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Bad brains: some people are physically incapable of enjoying music

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The Verge reports:

For most people, the mere suggestion that a favorite song fails to evoke an emotional response in another human being sounds preposterous. Sure, that person might not like that song as much as you do, but they’ll definitely feel something — right?

Not necessarily, says Josep Marco-Pallerés, a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Barcelona and lead author of a new study that explores why some people feel indifferent to music. “Music isn’t rewarding for them, even though other kinds of rewards, like money, are,” he says. “It just doesn’t affect them.”

As far as I can tell, there is no discussion of people who are physically incapable of enjoying, say, Radiohead, but absolutely love, say, Pet Shop Boys…

Bad brains: some people are physically incapable of enjoying music | The Verge.


Skinny Puppy demands compensation after learning music used for Guantanamo Bay torture

Vancouver band demands compensation after learning music used for Guantanamo Bay torture.

Cevin Key, the band’s keyboardist, says the band at first planned to design an album cover based on an invoice for the U.S. government, rather than sending a physical invoice. But after learning that the government had allegedly used their music without permission, Key says the band was told it could bring a suit against the Department of Defense.

Amount of damages sought? $666,000


Main Poop Analysis 2013


Dear POOPster:

I know you’ve been waiting with bad breath for the front-page POOP analysis and tabulation. So on this occasion, the 27th annual foray into the realm of the POmpous and the OPinionated, I present to you the combined musings of pretty much the same gaggle of blowhards, 28 of them to be exact. For reasons that both escape and annoy me, we are once again an almost entirely male sampling of swillmeisters; it’s getting right testosterony up in here. Talk about fitting the record geek profile. . .

Anyway, to the Price-Waterhouse stuff. As usual, I’ve attempted to tabulate the entries and, as is customary, I’ve employed the time-honored What-The-Hell’s-He-Talking-About-Anyway System. One more time, I’ve given 2 points to each pompoid’s Top 10 choices and 1 point to each title beyond a Top 10 or in the variously designated “honorable mention” categories (up to 25 titles in all; more than 25 means half-points).

So call the neighbors. Wake the kids. It’s the official POOP answer key:

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1 – KURT VILE- Wakin On a Pretty Daze 17½ (appearing on 11 out of 28 lists)

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2 – SUPERCHUNK - I Hate Music 12½ (7)

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3 – VAMPIRE WEEKEND – Modern Vampires Of the City 11½ (7)

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4 – NEKO CASE – The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You 11 (8)

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5 – PHOSPHORESCENT – Muchacho 10½ (6)

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6 – DAFT PUNK – Random Access Memories 10 (6)

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7 – QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE – Like Clockwork 9½ (5)

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8 – BOMBINO – Nomad 8½ (5)

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9 – NEIL YOUNG – Live At the Cellar Door 7½ (6)

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10-DAVID BOWIE The Next Day 7 (4)
      ELVIS COSTELLO AND THE ROOTS Wise Up Ghost and Other Songs 7 (4)
       JASON ISBELL Southeastern 7 (4)

Mark Rosen
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CONTRIBUTORS

Richard Allen – Sayville, NY   |||   Ken Beck – Cranford, NJ   |||   Kent B – Newburgh, NY   |||   Paul Cangelosi – Kingston, NY   |||   Duncan Clark – Milton, NY   |||   Kevin Falahee – Brooklyn, NY   |||   Eric Fine – New York, NY   |||   Jim Finnigan – New Hamburg, NY   |||   John Greak – Gardiner, NY   |||   Ron Hart – Ringwood, NJ   |||   Jamie Hosley – Clifton Park, NY   |||   Mike Jurkovic – Wallkill, NY   |||   Patrick Kennedy – Brooklyn, NY   |||   Bernadette Lange – Kingston, NY   |||   John Lefsky – New Paltz, NY   |||   Andrew Martin – Eddyville, NY   |||   Jim Meyers – Kingston, NY   |||   Mike Miller – Cuba, NY   |||   Matt Nerney – Reading, VT   |||   Irv Rosen – Tarpon Springs, FL   |||   Mark Rosen – New Paltz, NY   |||   Jeff Schwartz – Green Brook, NJ   |||   Andrew Stewart – Rhinebeck, NY   |||   John Stewart – Bloomington, NY   |||   Bill Still – Kingston, NY   |||   Tom Whalen – New Paltz, NY   |||   Dan Wilmer – Alexandria, VA   |||   Mark Zip – Woodstock, NY


Eric Fine Poop 2013


Wow, I really cut it down to the wire this year. Tons of great music, but the thought of actually sitting down and typing it all up seems daunting. Some of my favorites put out solid new releases and there were plenty of new artists to hold my attention for years to come.

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1. Mayer Hawthorne – Where Does This Door Go
I feel like a bit of a sellout putting this at the top of my list this year. But if I am to be honest, it was my most played release.

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2. Jonathan Wilson – Fanfare
Can you hear the breeze off the ocean? It is definitely in the air. Moodier than his past efforts, still satisfying.

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3. Jason Isbell – Southeastern
Never a huge Drive by Truckers fan, this emotional singer-songwriter is a sober, sparse, introspective gem.

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4. Richard Thompson – Electric
That signature sound is as strong as ever.

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5. Josh Rouse – The Happiness Waltz
A return to form. Reminds me of a fall day relaxing on the porch.

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6. Jim James – Regions of Light and Sound of God
What a pleasant surprise to have enjoyed this record as much as I did. It has it all – beats, loud guitars, and car sing-alongs.

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7. Yo La Tengo – Fade
Some things just never get old. It’s not often we get to hear new music that feels like it has been with us for decades.

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8. Superchunk – I Hate Music
I don’t believe them for a second. Such a great return to the tops of my indie-rock charts. Power hooks all the way.

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9. Best Coast – Fade Away (EP)
Sometimes more of the same is a good thing.

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10. The Flaming Lips – The Terror
Melodic noise best describes this release. More coherent then the previous few.

11. Lorde – Pure Heroine Grammy darling notwithstanding, she gives new meaning to teenage angst.
12. Laura Marling – Once I Was an Eagle A new face of folk music, this young one has an old soul.
13. Neko Case – The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You The most powerful voice in music adds another strong release to her catalog.
14. Junip – Junip This dark, second release from Jose Gonzalez grows on you with each listen. Great production work throughout.
15. Kurt Vile – Wakin’ on a Pretty Daze Long songs that still kept my attention from beginning to end. Great guitar work as well.
16. Washed Out – Paracosm Relaxed and dreamlike, the sophomore release picks up where the first left off.
17. Lucius – Wildewoman The new definition of Americana.
18. San Fermin – San Fermin Really strong debut of complex, layered songs reminiscent of Grizzly Bear.
19. Steve Gunn – Time Off Partially improvised, it is 9 songs clocking in at 40 minutes featuring excellent guitar play.
20. Elvis Costello & The Roots – Wise Up Ghost and Other Songs A strange collaboration on paper works perfectly.

Top Live, Reissues, Box Sets and a bucket of other:

1. Elvis Presley – Elvis at Stax A bit dated and goofy, there is still some great examples of Elvis’ desire to groove at the end of his life
2. Calexico – Spiritoso A record store day exclusive highlighting the drama in their songs from a deep catalog
3. Neil Young – Live at the Cellar Door Bootlegs have been bouncing around for years. Sound quality of this early show is a classic
4. Jellyfish – Radio Jellyfish: Live Radio Broadcasts 1993 Always great to hear new material from these power-pop heroes, even the covers
5. The Band – Live at the Academy of Music 1971 What an unbelievable collection from The Band in peak form
6. The Postal Service – Give Up (Deluxe Reissue) I really loved this record first time around and it still hold up
7. The Clash – Sound System Nothing I don’t already have, but beautiful packaging and great liner notes
8. Bob Dylan – Another Self Portrait (1969-1971): The Bootleg Series Vol. 10 Pleasant surprise from this era
9. The Allman Brothers Band – Brothers and Sisters (Super Deluxe Edition) Classic reboot with some great live and unreleased material
10. William Onyeabor – World Psychedelic Classics Vol. 5: Who Is William Onyeabor? Nigerian musician with hypnotic grooves

And there you have it; I can now close the book on 2013 and look forward to 2014’s journey. Thanks to all that had the patience to read all the way and the patience of my wife and son for putting up with me, again.

Eric Fine New York City


John Greak Poop 2013


TOP 13 FOR ’13

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1. Superchunk – I Hate Music

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2. Neko Case – The Worse Things Get…

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3. Petra Haden – Goes To The Movies

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4. Saturday Looks Good To Me – One Kiss Ends It All

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5. Haim – Days Are Gone

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6. Diarrhea Planet – I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams

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7. William Tyler – Impossible Truth

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8. Nightmares For A Week – Civilian War

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9. Kurt Vile – Wakin On A Pretty Daze

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10. Mikal Cronin – MCII

11. The National – Trouble Will Find Me
12. Parquet Courts – Light Up Gold (I know, I know – technically a 2012 release)
13. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories

Live Shows

The Replacements – Riot Fest, Toronto, 8/25
The Hold Steady – Portsmouth, NH 8/17
Spiritualized – O+ Festival, Kingston, 10/13
Kurt Vile – BSP, Kingston, 10/24
Jeff Mangum – The Bardavon, Poughkeepsie, 2/15
Titus Andronicus – Maxwells, Hoboken 7/16
Down By Law – Irving Plaza, NY 6/15


Jim Finnigan Poop 2013


Sonically a great year for live gigs, but not so for new music recordings, if you ask me. And the greatest of all gigs was the two week performance by the 17-year cicadas. Talk about the latest buzz. Looking forward to the return gig in 2030.

So, you may ask, if I wasn’t that excited about that many new releases this year, why do I POOP? Because I can POOP old stuff – reissues, archive recordings and so forth. After all, if the Grammy academy can give their biggest awards to collaboration between Chic and The Residents a/k/a Daft Punk, it must be that “Legacy is IN”.

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1. Hey Hey It’s…The Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel Band: A folk/rock Brigadoon, this project germinated in February, was recorded in the spring, and following a jaunty series of gigs at Mercury Lounge, Bowery Electric, and a whirlwind tour of the UK, evaporated by May. The best thing that either of the main protagonists have done (well, excepting Have Moicy). Tests at a leading university prove this is 17% more fun. Plus, the song of the year, Peter’s “You Can’t Tell Me What To Do, I’m Snooki”. But not, alas, Jeffrey’s “What Would Pussy Riot Do?”, which was written too late for the recording, but it did show up for the gigs.

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2. Dropkick Murphys – Signed and Sealed in Blood: The most melodic mash-up of Boston power-punk and Irish folk music elements that this gang has come up with yet.

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3. The Young Tradition – Oberlin 1968: Robust English acapella harmony singing from a lost concert recording

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4. The Felice Brothers – God Bless You Amigo: The Felices inna acoustic folk mode – similar to Mixtape but more polished.

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5. UNCUT Presents Younger Than Yesterday: Excellent tribute to the Byrds – freebie CD from the Nov. 2012 issue, with Beachwood Sparks, the Sadies, Simone Felice, Flamin’ Groovies, Nada Surf and so forth.

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6. The Beach Boys – Made in California – disc 6 specifically: Gorgeous vocal outtakes and demos from the 1960′s. Also worth searching for is the acapella version of God Only Knows on YouTube (and while you’re at it, look up the Beatles Abbey Road medley acapella)

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7. Alex Chilton – Electricity by Candlelight NYC 2-13-97: Pretty good quality audience recording, with Mr. Chilton in a relaxed mode exploring his musical influences and favorites during a power outage at the Knitting Factory.

8. Trombone Shorty – Say This To Say That: Sleeker & more vocals than in the past, but still some fierce brass hip-hop and funk excursions
8a. Youngblood Brass Band – Pax Volumi: ditto

9. Peter Broderick – Float 2013: Some local concerts this year led me to explore his back catalog – lovely stuff – electric and acoustic – this is an “enhanced” reissue of one of Peter’s early albums
9a. Broderick & Broderick: Peter is joined by his dad & his sister, who put out her own fine album in 2009.
9b. Nils Frahm – Spaces: Beautiful instrumental pieces from Broderick compatriot.

10. William Basinski – The Disintegration Loops: Perhaps the most ethereal ambient thing to come along since Eno’s Neroli from 1993.

11. Pop Ambient 2013 – 20 Jahre Kompakt: Always a good light ambient mix
12. Zomby – With Love: Critics burned it, but I liked the laid back dubstep
12a. Karl Bartos – Off The Record: Recalls some of Kraftwerk’s quieter numbers, and no duds this time.
14. Liberation Music – Spiritual Jazz and The Art of Protest on Flying Dutchman Records 1969-1974: Free-jazz favorite of the year, plus it has Louis Armstrong meets Leon Thomas on The Creator Has A Master Plan!
14a. Juma Sultan’s Aboriginal Music Society – Whispers from the Archives: Lost 1970′s loft-jazz with James Blood Ulmer.
15. Paul Buff Presents Highlights from the PAL and Original Sound Studio Archives Vols. 1-5: Early 60′s LA surf music, doo-wop, and novelty records, with Frank Zappa, Ray Collins and other Mothers lurking about – just where, your guess is as good as theirs…
16. Sun Araw + M. Geddes Gengras & RAW POWER Band Meets The Congos – ICON GIVE LIFE: Live roots reggae take on last year’s more dreamy electronic-enhanced thing
17. Recomposed by Max Richter – Vivaldi – The Four Seasons: Shimmering modern update of the classic
18. Arve Hendriksen – Places of Worship: Ambient landscapes of trumpet, electronics and percussion, some quiet vocals
18a. Arve Hendriksen – Solidification (Record Store Day 7LP-set -> Sakuteiki (2001), Chiaroscuro (2004), Strjon (2007), Chron (2012)) – Arve’s 2012 album plus 3 early albums – more quiet jazz trumpet ambience, some Eastern influences in places
18b. Portico Quartet – Live/Remix: more from the tasty jazz/electronics group
19. Josef Van Wissem – Nihil Obstat: Minimalist lute music – a bright, more composed, European take on Laraaji-type music
20. Maddy Prior with Hannah James & Giles Lewin – 3 for Joy:
Prior’s clear vocals on classic English folksong leavened with Pennywhistlers-style Eastern European harmonies, for a change of pace
21. Bryan Ferry Orchestra – The Jazz Age: No Bonzos in sight? Presenting The Bryan Ferry Doo-Dah Band for your pleasure. Too bad there’s no vocals – was hoping to hear Ferry’s take on Tubas in the Moonlight.

Music-related Flicks: Ain’t In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm / 20 Feet from Stardom / Muscle Shoals /
Radio Unnameable / I Am Divine / and yes, I liked CBGB and Inside Llewyn Davis even tho’ you weren’t s’posed to

Not having been a great year for recordings, it was a wonderful year for live gigs:

First of all, nothing could beat the ambient surround sound of the Cicadas of July & August. And I had the best of it – surrounded by woods and cliffs of chirping cicadas, there were none in New Hamburg because we are just one big rock outcropping in the Hudson River – there is no place for them to burrow, so we didn’t have them diving at us from the trees (or the piles of dead ones when it was all over).

Second best gig was Adrian Sherwood & Pinch’s DJ set at Francois Kevorkian’s DeepSpace night at Cielo. (Ah ha! Finally an On-U Sound reference in my PoOp!) I was not that enthused by their singles (tho’ Music Killer is OK), but the great dub, funk, and even disco riddims from their set has heightened my anticipation for their soon come album. This year my On-U fix was mostly satisfied with Patrick Doktor’s resurrection of unreleased On-U baked master tapes on his Roots Locker radio show on DWradio.co.uk

Already mentioned the great Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel gigs from this spring, these and Peter’s own gigs with his Ether Frolic Mob, mostly at the Jalopy Theater in Brooklyn, have been a joy. And congrats to Ether Frolic-er Hubby Jenkins for becoming a Carolina Chocolate Drop!

The gigs by Malian artists Mamadou Kelly, Tartit with Imharhan, and Leila Gobi at BSP Lounge and at Bard’s Spiegeltent were rhythmically and vocally amazing – their albums on Germantown’s own Clermont Music label are all worthwhile, especially the Festival au Desert compilation.

Varispeed’s multi-location performance of Robert Ashley’s spoken-word opera, Perfect Lives, in Woodstock, Boiceville, Phoenicia, and Mt. Tremper in August was a hell of a lot of fun.

Some really dreamy performances by Peter Broderick & Heather Woods Broderick at The Falcon and at New Paltz’s very homey Tin Roof Sessions – very talented they are and the music was just as beautiful as their CD’s.

Must give props to the Ed Palermo Big Band, whose semi-regular gigs performing the music of Frank Zappa and others at The Falcon in Marlboro are tight, colorful and energizing.

And in Hartford, Doug Wimbish’s always super-funky WimBash with Living Colour and this year’s special guests, the reunited Sugarhill Gang backed by the original Sugarhill House Band (a/k/a Tack>>Head), and a fantastic trio of 7th graders from Brooklyn called Understanding The Truth who blew the house away with their performance.

So many other gigs: Elizabeth Mitchell at Maverick (with the Good Mrs. Padgett), at the High Meadow School (with Amy Helm), and at the Clearwater Revival. Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens at The Falcon. Toots & The Maytals at Bearsville. Gary U.S. Bonds at the Peekskill Jazz & Blues Festival. Gary Lucas at BSP Lounge. Scotland’s Battlefield Band at the new Town Crier in Beacon. What Cheer? Brigade Balkan brass band at Spiegeltent. Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby at the ?Mystery Spot in Phoenicia. Gary Kvistad’s Drumboogie Festival in Woodstock. John Cale’s Life Along The Borderline – A Tribute to Nico at BAM. Arto Lindsay & Vinicius Cantuaria at The Standard in NYC. Simone Felice at Byrdcliffe. Baird Hersey & PRANA with Vera Lipen’s Russian bells at the Tibetan Center. The Stevie Wonder Tributon at Market Market. And not forgetting Sinterklaas (I marched with the Hudson Valley Gamelans this year – quel fun!)

Local bands: The Fasads, Strawberry Hill Fiddlers, Big Sky Ensemble, Whiskey Mountain, Dylan Foley, the Rosendale Improvement Association Brass Band & Social Club, Hudson Valley Gamelans Giri Mekar (with yours truly), Chandra Kanchana, Djam Gong, and Tembeng Sunda. All had great gigs and are worth seeing again.


Jim Meyers Poop 2013


1. Nightmares For A Week — Civilian War
Local heroes deliver their best yet, bringing a nuance and rootsy depth to their usual winning sing/shout along choruses and melodic muscle. “Bloodshot Monday” is by far the song I played the most this year.
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I grew up with these guys from a “slack mother fucker” to my forties, where my couch looks as good on a Saturday night as the local used to, both a beacon. Whatever, they still sound terrific and “Me and You and Jackie Mitoo” is an all time great song.
3. Neko Case – The Worse Things Get…
This may be my favorite of her albums, which is saying a mouthful. The voice as always is the main attraction but there’s an aura, or an ambience, or another word that doesn’t really mean any thing deeper at work here.
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The Replacements — Live 8/25/2013 Toronto Riot Fest
4. The Replacements — Live 8/25/2013 Toronto Riot Fest
I was supposed to be at this show. Had my tickets and the car was all packed for the long haul north, but like an idiot I didn’t notice my passport had expired until two days before the show. Not an official release or it would have topped the list. Just one of those things I found on the interwebs. Can’t believe I missed this and chance to party with Rob Ford. They sounded so amazing. Uggh!
5. Wilco- The Covers Show Mass MoCA 7/21/2013
Oh joy, another show I missed! An all “request” all covers concert that forges in stone my opinion that Wilco is The Great American Band of the last few decades. Thin Lizzy, Beatles, Stones, Dylan, Dead, Velvets, among many others all masterfully done. Even an excellent Uncle Tupelo cover.
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6. Elvis Costello & The Roots Wise Up Ghost Sometimes I listen to this and think it’s a transcendental work of brilliance. Other times I don’t even make it all the way through before thinking, “next.” I believe the truth is somewhere between.
7. Robbie Fulks Gone Away Backward In all truth this should rank ahead of the above. Flawlessly executed Americana with wit, compassion, and an incredible level of talent. He played in Stone Ridge this summer. Guess what? I missed it. Sensing a depressing trend.
8. Avett Brothers Magpie & The Dandelion Too precious for some but right in my wheelhouse.
9. Various Artists Gram Parson’s Record Collection Curated by our fearless leader Mark Rosen, original versions of songs covered by Gram. This thing was on constant summertime back yard rotation.
10. Spider Bags Singles I just blatantly stole this off of Lefsky’s list. He had me at, “Westergbergyyyyyy.” I’ve only heard these songs once or twice but some are already among my favorite of the year.
11. Steve Earle The Low Highway No surprise this, no problem that.
12. Billy Joe & Nora Jones Foreverly Loverly
13. Kurt Vile Wakin’ On A Pretty Daze What drugs sound like.
14. Pissed Jeans Honeys Not sure I even like this just happy someone is still making such a cacophonous din.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis The Heist “Thrift Shop” is hilarious.
“Same Love” heroic, heartfelt, and historic.
Although I missed my fair share of concerts I did make a few: Elvis Costello – UPAC Among the handful of greatest shows I’ve ever seen. A mesmerizing tour de force, a dazzling dig deep into the catalogue. Engaging, enrapturing, charming, and virtuoso whistling. This is why I go see live music.
Nightmares For A Week – The Anchor This band always brings it live. The highlight for me, however, was The ‘Mats cover sung by, um, me.

Bernadette Lange Poop 2013


2013 was so full of shit! Here’s what’s been prairie doggin’:

ALBUMS

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1. Autre Ne Veut – Anxiety
Autre Ne Veut translates in English to “I want no other” and this album made me forget about anything else I had heard in 2013 for a good month. It only takes one listen to become enamoured by Ashin’s emotional masterpiece.

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2 . Haim – Days Are Gone
Gotta love the “bass face”. These sisters write some catchy pop songs. Hits, people, hits. Danielle’s stuttery, hiccupy vocals remind me of Michael Jackson at times. The tracks of “Days” sound like 70’s rock meets 80’s dance with some grit all wrapped up in the albums bright, shiny production.

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3. Kanye West – Yeezus
Why is this guy such a festering dick hole? I guess many great artists are assholes. (RIP Lou Reed) As far as I’m concerned, Kayne is a genius and seems unstoppable. He effortlessly mixes Hip Hop with every music genre know to man on Yeezus, sans country. Maybe he really is “The Michael Jordan of Music”?!

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4. Chvrches – The Bones Of What You Believe
Does Lauren Mayberry remind anyone of Rachael Leigh Cook? No? OK. Her innocent sounding vocals soar over crisp, clear electronica creating an ethereal and enthralling effort. This album is bought to you by the letter “E”.

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5. Sky Ferreira – Night Time, My Time
Sky is such a cute little crack head! She gained some street cred when she got the bracelets this summer in Saugerties. That Molly chick is nothing but trouble!! The only way I can describe the allure of this album is that it plays like a modern day 80’s movie soundtrack. Another wonderful pop record!

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6. Majical Cloudz – Impersonator

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7. Disclosure – Settle

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8. Savages – Silence Yourself

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9. Danny Brown – Old

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10. Burial – Rival Dealer

11. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
12. Chance the Rapper – Acid Rap
13. Neko Case – The Worse Things Get…..
14. FKA Twigs – EP2
15. Boards Of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest
16. Cerulean Salt – Waxahatchee
17. Fuck Buttons – Slow Focus
18. Major Lazer – Free the Universe
19. Kurt Vile – Walking On A Pretty Daze
20. Mikal Cronin – MC II
21. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City
22. Classixx – Hanging Gardens
23. The National – Trouble Will Find Me
24. Yuck – Glow and Behold
25. Rhye – Woman

TRACKSSSSSSSSSS
PrimeTime – Janelle Monae   |||   Play By Play – Autre Ne Veut   |||   Chain Smoker – Chance the Rapper   |||   Avant Gardener – Courtney Barnett   |||   The Mother We Share – Chvrches   |||   Falling – Haim   |||   White Noise – Disclosure   |||   Blood on the Leaves – Kanye West   |||   Bipp – Sophie   |||   Hold on We’re Going Home – Drake   |||   Water Me – FKA Twigs   |||   Childhood’s End – Majical Cloudz   |||   Shut Up – Savages   |||   Boys – Sky Ferriera   |||   Feds Watching – 2 Chainz 25 Bucks – Danny Brown   |||   Toe Cutter/ Thumb Buster – Thee Oh Sees   |||   Heartbreaks + Setbacks – THUNDERCAT   |||   The Mother We Share – Chrvches   |||   Paranoid – Ty Dolla $ign   |||   N the Traffic – Droop E   |||   Turn It Around – Lucius   |||   Banana Clipper – Run the Jewels    |||   Stoned and Starving – Parquet Courts


Mark Rosen Poop 2013


My Third POOP DISC-CLAIMER (disc-lamer?): All through the year, I was convinced there were some really strong records and easy POOP choices for 2013. Only when I actually compiled my list did I realize that 11 out of my Top 20 picks were in some way direct throwbacks to music originally produced many years ago. More and more I find the output of the young whippersnapper artists increasingly eclipsed by artists or music, uh, of a certain age. I’m growing ever closer to throwing down a “Hey, you kids, get off my lawn.”

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1 – VARIOUS ARTISTS – Los Nuggetz: 60s Garage & Psych From Latin America [and Spain]
The most colorful, eye-opening and comprehensively researched box set in my music collection. 101 unknown Spanish language rock 45s and album cuts, half of them covers (versiones de la cubierta) of familiar songs and half originales. This kicks and snarls en Espanol for four straight hours. The 68 page hard-cover liner notes book is a musical history textbook with 101 chapters. Utterly unique, I mean completamente unico.

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2 – THE MAVERICKS – In Time
This record is a wonder from beginning to end. It slides effortlessly from spicy Latin pop to Roy Orbison balladeering to infectious ska beats to trebly twang in a seamless genre-bending masterwork.

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3 – ROBBIE FULKS – Gone Away Backward
Fulks’ stripped-down acoustic lament about the disappearance of small-town America is served up with passion, wry observations and crack musicianship. “That’s Where I’m From” never fails to call up a tear or two. Sadly only about 45 people witnessed him bringing it all with him to a small room in Stone Ridge this fall.

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4 – THE EX & BRASS UNBOUND – Enormous Door
The Ex with the help of a propulsive horn section roll like a discordant truck hauling hooks aplenty and delivering some deep, slightly out of kilter grooves.

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5 – VARIOUS ARTISTS – Woody Guthrie At 100! Live At the Kennedy Center
Of all the Guthrie-themed LPs in the last decade that demonstrate his continued relevance, none does it better than this one. The politics are as poignant today as they were when Woody lived them. For proof YouTube Tom Morello’s stirring “Ease My Revolutionary Mind.” I’m fairly certain Governor Scott Walker will not be purchasing this set. Comes with a great DVD, as well, Scott.

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6 – ESCONDITO – The Ghost Of Escondito
The ghost of Lee Hazlewood (and the specter of Nancy Sinatra) hovers over these dark, haunting spaghetti western melodies. You can feel the sand.

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7 – EMMYLOU HARRIS & RODNEY CROWELL – Old Yellow Moon
Emmy’s voice is pretty much shot so duetting with her career soulmate not only makes sense but it’s just what her voice doctor ordered. It couldn’t be more obvious that both singers enjoy each other’s musical company. The record drips with comfortable.

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8 – VARIOUS ARTISTS – Sing Me the Songs: Celebrating the Works of Kate McGarrigle
9 – VARIOUS ARTISTS – Way To Blue: The Songs Of Nick Drake
Both of these Joe Boyd-produced concert tributes pay tribute to two of his charges’ legacies. The first one seems more celebratory, probably because the songs were. The Drake tribute is more mournful, definitely because the songs were.

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10 – DAN BERN with Common Rotation – Doubleheader
I like Dan Bern. I like baseball. And I really like when Dan Bern sings about baseball. Eighteen songs (it is a doubleheader, afterall) that variably references Vin Scully, Andy Pettitte, Bonehead Merkle (google him if you don’t know his name), pitcher-perfect Armando Galarraga and Umpire Jim Joyce, and many others.




11 – SHEAR SHAZAR – Shear Shazar
The only singer with a whinier voice than Jules Shear is his wife Pal Shazar. Their very first album together brims with beautiful melodies and arrangements. Fine whine.

12 – BILLIE JOE + NORAH – Foreverly
An unlikely pairing pays a respectful tribute to the Everly Brothers’ Songs Our Daddy Taught Us, the first Americana album of the rock era. BJ and Norah lose themselves in the songs and create a singular voice, something the brothers did so routinely. R.I.P. Phil.

13 – BOB DYLAN – Another Self Portrait (1968-1971)
Greil Marcus’s review of Self Portrait famously began with the words “What is this shit?” It has taken Dylan 43 years to answer the question or at least put ‘this shit’ in a proper context. Turns out Dylan was going through a Great American Folksongbook phase at the time, as these stripped down versions now reveal. I’ve actually always kinda liked Self Portrait, even as I scratched my head while listening to it, but this one hangs together without as much as a single head scratch.

14 – JACCO GARDNER – Cabinet Of Curiosities
Submitted for your consyderation: suffice to say there would be no Cabinet Of Curiosities if there had not first been a Piper At the Gates Of Dawn. Mellotrons, harpsichords, lush arrangements and very UK-ish melodies further contribute to the lush 60′s sound.

15 – NEKO CASE – The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
. . . and the more I listen to this, the more I like it.

16 – VARIOUS ARTISTS – We’re “With the Beatles” [MOJO magazine giveaway]
This record celebrates the 50th anniversary of With the Beatles and allows the surprisingly still-brilliant songcraft to peek through the catchy, nostalgic beat music simplicity. Get ready for six more years of 50th anniversaries of Beatles’ albums. Not a bad thing.

17 – VINCE GILL & PAUL FRANKLIN – Bakersfield
Another retro-flashback, this time to the golden era of 70′s country and western, Bakersfield style. Gill’s voice, as always, is angelic, and the two artists respectfully pick their way through Buck and Merle, making the masters sound eminently at home in 2013.

18 – DAN PENN – The Fame Years
I begin with the assertion that Dan Penn was the best white writer of soul songs in the 60′s. Flexing his own muscle (as in shoals) on this collection, he proves he was a pretty damn soulful singer as well. A do right man, indeed.

19 – NEIL YOUNG – Live At the Cellar Door
With the recorders running , Young Neil is caught knocking at the cellar door, literally. Here, early in his career, he is at the top of his game even before he had game.

20 – THE DIRTBOMBS – Ooey Gooey Chewy Ka-blooey!
A yummy yummy yummy, sugary sugary paean to bubblegum music. Original songs delivered with the wink of an eye and as lightweight and fluffy as you can probably imagine.

Live Shows:
Robbie Fulks at Marbletown Multi-Arts
Nick Lowe at Club Helsinki in Hudson
Chandler Travis Three-O at The Dogwood in Beacon
Corb Lund at the Town Crier in Beacon

Some Kinda Love: Gone Gone Gone
Lou Reed
Phil Everly


Duncan Clark Poop 2013


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1. DROPKICK MURPHYS- Signed and Sealed in Blood: As much as it pains me to admit it, this was Boston’s year in more ways than one and that includes Fenway’s house band. Their most consistent work to date.

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2. DAVID BOWIE- The Next Day: The soundtrack to my first half of the year. The “not quite dying” theme of the title track had particular resonance for what was going on at the time.

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3. JASON ISBELL- Southeastern: The best songwriter and storyteller I’ve heard since Ryan Adams and Dave Alvin. There’s not a weak song on the album.

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4. PHOENIX- Bankrupt!: My preference for Gallic rock band of the year.

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5. JONATHAN WILSON- Fanfare: Probably the best sounding album on this list. It’s a weird mixture of Laurel Canyon- past and present- with Mitchell and Pink Floyd.

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6. TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND- Made Up Mind: I’m not sure why it took this long, but they finally sound like a cohesive band. With Trucks, they always had serious musical chops but the original songs are first rate r&b.

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7. SIGUR ROS- Kveikur: The antithesis of last year’s ethereal Valtari, this was a muscular assault on the senses. I didn’t get to many concerts last year, but their show at MSG was great and had one of the best light productions I’ve seen in years. And they were on the Simpsons with Game of Thrones coming up. Life is good.

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8. LINDA THOMPSON- Won’t Be Long Now: In what was truly a family effort. Thompson exhibits the doom and gloom that her was ex was so notable for. Hiring her ex to play guitar on a song called “Love’s for Babies and Fools” shows a pretty wicked sense of humor as well.

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9. WILLIE NILE- American Ride: For someone who in the past would take a decade between albums, he been spitting out these little gems on a regular basis over the last 6 years.

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10. OKKERVIL RIVER- The Silver Gymnasium: Doing for growing up in a small town in NH in the 80’s what “Saturday Night Fever” did for Brooklyn in the 70’s. Well- not quite but it is an interesting testament to a coming of age on the other side of the mountains.

11. CHARLES BRADLEY- Victim of Love: A deeper exploration of old school soul and r&b than his debut.
12. BARRENCE WHITFIELD & THE SAVAGES- Dig Thy Savage Soul: Another band from Boston. Meat and potatoes rock, soul and blues from the 80’s.
13. BRENDAN BENSON- You Were Right: A late entry in the year. Definitely the McCartney to White’s Lennon in the Racounteurs.
14. VARIOUS ARTISTS- Son of Rogues Gallery: The 2nd installment of pirate’s songs with inspired pairings (Tom Waits & Keith Richards) and performances (Shilpa Ray).
15. THE DEL-LORDS- Elvis Club: Another welcome reunion of an 80’s band which is every bit as strong as the albums they did 25 years ago.
16. THE CIVIL WARS- The Civil Wars: They just sound so good together- it makes it easy to ignore the drama around them.
17. THE JAMES HUNTER 6- Minute By Minute: Sure they’re stuck in a moment but they do that small niche of r&b better than anyone this side of Van Morrison.
18. PAUL McCARTNEY- New: New McCartney mining old McCartney is still a hell of a lot better than what otherwise passes for pop music these days.
19. ROSEANN FINO- RoseAnn Fino: I first saw her share a stage with Patti Smith at the Bardavon. She was 6. I always knew that this kid was going to turn out cool. Influenced by her parent’s record collection, nicely produced and backed up by Professor Louie.
20. THE DIRTBOMBS- Ooey Gooey Chewy Ka-blooey!: Surprisingly heartfelt tribute to bubblegum, glam and in one glorious song Brian Wilson.
21. MARK LINDSAY- Life Out Loud: More Doughboys than it is the Raiders but his voice still rocks.
22. YO LA TENGO- Fade: And does a slow burn into your brain.
23. FRIGHTENED RABBIT- Pedestrian Verse
24. THE WOGGLES- The Big Beat
25. VARIOUS ARTISTS- Way to Blue: The Songs of Nick Drake: There are lots of Drake tributes but what sets this apart is that it’s not by musicians who were contemporaries of Drake, but rather by the next generation of musicians who rescued Drake from obscurity.

OLD STUFF
1. BOB DYLAN- Another Self Portrait (1969-1971): Any reissue which makes you do a 180 degree reassessment of an artist’s work has done its job well.
2. GENE CLARK- Here Tonight: The White Light Demos: Folk singers were criminally over-produced in the 70’s and Clark was no exception. This is some of his best work in simple acoustic settings as they should have been in the first place.
3. THE YOUNG TRADITION- Oberlin 1968: Previously unknown live album by the English traditional music acapella trio which seriously kicks ass.
4. VARIOUS ARTISTS- Los Nuggetz: 60s Garage & Psych from Latin America
5. MOVING SIDEWALKS- The Complete Collection: I’ve been developing a whole new appreciation of Billy Gibbons.
6. DEVO- Live 1981 Seattle: I only wish there was video with this one.
7. POCO- Live at Columbia Studios, Hollywood 9/30/71
8. NEIL YOUNG- Live at the Cellar Door
9. REM- Green deluxe reissue
10. ALBION BAND- Light Shining: The album that got me back into the band in the 80s.