Main Poop Analysis 2006


February 2007

Greetings Fellow POOPsters:


POOP Happens. And we have reached a milestone, indeed. As POOP attains adulthood in its twentieth year, I think back to when the POOP package consisted of a pile of 7 or 8 lists crudely stapled together. That was a long time ago–before the spiral notebook editions, the stitched bindings, the plastic covers and digiPOOP. After two decades we have shown that as the world transforms itself, as crises continue to challenge us, as
leaders change, as wars come and go and sometimes come and stay, that no matter what-we can count on death, taxes, and POOP. This year 32 of us flexed our musical egos in The Twentieth Annual POmpous and OPinionated List.

If all this seems familiar, feel free to skip this paragraph. As usual, I’ve attempted to tabulate the entries and, as is customary, I’ve employed the now time-honored What-The-Hell’s-He-Talking-About-Anyway System. One more time, I’ve given 2 points to each pompoid’s Top 10 choices and 1 point to each title beyond a Top 10 or in the variously designated “honorable mention” categories (up
to 25 titles in all). I’ve pro-rated titles above 25 listed titles, hence the half-points. Basically, the more titles you listed, the less each one counted or something like that. Trust me.

So let’s get down and dirty with this year’s pile of POOP. The envelope, please:

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1. NEKO CASEFox Confessor Brings the Flood 23 (appearing on 13 of 32 lists)

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2. BOB DYLANModern Times 21 ½ points (12)

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3. NEIL YOUNG & CRAZY HORSELive At the Fillmore East: March 6 & 7, 1970 16 ½ (10)

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4. ARCTIC MONKEYSWhat People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not 15 ½ (10)

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5. BUILT TO SPILLYou In Reverse 13 ½ (7)

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6. THE RACONTEURSBroken Boy Soldiers 13 (8)

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7. BRUCE SPRINGSTEENWe Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions 12 ½ (8)

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8. JOHNNY CASH American V: A Hundred Highways 12 (8)

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9. JENNY LEWIS & THE WATSON TWINSRabbit Fur Coat 12 (7)

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10. YO LA TENGOI Am Not Afraid Of You and I Will Kick Your Ass 11 (8)

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11. NEIL YOUNGLiving With War 10 ½ (8)

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12. CAT POWERThe Greatest 10 (7)

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13. SONIC YOUTHRather Ripped 10 (6)


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14. GOB IRONDeath Songs For the Living 9 (7)

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15. THE DECEMBERISTSThe Crane Wife 8 ½ (5)

Good bathroom reading, everyone.

Mark R.

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