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Artvoice Weekly Edition » Issue v10n38 (09/22/2011) » Section: Left of the Dial

Pearl Jam - Twenty

It’s always been “by the numbers” with Pearl Jam. They debuted with the landmark 1991 Seattle rock opus Ten (a nod to jersey number of NBA player Mookie Blaylock, who refused to allow his name be used as the band’s actual moniker); they were Live on Two Legs in a double album celebration of their 1998 tour and now—20 years into the band’s career—they’ve fittingly found Twenty. PJ20 is writer/director Cameron Crowe’s in-depth biopic of the band’s history and a testament to their longevity and ongoing appeal and with it comes an exhaustive soundtrack cataloging live highs along with a handful of previously unheard demos.

The Field - Looping State of Mind

Minimalism is just as much science as it is art. It is about addition and subtraction, gradients and slopes, time and decibels. Artistic elements enter when the musician makes decisions like how steep to make that slope, just how much to crank the decibels and what to add or subtract.

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