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Our ultimate back-to-school playlist

- August 30th, 2013

It’s the most wonderful time of year for parents, and for some kids, it’s the week they’ve been dreading since the end of June. Yes, school is back.

Some students will return with a little extra jump in their steps, while others will have their collective heads slumped in dismay.

But irrespective of their thoughts on the return to the educational system, we have a back-to-school playlist that will cover all of the ABCs.

And please, don’t throw your books down in disgust — you have the opportunity to write in your own great back-to-school playlist in the comment section at the bottom of this article.

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So load up, tune in and drop these tracks on your way to school.

ABC, Jackson 5

What better way to kick off the list than this little inspirational Motown classic from Michael and the boys? This No. 1 hit and signature Jackson 5 tune will, at the least, help get them there before the bell rings.

ABC by Jackson 5 on Grooveshark

Another Brick in the Wall Part 2, Pink Floyd

The ultimate anti-education song still has one of the classic lines from a teacher shouting, If you don’t eat yer meat, you can’t have any pudding! How can you have any pudding if you don’t eat yer meat?!

Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2) by Pink Floyd/The Wall CD 01 on Grooveshark

Rock ‘n’ Roll High School, The Ramones

If you’re going to have this cranked, make sure there’s no teachers within earshot, but have the leather jacket on.

Rock 'n' Roll High School by Ramones on Grooveshark

We’re Gonna Be Friends, The White Stripes

This very underrated, beautiful track off of 2002′s White Blood Cells showcases the innocence of youth and touches on everything that’s great about the upcoming school year.

We're Gonna Be Friends by The White Stripes on Grooveshark

I Don’t Like Mondays, The Boomtown Rats

We won’t get into the morbid meaning behind the song (okay, it’s here if you really want to give yourself the willies on the first day), but it really doesn’t have to be reserved for only a school playlist. It essentially sums up everyone’s start to the week.

I Don't Like Mondays by The Boomtown Rats on Grooveshark

Hot for Teacher, Van Halen

We don’t know what high school they were portraying in the video, but we’d gladly take Waldo’s spot. And if David Lee Roth is our ride, tardiness would not be an issue.

Hot for Teacher by Van Halen on Grooveshark

High School Confidential, Rough Trade

This sexually-charged 1980 hit from Rough Trade may not be for little ears, but hey — read the song title.

High School Confidential by Rough Trade on Grooveshark

Here’s the best of the rest:

Don’t Stand So Close to Me, The Police

Don't Stand So Close to Me by The Police on Grooveshark

Popular, Nada Surf

Popular by Nada Surf on Grooveshark

Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard, Paul Simon

Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard by Paul Simon on Grooveshark

(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!), Beastie Boys

(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party) by Beastie Boys on Grooveshark

Grade 9, Barenaked Ladies

Grade 9 by Barenaked Ladies on Grooveshark

Troublemaker, Weezer

Troublemaker by Weezer on Grooveshark

Subdivisions, Rush

Subdivisions by Rush on Grooveshark

Jeremy, Pearl Jam

Jeremy by Pearl Jam on Grooveshark

Graduate, Third Eye Blind

Graduate by Third Eye Blind on Grooveshark

Never Miss a Beat, Kaiser Chiefs

Never Miss a Beat by Kaiser Chiefs on Grooveshark

Smokin’ In the Boys Room, Brownsville Station and covered by Mötley Crüe

Smokin' In The Boys Room by Motley Crue on Grooveshark

Teacher, Teacher, .38 Special

Teacher, Teacher by 38 Special on Grooveshark

Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades, Timbuk3

The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades by Timbuk 3 on Grooveshark

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Pearl Jam unveils new single, album details

- July 11th, 2013

Pearl Jam’s countdown clock expired for a second time this week, and this time the band has jolted fans with details of their forthcoming new album.

Their 10th studio effort, titled Lightning Bolt, will be released on Oct. 15, and will be preceded by the first single, Mind Your Manners, which is out now. The track is exactly what it has been billed as – a hard-driving, straight-ahead punk song in a similar vein to Spin the Black Circle (off of 1994′s Vitalogy). Listen to it at the bottom of this post and tell us what you think in the comment section.

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Lightning Bolt, which was produced by longtime PJ collaborator Brendan O’Brien, is their first studio effort since 2009′s Backspacer. The album is available for pre-order today at pearljam.com/lightningbolt.

As we reported earlier this week, PJ announced a 24-city tour that includes two Canadian stops at ScotiaBank Saddledome in Calgary on Dec. 2, and Vancouver’s Rogers Arena on Dec. 4. Tickets for both shows go on sale to the public on July 27 at 10 a.m. local time.

The Seattle rockers already have two upcoming sold-out shows at London, Ontario’s Budweiser Gardens on July 16, as well as Chicago’s Wrigley Field on July 19.

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Pearl Jam unveils fall North American tour

- July 8th, 2013

Pearl Jam’s countdown clock expired, and what fans got was a whole slew of fall tour dates in North America.

The 24-city jaunt has two stops north of the border, including the ScotiaBank Saddledome on Dec. 2, and Vancouver’s Rogers Arena on Dec. 4.

Tickets for the new shows will go on sale to the public on July 27 at 10 a.m. local time. The onsale for members of the group’s fan club, TenClub, begins today, via PearlJam.com.

The Seattle rockers already have two upcoming sold-out shows at London, Ontario’s Budweiser Gardens on July 16, as well as Chicago’s Wrigley Field on July 19.

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For fans pining for news about a brand new album, fear not. The countdown clock is back on again, and this time it expires on Thursday (July 11) at 3 p.m. ET. We reported earlier that the band will unveil their brand new single, Mind Your Manners, sometime this month — that just may happen in three days, along with the details of their forthcoming studio effort.

The track, according to Australia’s Triple M radio (they’ve apparently heard it), is described as “short, sharp, hard and loud,” in the straight-ahead punk vein of the group’s hard-charging single Spin the Black Circle (off of 1994′s Vitalogy). To add to the mystery, the post has since been taken down.

Meanwhile, here’s a be-wary-of-the-Internet alert: A random fan post on Pearl Jam’s message board indicated that the album will be called Tides, and has a release date of October 8. They even went as far as publishing a so-called “tracklist”:

1. Revolution Reruns (3:36)
2. Kickstop (2:14)
3. Vivid Futures (3:58)
4. Mind Your Manners (3:08)
5. The Undertow (4:04)
6. Red (3:23)
7. Of The Earth (6:15)
8. Tracking Change (4:21)
9. Uncharted Terrain (3:59)
10. Foliage (2:16)
11. Derision (3:32)
12. Sans Finis (7:12)

We’ll see how accurate this is – possibly on Thursday.

The album, which will be produced by longtime PJ collaborator Brendan O’Brien, will be the first studio effort since 2009′s Backspacer.

Here are Pearl Jam’s Fall 2013 tour dates:

Oct. 11: Pittsburgh (Consol Energy Center)
Oct. 12: Buffalo, N.Y. (First Niagara Center)
Oct. 15: Worcester, Mass (DCU Center)
Oct. 18: Brooklyn, N.Y. (Barclays Center)
Oct. 19: Brooklyn, N.Y. (Barclays Center)
Oct. 21: Philadelphia (Wells Fargo Center)
Oct. 22: Philadelphia (Wells Fargo Center)
Oct. 25: Hartford, Conn. (XL Center)
Oct. 27: Baltimore, Md. (1st Mariner Arena)
Oct. 29: Charlottesville, Va. (John Paul Jones Arena)
Oct. 30: Charlotte, N.C. (Time Warner Cable Arena)
Nov. 1-3 *: New Orleans (Voodoo Music + Arts Experience)
Nov. 15: Dallas (American Airlines Arena)
Nov. 16: Oklahoma City (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
Nov. 19: Phoenix (Jobing.com Arena)
Nov. 21: San Diego (Viejas Arena)
Nov. 23: Los Angeles (Sports Arena)
Nov. 24: Los Angeles (Sports Arena)
Nov. 26: Oakland, Calif. (Oracle Arena)
Nov. 29: Portland, Ore . (Rose Garden Arena)
Nov. 30: Spokane, Wash. (Spokane Arena)
Dec. 2: Calgary, Alberta, Canada (Scotiabank Saddledome)
Dec. 4: Vancouver, B.C. , Canada (Rogers Arena)

Dec. 6: Seattle (Key Arena)

* Pearl Jam will headline Voodoo on one of these dates, TBD.

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Pearl Jam to release brand new single next week?

- July 1st, 2013

The countdown is on, Pearl Jam fans.

With initial reports indicating the veteran grungers are set to release their brand new single Mind Your Manners sometime this month, now a countdown clock is on display on their official website, ticking down to next Monday at 1 p.m. ET (July 8).

The track, according to Australia’s Triple M radio (they’ve apparently heard it), is described as “short, sharp, hard and loud,” in the straight-ahead punk vein of the group’s hard-charging single Spin the Black Circle (off of 1994′s Vitalogy). To add to the mystery, the post has since been taken down.

As far as the new album is concerned, here’s what we know. Speaking to Rolling Stone back in February, guitarist Mike McCready said that it will be released “this year, for sure,” and explained the sound of the songs as having a “Pink Floyd vibe to some of it, there’s a punk rock edge to other stuff.”

Meanwhile, here’s a be-wary-of-the-Internet alert: A random fan post on Pearl Jam’s message board indicated that the album will be called Tides, and has a release date of October 8. They even went as far as publishing a so-called “tracklist”:

1. Revolution Reruns (3:36)
2. Kickstop (2:14)
3. Vivid Futures (3:58)
4. Mind Your Manners (3:08)
5. The Undertow (4:04)
6. Red (3:23)
7. Of The Earth (6:15)
8. Tracking Change (4:21)
9. Uncharted Terrain (3:59)
10. Foliage (2:16)
11. Derision (3:32)
12. Sans Finis (7:12)

We’ll see how accurate this is – possibly next week.

The album, which will be produced by longtime PJ knob twiddler Brendan O’Brien, will be the first studio effort since 2009′s Backspacer.

The Seattle rockers have two upcoming sold-out shows at London, Ontario’s Budweiser Gardens on July 16, as well as Chicago’s Wrigley Field on July 19. Both gigs are billed as “An Evening With Pearl Jam,” meaning you will probably have full PJ for 3 plus hours, with no opening act.

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Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder performs ‘Little Sister’ with Queens of the Stone Age

- April 7th, 2013

Queens of the Stone Age needed more cowbell, and they got it from none other than Eddie Vedder.

The Pearl Jam frontman joined the hard rockers on stage for their big hit, “Little Sister,” in front of over 100,000 strong at Lollapalooza Chile last night.

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QOTSA leader Josh Homme, introducing him as “a wonderful musician and a great human being,” then rips into a stellar version of the track, with Vedder providing the cowbell and backing vocals on the chorus.

Vedder has performed alongside QOTSA on many occasions, although the mutual admiration still didn’t lead to him guest starring on Queens’ upcoming studio album (reason probably being the fact that Pearl Jam are in the middle of recording their own new studio effort).

Anyways, here’s the video evidence: