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Endless Loop: Mr. Blue Sky

eloHave 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. “Mr. Blue Sky” by Electric Light Orchestra Over the last month, I would estimate that I have watched Guardians of the Galaxy, or Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, or parts and bits thereof everywhere and in between, somewhere in the neighborhood of 10,000 times.  The only thing that rivals its TV dominance in my household are on-demand episodes of Sesame Street or the fleeting, late night moments when I get to watch college football.  The four-year old has made sure of this.  He hath decreed it so. And I’m okay with it for the most part.  To some [more]

The Joup Friday Album: The Specials – The Specials

downloadIt’s that time of year again! Summer is ending and school is back in session. It’s time to buckle down and focus on adulting. There’s one more thing we have to do first, though. There’s one weekend of fun left to put up the blinders and let it all go. The time has come for fair food, crowds, loud music, port-o-potties, and bees. Lots and lots of bees. That’s right, folks. For the festival-focused, it’s time to head into the “Concrete Jungle” and leave it all there. Happy Riot Fest weekend! I seriously look forward to Riot Fest all year long. There’s something so special about getting to see so many great acts in one place. It just takes a weight off your shoulders. Everything going on just melts away, leaving nothing but raw joy. It’s time to relax, yell, and dance. You can join in at home, [more]

Endless Loop: The Killing Moon

echobunnymenHave 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 Killing Moon” by Echo and The Bunnymen I am a man out of time.  I move along, dreamlike in a blue and green world, a past that doesn’t actually belong to me, and I feel at home.  Or there are hazy, yellow shades, like fading old pictures placing me firmly in a past that does belong to me, and I still feel at home.  I am alive in different times, different years, different decades and places, living both false memories and real ones, melancholy and yearning, a little homesick, but trying not to look back.  I am [more]

The Tepid Ringleader

South Side Bar Before reading this story keep in mind I am describing the events as I witnessed them. The vernacular and slurs that are used were essential to telling this story. The foul language and misconceptions of some characters captures the mindset and ignorance that unfortunately still exists where I was born and raised. There are no safe spaces here in this place. I am not writing this for shock value or to offend people. This is just a story about where I was before and after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. This piece was hard to write and it may be a little grainy. Please be advised. In the year 2001 I was twenty-five years old and I was working at steel company on the south side of Chicago as a grunt. All day long I swept the ugly [more]

The Joup Friday Album: Twin Peaks Season 2 OST

00 Twin Peaks Season Two (And More)At 12:41 AM LA time I’m really pushing the definition of the “Friday Album” but what the hell, Friday is a day meant to be lived long into the wee hours, so here’s a great way to wind into the small hours… Twin Peaks: The Return ended last week and I’ve been living off the inertia from three solid months of my life spent around my favorite fiction of all time. Today the new season’s Soundtrack and Score were released and being that I pre-ordered them they were waiting for me upon returning home from work. I’ve been picking at them throughout the rest of the day, and it got me thinking about the Season Two Soundtrack that came out ten years ago in ’07. The music of Twin Peaks is an integral part, especially Angelo [more]

Endless Loop: Shadow

chromaticsHave 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. “Shadow” by Chromatics So, I’m writing this column before the finale of Twin Peaks: The Return, but as it will air before I post this sucker online, I’m going to say that I’m sure I was riveted and will be talking about it for days…as I pretty much have with every other episode in the last three months.  The consensus has been that getting a third season of the show has been a gift, and I concur wholeheartedly.  Lynch and Frost drew me in hard this summer, and I’ll admit to maybe being a little obsessed.  Okay, totally [more]

The Joup Friday Album: Shabazz Palaces ‘Black Up’

030911-2_1up [Converted]As if coming in out of nowhere or a distant alien planet spreading its word of love and peace; Shabazz Palaces debut album ‘Black Up” is an anomaly. From its borderline acid jazz-centric beats to its otherworldly production and long song titles, this is not your typical hip-hop record. This is not a record bent on dealing memorable hooks and lyrics with memorable beats (which it still does exceptionally well). Black Up is an examination of just how experimental and avant garde hip hop can be. Black Up hit in 2011, around the same time two other mad scientists of experimental hip hop saw their creations take flight in the forms of Death Grips and Clipping (two artistz Kanye West borrowed heavily from for the sound of his ‘Yeezus’ record), while those artists reveled in the abrasive, near punk rock [more]

Endless Loop: Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me

thesmithsHave 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. “Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me” by The Smiths Morrissey’s kind of an asshole right?  Anytime he’s interviewed for a website or magazine, he’s bound to say something stupid…something an asshole would say.  Every reported incident, every cancellation, every quoted blurb, Morrissey continually proves to be someone I would probably hate.  But he makes great music, so I guess who cares. Personal feelings for Morrissey aside, he has released a ton of music, both with The Smiths and as a solo artist, that I can’t help but adore.  It’s actually kind of difficult to even narrow it [more]

The Joup Friday Album: Pavement ‘Terror Twilight’

terrortwilight I gather y’all had a total eclipse of the sun this the past week? We rarely have anything as interesting or extreme in this perpetual gloaming we Brits call a climate. Last time we did was August 1999, and the next isn’t due until September 2090, which I can confidently RSVP in the negatory. I at least experienced the last we had. I was losing my shit job-virginity in a Cash & Carry. Customer footfall into the warehouse disappeared the closer it drew, and we stepped into an Omega Man-outside, pedestrian and vehicular traffic along the busy corridor into the city eerily absent. The celestial sequence began and Co-workers drew out little rectangles of amber perspex to view it through and the weekday world began to take on an incongruous gloom on this hot and clear August morning. I looked [more]

 

Living Nudes – My World Exploded

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