The Joup Friday Album: Sulk – No Illusions

no_illusionsMy musical taste was molded as much by my music-loving elder siblings as it was by Chicago radio station WXRT. The first time I heard most of the bands I love, it was on WXRT. That was especially true in the late 80s and early 90s when WXRT was at its best, wholeheartedly embracing the British alternative music that became my reason for being.

In the meantime, WXRT has stagnated a bit, aging with their listeners and moving away from anything too challenging to focus on inoffensive AOR, you know, like OAR. WXRT never played Pulp. They never played the Libertines. They didn’t even start playing Muse until 2012 or so, once they put out a single mellow enough to fit in.

The Joup Friday Album: Car Seat Headrest- Teens Of Denial

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I’m a huge dork and I’m really passionate about music. And as one who fits those two descriptions it follows that I am the type of person who is prone to ranking and categorizing music, especially the music that has come out in a particular year. As for every music nerd it’s exciting to recount what record came out this year that scratched every musical itch one could have and provided a soundtrack for being in the moment. Because if there’s one thing I love about being a music fan, it’s being in the moment, being there to experience an album you feel is truly great as it’s released. This is what Car Seat Headrest’s Teens Of Denial is for me

The Joup Friday Album: Against Me! – Transgender Dysphoria Blues

Against-Me-Transgender-Dysphoria-Blues1Happy National Women’s Equality Day, everyone!

Cook. Stay groomed at all times. Be interesting. Clean. Have babies. Don’t complain. Put everyone before you. Don’t complain. Smile. Listen to your husband. Do everything for him. Don’t complain. Make him comfortable. Smile some more. Have more babies.

Don’t you dare complain.

“A good wife always knows her place.”

Pardon my language, but fuck that.

The Joup Friday Album: My Life w/ The Thrill Kill Kult – Confessions of a Knife


Note: Katie will answer the call of Chester’s tag next week after she successfully prepares for the coming educational apocalypse set to descend upon the townships of her residence in nary a day or two. In the meantime, Black Philip is always happy to fill in and attempt to corrupt the minds of our readers.

Black Philip, take it away…


Thank you Shawn. You know, I never expected this to happen to me, but rather inadvertently I have become known for something of a ‘catch phrase’.

“Wouldst thou like to live deliciously?”

Endless Loop: Chains of Love

erasureHave 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.

“Chains of Love” by Erasure

Endless Loop: We Live Again

beckHave 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.

“We Live Again” by Beck

The Joup Friday Album: Rollins Band – The End of Silence

Rollins_Band_-_The_End_of_SilenceI’m not sure how or why I ended up with Rollins Band, The End of Silence as my pick for this week’s edition of the Joup Friday Album. I was set to do the album Death Reflects Us by Helsinki band BeastMilk, a kind of modern embodiment of what a Misfits-meets-the-Smiths scenario might sound like. It’s a fantastic record my friend Joe Kohler only recently turned me onto and I’ve listened to it enough to drive a normal man (or woman) insane. But youtube didn’t have that. Then I was thinking about Anthrax, because I broke out my vinyl (!!!) copy of State of Euphoria last Saturday night and subsequently purchased Among the Living on iTunes (@$5.99 for the non-remastered deluxe folks it’s quite a steal!) – a replacement for the cassette that time destroyed – the following day. Then, on the way to writing about Anthrax I sat down and killed a few beers while watching Better Than Something, the Jay Reatard documentary. It affected me a considerable amount, but then The End of Silence popped into my head and I knew I was going with it. Because The End of Silence is that kind of album for me – when it comes up, it takes over.