The ‘Gum Drop LXXIX: Hear Jason Lytle, Win A Ton Of Pearl Jam Swag

A couple years ago Grandaddy called it quits. Before too long, the band’s former leader Jason Lytle, will return with Yours Truly, the Commuter (05/19, Anti-). As the man’s hat suggests, he’s now living in Montana. Those who enjoyed his previous work should also dig this gently anthemic, down-to-Earth (but Big Sky) electro-acoustic pop kaleidoscope. To give you an idea of the 12-track collection, we debuted standout “Brand New Sun” in this week’s Drop. We also asked Lytle a bit about the song. You can take a listen and read his responses here.

And, speaking of returns, this week we also offered the chance to win the Super Deluxe reissue of Pearl Jam’s Ten along with sundry Ten-related Rock Band goods.

This week one lucky winner receives the Deluxe Collectors Edition reissue of Pearl Jam’s Ten, Rock Band 2 standalone software for XBox 360, and wo Microsoft Xbox Live Points Cards ($20 Value or 1600 Microsoft Points) so you can download the Ten tracks for the game. That’s right, on 3/24, 10 more songs from Pearl Jam’s now-classic 1991 debut will be available for Rock Band 2. You could already do “Alive,” yes. Now there’s also “Once,” “Even Flow,” “Why Go,” “Black,” “Jeremy,” “Oceans,” “Porch,” “Garden,” “Deep,” and “Release.” You can get more info at

As far as the Collectors Edition reissue, on 3/24 Legacy will release four special edition packages of Ten, each featuring two versions of the album: the remastered version of the original album as well as an accompanying remixed version done by Brendan O’Brien. We’re giving away a copy of the most packed of all the packages, the aptly titled “Super Deluxe.” It looks like this:

It’s a 2-disc set plus DVD and four LPs. The discs come as a a mini-LP style slipcase featuring six bonus tracks: “Brother,” “Just A Girl,” “State of Love and Trust,” “Breath and a Scream,” “2,000 Mile Blues” and “Evil Little Goat.” You also get Pearl Jam’s 1992 MTV Unplugged concert including never-before-seen bonus performance of “Oceans” with a 5.1 Surround Sound audio remix as well as 1992’s Live at Magnuson Park mixed by Brendan O’Brien and a cassette replica of the Momma-Son demos of “Alive,” “Once” and “Footsteps.” On top of that, there’s an Eddie Vedder-style composition notebook filled with replica personal notes, images and mementos from the collections of Eddie Vedder and Jeff Ament. Not enough? How about a vellum envelope with replicated era-specific ephemera from Pearl Jam’s early work + a two-sided print commemorating the Drop in the Park concert?

One winner gets everything. Make sure you have enough space for it. Enter to win it all. While you await the Ten reissue, you can play the Pearl Jam Ten Game, which allows you to preview select tracks from each of the four packages. Also, there’s still time to nab last week’s prize of an iPhone 3G: Sign up for that here


[Jason Lytle photo by Jeff Hawe]