Tomorrow morning in GO! Magazine, the music section will be dedicated to the best music of 2010, with four whole pages dedicated to the favorite things — albums, concerts, instruments, whatever — of those closest to Central Oregon’s music scene.
A couple weeks ago, I sent out a call to everyone I know asking them for their top five musical moments of the year. I’ve done this for four years in a row, and always received more lists than I could fit in the paper.
This year, however, there were even more lists than usual, and they were longer and more substantive than ever before. I ended up with way more material than I could use in print. Lucky for all of us, the internet is infinite! So I’ve taken all the overflow and placed it right here. Scroll down to see what a whole bunch of local folks were into in 2010.
Larry And His Flask
roots-punk road warriors
1. Best out of town shows: Austin, Texas at the Hole In The Wall with Possessed by Paul James and Tom Vandenavond. Playing at the House of Blues in Boston on Saint Patrick’s Day with Sick of it All and the Dropkick Murphys. Playing with Matt Hensley of Flogging Molly at Matt’s bar in Carlsbad. Playing acoustic at the House of Blues in Hollywood, Calif., in Jimmy Kimmel’s personal VIP section at the Mighty Mighty Bosstones show.
2. Most listened to albums of 2010: Possessed by Paul James, “Feed the Family.” Punch Brothers, “Anitfogmatic.” Noman, “Broadcast.” Murder by Death, “Good Morning, Magpie.” The Tallest Man on Earth, “Shallow Grave.”
3. Best hometown shows: Playing with The Devil Makes Three and the Dela Project at the Domino Room. Super rowdy show! Also, watching The Aggrolites at the Domino Room.
4. Best singer-songwriter of the century: Willy Tea of Oakdale, Calif.
5. Best party in Florida: The Fest, Halloween weekend. We played two shows that were awesome, then snuck onto the fourth floor of the Holliday Inn. Played on the fourth floor only to get kicked out by security and then to play again in the lobby with the manager’s permission at 4 a.m.