2015 just might become known as the year to beat when it comes to unbridled stupidity in America. But more alarming than that, I fear that with good ol’ American gumption, the coming election year will no doubt leave it behind in the dust. Recently I learned that the oft paraphrased H.L. Mencken quote, the one about how no one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people, actually had an even more apropos follow-up sentence: “Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby.” But while the American political system as we know it is currently circling the drain, we the POmpous and OPinionated have responded in the best manner we know. While some of those who would be President prattle on in their assholier-than-thou vitriol, 25 POOPsters have found 10 or 25 or so causes for which to campaign, with civil discourse and free of all squirmishes (thanks, Sarah P!). Feel the POOP.
Courtney Barnett | Ryan Adams | Craig Finn | Twenty One Pilots | Yo La Tengo | Sturgill Simpson | Wilco | Sufjan Stevens | Jason Isbell | Alabama Shakes | Roger Lion |
Napalm Death | Sumac | Failure | Courtney Barnett | Deafhaven | Earl Sweatshirt | Father John Misty | Ice Queens | Living Laser | Metz |
Buffy Sainte-Marie | The Lilac Time | Don Henley | Car Seat Headrest | The Waterboys | Rhiannon Giddens | The Decemberists | Richard Thompson | Ryan Adams | Tom Russell | Calexico | Steve Noonan | Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats |
Kamasi Washington | Ryan Adams | Lightning Bolt | The Orb | Godspeed You! Black Emperor | Sunn O))) | Father John Misty | Deerhunter | Jamie XX | Courtney Barnett |
Last Minute “favorite” releases of 2015. I am old, and spent most of 2016 listening to Taylor Swift’s “1989” – that is until Ryan Adams released his version of “1989”. Life is good. Anyway, in no particular order, a list of records I enjoyed over the last 12 months.
My apathy is immeasurable. Lost part of my vision and a good part of my heart (the latter is more of a metaphysical thingy) and had no desire to search for new music with the same vigor as previous years. I’m sure there was plenty of great whatever out there, but I could barely give a poop. Poop. See what I did there? Here’s some stuff I liked: THE BEVIS FROND – Example 22 STICK IN THE WHEEL – From Here GIANT SAND – Heartbreak Pass YO LA TENGO – Stuff Like That There KURT VILE – blieve I’m goin…
Peter Stampfel | Jeffrey Lewis | Baby Gramps | Eli Smith | Robin Remaily | The Pop Group | Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts | Adrian Sherwood & Pinch | Roots Manuva | Asian Dub Foundation | Congo Natty | The Dub Syndicate | Sleater-Kinney | Belle & Sebastian
Jose Gonzalez | Sufjan Stevens | Ryley Walker | Deerhunter | Blur | Haiku Salut | Richard Thompson | the Acorn | Meg Baird | Jim O’Rourke
Car Seat Headrest || Donnie Trumpet & The Social E || periment || Father John Misty || Grimes || Joanna Newsom || Kamasi Washington || Natalie Prass || Sufjan Stevens || Susanne Sundfor || Tame Impala || The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die || U.S. Girls || Unknown Mortal Orchestra || Vince Staples || Wolf Alice
Brothers and sisters, we survived another year on this planet. The best thing I can say about 2015 is that it is behind us. No looking back from here – blue skies ahead.
Dear PoOpoids: It is with great pleasure that I return to the poop realm and deliver the poopiest poop I know how to deliver to you. 2015 has been a challenging year however I have been able to squeeze it out for your enjoyment, happy relieving of yourselves…… Buy New or Used via Amazon Rent via iTunes [?] FAILURE – THE HEART IS A MONSTER: The first few listens I was skeptical as any die hard would be as it has been 19 years yes you read that correctly NINETEEN YEARS since their last Masterpiece – “Fantastic Planet”, however Ken…
New to me in 2015 What is new to me in 2015? To start with POOP! This is my first contribution to this fine collection of POOP Lists from many respected and/or otherwise music nerds! I’ve known many POOP contributors for more than 20 years and I’m glad somehow I have now managed to make the ranks! 2015 had some gems in it. It also revealed some gems from recent years as well. This list for me is the best of what I found and heard in 2015…not necessarily the best of things that were released in 2015. There is…
As with Sun Kil Moon last year, a single, sharp voice made the year for me—Father John Misty’s album is all at once great entertainment, giddy yet devastating satire, somber true-life folk. New friend Barnett and old friend Finn took me similar places, small stories, less-than-small stakes, real voices. The deservingly ubiquitous Lamar album totally mystified me at first but was impossible to shake off, blossoming the more I played it and talked about it.
Blundetto, Ennio Morricone, Gianfranco Plenizio, Giuliano Sorgini, kurt vile, Piero Umiliani, The Arcs, Tommy Guerrero
Courtney Barnett, Django Django, Drive By Truckers, Jason Isbell, Jesse Malin, kurt vile, Low, Richard Thompson, Songhoy Blues, The Sonics
Once again I struggle to find a Top 10 list for new albums. Because lets face it? I am not impressed by much. I really get tired of getting attacked for not being a poptimist. Yes I love rock music and rock music in my opinion is worth preserving. So if my top 10 list features old farts on it like Keith Richards, David Gilmour, Jeff Lynne and Lemmy? So be it…
Rhiannon Giddes –
J.D. McPherson –
Darlene Love –
Ryan Adams –
Bob Dylan –
Another Day – Another Time: Celebrating the Music of “Inside Llewyn Davis –
The Velvet Underground –
The Punch Brothers –
Kendrick Lamar, Courtney Barnett, Beach Slang, Hop Along, Waxahatchee, Vince Staples, Wilco, Julien Baker, Jamie xx, Father John Misty
Acre – Bjork – CHVRCHES – Courtney Barnett – Florence + Machine – Grimes – Holly Herndon – Jamie – Jlin – Mbongwana Star – Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott – Roots Manuva – Rustie – Sleaford Mods – Sleater-Kinney – Young Fathers