Summer festival season has only just begun, but it’s already time to start thinking about where you’re going to binge on music this fall. You can start with Slim Shady himself, who is the just-announced headliner at the annual Austin City Limits Festival.
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A former financial officer of Pearl Jam’s management company has been sentenced to 14 months in prison for embezzling more than $300,000 from the band.
The Seattle Times reports that Superior Court Judge Roger Rogoff agreed Friday to allow Rickey Goodrich to remain free for two weeks to get his financial affairs in order. Goodrich will return in two weeks for formal sentencing.
His lawyer had sought probation.
The 55-year-old man pleaded guilty in December to six counts of first-degree theft. Prosecutors say he used company accounts to pay personal debts and fund lavish family vacations.
Prosecutors say he has already paid back $125,000 and has agreed to pay more in restitution.
Court papers say Goodrich worked as chief financial officer for Curtis Inc., the management company owned by the band’s manager Kelly Curtis. The Times says Goodrich was fired in September 2010.
Every Tuesday morning in New Releases Roundup, we’ll publish our reviews of the week’s releases as found in the pages of Entertainment Weekly. This week: Paul McCartney, Pearl Jam, Gavin DeGraw, the Avett Brothers, and Scotty McCreery.
Paul McCartney, New “McCartney earns points just for seeking out new ideas, but New hangs on the strength of the songs. He’s got formidable storytelling chops (which especially inform the dreamy ‘On My Way to Work’), but he is also smart enough to get out of the way of a bombastic hook, as on the punchy ‘I Can Bet.”’ (Click here for Kyle Anderson’s full review.)
Pearl Jam, Lightning Bolt “Eddie Vedder, now 48, hurls down a new, if unsurprising, preoccupation: mortality. Vedder wonders whether the bell tolls for him on the otherwise easygoing ‘Sirens,’ a piano-plunking ballad to rank with their classics, and human life itself seems to be ”tempting fate” on the album’s knotty, lovely centerpiece, ‘Infallible.”’ (Click here for Nick Catucci’s full review.)
You may have already heard the album’s first two singles, “Mind Your Manners” and the very pretty “Sirens.” But you haven’t heard “Infallible,” which I think is the best song. Read my thoughts on that and the rest of this “muscular and tender” album here.
Pearl Jam haven’t merely enlisted iTunes elves to promote Lightning Bolt. They also got a few of their famous friends—like Carrie Brownstein—to interview them. If we were Pearl Jam, we’d probably do the same thing.
Eddie Vedder and Trent Reznor are headed to the Big Easy.
The lineup for this fall’s Voodoo Festival in New Orleans has been announced, and ’90s-radio stalwarts Pearl Jam and Nine Inch Nails are the lucky topliners. The fest, scheduled to take place Nov. 1-3, will be in its 15th iteration this year.
So who else will be joining PJ and NIN? Glad you asked: Calvin Harris, Bassnectar, Paramore, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Afrojack, Robert DeLong, Boys Noize, Cults, Alkaline Trio, Desparecidos, Big Gigantic, and How to Destroy Angels will also be performing at the Louisiana fest. Eagle-eyed readers will notice that Reznor’s other band is also on the lineup, meaning that he’ll be hitting the stage at least twice during the three-day event.
Back in 1995 when grunge was arguably at its height, a Seattle supergroup dropped its first — and what would turn out to be their only — album.
Though it consisted of 75 percent scene luminaries (Alice in Chains vocalist Layne Staley, Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready, and Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin), Mad Season were actually more of a next-generation blues band.
That album, Above, went gold on the back of the single “River of Deceit,” and was vital to the development of the four musicians in the group (bassist John Baker Saunders rounded out the lineup), all of whom had struggled with substance abuse but managed to clean themselves up. “There was a spiritual elevation that we all felt when we played together,” Martin tells EW. “Part of that was because we were all sober at the time. There was a real heightened awareness in that band. Everything seemed to awaken within us when we played together.”
The group only played a handful of shows, and though they began work on their second album in 1996, Above was Mad Season’s only album. (Saunders passed away in 1999; Staley passed in 2002.) But a handful of recordings from those second sessions have made it onto Above: Deluxe Edition, the new multi-disc package celebrating one of the great all-star acts of the alt-rock ’90s. In addition to a handful of previously unreleased bonus tracks, with vocals provided by Mark Lanegan in place of the late Staley, there is also a live recording of a legendary live performance in Seattle from 1995, as well as a DVD featuring video footage of that show plus a handful of other thrilling live moments.
Martin, who worked with McCready and original Above producer Brett Eliason on the reissue (and also wrote the extensive liner notes), talked to EW about the band’s origins, its legacy, and its unusual chemistry.
Entertainment Weekly: How did Mad Season first come together in 1994?
Barrett Martin: Mike called me and said he wanted to do a side project with this bass player that he had met when he was in rehab, and I said absolutely. READ FULL STORY
The thoughts may arrive like butterflies, but what about the records?
Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder is slated to host a new, limited-run show on SiriusXM in which he’ll spin his favorite discs and discuss the groups he looks to for inspiration. He’ll also be dishing out stories from his long, lauded career in music. READ FULL STORY
Want to help out a good cause and score some cool rock and roll swag? Then you should check out the auction currently being held to raise funds for Heal EB, an organization that raises funds and awareness for the rare skin disorder Epidermolysis Bullosa, a painful, often debilitating and even life-threatening disease that causes severe blistering with only the most minor contact.
Jill Vedder, wife of Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder, is on the board of Heal EB, and she helped bring together a pretty cool collection items available for bid (most of which expire later today). Included in the collection are a ukulele signed by Vedder, an official Foo Fighters motorcycle jacket, an autographed No Doubt poster, and a collection of Heart memorabilia.
The full list of auction items is here. There was also a live auction last week, and Vedder showed up as a special guest to play some songs and meet some kids afflicted with EB. (Vedder has been everywhere lately, having played Neil Young’s annual Bridge School benefit concert last weekend, dropped in on Kings of Leon for a jam earlier in the month, and also found time to raise $1.7 million for the Obama campaign along the way.
If you’re a sports fan, there’s also a healthy collection of those items up for grabs too, including jerseys signed by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen, and baseballs signed by the likes of Bob Gibson, Andre Dawson, Roberto Alomar, Gaylord Perry, Lou Brock, and A.J. Burnett. And for the foot fetishists in the building, Gisele Bundchen also signed a pair of heels she wore at the Met Ball.
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Philadelphia has more than Bruce Springsteen concerts to look forward this summer.
As previously announced, the Jay-Z-curated Budweiser Made In America festival in Philly is on for Labor Day Weekend (Sept. 1-2), and today the lineup’s been released.
We already knew the biggest act, of course: Shawn Carter himself. But now he’s invited Pearl Jam to co-headline the weekend, which follows through on his promise of inject the lineup with a healthy dose of rock.
As for the rest of the event’s confirmed performers, Passion Pit, Skrillex, Janelle Monae, Maybach Music (a.k.a. Rick Ross, Wale, and Meek Mill), Santigold, Odd Future, Calvin Harris, and X are among the bigger acts slated to perform.
Twenty years ago, director Cameron Crowe decided to follow his much-loved debut, 1989’s Say Anything, with a romantic comedy set in the world of the Seattle music scene.
That movie was Singles (1992), and when Warner Bros. got first sight of it, just before the Seattle music scene exploded, they determined to shelve it. Then grunge went mainstream, and many of the bands featured in the movie, including Soundgarden and Alice in Chains, would go on to multiplatinum superstardom.
The biggest of these bands was Pearl Jam, the members of which were cast as Matt Dillon’s bandmates in the fictional Citizen Dick. The studio reconsidered, and then planned to release the movie to capitalize on the current hottest music trend with their “grunge movie.”
But not before they would ask Crowe to call in a favor from Pearl Jam. This would prove near disastrous, as Crowe — whose love letter to the band, the documentary Pearl Jam Twenty, opens Sept. 20 and includes the now infamous MTV footage — remembers…
“When Harry Met Sally… was the big hit as we were filming, I think. I think the studio saw Singles and thought, ‘What is this guy with the dreads, shaking?’ That’s Layne [Staley], man! From Alice in Chains! ‘Uh, where’s Billy Crystal? C’mon man, give us the thing we know.’ And it just kind of solidified into positions. They didn’t understand the movie at Warner Bros. They weren’t that happy they made it. We were editing it and trying to just finish it and fighting to finish it and no one wanted to put it out.
And then, ironically, Nirvana broke. Actually, Alice in Chains broke. Then Nirvana broke. Then the kind of zeitgeist story started to become Seattle. And then Pearl Jam broke and the studio was like, ‘Okay. Well, all right, the guy that shakes his head with the dreads, we like him now. But we need MTV to do a promotional party so we can kick the movie off to let people know they can see all this crazy popular Seattle music.’ READ FULL STORY
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