Here was some great stuff:
1) End of Bush wars/torture/destruction of the U.S.
2) Magnolia Electric Co. live for 10 year Hi Tone celebration in Rocktober. I confess a serious obsession with this great band of tunesmiths this year. Their Hi Tone show was nothing short of stunning and, quite frankly, mind-blowingly amazing. Due to its Sunday night timetable during the worst economy ever seen in these parts, only about 30 folks caught this. Where were all the tapers who are usually at the Hi Tone???? This was the one I’d love to hear again (& again).
3) Charles Hodges throwing down on keys at the O.V. Wright tribute.Charles Hodges \”Precious, Precious\” Lawd, have mercy, this man went down the alley, through the church, faced the devil, & showed him who is boss of the ivories on the spectacular 20 minute version of “Precious, Precious.” This was my penultimate Memphis music moment of the year in a year where there just weren’t enough. Nothing else came close except #9…
4) Song of the year: “Which Way to Go” Eddy Current Suppression Ring Way to go, Goners!
5) Return of Burn Notice for another season of great ’80s action/detective/intrigue cheese.
6) All Tomorrow’s Parties in the Catskills–more on this amazin’ line-up later. Quite simply, too much great entertainment on a beautiful fall weekend in a much-lampooned & maligned part of the country.
7) Return of Ellen’s Soul Food. Don’t get no better than this!
8) MouseRocket Pretty Loud lp Mainly these days, I buy records at shows by bands whose live show I like. I didn’t buy too many great records this year. This was one that stood out. Also good was Thomas Function Celebration
9) Terry Manning blasting the walls at the Hi Tone at the Memphis Pops Fest with his interstellar version of “I Am the Cosmos.” I felt like the guy in the Maxell tape commercial.
10) Robert Pollard returning to Memphis & high-kicking again! The man is a scientific wonder. He didn’t kick as often as usual, but, goddamn, this guy is rocknroll. Another blessed moment in the Hi Tone’s awesome 10 year celebration in Rocktober.
That’s all. Someone call in the adults to clean-up this mess Bush & Cheney made. Then we can get back to rocking the Casbah. Whatever.