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Endless Loop: Lay Lady Lay

ministryHave 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. “Lay Lady Lay” by Ministry A few weeks ago, I wrote a piece that I intended to use for this column about my favorite Bob Dylan song, the wonderful, swaying, Mariachi-esque “Wigwam,” taken from one of Dylan’s lesser albums, 1970’s Self Portrait. A Youtube search for the song then proved fruitless, generating a bunch of terrible covers, but not the actual song. Seeing as I want people to be able to listen to the tunes I write about, I had to move on. So, sadly I killed it. Still wanting to write about Dylan, I chose my second [more]

The Joup Friday Album – Primal Scream – “Chaosmosis”

chaosmosisAs I believe I have stated in an earlier review, I seem to have gradually fallen out of love with music over the past twenty years or so. That’s why almost all of my previous reviews have been for very old albums, released back when listening to music was my reason for living. This time, I decided to try something new, literally, by reviewing an album that just came out recently and that I haven’t listened to before. Admittedly, it is a band that’s been around for about 30 years and a band I loved back when I loved music more than anything. The first track on Chaosmosis, “Tripping on Your Love,” makes me wonder, is it 1993 again? Oddly, this sounds more like the Farm circa ’93 than Primal Scream circa ’93, and though that sounds like [more]

Endless Loop: It Was a Good Day

icecubeHave 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. “It Was a Good Day” by Ice Cube Question: Do teenagers still drive aimlessly around town on weekends looking for something to do? As I don’t currently know any teenagers (my oldest niece is still 12, so she doesn’t count), I don’t have anyone to ask. We certainly did when I was in high school, and if movies like American Graffiti or Dazed and Confused are to be believed, it had gone on for decades before I got there. Driving through the city, streetlights and neon signs reflecting on the window glass, listening to music, looking for parties, looking [more]

Basement Dwelling: Radiohead /A Moon Shaped Pool

  a-moon-shaped-pool-600x400Lyrical excerpts from Radiohead’s 2007 record In Rainbows: ” I don’t want to be your friend…I just wanna be your lover. No matter how it ends, no matter how it starts.” “Reckoner, Take me with you, dedicated to all human beings.” “You are all I need. I’m in the middle of your picture lying in the leaves.” Lyrical excerpts from A Moon Shaped Pool: “Dreamers…they never learn beyond the point of no return.” “Distance is a weapon.” “Sweet faced ones with nothing left inside that we all can love.” “I’m not living, I’m just killing time.” What always makes listening to a new Radiohead record a great experience is the amount of layers you have to unpack to it. Whether it’s a sonic texture you didn’t notice the first time, a lyric presentend that you didn’t quite catch the first time around from Thom Yorke’s sometimes garbled vocal delevery; there’s [more]

The Joup Friday Album: Sparks “No. 1 in Heaven”

No1Cult legends never die; this is something that can absolutely be said in the case of Ron and Russel Mael, or as you know them (or don’t know them) Sparks. The Los Angeles based duo have been carving out a huge musical identity for themselves since 1968. It can be a daunting task getting into a band with a career as long as this and a discography that spans 23 studio records – including last years beyond stellar and underrated FFS collaboration record with Scottish Nu-wave revivalists Franz Ferdinand (which led to my exposure to Sparks). But Sparks pays off in huge dividends, and a great entry point is this record right here: 1979’s No.1 In Heaven. For those who are uninitiated or have never even heard of this band before, you can take a record like this as both a perfect [more]

Endless Loop: Snookered

dandeaconHave 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. “Snookered” by Dan Deacon It’s a little troubling to admit, but I went through a brief raver phase when I was a teenager in high school. It was short lived, but I’m not proud of it…I’m kind of embarrassed actually. And while I wasn’t some JNCO’s-wearing, pacifier-sucking, glowstick-waving weirdo, there were a few months there in the mid 90’s when one could find me on weekends on the outskirts of town somewhere, gyrating in a cramped space with a bunch of freaks I didn’t know. Drawn in by mysterious flyers, pulsing beats, flashing lights, pharmaceuticals, and shaking, sweating [more]

The Joup Friday Album: Miranda Sex Garden – Fairytales of Slavery

MSGOriginally Tommy tagged Daniel, but I’ve just come on board here at Joup and haven’t had a chance to properly introduce myself so I asked young Daniel if I could squeeze in this week and he was cool with it. So next week, look out, because Daniel will have something good. In the meantime, I have something I think speaks volumes about who I am, what I like and the time of year we are entering. Last Sunday was Beltane. That’s important to me. So is this record, which is essentially a folktale put to music. And being the product of a folktale myself, well, I guess I am predisposed for that sort of thing. Anyway, I digress… To this day I still pine for the loss of the penultimate incarnation of Miranda Sex Garden. Never before has there been anything exactly like [more]

Endless Loop: Electricity

suedeHave 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. “Electricity” by Suede I have written in detail about my teenaged infatuation with British pop music, myself along with a group of likeminded friends in the high winds and desert sun of west Texas donning the roles of Britpop disciples after grunge all but dried up. We needed a scene man. And Britpop stuck, though only fleetingly, as it dried up too after a few short years, its death knell being sounded in 1998 on Pulp’s This Is Hardcore, the ultimate comedown album (and one to be exhumed and examined on a future post maybe?). But in those [more]

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]

 

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