Track: I Launch An Attack...
Track: The Outer Sphere
Label: Editions Mego
12/30/69 A perennial fave - jeez, this show has everything I love about the Dead from this year. Maybe, just maybe, this is one of the ones we'll see inna Dave's Pick next year. If you haven't yet heard this precious jewel one, please, don't deprive yourself any longer.
I was also fortunate enough to get to experience Tedeschi Trucks Band at the Overture Center this autumn. They played their hearts out for a very grateful, gray-haired audience. Angel from Montgomery > Sugaree > AFM was definitely a standout. I agree with the "best live show" sentiment.
I like to do a Top Ten list every year and these are mine for 2013. Not doing it as a critic saying they are the best, rather it is what I enjoyed and found myself listening to most. In no real order:
1 Tedeschi Trucks Band - Made Up Mind
2 Ry Cooder - Live in San Francisco
3 Pat Metheny - /Tap
4 Bill Frisell - Big Sur
5 Jonathan Wilson - Fanfare
6 Bombino - Nomad
7 Dawes - Stories Never End
8 Honey Island Swamp Band - Cane Sugar
9 Tommy Malone - Natural Born Days
10 Vince Gill and Paul Franklin - Bakersfield
Bob Dylan - Another Self Portrait
Red Baraat - Shruggy Ji & Big Talk
Dumpstaphunk - Dirty Word
And the best live show I saw...BY FAR...was Tedeschi Trucks Band at the Joy Theater
I've really gotten into the Flaming Lips this year, and their latest release, "The Terror," is my pick for album of the year. A couple years ago they did a cover of Pink Floyd's "The Dark Side of the Moon," and "The Terror" is like their own version of what TDSotM was all about. If you're a Lips fan (or if you're not), I highly recommend giving "The Terror" is listen. Actually, give it a few listens; it gets better every time you hear it.
Full Screen, xo!