The Joup Friday Album: The Smiths – The Queen is Dead

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We come to the final member of the Holy Trinity, The Smiths’ The Queen is Dead, which along with The Cure’s The Head on the Door and New Order’s Brotherhood, were the three albums I was given for Christmas when I was 13 that went on to influence my musical taste for the rest of my life. The Queen is Dead probably got the least play out of the three back then, but has proven to have the most staying power despite my ever-growing weariness with Morrissey and his… Morrisseyness. The simple truth is that I love the Smiths despite Morrissey, not because of him. Johnny Marr has been my lifelong guitar god and if I have to listen to an obnoxious narcissist bloviate over the top of him, it’s worth it to get those sweetass riffs and jangles.

The Joup Friday Album: The Specials – The Specials

downloadIt’s that time of year again! Summer is ending and school is back in session. It’s time to buckle down and focus on adulting. There’s one more thing we have to do first, though. There’s one weekend of fun left to put up the blinders and let it all go.

The time has come for fair food, crowds, loud music, port-o-potties, and bees.

Lots and lots of bees.

That’s right, folks. For the festival-focused, it’s time to head into the “Concrete Jungle” and leave it all there. Happy Riot Fest weekend!

The Tepid Ringleader

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Before reading this story keep in mind I am describing the events as I witnessed them. The vernacular and slurs that are used were essential to telling this story. The foul language and misconceptions of some characters captures the mindset and ignorance that unfortunately still exists where I was born and raised. There are no safe spaces here in this place. I am not writing this for shock value or to offend people. This is just a story about where I was before and after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. This piece was hard to write and it may be a little grainy. Please be advised.

The Joup Friday Album: Twin Peaks Season 2 OST

00 Twin Peaks Season Two (And More)At 12:41 AM LA time I’m really pushing the definition of the “Friday Album” but what the hell, Friday is a day meant to be lived long into the wee hours, so here’s a great way to wind into the small hours…

The Joup Friday Album: Shabazz Palaces ‘Black Up’

030911-2_1up [Converted]As if coming in out of nowhere or a distant alien planet spreading its word of love and peace; Shabazz Palaces debut album ‘Black Up” is an anomaly. From its borderline acid jazz-centric beats to its otherworldly production and long song titles, this is not your typical hip-hop record. This is not a record bent on dealing memorable hooks and lyrics with memorable beats (which it still does exceptionally well). Black Up is an examination of just how experimental and avant garde hip hop can be. Black Up hit in 2011, around the same time two other mad scientists of experimental hip hop saw their creations take flight in the forms of Death Grips and Clipping (two artistz Kanye West borrowed heavily from for the sound of his ‘Yeezus’ record), while those artists reveled in the abrasive, near punk rock side of hip hop, Palaces decided to dwell in another realm: making ethereal, dreamy music with lyrics that peered more at the beauty of life than the ugly sides of society. This is a style they’ve displayed exceptionally well for 4 records now, but never better than on this debut record.

The Joup Friday Album: The Postal Service – Give Up

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The Postal Service – Give Up (Sub Pop)

I really thought someone would have already chosen this record for a previous edition of The Joup Friday Album. However, a quick search for “The Postal Service” in the search bar in the upper right column came back with nothing… so here you have it: The Joup Friday album comes from various parts of the world; The Postal Service’s only full length release on Sub Pop Records, entitled “Give Up.”

The Joup Friday Album: The Pixies – Doolittle

doolittleBeen away for a bit. Good to be back. In case you haven’t guessed from my stilted tone I’ve been drinking… and due to my trying like crazy to A) work 9 hours B) commute 2 C) edit my Twin Peaks Festival Video and D) drive to a friend’s to film a new Genesis of Preacher I’m also tired, so the 5 Downtown Browns I’ve consumed over the past 4 hours hit me like a fucking hammer and I’m realizing I volunteered to defib the Joup Friday Album at like 2 hours and 42 minutes (and counting) into Saturday. But I believe in this column, just like I believe in Mr. Grieves.

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