Endless Loop: Higher

vivienveeHave 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.

“Higher” by Vivien Vee

The Joup Friday Album: Sparks “No. 1 in Heaven”

No1Cult legends never die; this is something that can absolutely be said in the case of Ron and Russel Mael, or as you know them (or don’t know them) Sparks. The Los Angeles based duo have been carving out a huge musical identity for themselves since 1968. It can be a daunting task getting into a band with a career as long as this and a discography that spans 23 studio records – including last years beyond stellar and underrated FFS collaboration record with Scottish Nu-wave revivalists Franz Ferdinand (which led to my exposure to Sparks). But Sparks pays off in huge dividends, and a great entry point is this record right here: 1979’s No.1 In Heaven.

The Joup Friday Album: Tame Impala – Currents

tameimpalaLevitation was cancelled due to weather.  I’m a sad panda.  Here’s your Friday album.

This week, rather than pick some album from my youth that has been instrumental to me as a person, or some culturally significant all-timer that deserves your infinite spins, I’m going with a more recent offering that’s just way too much fun to not listen to today.  And while someday, Australian rock band Tame Impala’s third album Currents may become a certifiable classic or pop cultural milestone (it’s certainly good enough), for now we’ll just call it a ridiculously good pop record that blends psych rock, dreampop, and slinky disco synth-pop in a way that recalls the best 80’s albums that were never actually made.  It’s retro chic, but in a timeless way, and I’ve been grooving steadily to it since last summer.

Endless Loop: Veridis Quo

daftpunkHave 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.

“Veridis Quo” by Daft Punk

Joup Confessions…

xanaduFact: I have never actually sat down to watch the roller skating musical fiasco that is 1980’s Xanadu.  I have seen bits and pieces and scenes from it, often with my older sister, years and years ago, but I have no real recollection of anything other than light and colors flowing behind roller skating muses.  I understand that the film is supposed to be an abysmal mess, but I like to remember it as a soft-focussed, neon-tinted piece of 80’s kitsch.

The Joup Friday Album: Midnight Juggernauts – Dystopia

midnightjuggernautsA triumphant blend of electronic pop, new wave, and disco, Australian synth-maestros Midnight Juggernauts’ 2008 debut album Dystopia plays out like the end product of Daft Punk travelling back in time 30 years in a Delorean to produce a dance record for David Bowie. Drums and bass thump. Synthesizers pulse and swirl. Booties shake. I don’t know what’s been in the water down in the outback the last several years, but the local synth enthusiasts have sounded the battle cry, the denizens of analog electronics raising their keyboards and arpeggiators high into the sky for the whole world to see. The results have been fun as hell, and it all started (for me at least) with Midnight Juggernauts.

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