Jamily Matters is back with our first impressions of Pearl Jam's new album Gigaton. Roche and Billie Jean go over their initial standout tracks, the missteps, and the track listing. Then, Roche shares a theory about Lightning Bolt's place in PJ's catalog now that Gigaton is here. Plus, thoughts on the "rage" of the band, what the tour schedule looks like in the wake of COVID-19, and where's Boom?? Much to be...
Pearl Jam's third studio album cemented their status as "Biggest Rock Band In The World" while also laying the groundwork from their (voluntary) descent from those heights. It's an album containing some of the band's most popular songs alongside some of their most experimental compositions. It's their last grunge album and a glimpse at where they would go next.
According to Roche, "No Code is the bouncer at the door of Pearl Jam fandom." It's the album that signaled a change of direction for the previously grunge band and it always ranks high on lists for "hardcore" fans. After discussing the importance of No Code (17:50), Roche and Billie Jean give their rankings of the songs on this career changing album.
Pearl Jam dropped a ton of news over the last week so an emergency edition of Jamily Matters was called. Roche and Billie Jean break down all the news, analyze the Gigaton roll out, what they loved about it and what could have been done better, and give their expectations for the new album. Then, they reveal what shows they are hoping to hit up on the tour.
Is Vs. the most important Pearl Jam album? You can make a strong case that it is and on this episode of Jamily Matters, Roche and Billie Jean discuss why (12:22) then give their rankings of the album that solidified the band's place in rock music.
After a string of solid but unspectacular efforts, Backspacer showed the world that Pearl Jam still had "it." On this episode of Jamily Matters, Roche and Billie Jean discuss the band's ninth studio album and its importance to the PJ catalog (5:36) before ranking the songs on this underrated album.
Passion has to start somewhere and in this episode of Jamily Matters, Billie Jean and Roche share the origins of their passion for Pearl Jam. They'll also break down what you can expect from the podcast and what the first series of episodes will be about.