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The Joup Friday Album – Queen Latifah ‘Nature of a Sista’ ‘

Nature_Of_A_Sista_album_cover 2There aren’t a lot of options for culture in Cowtown, circa 1990s. The Internet was still Telnet, and the dial tone determined whether or not you were going to be able to get your Furry-muck on that evening. But ’90s girls, please join me in a moment of silence for Sassy magazine. Sassy, giving today’s Teen Vogue its legitimate activism-lite marching orders. Sassy, which later evolved into the execrable Jane. Digressions aside, as a white Midwestern gal of Gen X, Sassy was my window to a world beyond poof bangs and the vocational school rejects who mooed at me in the hallways. I devoured every issue, intent on filling my brain with activism, culture, and music. Casting aside (for now) the obvious implications of my white-girl-fandom worship of all things strong black female musician, I harken back to the first hip-hop/rap album I bought – the 1991 release of “Nature [more]

Endless Loop: The Air that I Breathe

holliesHave 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 Air that I Breathe” by The Hollies Some circles may remember The Hollies’ 1974 hit “The Air that I Breathe” solely for its use in an early 90’s television commercial for house paint (I watched a lot of TV when I was a kid).  Some might remember it for being the reason that Radiohead now pay royalties to songwriters Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood due to the song’s similarities to “Creep.”  For some reason I remember it as background music to growing up in west Texas in the 1980’s.  And I’m not sure why. There’s a part of [more]

Endless Loop: The Dream

theeohseesHave 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 Dream” by Thee Oh Sees It was probably sometime in the middle of seeing Thee Oh Sees perform live for the third time during 2011’s South By Southwest, that I decided that despite what record sales, or music awards, or surly, hyperbolic music writers would lead you to believe, rock n’ roll is alive and well and not going anywhere. I would go on to see the band play another four times that year (twice more at SXSW), and my opinion still has not wavered. Not even a smidge. And with every passing year, as I’m able [more]

Shit Song Of The Week “Bad Day” Daniel Powter

Screen Shot 2017-02-13 at 6.55.04 PMThis week’s Shit Song of the Week is way too easy. I can already hear the complaints. However, instead of ripping on Daniel Powter for making this completely fabricated, pop turd I will instead simply try to convey how the song and video for ‘Had a bad Day’ makes me feel.

I often ponder how and why certain pieces of military weaponry were conceived. Take for example the Rocket Propelled Grenade Launcherv, or RPG as some call it. This weapon has a certain allure to it. It basically solves a problem like, “Hmm…I can’t throw a grenade as far as I would like to but I still want to annihilate Dan and the whole cast of the ‘Had a bad Day’ video from about 400 yards away. I can’t throw a grenade 400 yards [more]

The Joup Friday Album – Jeff Buckley ‘Sketches (For My Sweetheart The Drunk)’

Buckley Sketches What with US politics having descended into what feels like an aborted late 80s Rodney Dangerfield vehicle (he gets no respect, he’s even got the red tie and everything) to distract from the actual mortals scheming behind his Cheeto Benito decrees, I must have gotten to thinking about something that leads-in with a big anti-establishment agitpop-song, but swiftly realigns its sights inward, to study something more rudimentally human, if no less depressing. I’m not sure how much the last 20 years has done to improve the appreciation of the ‘Hallelujah’ dude in his homeland where he was always incongruously overlooked. I dismissed him for a decade after his debut, due to it being a staple of the record collections of students whose taste I didn’t respect, alongside the same slew of CDs that made it look as though they’d signed up for a record [more]

Endless Loop: Fold in the Floor

bethanycurveHave 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. “Fold in the Floor” by Bethany Curve  It’s been quite a whirlwind the last two weeks, a steady stream of horrid information and wretched decrees coming at us with such ferocity that it’s hard to keep up with or provide an adequate response to. It’s excruciating and exhausting, and that’s probably the point of it all, a veritable pounding into submission.  My head hurts. My heart hurts.  And I’m frustrated, but my hat is eternally off to those who have mobilized or protested or donated or fought for what they know to be right.  We all need to [more]

Shit Song Of The Week “I’m No Angel”

Playin_Up_A_Storm“Im No Angel” by Greg Allman is the shit song of the week. Right down to the lyrics “let me show you my tattoo” this song gives me personal images of seasoned, alcoholic bikers that would elect Ted Nugent for president if they could. Yea Gregg we know, you are bad-ass guy and this song probably paid for one divorce, three keys of slam and a new Soft tail Harley but it still lacks the integrity of “Tied to the Whipping Post” amongst other Allman Bros classics. If anything he is honest in telling the world he is no angel I am sure his insurance company is interested to know as well. The video is worth a watch because you can easily turn the sound down and stick in a song by Linyrd Skynard or David Allen Coe and nobody would know [more]

The Joup Friday Album – Graham Parker & The Rumor: Howlin’ Wind

Howlin WindHowlin’ Wind by Graham Parker and The Rumor is an album of abundant substance. The story behind the band and the production of the record have a lot of sub-plots behind them so I will try to focus more on the record and its songs rather than try to form a family tree behind it. This will be hard because Howlin’ Wind was produced by Nick Lowe, features Dave Edmunds as a guest guitarist and was recorded at Eden Studios in London, a studio that had quite an impressive guest list from 1972 to 2007. You very well might have quite a few records that were recorded there: Elvis Costello, John Cale, Joe Jackson, The Happy Mondays, The Smiths, The Undertones, The Sex Pistols, Primal Scream and Oasis are just a few bands that have recorded at Eden Studios. That [more]

Endless Loop – Alleluia

odawasHave 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. “Alleluia” by Odawas Somewhere in the west, on a dusty plain, the glare from the sun giving everything a dreamlike haze through the vivid colors of the day, two gunmen make their stand, ready to draw against the other, all the while a mysterious drifter plays an ominous harmonica tune in the background. Tensions are high, the air is heavy, guns are pulled, shots are fired, and one gunfighter falls. The lone survivor surveys his deed, utters not a word, mounts his white horse, and silently moves through the still scene, past the quiet outpost town, and onward [more]

 

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