The Joup Friday Album: Leonard Cohen – Death of a Ladies’ Man

leonardcohenSomewhat embarrassingly, I did not discover Leonard Cohen until I heard “Waiting for the Miracle” during the opening scene of Oliver Stone’s Natural Born Killers, and as much as I dug that movie, I was entranced by the soundtrack (compiled, assembled, and produced by Trent Reznor) and the two Cohen tunes in particular. The journey down the proverbial rabbit hole started from there. Over the next couple of years, I began to find Leonard Cohen’s music all over the peripheries of pop culture, be it Jeff Buckley’s stripped down and beautiful take on “Hallelujah,” or the soundtrack to Robert Altman’s McCabe and Mrs. Miller, or as an almost direct lyrical influence on Nick Cave. He was everywhere if you looked hard enough. It was wonderful, and I now consider myself a disciple.

35 Albums in 35 Years: 2003

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.

 

wrens2003: The Wrens’ The Meadowlands

35 Albums in 35 Years: 2002

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.

 

bowieheathten2002: David Bowie’s Heathen

Underrated: Joe Dante’s “The ‘Burbs”

burbs“I want to kill everyone. Satan is good. Satan is our pal.”

Like so many others, I first saw The ‘Burbs, Joe Dante’s brilliant comedic ode to suburban rut and paranoia on cable when I was a kid. To say the movie has stuck to me like some lost, drunken night’s tattoo is to understate its impact. It’s a film I have gone back to time and time again over the last 25 years, be it via a worn and fuzzy VHS copy recorded off of HBO when I was in grade school, or the DVD copy I scored years later. I never grow tired of it. The story, the scenes, the dialog are so engrained within my psyche, that quoting lines from the thing has become a kind of litmus test as to whether or not we can be friends (see also The Monster Squad).

35 Albums in 35 Years: 2001

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.

 

andrewwk2001: Andrew WK’s I Get Wet

PARTY TIP: Partying doesn’t make life easier, it just makes it better.

The Joup Friday Album: Midnight Juggernauts – Dystopia

midnightjuggernautsA triumphant blend of electronic pop, new wave, and disco, Australian synth-maestros Midnight Juggernauts’ 2008 debut album Dystopia plays out like the end product of Daft Punk travelling back in time 30 years in a Delorean to produce a dance record for David Bowie. Drums and bass thump. Synthesizers pulse and swirl. Booties shake. I don’t know what’s been in the water down in the outback the last several years, but the local synth enthusiasts have sounded the battle cry, the denizens of analog electronics raising their keyboards and arpeggiators high into the sky for the whole world to see. The results have been fun as hell, and it all started (for me at least) with Midnight Juggernauts.

Failure Live at House of Blues, or: How I Went to Houston for 24 Hours, Bought some Records, Hung out with some Old Friends, Drank Way Too Much Beer, and Saw one of My Favorite Bands of All Time

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWednesday Morning

Traditionally (at least for the last few months), Wednesday has been my day off from a week’s worth of work drudgery, my day to spend with my son, going to the park, playing with the dog, watching horror movies, reading comic books, and napping.  It’s a wonderful day.  Last Wednesday, I didn’t get to do any of those things…well, the boy did take a 30-minute power nap on me before we left the house…but the day was wonderful nonetheless.  Just a different kind of wonderful.  The find-a-record-you’ve-been-looking-for, friend-seeing, beer-swilling, see-a-band-you-thought-you’d-never-ever-see road trip kind of wonderful.

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