(Come back tomorrow for their favorite albums.)
Hunter Curra – The Flying Tourbillon Orchestra
Let's see...The Henry Clay People's new years eve show started the year off on the right foot. Super fun show. You can't go wrong with a drunk sing-a-long!
Wilco at the Wiltern blew me away.
The Local Native's Spaceland residency was really amazing as well.
Aaron Kyle – Le Switch
Future Of The Left, The Henry Clay People (Summer Circus), Dr. Dog, Evan Way, Division Day, Tandemoro (RIP), Terry Riley, The World Record, Camera Obscura, The Cave Singers, Lambchop, Vetiver
Andy Siara – The Henry Clay People
Mike Watt and The Missing Men at Spaceland-- The man in the van with a bass in his hand.
SSPU and Metallica at Stubbs/SXSW -- not a big metallica fan, but was pretty rad to see
Bruce Springsteen at LA Sports Arena
Jason Lyttle at the Mohawk/SXSW Monolators at the Echo. Can't remember the exact date, but they played last, and everyone who was there (which was a ton of people, cuz practically everyone stuck around) was pretty much floored by them.
Of Montreal at Sasquatch
2nd night of Le Switch's Spaceland Residency when the power went out and they set up in the center of the floor and played acoustic.
Malcolm Sosa – Rademacher
Oh man. There were so many good ones. On a personal level, the shows we played with the Airborne Toxic Event and Henry Clay earlier in the year were a blast. The Glass House was especially awesome. It was my first time there. We played great. It was sold out. We jumped around and had fun.
On the other hand, last summer we played a show with Downtown Union at the Silverlake Lounge. Nobody showed up. Like nobody. And Scott Sterling from the Fold asked us never to play there again. So we got banned from an eastside club, which is pretty cool. That kinda made my year in a special way.
I also got to check out Red Cortez when they opened for TATE in Iowa City a couple of months ago. They played great and it was the third time I had seen them live in 2009. We had already played shows with them on the road in Visalia and later on at Spaceland. But I think Iowa City was the best of all three of their sets I saw in '09. Afterwards, Harley and I got to hang out on the wings of the stage while Mikel and Co. did their set. Besides seeing so many great performances, there was something awesome about seeing so many familiar faces so far from home. Plus the beer was cheap.