The Joup Friday Album: LCD Soundsystem – This is Happening

IsThisHappeningHere we go… a week late or a day early. You decide.

This is an extremely hopeful yet guarded review. there are very few musical acts that I feel I missed out on, constantly pushing off the opportunity to experience them live, using the argument, “they will come back.”

I have shot myself in the foot with this statement on more occasions than I can count. If recent rumors floating around cyberspace turn out to be true, LCD Soundsystem will soon become one less regretful missed connection.

Endless Loop: Tarzan Boy (A Joup Confession)

baltimoraHave 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.

“Tarzan Boy” by Baltimora

I spend so much time riffing on the pop culture of the old days, living in the proverbial nostalgia bubble of college, or high school, or middle school, that I’m constantly neglecting what came before all of that. Elementary school baby! I’m talking about the 80’s pop gems and pop turds that I rocked on my Walkman on family road trips before I turned 10. The stuff I loved because I didn’t know any better. The stuff I still love now even though I do know better. I’m talking about Baltimora’s 1985 Italo-disco, new wave hit “Tarzan Boy.”

Introducing: The Joup Mixtape!

Introducing: The Joup Mixtape

Introducing: The Joup Mixtape

Hello, and welcome to the first installment of the Joup Mixtape series. What is the Joup Mixtape series? It is an hour long playlist hand curated by me your friend and writer of the Basement Dwelling column Daniel R. Fiorio.  Hopefully with each new playlist you’ll discover some great new acts that you have never heard before, along with some long standing favorites thrown into the mix as well. Make you’re work day a little more tolerable and listen below…..

Daniel R. Fiorio

Writer, blogger, record collector/music fanatic, comic book junkie, jerkstore/all around nice dude from the south suburbs of Chicago

Endless Loop: Poison

alicecooperHave 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.

“Poison” by Alice Cooper

Thee Comic Column #141: Jeff Lemire’s Moon Knight


courtesy of the scoop-il-icious

I’ll be the first to admit I’ve not read anything Jeff Lemire has written except for the first few issues after Justice League Dark passed from Peter Milligan to him. I didn’t stick around, not because of anything Lemire did, it had just become abundantly apparent to me that the editorial staff was crafting the direction of that book more than the writer. Milligan bounced, Lemire probably received a call asking if he could take it and wah-la. Justice League Dark became considerably less Vertigo-lite (at that point any Vertigo flavor seemed a good thing) and considerably more JLA.

The Joup Friday Album: The Mars Volta – De-loused in the Comatorium

delousedThere are some albums you get right away. Others take time. An anecdote I use that a lot of people tend to relate to is when I fell in love with Pinebender’s Working Nine to Wolf . I had the disc on repeat downstairs in the living room of our rented town home while I was upstairs writing. The music on the album was unobtrusive, working its way through the floor boards in vague and lilting passages that, at first, left no impression. Shortly however, I realized I was humming along with what I had just heard, and before long I knew the disc intricately even when away from it. I call this the “Through the walls” method of absorbing music and it often leads to some of the strongest connections I have with albums. Several key records in my life have endeared themselves to me in this or similarly “passive” ways. The Mars Volta’s debut full-length album De-loused in the Comatorium is one of them.

Basement Dwelling//Ought: Sun Coming Down

rp_36356-sun-coming-down.jpgHello and welcome to Basement Dwelling a column written by me: Daniel R. Fiorio where I review new records that should be on your musical radar. What sets Basement Dwelling apart from other music review columns is that these are all albums that are currently residing in my record collection. No promo copy was given, no stream was listened to, but a record was purchased (even if i didn’t like it). Don’t think of me as a critic but as a music obsessive looking to open a dialouge about some of the best tunes that are currently being released. Let’s head down to the basement and listen to….