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Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament: My Favorite Songs of 2017

From Grizzly Bear to Gord Downie and the Lemon Twigs, the bassist breaks down his favorite tunes from last year

Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament: My Favorite Songs of 2017

Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament fills us in on his five favorite songs of 2017.

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Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament – who is releasing his new solo album Heaven/Hell in mid-March and gearing up for the band’s upcoming world tour – had a difficult time narrowing down his favorite songs of 2017 to a mere five. “The last few months of 2017 was filled with so many great records by St. Vincent, War On Drugs, LCD Soundsystem, Mogwai, At the Drive-in, Angel Olsen, Lemon Twigs, Lo Moon and others earlier in the year by Grandaddy, Zeal & Ardor, Portugal. The Man, Father John Misty, Mark Eitzel and the xx,” he says. “It’s hard to pick just five tunes. Proof that there’s more great music being made than ever.”

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Charlotte Gainsbourg, “Deadly Valentine”

I can’t help but see the slow doom and depression of Melancholia‘s wedding scene when I hear this. Lyrically centered around Christian wedding vows with a tinge of sarcasm I think. I love the big synth production and repetitive funk bass hook, and she delivers a beautiful vocal. “It has a nice beat, and I can dance to it.”

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The U-Men, “Shoot ‘Em Down”

Sub Pop just released the whole catalog of U-Men songs in one beautiful package and “Shoot ‘Em Down” is my favorite of the bunch. Takes me back to their insanely entertaining shows at the Metropolis, Ground Zero and Graven Image, the heyday of Seattle music for some of us. U-Men had one of my favorite rhythm sections in Jim [Tilman] and Charlie [Ryan]. With the dynamic Tom Price guitars and maybe the most charismatic frontman to come out of Seattle, John Bigley, they influenced and inspired every band that saw them.

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