Endless Loop: Heaven

trustHave 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. “Heaven” by Trust Man I’m getting old.  I notice it in every single white hair invading my head and beard space.  I feel it in every popping joint at night as I carry a sleeping toddler up the stairs.  And I sense it at every concert or festival I go to, content to hang in the back (maybe even with a chair!) as youthful bodies kick and sway up ahead, their eyes glossing over me, a boring and crumbling wallflower.  Pay no attention to the old fart drinking beer in the back.  He’s just here to listen. And listen [more]

The Joup Friday Album: Fever Ray

Fever Ray DebutIt’s been a bit. A lot of us at the Joup staff took a bit off around the Holidays, something I don’t normally do, however my holiday spirit has miraculously been rekindled over the previous two months. All that’s come and gone now though; I ended up spending the somersault into 2018 in Chicago, called home for a funeral. I haven’t been back for a winter since I moved, going on twelve years ago, and it was a bit of an eye-opener to walk into 0, -1 and -2 degree temperatures, bolstered by a windchill factor that was often double digits below zero; as if the passing of my wonderful Uncle Phil wasn’t terrible enough. Something about all of it hit me in a strangely creative way, and I returned to a rainy LaLaLand with a hankering for dark, [more]

Endless Loop: The Figurehead

cureHave 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 Figurehead” by The Cure So, 2018 huh?  We’re barely a week into this new year, and so far we’ve had some Youtube star (a person I had never heard of until last week) film and post video of the body of a person who had hanged himself, all with running commentary and snark, the POTUS inch us ever closer to nuclear war over a dick measuring contest with a foreign dictator on Twitter, snow in Florida, a book detailing the inner workings and instability of the current administration, and the ever present and ongoing fracturing and dismantling [more]

Shawn’s Favorite Albums of 2017

Screen Shot 2017-12-31 at 5.46.43 PM2017 – not a bad year when compared to the virtual pop Armageddon of 2016. Still, as with any year, 2017 had a lot of ups and downs, most of which can be traced to the further deterioration of the civil fabric of our society, which in turn is largely due to A) the continued proliferation of narcissism and the selfishness it breeds and B) wacko celebrities in charge of big, important idea masses, like say entire countries. So while I’ve taken the irresponsible course of ignoring world events as much as possible, my inner space thrived in 2017. I’ll be publishing some stuff next year, and I had the long-awaited return of my most beloved of stories. And it did not disappoint. Accordingly, the list of my ten favorite albums of 2017 represents the albums that [more]

2017…Meh: Looking Ahead to 2018

2018So, 2017 huh?  Look, I’ll be honest with you, I’ve really been struggling to come up with some kind of year-end list of pop culture phenomena and detritus that were special to me or that made the year great or whatever, and I just don’t think I can do it.  I’ll always have “Twin Peaks,” and this new cinematic Stephen King Renaissance has been pretty cool to watch take off, as well as all the other films I enjoyed (which you can read about here) this year.  And sure, I’ve got my albums and songs that I dug on a whole bunch just as I do every year (which you can also read about here, here, and here respectively), but I just can’t summon the power or the energy to write a recap [more]

Endless Loop: Never Let Me Down Again

depechemodeHave 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. “Never Let Me Down Again” by Depeche Mode Remember that one time when noted white supremacist, neo-Nazi shithead Richard Spencer mentioned that Depeche Mode was his favorite band, and that he considered them the “official band of the alt-right” or some such nonsense?  That was a nightmare, right?  I love Depeche Mode (certainly in my top 10), and I hate to think of something I enjoy being thoroughly corrupted by a bunch of gutless, brainless wretches.  Thankfully the band themselves provided some saving grace by rightly telling Spencer to go fuck himself, and also some hero on the [more]

Endless Loop: Yr Love

holyotherHave 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. “Yr Love” by Holy Other I usually write this column a few days before it actually gets published to the site, which can often make these essays maybe just a little out of step with whatever might currently be going on in the world at large.  It’s usually no big deal, though a couple of times I have had to scramble and write something new on the fly, feeling it inappropriate to pine about some old pop song I love when some kind of national tragedy occurred less than 24 hours prior.  But let’s hold out that it’s [more]

The Joup Friday Album – Everclear: So Much For The Afterglow

So Much For The Afterglow

“There’s something so human about taking something and ruining it a little so you can have more of it.”

-The Good Place

It’s true. We hide things in the back of our mind so we can reflect on more “good” memories. We cram so much into our holidays that we end up miserable. We drink diet sodas and light beer and pretend to enjoy it. You know what isn’t very good? “100-Calorie Packs” of any mass produced junk food. Don’t even get me started on religion.

It’s strange how many different things this applies to, including albums. One can argue that one such album is Everclear’s third studio album, So Much For The Afterglow.

Afterglow was released when I was 14-years-old. It was the year I had a first kiss and my first boyfriend. I [more]

Endless Loop: Stuck on You

failureHave 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. “Stuck on You” by Failure I don’t know if anyone else out there does this, but sometimes I’ll get an album to listen to, usually a CD to be played in the car during my commute to and from work, and basically pretend it’s me performing it whilst singing along in the driver’s seat.  I’ve done this for forever, but it has to be a good CD…a great CD…one of those CDs that’s an essential listen from start to finish.  Throughout the years I’ve accrued a handful of albums that I keep coming back to over and over [more]

 

Living Nudes – My World Exploded

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