With the end of the year being nigh, I thought I’d do a little recap of the albums/events/thingsthathappened that were the absolute shit during 2010, and there were so many.
One of my favourite albums of 2010 came from Dan Kelly and the Dream Band, with Dan Kelly’s Dream.
The long awaited follow up to his previous album, Drowning in the Fountain of Youth, released all the way back in 2006, Kelly ditched the Alpha Males, got himself a new band in the form of the Dream Band, comprising members of Augie March and Ground Components, and delivered a fantastic record that was as interesting as it was exciting.
Harry Potter references, dreamy surf melodies, Kelly’s typical clever lyrics and some very sweet backing melodies, courtesy of his two young and arorable nieces made this record a stand out for 2010 for me. Favourite track from the album varies between opener The Decommissioner, single Hold On, I’m Coming On and the very sweet love-song-of-sorts Gap Year Blues. This album has been one I’ve constantly returned to since it’s release, whether it’s on the tram to drift into a hazy, dreamy make believe, or at work, to keep my spirits up whilst I toil. Definitely one of the best this year.
Another highlight was also provided by Dan Kelly, in the form of Mess + Noise’s lunchbox series #5, at 1000 Pound Bend’s marvellous gallery space, which was temporarily transformed into a leafy paradise courtesy of some beautifully arranged plastic decorations. Kelly was charming, talkative and a gracious host, repeating that he hadn’t expected so many to turn up, as the space was packed. What followed was a beautiful, dreamy (overusing that word I know, but there’s nothing else that sums this album up better) and engaging set from what is clearly a very talented and clever man. Sadly, it only went for an hour, and all too soon it was over. However, the kind people at Mess + Noise taped some bits of the set, so I shall end this post with their footage of the show. You can even see me in the audience at some point. I hope you enjoy!