Endless Loop: He’s Simple, He’s Dumb, He’s the Pilot

grandaddyHave 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.

“He’s Simple, He’s Dumb, He’s the Pilot” by Grandaddy

“Did you love this world, and this world not love you?”

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

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.

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 the stuff I listen to from folk to hip-hop to jazz to heavy metal. This kid is surrounded by music. If something doesn’t take right away, I’ll bookmark it to try again later. Eventually, he’ll be ready for Weird Al. Eventually, he’ll find They Might Be Giants to be as delightful as his parents do.

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.

Endless Loop: Untitled Three

oddnosdamHave 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.

“Untitled Three” by Odd Nosdam

The Joup Friday Album: Mr. Bungle – California

mrbungleI got to see Faith No More a couple of weeks ago, and I’ve been in full on Mike Patton mode ever since. Few artists have inspired the kind of rabid fanaticism in me that Patton has, and in that stretch of years in between when Faith No More disbanded and then reunited, I sought out everything the man created, even the most perfunctory of musical endeavors or guest spots. And while he most certainly has had a misstep here or there, the vast bulk of projects, collaborations, and appearances he has contributed to are resoundingly good, or at the very least interesting. It’s his willingness to experiment and to draw influence from practically every style or genre conceivable that gives his work its oomph. And it all started before he was even in Faith No More with a different group of West Coast weirdos called Mr. Bungle.

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