John Lefsky Poop ’12



I’m listening to POOP possibles as I type this. I don’t suppose I can have an extra month so I can investigate the intriguing SHINDIG Top Ten, not one title I have heard. Guess not. OK.



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1. Ty Segall BandSLAUGHTERHOUSE Ty released 3 records this year, all worthwhile. This one sounds like he’s been eating Hawkwind for breakfast, with a bit o’ Blue Cheer. Fuzz, hooks, phlegm.

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2. Volcano The BearGOLDEN RHYTHM/INK MUSIC Just out of curiosity, I Googled VTB and This Heat. SHAZAM!!! Been listening to these guys for years, and this is their most accessible. Some Canterbury influence. (Canterbury means Prog Rock for people who are afraid to admit they like Prog Rock.)

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3. Getatchew Mekuria & The Ex & FriendsY’AMBESSAW TEZETA Friends include Hans Bennink, Misha Mengelberg and Ken Vandermark. This is more Mekuria’s show than their last collaboration. The Ex gently swing and sway, pulling back from the martial chaos they can cause, and it works.

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4. The Residents Present Coochie BreakSONIDOS DE LA NOCHE Basically the Residents without Randy singing. The vocals, by former member Carlos, are almost all in Spanish. The whole album has a melancholy air, devoid of the Residents more eccentric tendencies.

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5. The Electric MessFALLING OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH Farfisa, hooks, snarling female vocalist. Doesn’t let up. As much as I liked their debut, this one leaves it in the dust.

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6. Thee Oh SeesPUTRIFIERS II Wow, only one record this year. Last year they put out three. Moving away from the garage and towards more melodic psych/pop.

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7. Wreckless Eric & Amy RigbyA WORKING MUSEUM “Rebel Girl, Rebel Girl” should be a hit. Well it is with me, along with the rest of this melodic wonder. Proof that heartfelt doesn’t have to mean mawkish.

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8. The IntelligenceEVERYBODY’S GOT IT EASY BUT ME You can be a clever smart – ass as long as you have the hooks to back it up. I’m also a sucker for a mellotron.

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9. Alexander TuckerTHIRD MOUTH It’s hard to write this stuff without the inevitable comparisons. I’m thinkin’ side 2 of “Before And After Science,” but with a heavier psych/folk bent. What would I do without the words “garagey” or “psych”? I think I finally weened myself off of “angular” and “jagged.”

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10. UV RACERACISM Some primo stupidity from Australia. “I’m a pig, I’m a pig, can’t you dig?…oink oink oink oink,” guitar solo.

11.Slug GutsPLAYIN’ IN TIME WITH THE DEADBEAT
12. Neneh Cherry and The ThingTHE CHERRY THING
13.POP. 1280THE HORROR
14. Wadada Leo SmithTEN FREEDOM SUMMERS
15. The Brian Wilson Shock TreatmentOPERATION SUN PROBE
16. Timmy’s OrganismRAW SEWAGE ROQ
17. Royal HeadacheROYAL HEADACHE
18.Andre Williams & The SadiesNIGHT & DAY
19.Giant Giant SandTUCSON
20. The Chrome CranksAIN’T NO LIES IN BLOOD


Other stuff:

CeremonyZOO, Neil YoungPSYCH PILL/ AMERICANA, Redd KrossRESEARCHING THE BLUES, Cheap TimeWALLPAPER MUSIC, Guided By VoicesTHE BEARS FOR LUNCH, Kelan Philip Cohran & The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Ty SegallTWINS/HAIR, U.S. GirlsGEM, K-HolesDISMANIA, Titus AndronicusLOCAL BUSINESS, Aimee MannCHARMER, Heavy BlanketHeavy Blanket, Db’s FALLING OFF THE SKY, Apache Dropout BUBBLEGUM GRAVEYARD, Swans THE SEER, Sun Araw & The CongosICON GIVE THANK

Comps, reissues, dug up:

V/A STRANGE PASSION:EXPLORATIONS IN IRISH POST PUNK,. V/A TALLY HO:FLYING NUN’S GREATEST BITS, Rick Springfield BEGINNINGS, Toy Love LIVE AT THE GLUESPOT, Zs THE COMPLETE SEXTET WORKS, V/A LA ONDA VAMPI, The Normals VACATION TO NOWHERE.

In one orifice and out:

Dylan, Springsteen, Mumford And Sons, Alabama Shakes, Cat Power, XX, Jack White, Sun Kil Moon,

Shows

The Feelies – Club Helsinki, Richard Thompson – Bearsville, Yo La Tengo/Feelies – Maxwell’s, Zs – BSP, Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby – BSP, Aimee Mann – Bearsville, Southern Culture On The Skids, Jon Langford & JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound – Madison Square Park; Gillian Welch – The Egg

Movies:

Don’t make it out to the movies too often, so these may not all be 2012 flicks:
1.THE MASTER 2. WEEKEND 3. ATTENBERG 4. THE AVENGERS 5. THE GREY.
Other goodies – COMPLIANCE, THE CHRONICLE, BEAUTY IS EMBARRASSING, BERNIE, ROADIE, ALPS, CABIN IN THE WOODS, ARGO, THE FORGIVENESS OF BLOOD, THE RAID.
Almost, not quite, some good scenes and performances: MOONRISE KINGDOM, COSMOPOLIS, BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, THE DEEP BLUE SEA,

Special mention – DARK KNIGHT RISES and PROMETHEUS. Dull, stupid and long. Nolan made one pretty good flick, MEMENTO, held together by a good central performance. DARK KNIGHT is the worst of a useless trilogy. PROMETHEUS looks like the beginning of a useless trilogy.

Looking at other lists, much was missed. A lot of music falls through the cracks because there is more great music put out independently. To find some of it, you have to contact the bands and labels directly. It’s worth the trouble.

John Lefsky




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