What you see below is the combined vinyl and CD sales list — if you must know, The Black Keys sold more vinyl, Mumford & Sons sold more CDs and Arcade Fire came in third either way — along with links to all our various sundry Scene and Cream coverage from throughout the year and, in the case of the local records that made the cut, where the album placed in our Top Albums of 2010 critics' poll.
It's almost New Year's Eve, and you still haven't decided what you're doing yet? Good thing we have this handy flowchart for you to use! (Click here for PDF.) There wasn't room for everything — 3rd & Lindsley's got Kentucky Thunder, Puckett's has the Trent Willmon Band and there's plenty of action on Church Street. More lineups and links to Critics' Picks down below.
The Farro brothers took their leave from the business of misery, it took an entire work day to find out who was actually playing Bonnaroo and some people hated how we loved Big Surr, but none of those posts — much clicked-on though they were — made it into the Top 10 Cream Posts of 2010. For that, we've once again sliced open the blog guts and pulled out the most popular bloggings of the year — at least according to Google Analytics. (Speaking of which, we switched blog platforms this year, which caused a hiccup in our stats and may have messed up the final count a bit. But I'm sure most of you don't care about that.)
Were any of this year's posts good enough to be counted among the all-time greats? Only time will tell. (Here's the 2009 list, by the way, if you're interested.) Of course, we wouldn't have top Creams without readers, so thanks to everyone for stopping by. Without further adieu:
Remember that in this year's Rock 'n' Roll Poll, D. Watusi — the rock combo fronted by Kindergarten Circus' Dillon Watson — garnered a few mentions as a band that will rule 2011. Here they are kicking out the jams at Springwater, as filmed by YouTuber Corwick4, who most likely caused permanent damage to his hearing by standing that close to the keyboard player-concealing PA speaker in order to bring you this footage.
* Over at Consequence of Sound, contributor Caitlin Meyer posted an overview — and what we hope isn’t a eulogy — about what’s happened with WRVU in recent months. According to Meyer, “The huge public response resulted in VSC postponing the deliberating until January 12th, the first day of second semester classes.” Though the link seems to have become spotty as of this morning, there was also an interesting article about dying college terrestrial radio at WUSC’s website — the entire site appears to be down at the moment. The article heavily references WRVU, Vanderbilt’s director of student media Chris Carroll, and Carroll’s time at USC.
* Justin Bieber’s going country! Well, it’s not really country. And I wouldn’t necessarily say that he’s going anywhere. But Rascal Flatts are in fact performing a duet with The Biebs on his forthcoming record, and he’s amped enough to tweet about it. Maybe this will all end up in a CSI episode.
Hope everyone had a good holiday, if you're into that sort of thing. To start off New Year Week, let's get caught in a mosh. YouTube user acovals has posted most of the 1988 self-release Sick Semen from the, uh, seminal Nashville hardcore band Rednecks in Pain for your listening pleasure. (The tenth track, "Attitudes," seems not to be uploaded at the moment.) I'm guessing most of you don't have a copy of this lying around the house, but if you do, the few copies still floating around have been going for $50 and up, so maybe check around for that. In the meantime, the Internet provides (nine-tenths of it, anyway):
You saw this one coming from miles away. With two final shows, last night marked the end of Garth Week here in Nashville. A week in which, according to The Tennessean, 140,000 tickets were sold and a projected sum of up to $5 million was raised for The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Thanks, Garth!
Now having just wrapped up his nine-shows-in-six-nights flood benefit, residency and long-awaited return to Nashville at Bridgestone Arena, it is only fitting that Garth Brooks get the You Tell Concerts treatment. Our friend — and indomitable interviewer of Middle Tennessee concertgoers — Chrystal made it out to shows No. 2 and 9. You can read her review of those proceedings on the YTC site. And you also can revisit The Spin's review of night No. 1. Or you can see what the people in low places — from Utah to Scotland — had to say about night one in the YTC clip above. It's chock full of joyous praise, patriotic pride and men openly, and excitedly, admitting to having cried.
Or you can follow this link to see me asking Garth about flying ... and sleeping.
You wanna talk about a match made in holiday heaven? This is it. Seriously, what goes better with the holiday season than getting absolutely plastered? And what goes better with getting tanked than karaoke? Incidentally, what goes better with wintertime karaoke than holiday songs? And finally, what goes better with singing holiday songs than getting utterly loaded? You see, it's an endless circle of inebriated depravity, to be celebrated and witnessed by some of the cream of Nashville's old-school rock-dude crop. Heading up Karaoke. Again. Forever. will be Apollo Up! and Gentlemen Divers member — and lovable, quintessential Nashville rock dude — Mike Shepherd, who promises a catalog of nearly 10,000 karaoke tunes to choose from, roughly 100 of them "Christmas jams." He's got the karaoke standards, like "lots of old country, '80s pop, R&B hits, guilty pleasures and old-school rap," not to mention more refined, rock-dude karaoke fodder, such as "The Smiths, XTC, 10cc, Depeche Mode, Thin Lizzy and Scott Walker." Sure, loads of people will be off visiting their families by tonight — that takes care of the riffraff — so the rest of us locals will have plenty of room to get absolutely twisted and embarrass ourselves in front of one another. If such a thing is even possible anymore.
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