Jim Meyers Poop 2017



Last year at this time I was as ill as this Country appears to be now. I felt like I was dying and just didn’t care about much of anything except my misery and myself. My plague passed, the Nation’s (Not The National, that’s an entirely different story) I fear may be nearing terminal status. Where are the protest singers? Where are the protest songs? I’m seeing Pussy Riot in May so maybe that will be the first in what I hope is a burgeoning musical Resistance. That being said, somewhat clumsily, I admit, I included a few titles from ’16 on my list (Noted by *). That is one of the reasons why this list matters, I may never have heard of Car Seat Headrest if it wasn’t for my fellow PooPers. This year they were in constant rotation and I saw them live. Thank you all. Let’s be better . . . at everything. Can we start with science?

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The Mats play it mostly straight and prove they were the best American band on the planet, at the time, and for always, amen.

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COURTNEY BARNETT/ KURT VILE — LOTTA SEA LICE
Courtney: “Kurt are you into Neil Young?”
Kurt: “Yup.”
Courtney: “Should we do the best Neil record in 20 years?”
Kurt: “Yup.”
Jim: “Yup.”

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CAR SEAT HEADREST* — TEENS OF DENIAL
I love the 90’s. Drunk Driver/Killer Whales is one of my favorite songs of all time. Great live band, as well.

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FRIGHTENED RABBIT* — PAINTING OF A PANIC ATTACK
Guitars, and brogues, bad attitudes, nihilism, and hope.
And guitars and brogues. Brilliant. And ferocious live.

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Somewhat redundant, sometimes brilliant.

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As fine as they’ve done, which means among the greatest power pop released this Century.

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NEIL YOUNG — HITCHHIKER
Sometimes redundant, sometimes brilliant.

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BASH & POP — ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN
Right in my wheelhouse. Matsy/Facesy greasy grooves.
Highlight of my year was playing kazoo with Tommy during his local in-store acoustic show.

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So bummed I missed his show in Kingston. What a talent.

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SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS — SOUL OF A WOMAN
R.I.P

VARIOUS ARTISTS — OSCAR REICHGOTT’S BAR MITZVAH
Assembled by, um, me. I knew it was going to be an awesome mix when he told me, “Basically, Uncle Jim, there can never be too much Clash.” And also Pixies, Dinosaur jr, Fugazi, Gaslight Anthem, and Nightmares For a Week. You get the idea. Assuming this was the most punk rock ever played at The Boston Museum of Science.

LET’S BE BETTER.

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