- The band's ninth studio cd, Backspacer, was released yesterday. You can grab it at Target, some small independent shops, pearljam.com and iTunes.
- Fans received a great gift from the band this past weekend -- as the full CD was steamed online at Pearl Jam's fan club MySpace page. The full treat has been pulled, but you can still listen to the song "The Fixer" on the page here -- or catch the video for the same song here. Tuesday 9/22 update -- you can listen to the full cd at Spinner.com here.
- The reviews in the mainstream press have been positive! Rolling Stone = 4/5; Spin = 8/10, Philadelphia Inquirer =3/4 and Entertainment Weekly = B.
- My grade: B+ -- Clocking in at only about 35 minutes, top on my wish list (pun intended) would be the addition of another song or two. But there's something for everyone on the breezy album -- as the band mixes things up with harder rock tunes ("Got Some"), radio-friendly poppier ditties ("The Fixer") and quieter acoustic beauties such as "Just Breathe"-- reminiscent of Eddie Vedder's solo masterpiece, the soundtrack to Into the Wild.
- Speaking of "Just Breathe" -- click on the video screen above to listen to one of my favorite songs on the cd.
- Spin and Rhapsody are offering 15 free dowloads here.
- The first 50,000 who sign up for Dollar General's email club here will receive Trace Adkin's "Without Even Tryin'."
- Don't forget Walmart's weekly freebies -- this week's artists include Jet -- click here.
- And as reported last week, AbsolutePunk's free music forum is continually updated here.