Tom Tomorrow’s Backspacer cover’s being revealed today via an on-line treasure hunt: Bits of the art are showing up on nine different sites as we speak. See them separately at antiquiet and (spoiler) united in the small composite accompanying this post. If you do decide to visit each participating site, you’ll get this demo of “Speed of Sound,” a Backspacer song Eddie Vedder performed solo earlier this month:

Backspacer is out 9/20 at your local Target and

Comments (40)
  1. PJ SUX  |   Posted on Jul 29th, 2009 0

    Eddie Vedder thinks he is a tortured soul. I think he is dumb!

  2. It’s only the demo of “Speed of Sound”, not the album version. It still sounds pretty good.

    The artwork is…interesting.

  3. Chadams  |   Posted on Jul 29th, 2009 0

    Cover’s awfully reminiscent of the “No Code” artwork.

    Capt. Obvious

  4. PJTEXAS  |   Posted on Jul 29th, 2009 0

    Actually, it’s not like NO CODE at all, other than they’re pictures of different things. NO CODE’s artwork was actual photos; these are drawings. NO CODE had a bunch of smaller pictures that made a bigger picture. Backspacer cover art doesn’t make a picture and there are only 9 pics.


    Gen. Suck It

    • Your boner called. It asked that you please find a new method to get off other than Pearl Jam cover art trivia.

    • Pearl Jam had an album called “No Code”?! I stopped noticing after “Ten.”

      • kozy21  |   Posted on Jul 30th, 2009 0

        That’s really sad seeing as they are easily the best American rock band to come out in the last 2 decades. Vs., Vitalogy, and Yield are all better than Ten. I recommend you spend time with them and then compare them to any other rock band out there. Granted, this is coming from a die-hard Sigur Ros, Decemberists, and Explosions In The Sky fan. I will always appreciate Pearl Jam.

        • I was mostly just being a douche. But I take offense at the implication that Pearl Jam is the best American band in the past two decades.

          …you forgot Nickelback!

          • Douche detector  |   Posted on Jul 31st, 2009 0

            How can you compare Pearl Jam and Nickelback? You really are a douche…Nickelback sucks!

      • elderly woman  |   Posted on Jul 31st, 2009 0

        man why are you even commenting on a band you don’t even care about. go to the nickelback website and go for it. But let our fans enjoy our favourite band ever. I don’t care for your band and obviously you don’t care care for mine, but it is all opinion not fact. quit the bagging and enjoy what ever it is you enjoy in music.

        • ahaha, trolling is so easy.

          would a nickelback fan be reading stereogum? seriously? give me a break. nickelback’s from canada anyway, so they can’t be the best american band unless you mean “from the americas.”

          mostly my point here is just because a band sells a billion albums, whether it’s pearl jam or nickelback, it doesn’t mean that band is the best ever. pearl jam’s fine, nickelback’s bad, there are plenty of groups out there better than both.

        • also, if you knew what Pearl Jam’s name meant, you’d probably vomit

          • Farmer Ted  |   Posted on Aug 3rd, 2009 0

            Thank you!

            I knew the band’s name was slang for male “come on over”.

            Pearl = White
            Jam = Jam

            I had this roommate in college who would always argue that it wasn’t.

            Do the math.

            And also. Pearl Jam is really awful.

            It’s what Nickleback fans listen to when they want to listen to a more real band.

            Pearl jam is for cultural simpletons.

            And I hate them, but love mocking their fans. They get all frat house angry on ya. And it gets funnier. They actually think Pearl Jam is good.

            So I’m pumped they’re coming out with a new album.

            What a bunch of A-Holes.

            -Farmer Ted

          • Yeah, it totally means that, even if your roommate said it didn’t… it would still be true if the band denied it. Ugh.

          • urn idiot  |   Posted on Aug 23rd, 2009 0

            the bands name came from eddies grandmother,(pearl) who made jam that peps said that it was hallucinogenic, you people need to read more. dirty minds.

  5. Gianni  |   Posted on Jul 29th, 2009 0

    but you continued reading about them to add sarcastic remarks.

  6. I was really hoping for a Coldplay cover.

  7. The center-bottom image looks like snoop dog riding a tricycle.

  8. who can say “into the wild b-side”?

  9. also, re: the artwork. anything will be better than that amateur hour avocado photoshop nonsense.

  10. I like that song better than “The Fixer”. Artwork is pretty nice. The avacado wasn’t bad either. I like avacado. I was hoping for a mango this time.

  11. FeelLikeAStranger  |   Posted on Aug 3rd, 2009 0

    Farmer Ted, I like your postings. I read them purely for entertainment value. But Pearl Jam is a great band.

    • Farmer Ted  |   Posted on Aug 4th, 2009 0

      Yo. Thanks for the shout out, brah.

      You should check out some Eddie Money.

      He won’t let you down. Powerful vocals. Catchy tunes.

      -Farmer Ted

  12. MigrantWorkerJuan   |   Posted on Aug 4th, 2009 0

    FarmerTed; a typical predictable indie douchebag that bashes a well-known band because he’s so-above-it-all and has such forward thinking and cultured tastes and you should really join him on the other side because he knows the way to over-critical pseudo-intellectual salvation.

    • I don’t think he’s bashing Pearl Jam just for being well-known.

      Hard to take a band called “Pearl Jam” seriously.

      And anyway, though Pearl Jam might be ok, Pearl Jam spawned Creed. Creed spawned Nickelback. And here we are. Each iteration worse than the last. Pearl Jam wasn’t even the best grunge band, just the most insistent upon itself.

      Being popular doesn’t exclude a band from being good. Nor does being popular act as a valid substitute for being good. The best bands are both.

      • Chris  |   Posted on Aug 5th, 2009 0

        The Pearl Jam spawned Creed and therefore sucks argument. My favorite.

        And the Beatles spawned Badfinger and the Monkeys and ELO and it goes downhill from there.

        And your point is?

        • I wasn’t saying Pearl Jam sucks because it spawned Creed. In fact, I think I said “Pearl Jam might be ok.” I was just making the connection to Nickelback for all of the fanboys whining about my comparison.

          But seriously, I didn’t know Pearl Jam still had this many fanboys, or that they were this easy to get riled up. Remind me to make fun of Pearl Jam more often.

  13. BrainofJ  |   Posted on Aug 4th, 2009 0

    Farmer Ted, i’m disgusted to even have to reply to you, but i’m doing so anyways in order to defend my fav band of all time. first of all, you and chesteadman are irreversibly stupid for suggesting such completely unproven things about the origins of Pearl Jam’s name. if you two idiots bothered to do any research before opening your smelly blowholes, you’d know that when Pearl Jam were looking for a name, one of the members came up with “Pearl” right away, while another went to a Neil Young concert, watched him jam for 15+minutes in between songs, and came back with “Jam”. it’s called reading, douchebag. come to think of it, there’s nothing even wrong with naming your band after “male “come on over”", as you put it – it’s an essential part of creating life, and they’re a rock band, not a string quartet. Secondly, you’ve just proven yourself as an utter lowlife when you compared Pearl Jam to nickelback. your statements weren’t based in any sort of fact, and you think that you simply have the balls to hang around a stereogum comments page, randomly dissing a band featured in an article. well you may think that takes balls, i on the other hand call it stupidity. how the fuck is PJ a band for nickelback fans?! Pearl Jam influenced the genre that nickelback are scraping the bottom of, and the latter’s fans can’t stomach Pearl Jam’s infinitely more sophisticated music, that’s why they choose to listen to what they do, because it’s so accessible and polished over for radio play. And what the fuck did you mean by “Pearl jam is for cultural simpletons”?! you dumb-ass, i defy you to prove that statement! what would you call your favorite Eddie Money then? i mean, it obviously takes a shitload of cultural complexity to churn out about a dozen albums filled with top-40 singles revolving around the profound concept of “ooh baby baby, i love you, take me home we should be sleeping”! it’s no wonder Pearl Jam fans are seriously pissed at you, any thinking person would be extremely irritated with your filthy hypocritical bullshit! my advice is get a life, and shut the fuck up, nobody’s forcing you to either listen to or read about Pearl Jam, but a lot of people enjoy doing both without your interference!

    • Farmer Ted  |   Posted on Aug 4th, 2009 0

      My favorite Eddie Money song is “I Think I”m in Love.”

      -Famrer Ted

    • Pete Fontaine  |   Posted on Aug 5th, 2009 0

      Dude. BrainofJ, you’ve got to chill out man. Maybe you haven’t been to this site much or maybe you just haven’t seen Farmer Ted’s posts, but he’s just a troll. He’s making these posts for no reason other than to get those sorts of reactions out of you. And frankly, I think he’s won cause you sound pretty fired up in your post. You can like what you like and you don’t have to justify your tastes to that douchebag. Besides there are plenty of people that agree with you (myself included, incidentally) about PJ.

      That being said, I do agree with Farmer Ted when he said Eddie Money has powerful vocals and catchy tunes, even if he was being sarcastic.

  14. Muffs  |   Posted on Aug 5th, 2009 0

    Man music is all about creativity ans bringing new stuff to the listeners, Pearl Jam has done so much for music, influenced so many. To my mind thats what it means to be successful. Being able to influence others creativetely, thru your own creativity.
    You guys should stop and think a bit, it doesnt fucking matter the name of the band, we hear stupid names being vanglorized everyday on this same website.
    I dont know why nowadays people dont respect different kinds of music, everyday i enter this blog i see people critisizing bands, just because they dont sound modern enough, and by modern you guys mean indie!! that is absolutely ridiculous, that are many bands doing great stuff in indie , rap, folk ,electronic, rock n roll, country, and countless sorts of regional music.
    Its prejudice, sort of racism is music, and as intellectual as many here sound like when they write you should be able to isolate that when listening to new stuff.

  15. mort  |   Posted on Aug 14th, 2009 0

    After nearly 20 years of preforming, 9 consecutive major label albums, more live concert atendence than any body but the greatful dead, over 10 apperances in motion picture soundtracks, over 65 million albums sold world wide, not concidering the pleathera of patron based activities this band has done for the concert goers, and the fact that they do more for charitable philantrapy than any other band ever (yes including U2) not to mention the progressive equal rights agenda that there lyrics so eloquently state in a poetic form second only to Bob Dylan himself (only sung with an amazing vibrato) it puzzels me that any one could see this band as any thing but the greatist american rock and roll band ever. This is not about a popularity contest if given one hour with me, a kick as stereo and the pj collection I have been able to change the biggist skeptics around finding sorrow in the fact that they wasted the last 15 years of ther lives missing what they have newly discoverd. They are incredibly versital (name a band who can play more diffrent genras) Inteligent in lyrics and buissnies savy and happen to have one of the most talented guitar players in the world. for your sake forget about 10 and try them again. Belive me they have grown.

  16. Was anyone really being serious about nickelback? I wasn’t even aware they had a fan base. Yes, pearl jam still has a lot of fans, probably about the same number as nickelback. Well, maybe not, but pearl jam’s fans have a higher IQ average, seeing as most of nickelbacks fans are mindless 14 year olds. I however am 13, which makes me much more culturally defined, I guess. And Im a peArl jam fan. Nickelback really did nothing more than modernize the Creed formula, who ripped of Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains

  17. PJ is incredible. NIckeback are posers. End of discussion.

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