Endless Loop: Take On Me

ahaHave you ever had one of those songs that gets stuck in your head for days…weeks…years? Sure you have. These are the songs that always make the cut. The songs on repeat. We all have them. I have a ton. Welcome back to Endless Loop. “Take On Me” by a-ha A plague of pestilence has fallen over my house.  Well, not to be so hyperbolic, the little one got the flu, and then I caught some kind of bug too.  Not that I’ve been laid out or anything, but there are some symptoms I just can’t seem to shake.  Back at work, but snotty…coughing…light-headed…and a general feeling of malaise, like I’m just waiting to faint at work.  But fever free! Anyway, my unending fatigued state is not the prime condition for writing, seeing as all I want to do is get under a blanket [more]

The Joup Friday Album: Broken Social Scene – ‘You Forgot it in People’

Broken Social Scene's You Forgot it in People

Broken Social Scene’s You Forgot it in People

Nature is reclaiming my elderly neighbour’s house. Really rubbing his nose in it. Recently I’ve been walking around all my former haunts, and this album has been accompanying me. Of course, there’s nothing like the olfactory and auditory to fast-track you to your memory banks, but this is nostalgia illegitimately invoked since this is an album as new to me as the year. Ordinarily I try to unearth an album to share with you that I’ve lived with for a long time, but strangely, this is an album that takes me to the era it was made without me having heard it before. ‘Capture the Flag’ Opens with a kind of spotlight scanning panorama of opiated jazz brass and bass, then creaks with guitar into [more]

Drinking, Fighting, F*&king, and Crying

zap_caveAnd we’ve come to crying. Anyone here unable to admit to crying from time to time? More than time to time? In some reverse macho way I love crying – it’s one of the reasons I always keep a handful of albums by The Cure on hand. Crying is such a visceral, cathartic experience, it’s like nothing else, except maybe sneezing (which I used to overlook until I read Anton Lavey’s article about sneezing where he refers to it as ‘little death’). Nick Cave knows about crying. It’s kind of hard to imagine any of the various versions of Cave through time crying, but that’s because of his early explosive lunacy and his later sophisticated repose. But you can tell by his life and his work that Mr. Cave knows crying so he uses its catalysts to great effect in his music. [more]

Endless Loop: Come Undone

duranduranHave you ever had one of those songs that gets stuck in your head for days…weeks…years? Sure you have. These are the songs that always make the cut. The songs on repeat. We all have them. I have a ton. Welcome back to Endless Loop. “Come Undone” by Duran Duran The early 90’s were weird. When a new decade starts, it seems that it doesn’t really begin to take off on its own until a little bit of time has gone by, those first couple of years still tying back to the ten that preceded them.  It’s true in art, fashion, and culture, the prevailing styles still clinging to life for a couple last run throughs.  That’s why when the 90’s started, we were still getting new records from the likes of Depeche Mode, Motley Crue, and more pushed and promoted on mainstream channels [more]

Drinking, Fighting, F*&king, and Crying

sade best of If there was ever a musical group who specialized in laying down sounds smooth and sultry enough to coax people out of their garments and into one another’s arms, it is British band Sade. Sade is both the name of the band and the stage name of Helen Adu, and it is the combination of both her voice and the smooth – and I mean smooooth – musical accompaniment of her band that, legendarily, can set a mood that inspires coitus like no other act. And it works. Back in my single days, the only other musical soundtrack to a low-key, I’ll-cook-you-dinner-at-my-house evening that almost always guaranteed desert would be an act and not a dish was, well, I’ll save that for another column. Suffice it to say that, although I could never fool anyone into thinking I was a [more]

Endless Loop: Vertigo

deafheavenHave you ever had one of those songs that gets stuck in your head for days…weeks…years? Sure you have. These are the songs that always make the cut. The songs on repeat. We all have them. I have a ton. Welcome back to Endless Loop. “Vertigo” by Deafheaven It’s not that I’m sad or upset about anything, but sometimes I’ve just got to put on something heart wrenching and get lost in it for a little while. In the narrative form, it’s oft referred to as misery lit, or more succinctly misery porn.  These are devastating, soul crushing tomes of literature or film that find our protagonists facing any and all manner of unspeakable tragedy, and then invite us to wallow in it, an aching sadness prevailing over all, and on come the waterworks.  And we as a culture just devour it.  Bring on [more]

The Joup Friday Album: Sam Cooke Live at the Harlem Square Club

Sam Cooke Sam Cooke Live at the Harlem Square Club was recorded in 1963 and released in 1985 by R.C.A. Records, who had kept it in a vault for over twenty years. This album took twenty-two years to be released! I’m sure that probably broke a Guinness book world record of some sort. Think about it – how many records went from the actual recording and production to a twenty-two year release date? Sam Cooke Live at the Harlem Square Club is a prime contender for that category. Sam Cooke’s name alone circa 1963 sold a ton of records, but Live at the Harlem Square Club was shelved and never released at the height of Cooke’s fame. Why? In 1963, some soggy, old, snowflake executives at R.C.A. Records thought the recording sounded too raw and gritty. What’s that Gramps? “If we want to [more]

Drinking, Fighting, F*&king, and Crying

acdc-hells_bells_s_1Circa 1998 – This is another Schlitz Family Robinson story. It’s too perfect for the “Fighting” category not to use it. Sonny, Brown, Grez and I finished practice on a Saturday about 8:00 PM. Three fourths the members of Celestial Crumb had come over earlier that night, to hang out and hear our new material. Mike from their group rolled a massive joint from which everyone partook and the practice veered into rather experimental territory after that. Pretty sure we culled more new material from that session but I can’t say for sure. One thing about smoking when you’re playing music – for me, if I smoke first, then it’ll probably be a shit session. but if I do it after I’m warmed up and in sync with the other musicians, especially ones I am as comfortable with as I was [more]

Endless Loop: The Sound of Silence

simongarfunkelHave you ever had one of those songs that gets stuck in your head for days…weeks…years? Sure you have. These are the songs that always make the cut. The songs on repeat. We all have them. I have a ton. Welcome back to Endless Loop. “The Sound of Silence” by Simon and Garfunkel Admission #1: There is something about Paul Simon that just annoys the crap out of me. Admission #2: Although it seems to be universally revered, I hate Simon’s solo album Graceland with every single fiber of my being. Admission #3: Despite the two declarations above, I’ve got nothing but love for Simon and Garfunkel. Of course I probably heard it somewhere in passing long before then, what with its cultural significance and all of that noise, but the first time I remember hearing Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence” was at a [more]

 

Living Nudes – My World Exploded

Joup’s Very own Thomas H. Williams
new album is out!