The Joup Friday Album: JSBX – Now I Got Worry

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The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion’s 1996 Now I Got Worry takes me back. I mean, it really takes me back. Back to a time that seems like it was in a galaxy long ago and far, far away, where the world was a decidedly different place. Maybe that’s why I have trouble going back to an album like this on a regular basis regardless of how much it kicks; nostalgia is a relative phenomenon, relative to the experiencer, and the older you get the more it plays a funny game with time. The world early-20’s Shawn experienced in the mid 90’s was relatively different from the world that existed twenty years before that, so much so that at the time the late 60’s/early 70’s seemed archaic in many ways. However, jump up another twenty or so years and you land here in the NOW and guess what? Relative perspective – perceived through me as the aforementioned experiencer of course – shows that 1996 really wasn’t that different from 1976 or even 1966, because 2016/17 is exponentially different than that starting point in our time line.

Sh!t Song Of The Week “(You Can Still) Rock In America”

 

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The Joup shit song of the week is “(You Can Still) Rock In America” by Night Ranger. I’m repulsed by their mega hit “Sister Christian” but I like to dig a little deeper because I know if a band is capable of writing one shitty song they probably have more. You can still rock in America according to the lyrics in this song which was released in 1983 during the-hey day of the Cold War. I feel this song was to remind people of their freedoms here in the U.S. as opposed to the Soviet Union where you could not rock at that time. However, when I hear such a dreadful song such as this one it makes me feel like maybe we have too much freedom? I am aware this song is dated and the genre an easy target but there are songs older than this that have withstood the test of time. This piece of shit is not one of those songs.

The Joup Friday Album: LCD Soundsystem- Sound Of Silver

LCD-Soundsystem-Sound-Of-Silver-1488988687Sound of silver talk to me, makes you wanna feel like a teenager

Until you remember the feelings of

A real life emotional teenager 

Then you think again.

The Joup Friday Album: Blondie – Parallel Lines

I had the week of National Women’s Equality Day, and now I have the week of International Women’s Day. Back in August I had said “…we don’t need a day on the calendar for equality. We just need equality.”

With a shifting tide, I’m just going to go ahead and take the day. Screw it – let’s take the week. Let’s take the time and appreciate the likes of Aretha Franklin, Dolly Parton, and Mavis Staples (Seriously – did you hear her new track with Arcade Fire?) Let’s worship at altars dedicated to Etta James, Karen Carpenter, and Poly Styrene. Take your pick! Find an amazing woman who has contributed to your musical upbringing, turn the volume up, and spend some time with them!

The Joup Friday Album: Ronnie Wood – Got My Own Album To Do

I've_Got_My_Own_Album_to_Do_-_Ron_WoodThe Joup Friday Album Ronnie Wood “Got My Own Album To Do” 1974 Warner Brothers Records

Ronnie Wood is a celebrated guitarist best known for his work as a bass guitarist and songwriter with The Jeff Beck group, vocalist and guitarist for The Faces and – finally – landing his dream job playing guitar and singing with The Rolling Stones (his favorite band). Ronnie Wood is a known figure in the world of rock and roll but is a very underappreciated songwriter and guitarist. Cry a river for Ronnie, right? Who cares? I do!

Sh!t Song Of The Week “Ride Like The Wind”

Screen Shot 2017-02-25 at 5.54.01 PMThe shit song of the week goes to the anticlimactic Christopher Cross song “Ride Like the Wind”. I really remember hearing it for the first time, as a kid shopping with my mom at a southwest side Chicago Zayre Superstore in 1981. A middle-aged store clerk was stocking the shelves with pet rocks and sizzle lean wearing brown slacks and white shirt. I noticed the guys name tag and it said his name was Marty and he said to me, “Hey Kid you like Christopher Cross”? I was really young and shy but I just kind of replied that I really didn’t know? He looked at me, kind of giggled and remarked “your too young kid to really enjoy good music just yet”. Well now flash forward I’m 40 years old at the time of me writing this and I probably have been exposed to more music than most folks and I can safely say to Marty no, age isn’t the problem man. Christopher Cross just simply bores the piss outta me. It reminds me of death and that if there is indeed an elevator to hell “Ride Like The Wind” would be blaring in a loop at a high decibel all the way down. The song also raises a question. If you could ride like the wind wouldn’t you expect a more aggressive or even a more provocative and magical sounding soundtrack? You be the judge but as far as I’m concerned “Ride Like The Wind” by Christopher cross is about as exciting as a yawning festival. Enjoy!

The Joup Friday Album – Queen Latifah ‘Nature of a Sista’ ‘

Nature_Of_A_Sista_album_cover 2There aren’t a lot of options for culture in Cowtown, circa 1990s. The Internet was still Telnet, and the dial tone determined whether or not you were going to be able to get your Furry-muck on that evening. But ’90s girls, please join me in a moment of silence for Sassy magazine. Sassy, giving today’s Teen Vogue its legitimate activism-lite marching orders. Sassy, which later evolved into the execrable Jane.

Digressions aside, as a white Midwestern gal of Gen X, Sassy was my window to a world beyond poof bangs and the vocational school rejects who mooed at me in the hallways. I devoured every issue, intent on filling my brain with activism, culture, and music.

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