The Joup Friday Abum: Silver Jews – American Water

 

Motivational speaker Tony Robbins.

Motivational speaker Tony Robbins.

I was watching a documentary on Netflix the other night. In an opulent Florida hotel’s conference room, a defeated looking stringbean of a boy was sobbing confessions of suicidal ideation into the face of a millionaire weightlifter surrounded by an audience of strangers with whom all he had in common was the $5,000 dollar-wide hole in his pocket. Before soaking-up the boy’s despair, the muscular man – who was so strong, even his vocal chords were audibly ‘pumped’ – sort of Vogued, or did the robot or something, spun around a few times, jumped on a child’s trampoline a couple more for good measure, before ascending a handful of steps , emerging through a curtain to the conference room’s stage and fist-pumping the crowd into a frenzy with some kick ass 90s techno music before roaring a primal scream to the heavens. I mean, it looked and sounded like a roar, but I suppose it could have been a long, drawn-out slow motion guffaw at being the Cat’s Mulberry silk Pyjama’s in a room full of self-affirmed losers paying him for being so great.

Endless Loop: Chains of Love

erasureHave 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.

“Chains of Love” by Erasure

The Joup Friday Album: Laurie Anderson – Big Science

Album cover to Big Science by Laurie AndersonWith the post-millennium lovefest surrounding everyone’s rediscovery and love of all things Devo, I’m kind of surprised and disappointed the same critical examination isn’t extending to Laurie Anderson.

“Big Science” was Anderson’s debut on Warner Brothers in 1982, and while she never found mainstream success in the United States, one of the singles, “O Superman (for Massenet),” reached #2 on the U.K. charts.

Avant-garde (read: uncategorizable): It’s not pop, disco, classical, rock, rap, metal, country, or even electronic. Anderson’s velvet alto offers random narration over most of the album tracks, which pogo from dark gothic weirdness to sparse synthesized space proselytizing.

Endless Loop: We Live Again

beckHave 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.

“We Live Again” by Beck

Endless Loop: The Wooden Song

buttholesurfersHave 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 Wooden Song” by The Butthole Surfers

Endless Loop: Hurdy Gurdy Man

donovanHave 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 Hurdy Gurdy Man” by Donovan

For the longest time, I didn’t know what a hurdy-gurdy was. I just assumed it was some sort of nonsense phrase created by The Butthole Surfers for their song “Hurdy Gurdy Man” from 1991’s Piouhgd. I also did not realize (until college!) that it was a cover of a song originally recorded in the 60’s by psych rock troubadour Donovan.

The Joup Friday Album: Sagittarius – Present Tense

sagittariusRemember the Nuggets compilation album(s)? The dusty, trippy, and fantastic psychedelic “artyfacts” documenting all the mostly unheard and wonderful music banging out of the halls and garages of any and everywhere in the 1960’s? Debuting in 1972, but getting very deserved re-issues on various formats over the last four decades, Nuggets introduced me to so many amazing artists whose sometimes sole releases I have been attempting to track down for years now. A lot of these are hard to find, or at the very least are pretty pricey on the collector’s market, but one of my successes was the 1968 album Present Tense, by the psych-pop band Sagittarius.

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