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Endless Loop: Reach Out I’ll Be There

fourtopsHave 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. “Reach Out I’ll Be There” by The Four Tops I’m exhausted.  The steady and constant flow of miserable information that courses across my eyeballs and into my brain, all at the impulsive touch of a screen is taking its toll.  The prospect of taking a break, going on a vacation from social media and maybe the internet in general, is becoming increasingly desirable, a way to stop the media overload on my mind, to recharge, and I guess to avoid the constant, 24-hour onslaught of doom and gloom and utter horrible shit…if just for a week or so. But [more]

The Joup Friday Album: The Afghan Whigs – In Spades

In SpadesI’m going to keep this short because I’m actually off to Hollywood in a little bit to see The Afghan Whigs on the tour for 2017’s brilliant In Spades. Now, being as there’s a fairly wide rotation of writers for this column, I’m fairly certain this is the only chance I’ll get to do a post before Halloween, and I wanted to do something in keeping with that theme, but the Whigs have been in heavy rotation as pre-concert build-up so I had a bit of a tug-of-war. Then I realized I could write about In Spades and kill two birds with one stone: Whereas I would not normally lump the Whig’s Motown soul by way of hard rock in with my traditional Halloween sonic faire, In Spades is a bit different. This is a creepy record; maybe not all [more]

Endless Loop: Like A Prayer

madonnaHave 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. “Like A Prayer” by Madonna Yeah, I’m writing about a Madonna song today.  Wanna fight about it? Madonna Louise Ciccone has been veritable staple in our pop culture for over three decades now.  She’s had her ups and downs, fallen in and out of favor, stoked controversy, inspired other artists, earned her own fair share of mockery, recorded some great and fun music, and made some questionable artistic decisions, as our aging pop stars are wont to do in their often misguided attempts to maintain relevancy.  But through all of this music, the good stuff, the bad stuff, the [more]

The Joup Friday Album: The Rolling Stones – Some Girls

Some Girls The age-old rock and roll debate continues. Are you a Beatles or Stones person? I am torn on this debate because my mother was the Beatles fan and my dad was the Rolling Stones fan. I will say I always lean towards the Stones side because of the dirty image they projected. To quote the recently departed Tom Petty from a late 90’s interview he said “Rock and roll was never supposed to be nice”. His statement inferred that rock and roll was originally labeled as the devils music and it challenged authority like a battle cry for the young, rebellious kids of the 1950’s and onward. There is nothing nice about a battle. Parents and the clergy tried to ban rock music and it made the kids that much more curious. The Beatles were nice and palatable, they were [more]

Endless Loop: The Black Amnesias

hopeofthestatesHave 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. “The Black Amnesias” by Hope of The States So, I had a song picked out for this week’s column, written up and ready to go, and then as seems to have happened on too many occasions to even comprehend this year, tragedy and horror greeted me Monday morning and made my little music and pop culture musings seem all the more trite and unnecessary.  It feels like it’s every week now.  A natural disaster, another racially motivated death or acquittal, the rich continuing to eat the poor in this country, the laughable state of this petulant administration, misdirected [more]

Endless Loop: We Are the Dead

bowieHave 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. “We Are the Dead” by David Bowie There’s this joke internet theory that we’re all currently residing in some kind of false narrative, an alternate reality of sorts created by a rip in the fabric of space and time that opened when the Hadron Collider began operating.  It’s a fun theory I suppose, ripe for Sci-fi situations and metaphysical conundrums, and an amusing accounting of why everything is so fucked.  But it lets us all off the hook way too easily.  The truth is that everything seems so fucked because the world is full of greedy and malicious [more]

The Joup Friday Album: The Smiths – The Queen is Dead

The-Queen-is-Dead-cover We come to the final member of the Holy Trinity, The Smiths’ The Queen is Dead, which along with The Cure’s The Head on the Door and New Order’s Brotherhood, were the three albums I was given for Christmas when I was 13 that went on to influence my musical taste for the rest of my life. The Queen is Dead probably got the least play out of the three back then, but has proven to have the most staying power despite my ever-growing weariness with Morrissey and his… Morrisseyness. The simple truth is that I love the Smiths despite Morrissey, not because of him. Johnny Marr has been my lifelong guitar god and if I have to listen to an obnoxious narcissist bloviate over the top of him, it’s worth it to get those sweetass riffs and jangles. The Queen is [more]

Endless Loop: Mr. Blue Sky

eloHave 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. “Mr. Blue Sky” by Electric Light Orchestra Over the last month, I would estimate that I have watched Guardians of the Galaxy, or Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, or parts and bits thereof everywhere and in between, somewhere in the neighborhood of 10,000 times.  The only thing that rivals its TV dominance in my household are on-demand episodes of Sesame Street or the fleeting, late night moments when I get to watch college football.  The four-year old has made sure of this.  He hath decreed it so. And I’m okay with it for the most part.  To some [more]

The Joup Friday Album: The Specials – The Specials

downloadIt’s that time of year again! Summer is ending and school is back in session. It’s time to buckle down and focus on adulting. There’s one more thing we have to do first, though. There’s one weekend of fun left to put up the blinders and let it all go. The time has come for fair food, crowds, loud music, port-o-potties, and bees. Lots and lots of bees. That’s right, folks. For the festival-focused, it’s time to head into the “Concrete Jungle” and leave it all there. Happy Riot Fest weekend! I seriously look forward to Riot Fest all year long. There’s something so special about getting to see so many great acts in one place. It just takes a weight off your shoulders. Everything going on just melts away, leaving nothing but raw joy. It’s time to relax, yell, and dance. You can join in at home, [more]

 

Living Nudes – My World Exploded

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