2014 was a pretty rough year for the world. While good music might ordinarily offer a diversion from the bad and the ugly, occasionally a year comes dangerously close to getting its ass kicked. Seasoned as we are after 28 years of committing POOP to paper and post, we persevere and continue (in the face of beheadings, ebola, Boehner’s new band of blowhards, “I can’t breathe,” and climate calamity) to cling to both bad alliterations and silly year-end lists. Or do we? This year only 26 self-important pontificators got their cool cards punched (2 fewer than last year).
Buy New or Used via Amazon Rent via iTunes [?] 1. BECK – Morning Phase: I only own two cd’s by Beck- the two morose folky albums which I guess says a lot about me. That said, this is a beautifully constructed and recorded song cycle. Buy New or Used via Amazon Rent via iTunes [?] 2. THE WAR ON DRUGS – Lost in the Dream: This was drugs for the ears. I kept hearing bits and pieces that just wormed their way into my brain. I love…
I neglected to post last year. Life in the way of… whatever. I’ve got kids. They rule and they are completely wonderful distractions. Now, I’m writing this at 6 am on the day that it is due, outside of my home: the only way to get it done proper. Again, whatever.
The Events The biggest musical event of my year was The Boston Calling music festival. I’ve avoided festivals for the last 20 years or so and approached this with some trepidation, fearing a sweaty mass of humanity and my hysteria level of claustrophobia. The Replacements though, I had to go. My fears were assuaged immediately upon entering the beautiful and comfortable brick and concrete park smack in the middle of downtown Boston. Neutral Milk Hotel were great but a bit pretentious. As I expected. The Hold Steady had the unenviable task of playing under a searing sun and a heat…
All About That Bass — — TOP 10 (mostly) associated with great gigs in the Hudson Valley
Ariel Pink: Pom Pom ~ Wowie zowie! Derivative of Zappa’s first few albums, but who cares? Rosenberg carries on Frank’s absurdist satire and sonic chaos as if he were a genetically-related mutant offspring. You need this for mental health.
1) Modern Baseball – You’re Gonna Miss It All — 2) Spoon – They Want My Soul — 3) Taylor Swift – 1989 — 4) Lives of the Obscure – Into the Stacks — 5) the Hotelier – Home…Like No Place There Is — 6) Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness — 7) Chumped– Teenage Retirement — 8) Vince Staples – Hell Can Wait EP — 9) Protomartyr – Under Color of Official Right — 10) You Blew It! – Keep Doing What You’re Doing
Sundy Best is a really uncool country duo that could anchor Blake’s team on The Voice. Yes, I am embarrassed how much I enjoy their incredibly catchy and syncopated John Cougar Americana songs about drinking, true love and Kentucky. Fumaca Preta combines garage rock, Latin pyschedlia, fuzzy guitars, reverb, and it’s a trashy blast.
Where does the time go? I thought I just finished writing the 2013 list, and here I am again. POOP and taxes – the only 2 things I can count on to start the New Year off right. And the similarities don’t end there – they are both painful to get out but once I receive something back in the mail, all the pain becomes worth it. Thankfully, the % of money Mark requires is substantially less than my accountant. Anyway, here’s last year’s notables, as I see it:
My Fourth POOP DISC-CLAIMER (disc-lamer?): It’s official. I’ve stopped looking for music by new artists. If whatever is out there is good enough, I’m figuring it’ll find me. As in the previous few years, about half my list this time around is either old stuff or it’s new stuff trying to be old stuff, a trend I don’t see reversing itself anytime soon. I’m not being crabby, mind you. Just realistic. Okay, maybe a little crabby.
1. Sun Kil Moon – Benji — 2. Taylor Swift – 1989 — 3. St. Vincent – St. Vincent — 4. Run the Jewels – RTJ2 — 5. Sleaford Mods – Divide and Exit — 6. Caribou – Our Love — 7. Vince Staples – Hell Can Wait EP — 8. Perfume Genius – Too Bright — 9. Lydia Ainsworth – Right from Real — 10. The War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream
A Safe and Measured Appreciation of Popular Culture: 2014 Edition –
by Patrick Kennedy –
1. Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire for No Witness –
2. Spoon – They Want My Soul –
3. St. Vincent – s/t –
4. The Hotelier – Home, Like Noplace Is There –
5. Run The Jewels – RTJ2 –
6. Flying Lotus – You’re Dead! –
Another year gone and another list put together, so in no particular order here are the albums I listened to the most over the last 12 months.
As I have grown increasingly disillusioned with most recent music, 2014 seemed particularly suckie musically… My contribution to the Poop List is 10 (no seven!) really good or maybe even great records you’ve likely never heard… that came out sometime in the past. What? A DJ that is not interested in what is happening now? Sacrilege! You, my son, are in danger of becoming… irrelevant! Well DJ-ing is irrelevant, now that anyone can hit the sync button and throw their arms in the air… and after all… aren’t we ALL irrelevant? Hell, even the Pixies are irrelevant… Indie Cindy? Blech! Todd Terje, not for me… Anyway, here goes…
It’s safe to say my albums list will not include anything by Beyonce, Drake, Lil Wayne, Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande, Nikki Minaj, Igloo Australia aka the Kangaroo or any other offender of musical taste. I love what I love and if people like this stuff, that’s fine. I am just some Baseball, Rock and Boxing rockist who is in a Basketball, Hip-Hop and MMA world.
1.CARLA BOZULICH – BOY (CONSTELLATION) I had a dream a few nights ago. The world was ending, I was in a plane that was torn in two and heading for a crash. I jumped out, knowing I would catch fire and die screaming. I jumped and started to burn. I woke up on the ground, laughing. I’m not sure what the hell that has to do with this album, except it seems deceptively dark. When it’s over you have a few welts, but what the hell.
1) Sun Kil Moon – Benji (Caldo Verde) >> Ultimately, I’m kind of glad that Kozelek threw himself from grace with the War on Drugs stuff. The shine on this album was a little too bright. I’m not talking about discovery greed here; it’s not that I wanted this thing to myself, or could ever imagine having it that way (who would even admit to that!?). …
Taylor Swift – 1989
Ex Hex – Rips
Parquet Courts – Sunbathing Animal
Sharon Van Etten – Are We There
Old 97s – Most Messed Up
The Both – Self Titled
The Hold Steady – Teeth Dreams
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Wig Out At Jagbags
The Rural Alberta Advantage – Mended With Gold
Cheap Girls – Famous Graves
Buy New or Used via Amazon Rent via iTunes [?] Reverend Horton Heat: REV (Victory) I’m so glad that they went back to their crazed Rockabilly sound. There’s still a couple slower toe tappers with that country twang but they are damn good as well. It’s their best since Full Custom Gospel Sounds back in 1993. Buy New or Used via Amazon Rent via iTunes [?] OFF!: Wasted Years (Vice) This is about as riff-driven a disc as you can get. I loved First Four EP’s but this…
Doug Paisley – Strong Feelings
Hollie Cook – Twice
Ty Segall – Manipulator
Tommy Guererro – Perpetuum
Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern…