Thursday, January 15, 2009

PoOPlist is moving!

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The end has come for the blogspot version of the pooplist. All posts from now on will be on

PoOPlists are archived at

The links to the left point there now.

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Tuesday, January 06, 2009

The Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton found dead at 60 (AP)

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

What "long tail"?? Most music didn't sell a single copy in 2008 | Music |

According to a study by the UK royalties agency most music didn't sell a single copy in 2008. But I'd say figures are more likely to be accurate for these items, the 13 million tracks offered for sale on the internet, rather than the notoriously prone to under-reporting LP/CD sales. So much for the long tail. (

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Did you know that FAC 191 was a cat?

Factory Communications UK Discography - Part 4 A fascinating set of pages listing all the FAC releases in the UK. Yet another work of lunatic scholarship for which the web is ideal.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Which just goes to show that even published journos/professors/book writers/bloggers have gaps in their knowledge...

O-Dub introduces the track, and then says EXACTLY what I said to myself when I first heard this song in 1990 "This song is epic and a definite face-melter. How have I never heard this before? I feel so unworthy of its greatness. " Soul Sides: Lorraine Ellison: The Song That Rocked

Monday, December 15, 2008

Let the guessing games begin...

See if you can figure what percentage of these: NPR Listeners Pick The Year's Best Music : NPR Music CDs will be on our own PoOPlist 2008 (my bet is 75 to 80%). Depressing? Affirming? Discuss...

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Trust me, this will make you feel good...

YouTube - Holy Ghost VS Andy C & MC GQ - Baptazia NYE 2007 - part 3 Turn it up loud if you can. BTW, YouTube user "airloaf", who made this one, has a bunch of other cool ones.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Techdirt: Why A Music Tax Is A Bad Idea

Techdirt: Why A Music Tax Is A Bad Idea Just as innovative businesses and musicians are working out how to make this digital music thing work, Warner Brothers wants to reward the failed business model...

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

From 2007 : The Best Music Snob T-Shirt Ever

Mens 2XL for me please...

Thursday, December 04, 2008

M.I.A. track nominated as Record of the Year!

Full list of Grammy nominations. Go Diplo!!!!!!!!!!!! Also listed are too many Coldplay items. Here's a little experiment; you're a music fan, how many of these records do you own?

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Wireless Buccaneers Pirate Radio Tapes

Energy Flash Simon Reynolds on "golden age" pirate radio tapes from London rave/'ardcore scene. Small list of places to download tapes.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Edwyn Collins

A touching piece from Edwyn Collins, post-stroke. My feathered friends (Guardian UK) "A stroke left musician Edwyn Collins unable to walk, read or write. Three years on, he's back with his band. And it's all thanks to these birds."

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

FactMagazine - 20 best: Jungle

FactMagazine - 20 best: Jungle k-punk with a nice, dense, chewy look at 1992 - 1996

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Beatles Box includes iPod classic

Costs only $800 but at least the shipping is free. (Bloomingdales) But what exactly do they mean by "includes two masters"?

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Gone to the great Go-Go in the sky

Robert Reed, keyboard player for Trouble Funk has died. A couple of places in "my all-time favourite top 8 live shows" list are held by the great TF. It's taken as read that the DC Go-Go scene never really made it out of Chocolate City because the recorded artifacts never lived up to the live events, but I've always wondered if maybe the records would have done better if the shows had not but sooooo bloody great.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Mikey Dread Dead

Monday, February 18, 2008

A Funk Inferno

When Martin Luther King was assassinated 40 years ago, only one US city was spared the riots that followed. Ed Vulliamy tells the extraordinary story of a James Brown gig that changed history. (Observer UK)

Relative Geeks

Funny story. At record show in Boston last week. It's being held by a particular promoter in conjunction with his regular comic book show. A regular NYC customer comes up to me and says "Did you you ever think that the record show guys would NOT be the geekiest people in the house...?" Nice one! I swear, one of the guys had a Dalek tattoo! (Which must be akin to having a yellow peel-off banana tattoo or something)

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The Incredibly Handy Music-Blogger “Best of 2007″ List Cheat-Sheet

Published October 12 2007.... nice!
Although, PoOPlist went for Wilco, from the "Not. Bloody. Likely" section. Unlike anybody else.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Ho Hum

Grammy results. PoOpsters may (?) be pleased that Amy Winehouse seems to have done OK.

Monday, February 04, 2008

You've Got PoOP!!!!

February 2008

Dear Comrades-In-POOP:

Let there be POOP. And there was. And it was good.

At age 21, POOP enters adulthood. After two decades of blather and bile, POOP seems to have taken on a life of its own. We’ve developed quite the tight community of music lovers who each year, with a little cajoling, faithfully bundle their favorites into cute little lists. It’s all very sweet. I feel like a proud papa (to quote one list). This year a record 36 fans, fanatics and people with some serious record collecting issues have bundled.

If you’ve been here before, 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. Somehow it works.

So find a comfortable chair and ask, “Let’s see where he buried my list this year?” I present: the answer key:

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1. WILCO – Sky Blue Sky 22 (appearing on 13 of 34 lists)


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2. AMY WINEHOUSE – Back To Black 20 (10)


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3. NEIL YOUNG – Live at Massey Hall 1971 17 ½ (11)


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4. SPOON - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga 16 ½ (10)


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5. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN – Magic 15 (8)


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6. RADIOHEAD – In Rainbows 14 ½ (10)


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7. PANDA BEAR – Person Pitch 13 (8)


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8. I’m Not There original soundtrack – 10 ½ (7)


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9. ROBERT WYATT – Comicopera 10 (5)


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10. IRON AND WINE – The Shepherd’s Dog 9 ½ (7)


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11. DINOSAUR JR. – Beyond 9 ½ (6)


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NEW PORNOGRAPHERS – Challengers 9 ½ (6)


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ROBERT PLANT & ALISON KRAUSS – Raising Sand 9 ½ (6)


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14. LEVON HELM – Dirt Farmer 9 (5)


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15. SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS – 100 Days 100 Nights 8 ½ (5)


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THE SADIES – New Seasons 8 ½ (5)

Good bathroom reading everyone.
Mark R.

(Web pompoid Zip adds: Approximately half a dozen PoOPs remain to go up on the web. That will happen soon...)


Saturday, February 02, 2008

New poops up from Emilio Alicia Bill Still and others PS I am typing this on my friend's iPod Touch.

Monday, January 28, 2008

The Hype Machine - 2007 Music Blog Zietgeist

BTW: That "other" list is out

Friday, January 25, 2008

New PoOPs up

Raissa St. Pierre
and NEW PoOPster: Eric Steinman ... welcome!!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Rappers unite for Edward Tufte!!

Sunday, January 13, 2008

DC go-go update

Steinski (finally!) has a blog. A recent post gives a really interesting overview of the current DC go-go scene. Some really nice video clips too.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

First PoOPs of the new year are in

First PoOPs of the new year are in: Mike Jurkovic Andy Stewart Ken Beck

And now, a word from our fearless PoOPmeister... 'Tis the season [again] to write POOP lists, fa-la-la-la-la. The usual ground rules, which include:

  • limit your swill to 2 sides of a page
  • make it copy-ready by leaving at least a one inch margin on both sides
  • deadline: NO LATER THAN JANUARY 31st!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Send to this email address AS AN ATTACHMENT, if you are able to do so
  • Also send me a hard copy to the address below
  • Toss in a few bucks. I never state how much because somehow each year your contributions just about cover the mailing/printing costs within a few bucks
  • spread the POOP. Anybody can contribute!
  • Any format that works for you works for POOP
  • Also send your list as an attachment to for CyberPOOP [viewable at]
Thanks for all. Look for hardPOOP during the first week of February and CyberPOOP throughout January. Happy Kringle and Betty Grable to you. mark ++++++++++++++++++ if you need the mailing address, email zip

Sunday, December 09, 2007

How's this for a Christmas single...

Malcolm Middleton used to be in Arab Strap. He's released solo record and one of the songs on it, We're All Going To Die, is about to be released as a "Christmas Single" in the UK. The "Christmas Single" is a long-lived and somewhat odd little artifact of the UK charts. Basically, it comes from the fact that the UK market is so small that if a (not always huge) number of people all buy a single on the same day, and for a couple of days afterwards, the song stands a very good chance of getting into the official charts. Once it's on the charts, of course, the pop radio stations must play it and thenit is on its way. This is one of the main reasons why the UK charts move so much more quickly than the US charts. It is also the reason that underground dance music has a much better chance of reaching the charts in the UK than in the US. If every DJ in the land buys a record on the same day it gets into the charts. And so to the "Christmas Single". It used to be that if a single was Number One at Christmas, it could expect to have a nice bump in sales as every parent and granny would buy it for the kiddies' stockings. This lead to a series of "Christmas Single Wars", set up by record companies and the music press. Blur vs. Oasis was a famous one. In recent years the media feeding frenzy has expanded to include Then there are the charity singles. The most famous, of course, is "Do They Know It's Christmas", but there are a raft of others. Pick your charity or cause and there is bound to be a Christmas single for it. Autism, Child Poverty etc etc. Here's the site:

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Friday, October 19, 2007

I must be halluncinating

I just saw an American Express commercial on TV. The soundtrack was "Gimme some Money" by spinal Tap.