So Zac and I were discussing doing something a little different to bring in 2011. He had the idea of writing lists of our top 10 albums of 2010. This sounded good… until I realized that I don’t think I’ve even listened to 10 new albums in 2010, let alone have a top 10 list. You might think this is strange, the fact is that I’ve been so engrossed in live music over the past year that I have become completely out of touch with studio music. I have amassed many GBs over the past year but they are about 98% SBDs and other live recordings.
So in lieu of my shamefully low knowledge about 2010’s studio albums I have decided to throw together a list of the Midwest’s best live bands. This list is intended to not only highlight those acts I thought made huge leaps in 2010 but also who I think will continue to be a force into 2011. The present and the future. The Midwest is brimming with amazing music right now!
5. The Twin Cats
Seth Catron, Nick Gerlach, Cam Reel, Adam Catron, Phil Geyer (not pictured)
4. Strange Arrangement
Joe Hettinga, Jimmy Conry, Steve Sinde, Kevin Barry
Peter Briarwood, Bradley Longwood, Chuck Oakton, Clutch Johnson
2. Ultraviolet Hippopotamus
Dave Sanders, Russ Olmsted, Brian Sanders, Sam Guidry (we will miss you man), Joe Phillion & Casey Jones (not pictured)
Billy Brouse, Rob McConnell, Mike Healy, Anthony Thogmartin, Sam Brouse (new member, not pictured)
The Waldemere Revival
I only saw these guys twice in 2010 but I was mightily impressed by their unique sound. Psychedelic jam craziness to the next level with tremendous energy & passion. Look out for these guys.
The Ragbirds flew into my life a number of times this year and they seemed to improve steadily. Their sound is incredibly eclectic and know how to get loose with some jams. I’m looking for this band to continue to spread their wings in the coming year.
This is another recent discovery but I can’t seem to get enough right now. This is some of the best instrumental jamtronica I have heard and gets a room of people dancing like fools in a hurry. Ethereal creativity is the name of their game and they are honing it finely. They hit a few festivals in 2010 and I think a bunch more are ready for a dose of SunLove.