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Endless Loop: Apache

bongobandHave 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. “Apache” by The Incredible Bongo Band It’s one of those things that sounds like a total joke at first.  Or, maybe it was honestly done, a silly, yet earnest and sincere piece or art that just seems ridiculous in hindsight, now that years have lapsed by and hearts and souls have grown jaded.  Oh, maybe it falls into some kind of pit of irony, sustenance for the hordes of snark-fueled cretins. No.  Fuck that.  Maybe it’s just awesome and fun, and no amount of silliness or irony or snark can ever take that away.  A staple at weddings, anniversary [more]

Thank God for VOD! – The Void

thevoidI 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! The Void So often, we wear our inspirations on our sleeves. In the very literal sense of the concept, it manifests itself in the way we present ourselves to the world, our fashion choices culled from pop culture icons, high end photo shoots, and older siblings.  As an adolescent, I happily donned the familiar grunge uniform, ripped jeans and worn t-shirts, flannel and Converse One-Stars, hoping, if even for just a moment, to emulate Kurt Cobain.  My fashion sense eventually evolved according to whatever I was into at the time, aping the styles of certain Britpop frontmen, before settling into a perpetual combination of preppy and general slacker (I never had the balls to go [more]

Joup Friday Album: Washed Out “Life of Leisure”

Washed Out - Life of Leisure The first time I heard “Feel it All Around” was watching Portlandia last summer. If you’ve seen or know the show, the tune acts as the opening theme song. And upon hearing it I had to know who, what, where and how. What I came up with initially was a group (which I would later find out was just Ernest Greene) called Washed Out. I put it on the back burner for some reason until recently and then it just hit me like a wonderful hazy memory…and that Portlandia show is terrific as well. Fred Armisen cracks me up, but that is another topic for another day.


I had no idea what “Chillwave” was till about 6 weeks ago. If you Wiki it you come up with:
A style of [more]

Endless Loop: Let the Distance Bring Us Together

homeHave 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. “Let the Distance Bring Us Together” by Bright Eyes & Britt Daniel Pretty much any time a super group or musical collaboration is announced, I get giddy with anticipation, wholly waiting for my socks to be rocked off, but realistically, about 99% of the time, the project’s sum does not equal its far superior parts.  And that’s too bad, because that 1% that nails it is something truly akin to approaching audio nirvana.  The 2002 release of Home: Volume IV, the fourth in a series of collaborative EP’s put out by Post-Parlo Records during the 00’s, pairs Bright [more]

Sh!t Song Of The Week “Leader Of The Band”

    FogelbergWhen listening to the singer songwriter genre of music the lyrics are the main focus. I was trying to find a sappy song with lyrics I could goof on and the first name that popped in my head was Dan Fogelberg. I know very little of Fogelberg’s work other than his hit song “Longer” so I did some listening and had a Dan Fogelberg marathon on my earbuds. I was hitting the next button for about a half hour of listening until I heard the mother of all lines in one of his songs and I just lost it. Alas I had found the perfect song and it is called “Leader of the Band”. This autobiographical sappy ballad tells the story of a cabinet makers son who’s “hands were made for different work” so he leaves home to be a light [more]

Endless Loop: Un Nouveau Soleil

m83Have 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. “Un Nouveau Soleil” by M83 Music is powerful.  It soundtracks my life.  I assume it often soundtracks yours as well.  From every day background noise to gentle, sensory tacks for our fondest or darkest memories, the songs we listen to can paint pictures in our heads, a nostalgic scrapbook in the inner recesses of our brains.  But every so often, I hear a song that creates just as vivid an image or sequence of events in my mind that also happens to be completely fabricated.  These aren’t false memories or anything, but more like daydreams, some sad or [more]

Joup Friday Album: The dB’s “Like This”

Db'sI remember 1984 like it was yesterday. I was already into music and I had an old Sony combo stereo system it had a radio, record player, eight track and I plugged into the auxiliary channel an after market Realistic tape deck I bought at garage sale. It was fifteen watts per channel, wow! I had just bought Van Halen’s record 1984; The Police album Synchronicity and I had all my parents’ records at my disposal. The Stones, the Kinks, the Beatles, the Band, Johnny Winter, Mountain, Neil Young, the Temptations, Sam and Dave, Marvin Gaye, Frank Sinatra, Dave Brubeck, Van Morrison and George Carlin (they had a few comedy records). I was amerced mostly with the older music not so much of the current top forty stuff like Madonna and Duran Duran. It’s funny I’m still kinda the [more]

Sh!t Song Of The Week “Winds of Change” Jefferson Starship

winds of shit The sh!t song of the week is “Winds of Change” by Jefferson Starship. I know that it’s too easy picking on Jefferson Starship because of their mega fluffy hit songs like “We Built This City” and “Nothing is Going to Stop Us Now”. As far as I am concerned the whole 80’s Starship catalogue is the soundtrack for Richard Gere’s gerbil escapades. The Jefferson Starship of the 80’s were so far removed from their original roots of Jefferson Airplane’s brand of psychedelic hippie rock it is astounding . Where did the white rabbit from the Bay Area go? Did they find somebody to love and just give up? When did Airplane became Starship? Why did this happen? I’m thinking it probably had something to do with cocaine. I saw that episode of “WKRP” when the record executive tries to push a [more]

Endless Loop: A Place We Like

twinshadowhoorayforearthHave 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. “A Place We Like” by Hooray for Earth and Twin Shadow As the divide in this country broadens and expands by the minute, I try to take the slightest bit of solace in the fact that at least as far as pop music is concerned, the divisions that seemed so prevalent and moored into our general psyches when I was a teenager have blurred and begun to dissipate.  The Millennial audience and younger, as maligned as they are by both the cranky old farts like myself (Gen-X) and the even crankier older farts ahead of me (Baby Boomers), [more]

 

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