Articles by KenB

Ken Beck Poop 2021

Courtney Barnett, Low, Dinosaur Jr, Teenage Fanclub, The Besnard Lakes, Jose Gonzalez, My Morning Jacket, Kiwi Jr, Aeon Station, Leo Nocentelli, The Who, The Sparks Brothers,

Ken BeCK PoOP 2017

Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile,
Kevin Morby,
queens of the stone age,
Roger Waters,
The Feelies,
The Replacements,
The War on Drugs,

Ken Beck Poop 2016

Go Fuck Yourself 2016 Seriously… Beck PoOp What a hellaciously bad year this has been. That is one thing we Poopsters have in agreement. I mean, I don’t expect to see anyone writing about some self-released Kid Rock or Nuge album here, right? Clearly for political reasons (he who shall not be named) but also for finding new music to honestly give a shit about, I’m down to 8 titles. One of which is simply a deluxe 3CD version of an album that has been out in various forms since the 80s and the other a 5CD various artists collection…

Ken Beck Poop 2015

Built To Spill – Courtney Barnett – Eagles of Death Metal – Fargo – Jim O’Rourke – Ken Beck – kurt vile – My Morning Jacket – The Velvet Underground – Titus Andronicus – Tobias Jesso Jr

Ken Beck – PoOP 2014

Stephen Malkmus & The JicksWig Out at Jag Bags
The lyrical play, song craft and guitar wizardry is at an all-time high on this his fourth outing with the Jicks. How can one not chuckle with a song title like “Cinnamon and Lesbians”? Aside from Jeff Tweedy, I’d be hard pressed to find someone from the 90s this consistently great.

Ken Beck Poop 2013

BeCk PoOp 2013    Buy New or Used via Amazon Kurt Vile – Wakin on a Pretty Daze [Matador]    Buy New or Used via Amazon Queens of the Stone Age – … Like Clockwork [Matador]    Buy New or Used via Amazon Yuck – Glow and Behold [Fat Possum]    Buy New or Used via Amazon Of Montreal – Lousy With Sylvianbriar [PolyVinyl]    Buy New or Used via Amazon Superchunk – I Hate Music [Merge]    Buy New or Used via Amazon Endless Boogie – Long Island [No Quarter]    Buy New or Used via Amazon Shuggie Otis – Inspiration Information/Wings of Love [Sony]    Buy…

Ken Beck Poop ’12

BeCk PoOp 2012   Buy New or Used via Amazon Tame Impala – Lonerism [Modular] I get a contact high virtually everytime I put this on. Hoping that Todd Rundgren will produce their next record. Then again TI’s Kevin Parker and mixer Fridmann did a great job, so why fix what ain’t broke?   Buy New or Used via Amazon Spiritualized – Sweet Heart, Sweet Light [Fat Possum] Pierce returns with what I felt was his most inspired recording since 2001 Let It Come Down. Heartbreakingly gorgeous symphonies mixed with driving psych rock. My spirits are high.   Buy New or Used via…

Ken Beck PoOP ’11

At the end of the year when I go back and figure out what musically excited me and throw all the titles onto the digital paper, I can’t help but feel self-conscious about how narrow my tastes continue to be, even at age 42. Thankfully this year I can finally say that I have broadened my horizons with not only Bombino’s Agadez but also Raphael Saadiq’s Stone Rollin’. I stumbled upon Agadez through a random NPR album stream one uneventful day at work. Mr. Moctar is from the Northern African region of Tuareg and was raised on a steady diet…

Ken Beck Poop ’10

 Buy New or Used via amazon 1. JUNIP – Fields [Mute] Jose Gonzales reforms his old band of Swedes who have a thing for 70s keys and synths that John Paul Jones must have leant them.  Buy New or Used via amazon 2. THE BESNARD LAKES – The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night [Jagjaguwar] Blissed-out, droney heaven that Kevin Shields would thoroughly approve. The album Low should have made right after “The Great Destroyer”.  Buy New or Used via amazon 3. BOB DYLAN – The Witmark Demos [Columbia] Spare, nuts & bolts versions of songs we all know, but…

Ken Beck Poop 09

  Buy New or Used through amazon  OR   @ eMusic 1. St. Vincent – Actor [4AD] A sublime blend of John Cale, Bowie and the edginess of TV on the Radio. Annie Clark sure plays a mean guitar.   Buy New or Used through amazon  OR   @ eMusic 2. Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest [Warp] Finally an album to rival Department of Eagles’ “In Ear Park”. Far more listenable and satisfying than Animal Collective’s release from this year.   Name Your Link  OR   @ eMusic 3. Built To Spill – There Is No Enemy [Warner Brothers] Hard to…

Ken Beck Poop 02

1. Beck Sea Change DGC/Geffen Records Once again, he’s outdone himself. Even Jackson Browne should be suitably impressed with this gloom n’ doom beauty. Take Mutations and remove any semblance of humor. 2. Aimee Mann Lost in Space Superego Records I don’t understand how Bachelor No. 2 got raves and this one seems to fly under the radar for most. If she has more of these in her misery treasure trunk, by all means keep em comin! 3. Super Furry Animals Rings Around the World Beggars/XL Records A real mish-mosh of Beatle-pop, electronica insanity and 70s cliché-isms. A real feast…

Ken Beck Poop 01

Graduating Class – 2001 Pernice Brothers – – The World Won’t End (Ashmont Records) “Most likely to make Big Star & Alex Chilton drop a load in their pants” The New Pornographers – – – Mass Romantic (Mint Records) “Most likely to squelch any further Canadian jokes.” Ted Leo/Pharmacists – – – The Tyranny of Distance (Lookout Records) “Most likely to end up in intensive care for severe tendon damage.” Fugu – – – Fugu 1 (Minty Fresh Records) “Most likely to change the way most people feel about the French.” Death Cab For Cutie – – – The Photo…