Endless Loop: Elenore

theturtlesHave 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.

“Elenore” by The Turtles

Coincidentally enough, a couple of days after I decided to write about “Elenore” for this week’s column, my brother posted to Facebook that “The Turtles are criminally underrated.”  He’s not wrong.

Endless Loop: Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In

5thdimensionHave 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.

“Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In” by The 5th Dimension

It’s a little embarrassing to admit to how much I like “Aquarius.” How much I love “Aquarius.” I’ve never even seen Hair before, so I can’t attest to the quality of that musical, but as far as The 5th Dimension’s 1969 version of the tune goes, I am happily and steadily on board, a devotee if you will.

Joup Friday Album: Sunflower Session by The Red Plastic Buddha

The Red Plastic BuddhaThere is a terrific recording studio located on Division Street just west of Western Avenue in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago. You know when you use a preset on a keyboard or recording application there usually is a default “Large Room” setting. I swear that setting is copied from this very studio also known as Strobe Recording. The room sound is as ideal as they come. Jamie Wagner, owner and proprietor of Strobe, occasionally hosts an event called “Strobe Sessions.” Well…he has for 63 times in the past 10 years! And Number 63 happen this past Thursday and I got to catch a terrific live performance of The Plastic Red Buddha including songs from Sunflower Sessions…this week’s Joup Friday Album. Local Chicago is good.

New Music Enthusiast’s Club: Latimer House

latimer houseLatimer House – All the Rage

There’s something to be said for old pop sounds that work and wind their way into newer, modern made music, the everlasting and transcending sonic tropes of the innovators that came before, like tapping into some kind of cosmic consciousness or current. Hailing from Prague, guitar pop quartet Latimer House wade in the soothing sounds of 60’s psych pop and 70’s rock and new wave on their album All the Rage, crafting quirky, yet familiar pop nuggets readily available for your consumption.

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