Jamily Matters

Jamily Matters

Two music industry veterans team up to delve into one of the most influential bands of all time. Join rock radio vet Roche and Billie Jean Sarullo (of The Orchard, a division of Sony Music Entertainment) on an exploration of the music, performances, and culture of Pearl Jam.

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June 30, 2021 80 min

Five years ago this month, Pearl Jam played a now legendary secret show at Third Man Records.  Third Man Records co-founder Ben Blackwell joins Roche and Billie to reminisce  about that special night in PJ lore. Ben gives us a history of Third Man Records including some great stories of the early days of The White Stripes and Jack White's vision for the building in Nashville. Then, Ben gives the backstory on how Pearl Jam ended...

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Much like everything else during the pandemic, our first listen to new music is unlike anything we've ever experienced before. How much of that has shaped your opinions of the songs on Gigaton? That's a question Roche and Billie Jean tackle on this episode of Jamily Matters. From the heartbreak of "Comes Then Goes" to the brilliance of "Seven O'Clock"  to the invention of "Dance Of The Clairvoyants&#...

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Pearl Jam releases over 180 live shows as part of the DEEP Immersive Experience and Roche and Billie are overwhelmed (in a great way) by it. Billie gives some behind the scenes insight on the daunting task for a musician to put 5000+ songs on each streaming service and the exhaustive work that goes into it. Did the DEEP drop ruin 6 years of Roche's work on a project? Yes and no. He explains that and why he was happy to see ...

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We kick off our "My PJ Experience..." feature with Brad White who is the Assistant Program Director of the legendary KBCO in Boulder, CO. After getting some background on Brad, the AAA format in radio, and the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheater, Billie Jean and Roche ask Brad about his love of Pearl Jam (17:12). Brad shares some great stories about the famous Soldier Field show, his love of Vitalogy, and what the band has meant ...

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March 15, 2021 81 min

For a band with as many albums (which include a Greatest Hits album and a double album of rarities and B sides) as Pearl Jam has released, there are a surprising number of orphaned tracks. Songs that have not appeared on an official studio album (anniversary editions aside). On this episode of Jamily Matters, Roche and Billie Jean go through the 2000s studio songs that didn't find their way on to a Pearl Jam album and rank them...

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We've all got treasured memorabilia from our beloved band that we love to exhibit. That's the thought behind this new feature on Jamily Matters. Our first guest for the "PJ Merch" series is the morning show host for Minneapolis' CITIES 97.1  (and HUGE PJ fan), Paul Fletcher. After Paul and Roche discuss some behind the scenes radio stuff (2:37), Billie Jean joins them in showing off about some of their favorite ...

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February 8, 2021 55 min

Let's talk live music! 

Since we haven't been able to see live music in almost a year (and counting), Billie Jean and Roche are thirsty for live Pearl Jam. If you are an iPhone user (like Billie), you know all about PJ Stat Tracker. If you are an Android user (like Roche), you have a vague awareness of PJ Stat Tracker. This episode of Jamily Matters is all about the greatness of PJ Stat Tracker and gives everyone (including ...

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December 22, 2020 84 min

For a band with as many albums (which include a Greatest Hits album and a double album of rarities and B sides) as Pearl Jam has released, there are a surprising number of orphaned tracks. Songs that have not appeared on an official studio album (anniversary editions aside). On this episode of Jamily Matters, Roche and Billie Jean go through the 90s studio songs that didn't find their way on to a Pearl Jam album and rank them. ...

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November 9, 2020 103 min

On the 18th anniversary of its release, we celebrate the "European dining experience" of Pearl Jam albums, Riot Act. And yes, it's a celebration despite Roche's initial thoughts on the album. He and Billie Jean discuss their extensive live history with the album, Riot Act's place in the overall PJ story (the end of a chapter), and the realization that Riot Act is a unique piece of work in Pearl Jam's catalog...

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Loosegroove Records co-founder Regan Hagar joins Billie Jean and Roche on this special episode of Jamily Matters. Regan participated in the rise of the Seattle scene in the late 80s/early 90s and shares some wonderful stories from that time. He (along with Stone Gossard) launched Loosegroove Records to showcase other musicians and recently relaunched the label with the same mission. He discusses the past, present, and future of Loo...

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September 10, 2020 48 min

Loosegroove Records is officially back! The label, founded by Regan Hagar and Stone Gossard in 1994, has been revived to spotlight young artists and Gossard's new project, Painted Shield. Our very own Billie Jean is working behind the scenes to make sure Loosegroove hits the ground running. Billie tells Roche how the Loosegroove revival came to be, the thrill of getting to work with Stone, and the future of the label. Plus, gre...

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August 25, 2020 57 min

Roche and Billie Jean rank side two of Pearl Jam's compilation album Lost Dogs in this episode of Jamily Matters.The second half of this double album is much more like a typical compilation album and is much more melancholy than side one but chock full of fan club singles and hardcore fan favorites. If you enjoy Jamily Matters, please rate the show on Apple Podcasts and tell your PJ loving friends. 

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August 7, 2020 80 min

Compilation albums are usually for the hardest of hardcore fans. Lost Dogs is not your ordinary compilation. For one, it contains one of the biggest hits in the Pearl Jam catalog. It's also the rare compilation that doesn't feel "thrown together." In this episode of Jamily Matters, Roche and Billie Jean discuss the significance of Lost Dog in the career of Pearl Jam, specifically its role in achieving full creative ...

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July 8, 2020 84 min

It's the most important Pearl Jam album and one of the most iconic albums of all time. Ten not only put the band on the map, it launched them into the stratosphere of music. So ranking the songs shouldn't be a problem, right? Yeah, sure. Roche and Billie Jean do their best to rank this virtually flawless album while also pointing out it's unusual place in the band's history. From the "Eddie Vedder voice" to ...

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June 4, 2020 54 min

Since the murder of George Floyd, Roche (a black man) has been paralyzed with indecision. He didn't want to mindlessly hit "RETWEET" to other people's thoughts but couldn't get his own thoughts in order to let his voice be heard. As he has done his entire adult life, he turned to music, specifically the music of Pearl Jam. In this episode of Jamily Matters, Roche and Billie Jean share songs from the band that ha...

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By now, you know that Eddie Vedder has accepted All In Challenge on behalf of the band. On this episode of Jamily Matters, Roche and Billie Jean daydream about winning the incredible VIP package the band has put together and answer three questions about some of the choices they would make if they won.

Click hear to learn about what you can win and to make a donation. 

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May 14, 2020 57 min

Roche and Billie Jean rank the songs of Pearl Jam's 2013 album, Lightning Bolt, in this episode of Jamily Matters. LB has generally been given a "meh" from PJ fans but is it deserved? Billie Jean and Roche debate that and their differing views on what they want and expect from an "older" band like Pearl Jam. 

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April 27, 2020 58 min

Pearl Jam is the transition from the early '00s to the era we are still in today (unless you consider Gigaton the start of the next era...which Roche may agree with).
It's the band's first album without the shackles of a major label and because of that, they were much more "available" to do promotion of it. In this episode of Jamily Matters,
Roche and Billie Jean reminisce about the release of Avocado and how the ...

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March 31, 2020 64 min

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...

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March 2, 2020 63 min

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. 

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