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

The Joup Friday Album: The Dresden Dolls – Yes, Virginia

ec7d9936Don’t forget you’re stuck with it tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow”

It’s weird that some things can feel so relevant in a moment when in truth, they have nothing to do with the situation at hand. I can’t get this line out of my head in light of many recent events – all of which have an indelible effect on our world.

A combination of personal life and mainstream news has left me broken, bitter, and cynical. This ship is sinking, and there’s not much we can do about it. I chose The Dresden Dolls’ second album, Yes, Virginia for this week’s album because it gives me something to yell without sounding like a crazy person.

Endless Loop: Sistinas

danzigHave 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.

“Sistinas” by Danzig

Strangely enough, my favorite Danzig song is a love song of sorts.

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