The best shows I saw this year – In no order!
1 – Filth, Grups @ Gilman
2 – Camera Obscura, Best Coast @ GAMH
3 – Jenny & Johnny, Sonny & The Sunsets @ GAMH
I can’t find a video for this show so I’ll just re-share the link to the track I’m giving away for the song “Scissor Runner”. Check out my previous blog post for the free download link!
4 – The Need, Thrones, Bangs, C Average @ Berbati’s Pan
5 – Kris Kristofferson @ Mountain Winery AND in San Jose
Yep I saw Kris twice this year. You may know how much I love Kris Kristofferson from this previous post about Rita Coolidge. He’s pretty much my hero. The following video is of him performing with another of my heroes, Joan Baez and John Prine. Oh what a night!
6 – Yoko Ono, Deerhoof @ Fox Theater
7 – Marianne Faithful @ Yoshi’s Oakland
This video isn’t from the show I saw this year but is very close in capturing the feelings and emotions I got while at the Yoshi’s show. Amazing that this was recorded 10 years ago!
8 – Tegan & Sara @ Amoeba Music Berkeley
I love my job.
9 – Die Antwoord @ Amoeba Music SF
I posted the video from this show previously but go ahead and take a look again. Yes yes, that is me in the front row! Again, I love my job!
10 – Sleep, Saviours AND Sleep, Thrones @ Regency Ballroom
Yes I went to both shows. 😉
11 – John Zorn/Mike Patton/Fred Frith @ Yoshi’s SF
12 – Mountain Man @ Amoeba Music Berkeley
I do really love my job.
13 – CocoRosie @ Amoeba Music Berkeley
Sometimes it is the BEST job.
14 – Thrones, Christian Mistress, Slough Feg, Beercraft @ Sugar Mountain
Here’s a Thrones video from an Oakland show that I missed actually. I saw him perform three times this year and this is the only video I could find. Meh…sorry!
15 – Nux Vomica @ Thee Parkside AND Victory Warehouse
Another show that I couldn’t find video for. I could have sworn there was video from the Victory Warehouse AND Parkside shows but oh well. This Burnt Ramen video is pretty fantastic anyway!
I WIN! Oh wait, is this a contest? Sorry sorry, I know I must be humble but MAN just look at that list! I really saw some amazing shows this year – and the complete list is ridiculous.
I tried to cut the list down as much as I could and had to leave off Thou/Moloch @ Gilman, Monarch/Trees @ Gilman, High On Fire/Torche/Kylesa @ GAMH, Wild Flag/Grass Widow @ Bottom of the Hill, Dungen @ New Parish, Bert Jansch/Pegi Young @ New Parish, All Leather @ Gilman, Andrew Jackson Jihad @ Bottom of the Hill AND @ Gilman, Pinhead Gunpowder @ Gilman and so many more! Making the above list was hard!
I’m definitely blessed to live and work in an area with so much great music happening all the time. You probably already noticed that my musical tastes are all over the place. I go from Stoner Metal, Experimental/Noise and Punk to Appalachian Folk and Country pretty easily. I don’t really discriminate because I simply love music in all its shapes and forms. If its good, its good!
What were your favorite shows of the year? Did you see anyone that was particularly memorable or inspiring?