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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Five Shows Added

Five new shows have been added to the 2006 bootleg section today! The 2006 Aussie Tour is almost complete. Once the last of those have been added I'll get back to uploading the remainder of the North American tour. Added today are Melbourne 11/13 and 11/14, Sydney 11/18, and Adelaide 11/21 and 11/22!!

Announcement coming soon from the Ten Club:
In a message posted on the official Pearl Jam message pit fanclub members have been advised to update their memberships and personal information in anticipation of an announcesment to come later this week. This has caused quite the buzz on the Pit with speculation of a mini tour, and Ed solo tour, a release of the the Vic show on vinyl among other crazy, whacked out ideas! So, if you are a member you may want to update your info or renew your membership. This could all just be about the annual holiday single but I for one am not taking any chances. While I hope it's a tour of some kind I am guessing that it is some sort of bootleg (CD, DVD, Vinyl...) that will be offered only to fanclub members. If it's a limited vinyl release of the Vic be ready for a frenzy like you've never seen before!! Remember Benaroya!!

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A little birdy dropped by to say it's a good time of the year to make sure your Ten Club memberships and addresses are up to date...by the end of the week.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007


On October 22nd 1990 Mookie Blaylock (a.k.a. Pearl Jam) played their first show ever at the Off-Ramp Cafe in Seattle, Washington. Today you can relive this magic moment right here on In The Present Tense by downloading the show. Hard to imagine it's been 17 years that this band has been providing us with music that just inspires us everyday. Enjoy the show!

Pearl Jam (as Mookie Blaylock)
October 22, 1990Off-Ramp Cafe
Seattle, WA
Source: "Bridges: Epilogue" bootleg
Size: 347 MBLength: 60:02
(Part 1: Mamasan Demos, September 1990)
1. Alive
2. Once
3. Footsteps
(Part 2: Off-Ramp Cafe: 10/22/1990)
4. Even Flow (soundcheck)
5. Release
6. Alone
7. Alive
8. Once
9. Even Flow
10. Black
11. Breath
12. Girl
(Part 3: Ten rough mix outtake 4/26/91)
13. Brother

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=PA2R88VL FLAC1
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=8AYPZO7L FLAC2
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=DLVM8SXU FLAC3

Notes on the show from Two Feet Thick:
In the first week after their initial meeting, the members of the band that will become Pearl Jam play this show as "Mookie Blaylock." Jeff steps off the small stage to wander in the crowd a bit while playing during the soundcheck. 'Even Flow' is a very unusual, slow version. In fact, most of these songs sound very different and are slower versions, with 'Release,' 'Once' and 'Black' sporting different/early lyrics. 'Girl' hasn't appeared on a setlist since this show.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Noblesville 2003 and Brisbane II 2006

Two updates today for bootlegs. The 2003 bootleg section has been updated with the second show requested from Holden; Noblesville, Indiana 6/22/2003. This one opens with my favorite opener, "Long Road", which I have not been fortunate enough to see in person yet.
Also added to the 2006 bootleg section is the second Brisbane, Australia show! Notes from Two Feet Thick are below:
Another loud, sold-out Brisbane crowd experiences a powerful and energetic show. "Save You" sees the front rows clapping with Ed during the middle. Following "Dissident" Ed comments that "... it didn't feel like we'd even made it to Australia until the show here last night" (one of many references made during the Australian tour regarding the subdued Sydney crowd on Nov. 11). A beautiful "Wishlist" is tagged with "I wish I was Prime Minister / Give George Bush the middle finger / Get my soldiers back at home / To the land where they belong." "MFC" delights those who were able to hear it faintly at the soundcheck. "You Are" is dedicated to a 10-month old girl named Charlotte: "This one's for you sweetie". A crunching "Not For You" has the 'oh oh uh ohhh' chant in the bridge. Ed returns after encore to play Tom Waits' "Picture In A Frame" and dedicates it to his "best girl" Jill whose birthday he is missing for the first time. "Crazy Mary" and "Alive" end the first encore to rapturous applause from the crowd. The second encore starts and stays heavy with "Why Go", "Blood", "Comatose", "Porch" and "Kick Out The Jams", followed by a sweet "Yellow Ledbetter", bringing yet another two-night party in Brisbane to a close.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Stone Gossard Interview w/ KROCK in NYC

Nice interview with Stone talking about the new Brad album, the HDSA benefit, and a bit about Pearl Jam too!

Also, a nice in studio performance of a Woody Guthry tune, "Roll On, Columbia"

You Asked For It...

Bonner Springs, KS

This was a request from Holden, a visitor to In The Present Tense! This looks like a good show. I can't wait to listen to it myself. Any show that opens with "Release" is bound to be good! Go to the 2003 bootleg section to get this one!

Some notes from Two Feet Thick:
A lovely day turned to dark skies, lightning and a torrential downpour starting during Idlewild's set. During the set change, the first row of seats is flooded with water pouring from the upper sections. Mike comes out and tosses several shirts out to the crowd. The stage is mopped, equipment is covered and the band prepares to play as the downpour turns to steady rain and the lightning becomes less threatening. Opening with 'Release,' singing, "Oh, dear Dad, can you see us now? I am myself, like you somehow." (A large streak of lightning flashes across the sky). Ed says, "Hi, Dad." A rather powerful moment, helping fuel the rest of the "short, but sweet" set as the crowd sings the words in the rain. The setlist is rapid and somewhat different, seemingly constructed specifically for the circumstances, (such as 'Whipping': "Don't need a raincoat YOU'RE already wet!").

Also added to the 2000 bootleg section is Paris 6/08. This one brought you by Jaymz69, another visitor/contributor to the site! Thanks for the links Jaymz69! Yet another show I haven't had the pleasure of listening to yet so here are some notes from Two Feet Thick on this one:
Before 'Pilate,' a fan on the barricade gives Ed a harmonica and he plays a second of 'Footsteps' on it and says, "I just got a musical instrument as a gift either from the people of France or that guy right there. Is this something that you all pitched in for? Either way I'm very moved. Thank you very much." (Ed had given his harmonica to a fan in Cardiff right after playing 'Smile'.) After a particularly hardcore 'Rearviewmirror,' Mike grabs his guitar (an orange-red Strat) by the fretboard with both hands and smashes it to bits gleefully. He even jumps up and down on it. He throws the strap and whammy bar out to the crowd and hands a chunk of the body to someone on the barricade. Returning for the encore, Ed steps on a skateboard and makes a round on stage. "Merci beaucoup! A toast," he says and throws some wine over his head. "Let's play some more." Before 'Once," Ed thanks The Vandals and then starts to say, "the other people I really want to thank ... what's that?" Some people are screaming something to Ed that he couldn't seem to understand. He replies with "Fuck you!" The crowd cheers! He continues, "Everyone in this whole first three rows getting their heads knocked to shit all night and they have been so fucking tough. Everyone give them a big applause. SURVIVORS!" After 'Black,' Ed introduces each member of Pearl Jam in French ("Monseur Mike McCready," etc) to loud cheers and then says, "And I'm Madame Bovary." He intro's 'Fuckin' Up' with, "This is a good one to raise your arms and middle fingers and feel like you're number one." For the finale, Ed and Mike stay on stage, the others left and returned to do 'YL.'

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Three Boots Today!!

The 2006 Bootleg section has been updated with three shows from the Australian Tour. Sydney I & II and Brisbane I are up and ready for download. Hope you enjoy the shows!
These are the notes from Two Feet Thick for the Brisbane I show:

The crowd is very energetic and participates throughout the show. During "Black", the front row swayed with their arms around each other, and Ed made a comment that he'd never seen anything like it. "Black" ends with a modification of the delicate standard improv "we didn't belong together". There was a young boy in the front row during the second encore, and so Ed sang the "while you were sitting home alone at age 13" line in "Alive" to him. Ed also threw him his towel and a tambourine, and Mike threw him a pick. During "Alive" Ed went into the audience up on the side of the stage, then ran down the pit slapping hands to the fans on the other side. Referring to a past show, Ed said "You know the good thing about having a shit crowd? ... Which we might have had recently - is that it really makes you appreciate a great crowd. And you guys are great." Ed also said he hoped that the exact same people show up tomorrow night. We'll see... I can't imagine a non-fan club show will be as good as this one."

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

1996 Section Added

Added a new page to the site today for some 1996 bootlegs! The first shows added to this section include the 9/16 Seattle show at Key Arena, the 9/22 show in Toledo, OH and the 11/03 show in Berlin Germany! The Toledo show I had never heard before but it's a very solid performance. The Seattle show I've not had a chance to listen to yet but from what I understand there were several technical difficulties throughout the performance (with the band, not the recording).

The Berlin show is considered a classic among many in the PJ community. It opens with an amazing performance of "Long Road" and just leads to a great performance. The sound quality is also very good since it was broadcast on the radio! Personally, I'm really enjoying the 1996 shows. "No Code" is my favorite album and these shows are filled many gems from that masterpiece!!

Friday, October 12, 2007

Porch: Jones Beach 1992

Working on a Few Things

More bootleg downloads are currently in the works. I was a bit tired of uploading all of those 2006 shows so I've taken a few days to do some downloading of my own. I have acquired a couple of very good Tool bootlegs that I will be sharing soon in the other bootlegs section. The sound quality is very, very good on both of those.

I've also grabbed a couple of Pearl Jam shows. One from 1996 in Toledo, Ohio that sounds great! A strong version of "In My Tree"! Also got the 2005 House of Blues show in Chicago that they did with Robert Plant to benefit Hurricane Katrina victims. Haven't had a chance to listen to that one yet but it looks pretty good.

You also may have noticed that I've added a tag-board on the right side of the page so you can let me know what you think of the site or make a request or bitch and moan if that's what you feel like doing. I look for to the feedback of some of my visitors. I'll also get back to uploading the 2006 tour soon so keep checking back for new downloads.


Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Entire 2006 European Tour Now Available

With the latest updates to the 2006 bootleg section the entire European tour is now available for download. Shows added today include; Dublin, Reading, Bologna, Verona, Milan, Torino, Berlin, Vienna, and Athens!

There are some exceptional shows on this leg of the tour! Of course I encourage you to collect them all but I really enjoy Torino, which includes the entire "Pearl Jam" album played beginning to end straight through, and Dublin which includes one of my favorite "Lost Dogs", "Education"!!

So check out some of the these shows and let me know what you think. I'd like to post some visitor reviews of some of these for others to read. Send e-mail to inthepresenttense@comcast.net or leave a comment!! Thanks and enjoy the music!

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

7 Shows Added

Big update today! Seven shows have been added to the site over the past day or so but I haven't had a chance to announce them properly. The following have been addded to the 2000 bootleg section:
London, UK 5/30/2000 (Thanks jaymz69!)
Columbus, OH 8/21/2000
Jones Beach, NY 8/25/2000
This Jones Beach show is one of my favorites from 2000. Great version of "In My Tree"! "Present Tense" is also played which holds a special place in my heart in case you haven't noticed. Lots of No Code on this performance which is never a bad thing. "In Hiding" is also excellent!
The following shows are ready for download in the 2006 bootleg section:
Madrid, 9/07/2006
Marseille, 9/09/2006
Paris, 9/11/2006
Bern, 9/13/2006
I honestly haven't listened to any of these shows yet so if you listen to them and feel like writing a review, drop me a line at inthepresenttense@comcast.net and I'll post on the site!
Enjoy the music. Peace.