April 4, 2006

New Pearl Jam (!&%*&#!!!): Parachutes

Oh, I can’t see straight. Oh my gosh. I am blinded by this song. I will try to pare down the dramatics, but my heart is racing in the manner of really good music and what it does to you inside. There is a new top finisher in the race for Heather’s favorite Pearl Jam song. If you thought you didn’t like Pearl Jam (Clea, I’m talking to you) just listen to this:

“Parachutes” – Pearl Jam (link expired)

Here’s a short recounting of how I came to buckle on my moral standards regarding leaked PJ tracks: I was looking for information on the second leg of the Pearl Jam tour, which is rumored to be released early this week, and came across a thread on the message board about Parachutes. WAAF in Boston apparently started playing at least 4 leaked tracks from the new album last week, and they have been steadily making their rounds on the net since then.

People who had heard Parachutes were posting what it reminded them of: “I was thinking the Beatles, namely Ob La Di, Ob La Da…” – “similar to the Harvest Moon MOOD during the Canadian Tour” – “the riff at the end is definitely the same as Bowie’s on his song All The Young Dudes” – “It reminds me heaps of the Radiohead song ‘No Surprises’” – “Definitely Beatles, White Album.” Wow, I had to hear this one.

Parachutes was written by Stone Gossard, the other god-like guitarist, and was described in Rolling Stone as being “an island-flavored beauty with acoustic guitars,” but I’ll echo everyone else on the Pearl Jam boards and agree that I hear straight-up Beatlesesque pop. It’s got a quirky time signature and really lovely vocal tone from Vedder.

Listen closely at the end, right at 3:09, for the build and the sweet electric guitar to kick in. Aahhh. I really lack words. I love you, Stone.

I thought I was strong. I thought I was noble. Turns out I am just as easily swayed as the next gal. But this is it, a moratorium starts from here on out, I will not listen to any more leaked tracks until the album comes out May 2. No, I’m serious. Stop chuckling.

And for pete’s sake, just pre-order the new album already
a) so that I don’t feel as bad about buckling and leaking the one awesome track and
b) because you get a really rad bonus CD included – circa 1992, with the Vedder angst & The Scream.

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  • I really REALLY want to hear the rest of this one. I’m psyched bc I have fan club seats (first time for me getting those) at the 2nd night Chicago.

    [el scorpio] — April 4, 2006 @ 10:28 am

  • pj has moved into the adult alternative and it serves them remarkably well here with Parachutes.
    Very mature.

    daniel — April 4, 2006 @ 11:52 am

  • Ok I’m giving this a listen. I have to admit I’ve been out of the PJ loop for a while though. Heck I only have 2 albums (one is a sweet bootleg though)

    nice organ, sweet song. I may have to check this out when it comes out.

    Mike — April 4, 2006 @ 12:01 pm

  • Being a longtime PJ fan, I have to say that I’m stoked with this new track! These guys never really disappoint, do they? Thx Heather!

    Jesse a.k.a. The Vicar — April 4, 2006 @ 1:55 pm

  • Thanks cutie !

    TristaN — April 4, 2006 @ 2:28 pm

  • Very nice. It wasn’t at all what I was expecting. Better!

    Keith — April 4, 2006 @ 2:46 pm


    wwjblog — April 4, 2006 @ 4:28 pm

  • favorite song? you’ve heard of their album, Ten, right?

    jeffro — April 4, 2006 @ 4:31 pm

  • I’m about 35 seconds in and already…wow……thanks so much.

    Aaron — April 4, 2006 @ 5:02 pm

  • I know I just commented, but again…wow. PJ has never ceased to impress me (except for Bu$hleaguer….worst. song. ever.).

    anyway, i have preordered the new disc already, and I think the extra disc is actually an audio CD, not a DVD. Just don’t want you to be disappointed when it comes.

    Aaron — April 4, 2006 @ 5:07 pm

  • Still stuck in 1991, Jeffro?

    Dan — April 5, 2006 @ 7:10 am

  • Hmm… tks for the tip. when I got here the link was already expired, but I found it over at Analog Giant. Didn’t hit me the way it seems to be for everyone else. maybe gets warmer after a few…

    DouglasLong — April 5, 2006 @ 2:04 pm

  • Cool job on the PJ publicity. I’m really trying soo hard not to listen to the leaked songs. I’m sure I can make it.

    And “we are all Stone’s bitches.”

    Tama — April 5, 2006 @ 10:59 pm

  • I pre-ordered the album and even pre-ordered tickets for leg 1, I am just not sure why.

    I have heard 6 songs from the new album. Aside from Comatose, I can’t even listen to the others, it is just too painful. Is this really what Pearl Jam has become? It’s like Coldplay without the voice of Chris Martin. It’s like Chris Cornell trying to sing a Rage Against the Machine song with Audioslave. It’s like really bad music.

    What happened to the band that produced Blood and I Got Shit ???

    Where O where has Pearl Jam gone?

    szg — April 6, 2006 @ 9:32 am

  • szg, oh no! sorry to hear that. i’ve only heard 2 songs so I can’t comment, but i know that i LOVE parachutes. you don’t like parachutes?

    heather — April 6, 2006 @ 10:11 am

  • I missed it! I had a sick kid for a day and missed it! And to think, I was going to go at with an open mind and open heart, heh heh. Till next time.

    superclea — April 6, 2006 @ 10:15 am

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