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Endless Loop: Destination Unknown

replicantsHave 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. “Destination Unknown” by Replicants For those not in the know, Replicants was a one-and-done covers project from members of Failure, Lusk, and Tool, a veritable super group of sorts.  The band’s self-titled 1995 release featured spacey, alt-rock takes on songs by The Cars, T. Rex, Neil Young, David Bowie, a couple of Beatles, and a whole lot more.  Tool’s Maynard James Keenan even pops in, providing vocals on a cover of “Silly Love Songs” of all things.  As the record was my initial exposure to Ken Andrews and Failure (one of my all-time favorites), it’s pretty near and [more]

The Joup Friday Album: Jarvis Cocker – Jarvis

jarviscockerIt’s weird to think that we are rapidly approaching being 10 years removed from the first decade of the 21st century.  As a teen, the year 2000 seemed to be so far ahead, an exciting and unknowable future, and now it’s been left long behind in the proverbial dust.  I can only assume that the cultural and historical significance of that decade will begin to bubble over in essays, thinkpieces, and documentaries in the coming years, its influence slowly creeping into modern art, music, literature, and such.  But for me, it’s kind of hard to pin down what the 00’s were all about…well, musically at least. Maybe we’re still too close to adequately gage what the music from 2000 to 2009 means, but even then, I can’t think of any real significant musical force that might define that decade in the way [more]

Endless Loop: Lamb

lowerdensHave 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. “Lamb” by Lower Dens My dad used to talk about how when he was younger, he thought he might make his living playing music (jazz music to be exact).  I certainly felt that way for a number of years myself, and while the likelihood of that ever happening now is somewhere far below 1%, a quickly-entering-middle-age guy can still dream the dream.  So, regardless of whatever crap day job or settled on career holds my future (gotta have health insurance (hopefully) for the boys), I’m probably going to keep writing my little pop songs until the day I [more]

The Joup Friday Album: (smog) ‘Accumulation: None’

smog accumulation noneThat kid who sat at the back of the class, seemingly almost monochromatic except for his Egon Schiele pink-tinged skin? You never heard of him again. You assume he was institutionalised after leaving school for the strange things he was rumoured to be doing to the neighbourhood pets in his bedroom. Or perhaps he even managed to drift along under the radar for a while until he finally did that hushed-up ‘something’ that got him put away for the rest of his natural days. It thrills my soul to think, that for someone in the world, that kid has wandered back into their consciousness as a bona fide dyed-in-the-wool purveyor of American song. The signs were already apparent on the aptly named ‘Supper’, the penultimate, most accomplished album of Smog’s career to that point. The songs were sumptuously crafted, achingly [more]

Endless Loop: Heavy 33

noalternativeHave 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. “Heavy 33” by The Verlaines You know what was awesome?  The AIDS benefit compilation album No Alternative released in 1993.  That’s what was awesome. Recorded and released at what was probably the cultural apex for the alt-rock music scene in the 90’s (though 1994 was pretty rad too), the album featured a whole slew of artists who pretty much defined the era.  Contributions from Bob Mould, Matthew Sweet, and Urge Overkill rank right up there with the best work those artists ever recorded, while standouts from Pavement, Mark Eitzel, and Uncle Tupelo make for an essential release.  And that’s [more]

Quick Thought: Battle of the Continents

  Screen Shot 2017-06-24 at 12.13.40 PM I have a golden rule that I don’t like bands named after continents. Bands like Asia or Europe are prime contenders of vile music and now America wants to weigh in on this downtrodden sonic destitute? Who said that this band could represent North America? Is the name America trademarked and if so can they set some Goddamn standards if a band is going to name itself after it. If somebody has never been to America and wanted to brush up on culture what better place to start than music? They would Google the word America in search of information and this musty band turns up as a result of their search. “ We were planning a trip to America but we heard it’s songs and figured if this is all they have to offer musically we [more]

The Joup Friday Album – The Monkees: Good Times

  sddefaultThe time to dwell on all of the negativity the world has thrown our way has passed. Summer has arrived. The past couple of months have been a little heavy for my household, and this break is much needed. I don’t want to focus on that at the moment, though. The time to write about loss and sadness is not today. Today, I want to focus on the good times. As such, I chose to review The Monkees’ twelfth studio album, Good Times!. Good Times! was released in 2016 to commemorate the Prefab Four’s 5oth anniversary. It features all three surviving members, along with a posthumous contribution by Davy Jones. Among old favorites like Neil Diamond and Harry Nilsson, it features songs written by the likes of Rivers Cuomo, Ben Gibbard, and Andy Partridge. Tracks like Partridge’s “You Bring the Summer” and Cuomo’s “She Makes Me Laugh” [more]

Endless Loop: You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me

dustyspringfieldHave 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. “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” by Dusty Springfield Admittedly, karaoke is kind of lame.  But also, it can be crazy fun if you’re in the right frame of mind. The apex of my karaoke participation came a few years ago, long before we all started popping out babies and mowing our lawns on Sunday mornings.  On weekend trips to Houston to visit a group of guys and girls I’ve known too long to even remember, for a stretch, we somehow managed to find ourselves frequenters of a local karaoke dive every time I came into town.  [more]

The Joup Friday Album – Kasabian: For Crying Out Loud

ForCryingOutLoud Music fandom is so much different in the 21st century than it was just 25 years ago. When I fell in love with a band as a teenager, I scoured magazine racks for the tiniest mention of them. Liner notes included addresses where I could write bands (no doubt cringe-worthy) letters telling them how much I liked them, and in return I’d get at least a sticker or newsletter back, and on some rapturous occasions, an actual letter back from a band member! Today, everything is online – you can learn everything you want to know about a band with a quick google search and the most you can hope for by way of interaction is a tweet. If I was 25 years younger, Kasabian would probably be my favorite band. They are the very definition of my wheelhouse – high-energy British [more]

 

Evolution of the Arm: Twin Peaks Ep. 6

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