The Joup Friday Album: Fugazi – 13 Songs

13songsA little over a month ago I finished the novel I’ve been working on for four years. It was a great feeling to finally nail the ending exactly how I knew it was supposed to be, and to celebrate I took a few days off from writing, watched and read a bunch of stuff I’ve been perpetually behind on and then began to access the next project. There are at least two sequels I have planned for Shadow Play book 1: Kim & Jessie, but before I start down that road I gave kindle-ready copies to two of my best friends and asked them to give me feedback. This works perfectly, as I’m attempting to employ the method Stephen King discusses in his book On Writing. Brass tacks: once Mr. King finishes something he puts it in a drawer for three months and works on other ideas. This gives him one of the most important tools a writer can have: perspective. This is something I am all for at this point. Having been submerged inside something for so long, well, I’ve lost the ability to see the forest for the trees. So, with Shadow Play tucked away into the hands of friends I decided to go back and give a nice dust up to a novel I finished in 2010.

The Joup Friday Album: Sulk – No Illusions

no_illusionsMy musical taste was molded as much by my music-loving elder siblings as it was by Chicago radio station WXRT. The first time I heard most of the bands I love, it was on WXRT. That was especially true in the late 80s and early 90s when WXRT was at its best, wholeheartedly embracing the British alternative music that became my reason for being.

In the meantime, WXRT has stagnated a bit, aging with their listeners and moving away from anything too challenging to focus on inoffensive AOR, you know, like OAR. WXRT never played Pulp. They never played the Libertines. They didn’t even start playing Muse until 2012 or so, once they put out a single mellow enough to fit in.

The Joup Friday Album: Car Seat Headrest- Teens Of Denial

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I’m a huge dork and I’m really passionate about music. And as one who fits those two descriptions it follows that I am the type of person who is prone to ranking and categorizing music, especially the music that has come out in a particular year. As for every music nerd it’s exciting to recount what record came out this year that scratched every musical itch one could have and provided a soundtrack for being in the moment. Because if there’s one thing I love about being a music fan, it’s being in the moment, being there to experience an album you feel is truly great as it’s released. This is what Car Seat Headrest’s Teens Of Denial is for me

The Joup Friday Album: Against Me! – Transgender Dysphoria Blues

Against-Me-Transgender-Dysphoria-Blues1Happy National Women’s Equality Day, everyone!

Cook. Stay groomed at all times. Be interesting. Clean. Have babies. Don’t complain. Put everyone before you. Don’t complain. Smile. Listen to your husband. Do everything for him. Don’t complain. Make him comfortable. Smile some more. Have more babies.

Don’t you dare complain.

“A good wife always knows her place.”

Pardon my language, but fuck that.

The Joup Friday Album: My Life w/ The Thrill Kill Kult – Confessions of a Knife


Note: Katie will answer the call of Chester’s tag next week after she successfully prepares for the coming educational apocalypse set to descend upon the townships of her residence in nary a day or two. In the meantime, Black Philip is always happy to fill in and attempt to corrupt the minds of our readers.

Black Philip, take it away…


Thank you Shawn. You know, I never expected this to happen to me, but rather inadvertently I have become known for something of a ‘catch phrase’.

“Wouldst thou like to live deliciously?”

Endless Loop: Chains of Love

erasureHave 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.

“Chains of Love” by Erasure

Endless Loop: We Live Again

beckHave 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.

“We Live Again” by Beck

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