Writer, CNET News.com Published: March 21, 2006, 2:23 PM PST).
But what if there is only one provider from which to choose?If a company that is controlling a webcast is cutting out bits of our performance -not based on laws, but on their own preferences and interpretations - fans have little choice but to watch the censored version.
What happened to us this weekend was a wake up call, and itâ€™s about something much bigger than the censorship of a rock band.The complete version of "Daughter" from the Lollapalooza performance will be posted here soon for any of you who missed it. We apologize to our fans who were watching the webcast and got shortchanged. In the future, we will work even harder to ensure that our live broadcasts or webcasts are free from arbitrary edits.
If you have examples of AT&T censoring artist performances around political content, it's a good thing for everyone to know about. Feel free to post examples on the official Pearl Jam Message Pit."
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Show #13 Of The 2007 World Tour
02. Trouble (Ed Solo)
03. Dead Man (Ed Solo)
04. I Used To Work In Chicago (Ed Solo)
05. Improv (Ed Solo)
06. Picture In A Frame (Ed Solo)
08. All Or None
11. In Hiding
13. I'm Open
17. Off He Goes
18. Hard To Imagine
01. Gods' Dice
02. Worldwide Suicide
05. Why Go?
06. No More (Ed Solo)
07. Inside Job
08. Low Light
09. Love Reign O'er Me
11. Black Diamond
12. Sonic Reducer
13. Indifference (w/ Ben Harper)
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Tuesday, August 07, 2007
Ed played a 40 min set of PJ favourites with the band, then returned to play another 45 min set of classic tunes such as Sweet Home Alabama with Kid Rock in tow!
There are some photos of this momentous event floating around the web, and we'll keep you up to date if we come across more info on the setlist or even a boot...
Set 1: Baba O'Riley (The Who), Take Me Out To The Ball Game (Traditional)
Set 2: Sweet Home Alabama (Lynyrd Skynyrd), Yellow Ledbetter, Rockin' In The Free World (Neil Young)
15 Encore Break
"We have nothing planned, we are tired and want to be with our families. We plan to go back into the studio in April."
Looks like we're in for a long winter...
01. Setting Forth
02. No Ceiling
03. Far Behind
05. Long Nights
07. Hard Sun
08. The Wolf
09. End of the Road
The album's artwork has also been revealed...
EDIT: The 1st single to be lifted from the album is Hard Sun, a song originally written by Seattle musician Gordon Peterson (a.k.a. Indio), is a duet Vedder did with Corin Tucker of Sleater-Kinney.
Monday, August 06, 2007
Why Go?, Corduroy, Save You, Do The Evolution, Small Town, Severed Hand, Education, Even Flow, Given To Fly, Worldwide Suicide, Don't Go BP Amaco Improv, Lukin, Not For You, Daughter/(ABITW pt. 2), State Of Love And Trust, Wasted Reprise, Alive
Betterman/(Save It For Later), Crazy Mary, Life Wasted, Rearviewmirror
No More (w/ Ben Harper), RITFW (w/ Ben Harper, US Soldiers)
Download The Webcast: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=EYJ0QGIO
Rolling Stone Review:
Pearl Jam brings the festival full circle. Fifteen years ago, the quintet played a daytime slot on the second Lollapalooza while they were on their way to temporarily becoming the biggest band in the world. Now, in their only major North American concert appearance of the year, the Seattle crew is digging deep into a rich back catalog as belles of the ball.
“There’s a deep amount of meaning that comes with playing this stage tonight,” reveals Eddie Vedder, regaling the crowd with tales of his youth spent in the north suburb of Evanston.
Tonight, the always dependable Pearl Jam are on fire. “Corduroy,” “Do the Evolution,” and “Given to Fly” lead the parade of hits while “Why Go?” “State of Love and Trust,” “Rearviewmirror” and “Worldwide Suicide” provide clenched-teeth release. Select covers — Victoria Williams’ “Crazy Mary” and Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall Pt. 2” included — please the faithful.
Bassist Jeff Ament and guitarist Stone Gossard face-off and challenge another, and Vedder assumes his typical fight-the-good-fight stance, railing against petroleum company BP Amoco, which is planning to dump toxic chemicals into Lake Michigan under the guise of expansion. Pearl Jam even slapped together a brief punk-ish ditty, “Don’t Go to BP Amoco,” to spread the message. “Evenflow” meanders into a jam before detouring into a Matt Cameron drum solo, which, coincidentally, coincides with fireworks exploding in the background over the Field Museum.
Strangely, it works as if exactly to plan, and makes sense for where Pearl Jam are now at in their career — and for what Lollapalooza currently represents as a festival.
Saturday, August 04, 2007
"Choice songs include "Even Flow,” "Corduroy" and "World Wide Suicide." Other highlights include Eddie Vedder jamming with My Morning Jacket on “A Quick One While He's Away” Vedder backstage in Torino working on Italian translations to greet the crowd, bassist Jeff Ament going for a pre-show skate at a local park outside Bologna, McCready and Vedder rehearsing an acoustic version of "Lukin" on the upper-most steps of the ancient Arena di Verona and touring keyboardist Boom Gaspar and Vedder visiting an ancient cathedral in Pistoia and talking with a local about the musical culture of Italy and the fame of Pistoia's organs."
Speaking of the Vic, a bootleg is coming soon, and as usual you'll be able to download it here. To tide you over, heres a little tease of Black Diamond:
Ed will also release a solo album this year, Into The Wild, the soundtrack to the new Sean Penn film of the same name.
Ed will also be appearing as himself in a 'fake biopic' about fictional rock star Dewey Cox. Says director Judd Apatow of Ed's part:
"We wrote this really bombastic, over-the-top speech, and Eddie Vedder was hysterical reading it. He nailed it on the first take."
With all that exciting news behind him, Ed casually strolled onstage last night to join Ben Harper during his Lollapalooza set to duet on Masters Of War. Check it out here:
If you are at Lollapalooza, then you might want to keep an eye out for Ed, as he is slated to make a super secret appearance at Kidsapalooza, the kids zone on the festival site. Whether this is today or tomorrow, no-one can confirm.
Thats about all the news we can fit in one post, so stay tuned for more Lolla news as the weekend progresses!
Friday, August 03, 2007
All Or None, Education, Sad, In Hiding, Parachutes, I'm Open, Wishlist, Down, Undone, Off He Goes, Hard To Imagine, God's Dice, World Wide Suicide, Rats, Gone, Why Go?
No More (Ed Solo), Inside Job, Low Light, Love Reign O'er Me
Comatose, Black Diamond, Sonic Reducer
Indifference (w/Ben Harper)
Dirty Frank was on the setlist but not played. Black Diamond is a Kiss cover, performed with Matt on lead vocals.
Thursday, August 02, 2007
PJ return to Chicago, site of many legendary PJ concerts over the years, to play a tiny fanclub only show at the Vic Theater, as a warm-up to this weekend's headlining slot at Lollapalooza, and boy are we excited!
Rumours are flying around of a rarity packed show, acoustic sets, special guests and much more!
Fans have been queuing since late last night and excitement is reaching fever pitch! Be sure to check back to hear all the latest from the show as it happens throughout the night!
If you are going, have a great time, and be sure to get in touch and tell us all about it when you get back!
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
The first is a look back at PJ's run on the Lollapalooza 92 tour, with video highlights, expert insights and backstage banter.
The second investigates the Vitalogy Health Club starter kit, its contents, and its history.
Go check them out, the link is on the right.
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
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"So, it's with humility that LP guitarist Brad Delson tells PopEater backstage at the L.A.'s Projekt Revolution tour that he and his bandmates have found something like relief, reports AOL Music. "I can finally say with some confidence that having 'Minutes to Midnight' come out and be so well-received, that I really see us now as a career band."
Still, Delson says Linkin recently learned in Europe that they're certainly still evolving -- a lesson taught to them by rock veterans Pearl Jam. "I was really blown away by what they do on stage -- how organic their show is," Delson says. "We played [with them in] Lisbon, and we were kind of high on ourselves a little bit. Then I stood on the side of the stage, watched Pearl Jam perform, and was immediately very humbled. They seriously destroyed us. I say that in the best way possible. It was like, 'Holy crap, there's so much room for us still to grow.'"
Linkin Park are taking another page from their forebears Pearl Jam by releasing complete live recordings of each of their shows following the event. "It means we can't suck," Delson jokes."
Show #6 Of The 2007 European Tour
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02. Long Road
03. Severed Hand
06. Given To Fly
07. Low Light
08. I Got Shit
10. Green Disease
11. Marker In The Sand
14. Present Tense
15. State Of Love And Trust
16. Why Go?
17. Save You
19. Inside Job
21. Crazy Mary
22. Do the Evolution
24. No More (Ed Solo)
26. Worldwide Suicide
27. Rockin' In The Free World
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