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Endless Loop: Walk Into the Sea

lowHave 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. “Walk into the Sea” by Low I’ve been writing this column for a while now, and after over 100 entries, some weeks are more difficult than others to say something interesting or insightful…even about the music I love.  And damn, if current events don’t make it even harder to come up with something…anything to write about, either as escapism or criticism, devotion or aplomb.  I love all of these songs so much, and I want others to as well, but it’s incredibly hard to whip up excitement, all of the ballyhoo seeming trite or conspicuously vacant when our [more]

The Joup Friday Album: Thin Lizzy – Jailbreak

Thin Lizzy Jailbreak

 

Irish rock bands have a certain charm to them that is exclusively unique. I don’t know if it’s the folklore, the climate or their rich history but Ireland has produced some of the best artists and bands in the world. Van Morrison, Rory Gallagher, Thin Lizzy, The Undertones, Stiff Little Fingers, the Boomtown Rats and U2 are amongst the many groups and artists from Ireland but let’s spring off Van Morrison. Van Morrison and his early 60s group called Them were sort of the trailblazers for the Irish rock music scene. The band was a brash rhythm blues outfit fronted by one of the greatest voices in the world, Van Morrison. They had soul, grit and a swagger that was all their own. Them got the ball rolling for rock music in Ireland. Flash forward to [more]

Endless Loop: Il Est Trop Loin

francoisehardyHave 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. “Il Est Trop Loin” by Françoise Hardy “Cause Doris Day could never make me cheer up quite the way those French girls always do.” I open with a lyric from the great Neil Hannon and his baroque pop band The Divine Comedy because he’s really onto something.  There is a certain mystique surrounding French women that pervades so many aspects of our pop culture, and I am certainly not immune to the allure.  Whether it’s the smoking, cool, and flirty aloofness of the women portrayed in any number of French New Wave films, the pouty and detached chic of [more]

The Joup Friday Album: The Postal Service – Give Up

The Postal Service - Give Up

The Postal Service – Give Up (Sub Pop)

I really thought someone would have already chosen this record for a previous edition of The Joup Friday Album. However, a quick search for “The Postal Service” in the search bar in the upper right column came back with nothing… so here you have it: The Joup Friday album comes from various parts of the world; The Postal Service’s only full length release on Sub Pop Records, entitled “Give Up.”
As the story goes Jimmy Tamborello and Ben Gibbard (of Death Cab for Cutie) had collaborated on a Tamborello track from his project Dntel. It sold and was well received so they decided to continue. But with distance and conflicting schedules the two artists resorted to mailing tracks back and forth from LA to Seattle and [more]

Endless Loop: Playground Love

airHave 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. “Playground Love” by Air You ever make a mixtape for someone?  An aural definition of you assembled by bits and pieces of pop radio?  A testament of your deepest feelings as conveyed by rock stars, composers, and singer songwriters alike, all presented in an old school, analog tape format?  Or maybe just a collection of tunes you think that certain someone might like?  I did.  I used to do it all the time.  I even wrote about it once, a long time ago.  Hell, I still make CD-R mixes, agonizing over sequence and flow, to jam [more]

The Joup Friday Album: The Pixies – Doolittle

doolittleBeen away for a bit. Good to be back. In case you haven’t guessed from my stilted tone I’ve been drinking… and due to my trying like crazy to A) work 9 hours B) commute 2 C) edit my Twin Peaks Festival Video and D) drive to a friend’s to film a new Genesis of Preacher I’m also tired, so the 5 Downtown Browns I’ve consumed over the past 4 hours hit me like a fucking hammer and I’m realizing I volunteered to defib the Joup Friday Album at like 2 hours and 42 minutes (and counting) into Saturday. But I believe in this column, just like I believe in Mr. Grieves. Despite being one of my favorite bands it’s hard for me to go back to the Pixies very often; reminds me of my early 20s in a way that I [more]

Endless Loop: Spirit Animal

zombiHave 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. “Spirit Animal” by Zombi 2009 was kind of whirlwind year for me.  I turned 30.  It was my first year of marriage and the year my dad died.  My first year in a new home with my wife.  It was the last time the Longhorns were any good, and the beginning of the Saints’ Super Bowl run.  It was the year I started blogging.  The year I spent many a weekend in the car driving back and forth to Grand Prairie, Texas to check in on my mom.  It was a year that I saw tons of live [more]

Endless Loop: Destination Unknown

replicantsHave 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. “Destination Unknown” by Replicants For those not in the know, Replicants was a one-and-done covers project from members of Failure, Lusk, and Tool, a veritable super group of sorts.  The band’s self-titled 1995 release featured spacey, alt-rock takes on songs by The Cars, T. Rex, Neil Young, David Bowie, a couple of Beatles, and a whole lot more.  Tool’s Maynard James Keenan even pops in, providing vocals on a cover of “Silly Love Songs” of all things.  As the record was my initial exposure to Ken Andrews and Failure (one of my all-time favorites), it’s pretty near and [more]

The Joup Friday Album: Jarvis Cocker – Jarvis

jarviscockerIt’s weird to think that we are rapidly approaching being 10 years removed from the first decade of the 21st century.  As a teen, the year 2000 seemed to be so far ahead, an exciting and unknowable future, and now it’s been left long behind in the proverbial dust.  I can only assume that the cultural and historical significance of that decade will begin to bubble over in essays, thinkpieces, and documentaries in the coming years, its influence slowly creeping into modern art, music, literature, and such.  But for me, it’s kind of hard to pin down what the 00’s were all about…well, musically at least. Maybe we’re still too close to adequately gage what the music from 2000 to 2009 means, but even then, I can’t think of any real significant musical force that might define that decade in the way [more]

 

Evolution of the Arm: Twin Peaks Ep. 6

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