The Joup Friday Album: Ice T – Power

powerLet’s have some fun. This isn’t going to be my usual, long-winded rendition of a Friday Album because, frankly, I’m exhausted. I’ve recently realized that I’m suffering from sleep deprivation – self-induced by pigheadedness and probably going on a duration of four years now – and it’s adding up something fierce. There are questions as to whether or not I’m spending parts of my day in drifting fugue states; luckily I haven’t gone out to a 711 naked yet or wound up trading bullets with a whacked-out meth psycho, but then again, who knows? What I do know is that this weekend I need to get some rest and then re-think my priorities on sleep. In the interim however, I intend to have some fun, and what better way to have fun on a Friday than with some old school rap.

Endless Loop: Elephant Woman

blonderedheadHave 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.

“Elephant Woman” by Blonde Redhead

What does a dream sound like? A surreal waking haze of bleary, maybe incoherent thoughts and slow, sluggish movement, floating through the ether of nighttime and fantastical day dreams, treading the air like water, and taking everything in through dilated eyes silently, wistfully. If I was going to soundtrack one of these inner dimensional excursions, my first choice would definitely be Blonde Redhead’s “Elephant Woman,” the opening track from the trio’s 2004 album Misery Is A Butterfly.

The Joup Friday Album: The Charlatans – Between 10th and 11th

charlatansI’ve always had an affinity for debut albums, with the idea that one’s debut album is every good idea an artist has had their entire life up to that point, while their second album is only the best ideas they’ve had since the last one. But there is something to be said from learning from the mistakes of a debut album, maturing a bit, and coming out with a strong sophomore effort. The Charlatans’ Between 10th and 11th is one of my favorite second albums precisely because it builds on Some Friendly’s strengths and avoids its pitfalls.

Endless Loop: Supernaut

1000homodjsHave 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.

“Supernaut” by 1000 Homo DJ’s

The Joup Friday Album: Depeche Mode – Some Great Reward

Depeche_Mode_-_Some_Great_RewardWe live in a world where we have access to every piece of data we can get our hands on. Under typical circumstances, this is incredibly helpful, but it’s also something we completely take for granted.

There were only two topics growing up that seemed too taboo: God, and sex. I wish I could say that it stayed that way, but the list of things we’re not supposed to talk about just grew longer over time. Depeche Mode’s Some Great Reward addresses both of these (and many more) unabashedly.

Endless Loop: Phantom Pt. II

justiceHave 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.

“Phantom Pt. II” by Justice

Me: I can’t stop listening to this song.

Everybody else: Why?

Me: It’s just so damn cool and fun, like some kind of late-70’s/early-80’s roller-disco revival.

Everybody else: Why is that cool?

Me: It just is! Shut up!

Endless Loop: I Love My Car

belleandsebastianHave 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.

“I Love My Car” by Belle & Sebastian

I don’t know why, but I love the word “twee.”

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