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The Joup Friday Album: Tame Impala – Currents

tameimpalaLevitation was cancelled due to weather.  I’m a sad panda.  Here’s your Friday album. This week, rather than pick some album from my youth that has been instrumental to me as a person, or some culturally significant all-timer that deserves your infinite spins, I’m going with a more recent offering that’s just way too much fun to not listen to today.  And while someday, Australian rock band Tame Impala’s third album Currents may become a certifiable classic or pop cultural milestone (it’s certainly good enough), for now we’ll just call it a ridiculously good pop record that blends psych rock, dreampop, and slinky disco synth-pop in a way that recalls the best 80’s albums that were never actually made.  It’s retro chic, but in a timeless way, and I’ve been grooving steadily to it since last summer. The formula is pretty simple really: [more]

Endless Loop: You Were on My Mind

wefiveHave 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 Were on My Mind” by We Five Some 25 or 30 years ago and everywhere in between, the sounds of old songs dubbed from records onto cassette tapes played to the ears of a family of five in an old white station wagon or silver caravan. They played as these vehicles traversed across the country through the deserts and mountains of the southwest, or the swampy glades of the gulf region, or the winding roads and Atlantic views of the East Coast. The selections of jazz and folk and country and bluegrass and pop, handpicked by the [more]

The Joup Friday Album: Dump ‘The Skinny Motherfucker With the High Voice?’

Album cover for the album 'The Skinny Motherfucker With the High Voice? by Dump (James McNew of Yo La Tengo) an album of Lo-Fi Pronce cover versions.

Album cover for the album ‘The Skinny Motherfucker With the High Voice?’ by Dump (James McNew of Yo La Tengo) an album of Lo-Fi Prince cover versions.

Maybe this is all down to Lemmy. So impervious was he for so long, that Death was fended off, expending all his efforts and ingenuity trying to bring the man down. This most prized scalp finally secured, the Reaper was free to run amok, indiscriminately scything down anyone of any cultural significance, resulting in this Celebritygeddon we’ve been suffering since Christmas. Having been charged with the task of assembling this Friday’s Album recommendation, I felt it unconscionable not to acknowledge the passing of such a monolithic figure from my life’s [more]

Remember the Time When… Axl Rose Cheated Me Out of 15 Free Tickets to See GnR

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Nice shorts, douche

Per Monsiuer Grez, who started this column back in January: Welcome to a new rotating author column entitled “Remember that time when…”. How it works: 1. I’ll start with a story from my past. 2. I’ll leave it open to the next author (whomever would like to continue) to recall “That time when…” 3. The only catch: it has to relate somehow to the previous story. It could in a number of ways. For instance, Joe’s original column recounted his seeing David Bowie’s Outside tour in 1995 at the World Music Theater in Tinley Park, Illinois. So, as he suggests in his own preamble to that column – which my own preamble is a bastardization of – I am using the World Music Theater as connective tissue, because in 1991 when I was a Freshmen in high school I won 15 [more]

Endless Loop: One

u2Have 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. “One” by U2 I am not what you would call a U2 fan. I find a whole lot of their music to be bland, inoffensive, and kind of boring, a sonic calling card for casual music listeners or people who don’t really like music but want to look like they do. But despite the band’s (or namely Bono’s) propensity for political posturing, unabashed and sanctimonious cause-taking and torch-carrying, and poorly conceived marketing strategies, even I have to admit that the four-piece has been capable of making some amazing music throughout their decades long career. Some of those songs [more]

The Joup Friday Album: Ice T – Power

powerLet’s have some fun. This isn’t going to be my usual, long-winded rendition of a Friday Album because, frankly, I’m exhausted. I’ve recently realized that I’m suffering from sleep deprivation – self-induced by pigheadedness and probably going on a duration of four years now – and it’s adding up something fierce. There are questions as to whether or not I’m spending parts of my day in drifting fugue states; luckily I haven’t gone out to a 711 naked yet or wound up trading bullets with a whacked-out meth psycho, but then again, who knows? What I do know is that this weekend I need to get some rest and then re-think my priorities on sleep. In the interim however, I intend to have some fun, and what better way to have fun on a Friday than with some old school rap. And [more]

Endless Loop: Elephant Woman

blonderedheadHave 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. “Elephant Woman” by Blonde Redhead What does a dream sound like? A surreal waking haze of bleary, maybe incoherent thoughts and slow, sluggish movement, floating through the ether of nighttime and fantastical day dreams, treading the air like water, and taking everything in through dilated eyes silently, wistfully. If I was going to soundtrack one of these inner dimensional excursions, my first choice would definitely be Blonde Redhead’s “Elephant Woman,” the opening track from the trio’s 2004 album Misery Is A Butterfly. There’s something so intoxicating about the swirl of harpsichord, strings, synths, and Kazu Makino’s breathy, ghostly vocals. [more]

The Joup Friday Album: The Charlatans – Between 10th and 11th

charlatansI’ve always had an affinity for debut albums, with the idea that one’s debut album is every good idea an artist has had their entire life up to that point, while their second album is only the best ideas they’ve had since the last one. But there is something to be said from learning from the mistakes of a debut album, maturing a bit, and coming out with a strong sophomore effort. The Charlatans’ Between 10th and 11th is one of my favorite second albums precisely because it builds on Some Friendly’s strengths and avoids its pitfalls. Overall, this is an album that sounds effortlessly comfortable with itself, like the Charlatans found their wheelhouse and set up camp. I suppose some people would find such complacency boring, longing for bands to challenge themselves and their listeners. But I don’t think there’s any [more]

On Silver Wings: Remembering Merle Haggard

MerleIt was cold, windy and gray the day that I heard Merle Haggard died — in other words, a typical Midwestern spring day. It seems right, though, given the news. Merle Haggard and I began our relationship when I was just a wee thing, living with my folks in the hinterlands of Northwest Ohio. My mom was a fan of old-school country music; she often told the story that one of her dreams involved dancing with Kris Kristofferson. I couldn’t have been more than 10 or 11 at the time, but I vividly remember going to see Merle perform at an outdoor venue somewhere in Indiana. I can’t tell you a single thing about his voice or what songs he performed, but I can tell you that we sat on wood benches to hear him play, and I remember a sense of the [more]

 

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