Endless Loop: Sing

trainspottingHave 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.

“Sing” by Blur

Endless Loop: This Is Hardcore

pulpHave 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.

“This Is Hardcore” by Pulp

The party is over.

Endless Loop: Wide Open Space

mansunHave 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.

“Wide Open Space” by Mansun

Endless Loop: Electricity

suedeHave 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.

“Electricity” by Suede

Endless Loop: Live Forever

oasisHave 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.

“Live Forever” by Oasis

In the mostly British press-created rivalry between 90’s Britpop powerhouses Blur and Oasis, I was always firmly entrenched in the former’s camp, an Albarn and Co. flag waver and cheerleader. But damn it, if the latter didn’t get their cigarette stained and booze soaked meat hooks into me every once and a while. Oasis’s “Live Forever,” from 1994’s Definitely Maybe was one of those meat hooks.

Endless Loop: Sunset Coming On

malimusicHave 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.

“Sunset Coming On” by Damon Albarn

Simultaneously feeling wistful and content, like sitting on the shore listening to the tide crash and recede, watching the sun dim as it sinks into an ocean, alone in my head. Being sad but also at peace. Or, standing in the surf, wave after wave gently colliding into my body, my eyes closed, breathing it all in. Life is beautiful, but it can take its toll.

The Joup Friday Album: The Stone Roses’ Self-Titled

The-stone-roses-the-stone-rosesAs a 16 year old in 1990 who worked with a bunch of ladies in their 30s, I swore that I would never let my musical taste stagnate. I’d never be like they were, still listening to the Styx and Boston and Bad Company albums they loved in high school.

It’s funny what can happen over 25 years’ time. You get busy. Driving an hour into the city to go to good record stores starts feeling more like a chore than a treat. Then the music industry fundamentally changes in ways that give you instant access to more music than ever, but the sheer immensity of it makes it seem so difficult to pull the wheat from the chaff that it hardly seems worth trying. Lacking the time and energy to hunt down much new music, you turn back to the old reliables.

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