Eric Fine Poop 2020



Hello world. Anything new happen recently? I will leave pandemic/political discussion for another time, as I am sure we are all sick of talking about it. What I will say is the drugs must be working because I am encouraged that we are headed in the right direction and contrary to just about every other year I have been “POOPing”, I actually found a bunch of solid releases this year. With that, here goes.

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1. Dirty Projectors – 5EPS Quite a diverse collection of mini releases that sound solidly like DP. Each EP features a different singer and sound that covers all your cravings.

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2. Hum – Inlet Went into this record with low expectations. Was beyond pleasantly surprised. Shoegaze is alive and well, as if they have not missed a beat.

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3. Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher The perfect soundtrack to a solo car ride, in the fall, in New England. Laid back vide through and through.

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4. Jason Isbell – Reunions Another strong release. His voice and song writing are as strong as ever.

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5. Fleet Foxes – Shore Spacey, anthemic and hypnotic was the perfect background to working from home.

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6. Sufjan Stevens – The Ascension Another lowkey, solid release. Classically moody, good beats throughout.

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7. Flaming Lips – American Head The perfect contribution to my 2020 list. Like everything before it, lots of spacey, anthemic sounds I expect from The Lips.

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8. Thundercat – It Is What It Is Dude is out there. A George Clinton for the next generation. Not only can play but he is a great arranger, part of the new generation of jazz.

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9. Elvis Costello – Hey Clockface Opens up with some interesting spoken word, then quickly moves into the crunchy pop I expect from him. Still relevant after all these years.

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10. Jeff Tweedy – Love is the King It has been a busy year for Jeff Tweedy. Between his new book, new record and nightly Instagram show, there was a wealth of material for him.

11. Christian Lee Hutson – Beginners Sweet, soft and hushed tunes; has a very 70’s vibe. Should definitely appeal to the Elliot Smith crowd, although not as desperate sounding.
12. Waxahatchee – Saint Cloud Jangly pop, easygoing country twang. Falls squarely into the alt-country camp.
13. AdriAnne Lenker – Songs Intimate and sparse; all the things you would expect from this troubadour during a pandemic.
14. Moses Sumney – Græ Genre bending throughout, Moses is comfortable moving from classic R&B to indie rock.
15. Young Jesus – Welcome to Conceptual Beach File this under a more emo version of a Bon Iver record or early Red House Painters.
16. Bonny Light Horseman – Bonny Light Horseman Great record to listen to in your cabin in the woods.
17. KeiyaA – Forever, Ya Girl The new sound of R&B. I dig it. A bit warbly at times, it feels fresh and unique.
18. Pinegrove – Marigold Strong opening, they have become experts at building the suspense. Unfortunately, it does not carry all the way through. Still love these guys.
19. Rufus Wainwright – Unfollow the Rules Back to the basics for this pop crooner, and the basics are catchy melodies and big sounds.
20. Sam Prekop – Comma I love the hypnotic, repetitive sounds from this record. Perfect soundtrack for 2020.

Reissues

1. The Replacements – Pleased to Meet Me A plethora of demos and outtakes.
2. Lou Reed – New York A great record just got better with live versions of these classics.
3. The Grateful Dead – American Beauty 50 th Anniversary Wow, tons of new versions.
4. Neil Young – Homegrown Will never understand why it wasn’t released before but glad it is now.
5. Thelonious Monk – Palo Alto Recorded by a janitor in ‘68 and shelved for decades, great lineup.
6. Wilco – Summerteeth “The ashtray said, you were up all night”. Love that line.
7. Cream – Goodbye Tour Live 1968 Four full concerts from the supergroup. Still relevant today.
8. Richard & Linda Thomson – Hard Luck Stories 1972-1982 Packed with rarities and live gems.
9. Yo La Tengo – Electr-O-Pura B-sides and some strong covers make this a required collection.
10. The Rolling Stones – Goat's Head Soup Underrated, hopefully this will shine some light.

That is all she wrote. Good vibes and positivity full steam ahead!

Eric Fine New York City

1 Comment on "Eric Fine Poop 2020"

  1. Matthew Nerney | January 24, 2021 at 10:00 am |

    Hey, Eric! Nice to see that you’re still cracking on. Hope all is well with you and your family. Cheers!

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