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Billboard Bits: Pearl Jam, Eric Bachmann, Cursive
Pearl Jam has unveiled its first music video since the 1998 clip for “Do the Evolution” in the form of “Life Wasted,” the first video directed by visual artist Fernando Apodaca. The clip is avPearl Jam has unveiled its first music video since the 1998 clip for “Do the Evolution” in the form of “Life Wasted,” the first video directed by visual artist Fernando Apodaca. The clip is available from various sites through Wednesday (May 24) as a free download under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-No Drivers license. It premiered last Friday on VH1.
The video utilizes life-like casts of Pearl Jam’s members as well as bronze, wax and leather sculptures; the imagery also appears in the liner notes of the band’s new self-titled album for J Records.
“Life Wasted” is the second single from that set; first single “World Wide Suicide” is No. 6 in its 10th week on Billboard’s Modern Rock chart this week. Pearl Jam’s North American tour rolls into Auburn Hills, Mich., tonight.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Archers Of Loaf founding member Eric Bachmann, better known as Crooked Fingers, will on Aug. 22 issue his solo debut “To The Races” via Saddle Creek. The disc will be his first release since the band’s 2005 set "Dignity and Shame" (Merge).
The self-produced effort features violinist Tom Hagerman (Devotchka) and vocalist Miranda Brown. The album was recorded over a week's time in rural North Carolina.
Bachmann will co-headline a tour with Richard Buckner this fall, followed by a supporting role with Neko Case June 16-17 in Boulder, Col., and Park City, Utah, respectively. Bachmann will also open for Calexico June 19-23.
-- Katie Hasty, N.Y.
Rock outfit Cursive will on Aug. 22 deliver its sixth album "Happy Hollow” via Saddle Creek. Producer Mike Mogis, who has manned a number of Cursive titles, helmed the new offering.
The four-man group will preview material from the album during a handful of tour dates beginning July 5 at the Canopy Club in Champaign, Ill.
"Happy Hollow" is Cursive's first album since 2003's "The Ugly Organ." In between projects, frontman Tim Kasher has been touring and recording with his side-project The Good Life, which released "Album of the Year" in 2004.
-- Katie Hasty, N.Y.