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The Joup Friday Album: The Blue Meanies – Full Throttle

Full throttleHey! It’s Friday and you know what that means? Yep – welcome to another edition of The Joup Friday Album. First, many thanks to Tommy for passing the torch my way and in no way sir should you feel the need to apologize for pulling me away from my novel. It’s always a pleasure to get called upon for selecting the week’s album and this week I’m especially excited because I’m finally posting an album I’ve been wanting to post for months now. Circa early/mid 90′s my good friend Mr. Brown introduced me to The Blue Meanies’ album Kiss Your Ass Goodbye. The Meanies’ caustic blend of punk, ska, metal and polka immediately made a huge impression on me, in no small part because of the speed and dexterity with which they fused these parts into a stream-lined and aggressively beautiful whole. [more]

35 Albums in 35 Years: 2008

In an ongoing attempt to bleed my opinions all over your computer screen, I’m selecting one album from every year that I’ve been alive that has some sort of significance to me…and then writing about it. Welcome back to 35 Albums in 35 Years.   fdup2008: Fucked Up’s The Chemistry of Common Life There’s just something about a bald, bearded, naked, fat guy hoarsely yelling at the top of his lungs that does it for me. Fucked Up’s Damien Abraham is a total showman, channeling his band’s brand of hardcore punk rock music through his throat, sacrificing his body to the crowd (I’ve seen him get the shit kicked out of him in the mosh pit before), and ever smiling between sneers, offering sweaty hugs and high-fives to everyone, panting and bleeding for the duration of the performance. The other members of the band [more]

Thee Comic Column #98: Bill Sienkiewicz’s Stray Toasters

Stray ToastersIt’s 1988 and I’m 12 years old. While out running errands with my mother in Worth, IL I get her to stop at Heroland Comics on 111th. This is a regular routine for us at this point. I’m always spending my meager allowance on comics, and as I’ve talked about often in these pages the limits on my funds ($5 a week? maybe $10?) dictates that I buy my essentials and then very carefully screen for any other purchases. This is why there’s a lot of series from the 80′s that I have arcs from but did not follow religiously. It’s also why some of the prestige format books that were rocking the comics world at the time remained out of my grasp for several years still. Bill Sienkiewicz’s Stray Toasters was definitely one of those latter –  although I don’t [more]

The Joup Friday Album: Secret Machines – Now Here Is Nowhere

secretmachines I honestly had no idea what record I was going to write about for today’s Friday Album. Over the last several months, I’ve written and reminisced about so many different albums that are “special” to me on my 35 Albums in 35 Years weekly column, and with the final home stretch of that column now on the horizon, I was at a loss. So, to remedy my situation, I just grabbed a handful of CD’s from the shelf that I haven’t listened to in a long while and started jamming them in my car while driving to and from work. Albums that I forgot all about. Albums that time forgot. Albums I should have been paying more attention to. It still amazes me how the mind, heart, and soul can react when listening to something again after years of neglect. The music [more]

35 Albums in 35 Years: 2007

In an ongoing attempt to bleed my opinions all over your computer screen, I’m selecting one album from every year that I’ve been alive that has some sort of significance to me…and then writing about it. Welcome back to 35 Albums in 35 Years.   elp2007: El-P’s I’ll Sleep when You’re Dead It’s about damn time I get to writing about a hip-hop record. It’s embarrassing that it’s taken me this long. And what a hip-hop record it is. El-P’s sophomore full-length effort, 2007’s I’ll Sleep when You’re Dead, is a tangled mix of underground rap, rock, psych, industrial electronics, and good synthy weirdness featuring a grand menagerie of guest stars and artists. Everyone from rappers like Aesop Rock and Cage, to freak-out psych rock acts like The Mars Volta, to indie rock staples like Chan Marshall of Cat Power, to NIN’s Trent Reznor [more]

Thee Comic Column #97 Robert Kirkman Outcast!

outcast_02This is going to be short and sweet because I’m pushing to get the current novel I’ve been writing for two years finished by this Wednesday. It might not happen – I’m not going to rush the ending. But I have to know I did everything I could to at least try. I’m sooo close. But I also am not about to neglect my weekly column here so that leaves the question, without just throwing up something that is piss poor, what can I talk about that won’t lead into the kind of lengthy dissertation I’ve been increasingly wont to fall into here lately. Hmmm… Oh! Got it! A new book that we don’t know too much about yet but that can completely stand on its own, both because of the popularity of its creator and the strength of its premise. What book [more]

 

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