The Joup Friday Album: Eagulls


Sometimes you find something so unexpectedly that it adds to the overall impact it makes on you. That’s how I found Eagulls. Mr. Brown has been a lifeline to me recently – I haven’t had the kind of dough I usually do to buy music and Brown has been sending me regular care packages every few months, always loaded with music and movies. One of the discs he sent me recently was Eagulls’ 2014 eponymous debut album. It was burned second on a disc with The Men’s album Tomorrow’s Hits. I knew absolutely nothing about either of these albums when I put the disc in the stereo and hit play. The Men went by in a fascinating march, each song making me wonder more and more about the band. Then all of a sudden the opening howl of feedback from “Nerve Endings” kicked in and A) I knew that the next disc had begun and B) I knew that although I was curious, I didn’t need to know anything else about the band to know I loved them and C) I didn’t even let Eagulls play for more than ten seconds before I pulled that fucker out of the stereo and took it upstairs to put it on the iPod – I knew even if I listened to this album for the rest of the day and well into the night it wasn’t going to be enough and I’d need it in my ear buds the following morning in the lab.

The Joup Friday Album: Suede – Coming Up

Suede Coming UpThough it may seem unlikely, the arid and dusty oil town of Midland in west Texas was a hotbed for Britpop music…or at least that was the case in the bedrooms, car stereos, and headphones of my friends and me in the mid 90’s. As the once mighty grunge scene of the Pacific Northwest began to putter out, we found ourselves on a quest for a new scene, a new group of almost familial bands to nod our heads and tap our feet to. Britpop got there just in time.

The Joup Friday Album: Leonard Cohen – Death of a Ladies’ Man

leonardcohenSomewhat embarrassingly, I did not discover Leonard Cohen until I heard “Waiting for the Miracle” during the opening scene of Oliver Stone’s Natural Born Killers, and as much as I dug that movie, I was entranced by the soundtrack (compiled, assembled, and produced by Trent Reznor) and the two Cohen tunes in particular. The journey down the proverbial rabbit hole started from there. Over the next couple of years, I began to find Leonard Cohen’s music all over the peripheries of pop culture, be it Jeff Buckley’s stripped down and beautiful take on “Hallelujah,” or the soundtrack to Robert Altman’s McCabe and Mrs. Miller, or as an almost direct lyrical influence on Nick Cave. He was everywhere if you looked hard enough. It was wonderful, and I now consider myself a disciple.

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.

The Joup Friday Album: SHELLAC ‘1,000 Hurts’

There are so many things to consider when the occasion calls for you to pluck an album out of your (re)collection, or hard drive and hold it up as representative of yourself and assure others it’ll be worthy of up to three quarters of an hour of their time. The scope for selection is so wide, I have to blinker this decision with some relevance either to previous posts, the fact that it’s a Friday, or maybe it just has to have an opening track that has you ensnared from the get go. This album has as memorable an opener as any.

The Joup Friday Album – PJ Harvey “Uh Huh Her”

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There is no one else that makes music like PJ Harvey does. Ms. Harvey is one of those rare talents that was able to carve out her niche in the massive hierarchy of popular music at the onset of her career and has since been able to get away with only doing her own thing. How nice then that “her own thing” sounds nothing like anyone else’s. Because of this I think some people have trouble with her music. Not me. PJ Harvey’s records often take me to dark places, but they are always areas of my soul or psyche rich with rewards, and for that I treat these records with the utmost respect. This is listening music, not background music, not toe-tapping distraction. This is introspection, a long and polished mirror that shows the listener as much about themselves as it does about the woman making it.

The Joup Friday Album – Bohren & Der Club of Gore “Sunset Mission”

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For some of you who may be unfamiliar with Bohren & Der Club of Gore I know what you think this record is going to sound like and I can assure you that you could not be more wrong. So seriously, don’t skip this! When the sun goes down fire up a gin martini and find a place where you can settle in to a late night accessible mind frame uninterrupted for a while, because this is the perfect vibe for a Friday night. In fact, I don’t know why I’m posting this as early in the day as I am, but I guess this way you’ll at least get a heads up for this evening. Because when I say that, to me, there is a lot of music I consider day time music and a lot I consider night time music I should also clarify that some music can be both. However Sunset Mission – and Bohren in general – is pretty specifically night time music.

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