Category Archives: mike mccready

Inside Job, Verona 2006

This is not a song that I’ve ever really connected with, but it came on my headphones this morning, and I listened to it for the first time in a long time all the way through. Huh. It’s actually pretty great.

How I choose to feel is how I am. 

Star Anna & Mike McCready, Live on KEXP & RNDM, Live on KEXP, 2012

Today’s the last day of KEXP’s spring pledge drive. KEXP, if you don’t know, is a listener-supported, commercial-free radio station in Seattle. And it’s the best fucking radio station in the world. It streams online for free, so you should go check them out, and then you should become a member and support this kind of awesomeness. I’ve been a member for years, since before I lived in Seattle. You should listen and then you should join, too.

In relation to PJ (since this is a PJ site), in the last week, I’ve heard them play “Last Exit”, “Rise”, “Leaving Here”, “The American in Me”, “Hunger Strike”, and the kickass cover of “Masters of War” from the Bob Dylan anniversary show. I won a copy of “Pearl Jam vs. Ames Bros.” the first morning of the drive. They’ve been playing a ton of Mudhoney, Mother Love Bone, Soundgarden, Mad Season, Nirvana (“Molly’s Lips”!), and other Seattle classics. This morning, they’ve played Sigur Ros, Bowie, the Star Wars theme (!), the Magnetic Fields, the National, the Beta Band, Catherine Wheel, the Temptations, and so much other goodness I can’t list it all, including a ton of stuff I have never heard of but like a LOT. They played “Can’t Touch This” yesterday. They also played William Shatner’s cover of “Common People”. They played Kristen Hersh’s cover of “When the Levee Breaks”. I mean, really now.

And it’s not only an amazing source for music, but they’re a fantastic non-profit that is actively engaged in the broader Seattle community. Anyone with a KEXP bumper sticker on their car (or bike) feels like an immediate friend. Stone and Mike both power KEXP (and probably the rest of the band, too). This station is wonderful, and rare.

They ALSO do amazing in-studios and put them online. Like these two.

Here: Star Anna with Mike from last year. 

And here’s a full set from RNDM last year, too:

Rock Star Fantasy Camp, with Mike McCready, Kim Thayil and Dave Grohl

I have no idea what this is, but it’s totally hilarious. I especially like the Rock Star Poses part. Edited to add: Ah. It’s from a Seattle local sketch comedy show, Almost Live!

Nothing As It Seems, Nuremberg 2000

I posted Breakerfall from this same show: fantastic, pro-shot video with some ass-kicking by Mike. It’s pretty Ed-focused, but frankly, that works for me in this case. Oof.

There was a thread on the 10C forum the other day about the exceptional degree of awesome from the 2000 Europe tour (before the total devastating awfulness of Roskilde, obviously). Reading through it made me all nostalgic; I was at the Dublin show, and spent the rest of the year listening to the stream of ridiculous boots. I posted some good stuff from the Zurich show yesterday, too. I’ve got Europe 2000 on the mind.

Little Wing, Milwaukee 1995

Fantastic. Many thanks to @jjjrrr and @dte421 for sharing on ye olde Twitter machine (and pjvideoguy for uploading). Holy Mike McCready.

Random Mike groove + Comatose, Berlin 2010

The beginning of this video is just SO random and delightful. They start “Comatose”, then Mike plays some random shit while you can see Ed and Stone looking bedazzled. “You heard it first!” Good times. Really nice quality video, too! And as a side note: someone, somewhere, directed me to this video, but I didn’t make a note of who. So I am sorry if it was you and I’m not crediting you appropriately!