Friday, December 19, 2008

Jejune / Jimmy Eat World splt 7" (1997)

It may not snowing where you are right now, but it is snowing like crazy in NYC. For some reason music like the above 7" really fits with snow. Maybe its the melancholy of the grey skies mixed with the ebullient quality of the snow dancing and flitting around that goes hand in hand with these kind of songs. The short day light hours mixed with the invigorating chill. Something along those lines....

Regardless of what comparisons could be made this is a strong showing from two bands that both got more popular after this release. While Jejune may have crossed you radar before I think it is safe to say that there is not a person between the age of 13 and 33 who knows who Jimmy Eat World is. This was my first introduction to Jimmy Eat World and Jejune, and they remain my two favorite songs from both camps. While Jejune may have stayed their course for the most part I feel that they never achieved the playful yet emotional depth portrayed on their side.

Jimmy Eat World on the other hand went on to progress through a number of different sounds. Some more successful than others, but one thing they never really reached for again was the chugging stop start dynamics of "What Would I Say To You Now". This was somewhat to my dismay as I feel that although I do appreciate some of their later stuff, this song creates a mood for me, where as something like Clarity requires a certain mood for me to delve into it fully. Nothing is more powerful in music than having the sounds take over your mind for 3 or 4 minutes and then leaving you with its glow for a short time there after.

While many would disagree with me on this being the best of their songs (the band included I would assume) I still have to share this with all of you as I think the most important thing about this 7" is how these two songs complement each other. Jejunes breezy cathartic pop and Jimmy Eat Worlds noisy rocked out bliss are two things that I think go together perfectly.

I have only included one of each song. The other song from Jejune is an instrumental which I find forgettable in comparison to "Early Stars", and Jimmy Eat World have another decent track called Speed Read which I believe you can find on their Singles collection, along with "What Would I Say To You Now".


Blogger Chris Bennett said...

Hey there,

For some reason I keep receiving a decompression failed message for the zip file. I love this record!! Any suggestions?

3:19 PM  
Blogger benjamin said...

How strange, I just put this record up on eBay!

4:32 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

it did the same thing for me. i rezipped it, but it doesnt have the liner art or the jew cover.

benjamin, how much does it go for? i have a copy on clear green.

4:41 PM  
Blogger papstar said...

wow, been a are you blend??

gonna take some time to look over the site...been gone.

hope you are well!

8:23 PM  
Blogger proven hollow said...

haha, "jew cover".
i was hoping that was some kind of hidden track. oh well. i remember all the "girls" liked this record. i think there were 3 of them in our entire atlanta scene in the early/mid 90s.

in all seriousness. i remember liking the jejune track on this but very much NOT liking anything else they did. so i agree with your assessment of never "living up" to this one song.

jimmy eat world was always hit or miss with me. i never got fully behind them, but there were times when i appreciated the "pop rock" band they became.

10:26 AM  
Blogger blend77 said...

whoa, papstar! long time no see!
whats new?

phil, much agreed on Jejune. I bought the record when it came out and promptly sold it. i dont even like the instrumental that is on this 7", which is why i didnt include it.

also, much agreed on Jimmy Eat World... this is one of the only tracks i really like. cheesy yet great 7".

3:07 PM  
Blogger papstar said...

yea, blend..actually got locked up at the end of september, just got out on friday. kinda sucked, but its great to be home now. so much to catch up on...any new music ideas???

9:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i also always felt that was the best jimmy eat world song

4:42 PM  
Blogger mr.A said...

Thanks for the tunes and Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!!!

peace, mr.A

5:09 AM  
Blogger Toxik Boys said...

Happy New Year Blend!!

Cheers and good luck from Chile amigo!

11:36 PM  
Blogger proven hollow said...

thought i'd pass along some alex dunham news

4:21 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

Thank you so much for posting this. I own this 7" but had to leave all of my records behind when I moved here (Brooklyn) three years ago. It feels really good to hear "Early Stars" again. It is one of my favorites.

1:22 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

Nick, I also live in Brooklyn. Where do you live? Also, youre welcome. Its a good 7"

To all, I finished half of my last year list... its all arbitrary, and late, of course. I will finish the second half tonite. So look for it tomorrow. Then I am watching Alien. Best sci-fi suspense movie ever.

to Papstar, what!?! PM me on or something. Good to have you back!

2:45 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

Blend - I live in Williamsburg at the Lorimer stop on the L.

3:05 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

Nick, you into Brainworms at all? They are playing tomorrow at Bar Matchless...

I live in Prospect Heights.

3:31 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

I hadn't heard them until just now. I have a thing to go to at 8, but I'll head to Matchless afterward if there's still time. Do you know if there's a cover?

5:02 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

i bet there is, but i am sure it will be sub $10..

i have a beard and short hair but will probably be wearing a hat... i will wear my very old Quicksand shirt... so if you see a bearded guy with a faded black Quicksand shirt and a black hat, thats me. Say hi.

5:26 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

hey, to anyone who cares, i got to #13 on my best of list. i said i would have it up tonite.. this shit just takes too fucking long. i am packing it in for the night. i will finish sometime this weekend.

i will not be doing one next year. instead i will just present what rules as they come... anyway, i shouldve been doing that all along.

hope everyone is aiite.

10:49 PM  
Blogger -kevin said...

Hey dude. Wanna link up? I added yrs. (not like you need it ;D)

10:14 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

yeah, lets link it!.. i like fashionable activism, and i believe you post on VLV (correct?)

thanks for the link connect. always worthwhile. cheers!

2:40 PM  
Blogger ilikechili said...

Okay, off the topic but I'm randomly in Boston for the next week and I'm stopping by New York next weekend. Any idea of any good shows? I have only the vague idea of where to look, as I'm not well versed in the hole in the wall places of the East Coast.

2:49 PM  
Blogger Jaybird said...

Jimmy Eat World played this when they played terminal 5 last week..i was so stoked.until they played there two hits & ruined the show..thanx for this

11:13 PM  

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