Jeff Sweatman

Jeff’s Top 10 Pearl Jam songs + live tracks & honorable mentions…
Jeff’s Top 10 Pearl Jam songs + live tracks & honorable mentions…
Top 10 PJ songs 10-29-13 day of PJ Cville JPJ show!

1) Immortality – quintessial PJ sound -classic riff, the bass & drums
groove, then the bridge sends an already-great song into the
stratosphere! – also perfectly encapsulates the Cobain saga
2) Black (unplugged) –
finally officially released on PJ20 “we belong…together!”
3) Present Tense – love the musical build-up and the lyrical honesty
4) Daughter/It’s OK VA Beach –
1st live show after Roskilde tragedy…epic Dead Moon tag
5) Corduroy – pretty much their mission statement beyond “I’m Still Alive”
6) U – because it’s funny and poppy, 2 sides of the band they don’t show enough (but the true fans know they can be both)
7) Strangest Tribe (because it’s so different and it sounds SO GOOD on Ten Club vinyl…funny how a song about snow can warm the cockles!)
8) Breath
fans did an awesome sign campaign after they hadn’t played it for about 10 years…proving that even sometimes a band as good as PJ doesn’t know what their best songs are, ha
9) All Those Yesterdays
about as close to The Beatles as PJ can get…oh wait, they did cover
“I’ve Got A Feeling” in the early days!
10) The Fixer
10b) Alive just to take it off the table, it’s too obvious, but yet
it’s clearly one of their Top 10 songs

Top 10 covers
Rockin’ in the Free World – Council Bluffs, IA, Riot Act tour
my one & only front-row PJ experience!

Baba O’Riley – KC 2003, absolute downpour & a great version

Crazy Mary – didn’t even know it was PJ the 1st time I heard it…opened up their acoustic options & prepared fans for the rootsier/more raw sound of Vs.

I Believe In Miracles – just a great song to begin with, and an
excellent choice from The Ramones catalog

Leaving Here – spot-on High Numbers (before they were The Who) impression, also shows Motown roots (PJ would later cover The Jackson 5 on a fan club holiday single)
 
Masters of War – Ed & Mike just slayed at the Bob Dylan tribute

Sonic Reducer – would’ve never realized how cool the Dead Boys were w/out this

Soldier of Love – a song The Beatles did, but Arthur Alexander wrote, the B-side to the much more successful fan club single “Last Kiss” (a total fluke radio hit, in fact their biggest pop hit to date)

The Real Me (Philly 2009) – they don’t do this one often, but this is just a blistering, spot-on version

Love Reign O’er Me/Fortunate Son/Know Your Rights/Driven To Tears/I’ve Got A Feeling…so many good ones!!  A big reason why I love this band is their expertly chosen & lovingly rendered cover tunes. Gives the band something besides their own stuff to show off on & still make a point/expose their audience to something they might not already know/geek out on stuff they’ve always loved

hon. mention: Animal/Go/Grievance/Bee Girl/Got Some/I Got Id/Not ForYou/Wash/No Way/Smile/Sometimes/SOLAT/Hail Hail/DTE/Long Road/Release/Oceans/Alive/Indifference (because no one ever really knows how much difference their thoughts or actions make, but it’s almost always more than you think)

Wine Wednesdays

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Charlottesville’s Sister Cities

Robert explains how wine ties Charlottesville to our sister cities.

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The Great Pumpkin Taste Off

It’s happening 9/10/14. Clinton gives us a preview.

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Tailgate Wines

Before the UVA Football season kicks off, Robert has some suggestions for those who would like to enjoy some wine…

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Ginger Beers and Radlers

What are they? Clinton breaks it down.

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New Virginia Beers in Cans!

It’s Virginia Craft Beer Month! Clinton highlights a few new Virginia breweries who have begun canning beers.