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.

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.

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).

The Joup Friday Album: Emerald Web – Dragon Wings and Wizard Tales

emeraldwebThe first sound we hear on experimental New Age duo Emerald Web’s 1979 album, Dragon Wings and Wizard Tales, is a whimsical flute floating in the breeze, like some errant minstrel passing by in the forest, inadvertently heralding the arrival of something far grander than he.  It sets the stage wonderfully.

Endless Loop: Little Fluffy Clouds

theorbHave 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.

“Little Fluffy Clouds” by The Orb

“What were the skies like when you were young?”

Some weeks it’s harder to write than others.  Some weeks I struggle for things to say.  Some weeks it feels like grasping at proverbial straws to find anything even remotely poignant to write about all of these songs that I love so much, or at the very least to come up with some personal anecdote to convey my evergreen adulation thereof.

Endless Loop: Bachelorette

bjorkHave 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.

“Bachelorette” by Björk

Endless Loop: Life in Mono

monoHave 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.

“Life in Mono” by Mono

Time and time again, I seem to find myself trading in nostalgia on this website, caught up and forever wading in all of my personal memories, stories, and emotional detritus like so many pop culture writers before me.  And that’s okay I guess.  Write what you know, or whatever.

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