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Published: 2011/02/05

A Final Look at 2010 (Staff Picks)

Here we go…

RANDY RAY

Favorite Live Performances of 2010
1. The Avett Brothers & Truth & Salvage Co. – Mesa, AZ – 4/24/10
2. Old Blind Dogs – Phoenix, AZ – 6/4/10
3. Roger Waters – Phoenix, AZ – 11/27/10
4. Garage A Trois – Phoenix, AZ – 8/17/10
5. U-Melt – Mesa, AZ – 4/1/10

Favorite 2010 Release
1. The Nels Cline Singers – Initiate
2. Professor Louie – Rugged & Funky
3. Big Light – Animals in Bloom
4. Widespread Panic – Dirty Side Down
5. Ali Baba’s Tahini – Living Room

Favorite Reissue
1. Derek Trucks Band – Road Songs
2. Grateful Dead – Road Trips, vol. 3, no. 3: Fillmore East 5-15-70
3. Widespread Panic – Johnson City 2001 – 11/20/01

Go To Disc Or Show (not from 2010)
1. John Coltrane – A Love Supreme
2. Stereolab – Cobra and Phases Group Play Voltage in the Milky Night
3. Elvis Presley – How Great Thou Art
4. Tangerine Dream – Encore
5. Frank Sinatra – The Best of the Columbia Years: 1943-1952

*****

MIKE GREENHAUS

Favorite Live Performances of 2010
1.Phish, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Alpharetta, GA, 7/3-4
2.Real Estate, Rock Off Concert Cruise, New York, NY, 11/13
3.My Morning Jacket, Terminal 5, New York, NY, 10/18-19; 20
4.The Hangout Beach, Music & Arts Festival, Gulf Shores, AL 5/14-16
5.Surprise Me Mr. Davis>Marco Benevento Trio>The Slip, Tipitina’s French
Quarter, New Orleans, LA, 4/24

Favorite 2010 Release
1.Arcade Fire, The Suburbs
2.Yeasayer, Odd Blood
3.Disco Biscuits, Planet Anthem
4.Mumford & Sons, Sigh No More
5.The Barr Brothers, The Barr Brothers

Favorite Reissue
1.Jimi Hendrix West Coast Seattle Boy: The Jimi Hendrix Anthology
2.moe. Smash Hits Volume One
3.Grateful Dead Road Trips Vol. 3 No. 3

Go To Disc Or Show (not from 2010)
1. MGMT, Oracular Spectacular
2.Phish, The Story of the Ghost
3.Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes Up From Below
4.The National, Alligator
5.Real Estate, Real Estate

*****

BRIAN ROBBINS

Favorite Live Performances of 2010
1. Crosby, Stills & Nash Red Rocks, Morrison, CO 6/2/10
2. John Hiatt Strand Theater, Rockland, ME 9/16/10
3. Phish Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, ME 10/19/10
4. Yonder Mountain Port City Music Hall, Portland, ME 10/24/10
5. Allman Brothers Orpheum, Boston, MA 11/19/10

Favorite 2010 Release
1. Jon & Roy – Home (Touch off a Sunday morning with this and the rest of the week can’t help but be good.)
2. Jesse McReynolds – Songs Of The Grateful Dead (Jerry would’ve loved it.)
3. Los Lobos – Tin Can Trust (Still getting it done.)
4. Ray Wylie Hubbard – A. Enlightenment B. Endarkenment (Hint: There Is No C) (I said it a year ago and I still mean it: the best work to date from the king of the living Headneck poets.)
5. Widespread Panic – Dirty Side Down (I can’t help it: I’m a sucker for JB’s interpretation of a hippie lounge lizard on the title track.)

Favorite Reissue
1. Rolling Stones – Exile On Main Street (On which the Stones out-Exile everyone that’s ever been compared to them.)
2. Bob Dylan – The Original Mono Recordings (Just exactly perfect.)
3. Delaney & Bonnie & Friends – On Tour With Eric Clapton (The one supergroup that nobody called a supergroup but truly deserved the title.)

Go To Disc Or Show (not from 2010)
1. David Crosby – If I Could Only Remember My Name
2. Mick Taylor – Mick Taylor
3. Stir Fried – Electrifried
4. Lee “Scratch” Perry – Roast Fish, Collie Weed & Cornbread
5. Neil Young – Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere

*****

BRANDON FINDLAY

Favorite Live Performances of 2010
1. Black Keys, 8/8, Val-Air in Des Moines 2. Levon Helm, 9/18, Woodstock
3. The Heavy, 7/4, 80/35 Fest, Des Moines
4. Jamie McLean Band, 5/20, Des Moines
5. Sounds strange, but my favorite live music experience is local (neighborhood) jazz, blues and folk. Sorry for the crap answer.

Favorite 2010 Release
1. Mulennium, Gov’t Mule- favorite, not best.
2. Brother, Black Keys
3. Fuzz Machine, Marc Ford
4. Interpretations: Bristish Songbook, Bettye Lavette (Get if you don’t have)
5. Emotion and Commotion, Jeff Beck

Favorite Reissue
1. Exile on Main Street, Rolling Stones
2. Raw Power, Iggy and the Stooges,
3. Bitches Brew, Miles Davis

Go To Disc Or Show (not from 2010)
1. Dose, Mule
2. Disc 3 of 4-disc Led Zeppelin box set, LZ- The Epics
3. On An Island, David Gilmour
4. Mike Farris- Live at the Twist and Shout
5. Chris Lizotte- Signal Hill Revival

*****

TARALEIGH WEATHERS

Favorite Live Performances of 2010
1. Phish New Year’s
2. Phish Atlantic City 10/30/2010
3. Ryan Montbleau Band with Al at Moe.down
4. Lotus at Liberate Music and Arts Festival
5. McLovins at Nateva
6. Sim Redmond Band at Grass Roots

Favorite 2010 Release
1. Ryan Montbleau Heavy on the Vine
2. Zach Deputy Sunshine
3. Phish Alpine Valley DVD
4. Jeff Bujak A Coordinate Time Remix Collection 1
5. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes Up From Below

Go To Disc Or Show (not from 2010)
1. Zach Deputy Out of the Water
2. Talking Heads Speaking in Tongues
3. The Very Best of Daryl Hall and John Oates
4. Sim Redmond Band Life is Water
5. Ryan Montbleau Heavy on the Vine

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Comments

There are 4 comments associated with this post

Will February 17, 2011, 12:48:05

I hate to break it to everyone, but neither ‘Valleys of Neptune’ nor ‘West Coast Seattle Boy’ (the two Hendrix “re-issues”) are re-issues…

Music Master February 8, 2011, 10:22:48

You are all wrong!

yilano February 9, 2011, 10:53:55

my favorite live perfomance in 2010 was Furthur. no particular date or place, but i also saw many of the bands picked in other people’s to ten, and I would say that they were not even close. Their sound system alone is better than most other bands.

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