The Joup Friday Album: Chris Cornell – Scream

screamReleased in 2009, “Scream” was Chris Cornell’s third solo album. It debuted at #10 on the Billboard 200 chart, but its sales were abysmal — it secured that spot with only 26,000 units moved, which tells you a lot about the state of music sales even six years ago. It was also met with a lot of negative press, most of which seemed not to appreciate the scope, subject matter or musical experimentation that the former frontman of Soundgarden was pursuing at the time. Granted, this was a semi-radical departure insofar as it brought in a lot of electronic, bass-heavy elements to the production (mostly courtesy of producer Timbaland, whose label Mosley co-released “Scream”).

Endless Loop: Love Is Blue

paulmauriatHave 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.

“Love Is Blue” by Paul Mauriat

If there is some supreme being out there, or a super race of creatures beyond our own limited understanding and perception watching and observing us, toying with us, playing with us for their own amusement and entertainment, I have one request for them. Just one thing that I want. So, here it goes:

The Joup Friday Album: The United States of America

usaalbumAs “The American Metaphysical Circus” begins, the atmosphere is indeed akin to that of a circus, a hodgepodge of sounds swirling along together in an audio soup. Ragtime dances play with classical marches and jazz numbers before subsiding as the electronic pulses take over and a female voice beckons you in. The mood is progressive. The ideas are many. The palette is open to an array of new sounds. Welcome to one of the most fantastic and experimental psych rock records of the 1960’s, the self-titled, sole release from The United States of America.

Endless Loop: Hybrid Moments

misfitsHave 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.

“Hybrid Moments” by The Misfits

I hate to admit it, but I was really, really late to The Misfits party. I was aware of them of course, being a fan of those first four Danzig records, but for some reason or another I just never paid them any attention. And that was wrong of me. It was at the insistence and persistence of my brother that I finally rectified that mistake, that I finally gave the legendary punk rock act a go. And that was right of me.

The Joup Friday Album: The Chameleons – Strange Times

chameleons-strange_timesHoly cow, where has this record been all my life?

To me, one of the greatest joys in all the world is when I find an album someone gave me at some point in the past that, for whatever reason, initially escaped my attention. I always tell people when they try to turn me on to new things, I get to everything eventually. Sometimes its a day, sometimes a month, some times five years. But I do get to it. The Chameleon’s 1986 record Strange Times is a perfect example of one that has remained just off my radar for longer than most, only to appear out of the blue recently and smack me upside the head with a newfound frenzied appreciation.

Endless Loop: The Chauffeur

duranduranHave 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.

“The Chauffeur” by Duran Duran

The Joup Friday Album: Cyndi Lauper – She’s So Unusual (30th Anniversary Edition)

71Ky+lq86mL._SL1500_In her self-titled autobiography, singer Cyndi Lauper talks a lot about making something out of nothing. The New York-born Lauper specifically mentions painting the bottom of her heels in a Vincent Van Gogh motif for the cover of “She’s So Unusual,” which was reissued in 2014 through Legacy Recordings on a 30th anniversary celebration limited-edition vinyl pressing. The vinyl itself is a lot like Lauper, with it’s riotous explosion of color against a clear background.

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