Endless Loop: Storm Maker

trollerHave 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. “Storm Maker” by Troller Every other week, I find myself in a rut, trying to write about music I love, trying to be profound, or insightful, or at the very least entertaining, and sometimes I just can’t.  The world is on fire.  It’s burning and smoldering all around us.  And all of my hope for the future grows dimmer and dimmer as the smoke gets thicker and more noxious by the day. So, I’m not even going to try today. Instead, I’m just going to check out for a little while.  I’m going to float away on a dream.  I’m [more]

The Joup Friday Album: Outkast – The Love Below

Outkast - The Love Below

Outkast – The Love Below

I honestly don’t even know how to start to talk about this album…or half an album, since I haven’t been able to bring myself to give Big Boi’s disc a fair shake; because I know that whatever it’s like, it can’t possibly occupy the same blinged-out Madonna Inn of amour that André Benjamin dreamed into being here. Having said that, I recently discovered that one of Big Boi’s favourite artists is Kate Bush, so I should really get round to that. On what has looked for over a decade to be Outkast’s swan song, Big Boi and André Benjamin took to separate corners and discs to present a double album of how each idealised the outfit. The result was the far better critically received ‘Speakerboxxx’, with André’s ‘The Love Below’ a sidenote or curiosity boasting the enormous singles [more]

Drinking, Fighting, F*&king, and Crying

Pit NinjaFile this one under: Ninja Fail. Way back when Type O Negative’s second album, October Rust came out, they toured through Chicago a lot. And I think I went to see them every time. That’s how much I loved that band – still do. One of the shows I remember best was Type O and Life of Agony at Chicago’s Vic Theatre. It was a great show, Peter Steele in fine form as usual, a constantly likeable front man who both intimidated and amused the crowd. On this tour, the band mostly played tracks from October Rust and Bloody Kisses, tapping into only two songs from their debut album, Slow, Deep and Hard. Great show. But we’re not really here to talk about Type O Negative. We’re here to talk about fighting. In those days I was always front and center down [more]

Endless Loop: Jail

downHave 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. “Jail” by Down Separating the art from the artist. It seems like something that should be pretty easy to do, or maybe it’s not at all.  At any rate, it has increasingly become something that I see discussed and debated over and over again online as some celebrated artist puts his foot in his mouth, or is revealed to be kind of a creep, or turns out to have been a monster all along.  Whether it be the closet rapists and perverts being swept away by the #MeToo movement, the outward xenophobic and homophobic bigotry on display from a [more]

The Joup Friday Album: Childish Gambino – Camp

81NzJqyL8IL._SL1294_The weather has been kind, and I’ve spent the majority of my time outside. One of my new neighbors is a nature preserve, and the sounds and smells that brings is an unexpected and very welcome bonus to the house. I’ve spent hours getting things ready for a proper garden. The lawn is getting there. It’s boring, but it feels good to literally lay roots down somewhere. It’s been a really, really good week. You know who else had a pretty good week? Nix that, you know who is having a pretty good month? Donald Glover. He’s wrapping up a solid second season to his Emmy award-winning show Atlanta, was the host AND musical guest on Saturday Night Live this week, has been pushing his role as Lando in Solo: A Star Wars Story coming out on May 25, and STILL had time to drop a new single [more]

Drinking, Fighting, F*&king, and Crying

Nurture My PigAh drinking. You know, it’s funny – the more often I come back around to each of these categories, the harder it is to find things to write about. I guess that’s because, with the exception of crying, which is pretty universal, two of the other three are pretty much a young man’s game, so to speak (no offense ladies, just throwing this out from my perspective). I mean, I still drink, but I don’t really go out drinking. And even when I do, it’s never like it used to be. And fighting? Well, you learn to avoid that early on or you end up a stain on the sidewalk or an intolerable MMA arsehole. And Fucking, well, that never goes away, but it becomes a more personal thing as you pick a mate and go about getting freaky in [more]

Endless Loop: Experiment in Terror

henrymanciniHave 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. “Experiment in Terror” by Henry Mancini Composer and arranger Henry Mancini was, I believe, the first film score composer I ever took any kind of interest in all because of his work on The Pink Panther, and not the Blake Edwards films, but the cartoons that I used to watch among all the Looney Toons and Hannah Barbera shorts when I was a little kid.  I loved The Pink Panther cartoons, so much so that I remember being wholly disappointed and agitated when I realized that the movies were not the further adventures of the colorful feline, but [more]

The Joup Friday Album: Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit

81FuZVqc8OL._SL1500_ As someone whose preferred style of music (noisy or jangly guitars with catchy hooks) is deeply out of style at the moment, it’s rare that any artist comes along who catches my attention enough for me to even learn their name. I can’t think of an artist who has better managed to catch my attention in the last few years than Courtney Barnett. I heard her first single, “Avant Gardener” on the radio and liked it enough to turn it up every subsequent time I found it on the dial, enough to tell myself, “I should really download that EP so I can listen to it in the car,” but not enough to actually get around to downloading it. When her first proper album, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, came out in 2015, again I told myself [more]

Drinking, Fighting, F*&King, and Crying

Gummo RabbitThis will be a quick one. And really, my usual go-to for a quick ‘crying’ song reference would be The Cure, pretty much anything they did in the Disintegration-era. I’m not taking that route today though (but I’m betting I will somewhere not too far off down the line – there’s at least one good ‘crying’ installment of this column that will center around juxtaposing Disintegration with James O’Barr’s The Crow). Instead, I’m taking this one at face value and going Orbison. There are several amazing, tear-jerking versions of this song out there; Rebekah Del Rio’s Spanish version in David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive springs immediately to mind. But the original is the best and the most efficient, and part of that reason for me, besides just being a damn amazing song, is the penultimate scene in Harmony Korine’s 1997 masterpiece film [more]

Living Nudes – My World Exploded

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