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The Joup Friday Album: ‘Niandra LaDes (& Usually Just a T-Shirt)’ John Frusciante

lrg-253-jfmakeupA mind is a terrible thing to waste, but damn if it isn’t fun to do so. Self destruction can be an expressway to artistic Nirvana, the catch is that you have to ultimately shed your physical self to get there, as someone who traded under that heavenly appellation would famously find out. ‘The dead do not improve’, just segue into a misunderstood and misappropriated Valhalla defined by the hands of a cumulative bastard- hack comprised of millions with their inaccurate imaginings. In 1991, on the last page of a British Metal magazine only just starting to reinvent itself as Cobain & Co’s hurricane gathered on the horizon, was an interview with John Frusciante that was epiphanic to my adolescent mind. It was my first glimpse at his idiosyncratic way of thinking – more outlandish and Dionysian than his bandmates could ever [more]

Thank God for VOD! – They Came Together

I don’t get to go to the movies as often as I’d like to, but that doesn’t mean I can’t watch awesome flicks at home. Thank God for VOD! theycametogetherThey Came Together And just when you thought I was all horror flicks, thrillers, blood and guts, and social commentary, here I come at you with a romantic comedy. A romcom. Or, in this instance, all of the tropes and beats of a romantic comedy completely ripped to pieces and then reassembled with a knowing smile and a wink by a killer ensemble cast and the comedic genius of a bunch of former members of The State*. They Came Together is a romantic comedy, but it’s a hyper-self-aware romantic comedy that bleeds absurdity and goes so far with its poking as to surpass satire. It’s an odd and hilarious film. I loved it. The post-State creative [more]

35 Albums in 35 Years: 2004

In an ongoing attempt to bleed my opinions all over your computer screen, I’m selecting one album from every year that I’ve been alive that has some sort of significance to me…and then writing about it. Welcome back to 35 Albums in 35 Years.   goteam2004: The Go! Team’s Thunder, Lightning, Strike An eclectic assortment of random, scratchy, and often uncleared samples, a warm and lo-fi recording aesthetic, harmonicas, electric guitars, keyboards, tinny beats, and the bouncing, energetic, cheerleader vocals from a woman calling herself MC Ninja…there really was no way that I wasn’t going to love The Go! Team and their infectious 2004 debut Thunder, Lightning, Strike. Each track feels like an ode to life, a jumping, thumping, blaring, clapping mix of old school hip-hop beats, distorted guitar tones, and 1970’s TV commercial library music samples, a hum of familiarity that begs to [more]

Thee Comic Column #94: The Woods

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Last month I had a light pull week at The Comic Bug and ended up having the time/money to look around for something new. This happens from time to time and I’ve found a lot of good books this way. However, finding new stuff is never super easy. These days there are always a plethora of candidates, and it’s usually rather difficult to pin it down to one from the many. In cases such as these what I tend to rely on is my gut. I can’t completely put it into words, but some books just jump out at me, whether because of the cover, title, author, whatever. Sometimes it’s not even anything as tangible as any of those things. Sometimes it’s just… fate. Okay, that’s a bit grandiose, but with The Woods I definitely [more]

The Joup Friday Album: Leonard Cohen – Death of a Ladies’ Man

leonardcohenSomewhat embarrassingly, I did not discover Leonard Cohen until I heard “Waiting for the Miracle” during the opening scene of Oliver Stone’s Natural Born Killers, and as much as I dug that movie, I was entranced by the soundtrack (compiled, assembled, and produced by Trent Reznor) and the two Cohen tunes in particular. The journey down the proverbial rabbit hole started from there. Over the next couple of years, I began to find Leonard Cohen’s music all over the peripheries of pop culture, be it Jeff Buckley’s stripped down and beautiful take on “Hallelujah,” or the soundtrack to Robert Altman’s McCabe and Mrs. Miller, or as an almost direct lyrical influence on Nick Cave. He was everywhere if you looked hard enough. It was wonderful, and I now consider myself a disciple. The music can be gentle, haunting, and lifting, and at [more]

Joup Movie Review: ‘Boyhood’ Richard Linklater, 2014

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I feel a Hipsterish cringe as Coldplay’s ‘Yellow’ sounds out over the opening shot of a cloud strewn blue sky, before I remember that I secretly think this is a beautiful song. For a long time, I didn’t even hate Coldplay, I was above all that, they were just an Indie ‘In’ for those younger than me. Of course in recent years I’ve found their self important, remedial plinkety-plonking bombast grossly offensive, but that’s just an irrelevant by-product of experience and the slow creeping cynicism that heralds the beginning of the inevitable rendezvous with decrepitude. As Coldplay serenade the theater, you’ll have to forego a certain amount of cynicism. We’re looking down on 5 year old Mason, unfettered by such trivialities, lying on his back on serene grass musing on the incongruous blue above as it becomes clear that [more]

 

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