Endless Loop (Christmas Edition): Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

darleneloveHave 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 to this extra special Christmas edition of Endless Loop.

“Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” by Darlene Love

Full Disclosure: I am an atheist…and I LOVE Christmas.

The Joup Friday Album: The Flaming Lips ‘ Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots’

220px-TheFlamingLips-YoshimiBattlesThePinkRobotsI’m afraid that if you thought you were potentially entering an article detached from a world that’s gone bananas over Star Wars you’re mistaken, I went to see it today. At the risk of coming across like a thrift-store Sith Lord, today’s been a razor blade ticker tape parade. Over the past few months, when our schedules would allow, a few friends and I have been working our way through the previous six films in anticipation of the new release. Before the screening commenced on ‘Jedi night’ last Saturday, one of my friends casually announced that as fate would have it, he had a hospital appointment scheduled after the screening of ‘The Force Awakens’ to discuss a long running chronic complaint he’s been suffering since his early twenties. The upshot of this conversation was that a recent setback and hospitalisation had not been countered as well as medical professionals had hoped, and that beyond that unsuccessful course of action was a disconcerting lack of a plan. My friend said he was just looking forward to seeing Star Wars.

Endless Loop: Stars

humHave 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.

“Stars” by Hum

Some days I wish I was still as enthusiastic and starry eyed as I used to be.  I wish I hadn’t become so jaded with age.  I wish I still had that same feeling of exhilaration I experienced when I heard the guitar riff in the bridge to “Stars” by Hum for the first time.  Yeah.  That was good stuff.

Endless Loop: Seven

sunnydayrealestateHave 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.

“Seven” by Sunny Day Real Estate

Endless Loop: Nothing Compares 2 U

sineadoconnorHave 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.

“Nothing Compares 2 U” by Sinead O’Connor

Sinead O’Connor played a very vivid role in my pre-adolescent, pop-cultural memory bank, a massive hit single, a memorable video to accompany it, a live (totally overblown) TV scandal, and…you know…she was a girl with a shaved head. (I was eleven! What do you want?!) The artist was everywhere, on the radio and MTV, invading the whole spectrum of pop culture and media, even getting parodied on the after-school cartoon show, Tiny Toons Adventures.

The Joup Friday Album: The Noisettes – Three Moods of the Noisettes

NoisettesListening to The Noisettes, it would be easy to dismiss them as another Alabama Shakes-wannabe act … except The Noisettes pre-date the Shakes by six years — and the band formed on a different continent.

Which is why, listening to the group’s 2004 EP, “Three Moods of the Noisettes,” it raises the question why listeners weren’t ready to embrace that retro sound in 2004, but just a mere two years later, press and public alike were enamored by Amy Winehouse, and then in 2009, fell over themselves in their collective (and justifiable) love for Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard. It certainly wasn’t because Noisettes singer/bassist Shingai Shoniwa wasn’t talented — in fact, USA Today called her “incendiary” in one 2006 article. And it wasn’t because they weren’t homegrown; Winehouse was also from London.

Endless Loop: Dry the Rain

betabandHave 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.

“Dry the Rain” by The Beta Band

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