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Endless Loop: The Wooden Song

buttholesurfersHave 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 Wooden Song” by The Butthole Surfers There was this point in the early 90’s, due to the success of Nirvana and the burgeoning punk and alt-rock scenes in the Pacific Northwest, when the major record labels commenced a signing free-for-all, gobbling up all the weird little fringe bands around the nation in the hopes of capitalizing on the next big, alternative hit. Suddenly, bands like Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr, The Flaming Lips, and more were thrust into the mainstream, these dissonant, eclectic, and peculiar acts getting the kind of attention they never could have imagined while touring [more]

The Joup Friday Album: New Order – Brotherhood

new-orderAfter my last review of Primal Scream’s Chaosmosis with its handful of songs that reminded me of New Order, it’s only fitting that I take this opportunity to discuss New Order’s place in the Holy Trinity. You may recall I referred to the Holy Trinity in my review of the Cure’s The Head on the Door. These three albums, given as a gift when I was thirteen years old, went on to define my musical taste for the rest of my life. New Order’s Brotherhood is the solid backbone of the Holy Trinity – not the album I’d choose to meet a specific mood, the one I’d choose just to make my ears happy. It wasn’t good for a big cathartic cry or an angry seethe. But it was terrific background music for doing homework or a boring road trip [more]

Endless Loop: Hurdy Gurdy Man

donovanHave 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 Hurdy Gurdy Man” by Donovan For the longest time, I didn’t know what a hurdy-gurdy was. I just assumed it was some sort of nonsense phrase created by The Butthole Surfers for their song “Hurdy Gurdy Man” from 1991’s Piouhgd. I also did not realize (until college!) that it was a cover of a song originally recorded in the 60’s by psych rock troubadour Donovan. I later found out that a hurdy-gurdy is a musical instrument. And that’s just boring. For some reason, I had a really sinister notion as to what a “Hurdy Gurdy Man” was supposed to be. [more]

The Joup Friday Album: Sagittarius – Present Tense

sagittariusRemember the Nuggets compilation album(s)? The dusty, trippy, and fantastic psychedelic “artyfacts” documenting all the mostly unheard and wonderful music banging out of the halls and garages of any and everywhere in the 1960’s? Debuting in 1972, but getting very deserved re-issues on various formats over the last four decades, Nuggets introduced me to so many amazing artists whose sometimes sole releases I have been attempting to track down for years now. A lot of these are hard to find, or at the very least are pretty pricey on the collector’s market, but one of my successes was the 1968 album Present Tense, by the psych-pop band Sagittarius. My Ebay addiction was unparalleled a few years ago. Sagittarius was primarily the project of songwriter and producer Gary Usher, who worked with The Beach Boys, The Byrds, and Dick Dale during his career, and [more]

Endless Loop: Of Course

janesaddictionHave 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. “Of Course” by Jane’s Addiction Way, way back in the long ago, when I spent a few years in a (poorly named) band that would eventually dissolve because I was an asshole, we had a veritable bevy of cover tunes we liked to play around with during practice and sometimes perform at shows. We regularly touched on songs from Pulp, James Kochalka Superstar, and Cyndi Lauper, but one of my all time favorites to play was “Of Course” by Jane’s Addiction, a violin-laden, exotic and trippy jam taken from the band’s 1990 album Ritual de lo Habitual. None [more]

The Joup Friday Album: The Ex – Catch My Shoe

catchmyshoe_frontI’m going to do something different this week. I’m going to post an album here that I do not know at all, that I in fact am hearing for the first time Wednesday night as I lay down the first draft for this piece. The Ex have blipped in and around my radar for a damn long time but I’ve never managed to pin them down. Don’t ask me how; in 2002 I wrote briefly for an online magazine called Prefix and through them I had the chance to interview one of my favorite bands at the time, Erase Errata; the interview went down at Chicago’s Abbey Pub before they opened for a band I don’t think I’d ever heard of at the time – The Ex. During the interview the members of Erase Errata talked very highly of The [more]

Endless Loop: No More Tears

ozzyHave 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. “No More Tears” by Ozzy Osbourne Up until just a few years ago (i.e. when I had kids), I listened to music to fall asleep on most nights, be it by radio, or cassette, or CD, or MP3. Sometimes I’d listen via headphones, and sometimes I’d let the stereo just fill the room with songs (my wife was very cool about this). It was in grade school that I started sleeping to music, and being that I didn’t have the largest music collection at the time, I spent most nights switching the dial back and forth between the [more]

The Joup Friday Album: The Dresden Dolls – Yes, Virginia

ec7d9936Don’t forget you’re stuck with it tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow” It’s weird that some things can feel so relevant in a moment when in truth, they have nothing to do with the situation at hand. I can’t get this line out of my head in light of many recent events – all of which have an indelible effect on our world. A combination of personal life and mainstream news has left me broken, bitter, and cynical. This ship is sinking, and there’s not much we can do about it. I chose The Dresden Dolls’ second album, Yes, Virginia for this week’s album because it gives me something to yell without sounding like a crazy person. This dramatic two-piece features my favorite singer/pianist Amanda Palmer, and drummer Brian Viglione. It’s loud, angry, over-the-top, and beautifully relatable all at the same time. Pitchfork put it [more]

The Joup Friday Album: “Traveller” — Chris Stapleton

TravellerWhen I was tagged for the Joup Friday Album, I had already been thinking for weeks that it was time to write about Chris Stapleton’s album, “Traveller.” This album won’t get out of my head, and I realize now why that is: It hasn’t been since U2’s “The Joshua Tree” that an album has had such a profound and personal impact on my life. The reason everyone loves to rag on Nashville is because it’s so commercial and panders to the lowest-common denominator. Modern country music has become synonymous with those tacky rolled-brim cowboy hats sold at Wal-Mart and dumbass redneck jokes, which is what birthed the “alt-country” movement in the 1990s. This is nothing new: Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard — the original Outlaws — fought the same battle 50 years ago. With “Traveller,” Stapleton has done the near-impossible; [more]

 

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