John Greak Poop ’11


POOPLIST 2011: the Randy “Macho Man” Savage Memorial Edition


This is all last minute, of course – why think about any of it?

In some particular order, here are my favorite records of 2011. Enjoy?



cover of Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - Mirror Traffic  Buy New or Used via amazon
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Mirror Traffic
In the name of all that is (not) holy, get the Senator a blow job already!



cover of Explosions In The Sky - Take Care, Take Care, Take Care  Buy New or Used via amazon
Explosions In The Sky – Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
FNL-y.



cover of Raphael Saadiq - Stone Rollin'  Buy New or Used via amazon
Raphael Saadiq – Stone Rollin’
Groovy.



cover of Beirut - The Riptide  Buy New or Used via amazon
Beirut – The Riptide
Beiruty.



cover of John Vanderslice - White Wilderness  Buy New or Used via amazon
John Vanderslice – White Wilderness
Vanderslicey.



cover of Wilco - The Whole Love  Buy New or Used via amazon
Wilco – The Whole Love
Clinesy.



cover of Zomby - Dedication  Buy New or Used via amazon
Zomby – Dedication
Aphex Twinsy.



cover of Fucked Up - David Comes To Life  Buy New or Used via amazon
Fucked Up – David Comes To Life
Crunchy.



cover of If By Yes - Salt On Sea Glass  Buy New or Used via amazon
If By Yes – Salt On Sea Glass
Lovely.



cover of Gillian Welch - The Harrow & The Harvest  Buy New or Used via amazon
Gillian Welch – The Harrow & The Harvest
Finally.



Good Times Live Shows

Hold Steady @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg (Brooklyn)
Hold Steady @ Beekman Beer Gardens (NYC)
Sharon Van Etten @ Bar (New Haven, CT)
Go-Go’s @ Irving Plaza (NYC)
Sebadoh/Richard Buckner @ Bowery Ballroom (NYC)
Neko Case @ Bearsville Theater (although I was a little bummed by the performance)
The Cure @ Beacon Theatre (NYC)
Yo La Tengo @ Maxwells (Hoboken, NJ)
Yo La Tengo @ Toad’s Place (New haven, CT)
Smoking Popes @ The Loft (Poughkeepsie)

I was also lucky enough to go to a screening of the Replacements documentary “Color Me Obsessed”, and the ‘Mats tribute show that followed, highlighted by covers performed by Craig Finn & Tad Kubler, Patrick Stickles (of Titus Andronicus), Bree Sharp, Jesse Malin, Kevin Kinney, and plenty of others. ! great night in celebration of Westerberg, Mars, and the brothers Stinson! (And a little Slim as well.)



RIP Randy Savage, Vaclav Havel, Gil Scott-Heron, Sidney Lumet, Peter Yates, Sherwood Schwartz, Michael Gough, Mikey Welsh, and anyone else that exerted some influence over my personal pop culture (de)evolution before passing from this world. I also mourn the passing of the Jose Reyes era in Mets history, but eagerly await the Ruben Tejada era. And the Lucas Duda era. And the Ike Davis era.

Enjoy 2012; tell the Mayans/Republicans/Frackers/One Percenters/Phillies fans to go fly a kite!

John Greak






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