It’s our 500th post! Here’s a new mix.

01|  River by Akron/Family
02| My Girls by Animal Collective
03| Orifice Origami by Reptar
04| Tell Me Now by Generationals
05| Break My Heart by La Sera
06| Big Wave by Jenny & Johnny
07| Black Lotus by The Whigs
08| Reunion by M83
09| Paper Romance by Groove Armada
10| Comeback Kid by Sleigh Bells

favorites of 2010: the forgotten

The problem with making any sort of list is you inevitably forget something. We are not immune. After publishing our Favorites of 2010 list, we of course came up with a handful of things we should have included. In no particular order, they are:

Band of Horses – Infinite Arms
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists – The Brutalist Bricks
The National – High Violet
Peter Gabriel – Heroes
The Whigs – Black Lotus
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Home*

After publishing this, we’ll probably think of twenty more things, but we’ve got to draw the line somewhere.

*Though released in 2009, it really got its legs in 2010 so we’re counting it anyway.

and she runs through her days with a smile on her face

On Thursday July 31st, 2008, rockers Toadies and The Whigs played to a full house at Madison, Wisconsin’s The Annex.

Openers The Whigs blended a distinctly American brand of rock and roll with 60s brit-rock influences. Their single “Right Hand on My Heart” drastically under-represents their talent; every other song on their set list blew it away. The trio was particularly memorable when incorporating organ into the mix. Raucous and full of spark, The Whigs are a band meant to be seen live.

Headlining the night was iconic 90s rock band Toadies. Drawing on blues and the rich musical heritage of their home state of Texas, the recently reunited band played a mix of old favorites like “Away” and “I Come From the Water” as well as new material that was enthusiastically received. For many attending the show, it was their first time seeing the band and they did not disappoint. Todd Lewis’s voice is still powerful and the band was tight even after time apart and changes in lineup.

Toadies will continue to tour through September in support of their upcoming release No Deliverance.

To see pictures from the show, click here. To see a performance of “Possum Kingdom” from the show, go to our YouTube channel. Watch “Tyler” below.