Thursday, December 23, 2010

Best of 2010 Part 4 (cont)


And the editors picks:

Albums:

I haven't listened to as many albums (as in past years) for various reasons. These are the albums I could listen to over and over again and never get tired.

3) Sleigh Bells - Treats
    I wonder if this female singer wasn't attractive would their live shows be considered so revered? She really doesn't add much to the lp with all the distortion/sampling that careens over her voice. Saw them live and thought they were fun, but a 'must see'? I am not sure.

2) Miles Kurosky - The Desert of Shallow Effects
    I love Beulah and I really loved this album. Not just because I am a fanboy, but because it was freaking good. It took me a couple of listens, but it never left my player.

1) MGMT - Congratulations
    While many didn't appreciate this like Oracular Spectacular I found it enchanting. I enjoyed this album even more than Oracular just because they created a sound soooo different. While one of the most boring live acts I saw this year, it still makes my #1 album.

Shows:

3) Tie: Miles Kurosky - Brillobox 3/29/10 /Tim Kasher - Thunderbird Cafe - 11/22/10 - This was a toss up for me so I included both. These guys provided the audience with so much showmanship and crowd interaction that it made it a disappointment if you missed out. From Kasher (Cursive fame) buying a shot of Jameson for everyone at Thunderbird (when is the last time you heard of that), to Kurosky inviting anyone and everyone on stage to play with the band. Pure satisfaction.

2) Apples in Stereo - 4/17/10 - 123 Pleasant Street - This was in Morgantown, WV but damn what a show. People openly smoking on the floor, old folks in E6 shirts and AIS in futuristic outfits. I had so much fun I forgot I was in Morgantown.

1) Paul McCartney - 8/19/10 - Consol Energy Center - Never seen him, probably never will again. But talk about a musician that has performing down to a science. That is PM. Best show I have seen in quite some time and one that will be in the memory banks until the day I die.

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