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Incredible rock and roll news to start the week. Jimmy Eat World are hitting the road for a tour with Beach Slang.

April 26th at the Commodore!?! Heck yes.

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Jimmy Eat World

In the mid-2000s I became a big fan of the emo punkers Jimmy Eat World. I met the woman who would become my wife and she was all about their 2004 record Futures. We front-to-backed that album a bunch of times and went back and sifted through the earlier stuff, Bleed American, Clarity and Static Prevails.

By 2007, Jimmy Eat World were dropped from their label…so the band went back to their roots and self financed 2007’s Chase This Light. The same thing happened to the band after Clarity, and they self-financed their commercial breakthrough record, Bleed American!

Chase This Light wouldn’t sell the huge amounts of Bleed, but then the times were different, but Chase This Light would be their highest charting record. It is also one of my favourites from the band and era in modern rock.

I don’t know why I’ve been feeling nostalgic for the record lately, but I have been and recent;y put it back on my phone to listen to on the commute.

I think what kept this album from being a monster for the band was a lack of a bonafide modern rock hit. That said, it’s a pretty good listen all the way through with some strong cuts. The lead single is a song called “Big Casino” which did chart respectfully on the radio back in ’07/08.

The song takes it’s title from lead singer Jim Adkins side-project Go Big Casino.

Back in 2007, I asked bass player Rick Burch to tell me what the song is about.

“it’s about the old jaded guy trying to tell the young kids coming up ‘you gotta do it this way.’  But if he knew how to do it, then why didn’t he do it? Why is he the janitor at the place? Well if you knew how to why didn’t you do it? Why are you here? Why aren’t you on top?”

Also…I bought Bleed American from Urban Outfitters for $20 today…so that was a thing that happened.

Go with yourself.

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We are some lucky ducks in Victoria.  This summer, Rock The Shores bring Jimmy Eat World to the BEST island in the Dominion.  Saturday, July 13th in support of City and Colour.

This Arizona band is touring to support their 7th record, Damage.  We’ll get the record on June 11th.

The first single came down the internet tubes today for radio.  Let’s hit play on this….

Verse, chorus, verse.  Pre-hook, hook… sounds like a fun Jimmy Eat World song to me.  Commit it to memory and get ready to sing it back to the band in July!

Go with yourself.

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Jimmy Eat World 'My Best Theory'

The BIG new this morning on The Morning Zone… Dylan and Jason announced the details for this summer’s Rock The Shores.

Two Days in July… July 13th and 14th at the Juan de Fuca Rec Center’s lower fields.  So many bands to get excited about.

I want to start by getting amped on Jimmy Eat World coming to Victoria.

I’ve been lucky enough to see the band a few time sin concert and love them.  Coral is the bigger fan and has all their records at home.  Many of them she can sing along to, word-for-word.

Jimmy Eat World have seven records and all of them are outstanding.  Some of the earlier ones maybe lack the syrupy production and mass appeal pop songs of the later records. Still, all interesting and great listens.

JEW’s lat album was 2010’s Invented. Last fall the band began work on their eighth record, Damage (might be the name of the single, its unclear to me).  Our first listen will happen near Record Store Day in April when they release it as a 7-inch single, backed with a cover of Pablo Honey-era Radiohead, “Stop Whispering.”

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Back to the grind after an awesome weekend in Vancouver.  Coral and I took Mads to Coquitlam to see my sister Andrea, Uncle Matt and Stuphie.

Saturday night, we teamed up with Coral’s sister Alyx and hit the Commodore Ballroom to see Jimmy Eat World.

The concert was my second chance to see JEW.  The last time Coral and I went was 2007 when she was pregnant with Madelyn.  I remember that show to this day being one of my favourite concert experiences.

This 2011, might go down as even better.  Jimmy Eat World were playing songs heavy on classics and also from their album Invented.  I love the hits as I do with any journeymen band… but seeing as my favourite JEW records tend to be the later ones, I was happy they leaned on Invented and Chase This Light for some great depth performances.

I loved that Jimmy Eat World brought Courtney Marie Andrews on tour with them to sing the female harmonies.  It added a lot to the show and she sounded great on the Invented songs and the older JEW songs.  Notably on the Bleed American slow-burn, “Hear You Me.”

All-in-all… such a beautiful concert.  Too bad is took so bloody long to get home on the skytrain.

The rest of the weekend was filled with relaxing, hockey, eating and Bridesmaids.

Andrea and I took Madelyn to Dawes Hill Park which is a little playground and urban forest by my folk’s place.

As kids in the 80s… much of the neighbourhood where we grew up was forest.  Now its houses.  We’d spend hours patrolling our domain, making trails and exploring.

I was very happy that an old trail that we always trekked along in Dawes Hill was still there and that Madelyn was jazzed to wander it.

I wonder how she might take to walking on a trail?  Maybe still a bit too young.  Even this little adventure required me to pick her up and carry her for a bit when she got “too tired.”

But I was reading my Backpacker magazine and they were talking about kids as young as 5 getting out into the back country and even had some kids packs! O RLY?  Kids Pack and a 4 person tent… then I’m gold!

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Glee TV star Cory Monteith and his band Bonnie Dune stopped by my radio show today for a special edition of My Turn.

Cory selected some of his favourite songs and hosted the show.  Then his band performed a couple songs live on the radio (for I think the first time).

I captured all the talky bits, the live songs and then the studio Bonnie Dune cut as well.  Its one 25 minute-ish file that you can download or stream.

My favourite part? Justin (lead singer/guitar) talking about his dream opening gig would be with Jimmy Eat World…. SWA? nice. Or Cory’s prediction that the Canucks take the San Jose Sharks in 4 games.

Cory Monteith on The Zone @ 91-3

Download MP3 >> May 13 Cory Monteith

And Michael Reid of the Times Colonist wrote a great article with some background on Monteith, Bonnie Dune and a wonderful shout-out to The Zone:  Times Colonist

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Last Sunday, Coral and I packed up Mads for a Mother’s Day picnic out at Jordan River.

The nice scenic drive is a wonderful excuse to jam out a favourite record or two.  Seeing as we’re off to see Jimmy Eat World in Vancouver over the May long, we punched up some JEW records.

Jimmy Eat World – “Always Be”

Coral’s fave is 2004’s Futures.  It was a breakup record for her, and those always have a power of you.  Futures also to me is the point in their career where shed a lot of indie production and arrangements for bigger, lush sounds and more complex melodies.  If you punch up Bleed American and Futures back-to-back you’ll hear a higher “quality” on Futures.

Over time, my favourite JEW record is becoming Chase this Light.  Coral said the great thing about Jimmy Eat World is that they can make you feel like the time you are living right now in the present, is the best time, or at least the most intense or important.  Like this song here.

Jimmy Eat World – “Chase This Light”

The single off the record, “Big Casino” is one of the stronger radio songs in their catalog.  But for me, one of their best songs off all their records is the slow jam that closes it all out.

Jimmy Eat World – “Dizzy”

This song reminds me of a slow dance at a junior highschool dance.  remember those things? in gymnasiums?

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10) Band of HorsesInfinite Arms

The third studio record from Band of Horses didn’t get the mad crush of love that their previous two records received but I ended up playing at home and during my lounge sets.  I will always love the song “Laredo” and so much of what I perceive to be a Old Western?Mexico/Desert vibe.

Band of Horses – “Laredo”

09) Vampire WeekendContra

We’ll need to stretch our memory back to one of the first big hyped releases of the year for this LP.  Vampire Weekend’s anticipated follow-up Contra is number nine on my list.

VW never had huge traction on the radio with their quirky blend of world beats filtered through privileged Brooklyn/Hipster/Ivy Leaguers.  I loved Vampire Weekends first album but I enjoyed this one so much more.

Now I know what horchata is.  Nice.

Vampire Weekend – “Taxi Cab”

08) Arcade FireThe Suburbs

A monster number 1 record and grammy nominated album from the Arcade Fire.  When this disc came out, we had it on pretty steady at the Veneto and the single “Ready to Start” enjoyed a residency at number one on The Zone’s Modern Rock Countdown. There was a lot I loved about this record.  Mostly the nostalgic story lines of growing up in the suburbs, because hey, I grew up in the suburbs.  For a feature song, I will chose one of Simon’s faves off the record.

Arcade Fire – “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)”

06) Frightened RabbitThe Winter of Mixed Drinks

Another record that didn’t receive wide-spread praise or seem to do a whole lot onto further push FR onto the mainstream conciseness.

Being a heavy user of their previous music, I was hungry for a new disc.  I was downloading anything that leaked or squeeked out leading up to this record so maybe I was little too primed, but they are one of my fave bands period, this disc got jammed out.  It might not have changed my world like the first time I heard Frightened Rabbit, but it is still a great record of melodramatic rock and roll.

My favourite cut was the first single and it remains so today.

Frightened Rabbit – “Swim Until You Can’t See Land”

06) Broken BellsBroken Bells

The dude from the Shins, that dude named Danger Mouse… joined forces like the Dinobots to create one sexy masterpiece.  I don’t even want to speculate how many babies were conceived this because of this record.

Lots doesn’t seem like an adequate word.

Listening to a randomized playlist on my iTunes one time, this song came up and it has become on my favourites off the record.  maybe sounds a little more Shins and little less Danger Mouse, but that’s cool. I believe this song made it on Coral and my one year anniversary mixtape.

Broken Bells – “October”

05) Jimmy Eat WorldInvented

Another band that does no wrong by me.  Since I’ve been with Coral, JEW has held a special place in my heart and they earn that chance to make a record and I immediately go out and buy it.

I like their 7th studio record because I found it enjoyable outta the box much sooner than it too me to get into their previous Chase This Light.

Chase would grow on me but I liked how there were more than a couple song son this disc that I liked right away one listen in.  And others that I would grow to love with repeated listens.

My feature cut is a romantic song (but hey, aren’t all JEW songs sappy?) that I believe also made it on the 1 Year Anniversary mixtape.

Jimmy Eat World – “Littlething”

04) Four TetThere is Love In You

No record had a bigger influence on me from outside my normal perspective than this electronic disc from the UK’s Kieran Hebden… aka Four Tet.

Around this time last year I bought my DJ rig and by January I was experimenting with DJing simple beats.  Right around the time this record came out.

A very modern, simple, and relaxing record to put on to soundtrack my days events.  Coral bought this record on vinyl and when I do fire up the record player, The is Love In You is a go to.

Its four sides so I almost go right to side D track one so I can hear the most wonderful song on the record.

Four Tet – “She Just Likes to Fight”

I could listen to that song forever on repeat and never go fully insane.  Shit, I might get smarter.

03) The Black KeysBrothers

I was late to The Black Keys party, but when I finally got the invite, I dived in hard.

The whole swampy bluesy core styled rock music happening right now seems to originating from Akron, Ohio.

To pick a single feature is impossible.  Pol likes “Howling For You” and Allie likes “Everlasting Light”

I’m gunna go with the more blue-collar dirge.

The Black Keys – “Too Afraid to Love You”

02) Middle Class RutNo Name No Color

Rock and Roll has returned.  For me, the Renaissance was felt with Japandroids. But there are only so many fuzzy retro rocker songs to hear.  The Black Keys kept me marching to the beat locked in.  Then Dave Sawchuk lighted up Sacramento’s Middle Class Rut during our weekly music meeting… and became evangelical.

Rarely do I hear a song that captures my imagination so completely and immediately.  I felt like a little kid with excitement to hear “New Low.”  Downloaded it and then the record.  And since then, it has become such a huge record in my life.

It is a bit of a grinder and lyrically it can be depressing.  but I do find something uplifting to their tales of the working man’s lows.  My ultimate fave is the lead off cut from their record.  Sometimes I go for drives in the Cruze just so I can play this song at maximum volume.

Middle Class Rut – “Busy Being Born”

01) The NationalHigh Violet

We all have favourite bands and The National is my favourite.

The day this record came out and they had a vinyl copy down at Ditch I went to get it.  I remember that day.  I rode my bike and it was really nice out.  Then I went to Canoe Club to meet with Don about some music stuff.  While waiting for him I was chatting with the waitress… she had never heard of The National. WTF?

So I cracked open the record and gave her the free download MP3 card so she could check it out.  I hope she did.

The first single “Bloodbuzz Ohio” to me is masterpiece song.  But after repeated plays of this album I do have a few key cuts.  A song that always stuck out for me has a weird military theme.

The National – “Lemonworld”

Thank you for reading my Top 10 and checking out some new music.

Some old lists:

Top 10 Zone Shows of the 2000s
My favourite records of the 2000s
Top 10 Records of 2009
Top 10 Records of 2008

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Tom Linton of Arizona rockers Jimmy Eat World took some time to talk with me on the radio.

I am a bit of a fanboy in this bit… but I ain’t apologizing. I love Jimmy Eat World!

We talk about getting dropped from their label many moons ago; the cutie on the album cover of ‘Invention;’ the style of the new record; the first single “My Best Theory;” the holdover songs from ‘Chase This Light’ that made it on ‘Invention;’ and finally touring. The whole time I’m gushing like a 14 year old girl. Good times indeed.

Thank you for taking the time to listen.

Click >> Jimmy Eat World on Mixcloud

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Nostalgia. The yearning for the past… a popular theme with many of my favourite 90s and early Oughts rockers.

We all get old, and we all start thinking about the olden days.  The beer was colder and cheaper.  The days longer. The breasts were all firmer.  The good ole’days.

I have noticed with so many records right now, songs that try to go back and capture old emotions or ideas.

Jimmy Eat World‘s 7th studio record, Invented, is full of nostalgia.  One of my favourite songs on the new record is “Coffee and Cigarettes.”  JEW is not the first band to sing about these two vices that make your breath stink and (could) kill you… but they have mined the territory again in search of youth.

Its hard to write a critical review of Jimmy Eat World’s music for me, because I generally love all their music.  I think ion the pantheon of all their records… so far I’d give this record a pass.  With repeat listens, it might end up being a fave.

I remember in 2007 when Chase This Light came out.  At first I wasn’t into it… but given time, I lean on that record before I’ll punch up Futures or Bleed American.

I thought this was neat.  As I trolled my JEW music on the laptop… all their recent record have a title track.  For example, in Invented, there is a song called “Invented.”  Chase this Light has a song called “Chase This Light.”

But their first two record, Jimmy Eat World and Static Prevails… no such song.

During my first listen today, while waiting for Mads to get out of Step Up To Pre-School, the three songs I gravitated to right away were the three I have heard the most.

People always say to me, “why do radio stations keep playing the same songs over?”

Because people like the songs they know.  I am aware of the science behind it… and still it works on me.  I enjoyed the radio single, “My Best Theory,” Chase This Light second chancer “Stop” and “Movielike.”  I had been jamming those songs out on repeat for awhile when I found them online.

Lots of romance on this record, I also really liked “Littlething.”

If you’re a Jimmy Eat World fan, there should be something you can grab onto right away and I think enough depth to give you satisfaction with repeat listens.

Go with yourself.

PS >> I’ve had impure thoughts about the model on the cover of the record.

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