Here Are the Songs They Play at a Mid Afternoon Bingo Game
1:04 pm: In about 25 minutes, I’m going to be DJ-ing a mid afternoon bingo game, with my Poop 2012 list. The game is for the nursing home’s ambulatory residents, of which there are several dozen. I’ve probably DJ’d fifteen of these things already. It’s like being a DJ at a nightclub, except this party will take place in the activity room and nobody told them not to let in Alzheimer’s patients.
1:08: Oh Poop. They’re serving cake at this dance. That’s actually kind of great. There’d probably be less hostility at proper bingo games if they gave away cake, right?
1:34: There’s a resident in here with a tattoo on the back of her neck. That’s neat. It reads, “Caliente Pantalones.” Literally, that’s Spanish for “Hot Pants,” but she’s 85, so basically it means “I Need to Have My Diaper Changed.”
1:37: I’m playing Mark Stewart‘s “Stereotype“, a straight rip-off of 80’s synth-pop disco from “The Politics of Envy“, wherein he makes the Nine Inch Nails album we always knew he had in him. Just the tip of the On-U iceberg this year, even though Adrian Sherwood had nothing to do with it, or the “Exorcism of Envy” remix album. Later on, if we’re still awake, I’ll put on Adrian Sherwood’s own rather mellow “Survival & Resistance“, or Little Annie‘s “State of Grace“, wherein she’s a little less cabaret, a little more rock & roll. Or for a pick me up, I’ll program a track from Tackhead‘s election special “Funky President” – but I wish they’d release Sherwood’s remix of Caspa‘s remix of TC‘s “Where’s My Money?” What the frack is happening right now?
1:40: Oh snap. Went from Stewart straight to Taylor Swift‘s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together“, which is basically a more modern, shiner version of Dolly Parton music. But there’s hints that as she grows up she might turn into an American Bjork.
1:45: “Thinkin’ Bout You“? Frank Ocean? Zero continuity. Whadda expect – I couldn’t have spent any time planning this mix, right? I mean, poop. I shoulda put on an oldie by Prince. At least Prince was fun.
1:49 Time for the Christmas sing-along, “Tinsel and Lights” by Tracey Thorn. With her melancholy voice, coulda been the saddest Christmas album ever, but it wasn’t, it was actually (relatively) upbeat.
1:53 This’ll confuse ’em: singing along to the Invocation from Sun Araw‘s “Icon Give Thanks” album with The Congos – start nodding off to the muddiest dreamiest sounding Nyabinghi album since the Black Ark burned down.
2:00: Time to put them to sleep: Some Harold Budd, or Brian Eno‘s “Lux” should do the trick.
(Apologies to Shea Serrano)
So that’s basically what happened in music in 2012, innit?
Here’s my 2012 PoOP List
11. Elizabeth Mitchell – Blue Clouds
11.1. Elizabeth Mitchell – Little Seed: Songs for Children by Woody Guthrie
12. Little Annie & Baby Dee – State of Grace
13. Peaking Lights – Lucifer
13.1. Peaking Lights – Lucifer in Dub
14. Prince Fatty Presents Holly Cook In Dub
14.1. Prince Fatty vs. The Drunken Gambler
15. King Midas Sound – Without You
15.1. Burial – Street Halo / Kindred
16. Saint Etienne – Words and Music by Saint Etienne (Deluxe edition with remixes)
17. Stew & The Negro Problem – making it
18. Bettye LaVette – Thankful ‘n’ Thoughtful
19. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
20. Brian Eno – Lux
Oh, there were some Gigs: Best gig was Gary Lucas‘s outing at The Penthouse at The Standard in January – amazing solo guitar versions of Dvořák’s New World Symphony with the lights of the East Village at our feet. Gary’s old partner in crime, Peter Stampfel, always presents a high old time with his Ether Frolic Mob (sometimes including John Cohen) whether they’re at The Jalopy in Red Hook or at Zebulon (both in Brooklyn). And Peter’s old comrade, Baby Gramps, was a real kick at The Black Swan.
Other area shows/events: the Hudson Valley Gamelans – Gamelan Chandra Kanchana & Gamelan Giri Mekar (including yours truly) at Bard in December – being in a concert is more fun than listening to one. As a Poopster alumnus can attest with her group Otto & Raissa Count to 4, another fun show at The Colony. The Strawberry Hill Fiddlers (twice), the 420 Funk Mob with George Clinton at Bearsville, Ed Palermo‘s Big Band plays Frank Zappa at The Falcon in Marlboro, Simone Felice at The Falcon as well, The Silver Hollers at the High Meadow School, Rick Lange‘s production of 1776 at Rhinebeck, the Sinterklaas Parade, Elizabeth Mitchell and Peter Schickele at Maverick (separately), the Battlefield Band at the Town Crier, Gary Kvistad‘s Drum Boogie Festival at Byrdcliffe.
Farther afield: Doug Wimbish‘s Wim>>Bash in Hartford, with Living Colour and JungleFunk (and 2 parts of TackHead), Doc Watson‘s Merlefest in Wilkesboro with Blind Boy Chocolate & The Milk Sheiks, Stefan Grossman, Roy Book Binder and The Waybacks. In NYC: Stew & The Negro Problem at Joe’s Pub, Peaking Lights at the Unsound Festival. And in Croton: a really good Clearwater Revival this year with Tinariwen, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Balkan Beat Box, Forro In The Dark, Guy Davis, Joan Osborne, Jill Sobule, Arlo Guthrie & Family, and Elizabeth Mitchell again.
|Taylor Swift – We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together||Peter Stampfel – New Fortune|
|Lee Perry – What’s Wrong With You?||Cory Daye – Deputy Of Love|
|Three Bonzos and a Piano – Holey Cheeses||Mark Stewart – Stereotype Italoconnection Remix|
|Peter Stampfel – Drunken Banjo Waltz||Neneh Cherry – Dream Baby Dream Four Tet Remix|
Reissues: I asked a Poop Emeritus why they no longer contribute to this list, and said Poopster said that they no longer listen to new music. Well, that shouldn’t be any problem; there are plenty of new old releases to keep the ears burning! So here’s my list of Reissues & Best-ofs:
|1. The Tymes – So Much In Love (doo-wop concept album years before Sister Susie Cinema)||8. Michael Nyman – Michael Nyman Band (the Piano Records album)|
|2. Captain Beefheart – Bat Chain Puller (official release)||9. Michael Hurley – Back Home with Drifting Woods (Folkways outtakes)|
|3. Sedition Ensemble – Regeneration Report (could be Neneh Cherry & The Thing 30 years ago)||10. Karen Dalton – 1966|
|4. Lee Perry & The Upsetters – High Plains Drifter||11. Frank Zappa – Greasy Love Songs (Ruben & The Jets original mix)|
|5. Smith & Mighty – Three Stripe Collection||11. Frank Zappa – Greasy Love Songs (Ruben & The Jets original mix)|
|6. Ron Rogers with Cory Daye, Aural Exciters, Adriana Kaegi – N.Y.C. Lost and Found (original (?) version of Deputy of Love?)||11.1. Frank Zappa & Van Morrison – Dead Girls of London (official release on the Birthday Bundle in Dec. 2011)|
|• Blind Boy Chocolate & The Milk Sheiks – Asheville Infamous||• Fennesz + Sakamoto – Flumina|
|• Mimi Goese & Ben Neill – Songs for Persephone||• Chilly Gonzales – Solo Piano II|
|• Mimi Goese & Ben Neill – Songs for Persephone||• Antibalas – Antibalas|
|• Marconi Union – Different Colours||• Galactic – Carnivale Electricos|
|• various Kompakt artists – Pop Ambient 2012||• Dirty Dozen Brass Band – Twenty Dozen|
|• Dirty Dozen Brass Band – Twenty Dozen||• Arvo Part – Adam’s Lament|
|• Jozef Van Wissem & Jim Jarmusch – Concerning the Entrance into Eternity||• James Blackshaw – Love Is The Plan, The Plan is Death|
|• Slow Six – Tomorrow Becomes You||• Terry Riley – Aleph|
|• Three Bonzos and a Piano – Bum Notes||• Icebreaker with BJ Cole – Apollo|