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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

Crowe’s Nest: Gossard Cameo, PJ Roots, Vedder, Citizen Dick

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Stone Gossard and the “Waiting for the Interurban” statue

The Crowe’s Nest is a feature that collects random tidbits, etc. in one blog post. Today’s edition focuses on PJ related items:

  • Like many other places, Washington State/Seattle is having major financial problems. It doesn’t look like they will be attracting any new film and TV productions anytime soon as they have cut all tax incentives. This article talks about Seattle’s film legacy and includs a great picture (above) of Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard (who was part of Mother Love Bone at the time) on the set of Say Anything… (in a scene that was cut from the final film).
  • The Seattle Times looks back at Pearl Jam’s 20 years with a strong focus on their local roots. There’s some great anecdotes (especially around Eddie Vedder “helping out”), so you’ll want to check it out.
  • The San Diego Union Tribune talks with Eddie Vedder during his recent Ukelele tour. Topics include early influences like Pete Townshend and Neil Young, along with the upcoming PJ20. Here’s what Eddie had to say about looking back:

“I think that, in order to keep progressing, there should be some benefits to looking back, to help you determine what your future course may be. But if they are (there), I don’t think they’ve been tangible for any of us… What we’ve learned is that we really do live in the present. And, to be honest, this looking back thing make me feel like I’m glad we have someone as astute and devoted to music as Cameron Crowe at the helm of putting something together that would represent us and tell a certain number of stories that happened over (the past) 20 years.. So I think we’re just happy we’ve survived it and are still friends and more than that, happy that we’re still a working group.

  • Finally, a great quote about Singles and Citizen Dick by former OK Hotel booker/Gits drummer Steve Moriarty for Mark Yarm’s upcoming book, Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge, which will be released on Sept. 6, 2011.
“I remember seeing fake posters on the poles for a show that the band in [Singles] was supposed to be playing. They’d filmed them, then left the posters up. We were like, ‘Is that show really going on at the OK Hotel? I don’t remember booking that.’ I was like, ‘Who the fuck are Citizen Dick?’”

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Jul 18, 2011

Mike Finger’s The Blue and the Black