I am continuously so impressed by Merge Records. Today I was perusing the site (because their website is awesome), and stumbled on the blog. First up was a mix made by Stuart McLamb of The Love Language (a favorite band of mine!) that is damn good. It's 45 minutes of all NC bands, most of whom I have never heard of, which for me is such a treasure. Hearing more and more new tunes through artists I know and love is something I often forget to be thankful for.
Speaking of being thankful, while I often groan about living in DC, I must admit that it has certainly allowed me to see so much good music. And for cheap! This year alone I have seen the following:
The Dead Weather
El Ten Eleven
The Love Language
Guided By Voices
Tokyo Police Club
I'm likely forgetting something. Also, some of these folks I saw twice. 2010 was a good year for music!