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My 2010 Wrap Up: Shows

Here's a quick list of the shows from the past year that I went to and was blown away at. Think I'm just going to name a venue and then list the artists that I saw there. Sorry, trying to remember the dates for all of these would just hurt my brain too much. You're on the internet, look it up if you really want to know! :) Mercy Lounge (Nashville, TN) - Lucero w/Glossary, Old 97's w/Hayes Carll

Minglewood Hall (Memphis, TN) - Lucero w/Cory Branan

The Pageant (St. Louis, MO) - Patty Griffin, The Flaming Lips, Cracker/Camper Van Beethoven (2009?)

Old Rock House (St. Louis, MO) - Hum, Justin Townes Earle, Jay Farrar

Riverport (St. Louis, MO) - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers w/Drive-By Truckers

Firebird - Ultimate Fakebook, Drag The River w/Cory Branan

Pop's (Sauget, IL) - Gaslight Anthem w/Chamberlain and Tim Barry

Forest Park (St. Louis, MO) - LouFest

Off Broadway (St. Louis, MO) - Lucero, Tim Barry, Cory Branan, Two Cow Garage, The Great Crusades w/The Saps and Dana Anderson

St. Louis area bands that I saw at various locations - The Scapegoats, Belleview, Kentucky Knife Fight, Breakmouth Annie, The Livers, The Blind Eyes, The Monads, Fattback, Doc Ellis Band, Trophy Mules, Dibiase, Franklin Felix, Blood Pony, Old Lights, John Henry and the Engine, Highway Companion, Goodtime Engineers... I know I'm forgetting some other important ones, sorry!

I know there has got to be other shows I'm forgetting, but all these really stuck out. It was a good year for live music here around the Lou. There are a lot of great original bands kicking out very good jams around the Lou, be sure to get out there and support your local musicians. LouFest had a great showing for a first year event and had a really good, interesting lineup. Here's to hoping they build on that and we can finally have a big festival type event right here in our neck of the woods. Off Broadway continues to be the best venue in town, hands down. The staff there absolutely rocks, the sound is always great, and they're continually trying to improve the place. Kudos to Steve and his staff! 2011 is already shaping up to be another good year of shows, get out there and feel the joy of live music.

My 2010 Wrap Up: Albums

Hey folks out there in the interwebs! I'm going to go ahead and kick off my existence on this here blog with a wrap up of the albums from 2010 that really left a mark. I thought I might make numbered lists and try to rank the albums, but that would take me all of 2011 and I already feel bad about not having posted anything on here yet. :) So, here goes... Two records that I bought in late 2009 that go on this list because I spent a lot of time listening to them in 2010. (See, I'm already messing up the rules.)

Tom Russell - Blood And Candle Smoke

Lucero - 1372 Overton Park

Records that were put out in 2010 that I actually bought.

Two Cow Garage - Sweet Saint Me

Tim Barry - 28th & Stonewall

Micah Schnabel - When The Stage Lights Go Dim

Gaslight Anthem - American Slang

Minus The Bear - Omni

Belleview - Fountains

Bruce Springsteen - The Promise

Ultimate Fakebook - Daydream Radio Is Smiling Static

The stuff that I should have bought in 2010 that I haven't yet list...

Sage Francis - Li(f)e

Atmosphere - To All My Friends, Blood Makes the Blade Holy: The Atmosphere EPs

Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

The New Pornographers - Together

Alejandro Escovedo - Street Songs Of Love

Justin Townes Earle - Harlem River Blues

Drive-By Truckers - The Big To-Do

Neil Young - Le Noise

Old  97's  - The Grand Theatre Volume One

Carolina Chocolate Drops - Genuine Negro Jig

Patty Griffin - Downtown Church

Wow, I didn't buy a whole lot this year. This may have to do with listening to lots of satellite radio and hearing most of this stuff quite regularly on there. It could also be because most of the music stores, er, stores that sell music around here totally suck. Most of my trips to Vintage usually end up with me going "What was I looking for again?" Their stock has been pretty crappy lately as well also, I really should hit up Euclid more often. Actually, most of the stuff I did buy I either bought at a show or pre-ordered from the artist's website. That's probably better for the artist anyway. Well, those are the records in 2010 that caught my attention and my ears found appealing. I'm sure I forgot a lot of other really good records, please be sure to yell at me for doing so. Next post, memorable shows from the 2010.

Best Of Reissues/From The Vaults - 2010


  1. Bruce Springsteen - Darkness On The Edge Of Town [Boxset] [Columbia]
  2. Bob Dylan - The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964 (The Bootleg Series Vol. 9) [Columbia]
  3. Elvis Costello - Live At Hollywood High [Hipo]
  4. R.E.M. - Fables Of The Reconstruction [Deluxe Edition] [I.R.S./Capitol]
  5. The Rolling Stones - Exile On Main Street [Deluxe Edition] [Universal]
  6. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Damn The Torpedos [Deluxe Edition] [MCA]
  7. Iggy & The Stooges - Raw Power [Deluxe Edition] [Columbia]
  8. Miles Davis – Bitches Brew [Legacy Edition (2CD/1DVD)] [Columbia]
  9. Tommy Keene – Tommy Keene You Hear Me: A Retrospective 1983-2009
  10. Weezer - Pinkerton [Deluxe Edition]
  11. Orange Juice - Coals To Newcastle [Domino]
  12. The Cure - Disintegration [Deluxe Edition]
  13. Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - III/IV [Pax Americana]

Best Albums Of 2010

  1. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs [Merge]
  2. The Gaslight Anthem - American Slang [Side One Dummy]
  3. Josh Ritter - So Runs The World Away [Pytheas]
  4. The Black Keys - Brothers [Nonesuch]
  5. Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest [4AD]
  6. The New Pornographers - Together [Matador]
  7. The National - High Violet [4AD]
  8. The Mynabirds - What We Lose In The Fire We Gain In The Flood [Saddle Creek]
  9. Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses - Junky Star [Lost Highway]
  10. Titus Andronicus - The Monitor [XL]
  11. Band Of Horses - Infinite Arms [Columbia]
  12. Alejandro Escovedo - Street Songs Of Love [Fantasy]
  13. Peter Wolf - Midnight Souvenirs [Verve]
  14. John Mellencamp - No Better Than This [Rounder]
  15. Spoon - Transference [Merge]
  16. Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings - I Learned The Hard Way [Daptone]
  17. Teenage Fanclub - Shadows [Merge]
  18. Justin Townes Earle - Harlem River Blues [Bloodshot]
  19. Alejandro Escovedo - Street Songs Of Love [Fantasy]
  20. Bruce Springsteen - The Promise [Columbia]
  21. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Mojo [Reprise]
  22. She & Him - Volume Two [Merge]
  23. Ted Leo & The Pharmacists - The Brutalist Bricks [Matador]
  24. Beach House - Teen Dream [Sub Pop]
  25. The Hold Steady - Heaven Is Whenever [Vagrant]
  26. Midlake - The Courage of Others [Bella Union]
  27. Vampire Weekend - Contra [XL]
  28. Drive-By Truckers - The Big To-Do [ATO]
  29. Neil Young - Le Noise [Reprise]
  30. Joanna Newsom - Have One On Me [Drag City]
  31. Jenny And Johnny - I'm Having Fun Now [Warner Bros.]
  32. The Tallest Man On Earth - The Wild Hunt [Dead Oceans]
  33. The Fresh & Onlys - Play It Strange [In The Red]
  34. Carolina Chocolate Drops - Genuine Negro Jig [Nonesuch]
  35. Jesse Malin - Love It To Life [Side One Dummy]
  36. Ok Go - Of The Blue Colour Of The Sky [Paracadute]
  37. Blitzen Trapper - Destroyer Of The Void [Sub Pop]
  38. The Old 97's - The Grand Theatre Volume One [New West]
  39. Belle & Sebastian - Write About Love [Matador]
  40. Best Coast - Crazy For You [Mexican Summer]
  41. The Black Angels - Phosphene Dream [Blue Horizon Ventures]
  42. Jamey Johnson - The Guitar Song [Mercury Nashville]
  43. Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs - God Willin' & The Creek Don't Rise [RCA]
  44. Elvis Costello - National Ransom [Hear Music]
  45. Patty Griffin - Downtown Church [Credential]
  46. Ben Folds & Nick Hornby - Lonely Avenue [Nonesuch]
  47. Broken Social Scene - Forgiveness Rock Record
  48. Superchunk - Majesty Shredding [Merge]
  49. Court Yard Hounds - S/T [Columbia]
  50. Mavis Staples - You Are Not Alone [Anti]
  51. Johnny Cash - American VI: Ain't No Grave [American]
  52. Jakob Dylan - Women And Country [Columbia]
  53. Roky Erickson with Okkervil River - True Love Cast Out All Evil [Anti]
  54. Broken Bells - S/T [Columbia]
  55. Rufus Wainwright - All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu [Decca]
  56. Rogue Wave - Permalight [Sub Pop]
  57. Griffin House - The Learner [Nettwerk]
  58. Minus The Bear - Omni [Dangerbird]
  59. Avi Buffalo - S/T [Sub Pop]
  60. Robert Plant - Band Of Joy [Es Paranza/Rounder]
  61. Trampled By Turtles - Palomino [Banjodad]
  62. The Avett Brothers - Live, Volume 3 [American]
  63. John Prine - In Person & On Stage [Oh Boy]
  64. Tim Barry - 28th And Stonewall
  65. Dierks Bentley - Up On The Ridge