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REAL NAME: Matt
LOCATION: Brooklyn, New York, USA
To me it’s more like average favorite album because it changes every-so-often. On average, my favorite album is Vs.; that Backspacer is a creeper though.
It depends on the week. At the moment it’s [Original: Johnny Guitar] and [Cover: You Can Close Your Eyes].
FAVORITE BAND MEMBER:
Anyone but Stone. Growing up, my friend Rob Salom - who introduced me to Pearl Jam at age 10 – and I developed an irrational disdain for Stone Gossard. Maybe it was the glasses, maybe it was that he looks like a hippie lawyer. Whatever the reason, it’s stuck. The irony is that I ended up meeting him in Barcelona during college. Stone and his then-girlfriend were touring Gaudi’s La Sagrada Família before the 5/25/00 show at Palau St. Jordi. He was a pleasant, if unassuming fellow, and his girlfriend was lovely (apparently she was the inspiration for Thin Air). Still, Rob Salom may have been onto something; Stone had shifty eyes.
HOW MANY SHOWS HAVE YOU ATTENDED?
25 or thereabouts
HOW EXTENSIVE IS YOUR PEARL JAM COLLECTION?
www.gremmie.net, my collection is as big as yours.
WHAT WAS YOUR GREATEST PEARL JAM EXPERIENCE?
The line at Tower Records in 2006, waiting for tickets to the secret show at Irving Plaza. Thirty-eight hours we waited on a dirty East 4th Street to buy Avacado. See, each person received a ticket to the secret show with purchase of the album. Imagine over 500 hard-core fans (and a few squatters) huddled together overnight in the late Spring cold, counting the minutes until midnight. Between the Krispy Kreme doughnuts hand delivered to us by Clive Davis (yes, THAT Clive Davis), and the endless stream of what ifs (“What if the band got into a battle royale? Would anyone be able to fell the giant Boom?”), you get to know people pretty well. You make good friends. You laugh about esoteric bullshit. The show was great, but the waiting was better.
IS THERE A SPECIFIC LYRIC THAT MOVES YOU?
The Fixer literally moves me during the chorus as I throw my hands in the air in-sync to the “Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!” Figuratively I’m keen on, “I wish I was a radio song, the one that you turned up…” [Wishlist].
WHAT ELSE IS ON YOUR IPOD RIGHT NOW?
Stevie Wonder, Soul Coughing, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. I have a few episodes of Sports Night too.
WHEN YOU WALK AWAY FROM YOUR COMPUTER, WHAT ARE YOU DOING?
WHAT PASSIONS DO YOU HAVE BEYOND PEARL JAM?
I love to cook and bake (honest). I make a peach/blueberry pie that’ll change your life. I have been boxing at an amateur level for a few years. I’m also in 2 bands at the moment (one cover, one original). These three things occupy most of my time. Also, the Jets. The god-damn-Jets.
WHAT IS YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE?
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles I. The original holds up better than you’d expect. Also Mystery Science Theater, Mike or Joel.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR ASPIRING BLOGGERS, TWEETERS, AND/OR WEBMASTERS?
If you have a good idea, don’t procrastinate – just get working! No one likes an imagination without execution.
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Donny, All That's Sacred
Jason Leung, This All Encompassing Trip
Stip, The SkyIScrape.com
Victor Nogales, PJCollectors.com