Wednesday, May 30, 2007

News: Eddie Interview

Check out this conversation between Eddie and Thomas Young on their contributions to the film Body Of War, the soundtrack to which Eddie has contribued several songs, including No More.

News: Tim Bierman Interview

Pearl Jam's Fan Herder May Be Used, But He's a 10

Uniting with others under the umbrella of common adoration for an entity isn't for everyone. Going the extra mile and declaring true devotion to a band, a teen heartthrob, or athlete by becoming a card-carrying member of a fan club takes a special kind of person. But it takes a very special kind of person to run one: Meet Tim Bierman, the head honcho for Ten Club— home to thousands of (you guessed it) Pearl Jam fans from all over the world. When he's not taking advantage of the perks of the job (free PJ embroidered socks! Batting practice at Fenway Park!), he's doing all he can to help make the "Jamily's" dreams a reality, one carbon-neutral concert ticket, T-shirt, and bootleg at a time.

Please introduce yourself and give us an idea of all that you do for the Pearl Jam empire:
I'm Tim Bierman, and I run the Ten Club, which is the fan club organization for Pearl Jam. My responsibilities also include managing the band's Web site,, and merchandising for touring, retail, and online.

How long have you ruled the roost there?
I've been here since the summer of '98.

How did you come to work in music?
I've been involved in music one way or another since I was 14, when I joined my first band. Then, in college, I worked at Rockin' Rudy's Record Rental in Missoula starting in '81, I think. After graduating from University of Montana, I was able to invest in a small part of the store and ended up sticking around until '97. During that run in Montana, I played in a bunch of bands, including Shangri-La Speedway with Randy Pepprock, Clodhopper with Danny Pearson and Tim Mooney from the American Music Club, and Tarkio with the Decemberists' Colin Meloy. After Missoula, I went to the Bay Area and got the ultimate record-store-geek job—buyer for the fabled Amoeba Music.

How did that lead to managing the fan club?
One day I went to L.A. to go to a Sonics-Lakers playoff game with Jeff Ament [who I know from Montana], and he told me that they needed someone with a retail background who understood music fans to take over the Ten Club. He actually said, "You know what we need? We need a Tim Bierman." I obviously knew where they could find a perfectly good—if not a slightly used—Tim Bierman. Before I knew it, I was in Seattle interviewing for the job.

As a former co-worker of yours, I know that the fan club can receive some pretty interesting packages, to say the least. What would you say is one of the craziest things you've ever received?
I'd have to say that one person's "crazy" is another person's "creative." Let's just say there has been some really "creative" stuff sent in over the years.

Do you ever keep treats that people send in?
Factory sealed or homemade? Big diff.

Who would you say is PJ's ultimate, No. 1 fan and why?
I thought it was you, Aja. Just kidding. There's this guy who we'll call Bruce who seems to go to every show and is always right up front. He's like a lawyer or something. I don't see how he ever gets any work done when the band is on tour. But for every Bruce that I know about, there are 100 others just like him.

I know Pearl Jam does a lot of work to keep things on the green level. Is there anything in particular the fan club does to reduce negative environmental impact on the Earth?
We conducted an eco-audit on the Pearl Jam businesses about six years ago. It's something that we take very seriously, and we're always looking for ways to improve on it. Our philosophy is—as a business—it's our job to seek out ways to continually reduce our impact on the environment. Some of the things we've done so far include: offsetting our carbon; establishing the Carbon Portfolio Project to invest in green technologies and practices; using energy-efficient lighting in our offices; and powering our buses and trucks with B100 [biodiesel] when we tour. Most recently, we've been focused on trying to find the right textiles for merchandise that are environmentally and socially responsible and still pleasing to our fans.

What are some of the best perks of working for a band as ubiquitous as Pearl Jam?Besides the socks?
I'd have to say taking batting practice at Fenway Park as a guest of Theo Epstein was a pretty amazing perk. He's a sweetheart of a guy.

What are the drawbacks?
Lots of phone calls from people I used to know when the band gets close to their town.

How many stickman tattoos have you seen in your lifetime?
Enough to realize that I don't need to see any more.

Top five records to listen to while contemplating all of those stickman tattoos:
Amy Winehouse, Back to Black.
The New Pornographers, Twin Cinema.
Neil Young, Live at Massey Hall 1971.
Yo La Tengo, I Am Not Afraid of You And I Will Beat Your Ass.
My Morning Jacket, Okonokos.

Interview By Aja Pecknold


The AR Vault: New Shows Available, Myspace Downloads, OFS Update

1. Today another 2 shows have been released from The Army Reserve Bootleg Vault!

They are available in both FLAC & mp3 and contain Artwork:

1992 Ten Tour: Leg I

#09 1992-02-12 Melkweg, Amsterdam, NED

1998 Yield Tour: Leg II

#29 1998-07-07 Tingley Coliseum, Albuquerque, NM

2. As you may or may not have noticed, The Army Reserve now has a myspace page (see links), and we will begin a new program of special AR Vault releases through it!

If you add The Army Reserve as a myspace friends, you will have access to a show (or maybe 2) handpicked from the AR Vault once per month, that will not be available immeadiately on the site! (We plan to make all shows available on the site eventually, but that process could take years!)

This will begin next month, so add us and get in ahead of the crowd!

3. The 2 shows featured on the most recent Given To Cast podcast, from Houston on the Binaural tour will be uploaded in the next few days on the Our Favourite Shows site, so keep checking back and we'll keep you posted.


Sunday, May 27, 2007

News: AR On Myspace!

Since its tour time, and as we are always looking for new ways to get in contact with fans, The Army Reserve has hit Myspace!

Come check us out, add us, and tell us why you love PJ, why you love the site, why the sky is blue, or whatever else may pop into your head!


Saturday, May 26, 2007

News: More Than Ten Website

I have added a new link to a website which i came across a week or so ago, called More Than Ten.

The site intends to explore every Pearl Jam song ever written in detail, and offer some fascinating insights into some favourites, as well as obscure b-sides and covers, and has made me go back and listen to many of these songs again, and allowed me to hear them in a different light, which can only be a good thing.

Here are a few words fom the site author, Corduroy13:

"I am thrilled that there are already a handful of Pearl Jam fans reading this young blog, and responding in agreement or disagreement. As some of the responses have been concerned by my criticism, I want to make a brief explanatory note about what I hope this blog will and will not be.

Music critics vs. Diehard Fans: I believe it’s possible to be both. I am both a music critic who has written extremely favorably about Pearl Jam for an online culture magazine (reviews of Lost Dogs and the self-titled record), and a passionate fan who has collected every possible scrap of the band’s music since the days of Ten. I don’t love every song they’ve ever written, and I believe I can still be honest about the flaws of the songs I love. This blog is being written purely for fun, and the best part about it is the chance to hear other fans respond with their opinions.

The style is always going to be a mixture of fandom and criticism. This has already irked some readers who would rather it be more professionally critical, or more unabashedly fanatical. I already have outlets for both of those writing styles, and am more interested in trying to fuse them. If the mixture’s a little awkward right out of the gates, bear with me. If I don’t always adhere to Strunk & White, bear with me. If I dis your favorite song, bear with me (and then dis mine). But above all, thank you for reading!"

Go check it out now, at

Happy Reading,

Friday, May 25, 2007

News: Kiedis Talks Hullabaloo

Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis, who is soon to be a father, has spoken of his enjoyment of Eddie, Flea & Jack's perfmance at Hullabaloo earlier this month, which will benefit underpriveliged children:

"It was really fun. Eddie Vedder got up there with a power trio consisting of Jack Irons on drums and Flea on bass, and he came off and the guy was drenched as if he had just come in from the ocean. It was kind of like if The Who were a trio today, it might be like that. It brought in a ton of money. Kids will benefit. Kids will get scholarships, and they'll get lessons to learn music. That's what it's there for. (It's) very simple."


The AR Vault: New Shows Available

The time has come again for updates to the Army Reserve Bootleg Vault! Now Available are...

1998 Yield Tour: Leg II

#26 1998-07-02 Riverport Ampitheater, St. Louis, MO
#27 1998-07-03 Sandstone Ampitheater, Bonner Springs, KS
#28 1998-07-05 Reunion Arena, Dallas, TX

These shows are available in both mp3 and FLAC, with Artwork


Wednesday, May 23, 2007

News: Surf's Up Soundtrack, Ramones

PJ will be featured on the soundtrack to a new kids movie about a surfing penguin, called Surf's Up!

They have contributed Big Wave from Avocado. The full tracklisting is:

1. Reggae Got Soul - 311
2. Drive - Incubus
3. Stand Tall - Heads,Dirty
4. Lose Myself - Hill, Lauryn
5. Just Say Yes - Andrews, Ken
6. Forrowest - In The Dark, Forro
7. Pocket Full Of Stars - Nine Black Alps
8. Into Yesterday - Sugar Ray
9. Big Wave - Pearl Jam
10. Wipe Out - Nose, Big
11. Run Home (Instrumental) Priestess
12. What I Like About You - Romantics, The
13. You Get What You Give - New Radicals
14. Hawaiian War Chant (Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wai) - Wills, Bob & His Texas Playboys

You can pre-order the soundtrack at
You can watch a trailer at

After we brought you news of Eddie in a new Ramones DVD, we came across a link to download his performance of Sheena Is A Punk Rocker from the 30th Anniversary show. This performance also features Tim Armstrong (Rancid), Brett Gurewitz (Bad Religion) as well as CJ and Marky Ramone.

Download Link:,%20Brett%20Gurewitz,%20CJ%20Ramone%20&%20Marky%20Ramone%29.mp3

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

News: Ramones DVD To Feature Eddie

"On Friday June 29th at 6 pm, The Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles will again celebrate the legacy of The Ramones with a world premier.

TOO TOUGH TO DIE, the documentary produced and directed by Mandy Stein, consists of 2 highly exciting yet emotional parts. The 1st captures highlights of The Ramones 30th Anniversary Concert, which took place at the Palace in LA on Sept 12, 2004. The event was meticulously produced by career spanning Ramones creative director Arturo Vega and Joe Sib, and included Tommy, Marky & CJ Ramone; as well as performances from Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dickies, X, Eddie Vedder, Steve Jones, Rob Zombie, Daniel Rey, Henry Rollins, Pete Yorn, Tim Armstrong, and Dicky Barrette. In addition, there are commentaries from Lisa Marie Presley, Sonic Youth & Seymour Stein, as well as many of the musicians.
Ironically, the event took place just 3 days prior to Johnny's passing, and thus the 2nd part of the film covers the bittersweet tribute ceremony unveiling the Johnny Ramone monument at Hollywood Forever, also the resting place of DeeDee Ramone. The beautiful bronze statue captures Johnny, larger than life, clad in his signature Ramones outfit and playing guitar.
Sculptor Wayne Toth applied incredible detail to the work, giving it life like results. It premiers September 15 on Starz, but why wait?

As always, the proceedings will be hosted by Linda Ramone; and both Marky Ramone & Henry Rollins will be on hand to introduce the evening.If you have never been to one of the events at the cemetery, please know you are allowed to bring food and drink. It's a proper nocturnal picnic so bring a blanket, spread the goodies and prepare for a lot of fun. A 10 dollar donation is requested to benefit Prostate Cancer Research. Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood"


Features: Shoutbox!

Check out the newest addition to the site, our own little shoutbox!

Use this to say whatever is on your mind, communicate with other fans, discuss the important issues of the day, ask questions about site updates, comment on site features etc. etc. etc.

So, what are you waiting for? Get chatting!

Friday, May 18, 2007

News: Ed in Stones DVD

"The Rolling Stones will release a DVD box set from their A Bigger Bang tour next month, exclusively through Best Buy. It's called The Biggest Bang, and the four-disc set will feature more than seven hours of concert footage and interviews, including material from their show in Austin, Texas, last October, and the beachfront concert in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, in February 2006. According to, the set will include duets with Dave Matthews, Bonnie Raitt, and Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder; a tour documentary; six songs making their DVD debut; and another six songs that have never been released before. The Biggest Bang will be released June 12th in an exclusive deal with Best Buy."


Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Activism: Stone Speaks

I walk my dog a lot. This activity gets me outdoors and gives me great joy. My dog takes me places I might not go if she hadn't dragged me there, or inspired me to go there. We spend lots of time in the green belts and park of my hood. I noticed recently the efforts to restore the green belts from the damage caused by English Ivy and Blackberries. Left unchecked, these invasive spcies (not originally from our NW ecosystem but introduced recently) will overgrow all native trees and plants and eventually kill them. After the restoration process has occurred, the effect on the green belt is amazing....the forest floor is filled with Sword Ferns and all sorts of low growing plants of which I can't remember the names, but they are beautfiul and obviously in harmony with the big Firs, Cedars, and Maples that still tower there.
The other day, I praised a group of volunteers about their efforts and it was suggested that I might want to help out... So a few Saturdays ago I did and it was great. The four of us planted a variety of plants and trees all through an area that had been cleared of the Ivy and Blackberries. The woman who ran the program that day was Jillian Archer, who is a city gardener. She was fantastic and very knowledgable... Her work is part of a larger program called Green Seattle Partnerships. This is a bunch of folk from the city volunteer groups and NGO's that want to enhance Seattle's already gorgeous urban forests. They are partly funded by the Green Belt and Parks Initiative that Seattle voted for a few years back.... Anyway it was a fun and very interesting day.

News: Mike Talks About The Gorge Boxset

1. What is it about the Gorge that makes for such special shows for the band?
The Gorge is the most beautiful place I have ever played. You have the backdrop of the Columbia River with the sunset and all of its colors, in addition to having a bunch of fans sitting in a hill to watch the show that was cut out to create the venue. It has an incredible spiritual vibe to it - a feeling of happiness and elation comes over the band because we are basically playing to our home in this beautiful setting.

2. Why did you decide to release these shows out of all the 2005-06 tour dates?
We felt that these were above par shows -- kind of book ends to our U.S./Canadian/world tours from 2005 and 2006.

3. What are some of your stand out moments from these shows?
My friend Chris Adams who I met through the CCFA wrote the set list for the Saturday night show in 2006, upon Ed's request. This will probably never happen again and it turned out to be an awesome set list.Another highlight from the 2006 show was that I had brought my family along and we got to go swimming in the Columbia River on Sunday afternoon before the show and I actually got to meet some fans that where trying to cool off too.A highlight from the 2005 show was shooting footage with the guys for the 'Life Wasted' video around the Gorge.

4. Pearl Jam has led the way in making their live shows available to fans since the introduction of the official bootleg program in 2000. The bootleg program went digital in 2005, but you have made an exception with this box set. Does this mark a new approach in making your live shows available to the fans?
We are always thinking about new ways to make our music available to our fans and fans of live music. Our main goal is to always keep our fans happy and excited about our music, to help them maintain their experience of the live shows.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Download: Hullaballoo Wallpaper

Download a lovely new wallpaper from Ed's performance with Flea & Jack Irons last night at The Henry Fonda Theater.


Photos: Ed & Friends Rock Hullabaloo!

Pictures 1-4: Flea, Jack Irons, Eddie
Picture 5: John Frusciante (RHCP Guitarist, joined PJ onstage at Santa Barbara 03 Benefit), Eddie, Flea

Setlist: 2007-05-05 Henry Fonda Theater, Hollywood, CA (Ed Solo)

Ed played this show as a benefit for the Silverlake Conservatory, a non-profit organisation set up by Flea of RHCP to help tutor musicians in LA.

Ed Set (Solo):
Walking The Cow, Driftin', I Am Mine, No More War

He was then joined by Flea and Jack Irons (!) who played as a 3-piece for the remainder of the set:
Throw Your Hatred Down, Watch Outside, Corduroy, Habit, Betterman, The Kids Are Alright

Friday, May 04, 2007

News: AR Vault Special Release

Now Available:
1994-04-10 Boston Garden, Boston, MA
1994-04-11 Boston Garden, Boston, MA
1994-04-12 Opheum Theater, Boston, MA

In April 1994, Pearl Jam went through one of the most turbulent periods of their entire career. The Grunge phenomenon had reached its peak, and in support of their 2nd album, Vs., barely a night went by on the closing leg of their album tour without the band making reference to the fact that they despised being 'icons' and 'poster-boys' for the MTV generation. They had stopped making music videos, and would grant interviews only to friends such as Cameron Crowe, who they felt would represent them fairly, instead of try to present them as the media wanted them to be seen.

On the 7th of April, the bands' lives would be forever altered when it was announced that the body of Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain had been discovered at his Seattle home. Cobain's death left the band as the leaders of the Grunge generation, and the media pressure (On Eddie in particular) intensified as all eyes turned on them.

At first it was too much; the band considered cancelling all remaining tour dates and flying home, and Vedder destroyed his hotel room in a fit of rage and despair.

But they pulled together, and within days hit Boston for 3 dates that would signal the end of the Vs. tour (excluding a TV appearance for SNL and a fanclub only show in NYC). The band would play 2 of the last shows at the famous Boston Garden, before it was demolished, and follow it with a smaller show at the Orpheum Theater. These are widely agreed to be 3 of the best shows the band has ever played.

Often as a live act, the band is split historically into shows pre and post 1998. Before, the shows are often described as more youthful and energetic, but the word that appears most often when earlier performances are discussed is intensity. This is never more accurate than when describing 'The Boston Trilogy'.

Throughout the 3 nights Eddie mocks fans who chant his name, and chastises those who look at him as a hero. The band perform almost their entire catalogue, including hits (such as Jeremy and Even Flow), B-sides (Alone & Hard To Imagine), new songs from the then unreleased Vitalogy (Tremor Christ, Corduroy, Not For You) and a handful of covers by artists ranging from Dead Boys to Neil Young to The Beatles. Many of the songs would dissapear from the setlists for years afterwards (Breath wasn't played again until '98, Dirty Frank until '06!) while others would become extremely rare for years (Rats, Why Go?).

Now you can download these 3 shows and experience Pearl Jam at its raw, aggressive best. The shows are available in FLAC format and mp3s. Each of the shows also has CD artwork and source information, which you may download if you so wish. Download links are found at the bottom of the post.


Night 1 (Boston Garden)
Main Set:
Release, Go, Animal, Dissident, Why Go, Deep, Jeremy, Glorified G, Daughter/(Hey Hey, My My)/(W.M.A.), State of Love and Trust, Garden, Blood, Black, Alive, Porch
Encore 1:
Once, Rearviewmirror, Not for You
Encore 2:
Small Town, Leash, Yellow Ledbetter

Night 2 (Boston Garden)
Main Set:
Release, Rearviewmirror, Whipping, Go, Animal, Dissident, State of Love and Trust, Breath, Blood, Daughter/(Hey Hey, My My), Why Go?, Improv/Jeremy, Even Flow, Black, Alive, Porch/(Tearing), Rats, Immortality, Corduroy, Garden, Leash
Rockin' in the Free World, Happy Trails, Indifference

Night 3 (Orpheum Theater)
Main Set:
Oceans, Even Flow, Sonic Reducer, State of Love and Trust, Hard to Imagine, Immortality/(Hey Hey, My My), Go, Animal, Glorified G, Daughter/(Suck You Dry), Alone, Not for You, Better Man, Rats, Blood
Release, Tremor Christ, Once, Fuckin' Up, Dirty Frank, Yellow Ledbetter, Improv, Rearviewmirror, Elderly Woman, I've Got a Feeling

Download Links (FLAC):

Night 1

Night 2

Night 3

Download Links (mp3):

Night 1

Night 2

Night 3

Download Links (Artwork):

Night 1

Night 2

Night 3

Enjoy these recordings, and remember, only FLAC format is acceptable when participating in trades.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

News: The AR Bootleg Vault

I'm afraid that as things get real busy in the next month, the amount of new bootlegs appearing from The Army Reserve Vault will pretty much dry up :(

Not to worry though, normal service will resume in June, when we will also be opening the new tour section of the site!

In the meantime, there will be something special uploaded to tide you over by the weekend, so stay tuned!


Wednesday, May 02, 2007

News: Live At The Gorge 05/06 Boxset!!!

Breaking News from 10C:

"Hey Jamily!

Pearl Jam has just announced the release of "Pearl Jam Live at the Gorge05/06", a limited-edition 7-disc box set of the band's three scorching,sold-out shows. Special member pre-sale on now!
Pre-Order the exclusive Ten Club version of "Live at the Gorge 05/06" from for $34.99 (plus shipping) and receive alimited edition postcard set, featuring 3 concert poster images and thebox set cover art image, while supplies last.

This is an exclusive offerfor active members only! The pre-sale will open to the general public beginning May 9.
Please understand this offer is a pre-order of the product. Packages will ship after June 20th via USPS First Class. The Ten Club will aim to deliver this package to you on the release date of June 26th, but the delivery date is not guaranteed.
****International residents - delivery of the product can take up to 4-6weeks.

Enjoy over 7.5 hours of Pearl Jam concert performances from three spectacular shows. The pre-sale lasts until June 20th or while supplieslast, so pre-order your box set today!"