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Drinking, Fighting, F*&King, and Crying

Gummo RabbitThis will be a quick one. And really, my usual go-to for a quick ‘crying’ song reference would be The Cure, pretty much anything they did in the Disintegration-era. I’m not taking that route today though (but I’m betting I will somewhere not too far off down the line – there’s at least one good ‘crying’ installment of this column that will center around juxtaposing Disintegration with James O’Barr’s The Crow). Instead, I’m taking this one at face value and going Orbison.

Endless Loop: The Albatross

elfpowerHave 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 Albatross” by Elf Power

In 2000, somehow, someway, neo-psychedelic indie rock band Elf Power managed to record a song that heralds the arrival of the end of everything more effectively than a thousand doom metal bands.  How they did it is beyond me, but “The Albatross,” the epic and thundering closing track from the band’s The Winter Is Coming is my go-to for that sort of thing, a hallmark of doom-laden guitar rock.

The Joup Friday Album: Mazzy Star – So Tonight that I Might See

mazzy starA song that is so embedded in me that I couldn’t image my early 20s without it. Through some dark winter drudges to some luminant summer epiphanies her voice rang in the back of head. Sometimes swelling to the forefront but mostly just in the back, a haunting angel called out again and again. I found out her name was Hope, but all this time I’ve been calling her Mazzy. As in Mazzy Star, the artist for your Joup Friday Album So Tonight I Might See.

Endless Loop: How to Disappear Completely

radioheadHave 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.

“How to Disappear Completely” by Radiohead

Maybe all of the old dystopian fears and nightmares came true.  Maybe there was something far more prophetic in those old tomes we read and studied in 9th and 10th grade than we ever believed, Huxley and Orwell tapping into some future feedback, foreshadowing everything.  Or maybe it’s all just some kind of Philip K. Dick fever dream gone completely off the rails.  Maybe I’m full of shit.  It doesn’t matter.  Things have gone askew.

Joup Friday Album “Get Young” The Tripwires

 

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 The Tripwires caught my ear while listening to a WFMU podcast hosted by DJ Michael Shelly. He played a song called “Be All End All” and shortly there after I looked them up. Shelly only plays what he regards as number hits. To him songs are hits if they have a certain allure to them like… are the lyrics clever or are they unique according to the melody and musicianship of the song? Does the song have a hook and does it stick in your brain? Is it timeless or is it trapped in a certain feel good time? Does it have a loose drum sound or was it recorded in a bathtub and if so is it justifiable in nature? I tip my hat to Shelly because he tweaked my interest towards the band The Tripwires. Thanks Mike.

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Drinking, Fighting, F*&king, and Crying

Leave your hat onI was never able to go in for much of the one night stand kind of thing. If I dug a girl enough to sleep with her, well, I’d like her to hang around a bit and see what happens. That said, I also got burned a few times, and this helped me to relax my teenage years’ overt neediness when it came to forging relationships with later in life. By my late 20s I was pretty comfortable with who I was, and despite a dry spell that lasted an insanely long amount of time at the turn of the century, this newfound personal ease led to a series of ‘friends with benefits’ situations, all of which coalesced into a bit of a mess while I was a bartender, indulging in a little bit more of the ‘night life’ than what I had previously been used to.

Endless Loop: Big White Cloud

johncaleHave 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.

“Big White Cloud” by John Cale

If you could see any now deceased/defunct artist or band, who would it be?  Let’s say you have a time machine, or you can suddenly bend reality to your whim and witness some legendary artist perform at the height of his or her or their musical prowess…who do you see?  Who did you miss out on the first time around?  For me, it’s a three-way tie between Queen, Nirvana, and The Velvet Underground (though admittedly, I would happily take T. Rex or a pre-Brain Jones death Rolling Stones too).

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