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Eddie Vedder

Eddie Vedder has announced solo tour dates, featuring the tunes he penned for the Into the Wild soundtrack. I feel strongly about this disc. The shows should be excellent. Buy tickets here.

August 1 ~ Boston ~ Opera House
August 2 ~ Boston ~ Opera House
August 4 ~ New York ~ United Palace Theatre
August 5 ~ New York ~ United Palace Theatre
August 7 ~ Newark ~ Performing Arts Center
August 9 ~ Montreal ~ Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
August 10 ~ Montreal ~ Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
August 12 ~ Toronto ~ Massey Hall
August 13 ~ Toronto ~ Massey Hall
August 16 ~ Washington, D.C. ~ Warner Theatre
August 17 ~ Washington, D.C. ~ Warner Theatre
August 19 ~ Milwaukee ~ Riverside Theatre
August 21 ~ Chicago ~ Auditorium Theatre
August 22 ~ Chicago ~ Auditorium Theatre

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Body of War Soundtrack: Eddie Vedder, et al.

You can watch the video for the Eddie Vedder original song “No More” that is featured in the soundtrack Body of War: Songs That Inspired an Iraq War Veteran. The film itself is in some art house theaters now, and more to come.

Eddie talks about his reasons for becoming involved in the project here. Man, his solo stuff is excellent. But he’s just one of many artists; see the track list below.

Buy (and listen to clips from) the double album. It’s thematic, not musically cohesive. But that’s not an insurmountable hurdle and is to be expected from an anti-war album. In related news, check these 70 free downloadable protest songs.

The cover art for the album is by the once-again-newsworthy (for his sold-out trilogy of Obama posters: Progress, Hope, and Change) Obey/Andre the Giant artist Shepard Fairey.

Disc one:

1 Brendan James – Hero’s Song
2 Lupe Fiasco -American Terrorist
3 Michael Franti & Spearhead – Light Up Ya Lighter
4 Rage Against the Machine – Guerilla Radio
5 Public Enemy – Son of a Bush
6 Serj Tankian – Empty Walls
7 Bad Religion – Let Them Eat War
8 Against Me! – White People for Peace
9 Bouncing Souls – Letter From Iraq
10 Dilated Peoples – War
11 RX Bandits – Overcome (The Recapitulation)
12 No Use for a Name – Fields of Agony
13 Talib Kweli & Cornel West – Bushonomics
14 Immortal Technique – The 4th Branch
15 System of a Down – B.Y.O.B.
16 Eddie Vedder & Ben Harper – No More (live)

Disc two:

1 Bruce Springsteen – Devils & Dust
2 Pearl Jam – Masters of War (live)
3 Bright Eyes – When the President Talks to God
4 John Lennon – Gimme Some Truth
5 Neil Young – The Restless Consumer
6 The Nightwatchman – Battle Hymns
7 Kimya Dawson – Anthrax
8 Blow Up Hollywood – WMD
9 David Ford – State of the Union
10 Tori Amos – Yo George
11 Laura Cantrell – Love Vigilantes
12 Ben Harper – Black Rain
13 Roger Waters – To Kill the Child
14 Tom Waits – Day After Tomorrow

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Elliott Smith

Inspired by the downloadable unreleased track Place Pigalle, posted by i guess i’m floating, let’s have ourselves an Elliott Smith post.

At turns, ES’s music is simple or intricate, lush or desolate, prancing or frantic. Or, as is generally the case with either/or (pun intended) options, both. I love his whole body of work (buy), but I like the whirling and raucous album Figure 8 better than the very compelling album Either/Or, which is considered his best by most music geeks. The above download, however, fits in better as an Either/Or song (or any other album, just not Figure 8).

Short two-part aside about his album titles. 1) Either/Or is from Kierkegaard (1843); a sample K quote that speaks to ES’s mental state: “My depression is the most faithful mistress I have known–no wonder, then, that I return the love.” 2) ES says, of the Figure 8 title, though I think the metaphor extends to his songwriting in general, “I just like the idea of a figure eight, of figure skaters trying to make this self-contained, perfect thing that takes a lot of effort but essentially goes nowhere.”

Excellent use of ES’s music in soundtracks includes the following choice songs (each album is worth owning):

Good Will Hunting ~ Miss Misery (this image of him feeding meters serves as my default)

Thumbsucker ~ Trouble (this Cat Stevens song (made famous in Harold and Maude) is much covered, to good effect here and by Eddie Vedder) (read the bio on this soundtrack; ES died, and Tim Delaughter and The Polyphonic Spree filled in)

The Royal Tenenbaums ~ Needle in the Hay (this song evokes the suicide attempt scene so vividly for me, it’s nearly too much to bear)

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Gnarls Barkley

After taking a break from being jacked-in to the internet, I found a few things that looked interesting … but were not.

The new Gnarls Barkley video of Run, heralding their April album release, aptly titled The Odd Couple. The video includes Justin Timberlake goofing around, which is marginally more entertaining than the song, in which Danger Mouse does a terrible job of featuring Cee-Lo‘s talents. (from Subterranean Blog)

Eddie Vedder and Janet Weiss (of the now-defunct Sleater-Kinney) sing a duet with a ukulele. Not what you’d hope. And, btw, she’s not the same Sleater-Kinney singer that backs up Eddie Vedder in the cover of Gordon Peterson’s Big Hard Sun from EV’s Into the Wild soundtrack — that’s Corin Tucker. (from You Ain’t No Picasso)

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Favorite Albums of 2007

I am so incensed by the exclusion of Into the Wild’s soundtrack from year-end lists, I am creating a 2007 best albums list. Everyone else thinks they’re righting the world’s wrongs, too, but so be it.

stellasplice’s favorite albums of 2007:

Boxer ~ The National
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Music for the Motion Picture Into the Wild ~ Eddie Vedder
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The Shepherd’s Dog ~ Iron & Wine
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Because of the Times ~ Kings of Leon
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Marry Me ~ St. Vincent
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Glory Hope Mountain ~ The Acorn
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Buckle in the Bible Belt ~ Ha Ha Tonka
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Oh, My Darling ~ Basia Bulat
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Music for the Motion Picture Once ~ Markéta Irglová and Glen Hansard
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Rust Belt Blues ~ Oliver Buck
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The Stage Names ~ Okkervil River
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These two were quite good, but I unfairly wanted them to be Wolf Parade and The Shins, respectively, so I never could fall for them wholeheartedly:
Random Spirit Lover ~ Sunset Rubdown
Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? ~ Of Montreal (though it is my fav. Of Montreal disc)

I love the following artists. However good their 2007 discs may have been, they did not measure up to the artists’ previous releases, so they have been relegated to addendum status:
The White Stripes
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
José González
Spoon
The New Pornographers
Beirut (he swallowed up Alaska in Winter, too)
Modest Mouse
The Shins
Elliott Smith
The Polyphonic Spree

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Into the Wild and Once

I hadn’t watched VH1 in a very long time. But flipping through the channels, I landed on a very happy duo of songs.

First was Eddie Vedder on a bar stool singing Guaranteed from the Into the Wild soundtrack, a disc that also serves as Eddie’s solo debut. Incredible book, movie, and soundtrack trifecta. There’s also a great Iconoclast episode on Sundance Channel with movie director Sean Penn and author Jon Krakauer talking about the story and the guy it is about. And Charlie Rose interviews friends Penn and Vedder for an hour and also shows the trailer. It’s incredible to watch these adult men bond over a story that distills down the question of what it is to become a man.

I was miffed that best-of-2007 lists did not include the soundtrack. Just because the songs are short? What’s up?

Regardless, the demos for the soundtrack’s songs can be downloaded, along with much other Pearl Jam flotsam, jetsam, and b-sides here. Definitely worth a visit. Eddie Vedder is a lot of things to a lot of people, but his body of work has grown up with us, and somehow we’d like to live up to that. Not to read too much into the easy rhyme, but as the band Local H asked, “If I were Eddie Vedder, would you like me any better?”

Someone out there knew that only a very special song should follow Guaranteed. And, lo, one did. It was Falling Slowly from the Once soundtrack. Follow along at home here. The movie was tremendous, and the editing on this video does it justice. Lovely.

You can catch much more Glen Hansard (The Frames) and Markéta Irglová (the movie’s stars and musicians) around the web. I prefer the soundtrack to Once just a tinsey bit more, but they also toured the U.S. as The Swell Season and released a disc. NPR offers a concert that captures their pure musicianship. The hour-and-a-half show includes all the songs they’ve recorded plus three covers, and I can’t really imagine three better artists to choose: The Pixies, Van Morrison, and Dylan. The Dylan song is You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere and appears on the I’m Not There soundtrack.

If you haven’t bought any of their stuff yet, I would recommend the collector’s edition of the Once soundtrack that also includes a couple of live cuts and a making-of DVD. Perhaps it talks about how they fell in love while filming and touring. And the actual movie DVD is out now, too, if you missed it in theaters.

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