• The Best Albums Of 2013

    Posted 12/29/2013 by cal

    2013: not as good as 2012 (musically speaking), but not nearly as bad as this boring list season would have you believe.

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  • My Favorite Shows Of 2011

    Posted 12/23/2011 by cal

    If I have any perennial list-readers here, most of them probably sighed preemptively as they imagined what would top my list this year, and they’re all correct: U2 (really impossible to choose between the two shows I saw), Phish (night one at UIC being the best of the seven), Secret Chiefs 3 at the Empty Bottle, Animal Collective at Pitchfork, and Paul McCartney at Wrigley Field. Oops, ya got me: I have favorite bands. I know music critics aren't supposed to reveal those, but there's no sense keeping it a secret. But rather than blather on about them yet again, it’s probably more productive for me to mention the top ten non-my-favorite-band shows of the year. So here goes. (To keep it interesting, I’m going to gloss over other obvious big names (Wilco, Pearl Jam, Primus, STS9), since they’ve all been covered plenty.)

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  • One More Pearl Jam Thing

    Posted 09/09/2011 by cal

    So much went on at PJ20 both in my head and on stages, I still haven’t gotten it all out.  So, at the risk of overstaying the band’s welcome with potential readers, here are my final words on the festival and the state of Pearl Jam.

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  • PJ20

    Posted 09/06/2011 by cal

    Some bands win you over with amazing technical ability, some with superior songwriting, some on attitude alone. Pearl Jam gets you by making you feel like they’re playing and singing just for you. You know it’s not true, you know you’re not special. But Pearl Jam keeps telling you you are.

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  • Pearl Jam Owes Wisconsin a Festival at Alpine Valley

    Posted 04/03/2011 by youphoric

    OK, maybe owes is a strong word, but it was over 7 years ago that Ed Vedder, well into his nightly bottle of red wine, gave us one of his best ever Encore Break rants at the June 21, 2003 Alpine Valley show.

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  • Almost seven years ago...

    Posted 04/15/2010 by cal

    The date was June 21, 2003. Pearl Jam, at Alpine Valley, was in the middle of possibly the best performance I've ever seen from the band. Mike McCready was on fire, and Eddie Vedder was a little drunk. After going on a hilarious, foul-mouthed tirade making fun of reality TV (among other things), he proffered this little tidbit:

    "But we were just talking in the back, and we were thinking that maybe uh, on the strength of a night like this, and uh, really, uh, so you understand how much we appreciate it, we were thinking that instead of uh, waiting 2 years or even, uh, after we finish the next record, maybe just next summer, we could come back and play, just a few places that we’ve been to and this would be one of them."

    Fast forward to March 11, 2010: Pearl Jam announces yet another measly mini-tour. The closest date to Wisconsin is a five-hour drive. Still waiting for that promised Alpine return, Eddie.

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  • Leftovers: 2009

    Posted 04/15/2010 by cal

    I think I heard more new music in 2009 than any year ever, and between show reviews and lists and life, there are a few albums that have been sort of stewing in my brain for months. So, I’m opening up the fridge, poking around and deciding finally what’s edible and what’s garbage. Featuring quick reviews of Pearl Jam, Brett Dennen, Orba Squara, Them Crooked Vultures and more.

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  • 2000-2009: The Decade In Music

    Posted 04/15/2010 by cal

    No: singling out twenty or so albums as the pinnacle moments from a decade is totally not absurd at all. I based these lists on a nebulous calculation of awesomeness times influence, but since I can’t control the listening habits of the world, sometimes pure awesomeness was enough. The stickler in me really wanted a nice round number for each list, but I came to the decision that only 36 albums really stack up as potential all-time classics for me. If you’re still craving more music-snob sarcasm after reading these lists, feel free to point out any oversights…

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  • Youphoric 2007 Roundup

    Posted 02/01/2008 by youphoric

    Continue reading to check out some of youphoric's best (and worst) musical moments of 2007....

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  • PJ @ Roo in 2008?

    Posted 11/20/2007 by youphoric

    Bonnaroo YieldAs I was renewing my fan club membership this evening, a hazy drunken memory came back to me. At least I'm guessing it was drunken. Someone told me of a rumor that Jeff Ament confirmed Pearl Jam headlining Bonnaroo next year. The message board post is almost a month old now, but in case you too have been too busy for rumors, here it is:

    http://forums.pearljam.com/showthread.php?t=262001

    The poor bastard who posted it caused a flood of e-mails and phone calls to his professor. They did confirm, however, that Jeff Ament did speak at the class.

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  • Pics and Vids from Lollapalooza

    Posted 08/08/2007 by youphoric

    We arrived late to Lollapalooza Day 3, with enough time to catch Peter, Bjorn & John, My Morning Jacket, and Pearl Jam. OOPS, power went out during PBJ. Very disappointing. But we got some pics and some decent videos, mostly from the big screen by the stage. I plan to do a video blog on our (short) experience, but then again, I plan to do a lot of things...



    Click on Mike to view my Flickr Set from Lollapalooza 2007

    Lollapalooza 2007 Day 3 Photos on Flickr

    "Continue reading" below to see the videos we took.

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  • The Best Shows Of 2006

    Posted 03/21/2007 by cal

    Yep, 2007 is well underway. I really don't give a damn. It's still worth it to me to sum up last year in live music, even if it isn't worth it to anybody else to read the summation.

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