So this morning, I was listening to the old-fashioned radio--97.1 or something--and that new Pearl Jam song "The Fixer" was on. The intro riff sounds really familiar (listen here), and I've been trying to place it all morning. (Pearl Jam fans are losing their collective shit over this song, btw.) I asked my super-cube friends what they thought, and they think it just sounds like a generic, punky, modern-rock riff. I know it's a familiar chord progression and all, but there is a specific song that sounds exactly like that. One with a name. Why can't I think of it?
Anyhoo, this morning I checked out the Times online and, lo and behold, there was a story about Pearl Jam and how the Internet is doing to newspapers what the Internet has done to the music industry, and how some interesting and exciting collaborations are being yielded from this every day. Like how Tom Tomorrow, formerly a syndicated political cartoonist running in every Village Voice paper, found in January he was getting kicked out of the paper to cut costs.
He talked to his bestie Eddie Vedder and was all, maybe I could make a band poster for you guys? And Vedder was all, maybe you could like, design an album for us? And then they took bong rips.* Synergy! The pic is the album cover for Backspacer, which features "The Fixer," the song with the eerily familiar punky/modern rock riff I can't recall. (Last week, Village Voice re-added Tomorrow's comic strip to their paper.) Maybe some of you graphic design types could find your way into a Tom Tomorrow-type sitch, but this town already has Michael Eades, so, I guess, try to befriend Jack White or something.
* We can neither confirm nor deny the existence of said bong rips.