The Joup Friday Album: Beck – Odelay

R-235913-1359397798-9718.jpegHappy last day of summer, everyone!

It’s 90 degrees outside right now in Chicagoland as I write this, so I guess summer isn’t OVER-over, but the calendar says we’re done, and rules are rules.

Bring on the pumpkin spice and Halloween decoration plans.

My friends and I have made Riot Fest our annual end-of-summer tradition, and while the lineup was certainly less stacked than previous years, last weekend did not disappoint us. From Run the Jewels to Gary Numan to The Aquabats to that kid from Stranger Things and It‘s band, there was definitely something for everyone on the bill, screaming teenage girls included.

The Joup Friday Album: Childish Gambino – Camp

81NzJqyL8IL._SL1294_The weather has been kind, and I’ve spent the majority of my time outside. One of my new neighbors is a nature preserve, and the sounds and smells that brings is an unexpected and very welcome bonus to the house. I’ve spent hours getting things ready for a proper garden. The lawn is getting there. It’s boring, but it feels good to literally lay roots down somewhere.

It’s been a really, really good week.

You know who else had a pretty good week? Nix that, you know who is having a pretty good month? Donald Glover.

The Joup Friday Album: Nine Inch Nails – The Downward Spiral

TDS-Cover-768x768Ah, moving!

New places are weird. Every creak is a sign that the house will collapse on itself any second. Every strange voice passing on the sidewalk outside is surely a murder cult on a mission. My days are numbered. There’s still that signature stink of other people’s lives – mushroomed in our case by a faulty sewage extractor that the previous owners insisted “worked just fine.”

You get what you pay for, and we didn’t pay much.

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.

The Joup Friday Album: The Specials – The Specials

downloadIt’s that time of year again! Summer is ending and school is back in session. It’s time to buckle down and focus on adulting. There’s one more thing we have to do first, though. There’s one weekend of fun left to put up the blinders and let it all go.

The time has come for fair food, crowds, loud music, port-o-potties, and bees.

Lots and lots of bees.

That’s right, folks. For the festival-focused, it’s time to head into the “Concrete Jungle” and leave it all there. Happy Riot Fest weekend!

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!

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