Endless Loop: Jeanne

airHave 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.

“Jeanne” by Air w/ Francoise Hardy

Endless Loop: Love Is Blue

paulmauriatHave 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.

“Love Is Blue” by Paul Mauriat

If there is some supreme being out there, or a super race of creatures beyond our own limited understanding and perception watching and observing us, toying with us, playing with us for their own amusement and entertainment, I have one request for them. Just one thing that I want. So, here it goes:

The Joup Friday Album: The United States of America

usaalbumAs “The American Metaphysical Circus” begins, the atmosphere is indeed akin to that of a circus, a hodgepodge of sounds swirling along together in an audio soup. Ragtime dances play with classical marches and jazz numbers before subsiding as the electronic pulses take over and a female voice beckons you in. The mood is progressive. The ideas are many. The palette is open to an array of new sounds. Welcome to one of the most fantastic and experimental psych rock records of the 1960’s, the self-titled, sole release from The United States of America.

The Loneliness of the 4-Times-a-Week, 6AM Runner

joggersNever in a million years did I ever think I would write an essay about running.  I hate running.  I can think of hundreds…thousands of things that I would rather do with my time than throw on some tennis shoes and go run around my neighborhood with my dog in tow before the sun comes up.  Like sleeping.  Sleeping is awesome.  Running is not.  But for some reason or another, my body and mind have become so hooked on this whole running in the morning thing, that my brain is an absolute mess if I skip out on it.

Endless Loop: Hybrid Moments

misfitsHave 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.

“Hybrid Moments” by The Misfits

I hate to admit it, but I was really, really late to The Misfits party. I was aware of them of course, being a fan of those first four Danzig records, but for some reason or another I just never paid them any attention. And that was wrong of me. It was at the insistence and persistence of my brother that I finally rectified that mistake, that I finally gave the legendary punk rock act a go. And that was right of me.

Endless Loop: The Chauffeur

duranduranHave 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.

“The Chauffeur” by Duran Duran

Endless Loop: Lindsay Brohan

javelinHave 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.

“Lindsay Brohan” by Javelin

Recycling old, unwanted sounds, and chopping and layering them over a pulsing beat, a warbled and neo-futurist audio clip slowly degrading as the technology fades away, or as we dance upon it. Sweet island melodies bent and mixed beyond recognition into something resembling the neon tint of an 80’s nightclub, but with a melancholy undercurrent keeping things from getting too garish. Constructing their jams from found sounds and with an ear for infectious synth pop, electronic duo Javelin set their own bar ridiculously high with the first track from their 2009 self-titled EP, the excellently named “Lindsay Brohan.”

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