Pearl Jam Fan Notes: Eddie Vedder Hates Me; Or, How To Kill Your Idols…

I'm sure Ed doesn't hate me in a visceral sense or even knows my name or the name of the site, but that's what it felt like, yesterday afternoon, when Sony called to tell me that a Pearl Jam-related post needed to come down immediately. "What happened?," I asked Sony Guy on the phone. He was vague, but stern. "The… » 9/23/11 6:30pm 9/23/11 6:30pm

When Rap Ruled The World: A White Boy MC's Photo Album, 1986-1991

Ed. note: Inside, you'll find some of Peter Nash's (formerly Prime Minister Pete Nice) personal memory box from his early days as the cane-wielding MC of hip-hop group 3rd Bass. It's full of gaudy jewelry, tough-guy posing, unfortunate fades, and candid shots of some of the most famous hip-hop stars from the '90s… » 9/23/11 5:55pm 9/23/11 5:55pm

"Life Is Like A Jump Shot": Reviewing The Unremarkable History Of NBA…

NBA players like rapping, and that is a fact of the universe that we are powerless to stop. The way that I have tended to deal this phenomenon is generally to ignore it completely. It is shockingly easy to do: Just as I do with Kreayshawn, I pretend that NBA rappers do not exist, that they have never existed, and that… » 9/23/11 5:00pm 9/23/11 5:00pm

Put A Björk In It: How A 14-Year-Old Album Is Still Influencing Music

For Music Week, our own Jack Dickey will be defending his seemingly indefensible music tastes. Tuesday: Drake. Today: Björk. » 9/22/11 4:30pm 9/22/11 4:30pm

Pearl Jam Fan Notes: Joe Buck Talks About The Night Eddie Vedder Made…

My homework assignment from my good friends at Deadspin was to write about my interaction with Pearl Jam and in particular Eddie Vedder in honor of their 20th Anniversary. The difficulty in this assignment is writing it without coming off like a name-dropping ass. Well for those of you who don't like me—enjoy, and for… » 9/22/11 3:45pm 9/22/11 3:45pm

Pearl Jam Fan Notes: The Perks Of Bartending Near Wrigley When Eddie…

Here's another batch of PJ fan notes submitted by readers. If you have more, please send them our way. Ed's storytelling on the rooftop at Murphy's, a possible urban legend, and a memorable autograph snub. » 9/22/11 3:30pm 9/22/11 3:30pm

Pearl Jam Fan Notes: Eddie Vedder And His Suitcase Full Of Wine Stroll…

Here's the first batch of PJ fan notes submitted by readers. If you have more, please send them our way. In this batch you'll find Ed on a Tennessee runway, Ed making an anniversary special, and Ed landing on someone's head. » 9/22/11 1:45pm 9/22/11 1:45pm

Lady Gaga Won’t Empower You For Shit

I don't quite know when Lady Gaga evolved from talented pop star into the world's least convincing self-help guru, but that shit needs to stop immediately. » 9/22/11 1:00pm 9/22/11 1:00pm

Your Pearl Jam Fan Notes Contest Assignment: One Ed Vedder, Captured.

Just as I suspected, there are dozens of lame white people with shitty musical tastes that read Deadspin. Take Erik, who submitted the Eddie Vedder autograph you see above with this accompanying story: » 9/21/11 7:45pm 9/21/11 7:45pm

I Bought My Ticket But The Game Was Gone: Pearl Jam And The…

If you were going to pick a day to be a fly on the wall, you could do a lot worse than Oct. 8, 1990, in the dank downtown Seattle basement-cum-rehearsal space where Eddie Vedder, having arrived on a plane from California that morning, sang with Pearl Jam for the first time. » 9/21/11 5:47pm 9/21/11 5:47pm

The Enduring Myth Of Mookie Blaylock And Pearl Jam

Vacuous, unchecked rock lore holds that Pearl Jam—before they settled on the sploogiest name in pop music history—were first called Mookie Blaylock. Grunge's stadium heroes would have been named after a very good, but never great, NBA point guard, if only Blaylock hadn't taken notice and forced a name change. » 9/20/11 11:15am 9/20/11 11:15am

Here's Video Of Charles Barkley Singing Karaoke This Weekend

Charles Barkley was on Long Island this weekend for a charity golf tournament hosted by Bill Russell when he decided to take his Alabama warble—like "popcorn covered in pine sap"—to Jerry and the Mermaid bar and restaurant for some karaoke. Naturally, he chose Sinatra. Now, you're never supposed to make fun of… » 9/19/11 1:15pm 9/19/11 1:15pm

Deadspin Music Week 2011: The PJ20 Edition

Fine. I admit, this is selfish. No one else on the staff was ever as excited about the prospect of a Music Week featuring Pearl Jam as the unifying theme, even though this band's sports-music connection is more obvious than most. They'll deal. » 9/19/11 12:30pm 9/19/11 12:30pm