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Jack Cooper (Ultimate Painting) & Cut Worms tell us their Top 10s of 2017

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We’ve been running end-of-year lists from lots of different artists, such as Kevin Morby and Parquet Courts’ A. Savage, and more. We’ve got two more lists here, the first being from Ultimate Painting’s Jack Cooper who released his excellent first solo album, Sandgrown, this year and toured North America with Savage. Jack says:

I ended last year stranded in New York after recording an album with Andrew Savage from Parquet Courts. My passport and wallet were either stolen or lost in the snow and I spent a few days waiting for an emergency passport, pining for home and England. I made myself a playlist that reminded me of home and began compiling a bunch of half finished songs of mine that would become my solo album ‘Sandgrown’. A few months later, after finishing the album, I bought a compilation called ‘English Weather’ assembled by Pete and Bob from Saint Etienne and I was weirded out to find many of the artists that I’d included on my playlist were on the record, specifically JLT by T2 and Til The Christ Comes Back by Bill Fay sat right next to each other. The compilation sat perfectly with what I wanted to do with my record… I guess something was in the air. Touring as much as I have over the last few years, Brexit and my twenties disappearing into the distance have made me feel increasingly English.

Jack’s list includes that English Weather compilation, as well as records by Richard Dawson, Robert Sotelo, Dead Rider, and more. Jack adds, “I’d like to pick out Rick Tomlinson‘s album, Phases Of Daylight, as something that particularly resonated with me this year. I’ve loved most of Rick’s stuff and admire his approach and outlook. He’s a very talented chap.” Stream that album, Jack’s solo album, and check out his list below. PS new Ultimate Painting album in 2018.

Secondly, we’ve got Max Clarke of Cut Worms who we picked as one of the best new(ish) rock artists of 2016 and will release his debut album in 2018 via Jagjaguwar. Max opted to do something different for his list: his “Top 10 best ‘top 10 fail videos’ on YouTube,” and who in 2017 couldn’t use a laugh? Marriage proposals, Wheel of Fortune, news reporters, water slides and more all go horribly wrong in videos on his list. Watch, and read Max’s commentary for each one, below.

Cut Worms, who played constantly in NYC (and elsewhere) in 2017, will open for Allah Las at Brooklyn Steel on January 20 with Sam Evian on the bill as well (tickets). He’ll also be on tour in the UK in 2018, all dates are listed along with a stream of this year’s Alien Sunset demos EP, below.

JACK COOPER’S FAVORITE ALBUMS OF 2017
Rick Tomlinson – Phases Of Daylight (Voix)
Robert Sotelo – Cusp (Upset The Rhythm)
Ash & Herb – Northern Lights (Flower Room)
Dead Rider – Crew Licks (Drag City)
Bob Stanley & Pete Wiggs present ‘English Weather’ (Ace)
Pictures Of Saint Paul Street – Greg Ashley (Trouble In Mind)
Nicole Mitchell – Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds (FPE Records)
Bitchin Bajas – Bajas Fresh (Drag City)
Jon Hassell – Dream Theory in Malaya (Fourth World Volume Two) (Tak:Til)
Richard Dawson – Peasant (Weird World)

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Cut Worms’ Top ten best “top 10 fail videos” on YouTube:

10. Top Ten News Reporting Fails:
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This is a classic Top 10 fail video that shows people on the news failing. It’s really funny and its so embarrassing for these news anchors, which is funny because news anchors sometimes need a little taste of their own medicine, am I right?

9. Top Ten Best DJ Fails:
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What’s better than a DJ failing? According to this list, 8 other things, however DJs failing has got to be one of the most outrageously funny things and you’ve just got to watch this one.

8. Top 10 MOST HILARIOUS Water Slide Fails (Best & Funniest Water Slide Fails)
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Can you imagine trying to go down a waterslide and then failing? Well that’s what this video is about.

7. Top 10 Tutorial Fail
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This kind of fail video is where there’s someone trying to teach you something and then they fail at doing that. This, in my opinion, adds to how funny it can really be when someone fails especially because they think that they are better at doing something then you, and then what happens? They fail. End of Story.

6. Top 10 Wheel of Fortune Fails
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Wheel of Fortune, wow what classic and great shows. It’s been on for centuries. Only thing that’s better is when someone on this show fails. Can I buy an F? How about an A, Vanna? maybe an I? And then I’ll solve the puzzle… That’s rich!

5. 10 Marriage Proposal FAILS
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This video has ten (count ‘em) fails in which someone is trying to propose marriage to someone else and they fail big time! It’s pretty funny because that’s a big moment in your life that you’re trying to do and its all going so bad. Fail!

4. 10 Wedding FAILS
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This one is sorta like the proposal fail one, except they made it past the proposal, (so far so good!) but then AH! fail at the wedding! You can’t write this stuff I’m telling you. Amusing!

3. Top 10 Funny Kid Fails
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I love kids I think they have such interesting views and perspectives on the world… some people even say they are the future. I don’t know about that but, i just gotta say its still hilarious when they fail.

2. Top 10 Celebration FAILS of All Time! (watch here)
Picture this: You’re a big football star and you scored one, and you’re really on top of the world so you wanna celebrate and then you fail. Oh how the mighty will fall. I’d pay to see this one but luckily its free on YouTube.

1. Top 10 Funniest Fail Videos On The Internet
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This is it, compadre, the cream of the crop. It doesn’t get any better than this. Someone actually did an exhaustive search of the whole internet and found the top 10 funniest videos and put them in one place…. but wait… no… FAIL! It’s not even the real top 10 funniest. They failed at their fail video. Up next — my top ten list of the top 10 most failing-est “top 10 fail videos.” Good Luck.

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Cut Worms – 2018 Tour Dates
Jan 18, 2018 Tomorrow Never Knows Festival Chicago, IL
Jan 20, 2018 Brooklyn Steel Brooklyn, NY
Feb 22, 2018 Louisiana Bristol, United Kingdom
Feb 23, 2018 Night & Day Manchester, United Kingdom
Feb 24, 2018 Whelan’s Dublin, Ireland
Feb 26, 2018 King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut Glasgow, United Kingdom
Feb 27, 2018 Brudenell Social Club Leeds, United Kingdom
Feb 28, 2018 Scala London, United Kingdom

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