JESSICA LETKEMANN is a Music journalist for Billboard.com and the biggest Pearl Jam fan you’ll probably ever meet. Back in 2003 her and her 2 friends Kathy Davis and John Reynolds started Two Feet Thick It’s the ultimate Pearl Jam website with everything you ever wanted to know about Pearl Jam.
Jessica posted a wicked article today featuring the 23 things you need to know about lightning Bolt ahead of it’s October 15th release.
I wanted to share a few of the 23 that she has put together. and thank her for the all the mentions on her site of our Mike McCready Interview we did a few weeks back which you can listen to here.
1. Pearl Jam revealed the tracklist by tweet, Vine and Instagram during the week of August 23. In case you somehow missed that, it’s twelve songs in this order: 1) Getaway 2) Mind Your Manners 3) My Father’s Son 4) Sirens 5) Lightning Bolt 6) Infallible 7) Pendulum 8) Swallowed Whole 9) Let The Records Play 10) Sleeping By Myself 11) Yellow Moon 12) Future Days
7. Bassist Jeff Ament, ever the Pearl Jam visual artist, had a big hand in the look and feel accompanying “Lightning Bolt” — and a Montana connection. The animated portions of the “Mind Your Manners” video were done by fellow Montana native Andy Smetanka and it was Jeff who enlisted him. “Jeff Ament made a generous donation to my Kickstarter campaign,” Smetanka told the Missoula News in August. “I sent him a message to ask him how he wanted to take delivery on his custom light box, and he wrote back asking if I was interested in “creating some images” for Pearl Jam. Hell yes, I replied.”
12. The ominous music that plays during the PJ 2013 North American tour video clip remains unidentified.
So now you have some fun PJ facts to show off to your friends with before the December 4th show at Rogers Arena, and you can view Jessica’s full list of 23 by clicking here and you can also follow her on Twitter @Letkemann, because I can guarantee that she knows more about Pearl Jam that you or I ever will.