December 22, 2010

Sean Claes' Top Ten Austin Music Releases for 2010

The Top 10 Austin CDs I Listened to this Year

Those who have been following Notes From The Cubicle are aware that between September 2009 and September 2010 I took on a challenge to review one release from an Austin-based band a week for a year. At the end I reviewed 55 different CDs. Why 55? Well, there were 6 EPs in there and I count those as half an album. I have very strong feelings on EPs, which I discuss here (Click link).  

Anyhow. I thought since the year is wrapping up, I’d give you my Top 10 releases I reviewed this year. These are all Austin-based bands and I hope you have a chance to listen to each one at some point. I won’t explain my choices, but I’ll give you a link to the review which will do that for me. Also, if you’ve not heard that particular band, there’s a link to their site and, in most cases, a YouTube video of them playing live.

Now, this was a hard thing for me to cull down to just 10. I only review CDs that I enjoy, so every one of the 55 on that list is a keeper in my eyes. These are just representative of the ones that I find really, really stellar among really good CDs.

So, Merry Christmas and I hope you enjoy this little ditty.

Listed in order of 10-1 with 1 being my favorite.

10. Bobby Bookout - Bobby Bookout
8. Lennon's Song - We Love, We Learn, We Grow
7. Trashy and the Kid - Songs In The Key of Blow Me
6. Alejandro Escovedo - Street Songs of Love
5. The Jeremy Miller Band -  Way Too Fast
4. Ray Wylie Hubbard - A. Enlightenment B. Endarkenment (Hint: There is no C)
3. Terri Hendrix - Cry Till You Laugh 
2. One-Eyed Doll - Break
1. Dave Madden  - Open Eyed / Broken Wide

Dave Madden - Open Eyed
Dave Madden - Broken Wide

Thanks to all who make music for giving me the gift of hearing your craft. And thanks to all who read my musings for giving me a little home to share my thoughts and feelings.

God Bless you and keep you safe in 2011 and beyond.
Sean Claes

p.s. If you're interested, my new challenge for 2010-2011 is 52 Weeks of DIY Music Advice. Check it out and please give feedback.

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