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The Joup Friday Album: Soundgarden – Superunknown

soundgardenTimes are…well…they’re strange right now to say the very least. Everything is uncertain. There seems to be an overhanging fear above us all, ominous horizons, and no end to the darkness gradually spreading out like spilled ink before us. Instinctually, many of us recoil at this impending doom, losing ourselves in comfortable things and memories, a coping mechanism of sorts to shield our hearts, minds, and souls from this bleak world. We wade in nostalgia and bask in the warm glow of old things. We try to remember happiness. And we forget ourselves. At least for a while. Of course it’s not productive at all, and there is much to mobilize and to combat and to do, but sometimes it’s nice to wrap ourselves in that protective bubble, even if only for a fleeting moment before we get back to work. For me, [more]

Endless Loop: Prospectors Arrive

therewillbebloodHave 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. “Prospectors Arrive” by Jonny Greenwood 2016 was sure something of a year wasn’t it? There were some definite highs, for me at least, with the birth of my second son and the marriage of my sister-in-law to her partner. But, oh how the lows kept on coming at a manic pace, the never ending carousel of artist deaths laying down a thudding, marching beat to the impending apocalypse scheduled for January 20th of next year. Some of those deaths, David Bowie’s in particular, got me thinking hypothetical desert island thoughts as to what artist’s entire body of work [more]

The Joup Friday Album: Bruce Springsteen – Born in the U.S.A.

51008qugdl “At night I wake up with the sheets soaking wet, and a freight train running through the middle of my head…” If that doesn’t sum up the month of November, I don’t know what does. November started off on a Tuesday in a cold sweat over our nation’s pastime. The Chicago Cubs were 2-3 against the Cleveland Indians. One slip-up and it was all over. I didn’t know if my partner’s blood sugar, let alone heart, could handle it. Lo and behold, they pulled it off. The next day, history was made. Things felt so good. Strangers spoke to each other on street corners. People were smiling. Every conversation with a sports fan glittered with tears of joy. We made a pilgrimage up to Clark and Addison to see the sign lit up with that heartwarming proclamation: World Series Champions. Things were fantastic. Concerns about our [more]

Endless Loop: X-French Tee Shirt

shuddertothinkHave 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. “X-French Tee Shirt” by Shudder to Think You know who never got enough love? D.C. band Shudder to Think. Beginning in the mid-80’s as a post-hardcore band, though eventually morphing into something far more complex, Shudder to Think incorporated elements of said hardcore punk, alt-rock, pop, glam, and math rock into their huge and angular post-modern sound. Actually, glancing back at that last sentence, it pretty much explains why the group never got enough love. But they did manage to amass a fairly fervent cult following, and they snagged me as a fan with the sublime “X-French Tee Shirt” [more]

The Joup Friday Album

melissa “Yo, Melissa, Imma let you finish, but I have one of the best Friday Albums of all time.” No one invited me this week, but I have to take the stage. I have to mention it, this Elephant in the room (well it was once a Donkey, then a…whatever, then begrudgingly welcomed back as an Elephant when it looked like it might get its trunk on the peanut-keys. ‘Off she went with a trumpety-trump, trump, trump, trump’). It’s been two weeks since the combined nationwide clapping and gasp abruptly went reverberating around the world like the amplified unveiling of a waterfall of severed genitalia. To think, I was once torpid with apprehension at the prospect of the Romney-bot, who in retrospect looks like a chuckling uncle with no more nefarious-a-skeleton in his closet than a used-car lot, albeit with a dog strapped to [more]

Endless Loop: Cheap Beer

fidlarHave 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. “Cheap Beer” by FIDLAR I drink a lot of beer. Not in an alcoholic way or anything, I just like to sample a large swath of different craft brews from all over the country. I even write about it. That being said, there was a time before the craft beer explosion, before I had a little bit of extra income to spend on pricier lagers and ales, before I grew up a little, when quantity always outweighed quality. The cheaper the beer, the better, because that meant there would be more of it. I guess the point used to [more]

The Joup Friday Album: Linda Ronstadt – Greatest Hits, Vol. I

lindaronstadtgreatesthitsIf I were to be totally honest, the last two weeks have been about escape. It’s my luxury, as a white woman – I own the privilege that allows me the momentary slip away from the gaping maw of hate, insecurity, shallowness, petty weaknesses, and detestable outcomes this country coughed up like a big, phlegmatic hairball come Election Day. Some say we did this to ourselves. Others say we did it to each other. There was a lot of escapism in my early years, as well. But despite being a tall, chunky young thing, I thoroughly loved singing and acting. Daydreaming and writing was my escape hatch, and one of the albums that keeps coming back to me, as I look for a comforting key to bellow some well-known songs, is Linda Rondstat’s first “greatest hits” compilation. I was only one years old [more]

Endless Loop: Broken World

blackheartprocessionHave 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. “Broken World” by The Black Heart Procession I wrote this in the morning hours of Wednesday, November 9th, 2016. And while I’ve had a few days to process everything, I don’t feel any better about any of it. Everything still feels broken. Things certainly feel bleak this morning, as I’m sure they will continue to do for the foreseeable future. The weather was cold(ish), rainy, and dreary as I took the dog for a run, a somber air hanging over my little section of central Texas suburbia. Or maybe I was just projecting. My heart hurts right now. And [more]

For The Love Of Comics – Southern Cross Returns!

southerncross_07-1Back in early 2015 I wrote about how I almost didn’t continue reading Becky Cloonan and Andy Belanger’s Southern Cross after the first issue. Wheww. That was a close one. At the time I was absolutely flooded with new books, ongoing books, books to re-read, etc. and I was so overwhelmed that I don’t think I even really read that first issue. I mean, I read it, but I think at the time I was so hesitant to add another book to the monthly pile that I didn’t really pay attention. Self-sabotage. Two months later a quietly passionate endorsement by Elephantmen creator Richard Starkings prompted me to pick up issue two. I brought it home, probably read it near the middle of my pile and it grabbed me. I went back for number 3 the following week, re-read them all in one sitting and [more]

 

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