Endless Loop: An Ending (Ascent)

brianenoHave 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. “An Ending (Ascent)” by Brian Eno Brian Eno’s “An Ending (Ascent),” from 1983’s Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks, is easily one of my favorite pieces of music of all time, probably top five even.  It’s just so wonderfully moving, a haunting and beautiful instrumental that could score just about any moment in time, from bittersweet elation to quiet despair.  It can bring tears just sounding as it does without any discernable context whatsoever, just the notes, the melody, the sound.  And I love it for that.  That feeling is about as close to god as I’m ever likely to feel. I [more]

Endless Loop: Shake Your Rump

beastieboysHave 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. “Shake Your Rump” by Beastie Boys In light of an unearthed 27-year old interview with Kurt Cobain that surfaced a few days ago wherein the artist revealed a less than supportive view of white people in rap music, I thought it a good time to put some Beastie Boys on this proverbial endless loop.  Cobain’s opinion wasn’t wrong, thought it was a reflection of the time.  Being that the interview was taken during the era of Vanilla Ice, he had a point.  And while Cobain didn’t say the word, he did note the decades of appropriation, cultural and musical, of white artists spinning their own versions [more]

The Joup Friday Album: Sepultura – Chaos A.D.

Chaos A.D.Considering my team is all about Chaos, and there’s been a lot more of it on the rise, I thought I’d go with a classic that reflects these values. When I got the nod to float slated contributor Melissa an extra week, I was only too excited to hop in and throw down an album of tunes that sonically work in the favor of darkness, even if the ideal behind that sound is really more against Chaos than for. With Chaos A.D. Sepultura perfected the changed they’d begun at the end of the 80s, namely the shift toward a more tightly produced vision of Thrash than their death metal roots. When you look back on this now, and scroll through the covers of all their albums since, Sepultura is a band that has been in an almost constant state of flux [more]

Endless Loop: Lust for Life

iggypopHave 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. “Lust For Life” by Iggy Pop A night in 1998: skipping a class…coming home early…cigarette with the neighbor…Jack and Coke…dinner with friends some place that doesn’t card…meeting at someone’s apartment…weed and beer…a house party somewhere…packs of smokes…whiskey…bourbon…beer…tacos…more weed and beer…something stronger…accidentally setting fire to the backyard…almost crashing a car…another party…stealing a keg…running through the park…skinny dipping with strange girls…a quick stop at a corner store for more cigarettes…whiskey…bourbon…beer…more weed and more beer…making out with a stranger…passing out in a bathroom…waking up…acoustic guitar jam in a hot tub…nudity…passing out again…waking up again in a strange bed in a strange house…throwing [more]

The Joup Friday Album: The Fixx – Shuttered Room

Shuttered RoomI don’t believe I have ever been without access to a record player. Not to say I’ve always been as into Vinyl as I am now; the collecting bug is, I believe, a mild form of mid-life crisis (thanks to the one episode of Mark Maron’s podcast I listened to for helping me to figure that out). Beats Harleys and prostitutes. So there’s always been a player at hand, along with a small collection of favorite albums to listen to on vinyl: My dad’s copy of L.A. Woman and In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida; the pristine first pressing of Def Leopard’s Pyromania my older cousin Jill gave me when she outgrew hair rock a few years before I did (I’ve never outgrown that particular album, though). Then, in the mid-to-late 90s, after my first long-term relationship ended and I began forming and playing in bands with [more]

Endless Loop: Those Were the Days

maryhopkinHave 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. “Those Were the Days” by Mary Hopkin Thanksgiving is just a few days away, and I’m sure we’re all very busy, so let’s just get to the point. First off, let it be known that I love my family very much.  And I love my wife’s family too.  That being said, last year, Thanksgiving at my house consisted of me, my wife, my two sons, and my brother.  No other family members were there.  It was glorious.  Again, let me reemphasize that I love my whole family with all of my heart, but last Thanksgiving was probably the most [more]

The Joup Friday Album – Fantastic Mr. Fox OST

617wv2bZRTL._SX466_My very dear, fellow Joupers: The indications are very strong that we shall move in a few days – perhaps tonight. Lest I should not be able to write you again, I feel impelled to write lines that may fall under your eye when Thanksgiving should be no more.  Tis hard to see the mighty prancing of reindeer, trampling the turkeys and pilgrim hats beneath their merciless feet. No cranberry or pumpkin to administer relief in that hour the most sad in the history of holiday cheer. O the holiday cheer. O the horrors premature twinkling lights and Black Friday sales. Truly it may be considered the most cruel and awful scourge which can befall the period between Halloween and Christmas. Heaven grant there may be an end soon. If I love quietness and rest of a tryptophan and carbohydrate-induced slumber, the Salvation Army bell ringers and crumple [more]

Welcome! True Believers and Newcomers Alike!

Image result for stan lee I was 5 years old and this was how I met Stan Lee. This was also how I met Spider-Man, but that’s pretty much synonymous, isn’t it? That’s the thing that was beautiful about Stan – born Stanley Marin Lieber – he was a living comic book character in his own right, way before billion dollar grossing films existed that you could practically see at the theater, every month of the year. You read X-Men for the first time and you knew he was there; you read the Hulk for the first time, he’s there, omnipresent like Galactus or The Watcher. I heard this monologue, and even though I had never even seen his image, I knew how large of a figure he was, or that being a comic fan could turn into a very large part of my life. [more]

Endless Loop: Romneydale

weyesbloodHave 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. “Romneydale” by Weyes Blood In some form or another, I’ve been living in my head for as long as I can remember.  Sure, I join the real world from time to time, meet people, make friends, get married, have kids, and occasionally experience the kind of existential dread that only living in a crumbling society or dying world can evoke, but eventually I return to the daydreams.  I’m always back in the fog.  It’s like staring at a blank canvas, contemplating the paint, the strokes and layers forming in the ether before creating an image, or looking at [more]


Living Nudes – My World Exploded

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