2015 just might become known as the year to beat when it comes to unbridled stupidity in America. But more alarming than that, I fear that with good ol’ American gumption, the coming election year will no doubt leave it behind in the dust. Recently I learned that the oft paraphrased H.L. Mencken quote, the one about how no one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people, actually had an even more apropos follow-up sentence: “Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby.” But while the American political system as we know it is currently circling the drain, we the POmpous and OPinionated have responded in the best manner we know. While some of those who would be President prattle on in their assholier-than-thou vitriol, 25 POOPsters have found 10 or 25 or so causes for which to campaign, with civil discourse and free of all squirmishes (thanks, Sarah P!). Feel the POOP.
Courtney Barnett | Ryan Adams | Craig Finn | Twenty One Pilots | Yo La Tengo | Sturgill Simpson | Wilco | Sufjan Stevens | Jason Isbell | Alabama Shakes | Roger Lion |
Napalm Death | Sumac | Failure | Courtney Barnett | Deafhaven | Earl Sweatshirt | Father John Misty | Ice Queens | Living Laser | Metz |
Buffy Sainte-Marie | The Lilac Time | Don Henley | Car Seat Headrest | The Waterboys | Rhiannon Giddens | The Decemberists | Richard Thompson | Ryan Adams | Tom Russell | Calexico | Steve Noonan | Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats |
Kamasi Washington | Ryan Adams | Lightning Bolt | The Orb | Godspeed You! Black Emperor | Sunn O))) | Father John Misty | Deerhunter | Jamie XX | Courtney Barnett |
Last Minute “favorite” releases of 2015. I am old, and spent most of 2016 listening to Taylor Swift’s “1989” – that is until Ryan Adams released his version of “1989”. Life is good. Anyway, in no particular order, a list of records I enjoyed over the last 12 months.
My apathy is immeasurable. Lost part of my vision and a good part of my heart (the latter is more of a metaphysical thingy) and had no desire to search for new music with the same vigor as previous years. I’m sure there was plenty of great whatever out there, but I could barely give a poop. Poop. See what I did there? Here’s some stuff I liked: THE BEVIS FROND – Example 22 STICK IN THE WHEEL – From…
Peter Stampfel | Jeffrey Lewis | Baby Gramps | Eli Smith | Robin Remaily | The Pop Group | Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts | Adrian Sherwood & Pinch | Roots Manuva | Asian Dub Foundation | Congo Natty | The Dub Syndicate | Sleater-Kinney | Belle & Sebastian
Jose Gonzalez | Sufjan Stevens | Ryley Walker | Deerhunter | Blur | Haiku Salut | Richard Thompson | the Acorn | Meg Baird | Jim O’Rourke
Car Seat Headrest || Donnie Trumpet & The Social E || periment || Father John Misty || Grimes || Joanna Newsom || Kamasi Washington || Natalie Prass || Sufjan Stevens || Susanne Sundfor || Tame Impala || The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die || U.S. Girls || Unknown Mortal Orchestra || Vince Staples || Wolf Alice