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Pearl Jam 'Halfway' Through Recording of New Album

If you thought Pearl Jam were resting on their laurels in putting out a 20th anniversary film and soundtrack album, think again. According to PJ bassist Jeff Ament, the band have made significant strides in completing work on a new studio album, which will be the follow-up to 2009's Backspacer.

Ament told Rolling Stone that the band were "at least at the halfway point."

He continued: "The first handful of songs we had are a great, great start. It's been really important for us that in the middle of all this, we got together and recorded a bunch of songs. It sort of gave us a breath to go, 'Okay, we can go back and get ready for the show and book and movie and all that stuff.'"

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Josh Hart is a former web producer and staff writer for Guitar World and Guitar Aficionado magazines (2010–2012). He has since pursued writing fiction under various pseudonyms while exploring the technical underpinnings of journalism, now serving as a senior software engineer for The Seattle Times.