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Chris Cornell, Jerry Cantrell join Pearl Jam for impromptu grunge summit in L.A.

Was at the Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles last night for the third of four local Pearl Jam shows. Intended to just kinda hang out, drink in the atmosphere, take down a set list, compare it to tonight’s show, and then write up a nice and articulate review of both. Then Chris Cornell and Jerry Cantrell showed up. Here is a YouTube video in which the former Soundgarden frontman joins Eddie Vedder for “Hunger Strike,” thus reforming the complete lineup of Andrew Wood/Mother Love Bone tribute band Temple of the Dog:

Skeptics will note that not only did Cornell hit the high notes, he probably could have hit them even harder. That was pretty dang awesome. Unfortunately, no one has yet produced video of Alice in Chains’ Jerry Cantrell hopping on stage to close out the night with the guitar solo on “Alive,” and perhaps that’s just as well: Suddenly unoccupied, PJ guitarist Mike McCready gallivanted about the stage like the grunge fairy, flinging handfuls of picks to the admittedly floored crowd throughout the singalong number, and eventually ending up shirtless. Cantrell, for the record, effing killed the lick.

There is no way for the 15-year-old who lives inside me to articulately deal with being there for this, and its significance for all those who grew up under the spell of the early ’90s Seattle scene cannot be underestimated. Here were the survivors, together, remembering, for the first time in a looooong time, and giving those of us who lived it nearly two decades ago the chance to look back with love in our hearts… and hope for the future.

When Eddie Vedder, Mike McCready, Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, Matt Cameron, Jerry Cantrell, and Chris Cornell took a bow arm in arm at the end of the show, it was the sort of rock n’ roll reunion you pray for as a fan, and, thankfully, it was executed with the sort of musical integrity that makes you glad you took the time in the first place.

Were you there, Mixers? What did you think?

UPDATE: Cantrell video after the jump!

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Pearl Jam tops the albums chart

We’re in the full swing of fall now, with plenty of new releases hitting shelves most every week. Leading the pack on the latest Billboard 200 chart is Pearl Jam‘s Backspacer — the band’s first album to hit No. 1 since 1996’s No Code.  After catching flak from some fans for striking a retail deal with Target for Backspacer, Pearl Jam ended up selling 189,000 copies in week 1, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That’s not a bad number, but it’s a good bit less than the 279,000 that their previous record put up in 2006. Make of that what you will.

Other top-selling new releases came from Three Days Grace, who made it to No. 3 with 79,000 copies sold of Life Starts Now; Brand New, who placed at No. 6 with 46,000 copies sold of Daisy; Five Finger Death Punch, who proved violence sells by shifting 44,000 units of War Is the Answer for a No. 7 finish; Harry Connick Jr., coming in at No. 8 with 37,000 copies sold of Your Songs; The David Crowder Band, a Christian electro act whose Church Music takes No. 10 with 36,000; David Gray, whose Draw the Line lands at No. 12 with 35,000; and Mika, whose The Boy Who Knew Too Much squeaks in at No. 19 with 27,000. Also of note is Monsters of Folk‘s self-titled debut, which was relegated to No. 144 last week after selling a paltry 3,000 copies through Amazon’s MP3 store (which offered it two days early); this week, with the album available across all retail formats, they sold a respectable 33,000 and moved up to No. 15.

What do you think of those results? Did you buy any of these albums last week? Any albums you expected to show up higher or lower? Weigh in below.

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Pearl Jam, 'Backspacer': Stream the full album at MySpace today

Pearl Jam’s ninth studio album, Backspacer, doesn’t officially bow until next Tuesday, but MySpace is streaming the record in full beginning today; head to to hear it all.

In the meantime, what do you think of the band’s new Target commercial? Strange to see the ultimate Davids aligned with a corporate Goliath, or is the more alt-friendly Bullseye distinct from other big-box retailers?

Pearl Jam's Cameron Crowe-directed video: Are live videos awesome, or a cop-out?

If there’s one thing Pearl Jam is known for (besides, of course, all that ’90s grunge/flannel shirt business), it’s their live shows.

So it’s only fitting that the band’s latest video features a live performance, directed by a guy who has something of a soft spot for rock & roll, Cameron Crowe. The video is for the song “The Fixer” (watch below), a track off their upcoming album Backspacer, which they performed live at a secret show at Seattle’s Showbox in May.Granted, the clip is a little dizzying, but it is one of few music videos that actually captures the feel of a band when they perform live.

What about you, MusicMixers? Are you a fan of Pearl Jam’s live videos or do you think they’re a cop out? Does the video get you excited for the new album or are your days of deciphering Eddie Vedder’s every move long since passed?

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Pearl Jam debuts short film in anticipation of 'Backspacer.' Are you psyched?

“It’s like with oil painting… a friend of mine said, ‘Paint a hundred, see if you’re good at it. After a hundred, maybe you’ll know.'” That’s how Eddie Vedder kicks off this short look inside Backspacer, due September 20th. It’s not their hundredth album — really just their ninth — but as the band pulls into their 20th year of existence, it’s fair to say Pearl Jam has now been painting for a long, long time. Snippets of new tracks surface here: “Got Some,” which they premiered on the first night of Conan’s Tonight Show; “Just Breathe,” a ballad clearly inspired by Vedder’s solo work on the Into the Wild soundtrack; and first single “The Fixer,” which we learn was a Matt Cameron contribution, and whose calf-springing beat just keeps getting better and better. Intercut with loving footage of the band’s Seattle warehouse home — and one sweet John Hughes tribute — this video feels like the infamous PJ shell just creaked open a little bit wider in hopes of letting a few more people in. I’ve heard the whole album and can back them up when they say it’s a tight, concise piece of work. Based on what you’ve heard so far, what do you think, Mixers?

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Pearl Jam's new single, 'The Fixer': Who's ready for a dance party?

Pearl Jam’s new single “The Fixer” got shipped to radio this morning. It’s the second song we’ve heard off their upcoming Backspacer“Got Some” debuted at the same time as Conan’s Tonight Show — and it’s quite possibly the poppiest thing the band has ever done. Like, try not to bounce up and down in your chair.

Pearl Jam debuts 'Got Some' on Conan: Watch it here

Musical star power is a key part of any good late-night chat show, and Conan O'Brien's Tonight Show premiere last night was no exception. Pearl Jam dropped by Conan's new digs to play "Got Some," a song from their upcoming album Backspacer, for the first time ever. Check it out below (note: clip mislabeled as "The Fixer") and let us know: How do you like "Got Some"? Are you looking forward to a new PJ album?

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Pearl Jam to release new album via partnership with Target


Rumors started over the weekend on sites like Antiquiet and Stereogum that Pearl Jam had staged a secret show at Seattle’s Showbox theater Thursday night, where they shot a Target commercial with longtime buddy and filmmaker Cameron Crowe. After an interview with Pearl Jam manager Kelly Curtis, EW can confirm that the band has established a partnership with Target for the release of their next record, currently titled Backspacer, which is tentatively slated to drop September 22.

Curtis, who is in Los Angeles preparing for the band’s appearance on the premiere of Conan O’Brien’s Tonight Show this evening, says he wishes this information could have stayed in the can a bit longer: "We wanted to announce this when we could talk about everything, who our partners are," he tells Music Mix. "It’s not just via Target. They’re obviously the big retail chain that we love and adore that’s going to release this record. We’re also going to release it through our fan club, and Target was cool enough to allow us to pick up little indie [stores], too. They’re taking care of the little guy. The little guy is not their competition."

More after the jump…


Eddie Vedder's solo tour: What other frontmen do you want to see without their bands?

Eddie Vedder will temporarily be leaving Pearl Jam behind, heading out for an 11-date tour that kicks off June 8 in Albany, NY. It’ll be Vedder’s second-ever solo tour (check out Whitney Pastorek’s review of one of Vedder’s gigs last year.) Tickets are going for as much as $75, and Ten Club members get first dibs on pre-sale (they are a dedicated bunch, so be prepared).

So tell us, Music Mixers, what other frontmen should put together solo tours? And while you’re pondering, check out this video Vedder’s Golden Globe-winning "Guaranteed," from Into the Wild.


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Ron Wood collaborates with Eddie Vedder, while Al Jardine taps Neil Young, Flea

Woodvedder_lRolling Stones guitar legend Ron Wood has been collaborating with Eddie Vedder, according to At a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame after-party Saturday night, producer Bob Rock confirmed that he had worked on a track for Wood’s forthcoming solo album More Good News that features the Pearl Jam frontman. Wood himself was quoted as saying that the collection "is gonna be great" (mind you, though my personal admiration for Woodie’s guitar-playing is pretty boundless, I also once recall him saying you could usually tell if a Stones album was bad if it featured an abundance of Wood writing credits). And the guitarist isn’t the only rock star who has sought assistance from a comparative whippersnapper for a solo album. also reports that Beach Boy Al Jardine’s new album Post Card From California will feature Neil Young, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, Steve Miller, and Brian Wilson.

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