Rearview Mirror – Heath Byers

Christmas colors. Horrifying, horrifying Christmas colors.

The flashbacks continue!  Today’s post is from Heath Byers – co-owner of independent record shop Landlocked Music, one half of soul-funk DJ duo The Mother Truckers and occasional member of the Early Day Miners traveling rock and roll show in some unspecified but undoubtedly crucial role.

You can read Heath’s picks on many things 2010 related at Landlocked’s site, but our favorite was his list of the best live performances he saw in 2010.  Mostly for the January one.

Best Live of 2010, chronologically

JAN: Jesse Jackson @ BCT – better flow and stage presence than any hip-hopper
FEB: Kurt Vile / Fucked Up @ Bluebird – a great Valentine’s present
MAR: John Wilkes Booze reunion @ Vid – keeping rock dangerous and exciting
APR: The XX @ BCT – visually arresting and amazing sounding

MAY: Besnard Lakes @ Bishop – masters of harmony and gazin’
JUN: Damien Jurado @ Landlocked – mesmerising intimate solo acoustic set
JUL: Budos Band @ Bluebird – if Sabbath were a 9 piece instrumental funk band

AUG: The Hollows @ Bishop – one of Bton’s best, hurts so good country love
SEP: Rangda @ Russian – 3 masters shooting into the stratosphere
OCT: Arvo Part Jubilee @ IU – the modern master of sacred minimalism
NOV: Sharon Jones & Dap-Kings @ Vogue – high energy, whiskey fueled balcony dance party with the drunk bus 

Honorable Mentions: Dr Dog @ Video Saloon, Zero Boys @ Bishop, Woods @ Bishop, Robin Pecknold @ BCT, Henry Rollins @ BCT, Tune-Yards @ Landlocked, Lonnie Smith @ Bishop, Nobunny @ Bishop, Megafaun @ Bishop, Beach Fossils @ Bishop, Liars @ Rhinos, Balmorhea @ Russian, Wild Nothing @ Bluebird, Moon Duo @ Bishop, Can O Worms Fest, Rev Peyton’s Big Damn Band @ Landlocked

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