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The Joup Friday Album: Alice Cooper ‘From The Inside’

cooper_011 Is it better to burn out than to find Jesus and excel at Golf alongside Pat Boone? Those of us that on some subconscious level bought into the myth that I just misappropriated might be familiar with how glamorously masturbatory it can be to corkscrew oneself into the woodwork every night. But after a few years, as the herculean resilience of your youth begins to desert you, your early thirties turn into a nightmarish rapidfire montage of deeply regrettable bouts of bald-eyed sleep deprivation and burgeoning psychosis. Shredded nerves from screams piercing the wee small hours and shit smeared walls begin to take their toll and you find yourself rocking in a corner questioning who the hell you are. Then eventually the kid gets old enough to go to school and things sort of work themselves out. But what of those lucky sumbitches [more]

Endless Loop: Paranoid Android

radioheadHave 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. “Paranoid Android” by Radiohead I’m nineteen years old. I’m at a now defunct music venue in Houston, Texas that I can never remember the name of, singing and screaming with thousands of other people, watching my favorite band perform as I float above the crowd. I’m not sure how long I have been laying across the hands and shoulders of other fans, pushing and passing me around like a rag doll, but I do know that the spacey and floating bridge to “Paranoid Android” has just begun, and in my levitated physical state, my mind soon catches up, [more]

Thee Comic Column: Goodbye Marvel Universe Hello… Battleworld?

NEOeY2HqTwZgSS_1_3It is not a coincidence that my previous column outlined my plans to leave Marvel Comics as a monthly reader and then a scant two weeks later we get the massive announcement that the House of Ideas is destroying their 75 year-old Universe – as well as their 15 year old Ultimate Universe – in a major continuity upheaval come May. No, that was not a coincidence at all. My inner comics circle know I kinda called this after juxtaposing second hand information about Jonathan Hickman’s current “World’s Collide” storyline in his Avengers books with the very ‘real’ sentiment Marvel editorial staff seemed to be approaching the recent Death of Wolverine storyline with. However, though leaving the Marvel fold so to speak, I do not do so with the vitriol some have bore this world-rending news. I simply [more]

Joup Friday Album: Sun Structures – Temples

Sun Structures - Temples (Image courtesy of Heavenly Records)

Sun Structures – Temples
(Image courtesy of Heavenly Records)

The first time I heard the track “Shelter Song” I was sitting a bar in Chicago’s near North waiting on a friend. “OK, this song just put me into a trance,” I thought and immediately pulled out the trusty iPhone to use SoundHound. Love that app. Really I do. It does an outstanding job of figuring out a specific artist based based on the song that is played. I realize this is not new technology as there are a handful of apps that provide such a service like Shazam and musiXmatch. What I like about SoundHound is that no subscription is needed and I can email the song and artist to myself for future reference. Done. Went and bought [more]

Endless Loop: Never Tear Us Apart

inxsHave 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 Tear Us Apart” by INXS Ah…love songs, the oft maligned, oft adored pop nuggets to woo our hearts and/or groins. They abound. Throughout the years and decades of popular music, these “silly little love songs” seem to come at us with such consistent ferocity, that it’s all too easy to take them for granted. Of course it certainly doesn’t help that for every striking, earnest, moving, or poignant sonnet of adoration and warmth, there are another hundred odes to bullshit to go along with it. It can be hard to find a love song worth a damn. [more]

The Joup Friday Album: Dum Dum Girls – Too True

13929I’m using this edition of The Joup Friday Album to exorcise my regret over not including Dum Dum Girls’ new record Too True on my best of 2014 list. Honestly, I knew this was going to happen – inevitably every year as soon as I post a list the “One that Got Away” syndrome pops up on something I didn’t hear in time. That’s not the case here though. I’ve had this album for months and had even developed quite a relationship with it, listening to it over and over on my Greyhound bus trip from Chicago to Dayton back in late October and MAN did it hit all the right buttons as I stared out the window at Autumn in the Midwest. And yet, despite my immediate love of Too True, and despite contemplating putting it on the list, not [more]


Drinking w/ Comics #17

Guest Starring Action Figure Insider Daniel Pickett!

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