Friday, December 31, 2010

Year in Music 2010

With barely a moment to spare in 2010, here's my year in music, a review of highlights from my favorite shows, including ACL Festival and SXSW. It features Old 97's, Quiet Company, Phoenix, Joseph Arthur, Evan Dando, Ben Kweller, Spoon, Hold Steady, Pixies, The National, Salim Nourallah, Johnny Goudie, Household Names, Jay Farrar and Ben Gibbard and many more. Of course, you can see more from all these shows on the individual posts on this site, but if you just have about 20 minutes to spare, this should give you a good idea of the great year I had. I'm really glad I do these year-end compilations because I love going back to review them. Great friends, great times, great memories. Maybe you were at some of these shows?!

Hope to see you at a show in 2011!


Sunday, December 19, 2010

Old 97's and Quiet Company at KGSR Anniversary Party

As if I wrote a letter to Santa, and he booked the gig himself, the KGSR 20th Anniversary Party featured not just one, but two, of my favorite bands - Old 97's and Quiet Company. The lineup also included Austin's big breakout act of the year Alpha Rev and the legendary Joe Ely, making it one of the strongest anniversary shows that station has pulled together in years. Add to that free barbecue from Salt Lick and lots of good friends, and you just couldn't ask for a better Christmas. If you didn't make it, check the station's Web site, as they live streamed the event and may be posting excerpts. But here are some images and video that I took at the show.

We ran a little promo with Gowalla with great success - 33 check ins with photos, and everyone getting a free download from both the 97's and Quiet Co. Look for more Gowalla promos from these bands soon.

I hope everyone is having a rockin' holiday!

Old 97's - Let the Whiskey Take the Reins

Old 97's - Won't Be Home

Quiet Company - How Do You Do It