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Exclusive: Singles – Citizen Dick – Smarter Than You Review

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Have you ever wondered what the full review of Citizen Dick’s album said? Jeff was trying to spare Cliff’s feeling, but we won’t. We keep things going for Singles Week with the full review!!

CITIZEN DICK
Smarter Than You (LP)
Real Clever Records

Once again, when the Cliff Poncier begins swinging… you know what you’re in for. More pompous, dick-swinging swill from a man who has haunted the local scene for much too long. You wish that Cliff would move to another town, like Minneapolis or Los Angeles or New York. A town where he could disappear into the masses and not stand out like the relentlessly mediocre talent that he is.

Mediocre? Well, that’s probably a rather kind term for the kind of music that Poncier’s new band purports to play. This is Seattle grunge rock at its predictable and painful best/worst. Slashing guitars mesh with sonically ‘treated’ vocals to create a kind of desperate preening, prodding and chugging mess. Mark Arm probably dreams about music like this, and then wakes up grateful. In fact, Citizen Dick makes groups like Gruntruck and Sadhappy sound like geniuses.

The very cover of this album makes me want to piss blood. There is Poncier, his arms spread like a scabarous messiah, begging to be appreciated. I remember when Poncier met my sister at the Central one night. He called her answering machine for a month straight, leaving yearning and dull-minded, semi-pornographic messages of love. And my sister is not good-looking. It makes you wonder about Poincier, and it makes me wonder about me. Why my life has come to this. Reviewing the music of a puss-faced immature pussy hound with a fake wig for hair.

And that’s me being kind.

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May 17, 2017

PJ20 Revisited

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Can you believe it’s been two years since Pearl Jam Twenty debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival? You can check out some goodies over on the PJ20 page, but I thought we would share this “Inside Pearl Jam Twenty” Interview with Cameron from Pearl Jam Radio on Sirius. This is the full length 1 hour and 12 minute interview. Enjoy!

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Sep 7, 2013

Pearl Jam Twenty: Press + Share Your Thoughts…

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Photograph by: Mark Blinch, Reuters

“Tonight’s the Night”…Pearl Jam Twenty is finally here. I thought we would celebrate with a collection of PJ20 related press/tidbits from the past week and more importantly, get your thoughts. So without further adieu, let’s dig in.

Please tell us what you think of Pearl Jam Twenty. Did it live up to your expectations? Favorite part? 

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Sep 20, 2011

Pearl Jam Twenty: World Premiere Recap

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That’s right. Pearl Jam Twenty had its world premiere yesterday at 2pm (EST) at the beautiful Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto as part of the  36th annual Toronto International Film Festival. In addition to the 1,500 fans, Cameron, Jeff Ament, Matt Cameron, Boom Gaspar, Stone Gossard, Mike McCready, Eddie Vedder and Chris Cornell were in attendance.

The energy and the crowd were tremendous. PJ fans such as Jennifer and Tanya (pictured above) waited in line for 8 hours to get a front row seat. There were bursts of applause throughout and certainly some tears as well. The venue was an absolutely gorgeous place to host the event and the recently installed sound system was stunning. Here’s a few pictures that I took as Cameron and the band arrived.

 

Over the next few weeks, I will be posting video footage from the press conference with the band and Cameron that was held after the screening. Since the press conference deals with some spoilers from the film, I’d like to wait until many of you have seen the film.

 

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Sep 11, 2011

Pearl Jam Twenty Clip: Come Together

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PBS has debuted a new, exclusive clip of Pearl Jam Twenty. The scene focuses on the band’s formation with comments from all the parties involved. Pearl Jam Twenty has its world premiere tomorrow at the Toronto International Film Festival and then hits theaters beginning September 20th. It will air as part of PBS’s American Masters series on October 21st.

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Sep 9, 2011

Retro: Singles Flashback!

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For our retro bit this week, I stumbled across this great picture which was probably taken on the set of Singles. Front Row – From left to right, Chris Cornell – Soundgarden, Matt Dillon, Cameron Crowe. Back Row – From left to right, Jeff Ament (Pearl Jam) and Layne Staley. (Alice in Chains lead singer who passed away in April 2002). I’m sure we’ll get some great stories about Pearl Jam and their Singles involvement on the upcoming Pearl Jam Twenty documentary.

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Feb 7, 2011

Mike Finger’s The Blue and the Black