The first was Wilco. I don’t have a video of that performance since I forgot my camera in the car. That’s unfortunate because Jeff Tweedy and co. put on a major spectacle. Those of you who were fortunate to witness a live version of Misunderstood know what I am talking about.
The second treat of 2012 was seeing Breathe Owl Breathe. I have been in love with this Michigan trio ever since I listened to the first couple of songs on Magic Central, their latest LP. There was something about their straightforward, minimalist and touching approach that captivated me immediately. While on the album they came across as quite melancholic, when playing live they were goofy and amusing. They also have a very distinct sense of fashion that is hard to find these days.