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12/13/2010 - Let’s cut to the chase here. The end of the year brings “best of” lists so here are my top ten CDs and singles of 2010. The list is going to differ from the many others out there because most notably absent from mine is Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs,” which I thought was busy and overlong and offered nothing but a superficial gloss on the sterility and emotional paralysis of its title subject.

The songs gave the appearance of profundity and insight without actually delivering us any new lyrical or musical ideas. If you love it wear it out, but I’m not on the disc’s bandwagon.

John Mellencamp: “No Better Than This” (Rounder). Perhaps, no rock star has aged as gracefully and dealt with the difficulties of facing down the darkness of our existence as Mellencamp. This CD was recorded in mono at some historic places including Sun Studios. With T-Bone Burnett producing and a batch of his best, most reflective songs, Mellencamp has created a deeply introspective record lamenting the ephemeral nature of life while celebrating the small epiphanies that keep us going during our most vulnerable moments. A beautiful, soulful record.

After the jump click the capecodonline.com link to read Capt. Ken's full list

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12/08/2010 - A fan has posted John's performance and interview from the Late Show With David Letterman show airing on Monday, December 6, 2010. After the jump we have a larger version of the video.

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12/07/2010 - John's current release No Better Than This made Rolling Stone magazine's "Best Albums of 2010"

"Folk-blues idealism — recorded on a mono tape machine, in places like a Georgia church and Sun Studios — with a very modern anger at the world after the crash. When Mellencamp sings "A Graceful Fall," he channels a pride and rage as fresh as last night's business reports. .." After the jump follow the link to read the full list. Read More
12/07/2010 - Rolling Stone magazine writer Andy Greene interviewed John before his performance on The Late Show with David Letterman. After the jump we have part of their interview with John talking about a new cover song he is working on and his thoughts about Willie Nelson. Read More
12/06/2010 - Monday night December 6th, John is going to be a guest on CBS TV's Late Show with David Letterman. Make sure to tune in to catch his discussion at the desk with Dave and his performance of "Save Some Time To Dream" from his new album No Better Than This. Read More
12/06/2010 - John was featured guest on National Public Radio's "World Cafe" on Friday, December 10th. John performed an acoustic set of  "Save Some Time To Dream," "The West End," "Small Town," and "Longest Days" live during the in-depth 30 minute interview. Click HERE to listen on the NPR Media Player.
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12/05/2010 - Mellencamp.com web team is submitting photos documenting the No Better Than This Tour. Our latest image is from Thursday night's dress rehearsal before the tour kickoff at the IU Auditorium in John's hometown of Bloomington, IN

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12/02/2010 - 360 blog writer Brian T. Atkinson recently interviewed John. After the jump we have his piece and interview about his No Better Than This album.
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11/30/2010 - Read Gary Graff's review of "Save Some Time To Dream" off of the No Better Than This CD.

For all of his studied recalcitrance -- he did dub himself the Little Bastard, after all -- John Mellencamp is at heart an optimist whose songwriting yearns for a better world. Read More
11/30/2010 - Chicago Sun Times music writer Thomas Conner recently interviewed John. After the jump we have his piece and interview about his No Better Than This album and tour. Read More
11/29/2010 - Tickets for John's previously announced Austin TX concert (April 2, 2011) at the new Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater will go on sale to the general public on Friday, December 3rd.

Mellencamp.com's Austin pre-sale begins at 10 AM CT, on Wednesday, December 1st!
Visit the TOUR section for complete show details and ticket prices. Click the small blue information icon for show-specific information. To learn more about how our pre-sales work, click HERE for details about our ticket program. Premium Ticket Packages will be available for this show and will go on sale via an open-to-the public pre-sale (no password needed) at 10 AM CT on Wednesday. Read More
11/28/2010 - Our latest image is from the second night at the IU Auditorium in John's hometown of Bloomington, IN by Mellencamp.com Community member Brian Bruner.


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11/27/2010 - Going back to basics and using vintage gear to produce a new mono record in three of the country's best old-school locales sounds like a PR maven's wet dream for hyperbole, but Mellencamp does it right. Not only is this collection of songs some of the singer's best work in years, the LP quality is outstanding, and the CD damn good. Read More
11/22/2010 - John has added a show at the Centennial Concert Hall in Winnipeg, MB on Monday, April 25th as part of the previously announced No Better Than This Tour's third leg.

Winnipeg Pre-Sale Starts Wednesday!
Mellencamp.com's Winnipeg pre-sale begins at 10 AM CT, on Wednesday, November 24th! Visit the TOUR section for complete show details and ticket prices. Click the small blue information icon for show-specific information. To learn more about how our pre-sales work, click HERE for details about our ticket program.

Premium Ticket Packages will be available for this show and will go on sale via an open-to-the public pre-sale (no password needed) at 10 AM CT on Wednesday. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, November 26th at 10 AM CT. Read More

11/22/2010 - Long time John Mellencamp tour manager Harry Sandler is submitting photos documenting the No Better Than This Tour. Our latest image is from the Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN. It was taken on an iPhone 4 using the hipstamatic camera app and Harry's post processing on the phone. After the jump we have another shot of John's band using the same process.


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