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Endless Loop: Veridis Quo

daftpunkHave 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. “Veridis Quo” by Daft Punk A little bit of a play on words, Daft Punk’s “Veridis Quo,” from the 2001 album Discovery, comes from the Latin phrase “Quo Vadis?” which roughly translates to “Where are you going?” or “What is your purpose?” Christian lore posits that Saint Peter asked this of Jesus, upon meeting the risen Christ whilst fleeing a likely crucifixion in Rome. Jesus then responded that he was going back into Rome to be crucified again, giving Peter the courage to stay with his ministry before his eventual martyrdom. In a non-religious sense, the phrase could [more]

Endless Loop: Gimme Some More

bustarhymesHave 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. “Gimme Some More” by Busta Rhymes Combining a breathless and seemingly endless flowing stream of words, a jerky, bassy beat, a gorgeous looped sample of violins lifted from Bernard Herrmann’s score to Psycho, and a music video that’s equal parts absurd and terrifying, Busta Rhymes’ late-90’s hip-hop opus “Gimme Some More” pretty much encapsulates everything that a popular rap song could be at that particular moment in time. It was innovative. It was aggressive. It was weird. It made me want to be a rapper. Not really. I have no delusions of grandeur when it comes to my wordsmith ability [more]

What Do You Play for the Kid Who’s Heard Everything?

IMAG1283-1I have a two-year old son. Basically since he could move, I’ve been thrusting any and all manner of musical instrument and/or music in general in his direction, hoping that something will stick, that he’ll have the same kind of excitement and love for it all that I have. He has a xylophone. He has a little drum kit. He has this little dog-guitar thing that plays notes as barks. I’ve seen his face light up whenever I play the guitar or piano, a big smile spreading across his face. Sometimes we’ll hear him singing little gibberish songs to himself through the baby monitor at night before he falls asleep or at the crack of dawn when he wakes up. We sing to him all the time. I play music for him all the time…kid’s songs, oldies, bubblegum pop, and all [more]

The Joup Friday Album: The Jesus Lizard – Blue

TJL_BlueIn 1998, I was working in Ohio at the Dayton Daily News as a page designer and copy editor. I was also just starting to dabble in music writing and criticism, thanks to the encouragement of the features editor there. His office was always full of promotional releases and cool freebies — this was in the music industry’s last Golden Age, so it was almost as though every day was an episode of “Storage Wars” based on the bounty you could find in one small office. He would invite me in and allow me to pick through the hundreds of CDs that would arrive each week, and I would select a few to review for what now seems like an obscenely large weekly entertainment guide, considering a lot of mid-range markets produce only an A- and B- news section these days. Ah, the [more]

Endless Loop: All Mine

portisheadHave 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. “All Mine” by Portishead It never ceases to amaze me the way that particular songs can instantly take me back in time, reviving old memories, and inducing nostalgic pangs like some sort of weird aural sixth sense. They can paint pictures of times past or reignite old feelings, a whole series of moods, tones, and colors. I’ve written about it before, as have other contributors here at Joup, and it just serves as evidence of how powerful music can be and the effect it can have on one’s subconscious and ability to recall. It’s kind of beautiful really. The opening [more]

The Joup Friday Album: Run the Jewels’ Run the Jewels 2

Run-The-JewelsThe end of summer is always a really weird thing for me. Working in education, I get the mixed bag of having summers off. You get to sleep in, go on vacations, and stay up way too late. This part is wonderful. There’s another factor that you don’t think about.  Everyone else has to work. You get lonely.  As the clock keeps ticking by, the boredom kicks in. You forget what day of the week it is. You start watching too much TV and arguing politics with people on the internet. The latter has quadrupled thanks to primary elections creeping up on us. Boredom eventually turns into anger, and that influences my listening habits. Run the Jewels’ album, Run the Jewels 2 has quickly become one of my go-to anger albums. Run the [more]

 

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