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
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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."
Source: Schoeps MK4s > Rmod box > TCD-D100
Conversion: PCM-R300 > USBPre > Soundforge 7.0b > shntool 2.0.3 > FLAC 1.1.2
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.