There's a HUGE difference between "The Top 10 Albums of 2010" and "My Top 10 Albums of 2010." The first of course is complete horse shit no matter who you are. So rather than telling you which new music from 2010 I enjoyed, I'd like to keep with the tradition of mixing it up with my end of year music post, which seems almost obligatory at this point.
This year was a great year for live music and myself. Living in the city proper made it way easier to see shows and I definitely made more of an effort. Clearly, Bonnaroo was instrumental in cementing 2010 as the best year in live music for me.
Was there a best show? If you count Bonnaroo as a single show, then duh. But I will say the best 2-night punch in my life was Social D, Lucero and Frank Turner on a Tuesday night and the following night was Me First and the Gimme Gimmes. If you want to hear a story of shenanigans, ask me some other time about the Me First show. See those dudes if you can!
Here is a non-comprehensive list in alphabetical order! (I'm sure I'm missing a few, but I tried really hard to remember everything and isn't trying your hardest all that counts in life?) Please also keep in mind that I passed on Green Day. They came to "DC" in the middle of the summer and played Meriwether Post Pavilion or Jiffy Lube Live (formerly Nissan Pavilion) neither of which I have any interest in going to anymore.
Have a good end of the year peoples!
Brian Fallon (of The Gaslight Anthem)
Daryl Hall w/ Chromeo
Dave Hause (of The Loved Ones)
Great Explainer, The
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
Motion City Soundtrack
Reel Big Fish
Saves the Day
She and Him
Two Cow Garage