Monday, December 20, 2010

2010 in Live Music

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!

Against Me!
Brandi Carlile
Brian Fallon (of The Gaslight Anthem)
Daryl Hall w/ Chromeo
Dave Hause (of The Loved Ones)
Defiance Ohio
Dropkick Murphys
Educated Consumers
Flaming Lips
Frank Turner
Gaslight Anthem
Great Explainer, The
Jay Z
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
Motion City Soundtrack
Muscle City (Dood Computer + Dizzo)
Reel Big Fish
Rise Against
Saves the Day
Say Anything
She and Him
Silversun Pickups
Social Distortion
Stevie Wonder
Tenacious D
Two Cow Garage

Friday, December 17, 2010

Some Of My Best Work

As some of you know, I recently visited south Florida, home of old Jews and complete weirdos. This is not the epic saga of my journey but rather a moment of joy.

I decided at some point that it would be funny to attach a personalized license plate holder to my Mom's car to give it a little more personality. I did just that and here it is:

Best $25 I ever spent. The best $100 was on the clown (see below).

The answer to your question is, No. No my Mom does not know this is affixed to her vehicle. Neither does my sister. The answer your next question is also, No. No, neither of them will read this. If it was facebook, maybe, but they won't see it here. Please don't ruin this for me if you know either of them.

I assume, that the first time she'll notice it there is when someone calls her a "great mother" in the Publix parking lot.

Until next time...

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Frank Turner

If you haven't become a massive Frank Turner fan by now, you're probably going to hell. Regardless, I saw him with his full band this year for the first time and I'm undecided as to whether I prefer that or solo. Check his newest...