I've re-listened to every unforgettable moment of the 72 performances I've seen and selected my favorites. Below is a compilation of all these recordings presented as one continuous show. It's a hand picked selection of the best recordings I've made all year. They serve as examples of how rewarding the effort can be, but also as an affirmation that live music can move you in a way like no other.
Keep in mind recording conditions are different from night to night. Therefore, each recording will have it's own sonic characteristics and will sound slightly different. Optimal listening conditions include the volume cranked LOUD on a nice home stereo system with a cold one :) ENJOY and THANK YOU for visiting my blog throughout the year, whether you've just found it or have been here a bunch.
Winter Warmer 2010
Wappy Sprayberry (Umphrey's McGee - Electric Factory - 02.27) Probably the strongest set opener I heard all year and one of my new favorite UM tunes.
Act Together (Band of Horses with Eddie Vedder - Prudential Center - 05.18) Never miss an opener for PJ. Eddie makes an appearance with BoH for this Stones' cover.
Good Guys Bad Guys (Camper Van Beethoven - World Cafe Live - 01.13) Vintage Camper
Slacked Shot Billy (The Black Keys - moe.down - 09.05) Perfect example of what's so great about The Black Keys and a song (to the best of my knowledge) that hasn't been featured on a commercial yet.
Quittin' Time (Erik Deutsch - World Cafe Live - 07.24) First time seeing Erik. We were treated to a phenomenal early show upstairs with this song being my highlight.
Punk Rock Guilt (Dead Kenny G's - North Star Bar - 07.09) A slamming number with Stanton Moore sitting in on drums prior to Garage A Trois' set.
Sticks and Stones (Nate Wilson Group - North Star Bar - 11.20) Nasty Nate and Adam Terrell bringing some heavy grooves.
The Road (Cornmeal - Haddon Lake Park - 07.14) Probably my best recording of the year. This is an UNREAL exploration compliments of Allie and crew.
Another Brick In The Wall Part 3 > Goodbye Cruel World (Roger Waters - Wells Fargo Center - 11.09) The last few bricks before setbreak.
Crazy Queen (Orgone - moe.down - 09.05) Funk City! Hands down my favorite sets from moe.down XI
2001 (Phish - Susquehanna Bank Center - 06.25) On the one year anniversary of MJ's death, Phish paid homage to the King of Pop in their own spontaneous way.
Hear My Train A Comin' > Let My Baby Ride (North Mississippi Allstars - World Cafe Live - 02.25) On a snowy night in late February, NMA blessed us with a spirited performance to keep us toasty. This particular combo lit the place on fire.
Jukebox Hero (The Brew - moe.down - 09.05) Is it possible to cover Foreigner any better? Serious Rock Band moments in this gem.
Dig Further Down (Mike Gordon Band - moe.down - 09.05) Cactus doing what Cactus does best: Laying bass bombs. Scott Murawski's no slouch either.
Bloody Bill (South Memphis String Band - World Cafe Live - 04.02) Luther demonstrates why he's king in more ways than electric. A truly stirring performance by these talented musicians unplugged.
540 Groove (Rubblebucket - North Star Bar - 04.17) It's only a matter of time until this band takes off. This particular performance was off the charts in terms of energy.
Oye Vaya (Earl Greyhound - Kung Fu Necktie - 11.19) This was the loudest performance I've seen in about ten years, but in all the right ways. Don't miss this band if they're coming to your town.
Paper Dragon (moe. - Tower Theater - 10.09) moe.'s triumphant return to Philadelphia. One of twelve new tunes originals the band debuted this year.
Carbohydrates Are The Enemy (RAQ - Bowery Ballroom - 04.30) This capped off the second set of RAQ's three and a half hour comeback show.
ENCORELukin II (Pearl Jam - Madison Square Garden - 05.21) Another way to skin a cat. Eddie accompanied by a string quartet for a version of Lukin that completely reinvented the song.
Black Red Yellow (Pearl Jam - Madison Square Garden - 05.21) What better way to follow Lukin II than with a song I never thought I'd see live.
Porch (Pearl Jam - Madison Square Garden - 05.20) This is one no-nonsense Porch complete with a little Black Sabbath.
The sets are mp3s compressed as .rar files. Find instructions for how to download HERE