The Joup Friday Album: The Soft Moon – Deeper

Deeper - the Soft MoonFirst, there is NO WAY in Hell I can top Chester’s selection from last week. If someone can win the Friday Album, well, I think our friend from across the pond just did. However, this is a perpetual method of entertainment of no small importance to the mortals that employee me at Joup, so let me do my part in things. Chester tagged Sonny but the lines of communication became muddled and I’ve been tasked with stepping in for the week. So let me step right on in… The Soft Moon is new to me. I like it very, very much. It is delicious, and if there’s one thing I like, it’s to live – and listen – deliciously. I’m only filling in for a week and I was a little unprepared; it’s slow in Hell this time [more]

The Joup Friday Album: ‘Dirty Fan Male’ Trunk Records

R-550894-1130426995.jpeg I’ll never forgot about DRE. He was a young and eager GP, visibly perplexed by my ‘presentation’ but stubbornly reluctant to tessellate my gastroenterological symptoms toward the neighbourhood of research I’d done on the internet to save him time. I’d been suffering from a white hot smoulder below my navel that would occur two hours after eating and knock me onto my back for extended stretches, leaving me feeling pinned to the spot like a display case insect. “I think we’d better do a DRE…” he said. I allowed an expression to cascade across my face that I haven’t used since High School algebra, which coincidentally would have been the exact amount of time anything gleaned from those lessons has been utilised in real life, and counting. “…A digital rectal examination.” he embellished. Unfortunately I’d paid enough attention in English to know that we were talking fingers and [more]

The Joup Friday Album: Nektar – Remember the Future

nektar remember-the-futureThis edition of the Joup Friday Album is going to be short and sweet because I am sick as f&$k and want nothing more than to hop back into my bed and go back to catching up on about three months of comics (four in some cases) that I’ve been too busy to read since, well, since about three or four months ago. A few weeks ago I signed up for the free, three-month trial of Apple Music. It only took me about thirty seconds to realize that if I have my druthers I will never not have the service again. My initial reservations were, as a child of the late 70s/early 80s, curmudgeonous to a degree and in spite of the fact that in less than a month Apple Music has become the single most important app/service/whatever in my life, [more]

Endless Loop: Exhausted

foofightersHave 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. “Exhausted” by Foo Fighters It seems like there are a whole slew of artists whose work I adore, but whose extracurricular activities can affect the way I hear the music, often very much to its detriment.  These are the artists whose personal quirks or faults are so in the public domain, that it can be seriously difficult to separate the art from the artist.  For instance, there are only so many temper tantrums somebody like Axl Rose can throw before it starts to make Guns N’ Roses a little less enjoyable.  Then there are artists like Mark Kozelek [more]

The Joup Friday Album: Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers – “Into the Great Wide Open”

Tom PettyOur family was middle class, blue collar, Polish and suburban. If you look at the average income of all the Chicago suburbs, Palos Hills falls literally right in the middle. Whatever “middle class” is these days, but in 1991 there was still a middle class and my brother and I grew up in it. As such we generally took one family trip a year, that is if my parents could afford it and get off of work. In the summer of 1991 we traveled west for not one but two weeks! I think my father’s rationalizing was we hadn’t taken a trip the previous year, and odds on after I graduated high school would not take another one as the four of us. This was “the last big family adventure!” In late July we pilled into our tan Chevrolet four-door Suburban (the [more]

Endless Loop: Vomit

girlsHave 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. “Vomit” by Girls “Nights I spend alone.  I spend ‘em running ‘round looking for you Baby.” The very first time I met my wife was in March of 1998 at a mutual friend’s parents’ house in a suburb of Houston.  I was a freshman in college and there to see Radiohead and Spiritualized perform in the city, crashing with a group of guys at said parents’ house.  She was still in high school, just hanging out with a friend on a Friday night.  I might have been somewhat aloof, lost in my own college freshman-ness…OR I might have been [more]

Endless Loop: Reach Out I’ll Be There

fourtopsHave 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. “Reach Out I’ll Be There” by The Four Tops I’m exhausted.  The steady and constant flow of miserable information that courses across my eyeballs and into my brain, all at the impulsive touch of a screen is taking its toll.  The prospect of taking a break, going on a vacation from social media and maybe the internet in general, is becoming increasingly desirable, a way to stop the media overload on my mind, to recharge, and I guess to avoid the constant, 24-hour onslaught of doom and gloom and utter horrible shit…if just for a week or so. But [more]

The Joup Friday Album: The Afghan Whigs – In Spades

In SpadesI’m going to keep this short because I’m actually off to Hollywood in a little bit to see The Afghan Whigs on the tour for 2017’s brilliant In Spades. Now, being as there’s a fairly wide rotation of writers for this column, I’m fairly certain this is the only chance I’ll get to do a post before Halloween, and I wanted to do something in keeping with that theme, but the Whigs have been in heavy rotation as pre-concert build-up so I had a bit of a tug-of-war. Then I realized I could write about In Spades and kill two birds with one stone: Whereas I would not normally lump the Whig’s Motown soul by way of hard rock in with my traditional Halloween sonic faire, In Spades is a bit different. This is a creepy record; maybe not all [more]

Endless Loop: Like A Prayer

madonnaHave 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. “Like A Prayer” by Madonna Yeah, I’m writing about a Madonna song today.  Wanna fight about it? Madonna Louise Ciccone has been veritable staple in our pop culture for over three decades now.  She’s had her ups and downs, fallen in and out of favor, stoked controversy, inspired other artists, earned her own fair share of mockery, recorded some great and fun music, and made some questionable artistic decisions, as our aging pop stars are wont to do in their often misguided attempts to maintain relevancy.  But through all of this music, the good stuff, the bad stuff, the [more]

 

Living Nudes – My World Exploded

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