The Joup Friday Album – The Monkees: Good Times


sddefaultThe time to dwell on all of the negativity the world has thrown our way has passed. Summer has arrived.

The past couple of months have been a little heavy for my household, and this break is much needed. I don’t want to focus on that at the moment, though. The time to write about loss and sadness is not today. Today, I want to focus on the good times. As such, I chose to review The Monkees’ twelfth studio album, Good Times!.

The Joup Friday Album: Blondie – Parallel Lines

I had the week of National Women’s Equality Day, and now I have the week of International Women’s Day. Back in August I had said “…we don’t need a day on the calendar for equality. We just need equality.”

With a shifting tide, I’m just going to go ahead and take the day. Screw it – let’s take the week. Let’s take the time and appreciate the likes of Aretha Franklin, Dolly Parton, and Mavis Staples (Seriously – did you hear her new track with Arcade Fire?) Let’s worship at altars dedicated to Etta James, Karen Carpenter, and Poly Styrene. Take your pick! Find an amazing woman who has contributed to your musical upbringing, turn the volume up, and spend some time with them!

The Joup Friday Album: Violent Femmes – Violent Femmes


violentfemmes-largeThe year is finally over. We made it. I can’t say the same for a good chunk of our heroes, but we’re here, and we must sort out a world without Princes, Princesses, and a thin, white Duke. Wonka is dead, and one of the Oompa Loompas are taking charge.

We’ve said goodbye to icons, begrudgingly acknowledged the elephant in the room, and watched countless instances of human suffering unfold around the world.  That doesn’t even consider the personal struggles any of us have faced. For my partner and myself, it has been a doozy.

The Joup Friday Album: Bruce Springsteen – Born in the U.S.A.


“At night I wake up with the sheets soaking wet, and a freight train running through the middle of my head…”

If that doesn’t sum up the month of November, I don’t know what does.

November started off on a Tuesday in a cold sweat over our nation’s pastime. The Chicago Cubs were 2-3 against the Cleveland Indians. One slip-up and it was all over. I didn’t know if my partner’s blood sugar, let alone heart, could handle it. Lo and behold, they pulled it off. The next day, history was made.

The Joup Friday Album: Bad Religion – No Control

0045778670260-png-1200x1200_q90_cropA wise friend recently told me that they could not survive an election year without Bad Religion. Well, here we go…

“Don’t be a henchman.”

Bad Religion’s fourth album, No Control, came out in 1989. Twenty-seven years have passed, and there is still a good majority of us that haven’t learned.  We’re still blindly supporting our religious and political ideals. We’re still slaves to voting red or blue no matter who. A third-party vote is still considered garbage. I daresay that the zeitgeist has become even more toxic. The constant barrage of news, “trumped up” or otherwise, has us clawing at each other.

The Joup Friday Album: Against Me! – Transgender Dysphoria Blues

Against-Me-Transgender-Dysphoria-Blues1Happy National Women’s Equality Day, everyone!

Cook. Stay groomed at all times. Be interesting. Clean. Have babies. Don’t complain. Put everyone before you. Don’t complain. Smile. Listen to your husband. Do everything for him. Don’t complain. Make him comfortable. Smile some more. Have more babies.

Don’t you dare complain.

“A good wife always knows her place.”

Pardon my language, but fuck that.

The Joup Friday Album: The Dresden Dolls – Yes, Virginia

ec7d9936Don’t forget you’re stuck with it tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow”

It’s weird that some things can feel so relevant in a moment when in truth, they have nothing to do with the situation at hand. I can’t get this line out of my head in light of many recent events – all of which have an indelible effect on our world.

A combination of personal life and mainstream news has left me broken, bitter, and cynical. This ship is sinking, and there’s not much we can do about it. I chose The Dresden Dolls’ second album, Yes, Virginia for this week’s album because it gives me something to yell without sounding like a crazy person.

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