December 11 [17:15 EDT] -- Those anxious to hear Pearl Jam's forthcoming album, or parts of it at least, can hear it on the web. But you better hurry, because the way things are going, you may have to do it the old fashioned way and wait until "Yield"'s release on February 3.
Last week, an industrious Pearl Jam fan at Syracuse University waited by his stereo to tape the illicit songs that were being sent over the airwaves on New York radio station, K-Rock. The Station would not say where they got a copy of the LP, but it wasn't long before Pearl Jam's label, Epic, apparently got wind of the pirated playing and called the station to halt further airings.
Josh Wardell, the creator of "The Josh Wardell's Pearl Jam MP3 Archive," and that industrious college sophomore, had already put the songs, such as "Given To Fly," reputedly the single from "Yield," complete with the DJ's intros, up on his site.
They were available for one week, until ...Epic contacted him and
asked him nicely to take them down. Wardell told MTV News online, "I know when I started the site I told myself I would take anything down that the record company requested."
It may be off Wardell's site, but the Jam is out there. Another individual has put the songs up at http://brandon.tierranet.com/stephen/pearljam/inmytree.htm. But as Wardell said, "Well, these [available songs] were caused basically because they were played on the radio...If they weren't played on the radio, this would not have happened."
This is not the first time there has been a music crackdown on the web. We reported earlier this year that some Oasis fan sites were pressured into taking audio files down, of both new and old music, forcing some sites to fold all together. Oasis' representives claimed it was a copyright infringement.