Endless Loop: Yr Love

holyotherHave 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. “Yr Love” by Holy Other I usually write this column a few days before it actually gets published to the site, which can often make these essays maybe just a little out of step with whatever might currently be going on in the world at large.  It’s usually no big deal, though a couple of times I have had to scramble and write something new on the fly, feeling it inappropriate to pine about some old pop song I love when some kind of national tragedy occurred less than 24 hours prior.  But let’s hold out that it’s [more]

The Joup Friday Album – Everclear: So Much For The Afterglow

So Much For The Afterglow

“There’s something so human about taking something and ruining it a little so you can have more of it.”

-The Good Place

It’s true. We hide things in the back of our mind so we can reflect on more “good” memories. We cram so much into our holidays that we end up miserable. We drink diet sodas and light beer and pretend to enjoy it. You know what isn’t very good? “100-Calorie Packs” of any mass produced junk food. Don’t even get me started on religion.

It’s strange how many different things this applies to, including albums. One can argue that one such album is Everclear’s third studio album, So Much For The Afterglow.

Afterglow was released when I was 14-years-old. It was the year I had a first kiss and my first boyfriend. I [more]

Endless Loop: Stuck on You

failureHave 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. “Stuck on You” by Failure I don’t know if anyone else out there does this, but sometimes I’ll get an album to listen to, usually a CD to be played in the car during my commute to and from work, and basically pretend it’s me performing it whilst singing along in the driver’s seat.  I’ve done this for forever, but it has to be a good CD…a great CD…one of those CDs that’s an essential listen from start to finish.  Throughout the years I’ve accrued a handful of albums that I keep coming back to over and over [more]

The Joup Friday Album: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Who Built the Moon?

gallagher Considering my last review was a massive anti-Morrissey rant and that he recently outed himself as a victim-blaming, sexual assault apologist on top of all the other shitty things we already knew about him, I was tempted to review his new album in that context. But that would mean I’d have to listen to it. Instead I chose to review an album by someone else I think is an asshole – Noel Gallagher. On paper, Oasis was a band I should have loved. Beatles -influenced British guitar rock is right in my wheelhouse. But tales of the Gallagher brothers’ douchey antics made it impossible for me to muster much enthusiasm for their tunes. Of the pair, Noel has always struck me as the more talented and slightly less obnoxious Gallagher brother, which is why I chose his new album, Who Built the [more]

The Joup Friday Album: The Young Rascals

The Rascals Every respectable rock band needs to know some cover songs. It is a dated concept perhaps but if you think about all the great live shows you have ever been at I will be willing to bet the band whipped out a great cover song and it either made you love them more or it made you re-think a song you may not have known or not have appreciated before. Some artists can’t write a song so they rely on ace in the hole songwriters to keep their vehicle moving. Anyway you want to look at it cover songs are standard practice by most working bands and in a lot of cases if the song is played well it could actually launch a band to a higher appeal. When I was a younger drummer I learned relatively quickly that a [more]

The Joup Friday Album: The Soft Moon – Deeper

Deeper - the Soft MoonFirst, there is NO WAY in Hell I can top Chester’s selection from last week. If someone can win the Friday Album, well, I think our friend from across the pond just did. However, this is a perpetual method of entertainment of no small importance to the mortals that employee me at Joup, so let me do my part in things. Chester tagged Sonny but the lines of communication became muddled and I’ve been tasked with stepping in for the week. So let me step right on in… The Soft Moon is new to me. I like it very, very much. It is delicious, and if there’s one thing I like, it’s to live – and listen – deliciously. I’m only filling in for a week and I was a little unprepared; it’s slow in Hell this time [more]

The Joup Friday Album: ‘Dirty Fan Male’ Trunk Records

R-550894-1130426995.jpeg I’ll never forgot about DRE. He was a young and eager GP, visibly perplexed by my ‘presentation’ but stubbornly reluctant to tessellate my gastroenterological symptoms toward the neighbourhood of research I’d done on the internet to save him time. I’d been suffering from a white hot smoulder below my navel that would occur two hours after eating and knock me onto my back for extended stretches, leaving me feeling pinned to the spot like a display case insect. “I think we’d better do a DRE…” he said. I allowed an expression to cascade across my face that I haven’t used since High School algebra, which coincidentally would have been the exact amount of time anything gleaned from those lessons has been utilised in real life, and counting. “…A digital rectal examination.” he embellished. Unfortunately I’d paid enough attention in English to know that we were talking fingers and [more]

The Joup Friday Album: Nektar – Remember the Future

nektar remember-the-futureThis edition of the Joup Friday Album is going to be short and sweet because I am sick as f&$k and want nothing more than to hop back into my bed and go back to catching up on about three months of comics (four in some cases) that I’ve been too busy to read since, well, since about three or four months ago. A few weeks ago I signed up for the free, three-month trial of Apple Music. It only took me about thirty seconds to realize that if I have my druthers I will never not have the service again. My initial reservations were, as a child of the late 70s/early 80s, curmudgeonous to a degree and in spite of the fact that in less than a month Apple Music has become the single most important app/service/whatever in my life, [more]

Endless Loop: Exhausted

foofightersHave 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. “Exhausted” by Foo Fighters It seems like there are a whole slew of artists whose work I adore, but whose extracurricular activities can affect the way I hear the music, often very much to its detriment.  These are the artists whose personal quirks or faults are so in the public domain, that it can be seriously difficult to separate the art from the artist.  For instance, there are only so many temper tantrums somebody like Axl Rose can throw before it starts to make Guns N’ Roses a little less enjoyable.  Then there are artists like Mark Kozelek [more]

 

Living Nudes – My World Exploded

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