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The Joup Friday Album- Deerhunter: Microcastle

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This article is dedicated to former Deerhunter bassist Joshua Fauver, who tragically passed away this past Sunday. Thank you for helping to shape a sound that shaped my music tastes as a whole.

The Joup Friday Album: Broadcast- Tender Buttons

Broadcast Tender ButtonsVastly underappreciated in their creative heyday, and still an untouched gem for many, Broadcast were a dire part of indie lore. The group formed in England in the mid 90’s and consisted of vocalist Trish Keenan and multi-instrumentalist James Cargill. They put out five records over the course of their career, which was cut short when Keenan tragically passed at 42 in 2011. The albums they left behind though were nothing short of hypnotic and bewildering; stylistically bringing their own flavor to indie electronic and dream pop with a slight shoegaze tinge. Their sound earned them many comparisons to the group Stereolab, but I personally always connected with Broadcast more. Their ability to add a level of warmth and sensuality to this genre always resonated with me, and there’s no better example of them doing this at their best than on 2005’s Tender Buttons.

The Joup Friday Album: No Age-Snares Like A Haircut

No age snaresTen years ago a multi-colored, noisy yet still somehow pop-inclined punk band made a significant splash in the underground music scene. I’m talking about the record Nouns by the L.A. based duo No Age. This wasn’t my first exposure to the band; that came in the form of the almost equally brilliant follow-up, 2010’s ‘Everything In Between,’ a more polished take on the band’s sound. After falling in love with ‘In Between,’ I embarked on the journey every music nerd takes once they discover a band that’s new to them: I checked out No Age’s old shit.

The Joup Friday Album: Shabazz Palaces ‘Black Up’

030911-2_1up [Converted]As if coming in out of nowhere or a distant alien planet spreading its word of love and peace; Shabazz Palaces debut album ‘Black Up” is an anomaly. From its borderline acid jazz-centric beats to its otherworldly production and long song titles, this is not your typical hip-hop record. This is not a record bent on dealing memorable hooks and lyrics with memorable beats (which it still does exceptionally well). Black Up is an examination of just how experimental and avant garde hip hop can be. Black Up hit in 2011, around the same time two other mad scientists of experimental hip hop saw their creations take flight in the forms of Death Grips and Clipping (two artistz Kanye West borrowed heavily from for the sound of his ‘Yeezus’ record), while those artists reveled in the abrasive, near punk rock side of hip hop, Palaces decided to dwell in another realm: making ethereal, dreamy music with lyrics that peered more at the beauty of life than the ugly sides of society. This is a style they’ve displayed exceptionally well for 4 records now, but never better than on this debut record.

Basement Dwelling// Gorillaz: Humanz

     It’s bothersome to hear people talk about Gorillaz. Sure, Gorillaz are a widely loved and celebrated act, and they have been for nearly 20 years now. But one of their greatest strengths is also one of their biggest setbacks.

It’s idiotic to me that the animated world of Gorillaz, co-created by legendary underground comic artist Jamie Hewlett, and which serves as the stylistic umbrella for a global and multigenerational collaborative music project, proves to be such a turnoff for people.

The Joup Friday Album: LCD Soundsystem- Sound Of Silver

LCD-Soundsystem-Sound-Of-Silver-1488988687Sound of silver talk to me, makes you wanna feel like a teenager

Until you remember the feelings of

A real life emotional teenager 

Then you think again.

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