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

The Joup Friday Album: New Order – Brotherhood

new-orderAfter my last review of Primal Scream’s Chaosmosis with its handful of songs that reminded me of New Order, it’s only fitting that I take this opportunity to discuss New Order’s place in the Holy Trinity. You may recall I referred to the Holy Trinity in my review of the Cure’s The Head on the Door. These three albums, given as a gift when I was thirteen years old, went on to define my musical taste for the rest of my life.

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.

Endless Loop: Of Course

janesaddictionHave 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.

“Of Course” by Jane’s Addiction

The Joup Friday Album: The Ex – Catch My Shoe

catchmyshoe_frontI’m going to do something different this week. I’m going to post an album here that I do not know at all, that I in fact am hearing for the first time Wednesday night as I lay down the first draft for this piece. The Ex have blipped in and around my radar for a damn long time but I’ve never managed to pin them down. Don’t ask me how; in 2002 I wrote briefly for an online magazine called Prefix and through them I had the chance to interview one of my favorite bands at the time, Erase Errata; the interview went down at Chicago’s Abbey Pub before they opened for a band I don’t think I’d ever heard of at the time – The Ex. During the interview the members of Erase Errata talked very highly of The Ex and their excitement became so contagious that by the time my first live Erase Errata experience was over I was as excited to see The Ex as I was the band I’d gone there to interview. Well, maybe not, but it felt that way. And they took the stage and I was an instant convert.

Endless Loop: No More Tears

ozzyHave 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.

“No More Tears” by Ozzy Osbourne

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