Joup Friday Album “Get Young” The Tripwires

  Screen Shot 2018-04-19 at 8.25.19 PM  The Tripwires caught my ear while listening to a WFMU podcast hosted by DJ Michael Shelly. He played a song called “Be All End All” and shortly there after I looked them up. Shelly only plays what he regards as number hits. To him songs are hits if they have a certain allure to them like… are the lyrics clever or are they unique according to the melody and musicianship of the song? Does the song have a hook and does it stick in your brain? Is it timeless or is it trapped in a certain feel good time? Does it have a loose drum sound or was it recorded in a bathtub and if so is it justifiable in nature? I tip my hat to Shelly because he tweaked my interest towards the band The [more]

Drinking, Fighting, F*&king, and Crying

Leave your hat onI was never able to go in for much of the one night stand kind of thing. If I dug a girl enough to sleep with her, well, I’d like her to hang around a bit and see what happens. That said, I also got burned a few times, and this helped me to relax my teenage years’ overt neediness when it came to forging relationships with later in life. By my late 20s I was pretty comfortable with who I was, and despite a dry spell that lasted an insanely long amount of time at the turn of the century, this newfound personal ease led to a series of ‘friends with benefits’ situations, all of which coalesced into a bit of a mess while I was a bartender, indulging in a little bit more of the ‘night [more]

Endless Loop: Big White Cloud

johncaleHave 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. “Big White Cloud” by John Cale If you could see any now deceased/defunct artist or band, who would it be?  Let’s say you have a time machine, or you can suddenly bend reality to your whim and witness some legendary artist perform at the height of his or her or their musical prowess…who do you see?  Who did you miss out on the first time around?  For me, it’s a three-way tie between Queen, Nirvana, and The Velvet Underground (though admittedly, I would happily take T. Rex or a pre-Brain Jones death Rolling Stones too). Oh, The Velvet Underground, [more]

The Joup Friday Album: Emerald Web – Dragon Wings and Wizard Tales

emeraldwebThe first sound we hear on experimental New Age duo Emerald Web’s 1979 album, Dragon Wings and Wizard Tales, is a whimsical flute floating in the breeze, like some errant minstrel passing by in the forest, inadvertently heralding the arrival of something far grander than he.  It sets the stage wonderfully. Primarily an album of analog synthesizers and wind instruments, the project of Kat Epple and Bob Stohl has an otherworldly aura about it, finding itself traversing the sounds of psychedelia, prog rock, and New Age mysticism, though never firmly planting a foot in any particular style. There are no acid freakouts or insane time signatures or planetarium scores therein (thought they do occasionally get close).  Instead, the mostly instrumental record with occasional flourishes of Epple’s haunting and angelic vocals soundtracks some imagined, unknown saga, a kind of Tolkien house band playing [more]

Drinking, Fighting, F*&king, and Crying

Screen Shot 2018-04-12 at 11.14.07 PMInitially, I think I lumped Len’s “Steal My Sunshine” in with all the sugar ray bullshit from the late-90s era of music, especially all the stuff from “Socal.” However… this isn’t the worst song in the world. In fact, when a certain reverie comes over me, I actually quite like it; as long as I don’t listen too hard to any of the lyrics outside of the chorus. Does the fact that I dig this song even a little bit surprise you? Because at times like this, when I’ve just returned from watching a concert film of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds performing for 2 1/2 hours, it sure as hell surprises me. But Steal My Sunshine is a fairly innocuous pop song, and a lot of those fit into my world view just fine. [more]

Endless Loop: Little Fluffy Clouds

theorbHave 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. “Little Fluffy Clouds” by The Orb “What were the skies like when you were young?” Some weeks it’s harder to write than others.  Some weeks I struggle for things to say.  Some weeks it feels like grasping at proverbial straws to find anything even remotely poignant to write about all of these songs that I love so much, or at the very least to come up with some personal anecdote to convey my evergreen adulation thereof. And you know, maybe that actually works in favor for The Orb’s “Little Fluffy Clouds,” the mind-frying jam from the English electronic duo’s 1991 album [more]

The Joup Friday Album: The Geraldine Fibbers

Geraldine FibbersCarla Bozulich is a powerhouse vocalist and the Geraldine Fibbers are one of the great, unsung bands swept up and then forgotten by the “Alternative Music” tide of the mid-90s. Lost Somewhere Between the Earth and My Home has its more rudimentary moments, but overall this is a snapshot of a band poised to become something greater. I’ve been re-acquainting myself with a lot of the music in my collection that has gotten passed over in favor of newer stuff, and after a perfunctory listen to this album earlier in the week, I’ve found several of the songs on the Fibber’s 1995 major label debut swirling through my head at odd times. Bozulich’s voice is both vulnerable  at moments – almost to a childish degree (not a complaint) and insanely confrontational. She’d used this same approach on the Barry Adamson-produced [more]

Drinking, Fighting, F*&king, and Crying

Iwan Rebroff Na SdarowjeI don’t remember exactly how it happened. I suspect at some point in our early 20’s, Joup’s Sonny Vitkauskas must have found an old copy of Iwan Rebroff’s Na Sdarowje on vinyl in his grandmother’s record collection. Something like that. He borrowed the piece and brought it home, saving it for a time when he could spring this record on his friends in the heat of intoxication. Why? You ask. That’s the cover I’ve embedded here – look at this guy! He is PIED. tell me if you came across that in your house you wouldn’t be intrigued. Liar! Of course you would – we certainly were. So on one stoned night in the early-90s Brown, Sonny, and I huddled around a turntable and laughed our asses off. I mean, this Rebroff guy is DRUNK. Not only is he [more]

Endless Loop: Bachelorette

bjorkHave 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. “Bachelorette” by Björk Although the time in which to do so has become increasingly fleeting as I venture further and further into middle age, one of my very favorite things to do is to put on headphones, drown out the world around me for a little while, and just lose myself in song.  I’ll sit back in a chair, drink in hand, and breathe, or I’ll stretch out on my bed, relax, and close my eyes, sound humming in my ears.  No background noises, no distractions, no focus on the myriad of other things I have to (or want [more]


Living Nudes – My World Exploded

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