Watch Jessie Baylin (and friends) on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

Watching Jessie Baylin perform “Hurry Hurry” on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno was sort of like watching Whitesnake’s “Still of the Night” video for the first time on MTV in 1987. What? WHAT? Yeah, see, I remember watching that video and being like, “Wait, is that Rudy Sarzo playing bass? Wait, is that Vivian Campbell playing guitar? Tommy Aldridge on drums? Huh? Supergroup? No way, Adrian Vandenberg on lead guitar?”

Last night, Jessie’s band consisted of The Watson Twins and 3 members of Everest. Of course, unlike that first viewing of “Still of the Night”, I was tipped off via Everest’s Facebook page that they’d be backing Jessie. But, still, very cool to see people from a band you know and love serving as window dressing for another musician.

Jessie is currently on tour. Everest will be releasing their third album in June.

Related: Watch my interview with Everest on and see them perform 3 songs in an exclusive video session.

Favorite CDs of 2010

My obligatory “Favorite CDs of 2010” list was already published (with CD covers and links to videos/MP3s/etc) over at Donewaiting but in case you missed it …

Favorite CDs of 2010

1. The Dollyrots – A Little Messed Up
2. Blood Red Shoes -Fire Like This
3. Everest – On Approach
4. Tame Impala – Innerspeaker
5. Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles II
6. The Kissaway Trail – Sleep Mountain
7. Bad City – Welcome to the Wasteland
8. The Unwinding Hours – The Unwinding Hours
9. Massy Ferguson – Hard Water
10. Nas and Damian Marley – Distant Relatives
11. Via Audio – Animalore
12. Kopek – White Collar Lies
13. Ozzy Osbourne – Scream
14. Scott Lucas and the Married Men – George Lassos the Moon
15. The Watson Twins – Talking to You, Talking to Me
16. Gamble House – Gamble House
17. The Posies – Blood/Candy
18. Ratt – Infestation
19. Uniform Motion – Life
20. Tired Pony – The Place We Ran From
21. Chief Nowhere- Chief Nowhere
22. Filter – The Trouble with Angels
23. Lawrence Arabia – Chant Darling
24. No Age – Everything in Between
25. Palmdale – Get Wasted (EP) + How to Be Mean (EP)

According to iTunes, here are the songs that I listened to the most in 2010.

Black Mountain – “Old Fangs”

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In My Ear – Week of September 26

Here’s some things I listened to last week. Feel free to tell me what you listened to by leaving your list in the comment section below.

No Age
Saw these guys open for Pavement a few weeks back, can think of a few different ways to describe them:

1) “Like Times New Viking but with tuned instruments”
2) “Nirvana covering My Bloody Valentine”

Stream the new CD here.

Bad City
Love it when kids play homage to ’80s glam rock – sounds a bit like Sebastian Bach (Skid Row) fronting a heavy Winger. These guys have already toured with KISS, Slash, and The Smashing Pumpkins this year. I’m kind of hoping they don’t blow up and wind up playing in the hard rock/cover bar in the strip mall a few miles from my house sometime before the year is over.

My compatriot over at The Big Takeover, Matthew Berlyant, reviewed the Forgetters EP this week and thus turned me onto a band I didn’t even realize existed. How I missed this band, I’ll never know as it features Blake Schwarzenbach of Jawbreaker/Jets to Brazil fame.

LA Guns
A last minute LA Guns show was booked this week at the same club that I’m hoping Bad City will play 🙂 This version of LA Guns features founding member Tracii Guns (guitars) and Jizzy Pearl (ex-Love/Hate, Ratt). I pulled out the self-titled LA Guns debut to get in the mindset for the upcoming show (photos/review to come later this week).

Still one of my favorites of 2010. These guys are currently on tour with Guster so check ’em out if they’re coming to your town.