Jeff Schwartz Poop 2015


Dear PoOpoids:
It is with great pleasure that I return to the poop realm and deliver the poopiest poop I know how to deliver to you. 2015 has been a challenging year however I have been able to squeeze it out for your enjoyment, happy relieving of yourselves……

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FAILURE – THE HEART IS A MONSTER: The first few listens I was skeptical as any die hard would be as it has been 19 years yes you read that correctly NINETEEN YEARS since their last Masterpiece – “Fantastic Planet”, however Ken & co. don’t want to be embarrassed, so they delivered & delivered strongly. Walls of sound & space aged throughout as we know them to be. Live show was equally phenomenal – chock full “classics”.

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JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD – WASTED ON THE DREAM: They put out 2 records this year, the other one is also on this year’s list, however both are completely different from each other. “Wasted” is more 2-3-4 minute song oriented and provides many toe tapping songs which get stuck in one’s head – ear candy is a term that could be used here. Guest appearances add to the deliciousness with Bethany Cosentino from Best Coast and the one & only Ian Anderson from you guessed it, Jethro Tull. Listen & be enlightened, welcome to the brotherhood.

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JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD – GLOBAL CHAKRA RHYTHMS: Second offering from later in the year was a surprise, and quite different from WASTED. If you were wasted while listening to this one, you’d be transformed to another dimension into a trance like state of euphoria. This isn’t for everyone, but has a majority of 6, 7 & almost 8 minute long trancelike voyages.

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THE SWORD – HIGH COUNTRY: Back with a roar, bringing back the heavy sludgy monster riffs this time more musically complex and bluesy at times. These guys fly under the radar, however musically they are quite underrated. Of course I was hesitant to embrace this one still feeling like their last effort didn’t deliver like 2010’s Warp Riders, but kudos to me for giving it a chance. Well truth be told, went to see them live for this current tour and was hooked – next day picked up the record and now I’m all in. Even got my 5 year old son digging the heaviness and head bobbin to the sludge – NICE!

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COURTNEY BARNETT – SOMETIMES I SIT and THINK, and SOMETIMES I JUST SIT: OK like most I am quite impressed with this record, her freshness, cleverness & wit. Lyrically and with her down under accent, who can deny how solid it is, and she can rock the axe as well, so what could be bad? Her “LIVE AT ELECTRIC LADY STUDIO” release later in the year, also quite nice.

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BUILT TO SPILL – UNTETHERED MOON: Wasn’t sure how to anticipate this one, seemed like as golden as they were, they had slipped just a bit. Certainly to quote their earlier lyrics from years ago, “you were wrong!” that be I was wrong. Nice to hear some new tunes and great tunes from the master.

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EAGLES OF DEATH METAL – ZIPPER DOWN: Been a fan for a while and always look forward to their offerings. Duran Duran cover wasn’t great & they could have picked a better song, or even a better group to cover, but overall the rest of the songs are what Rock N’ Roll is all about, only thing missing is a cold beer and having a good time.

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KURT VILE – B’LIEVE I’M GOIN DOWN: Another solid effort from the singer-songwriter extraordinaire, who’s probably on most of your lists this year you PoOpoids! So you all know I’m guessing so why do I have to write about it, since you all know – yes? I’ll take my chances and figure yes. Thanks.

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PARQUET COURTS – MONASTIC LIVING: It’s an EP, but I am listing it. It’s noise, it’s instrumental & it’s long ongoing and abstract. Some would say shit, I say Poop.

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BEST COAST – CALIFORNIA NIGHTS: Was never really on board with them before, but I am digging her voice & the tunes. She can play guitar, rock out and also gets credit for the cameo on Wasted on the Dream and hanging with the JTB boys as well (see above).

Yours poopingly,
JEFF SCHWARTZ – GREEN BROOK, NJ


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