Live on Ten Legs Independent Music Store Fail

My favorite band, Pearl Jam, as part of its 20th Anniversary released Live on Ten Legs, a live album.  Pearl Jam’s official site summerized the album as

18 Pearl Jam tracks recorded over the course of the band’s 2003-2010 world tours by recording engineer, John Burton. All tracks have been newly remixed by longtime Pearl Jam engineer Brett Eliason and remastered.

The album was on sale via iTunes, Amazon MP3, TenClub and Independent Music Stores.  At lunch I headed to the local Boise independent music store, the Record Exchange.  The Album was on sale for $14.99, down from $18.99.  Now ordering from the Pearl Jam website would have been $12.99 plus 5.50 shipping.  So that option was worse, but as a digital download I could get the album from iTunes for $10.99 or via Amazon for $7.99. Now granted I would not been able to get the sweet cardboard case by paying $14.99 at the Record Exchange, but for $4 to $7 more?

In the end I chose iTunes due to Christmas gift cards, but the real problem is the fail of my local independent music store to capitalize on an exclusive deal and well, my money.  I want to buy local, but when every dollar means more and more each day, saving $4 was the deal breaker. Independent Music Store FAIL!!

The Pearl Jam Ten Album Re-Release, A Must Have

What a great day, I finally got my hands on the Peal Jam Ten Deluxe Re-Release consisting of 2 CD’s and 1 DVD from Best Buy for the sale price of $27.99. The first CD is the re-release of 1991’s Ten album. All I can say is I have a fresh off the press copy of one of the first CD’s I ever owned.

The second CD is the remaster of the Ten album with some previously unreleased songs. I have taken a listen to all 17 songs at least twice today and wow what an experience. ten-reduxI was blown away with the changes, most notably “Breath and Scream” and “State of Love and Trust”. Both songs appeared on the Singles Movie Soundtrack, but Eddie and the guys really mixed things up and made these songs shine.

Two songs I had never heard “2,000 Miles Blues” and “Evil Little Goat” did not match the level of the rest of the album. “Just A Girl” and “Brother” are songs I have had in my collection for some time. ” Brother” was previously released on Lost Dogs 2 disc set and “Just A Girl” is a song that is one, let us say came to me via the Internet long ago.

The DVD is of the footage from the 1992 MTV Unplugged Performance. Though I have had a copy of the audio of the show for some time (see above) it was shocking to see Eddie, Stone, Jeff, and Mike so young, with the long hair, the “green” look in their eye and having fun and playing music.  It was a far cry from the band that would afterward protest things such as music videos on MTV and Ticketmaster.

If your a Pearl Jam fan the Deluxe set is a must have, if your a crazy obsessed Pearl Jam fan, then the Super Deluxe set, which includes the Vinyl versions of the CD’s and some other collectors items, is a must have. Either way this was a great day for Pearl Jam fans and the Band. Oh, as a special bonus if your a RockBand owner, you get 3 free Pearl Jam songs.  Good Times!!!

MacHEADS The Movie

This past Saturday I celebrated my 33rd Birthday. I was awoken to a great Birthday hug from my daughter and a great Birthday card (Star Wars Theme). Among my gifts was the Amazon.com pre-order of the anticipated re-release of Pearl Jam’s Ten album along with new songs and the 1992 MTV Unplugged DVD. Additionally I received an iTunes gift card. With it I downloaded the MacHEADS The Movie. I thought it only fitting I download a movie about Mac computers from iTunes and watch it using my iPod.

The documentary takes the viewer(s) on a ride exploring the Mac culture from the past and present as well as exploring what the future holds for the MacHEAD. I learned a great deal and found that right here in the City of Trees we have a Mac User Group (BMUG). So I joined and hope to hit some meetings. Check out the trailer, yes they shot the movie in Standard Definition, after all it isn’t a big screen blockbuster.