Posts Tagged ‘Clarity’

Coral’s sister came by last night to deliver her Christmas present that finally arrived in the mail.  She ordered Jimmy Eat World’s Clarity album on vinyl for her.

I’ve blogged before about how special this album is.  Growing up, I wasn’t too into JEW.  I knew their hits on the radio and lumped them (wrongly) in the bin with the other pop punkers of the late 90s/early 00s.  It wasn’t till Coral and I started firing up that I got a chance to listen to Jimmy Eat World.  She had told me she was a fan.  not a word of lie, I judged her…. congratulations, you like radio friendly pop songs.  But she quickly corrected that notion and fired up Clarity and even Static Prevails is a solid record.  After grounding in those discs, I was able to re-explore the more popular albums Bleed American and Futures with a new appreciation.

Wiki: Jimmy Eat World Discography

Jimmy Eat World is now one of my favourite bands.  Last night, Coral and I warmed up the LP player and listened to the record again.

Aside from my temperamental amp, it sounded good.  As much as I love collecting records and all the production and ceremony that comes with playing them, it is a little much always having to get up flip the record.  And Clarity is a double disc!

Coral stayed on the computer where she was hard at work crafting her new twitter profile (add her up! http://twitter.com/jesuiscoral ), but I put Mads to bed, fired up a pot of coffee, turned off the TV and most the lights and just sat on the couch listening.  Good times.

I came to the conclusion that if/when we get around to building or acquiring the new living room shelving Coral has planned, I’ll need a record cubby (oh and that new amp!).

If you’re new to the whole Jimmy Eat World thing… go download that entire Clarity record.  Then you can dive into Bleed American and Futures, then go back for the older stuff and Chase This Light.


Now that Coral is back home, she might get her blog turned back on and she made a twitter account.  I absolutely adore the graphic she used on her page.

Its from an artist named Audrey Kawasaki. So pretty.  We flipped through some of her art last night while listening to our LPs (after Jimmy Eat World we launched into The Rural Alberta Advantage).

Maybe when we get our finances squared away in the next couple months we can get a print for our home.


The other night I stayed up late to watch Vancouver’s Japandroids on Jimmy Fallon Show.

I love Japandroids, then i saw the show and was like… wow.  Sounded amazing, and the all the buzz, their t-shirts.  The guitar player guy was jamming out a plain-yet-bold shirt with Vancouver street names and the drummer had a CJSF t-shirt.

We had some talk on the twitter about trying to replicate a Victoria edition.  I’ll be sure to let you know if anything comes from the brainstorming online.


Lastly, I was reading Huckdoll the other day where she was talking (amongst other things) about the movie (500) Days of Summer.

She said how much she enjoyed the soundtrack, which both Coral and I also adore.  The big stand out song for us is by an Aussie band called The Temper Trap, “Sweet Disposition.”  You might recognize the song also from The Modern Rock Inbox on The Zone or on the TV for the Mercy TV show trailer.

Go with yourself.

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Cue up: The National – “Theory of the Crows”

not enough money
to buy a PC
so i come in this weekend
asleep on my feet
and if i forget you
ill have nobody left to forget
i guess thats what assholes get

traded my day light
for a career

but i need you to disprove
my theory of the crows

pouring my fingers across the keys
will someone review my salary please?
im selling my time to the man who sells style
that time should be mine to waste on you

ill suck off investors
ill suck off VCs

im losing my posture from time on my knees
they treat me so well
cause i’ll do anything
its in my nature of service


I am jamming out The National which always makes me happy. “Theory of the Crows” came up and I went, “hmm.”  Timely track.

Last night I guested at Lucky Bar for WTF!  Lots of fun to DJ in a club that was A) full and B) the people were really into dancing to ANYTHING.  It was cool.

There were three of us tagging in at the controls, Liam Lux, DJ Fatso and myself.  I felt really old.

I plugged in my laptop and was using iTunes to DJ (lame I know).  I was telling Fatso how much I’d love to get a proper rig one day (I’ve been talking about FOREVER) .  Fatso said, what, you can’t drop $1,000 on Serato?

I said, “I’d love to, but my DJ money goes to the kid or bills or diapers or food.”

he looks at me oddly, “how old are you?”


“Wow!  you are one young looking 29 year old.”

He was cool, he apologized and said, “yeah I’m 22 and my DJ money is weed money so….”  Then the dude turned me onto this program called Ableton.  He said you can buy it at Long and McQuade or… um, download it off the internets.

Fatso was a good man and showed me what it can do.  Requires no controller which was rad.  He had a little channel mixer thing that he wasn’t even using but said costs like $80 is I wanted to go there and have a controller of some kind.  Fatso was a real wizard with Ableton, so I think if I can get my hands on the program I might be able to elevate my game from “dude that pushes play on CDJs” or “Music Nerd that makes fantastical playlists on iTunes.”

It was sorta neat at Lucky, I saw a bunch of old regulars from my days playing at Hugo’s.  It was odd, never thought I’d miss the weekday party kids… till they were gone.  I wondered what became of them after Hugo’s closed.  I’d hoped some would come to the Clubhouse for my new Tuesday but they are all at Lucky on Wednesday now I guess.


Coral and I are pretty excited to learn that Jimmy Eat World will be reissuing their brilliant record Clairty on vinyl.

I was never a big Jimmy Eat World fan before I met Coral.  I had always thought they were a pop band that we played on the radio.  Never really dived too deep into the lore.  I met Coral and that all changed.  She told me how amazing they were.  I thought she was amazing, ergo JEW=Amazing.

Coral’s favourtie record is Clarity.  One of those discs that is just so good but never meant for mainstream accolades.  A record, that when enjoyed in the right context will change your entire perspective.  Beautiful, challenging and hmmm… I want to say gliding?  but I don’t think that is a word.

Coral and I like to collect our favourite records on vinyl.  Not so much cuz we are overly snobby about our tunes (the record player is in Madelyn’s closet) but because we like displaying the album artwork on the wall (and I like to have the albums).

Clarity has always been high on our list of acquisitions but the dude at Ditch Records says it is a real collector and a challenge to track down.  Until now.  10th year anniversary reissue!  huzzah!

Now I don’t have the money to take Coral to San Diego or San Francisco for a 10th Anniversary show, but I can probably scrounge $30 for the LP.

She get an IOU on Valentines day… coming in the mail… your Clarity record.

That’s all I got.

Go with yourself.

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