The Joup Christmas Album: Vince Guaraldi – The Charlie Brown Christmas Album

CB ChristmasWe will return to our regularly scheduled feature, The Joup Friday Album next week, when Katie promises to give us a good hangover album for New Year’s Day. In the meantime, here’s the holiday classic by master jazz composer/musician Vince Guaraldi. I don’t know about you, but as far as Christmas music goes it really doesn’t get much better than this, album-wise. Sure there’s a few songs that I have to touch base with every year – chief among them Fairytale of New York from the classic 1988 record If I Should Fall From Grace With God by The Pogues – but when I’m looking for something to put on for a length of time that will allow for baking cookies, commiserating with friends or just working my way through a couple of beers and some quiet reading time, this is the one I go for.

Shawn’s Top 10 Records of 2015

My favorite ten of the year, #1 being the pinnacle of what I heard in 2015. It was a good year and as usual, I didn’t even get to hear everything I wanted to yet.

Endless Loop (Christmas Edition): Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

darleneloveHave 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 to this extra special Christmas edition of Endless Loop.

“Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” by Darlene Love

Full Disclosure: I am an atheist…and I LOVE Christmas.

Thee Comic Column #149: Penny – Adventures in Coping

PennyIconHave you ever had one of those days? One of those weeks? Months? Well, about three Wednesdays ago I was having a day. My cat Tom had been stricken with an unexplained ailment that saw his rear legs cease to work properly (he’s since recovered). I’d spent the night before at the vet, where I’d received no real conclusive answers despite the $500 I spent, and ended up coming home and basically crying myself to sleep while holding my cat. It continued to the next day as I woke up at 4AM for work, exhausted both mentally and emotionally and was treated to especially brutal doses of LA traffic on the dreaded 405. The day elapsed in a sad daze, and as I drove home in that hellwater traffic I had an epiphany and said f*ck it: I’m stopping at the Comic Bug. It was #NCBD and I figured I had just enough cash left over from the vet to pick up the new issue of TMNT, as well as issues 2-4 of my new obsession We Can Never Go Home. And as always, the moment I walked through the door of my favorite shop in CA everyone working there and several of the regular customers made me feel fantastic as we sank into the rejuvenating confines of passionate discourse.

Endless Loop: Stars

humHave 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.

“Stars” by Hum

Some days I wish I was still as enthusiastic and starry eyed as I used to be.  I wish I hadn’t become so jaded with age.  I wish I still had that same feeling of exhilaration I experienced when I heard the guitar riff in the bridge to “Stars” by Hum for the first time.  Yeah.  That was good stuff.

The Joup Friday Album: Priests- Bodies and Control and Money and Power

 

Priests“I went to college, I got a job, but i still can’t figure out how to join the mob!”

The quote above is from the album closer of Priests debut record Bodies and Control Money and Power “And Breeding”. Everything about the sentence above is brash, funny and exciting all of which are perfect words to describe this record as a whole. Through Bodies and Control’s eight tracks, Priests take us through a sarcastic and pissed off sonic assault; the songs are fast, the playing a tad rudimentary, the lyrical content touching the basses of being confused with life, wanting to take on authority of any kind, hating the ideas of settling down and having children. Y’know the main qualities required for a really great punk rock record, and Priests take these qualities and uses them in a way that while being tried and true for it’s genre, feels like a breath of fresh air and revleatory too.

Basement Dwelling: Top 25 Albums Of 2015

A few days ago while combing through my record collection I started taking tabs of just how many records I have bought within this calendar year of 2015. As someone who makes an effort to buy at least one new record a week i didn’t find it too surprising that my count calculated to around 65. I say ‘around’ because odds are I forgot to count down an album or two or forgot a release came out this year; because I’m a man not a filing system. But out of this mass amount of 65 albums these were the records that I felt offered some of the best music to come out this year. Believe me when i say this list could have been much longer and It was painful to cut a lot of great releases as well as rank my favorites. But here it, is the cream of the musical crop. These are the records that have kept this music nerd most entertained and made my life feel most affirmed throughout 2015. Hopefully they did or will for you too.

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