Pearl Jam and King 810 come to the aid of Flint residents as water crisis continues

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Pearl Jam have helped to raise $300,000 to aid the residents of US city Flint, Michigan where lead is poisoning the water supply.

The band have donated $125,000 of their own money with the remaining $175,000 coming from LiveNation, Republic Records, Universal Music Publishing Group, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, Glaser Progress Foundation, Brandi Carlile’s Looking Out Foundation and Ticketmaster.

Parl Jam have also started a crowdfuning campaign via Crowdrise, money from which will first be used for the purchase of water filters, bottled water, emergency support services and prevention efforts for Flint’s residents.

Donations will be made to The United Way of Genesee County’s Flint Water Fund which serves both the immediate and long term needs of the community.

Metal band King 810, who are Flint residents themselves, have been helping on the ground to distribute cases of bottled water to local neighbourhoods.

The band released a track called “Let Me Be Alone” in September of last year that explicitly addressed the water crisis.

Say King 810: “We feel this is one of several crises happening in Flint. As most of you know, this topic has hit the mainstream news; so while the spotlight was on, we wanted to raise any kind of additional awareness we could.

“We take it upon ourselves to ride around our neighbourhoods leaving cases of water in the streets for anyone who can’t make it to donation centers.”

A state of emergency was declared in Flint last December after it was confirmed that dangerous amounts of lead were contaminating the city’s water supply. In April 2014, in an effort to save money, the city had switched from using Detroit’s water supply to pumping water from Flint River.

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New music releases, 1st December 2014

Here are the new and notable album releases this week, 1st December 2014:

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Rock Or Bust, AC/DC

Demolicious, Green Day
John Grant & The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, John Grant
Live In Dublin, Leonard Cohen
Doolittle 25 (Boxset), Pixies
Winterland Night (Live), Bruce Springsteen
Music Industry 3 Fitness Industry 1, Mogwai
Alpha Mike Foxtrot: Rare Tracks 1994 – 2014, Wilco
…All That Might Have Been… (A Complete Box Set), Peter Hammill
Classics, She & Him
Gone Girl (Original Soundtrack), Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
Live Chicago 1992, Pearl Jam
The Elements Tour Box 2014, King Crimson
Many Faces Of Yes, Various Artists
Crossfire, White Widdow
Sacred Warpath, Sodom
Send Them All To Hell, The German Panzer
Meo Vaettum, Skalmold
V, The Flight of Sleipnir
Theatre Of Redemption, Harmony
Strangers In Paradise, Neonfly
Where Dreams Are Forgotten, Axenstar
Freaks, Rigor Mortis
The Slaughter Never Stops, Avenger
Transilvanian Hunger (2CD 20th Anniversary Edition), Darkthrone

All of the above and many more are available via the Skin Back Alley Music Store!

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Pearl Jam break out “Let It Go” from Disney’s ‘Frozen’

Never a band to be afraid of heading in new directions, Pearl Jam briefly took the assembled throng at their recent gig in Milan by complete surprise.

Yes, you read that correctly, Eddie Vedder and Co. took time out in the middle of their song, “Daughter”, to break in to a cover version of “Let It Go”, the central ballad from Disney’s smash hit animation, Frozen. You can watch fan-shot footage of the song in the video above.

We’ll leave you to decide whether Vedder’s version is as good as Idina Menzel’s…

Pearl Jam continue on their European jaunt until mid-July, before heading to the US for a tour in October. They’ll also be making a headline appearance at the Austin City Limits Music Festival.

Check out footage of “Daughter” and “Just Breathe” from the same concert below.

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Pearl Jam reveal new video

Pearl JamPearl Jam have released the video to new song, Mind Your Manners.

Taken from their forthcoming 10th studio LP Lightning Bolt, the video sees the band playing in front of a giant video screen that is depicting natural and man-made disasters. You can watch it below.

Lightning Bolt will be released on October 15th and is the band’s first album since 2009’s Backspacer. Speaking earlier this year, guitarist Mike McCready said of the new album: “…it’s kind of a logical extension of what Backspacer was. But I think there’s a little bit more experimental stuff going on. There’s a Pink Floyd vibe to some of it, there’s a punk rock edge to other stuff.”