The Joup Friday Album – Primal Scream – “Chaosmosis”

chaosmosisAs I believe I have stated in an earlier review, I seem to have gradually fallen out of love with music over the past twenty years or so. That’s why almost all of my previous reviews have been for very old albums, released back when listening to music was my reason for living. This time, I decided to try something new, literally, by reviewing an album that just came out recently and that I haven’t listened to before. Admittedly, it is a band that’s been around for about 30 years and a band I loved back when I loved music more than anything.

Endless Loop: It Was a Good Day

icecubeHave 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.

“It Was a Good Day” by Ice Cube

Question: Do teenagers still drive aimlessly around town on weekends looking for something to do?

Basement Dwelling: Radiohead /A Moon Shaped Pool

 

a-moon-shaped-pool-600x400Lyrical excerpts from Radiohead’s 2007 record In Rainbows:

” I don’t want to be your friend…I just wanna be your lover. No matter how it ends, no matter how it starts.”

“Reckoner, Take me with you, dedicated to all human beings.”

“You are all I need. I’m in the middle of your picture lying in the leaves.”

Lyrical excerpts from A Moon Shaped Pool:

“Dreamers…they never learn beyond the point of no return.”

“Distance is a weapon.”

“Sweet faced ones with nothing left inside that we all can love.”

The Joup Friday Album: Sparks “No. 1 in Heaven”

No1Cult legends never die; this is something that can absolutely be said in the case of Ron and Russel Mael, or as you know them (or don’t know them) Sparks. The Los Angeles based duo have been carving out a huge musical identity for themselves since 1968. It can be a daunting task getting into a band with a career as long as this and a discography that spans 23 studio records – including last years beyond stellar and underrated FFS collaboration record with Scottish Nu-wave revivalists Franz Ferdinand (which led to my exposure to Sparks). But Sparks pays off in huge dividends, and a great entry point is this record right here: 1979’s No.1 In Heaven.

Endless Loop: Snookered

dandeaconHave 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.

“Snookered” by Dan Deacon

The Joup Friday Album: Miranda Sex Garden – Fairytales of Slavery

MSGOriginally Tommy tagged Daniel, but I’ve just come on board here at Joup and haven’t had a chance to properly introduce myself so I asked young Daniel if I could squeeze in this week and he was cool with it. So next week, look out, because Daniel will have something good. In the meantime, I have something I think speaks volumes about who I am, what I like and the time of year we are entering.

Last Sunday was Beltane. That’s important to me. So is this record, which is essentially a folktale put to music. And being the product of a folktale myself, well, I guess I am predisposed for that sort of thing. Anyway, I digress…

Endless Loop: Electricity

suedeHave 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.

“Electricity” by Suede

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