Pearl Jam Are Streaming ‘Lightning Bolt’ in Full Right Now
Also: watch Eddie Vedder's entire interview with director Judd Apatow
Pearl Jam’s Lightning Bolt has struck a week early. The grunge icons’ 10th album isn’t officially out until October 15, but fans can hear the entire LP right now on iTunes. Eddie Vedder and co. previously shared two tracks from the follow-up to 2009’s Backspacer: furious lead single “Mind Your Manners” and soothing second taste “Sirens.” (If you count “Sleeping By Myself,” which originally appeared on Vedder’s 2011 solo record Ukulele Songs, then technically PJ have already previewed three of the effort’s 12 songs.)
Produced by longtime collaborator Brendan O’Brien (Rage Against the Machine, Stone Temple Pilots, Korn), Lightning Bolt brings with it a flurry of stormy imagery and artwork, all of which was inspired by the weather of the band’s hometown, Seattle. Vedder shared that factoid in a recent short documentary about the album directed by photographer Danny Clinch, who also helmed the official music videos for the record’s two singles.
The nearly nine-minute flick features members of Pearl Jam being interviewed by Portlandia and Wild Flag MVP Carrie Brownstein, filmmaker Judd Apatow, former New Orleans Saints safety Steve Gleason, and surfing champ Mark “MR” Richards. IFC shared Brownstein’s full Q&A with the band last week, and now the Guardian has dug up extended footage of Vedder’s chat with Apatow. To see Pearl Jam’s 48-year-old frontman talk with the man behind This Is 40 about religion, Pussy Riot, raising children, and more, watch the video below.