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Soundgarden’s ‘Live on I-5’ Is Streaming on Facebook

Plus: Eddie Vedder on the ukulele and Brandi Carlile’s live recording with the Seattle Symphony.

By Julia Scherzinger March 22, 2011

Soundgarden, all grown up Clockwise from bottom: Chris Cornell, Ben Shepherd, Matt Cameron, and Kim Thayil reunite in 2010.

In case you hadn’t heard, Soundgarden is back. And as of yesterday, the local rockers have rereleased Live on I-5—recordings of the I-5 leg of their 1996 tour—on Facebook. It’s all there, including live performances from Seattle’s old Mercer Arena (“Head Down,” “Nothing to Say,” “Black Hole Sun”) and a dark, husky cover of the Beatles’ “Helter Skelter.” Longtime fans racked with nostalgia (and new fans, like this blogger, who were too young to go to concerts when the band split in 1997) can have a free listen by liking the band’s Facebook page. CD and vinyl LP versions of the album are also available on

Meanwhile, Soundgarden’s front man Chris Cornell, bassist Ben Shepherd, guitarist Kim Thayil, and drummer Matt Cameron are working on their first original album since 1996’s Down on the Upside. The yet-to-be-titled record is slated for release sometime this year. We’ll let you know as more details become available.

In other news: The live recording of Brandi Carlile’s sold-out November concerts with the Seattle Symphony will be released on May 3. Preview Brandi Carlile – Live at Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony at, which is streaming Carlile singing "Before it Breaks."

Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder is continuing his solo career with a new album scheduled to drop on May 31—comprised entirely of ukulele songs, originals and covers. It’s even called Ukulele Songs. Vedder has officially become Jack Johnson. Will it be as well received as his first solo effort, the soundtrack to the 2007 film Into the Wild? Check out “Longing to Belong,” the first single off the album, and let us know what you think.

Eddie Vedder – Longing to Belong by ThePEAK

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