Endless Loop: Atmosphere

joydivisionHave 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. “Atmosphere” by Joy Division Every now and then, I find myself caught up in music fan ephemera and hypotheticals.  Top Fives, desert-island-discs, ultimate supergroups, that sort of thing.  It’s okay, it happens to the best of us.  Lately, I’ve been dwelling on the notion of desert-island-discographies, wherein you get to take the complete works of five different artists with you to your imaginary desert island.  And you get everything too: every album, every single, every B-side, rarity, live recording, collaboration, demo, bootleg, and so on.  The whole enchilada or whatever.  Who would you choose?  Who would I choose [more]

The Joup Friday Album: Catholic Action – In Memory Of

Catholic-Action-In-Memory-Of I listen to music all day long. Terrible, terrible music. My workplace plays a “lite hits” satellite radio station all day, making sure that I’m well-acquainted with the latest by Kelly Clarkson, Maroon 5, and Jason Mraz. I wake up with these terrible songs stuck in my head every morning. I get excited when they play some 80s wuss rock trash like Kenny Loggins or REO Speedwagon because it’s still a million times better than the contemporary stuff. I look forward to December every year because I will gladly take Christmas music over this crap. I just want to hear something good. Something new that presses the right buttons and scratches the right itches. Since the bulk of my day is spent having my ears bludgeoned by garbage, I have little time to seek out new music to try and undo the [more]

Drinking, Fighting, F*&king, and Crying

The Cure - Boys Don't CryAdmittedly, this one may be a little bit on the nose. How could I resist though? In the pantheon of songs by The Cure that make me cry – and there are quite a few of their songs, and several of their entire albums that have this effect on me – Boys Don’t Cry isn’t one of them. That said, this song does act as a bit of a primer for The Cure’s work. Arriving very early in their career, before Robert, Simon and the boys’ really heavily emotional work even began to flow (in my opinion), Boys Don’t Cry kind of lets you know what you are in for. A mission statement if you will. Because that’s what The Cure did, maybe better than any other band for a few years in the 80s – they [more]

Endless Loop: I Hate Myself and I Want to Die

nirvanaHave 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. “I Hate Myself and I Want to Die” by Nirvana “Runny nose and runny yolk…” It does not seem like Nirvana are quite the cultural apex that they used to be considered.  When I was in junior high and Nevermind came out, music journos and deejays alike hailed them as a kind of second coming, Kurt Cobain the patron saint of rock music, his music and lyrics a new testament of…whatever.  The praise was immense, and admittedly maybe a little much.  While the band certainly did make the kind of waves in the industry that dictated popular tastes, spawned [more]

The Joup Friday Album: Nine Inch Nails – The Downward Spiral

TDS-Cover-768x768Ah, moving! New places are weird. Every creak is a sign that the house will collapse on itself any second. Every strange voice passing on the sidewalk outside is surely a murder cult on a mission. My days are numbered. There’s still that signature stink of other people’s lives – mushroomed in our case by a faulty sewage extractor that the previous owners insisted “worked just fine.” You get what you pay for, and we didn’t pay much. Moving was an insane process. My partner is undergoing a remodel at his place of employment, and days off have been reduced. We (and I mean “he”) decided this was the perfect time for our first giant remodeling project. We didn’t even make our first mortgage payment before the kitchen was a pile of wood and plaster on the driveway. [more]

Drinking, Fighting, F*&king, and Crying

ICE T OGBack in the day – and by that I suppose at this point in modern, self-referential history I should qualify the specific day I am referring to as the 1980s – hip hop was not yet mainstream music. Not only was it not mainstream, but it generally was not referred to as Hip Hop, the accepted term instead being Rap for most anyone outside of the circles where the then-start up music was actually being made, i.e. New York and Los Angeles and their satellite communities. Rap wasn’t on the radio unless some daring local jock played White Lines or Rapper’s Delight, and it wasn’t until Run DMC and Aerosmith collaborated on a remake/update of the already classic-rock-radio-staple Walk this Way that Rap moved out into the Mainstream music culture and began its steady ascent to take hold of every [more]

Endless Loop: Dethharmonic

dethklokHave 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. “Dethharmonic” by Dethklok Last week got a little heavy, and rightfully so, but this week we’ll ease it back a little bit with my favorite song from my favorite animated death metal band.  Imaginary metal…hooray! I’ve long had deep love for cartoons, starting with the classic shorts from Disney, Looney Toons, and Hanna-Barbera, through Saturday morning lineups and bowls of sugary cereal, afterschool syndicated blocks, feature films, music videos, and onward, culminating in primetime fare and late night oddities.  I love all of it, from the smart kids’ stuff to the stoner adult stuff, hours and hours of animated [more]

The Joup Friday Album: Dio – Holy Diver

Dio-Holy-Diver1Filling in for Katie J. VanWormer until next Friday, when KJ will return to douse this place with sonic gasoline and write an article about Deicide’s greatest album… no, no, I can’t keep a straight face there. You can tell I’m lying because, well, Deicide doesn’t have a ‘greatest album’, they don’t even have a great or a good one. But then I suppose I should watch whose house I throw stones at today, as I might find myself a guest there later. Like the topic of today’s Fill-In Joup Friday Album. Dio is new to me. Well, listening to Dio is new to me. You see, I’ve spent most of my life making fun of this man. Joup’s Sonny Vitkauskas had a great bit back in the day (~96) where he would cut out this B&W, quarter page add from the [more]

Drinking, Fighting, F*&king, and Crying

Blessed Black WingsFighting. I don’t have a lot of fighting stories, because I don’t fight much. The reason I don’t fight much is, well, now it’s because I’m an adult (for the most part) and I just don’t conduct myself that way. However, when I wore a younger man’s shoes I could often walk around in a pretty angry state of mind, and, well, you know, shit happens. Altercations. Bad Blood. For me, my attitude toward fighting was pretty “I will if I have to” with chances of “oh hell yes I’m gonna” until my senior year in high school, when something happened that taught me to avoid physical confrontation whenever possible. I’ll get around to that story next time the slots come up “fighting” on this machine. In the interim, this week I’d like to play you a song about [more]


Living Nudes – My World Exploded

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