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The Joup Friday Album: Daft Punk – Alive 2007

Alive2007Big news, people! The sun is shining in Chicago, and it’s not scheduled to set until after 5PM! The 10-day weather forecast indicates a mere 2 days below 30 degrees. Things are looking up. The temps are rising. People are creating and reuniting. Supergroups are forming. This all means one big thing. Summer concert festival season is upon us. I know fests aren’t for everyone, but I love them. There’s something about dancing in a crowd of the unwashed masses that just makes me happy. Lollpalooza, even with it’s often questionable lineups, is consistently one of my favorite weekends of the year. There are so many wonderful, small moments of crowd-fed passion that I can’t even describe. I’ve made friends from Ireland and France. I’ve been on stage with Iggy Pop and the Stooges. I’ve discovered some of my favorite musical acts, [more]

Basement Dwelling// Ty Segall: Emotional Mugger

                     Hello and welcome to Basement Dwelling, a column written by me Daniel R. Fiorio where I review new records that should be on your musical radar. What sets Basement Dwelling apart from other music review columns is that these are all albums that are currently residing in my record collection. No promo copy was given, no stream was listened to. Instead, a record was purchased (even if I didn’t like it). Don’t think of me as a critic but as a music obsessive looking to open a dialogue about some of the best tunes that are currently being released. Let’s head down to the basement and listen to….         On the cover of Ty Segall’s 11th record underneath the cover image of a grainy black and white photo of a  disturbing looking doll reads a caption that says: [more]

Endless Loop: Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In

5thdimensionHave 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. “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In” by The 5th Dimension It’s a little embarrassing to admit to how much I like “Aquarius.” How much I love “Aquarius.” I’ve never even seen Hair before, so I can’t attest to the quality of that musical, but as far as The 5th Dimension’s 1969 version of the tune goes, I am happily and steadily on board, a devotee if you will. A lot of music I listen to (and love) could easily be filed under the doom and gloom category, but I’ve got to cut loose every now and then. Sometimes you have to [more]

The Joup Friday Album: The Fall ‘Imperial Wax Solvent’

The Fall: Imperial Wax Solvent

The Fall: Imperial Wax Solvent

Apologies for being late, I spent three hours attempting to write a review last night but got no further than this: Its getting very late on a Friday night in Blighty and I’ve been sat cross legged up in my attic randomising a digital list of music for 90 minutes or so, trying to think of a fitting description of that brown firework that goes off in your nose when you collapse on your coccyx and hoping desperately for inspiration to visit until an inflated bladder necessitates a descent. My autistic daughter is politely asking to go swimming in her sleep as some repetitive House-music-piano oscillates interminably through the wall from next door, forced into an arranged marriage with the vague leakage of some clarinet and crooning from the front room downstairs. I’m paralysed [more]

Endless Loop: True Love Will Find You in the End

danieljohnstonHave 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. “True Love Will Find You in the End” by Daniel Johnston If ever you find yourself doubting your own artistic endeavors, procrastinating, keeping yourself from creating because you feel you don’t have the adequate equipment or instruments with which to do so, listen to Daniel Johnston. Listen to the hell out of Daniel Johnston. Throughout the 1980’s he wrote and recorded 10 albums of raw and fractured pop using a cheap guitar and a tape recorder. He also drew his own cover art, made copies of his own cassettes for stores to sell, and in the process influenced [more]

The Joup Friday Album: David Bowie – Outside

OutsidebowieJoe: If you do a search for David Bowie on Joup you will find a total of 20 articles of or relating to him. I wanted to begin this article with that little tidbit in order to illustrate a little of what the man means to us here at Joup. This is also the only thing nearing an explanation you will get for the fact that all or most of our regular contributors have spent the days and, well, will probably  spend the weeks after his death writing about him. Due to travel arrangements I missed my original turn for the Joup Friday Album last week but have come out in a better position to do what I had intended, as I spent the week visiting my co-publisher Shawn Baker in Los Angeles and had the [more]

Basement Dwelling: Transmissions Vol. 1

The Brain Jonestown MassacreBasement Dwelling Presents: Live transmissions and eclectic mixes every Wednesday curated by yours truly. Listen to it in the car, while you procrastinate, work, make love, walk the dog, and live your life. 1/13/16 1. Brian Jonestown Massacre: David Bowie I Loved You Since I was Six 2. Quilt: Elliot St. 3. Deerhunter: Duplex Planet 4. So Pitted: Rot In Hell 5. Vince Staples: Summertime 6. Tune-Yards: Sink-O 7. Ratking: Canal 8. Beat Happening: Hangman 9. Grimes: Realiti (Demo) 10. Chairlift: Romeo 11. Twin Sister: Bad Street 12. Destroyer: The Space Race 13. Jamie XX: Gosh 14. Matthew Dear: Grut Wall 15. David Bowie: ‘Tis a Pity She Was a Whore


The Mental Stamina Ep 2: Darin Mullins

Screen Shot 2016-01-01 at 2.45.22 PMWelcome back to The Mental Stamina – the real people, real Chicago stories podcast hosted by Sonny Vitkauskas and Joup’s own owner, operator, author and photographer Joe Grez! In this episode of The Mental Stamina Sonny and Joe welcome Darin Mullins, musician, animal lover and caregiver, and bartender extraordinaire! The guys talk to Darin about music, Dayton, Ohio, shitty jobs local Chicago TV commercial legend Harry Schmerler. “Rock a bye your ba-by!” The Mental Stamina is two normal, down-to-Earth blokes from the Southside of Chicago who like to drink beer and talk about all the crazy shit this city has to offer. And yeah, there’s a lot of crazy stories in Chicago. Will Sonny and Joe get to them all? Well, they’ll try…   The Mental Stamina can be found on Twitter here The Mental Stamina can be found on Facebook [more]

Endless Loop: When the Fool Becomes a King

polyphonicspreeHave 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. “When the Fool Becomes a King” by The Polyphonic Spree I’ve been listening to everything through a David Bowie filter this last week, which in so many ways could be unfair to the music I’m hearing, as Bowie is such an unrealistic iconic figure to try and live up to. But at the same time, his cultural influence is so prevalent in everything from music to visuals to fashion and art, that maybe in some ways, that filter was there all along. Orchestral chamber psych-choral-pop band/cult The Polyphonic Spree are hardly the first group of minstrels and troubadours [more]


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