Joup’s Friday Album – Second Edition

airhzlegendFor my Friday album, I’m embedding electronic French duo Air’s second proper album, 2001’s 10,000 Hz Legend.  Following the warm, chilled out sounds of 1997’s Moon Safari and the darker, smooth psych rock film score to 2000’s The Virgin Suicides, Air got cold and weird for their next release, employing more of an icy, electronic sound, mixing in elements of folk, soul, French pop, and experimental textures and tones.  The album is awash in strange quirks, vocal effects, and an almost ping-ponging back and forth of styles.  At once it feels both radio-friendly and like some completely off the reservation oddity.  It’s the sounds of Serge Gainsbourg put in a blender and then reassembled by two evil geniuses in a sound studio somewhere hidden in the Himalayas. Oh, and Beck and Ken Andrews (Failure) make appearances on the thing as well.

35 Albums in 35 Years: 1981

In an ongoing attempt to bleed my opinions all over your computer screen, I’m selecting one album from every year that I’ve been alive that has some sort of significance to me…and then writing about it.  Welcome back to 35 Albums in 35 Years.

 

enobyrne1981: Brian Eno and David Byrne’s My Life in the Bush of Ghosts

Joup’s Friday Album – The Inaugural Edition

I was moved today to begin a new feature here on Joup – the Friday album. Each Friday someone on the Joup team will embed an album from youtube.

 

image courtesy of musicfearsatan.com

Now, I need to express for both legal and more importantly moral reasons that this is in no way meant to persuade folks from buying these albums. People who know me or read my stuff know that I am all about supporting musicians, especially independent ones like these guys. As long as this stuff is up on youtube anyway I figure we can maybe use it to turn folks onto some stuff they might not have heard before and actually persuade them they need to go out and support some great bands.We own the rights to none of this stuff and will remove at the artists’ request.

35 Albums in 35 Years: 1980

In an ongoing attempt to bleed my opinions all over your computer screen, I’m selecting one album from every year that I’ve been alive that has some sort of significance to me…and then writing about it.  Welcome back to 35 Albums in 35 Years.

 

joydivisioncloser1980: Joy Division’s Closer

Record Store Crawl: Austin

recordsVices.  You have one.  I have one.  That guy over there by that busy intersection asking for change has one.  Your mom has one too.  Everyone you know or will ever meet has one.  Some of us have more than one.  We all have our vice, our thing, our crippling addiction to that which controls us.  Booze.  Cigarettes.  Sex.  Narcotics.  Mine’s records.  I get my kicks trolling through record shops, crate digging, treasure hunting, discovering, and I just can’t help myself.  Don’t even get me started on the colossal enabler that is Ebay.  But while this vice of mine may not wreak havoc on my health or my body, it certainly takes its toll on my wallet…and at times my mental state.  The search for that Holy Grail of record collecting can become an obsession, an all-consuming expenditure of time, money and energy.  It is everything.

35 Albums in 35 Years: 1979

I love music.  With my heart, body, and soul, I love music.  Thoroughly.  Unconditionally.*  Forever and ever.  Aside from my wife and my son, my family and friends, music is the centerpiece of my world.  So why not pick an album from every year I’ve been on this earth and write about it?  Not necessarily the best album of that year.  Maybe not even my favorite.  But an album that is important to me.  An album I love.  So, it is with the utmost excitement, delight, and abject disquietude that I bring you the first of a 35 part series, 35 Albums in 35 Years.

Author & Punisher Live @ The Echoplex 01.05.14

image courtesy of heavyblogisheavy.com

Pardon the vulgarity of the following statement but it seems appropriate: If Godflesh and In Slaughter Natives fucked their offspring might be Tristan Shone, aka Author & Punisher.

I had the wonderful opportunity to see Mr. Shone perform in Los Angeles last Sunday night at intimate venue The Echoplex. His performance was transcendent – something more than a concert it was an audio/visual experience that interfaced with my nervous system and short-circuited my ideas of what music is and can do.

I had pretty much expected no less.

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