The Joup Friday Album – Queen Latifah ‘Nature of a Sista’ ‘

Nature_Of_A_Sista_album_cover 2There aren’t a lot of options for culture in Cowtown, circa 1990s. The Internet was still Telnet, and the dial tone determined whether or not you were going to be able to get your Furry-muck on that evening. But ’90s girls, please join me in a moment of silence for Sassy magazine. Sassy, giving today’s Teen Vogue its legitimate activism-lite marching orders. Sassy, which later evolved into the execrable Jane.

Digressions aside, as a white Midwestern gal of Gen X, Sassy was my window to a world beyond poof bangs and the vocational school rejects who mooed at me in the hallways. I devoured every issue, intent on filling my brain with activism, culture, and music.

Endless Loop: The Air that I Breathe

holliesHave 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 Air that I Breathe” by The Hollies

Some circles may remember The Hollies’ 1974 hit “The Air that I Breathe” solely for its use in an early 90’s television commercial for house paint (I watched a lot of TV when I was a kid).  Some might remember it for being the reason that Radiohead now pay royalties to songwriters Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood due to the song’s similarities to “Creep.”  For some reason I remember it as background music to growing up in west Texas in the 1980’s.  And I’m not sure why.

Endless Loop: The Dream

theeohseesHave 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 Dream” by Thee Oh Sees

Shit Song Of The Week “Bad Day” Daniel Powter

Screen Shot 2017-02-13 at 6.55.04 PMThis week’s Shit Song of the Week is way too easy. I can already hear the complaints. However, instead of ripping on Daniel Powter for making this completely fabricated, pop turd I will instead simply try to convey how the song and video for ‘Had a bad Day’ makes me feel.

The Joup Friday Album – Jeff Buckley ‘Sketches (For My Sweetheart The Drunk)’

Buckley Sketches What with US politics having descended into what feels like an aborted late 80s Rodney Dangerfield vehicle (he gets no respect, he’s even got the red tie and everything) to distract from the actual mortals scheming behind his Cheeto Benito decrees, I must have gotten to thinking about something that leads-in with a big anti-establishment agitpop-song, but swiftly realigns its sights inward, to study something more rudimentally human, if no less depressing. I’m not sure how much the last 20 years has done to improve the appreciation of the ‘Hallelujah’ dude in his homeland where he was always incongruously overlooked. I dismissed him for a decade after his debut, due to it being a staple of the record collections of students whose taste I didn’t respect, alongside the same slew of CDs that made it look as though they’d signed up for a record club with the same stroke of a pen as their University application. I’m a serial record collection forensic expert at the best of times, but this pastime served as a useful attention-deflection technique when finding myself at parties I didn’t really want to be at.

Endless Loop: Fold in the Floor

bethanycurveHave 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.

“Fold in the Floor” by Bethany Curve 

Sh!t Song Of The Week “I’m No Angel”

Playin_Up_A_Storm“Im No Angel” by Greg Allman is the shit song of the week. Right down to the lyrics “let me show you my tattoo” this song gives me personal images of seasoned, alcoholic bikers that would elect Ted Nugent for president if they could. Yea Gregg we know, you are bad-ass guy and this song probably paid for one divorce, three keys of slam and a new Soft tail Harley but it still lacks the integrity of “Tied to the Whipping Post” amongst other Allman Bros classics. If anything he is honest in telling the world he is no angel I am sure his insurance company is interested to know as well. The video is worth a watch because you can easily turn the sound down and stick in a song by Linyrd Skynard or David Allen Coe and nobody would know the difference. I once bought bunk hash off a guy in a forest preserve that looked like Gregg (maybe was him) and I recall this song wafting in the background next to the smell of the port-a-potty and really cheap Bar-S hot dogs that you buy at Family Dollar. I think his beer coozie said “My attitude is YOUR PROBLEM! ” that should have tipped me off? But live and learn. Enjoy!

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