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Mark Rosen Poop 2014


My Fourth POOP DISC-CLAIMER (disc-lamer?): It’s official. I’ve stopped looking for music by new artists. If whatever is out there is good enough, I’m figuring it’ll find me. As in the previous few years, about half my list this time around is either old stuff or it’s new stuff trying to be old stuff, a trend I don’t see reversing itself anytime soon. I’m not being crabby, mind you. Just realistic. Okay, maybe a little crabby.


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1 – BOB DYLAN – The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Volume 11
This expansive (and expensive) fly-on-the-wall collection captures post-road rash Dylan and his friends dipping first into the Great Americana Songbook and then moving on and leaving their own deep and indelible mark on it. This is the original music from Big Pink. I had about 100 of these 136 tracks on bootlegs but the sound quality, sequencing and packaging here is pretty amazing. My only complaint is that track-by-track liner notes are included only in the two disc version and not this ‘complete’ edition (it can only be accessed online). Really?



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2 – MIRIAM – Nobody’s Baby
Miriam opens up her rather eclectic record collection and puts her stamp on some wonderful under-the-radar mostly-60’s songs. The comp I made after hunting down all the originals came out pretty damn good too.



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3 – THE NEW BASEMENT TAPES – Lost On the River
This took a few listens (and watching the excellent Showtime documentary) before I discovered a great, very diverse collection of five very different artists meeting at the intersection of Dylan’s basement-era lyrics. I found, among other things, an unexpected appreciation for Marcus Mumford (without & Sons) and Rhiannon Giddens.



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4 – ROSANNE CASH – The River & the Thread
A literate and haunting tribute to the South, as much country-folk as it is True Detective. Daddy would’ve been proud.




5 – BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND – Apollo Theater 03/09/12
This website-only Apollo show captures “the hardest working white man in show business” (as he introduces himself) demonstrating his own craft and honoring the high priests who’ve preached in the hallowed halls of 125th Street. I wish Springsteen’s other album released this year (High Hopes: a collection of overlooked extras) was more consistent to have earned a proper co-mention.



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6- VARIOUS ARTISTS – Clones: Shameless Cash-In Follow-Ups
I’m not sure if I’m allowed to post a compilation that I made myself but I’ll take the wee bit of online attention this comp received as license to do just that.. Plus I listened to it at least as often as anything else on my list, and I really, really like the way it turned out. The artists on this comp are believers of that lesser known maxim “If at first you DO succeed, why not try again.” Each of the 30 songs is a shameless cash-in on a formula that worked once, a cloned soundalike of an artist’s hit, made either as an immediate follow-up or as a later desperate stab at jumpstarting a stalled career. Send in the clones.



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7 – NRBQ – Brass Tacks
Like the NRBQ of old used to do so routinely, the new band delivers a record that sounds like they are genuinely having fun. The music and the lyrics smile.



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8 – THE BASEBALL PROJECT – 3rd
Their fourth album (despite the title) pays tribute to Nails, A-Roid, El Tiante and a host of other baseball figures, capturing baseball, the game, and baseball, the metaphor. Inspirational title: “Extra Innings Of Love”



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9 – VARIOUS ARTISTS – Mr. Success: The Bert Berns Story Volume 2 (1964-1967)
Berns was a songwriter/producer in the 1960’s responsible for some eminently commercial pop-flavored soul and soul-flavored pop. This is the second (and best) of three excellent volumes of his story. For a taste of Berns’ music at its best, check out Tami Lynn’s “I’m Gonna Run Away From You” at YouTube. Recommended reading: 2014’s very good Here Comes the Night: The Dark Soul Of Bert Berns and the Dirty Business Of Rhythm and Blues by Joel Selvin..



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10 – VARIOUS ARTISTS – Halloween Nuggets: Monster Sixties A Go-Go
Overkill, perhaps. Entertaining, yes, A to Z. 98 Halloween-themed songs straight out of the garage and/or the gutter. Who knew there was a garage band version of “The Raven” from 1965. A real howl (pun intended)! Thanks Paul C.


11 – THE PSYCHO SISTERS – Up On the Chair, Beatrice
Vicki Peterson’s husky voice and Susan Cowsill’s scratchy, soulful one blend gorgeously like, uh, real sisters. Unfortunately after all these years of threatening to do an album together, they only came up with 34 minutes worth. Boo.
12 – MARAH – Mountain Minstrelsy Of Pennsylvania
Hear what happens when a band sets up with a single mic in a church on Main Street, leaves the front door open for a week, and is joined by the town’s locals, including tuba players, barbershop singers, an impromptu choir and an 8 year old fiddle virtuoso.
13 – VARIOUS ARTISTS – Look Again To the Wind: Johnny Cash’s ‘Bitter Tears’ Revisited
Gilly Welch and David Rawlins, the very cool Milk Carton Kids, Steve Earle and others revive and renew Johnny Cash’s indictment of the US’s historical mistreatment of Native Americans. This album led me to discover Cash’s original as well. Rosanne must be proud.
14 – THE ABOVE – Waterbury St.
The Above are Brooklyn’s favorite practitioners of the early British R&B sound. A bit more Motowny and a bit less Kinky compared to their first album. But only a bit.
15- BOBBY BARE JR’s YOUNG CRIMINAL STARVATION LEAGUE – Undefeated
Bare has a casualness of delivery that can’t hide his world-weary, wounded puppy dog-like attitude about things. This album includes an inspirational song about parenting with an equally inspirational title: “My Baby Took My Baby Away.”
16 – LUCINDA WILLIAMS – Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone
Lucinda has a more muscular band this time around and she still brings the swamp, albeit with a voice that gets more ragged with each release, for better and worse.

Live Shows:

The Baseball Project at Club Helsinki in Hudson
Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets at The Egg in Albany
Spampinado Brothers at O’ Shea’s Irish Pub in Dennis, Cape Cod
The Mavericks at Tarrytown Music Hall

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Bernadette Lange Poop 2014



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1. Sun Kil Moon – Benji
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6. Caribou – Our Love
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2. Taylor Swift – 1989
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7. Vince Staples – Hell Can Wait EP
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3. St. Vincent – St. Vincent
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8. Perfume Genius – Too Bright
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4. Run the Jewels – RTJ2
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9. Lydia Ainsworth – Right from Real
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5. Sleaford Mods – Divide and Exit
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10. The War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream
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11. We Were Promised Jetpacks – Unravelling
12. Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fires for No Witness
13. Ought – More Than Any Other Day
14. Hundred Waters – The Moon Rang Like a Bell
15. Tinashe – Aquarius

TV

fargo
Fargo (FX)
Transparent (Amazon)
House of Cards (Netflix)
Orphan Black (BBC)
True Detective (HBO)
Trailer Park Boys Season 8 (Netflix)
Olive Kitteridge (HBO)

FILM

budapest
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Gone Girl
The Imitation Game
St. Vincent
Inherent Vice
The Hobbit – Battle of the Five Armies
The Lego Movie


Patrick Kennedy Poop 2014


A Safe and Measured Appreciation of Popular Culture: 2014 Edition
by Patrick Kennedy


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MUSIC

1. Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire for No Witness    Buy New or Used via Amazon           Rent via iTunes [?]

2. Spoon – They Want My Soul    Buy New or Used via Amazon           Rent via iTunes [?]

3. St. Vincent – St. Vincent    Buy New or Used via Amazon           Rent via iTunes [?]

4. The Hotelier – Home, Like Noplace Is There    Rent mp3 from Amazon           Rent via iTunes [?]

5. Run The Jewels – RTJ2    Buy New or Used via Amazon           Rent via iTunes [?]

6. Flying Lotus – You’re Dead!    Buy New or Used via Amazon           Rent via iTunes [?]

7. Tony Molina – Dissed and Dismissed    Buy New or Used via Amazon           Rent via iTunes [?]

8. Caribou – Our Love    Buy New or Used via Amazon           Rent via iTunes [?]

9. Beach Slang - Who Would Ever Want Anything So Broken? [EP] / Cheap Thrills on a Dead End Street [EP]    Rent mp3 from Amazon           Rent via iTunes [?]

10. Sylvan Esso – Sylvan Esso    Buy New or Used via Amazon           Rent via iTunes [?]

Honorable Mentions (or, I really really liked it, albeit on a single listen)
White Lung – Deep Fantasy
Lydia Loveless – Someplace Else
Whirr – Nothing

GREAT SONGS NOT ON MY TOP ALBUMS
Perfume Genius “Queen”
Sturgill Simpson “Turtles All the Way Down”
tUnE-yArDs “Water Fountain”
YG “Really Be (Smokin’ N Drinkin’)”
Speedy Ortiz “American Horror”
Future “Move That Dope”
Paramore “Ain’t It Fun”
Kendrick Lamar “i”
Sam Smith “I’m Not the Only One”

MOVIES
1. Under The Skin
2. Boyhood
3. Whiplash
4. Birdman
5. The Lego Movie
6. Snowpiercer
7. Inherent Vice
8. Obvious Child
9. Gone Girl
10. Blue Ruin

Honorable Mentions (or, let me keep listing movies I liked kthxbaiiii)
Coherence
Edge of Tomorrow
The Guest
They Came Together
We Are The Best!

TV
1. True Detective
2. Fargo
3. Broad City
4. Bob’s Burgers
5. Over the Garden Wall
6. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
7. Transparent
8. The Americans
9. The Leftovers
10. BoJack Horseman

Honorable Mentions (or, I watch too much TV)
Enlisted (RIP)
Review
Jane The Virgin
Silicon Valley
Trophy Wife (RIP)
Nathan For You
BoJack Horseman
Inside Amy Schumer
Playing House
The Knick

GAMES
80 Days (iOS)
Desert Golfing (iOS)
Out There (iOS)

Have a great 2015! Full of lots of amazing music. Something something poop…


Jamie Hosley Poop 2014



Another year gone and another list put together, so in no particular order here are the albums I listened to the most over the last 12 months.



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Temples: Sun Structures
Psychedelic freak out!



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Jack White: Lazaretto
Creative, risk taking, all out joy ride of an album.



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Tweedy: Sukierae
Jeff Tweedy and his son Spencer come together to make a great record.



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Mac DeMarco: Salad Days
Great lo-fi groove.



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Spoon: They Want My Soul
So good, so solid.



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Beck: Morning Phase
Mellow Beck harkening back to the sound of Sea Change, a chill inducer.



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King Tuff: Black Moon Spell
Sick I tell you, sick! So much rock it spills off the edges.



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TV on The Radio: Seeds
If the Pet Sounds era Beach Boys were still doing music this is what they would put out, intricate and elaborate harmonies with instrumental experimentation, awesome.



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Benjamin Booker: Benjamin Booker
Straight ahead blues rock.



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Alt-J: This Is All Yours
Strange and discordant harmonies, totally inventive.

Mark Lanegan Band: Phantom Radio
Gritty, dark, a noir detective novel in album form.

Owl John: Owl John
Solo album from Frightened Rabbit guitarist and vocalist Scott Hutchison.

The War on Drugs: Lost in the Dream
Just a great album.

Fugazi: First Demo
Not a new album but never heard release of the demo before their first album. Really great, different arrangements of songs that are a major part of their canon.


Andrew Martin Poop 2014



As I have grown increasingly disillusioned with most recent music, 2014 seemed particularly suckie musically… My contribution to the Poop List is 10 (no seven!) really good or maybe even great records you’ve likely never heard… that came out sometime in the past. What? A DJ that is not interested in what is happening now? Sacrilege! You, my son, are in danger of becoming… irrelevant! Well DJ-ing is irrelevant, now that anyone can hit the sync button and throw their arms in the air… and after all… aren’t we ALL irrelevant? Hell, even the Pixies are irrelevant… Indie Cindy? Blech! Todd Terje, not for me… Anyway, here goes…



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Manuel Göttsching – E2-E4
I am eternally grateful to the late, great, Jack Goldberg for calling me the day a crate of interesting records was dropped off in his then shop some years ago. Amongst some drivel and diamonds was this holy grail of holy grails. An original pressing of the anthemic and utterly beautiful E2-E4. Jack inspected the record for some time and then looked back at me, he was already sick at the time, he smiled and said ‘this one’s a gift, Andrew’. I’ll never forget it, or him. The record is the blueprint for trance, techno, and deep house… but don’t let that scare you off. What is it? A 59:35 blissful aural trip made in one take on a hazy summer evening in Cologne and it is probably as perfect a record as you or I will ever find.



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Chapterhouse & Global Communication – Blood Music: Pentamerous Metamorphosis
The year before they released the seminal 76:14, one of the true ambient classics of the 90’s, Global Communications Tom Middleton and Mark Pritchard (Those Jedi Knights) remixed an entire Chapterhouse album. So? you say …Chapterhouse kinda sucked… Well this ain’t nothing like the original, but for one or two heavily altered vocal snippets, nothing of it remains. Blood Music is a completely deconstructed/reconstructed sound-scape of ambient noodling that disappears up its own ass and comes out the other side. You’re left like Matthew McConnadouche – drifting, reaching, grasping through time… OK, there are some ripped off C-3PO noises at the beginning of track two to ground you that somehow caught one of George Lucas’ assistants ears and… (you guessed it) the record was pulled off the shelves, forever to be sought after and lost in space… [Ed. – Later re-issued without the C-3PO sounds]



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Fila Brazillia – Maim That Tune
Ok, somebody here has heard of them?… Come on, they’re named after the misunderstood name of a dangerous South American fighting dog? What? No one? Well this record is down-tempo druggy and funky in a laid-back-heading-out-for-the-afternoon way. The instrumentation is live sounding even when its not. The track titles… well… just funny… and the closer, what a closer! …Subtle Body sounds like nothing else on the planet, soft electronic music…. The aptly named ‘6ft Wasp’ has a nice Bill Hicks sample: “By the way if anyone here is in marketing or advertising, kill yourself! It’s the only way to save your soul….”



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Shpongle – Are You Shpongled?
Never was a fan of psy-trance, let alone trance of any kind, until I heard this. It starts innocuously enough but grows and expands like some trippy goddesses hair unraveling forever and entwining its way within you… and it is replete with whispering, bubbles, drips, sitars, thunder-claps and muttering shamen, UFO’s, and prog-rocky psychedelic break downs. Made by a couple of 50 something goon nutters from London, it is beautiful and understated in quieter moments and frenetic and bashy in crescendo’s, but it never comes apart as if loosely, magnetically, held together by the synapses of this duo’s acid addled grey matter. The credits note that Raja Ram plays flute and is responsible for exaltations and Simon Posford chips in with rubber bands, crisp packets, and drips… that should tell you all you need to know.



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Aphex Twin – Syro
Alright, I cracked, this is the lone entry from this year. While I-tunes refers to him as the ‘godfather of cerebral electronic music’ – a laughable distinguisher at best – Mr. James is no slouch when it comes to making stark and original music. Syro is intricate, brooding, and complex and even difficult but it is really something worthwhile. I really came late to the Aphex Twin love parade… sure I bought all the earlier records (I was supposed to like him, right?) but my ears weren’t ready, it was too claustrophobic, too unmusical, I whined the synths farted too much, it was musically speaking not musical enough… but now I get it and I join the masses in proclaiming Syro his most melodic and accessible work to date.



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The Modwheel – Moroccan Jack
Sometimes I just stumble upon a record. And in this case I had heard this mixed into sets back in the day, mostly by Carl Cox or Sasha, but never grabbed onto its brilliance. Then I heard it from the beginning with the long middle-eastern horn build up, the multi-layered melodies and bam, what a classic! Oh and of course it is Tom Middleton, he of the aforementioned Global Communication, and then I was officially blown away because this is a techno record, not ambient, not deep house. Straight up progressive techno and a banger. Made me want to play VINYL out again.



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Technimatic – Desire Paths
Ooops I lied again… is anyone still reading this? Drum n Bass from 2014. Drum n Bass is about due for a full on revival. Sure the masses never figured out how to dance to it, save for the big fish-little fish move. But the energy of drum n bass takes me back to my roots, to overrun abandoned warehouse spaces, to weekends without sleep, to air-horns and day-glow body paint, to MC’s and energy drinks and fanzines and dodgy fucks in the duck punting pills with ninja star efficacy. Those were the daze… Technimatic ain’t that drum n bass, its glossy and atmospheric, with loads of leaving my body euphoric samples… its great… but you’ll probably never listen to it.


John Stewart Poop 2014


Favourite’s for 2014. Songs, Albums, etc. etc. etc.


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It’s safe to say my albums list will not include anything by Beyonce, Drake, Lil Wayne, Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande, Nikki Minaj, Igloo Australia aka the Kangaroo or any other offender of musical taste. I love what I love and if people like this stuff, that’s fine. I am just some Baseball, Rock and Boxing rockist who is in a Basketball, Hip-Hop and MMA world.

But you would be shocked about what I do like as far as genres go. It’s just I don’t buy the whole Emperor’s New Clothes thing over Beyonce and I don’t like the conservative media attack on her. Just not a fan of the hip-hop, rap, pop aesthetic.

It was a good year for indie releases. But my favourite album is AC/DC’s “Rock or Bust” All killer and no filler. 11 songs 35 Minutes. Lose Riffmeister Malcolm Young and Phil Rudd goes bonkers but like when they lost Bon Scott? They keep going. They are a lesson in resilience and I admire them greatly and yeah they made a kick ass record and that’s why it is my favourite of 2014. Also pleased that the Kinks catalogue is getting a proper overhaul in America.

Top 10 Albums

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2. Scott Walker / SunnO)))) – Soused     Buy New or Used via Amazon           Rent via iTunes [?]
3. D’Angelo and the Vanguard – Black Messiah     Buy New or Used via Amazon           Rent via iTunes [?]
4. Mastodon – Once More Round the Sun     Buy New or Used via Amazon           Rent via iTunes [?]
5. Leonard Cohen – Popular Problems     Buy New or Used via Amazon           Rent via iTunes [?]
6. Black Keys – Turn Blue     Buy New or Used via Amazon           Rent via iTunes [?]
7. Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence     Buy New or Used via Amazon           Rent via iTunes [?]
8. Against Me! – Transgender Dysphoria Blues     Buy New or Used via Amazon           Rent via iTunes [?]
9. Robert Plant – Lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar     Buy New or Used via Amazon           Rent via iTunes [?]
10. Foo Fighters – Sonic Highways
10. Pink Floyd – The Endless River
10. Kix – Rock Your Face Off

Singles

1.AC/DC – Play Ball
2. AC/DC – Rock or Bust
3. D’Angelo – Really Love
4. Charli XCX – Boom, Clap
5. Lana Del Rey – West Coast
6. Black Keys – Gotta Get Away
7. Slater-Kinney – Bury Our Friends
8. Grimes – Go
9. Robyn and Royksopp – Do It Again
10.Pink Floyd – Louder Than Words
10. Hozier – Take Me To Church


My favourite part of the list is writing about reissues because it becomes more of a process of elimination. There is so much good stuff, compared to straining to find a top 10 of new releases. But 2014 was a good year for new stuff. Even if it was from old timers.

1.Led Zeppelin – First Five Albums
2.The Kinks – Lola / Percy / Muswell Hillbilles
3. Queen – Live at the Rainbow 1974
4. Oasis – Definitely Maybe / What’s the Story Morning Glory
5. Soundgarden – Superunknown / Echo of Miles / Screaming Life / FOPP
6. CSNY – CSNY Live 1974
7. Slint – Spiderland
8. Small Faces – Here Come the Nice
9. Bob Dylan and the Band – The Complete Basement Tapes
10. Public Enemy – It Takes a Nations of Millions to Hold Us Back
11.The Velvet Underground – 1969 self titled 45th anniversary edition


Once again another vote for the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame and Green Day managed to get in while Deep Purple managed to get slighted. Once again Jann Wenner’s bias against hard rock triumphs.


Don’t go to many movies. Usually wait for it to arrive on Netflix. But I thoroughly enjoyed Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” Speaking of Netflix, I enjoyed “House Of Cards”, “Orange Is the New Black” and “Lilyhammer.” On regular TV, “Bob’s Burgers” is great as always, and as for sports drama, nothing beats The Barclay’s English Premier League. Best sports league in the world.

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John Lefsky Poop 2014


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1.CARLA BOZULICH – BOY (CONSTELLATION) I had a dream a few nights ago. The world was ending, I was in a plane that was torn in two and heading for a crash. I jumped out, knowing I would catch fire and die screaming. I jumped and started to burn. I woke up on the ground, laughing. I’m not sure what the hell that has to do with this album, except it seems deceptively dark. When it’s over you have a few welts, but what the hell.

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2.TY SEGALL – MANIPULATOR (DRAG CITY) Fuzz, Glam, Scott Muni’s Things From England…this record wears its influences proudly without sounding backdated. Sing along, tap and stomp your foot and wait five minutes before his next release.

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3.HALF MAN HALF BISCUIT – URGE FOR OFFAL (PROBE PLUS) As always, I don’t understand most of their references. They don’t care if anyone outside of the U.K. understands the lyrics. As long as the hooks and melodies are there and I get a few of the jokes I’m set. I just wish they would visit the U.S. one day. Maybe a triple bill with the Bevis Frond and Billy Childish, who seldom hit these shores.

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4.THE LEN PRICE 3 – NOBODY KNOWS (JLM) Might be my most played record of 2014. Clocks in at, about, 33 minutes. It’s hard to write this stuff without clogging it up with references, but the Jam, The Prisoners, Billy Childish and Wreckless Eric all spring to mind. And hey, those high harmonies are Entwistle all the way. This is the band that Townshend should be making records with.

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5.EX HEX – RIPS (MERGE) This should have come out in the Spring, or early Summer. It’s a top down blast. Always been a fan of Mary Timony, but I don’t remember her guitar playing ever being this (insert hokey but sincere adjective).

And the rest, because I’m antsy and tired.

6.SPIDER BAGS – FROZEN LETTER (MERGE)
7.REIGNING SOUND – SHATTERED (MERGE) Holy shit, I’m a Merge whore.
8.PERE UBU – CARNIVAL OF SOULS (FIRE)
9.SWANS – TO BE KIND (YOUNG GOD)
10.THEE OH SEES – DROP (CASTLE FACE)
11.MUFFS – WHOOP DEE DOO (BURGER)
12.WHITE FENCE – FOR THE RECENTLY FOUND INNOCENT (DRAG CITY)
13.OUTRAGEOUS CHERRY – DIGITAL AGE (BURGER)
14.GOAT – COMMUNE (SUB POP)
15.ELECTRIC MESS – HOUSE ON FIRE (SOUND FLAT)
16.ROBYN HITCHCOCK – THE MAN UPSTAIRS (YEP ROC)
17.ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE – ASTROGASM FROM THE INNER SPACE (IMPREC)
18.KING TUFF – BLACK MOON SPELL (SUB POP)
19.FRIPP AND ENO – LIVE IN PARIS 1975 (DMG) (Archival, but never released)
20.THE BOTH – THE BOTH (SUPER EGO)

I also liked stuff by Eno/Hyde, David Kilgour, The Above, GBV, Dean Blunt, and there is much I didn’t hear, including Sleaford Mods, Sun Kil Moon, Kasai All-Stars…

Reissues: Gun Club, Pop Group, Destroy All Monsters.

Movies: IT FELT LIKE LOVE, BLUE RUIN, CHEAP THRILLS, UNDER THE SKIN, IDA, PALO ALTO, THE TRIP TO ITALY, CAPTAIN AMERICA-THE WINTER SOLDIER, LOCKE, NIGHTCRAWLER, WE ARE THE BEST, CALVARY, THE GUEST, LE WEEKEND, BIRDMAN, THE LEGO MOVIE.

This is where I usually do my “I don’t get it” spew, but I don’t feel like it today. If you really want to know, ask me when you see me.


Tom Whalen Poop 2014


>> Top 10 albums

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1) Sun Kil Moon – Benji (Caldo Verde) >> Ultimately, I’m kind of glad that Kozelek threw himself from grace with the War on Drugs stuff. The shine on this album was a little too bright. I’m not talking about discovery greed here; it’s not that I wanted this thing to myself, or could ever imagine having it that way (who would even admit to that!?). It’s just that Benji isn’t “for everybody”, the way universally lauded albums are often made out to be—and not in like an elitist, “you wouldn’t get it” sort of way. It’s more like, the album is so nakedly sincere, its subject matter so unadorned and at times utterly banal, that it must strike some listeners as downright bizarre, as much an inexplicable oddity at Koz’s online antics.


I think Gabriel Samach from Tiny Mix Tapes put it very well— “What does it say that, in 2014, one of the most provocative, boundary-pushing, and perhaps life-changing albums of the year might very well be an acoustic folk album that says exactly what it means?” Spot on, with the “life-changing” part appropriately qualified—it’s true for only some of us, and who can even say for certain what that really means, anyway. For those of us who are on board, the WOD thing didn’t tell us anything we didn’t already know and feel: this is a dude with a weird, cruel sense of humor getting old before our ears, and in turn his record will reminds us that we too are getting old, that the world is weird and cruel… but also funny and profound and beautiful. Benji is not self-reverent flower-folk beautiful, though neither is it, as is often reported, totally grim or miserable. It’s a very specific, nameless and uncanny thing, something only this album has, which is just about the highest compliment I can imagine for a piece of art in any genre.


If I could give Benji a number other than “1”, some mega digit to show how far in the dust it left even my other very favorite albums of the year, I would.



Buy Against Me! – Transgender Dysphoria Blues New or Used via Amazon    Buy New or Used via Amazon           Rent via iTunes [?]
2) Against Me! – Transgender Dysphoria Blues (Total Treble) >> I’m a pretty apolitical “all about the tunes”-type listener, but even so, it’s difficult, even more so than with Benji, to discuss the new AM! record in a vacuum, so I’m not even going to pretend to try. I don’t know if TDB is the first of its kind (a trans-themed concept album written and performed by a trans person), but it’s certainly the first of its kind with any sort of cultural profile. This is no insignificant feat, which would have been the case if the album were just OK. Of course, it’s not— TDB is an impassioned ripper in the great AM! tradition. The fact that this record stirs the guts like nothing since Reinventing Axl is proof enough—we are who we are, and we can all rock.



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3) Yob – Clearing a Path to Ascend (Neurot) >> Four long tracks, each a wide cavern metropolis of wonder, sometimes vicious and sometimes downright gorgeous, the kind of album that grabs you by the throat in some new and unexpected way every time you put it on.



Buy Pallbearer – Foundations of Burden New or Used via Amazon    Buy New or Used via Amazon           Rent via iTunes [?]
4) Pallbearer – Foundations of Burden (Profound Lore) >> More like 3A with Yob. “Doom” seems like the wrong word for this kind of metal—this stuff is rapture.



Buy Aphex Twin – Syro New or Used via Amazon    Buy New or Used via Amazon           Rent via iTunes [?]
5) Aphex Twin – Syro (Warp) >> As with Boards of Canada the year before, Richard D returns with his warmly familiar voice intact yet still searches ever forward. It’s cool to realize that James is as much an avid, absorbing listener as he is a hermetic creator.



Buy Spoon – They Want My Soul New or Used via Amazon    Buy New or Used via Amazon           Rent via iTunes [?]
6) Spoon – They Want My Soul (Loma Vista) >> The San Antonio Spurs of indie rock. Dependable greatness is only boring if you’re a miserable cynic.



Buy Ex Hex – Rips New or Used via Amazon    Buy New or Used via Amazon           Rent via iTunes [?]
7) Ex Hex – Rips (Merge) >> Comprehensively titled. Tremendous fun.



Buy A Sunny Day in Glasgow – Sea When Absent New or Used via Amazon    Buy New or Used via Amazon           Rent via iTunes [?]
8) A Sunny Day in Glasgow – Sea Went Absent (Lefse) >> Glacial, not in terms of speed but in terms of awe-inspiring density—like listening to four Cocteau Twins records at the same time.



Buy  The Hold Steady - Teeth Dreams  New or Used via Amazon    Buy New or Used via Amazon           Rent via iTunes [?]
9) The Hold Steady – Teeth Dreams (Razor & Tie) >> It’s easy to forgive the dreadfully unsubtle modern rock production (as if Finn needed any help sounding emotionally convincing–the sound of a cigarette burning in “Big Cig”? Real cool; thanks for that) when the songs are this good, the person and place sketches this harrowing. “Spinners” is one for the Steady pantheon.



Buy Lord Mantis – Death Mask New or Used via Amazon    Buy New or Used via Amazon           Rent via iTunes [?]
10) Lord Mantis – Death Mask (Profound Lore) >> Utterly misanthropic and unshakably compelling in equal measure, tickling the very darkest parts. Death Mask is sincerely menacing on all levels, and not in a histrionic corpse paint and goat sacrifice sort of way. On this one you yourself get f—ed by the goat—that’s one of the lyrics; not even kidding. Not to sound too pencily, but Lord Mantis is metal as a sonic and also moral avant-garde, taking you places you’d never want to go.


>> Ten more


Agalloch – The Serpent and the Sphere (Profound Lore)
At The Gates – At War With Reality (Century Media)
Caribou – Our Love (Merge)
Fennesz – Becs (Editions Mego)
FKA twigs – LP1 (Young Turks)
Forn – Departure of Consciousness (Vendetta)
Fucked Up – Glass Boys (Matador)
Horrendous – Ecdysis (Dark Descent)
How To Dress Well – What Is This Heart? (Domino/Weird World)
Primordial – Where Greater Men Have Fallen (Metal Blade)

>> Top 10 flicks


1) The Raid 2: Berandal, dir. Gareth Evans
2) Snowpiercer, dir. Bong Joon-Ho
3) The Guest, dir. Adam Wingard
4) The Grand Budapest Hotel, dir. Wes Anderson
5) Housebound, dir. Gerard Johnstone
6) The Babadook, dir. Jennifer Kent
7) Nightcrawler, dir. Dan Gilroy
8) Birdman, dir. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
9) Guardians of the Galaxy, dir. James Gunn
10) Edge of Tomorrow, dir. Doug Liman



Sweet year. Let’s have another.



TW, 1/24/15


John Greak Poop 2014




TOP 10 For 2014


Buy Taylor Swift - 1989 New or Used via Amazon
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Taylor Swift – 1989



Buy Ex Hex - Rips New or Used via Amazon
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Ex Hex – Rips



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Parquet Courts – Sunbathing Animal



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Sharon Van Etten – Are We There



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Old 97s – Most Messed Up



Buy The Both - The Both New or Used via Amazon
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The Both – The Both



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The Hold Steady – Teeth Dreams



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Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Wig Out At Jagbags



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The Rural Alberta Advantage – Mended With Gold



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Cheap Girls – Famous Graves

John Greak
Gardiner, NY


Male authors of one of the angriest and intense records of the year offer advice to teenage girls… with feeling

Ask a Grown Man: Run the Jewels from Rookie on Vimeo.

El-P and Killer Mike make up Run the Jewels. Their “RTJ 2″ record has many PoOPsters and other critics foaming. Here they offer advice to to girls as part of the “Ask a Grown Man” series. They are smart and generous and to the point. The thing is, while we knew they have those traits, we might not be prepared for the delivery here. The record is sooo intense and angry and full of noise. It’s a little bit of a shock to here these two guys explain life, relationships, men and boys in kind, calm and measured sentences.