Pearl Jam – Dissident Part 1

Pearl Jam, Epic, Mixed by Brandan O’Brien

WHAT I’M DOING WITH MY LIFE

Being a 90s rock live EP, doubling as a single for the song “Dissident”, which is only non-live song here, though I dubbed in some live noise at the end to be tricky. I did want to encourage people to buy the album, after all. Otherwise I feature six songs from a concert in Atlanta, four from the first album and two from the most recent, including “Dissident” again.

I’M REALLY GOOD AT

Showcasing Pearl Jam at the height of their live power. The mix is great, too. Eddie would kinda lose his voice later on in the show, but on this CD he holds it together quite well. Combined with the other two CDs I really get through the entirety of the existing catalogue, which might be a treat for someone curious to hear how less common songs like “Deep” sound live.

FAVORITE BOOKS, MOVIES, SHOWS, MUSIC AND FOOD

“Ten” and “Vs.” There’s nothing else here, because we hadn’t released anything else yet. I like anything about injustice, like Amadou Diallo if that had happened yet. Well, by “like” I mean “fascinated and outraged by,” I don’t actually like that!

THE SIX THINGS I COULD NEVER DO WITHOUT

– Deep emotion, often verging into overemoting.

– Eddie Vedder’s absurb voice just belting shit out.

– Not one but two guitarists.

– The benefit of being far enough in the past that the bootleg albums will never capture as strong a Pearl Jam.

– Lots of filler album tracks to throw in so that I don’t have to play all the hits right away, thus allowing for two more EPs.

– That one out of place album track, played with the least intensity of anything on here, maybe because of how thin the lead guitar sounds.

I SPEND A LOT OF TIME THINKING ABOUT

How to fight Ticketmaster, my fans, what to cook for dinner.

THE MOST PRIVATE THING I’M WILLING TO ADMIT HERE

Pearl Jam actually recorded a few songs from their next album, “Vitalogy,” but the record company edited them out for some unwise reason.

ON A TYPICAL FRIDAY NIGHT I AM

Rocking out, obviously.

LOOKING FOR

– Fans who like grunge-rock and aren’t put off by complete redundancy.

– Ages 14 – 45

– Anywhere

– New friends

YOU SHOULD MESSAGE ME IF

You’re looking for six nearly spotless live songs from an early 90s legend, and don’t care that the very medium is rather silly in modern times. You’re a collector. Like I am, you’re into taking a little trip down a memory lane you were too young to enjoy, when bands were BANDS and fans were FANS and companies and police were EVIL and it was good. You think the continuity of the show helps. You can suspend your disbelief for half an hour

6/10

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