Joup Friday Album: Sun Structures – Temples

Sun Structures - Temples (Image courtesy of Heavenly Records)

Sun Structures – Temples
(Image courtesy of Heavenly Records)

Endless Loop: Never Tear Us Apart

inxsHave 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.

“Never Tear Us Apart” by INXS

The Joup Friday Album: Dum Dum Girls – Too True

13929I’m using this edition of The Joup Friday Album to exorcise my regret over not including Dum Dum Girls’ new record Too True on my best of 2014 list. Honestly, I knew this was going to happen – inevitably every year as soon as I post a list the “One that Got Away” syndrome pops up on something I didn’t hear in time. That’s not the case here though. I’ve had this album for months and had even developed quite a relationship with it, listening to it over and over on my Greyhound bus trip from Chicago to Dayton back in late October and MAN did it hit all the right buttons as I stared out the window at Autumn in the Midwest. And yet, despite my immediate love of Too True, and despite contemplating putting it on the list, not everything can make a list of ten, so it was one of the ones I cut.

Endless Loop: Quicksand

davidbowieHave you ever had one of those songs that gets stuck in your head and never ever leaves? The kind of song that digs in deep and becomes a part of your heart and soul, an audio extension of your very being? Sure you have. We all have. These are the kinds of songs played during first dances at weddings, or played in tribute to lost friends and family at funerals, or copied and burned on to every conceivable mixtape and playlist you could ever hope to make. The songs that always make the cut. The songs on repeat. We all have them. I have a ton. Welcome back to Endless Loop.

The Joup Friday Album: Frank Black and the Catholics – S/T

220px-Fbcs I’ve had it up to my stress-deforested bonce of the Pixies. I careen this horn-honking, screeching-wheeled hipster-admission headlong into your family’s stationwagon knowing full well how I’m going to come off, because this exhaustion is based on their ever-swelling fanbase. Yeah, that’s right I don’t like them because YOU DO! What galls me about this steady torrent of newb recruitment is actually Frank Black’s consistently overlooked solo back catalogue. This slight against Frank-kind deprives me of as prolific a period as he had when he was a Catholic while he predominantly ignores extracurricular activities and gives priority to lining his already sizeable coffers by being endlessly on the road with David, Joey and cardboard-cutout Kim.

Endless Loop: The Official Ironmen Rally Song

guidedbyvoicesI write about music a lot. That’s okay though…I really like music. But the majority of my past articles and columns have focused primarily on albums, short and long stretches of artistic cohesion or chaos, easily consumable in piecemeal nuggets, but more greatly appreciated as works in whole form. In 2015, who has the time for that? Where are the singles man? Where are the powerful three minutes of pop perfection or the 20-minute free-form explorations of the outer cosmos? Give me something with a beat I can dance to. Well, I’m here to oblige my own queries, so without further ado, let’s get rolling with a new column, Endless Loop, a look at songs I never seem to tire of, songs I could listen to eternally.

The Joup Friday Album: Dennis Wilson – Pacific Ocean Blue

denniswilsonI don’t know about the rest of you, but when I was growing up, and gradually discovering music of all kinds to wiggle around to, one of the few bands that got the full fledged seal of approval from both my parents and us kiddos alike was the sunny, surf-pop rock sounds of The Beach Boys. They were catchy, and fun, and even popped up on Full House with Uncle-fucking-Jesse on the drums. Good, old-fashioned, wholesome rock and roll. Or maybe not.

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