Other than it just being a form of lazy journalism, one reason LOM hates making best-of lists is that there are always items that we forgot about, or considered but felt like they just barely didn't make it somehow. Then we wish we had included them. Here are a few more obscure 2010 albums that got a lot of play at LOM's house and in our truck, and deserve some mention.
Danny Barnes, Pizza Box: No sooner was our 2010 list published than we received an email squawk from the inimitable and knowledgeable Mark Rubin pointing out that we'd left out Pizza Box. Rubin's comment: "head and shoulders above the rest." Whether it is or isn't is a matter of taste perhaps, but Barnes' album certainly belonged in our original list. Maybe we should've left Mumford & Sons off that list since they are a major label act (and since Rubin, Barnes' former Bad Livers bandmate, objected to them).
From the opening "Caveman," Pizza Box is a WTF tour de force by one of our most unique artists. Click here and judge the whole album for yourself. Enter at your own risk, this boy ain't right. And watch out for track 2. Danny Barnes plays Last Concert Cafe Friday, January 7.
Reckless Kelly, Somewhere in Time: These Austin boys have it down, and working with twelve choice nuggets from the catalog of Pinto Bennett only solidifies the deal. Part rocker, part two-stepper, Somewhere in Time catches all the elements that have kept Reckless Kelly in the upper echelons of the Austin scene. Start with integrity. The duet with Joe Ely kills. "I've done everything I can do wrong." Reckless Kelly plays House of Blues New Year's Eve.
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Joe Pug, Messenger: Pug will certainly never be considered a great vocalist, but the guy is a writer to be reckoned with. A friend gave us Pug's album and it took a while, but it grew on us. His show at Mango's sealed the deal. Another late-nighter.
John Hiatt, The Open Road: Hiatt's voice is about gone, but the guy still delivers lyrically; with Doug Lancio twangin' behind him, this is the best Hiatt album in ages. "Keep your eyes on the open road / no telling' where that sumbitch goes."
Gram Rabbit, Miracles & Metaphors: These Joshua Tree techno freaks return with a brilliant, finely layered rock record that recalls everything from Pink Floyd to Robert Palmer to Donna Summer. We'd love to hear these people play with Chuck Prophet once, maybe jamming on Palmer's "Sneakin' Through the Alley With Sally." "It's really just rock and roll that we play."