Allowing Myself

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Futures x10 x2

On November 2nd we went to see the closing show of the Jimmy Eat World’s Futures x10 tour at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. This is the same venue we saw them play Clarity x10, though for that show we had seats in the balcony. This time, we were committed to GA floor – and it was awesome.

We saw the opening show of the Futures x10 tour exactly one month before – if you remember, this is when I saw the band on the street and almost threw up from panic. It was really great to see them play the opening and closing shows of the same tour, especially since this involved the first 13 songs of the set list being the same. I could tell they’d gotten into a groove over the month-long tour. The songs, the time in between songs and the whole band just hummed.

This show, we were in Joshua Tree the day before and the morning of, so I knew we didn’t have the energy to do anything but stand and watch the set. Even in my exhausted state, knowing I had to travel to Boston the next day, I still loved every minute.

During the sound-check, the tech came out with a gorgeous blue bass on. “The bass player’s bass is so blue,” I said to H. “Yeah, that’s the one he always plays,” H said. “Oh – I never noticed before,” I replied.

It got me thinking – I’ve seen this band live almost 10 times, they’re my favorite, hands down, and I’ve never really watched the BAND play. I’m so fixated on Jim Adkins that the rest of the band blurs into the background.

Whoops.

A few weeks ago, my friend Joanna got to meet Jim Adkins after the show in Virginia. She made sure to take a selfie with him to send me. She said he is the nicest guy ever and that they really do just hang around the venue after the show, getting dinner and talking to fans.

Again, with the Jtree trip and the flight to Boston the next day, I knew we couldn’t hang around to meet them – but I feel like we’re getting closer. One day we’ll hit up a show and make time and get to meet them. For sure. In the meantime, I’ll wait patiently for their next album and tour.

Bonus – the band takes a pic of the audience each night and we made the cut. You can see H’s hands as the highest ones on the bottom left side of the pic below – he’s wearing a black t-shirt. I’m somewhere to the right of him and our friend is also standing there with us.

So it was a low key concert for us but totally worth the experience. Seeing the band 2x in one month did nothing but turn up the volume on my love for them. :sigh:

Check out the set list from the show. I was thrilled they played Dizzy (my other favorite besides Polaris and 23) and Jim talked a bunch during this show. He said he appreciates people still coming out to see their shows. It’s the “hugest compliment”.

I’m lucky I live in LA – a city they play in often. Their songs have impacted so much of the past 10 years of my life. Thank you to them for keeping on.

Futures x10

From the band’s Instagram

The table 3/4 of the band ate dinner at.

Last Thursday night, H and I drove up to Ventura to see Jimmy Eat World play their Futures x10 tour opening show. It was a very hot day, and I’d had an incredibly stressful morning at work, so my mood was quite blah. But Jimmy Eat World is my favorite band, and they would be playing my favorite album, so I had hopes the afternoon would improve.

We found a primo parking spot and ate dinner at Anacapa Brewing Company. It was good, but not amazing.

As we walked up Main Street towards the Majestic Ventura Theater for the show, we walked RIGHT PAST Jim, Rick and Tom from the band while they sat at an outside table eating dinner!

I thought I was going to throw up.

I never bother famous people *ever* but this time I felt justified to stalk them. I just wanted a photo or an autograph, just to shake their hands as say “We love your music – please keep going”. So, H and I stood 50 feet away, watching them like total creeps, not wanting to interrupt (though maybe they shouldn’t sit at an OUTSIDE TABLE one block from the venue if they don’t want to be bothered).

As they got up to leave, I walked after them – they looped into the restaurant and into the back. Were they using the bathrooms or heading out a back exit? Arg. Basically, we missed them completely.

Serious disappointment.

As we stood in line to get inside the GA show, I watched as each band member walked alone, from different routes, right by crowds of people to get onto the tour bus parked in front of the venue. I think I was the only person who saw Jim walk the entire block. Fans were oblivious, staring at their cell phones or talking to each other. My heart skipped watching him, but I didn’t blow his cover. :sigh:

The show itself was good – they seemed a bit rusty, but it’s the first night of the month long tour. (See the entire setlist). The songs from Futures that really rock live still did (Pain, Work and Kill) and the ones they usually don’t play, I understand why. Polaris is seriously in my top 3 but it wasn’t as intimate live as listening to it on headphones. Drugs or Me was really great – I was dreading it b/c it’s so slow – but the new guitar player / background vocalist / keyboard player added so much with his vocals that this song flew.

They hit this amazing rockin’ out stride during Nothingwrong – it sounded amazing and they killed it then. I didn’t realize it till I was writing this, but their first encore included 3 songs from the Stay On My Side EP which came out right after Futures. Duh. It was smart for them to include them right after, a continuation of the catalogue. According to the setlist website, Over and Closer made their debut the other night (pretty cool to say we were there) and Disintegration hasn’t been played live since 2008. Hearing these songs live made me want to revisit the EP. Listening to it now as I write this.

(Also, fun fact which I some how just discovered: Heatmiser, which is a band Jimmy Eat World quotes in the lyrics of Kill: “like you’re favorite Heatmiser song goes”, had the Elliot Smith as their lead guitar and vocals guy. How did I not know this until now?)

We have tickets for the final show at Club Nokia next month. I’m excited to see them play the same show again. It’s awesome we’re seeing the first and last shows of the same tour.

This is the 6th time I’ve seen them live, the 3rd x10 show (Clarity and Bleed American happened over the past 4 years), and the first time I’ve seen them outside of Los Angeles county. We bought t-shirts at the merch table. I spotted them on the street and almost talked to them. And I sang along to every song.

It’s like I really almost am a super fan.

Piqued

This was our first full week of work and school since the semester began. We both had to work one night, so we weren’t home much. Carter still has a major case of fleas. I felt like the week flew by.

I planned a usual list of links, but then realized how many were of music. So here is your first all music Piqued. Let me know what you think, what you enjoy.

The band known as ∆ (alt j) has some pretty weird music – I’m digging Every Other Freckle.
Note: the video is hot, weird and not safe for work.

H has Sledgehammer on loop and shared the Dave Matthews Band version with me.

Watch Bon Iver live.

My friend Emily swears Hozier is AMAZING but it wasn’t until this song that I was like oooohhhh, I think I’m getting thisLike Real People Do.

Andrew McMahon has a new record coming out ::jumping up a down::
Fist pump to High Dive.

Also, this:
“I’ve been writing music most of my life. Songs have always been the place where I’ve sorted out the events of day. If you trace these songs back far enough they tell a story of where I’ve been and what I’ve seen along the way. Cecilia was written with the knowledge that my wife and I would soon meet our first child. With the hope of avoiding territory this type of song often treads, I tried to create a road map of the life I had lived leading up to that moment. One my daughter might look back on some day. A strange life of constant motion, spent traveling in the pursuit of music. A life I’ve nearly lost on more than one occasion and one which I am thankful for, now more than ever.” ~Andrew McMahon
Listen to Cecilia and the Satellite

To continue on the pop-punk break-your-heart music… Jimmy Eat World is MY FAVORITE BAND. They’re the only band I’ve ever been obsessed with the way other girls growing up wanted jump the Backstreet Boys. Jimmy Eat World is my band – they get me.

So there’s nothing more awesome then when I get to see them in person, which is about once a year since they’re based in AZ and are LA-darlings. They alternate between a new record tour and a 10 year anniversary tour, where they play the entirety of an old record live. I saw them at the El Rey for their CD release show for Big Casino, at Club Nokia for Clarity x10, the Wiltern for Bleed American x10 and most recently, a year ago on the 28th at the Palladium. They’ve announced they’re touring for Futures x10, which is MY FAVORITE RECORD by my favorite band – so we bought tickets to see them TWO TIMES: October 2nd in Ventura and November 2nd in Los Angeles.

I CAN NOT WAIT.

And if we’re continuing with some of my all-time-favorite artists, Ani Difranco has a new record dropping November 4th, Allergic To Water.

Last, but never least, Ryan Adams always kills it (I love Come Pick Me Up the mostest) and he just released a new self-titled record. Watch him rock out with “Gimme Something Good”

 

See all of my Piqued posts here.

I’ll Take It

If this is what we get in return for my sister crashing with us for 6 months – I’ll take it!

Thanks Ricky ❤

Movies, Music and Moon

We’ve already had quite a relaxing Saturday. Slept in, took the pup to a dog park and walked through a gorgeous little neighborhood. We went to bed late (2am) as we met friends to see Taken 2 and eat dessert at Cheesecake Factory. Between the wine I had with dinner and the chocolate raspberry truffle cheesecake, I’m in a slight sugar hangover this morning.

The moon’s void of course and I’m trying to follow suit. Hanging out, reading, not worried about accomplishing anything. It’s a  3-day weekend for me and I left my laptop at work to avoid pressuring myself into doing work (because I never do – I just drive myself mentally crazy about how I should – though the laptop always stays in my bag).

Tonight we are seeing the Black Keys play Staples Center. Tegan and Sara are opening. My head may explode.

{The picture above was taken the same day at this one. Happy weekend!}