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The Joup Friday Album: Against Me! – Transgender Dysphoria Blues

Against-Me-Transgender-Dysphoria-Blues1Happy National Women’s Equality Day, everyone! Cook. Stay groomed at all times. Be interesting. Clean. Have babies. Don’t complain. Put everyone before you. Don’t complain. Smile. Listen to your husband. Do everything for him. Don’t complain. Make him comfortable. Smile some more. Have more babies. Don’t you dare complain. “A good wife always knows her place.” Pardon my language, but fuck that. It’s amazing what people expect of you as soon as vows are exchanged.  Two years into our marriage, and I am still explaining weekly that no – I do not want children. It’s not just my husband’s decision, and no – we won’t change our minds. Yes, a good majority of my friends are male. They’re not my husband’s friends. They’re mine. No, he’s no jealous. Why is there so much put on who we’re expected to be? Today may commemorate strides women have taken to gain [more]

Endless Loop: Seventeen Years

ratatatHave 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. “Seventeen Years” by Ratatat “I don’t write my stuff anymore I just kick it from my head you know what I’m sayin?” The fusion of rock music, dance music, and hip-hop has been pretty prevalent over the last 30 years, producing a whole plethora of instant classics…and some steaming piles of manure that are best forgotten. But when it’s good, it can be damn near great. Airing more on the side of danceable, electronic rock, but with a certain hip-hop zest, Ratatat’s “Seventeen Years,” the opening anthem from the duo’s 2004 self-titled album, is the perfect amalgamation of styles and [more]

Aa Comic Column One-Shot: The Black Monday Murders

blackmondaymurdersI miss Thee Comic Column here on Joup. I really do. And while I haven’t had a chance yet to bother our own Shawn Baker regarding his recent absenteeism from his critical and cultural evaluations of comic books and graphic novels on these digital pages, I’m hoping that my own foray into cheerleading a new illustrated property will perhaps ignite the fires again for him. All gentle urging aside, I probably would have written this essay even if Shawn’s column were still going strong. There are generally only a couple of books any given year that get me super excited (think Saga, or East of West, or Fatale), and 2016 has finally given me the big one. So, let’s dive into The Black Monday Murders, the latest Image series from Jonathan Hickman and Tomm Coker. “ALL HAIL GOD MAMMON.” Opening its panels on the [more]

The Joup Friday Album: My Life w/ The Thrill Kill Kult – Confessions of a Knife

440px-Confessions_Of_A_Knife..._by_My_Life_With_The_Thrill_Kill_Kult_1990 Note: Katie will answer the call of Chester’s tag next week after she successfully prepares for the coming educational apocalypse set to descend upon the townships of her residence in nary a day or two. In the meantime, Black Philip is always happy to fill in and attempt to corrupt the minds of our readers. Black Philip, take it away… …. Thank you Shawn. You know, I never expected this to happen to me, but rather inadvertently I have become known for something of a ‘catch phrase’. “Wouldst thou like to live deliciously?” Now, if you had told me a fortnight ago that I’d be quoted on t-shirts and the internet movie databases, fan sites and posters, well, I wouldn’t have believed you. Darkness is its own reward, and besides, I’ve always been a bit of a curmudgeon. But then, that’s life – delicious when you [more]

Endless Loop: Shimmy Shimmy Ya

odbHave 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. “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” by Ol’ Dirty Bastard Popular music very handily lends itself to broad strokes of characterization for its artists, its icons, its all too fallible gods and goddesses. Fairly or unfairly as it may be, many musicians either fall into or are assigned these roles for easy media consumption. Of course these rolls are overly simplistic and redundant, the kind of recurring slates we can project ourselves onto over and over again. Someone gets me. Someone understands. And as much as I can relate to, or be moved or inspired by the tortured artist or the [more]

The Joup Friday Abum: Silver Jews – American Water

 

Motivational speaker Tony Robbins.

Motivational speaker Tony Robbins.

I was watching a documentary on Netflix the other night. In an opulent Florida hotel’s conference room, a defeated looking stringbean of a boy was sobbing confessions of suicidal ideation into the face of a millionaire weightlifter surrounded by an audience of strangers with whom all he had in common was the $5,000 dollar-wide hole in his pocket. Before soaking-up the boy’s despair, the muscular man – who was so strong, even his vocal chords were audibly ‘pumped’ – sort of Vogued, or did the robot or something, spun around a few times, jumped on a child’s trampoline a couple more for good measure, before ascending a handful of steps , emerging through a curtain to the conference room’s stage and fist-pumping the crowd into a frenzy with some kick ass 90s techno music before roaring a [more]

Endless Loop: Chains of Love

erasureHave 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. “Chains of Love” by Erasure As much as it seems that things are scary right now (and they certainly can be), or that all hope is lost, it makes me feel better to notice the progress that we have made as a society. Tragedy and the constant barrage of awful news on cable TV notwithstanding, some of that progress is very obvious, like the Supreme Court making marriage legal for all, but there are also seem to be some cultural shifts in our collective conscience that happen so gradually that we barely even register the change…until we think [more]

The Joup Friday Album: Laurie Anderson – Big Science

Album cover to Big Science by Laurie AndersonWith the post-millennium lovefest surrounding everyone’s rediscovery and love of all things Devo, I’m kind of surprised and disappointed the same critical examination isn’t extending to Laurie Anderson. “Big Science” was Anderson’s debut on Warner Brothers in 1982, and while she never found mainstream success in the United States, one of the singles, “O Superman (for Massenet),” reached #2 on the U.K. charts. Avant-garde (read: uncategorizable): It’s not pop, disco, classical, rock, rap, metal, country, or even electronic. Anderson’s velvet alto offers random narration over most of the album tracks, which pogo from dark gothic weirdness to sparse synthesized space proselytizing. I discovered this album as a weird, fat, vegetarian bookworm in a sea of farm bros and poofy banged cliques. My entry was “O Superman,” found on a random one-off mixtape so often found for sale [more]

Endless Loop: We Live Again

beckHave 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. “We Live Again” by Beck Beck is one of those artists who for years, if you didn’t care for an album, you could simply wait for the next one, because it was bound to be a complete 180 from what preceded it, an exploration of and combination of different genre tropes in an attempt create something brand new. After a career spanning over two decades, he has kind of begun to settle into one of two different modes: sample-laden, hip-hop-inspired Beck and string-accompanied, somber Beck. They both have their distinct charms, though I’m still holding out for a [more]

 

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