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Atlanta Music Roundtable ’11: Best Local Albums of 2011

In case you haven’t heard by now, the Atlanta Music Roundtable is a series of collaborative posts covering the past year in music. Ten local music bloggers came together to discuss ten music-related topics, and we’ve been posting the results of that collaboration all week long. Today is the last day of AMR2011, and our final two posts will be about the year’s best albums. This particular post focuses on the best Atlanta albums of the year, and the range of responses speaks to the quality of the local scene. You can read our discussion of the best non-local albums this afternoon over at I’m a Bear, Etc.

The response to this year’s roundtable has been incredibly gratifying, and I’d like to thank everyone who’s read and shared the posts, as well as everyone who showed up to The Earl for our show on Wednesday night. It was amazing to see that many people show up on a weeknight for an all-local lineup. People even showed up on time! Big thanks to Little Tybee, Today the Moon, Tomorrow the Sun, New Animal, and Spirits and the Melchizedek Children for performing. Bands like those are the reason we bloggers have something to talk about in the first place.

Finally, I’d like to thank my fellow bloggers for indulging this idea for the second year in a row. This project wouldn’t have gone anywhere if the Atlanta blogging community wasn’t filled with such awesome people. I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished together.

Below is a list of all the previous AMR2011 posts in case you need to play catch-up. You can also see a full list (including links) at atlantamusicroundtable.com.

Day 1: Most Underrated (Ohmpark), Mediums and Formats (Hijacking Music)
Day 2: Break Out in 2012 (Max Blau), Best and Worst (Latest Disgrace)
Day 3: Favorite Shows (Wholly Roller), Visuals (BeAtlanta)
Day 4: Best EPs/Songs (Promising Chord), Best Places to Buy and Hear (Atlanta’s A-List)
Day 5: Best Local Albums (Little Advances), Best Non-Local Albums (I’m a Bear, Etc.)

Check out our discussion of the best local albums after the jump.

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Atlanta Music Roundtable 2011

Instead of making a “best of” list last year, I asked some of my favorite local bloggers if they would be interested in collaborating on a series of end of the year posts.  They agreed, and the result was this.  We’re bringing the concept back again this year, but there’s been a few changes.  The name has been shortened to just Atlanta Music Roundtable, we’ve expanded our number of participants to 10, and this year we’re throwing a show at The Earl to celebrate.  Oh, and there’s going to be a collaborative “best of” list this year, too, but I’ll share those details later this week.

The roundtable will consist of 10 posts spread out over 5 days, from December 19th through December 23rd.  The show at The Earl lands right in the middle on December 21st, and our lineup includes 4 local bands who put out stellar albums in the past 12 months:  Little Tybee, Today the Moon, Tomorrow the Sun, New Animal, and Spirits and the Melchizedek Children.  That show will only cost you $5, too.  You can go ahead and buy tickets here.

We will share a more complete posting schedule closer to the start date.  There’s a website for the roundtable here that will eventually be updated with full details on the show and the rest of the roundtable project, including links to the posts once they go live.  For now, here’s a list of this year’s roundtable participants:

Atlanta’s A-List – http://atlalist.com

BeAtlanta – http://beatlanta.com

Hijacking Music – http://hijackingmusic.com

I’m A Bear Etc – http://imabearetc.com

Latest Disgrace – http://latestdisgrace.com

Little Advances – you’re looking at it

Max Blau – http://maxblau.blogspot.com and Paste Magazine  http://pastemagazine.com

Ohm Park – http://ohmpark.com

Promising Chord – http://promisingchord.com

Wholly Roller – http://whollyroller.com

This week’s shows (5/9/2011-5/15/2011)

Ted Leo

Ted Leo (solo), Gentleman Jesse (solo), Carnivores – Wednesday, 5/11/2011 – The Drunken Unicorn

Some of the best shows I’ve ever seen have been Ted Leo and the Pharmacists shows.  I don’t think Ted’s capable of phoning it in, which shouldn’t surprise anyone who’s followed his career.  He’s a relentlessly principled lifer that clearly loves what he does for a living, and the idea that he might sleepwalk through a set just doesn’t gel with the rest of his personality.  I was lucky enough to catch a Ted Leo solo show several years ago, and it was almost as good as the best Pharamacists sets I’ve seen.  There was more banter, more covers, and more energy than you might expect from just one guy with an electric guitar.  Ted can create rhythm and urgency with his guitar in a way that brings to mind Billy Bragg, one of his most obvious influences.  This show should be a great one.

The Love Language

The Love Language, Little Tybee – Wednesday, 5/11/2011 – The Earl

It was a bummer when The Love Language had to cancel their mid-March appearance at The Earl, but luckily fans of the Durham, NC’s band cathartic pop didn’t have to wait long for a make-up date.  Stuart McLamb and company will be back on Wednesday to run through a set of heart-on-sleeve vocals and equally emotive arrangements.  Atlanta’s Little Tybee open.  Their progressive, orchestral folk-pop is one of the best things in town right now, so get there early.

Jacuzzi Boys

Jacuzzi Boys, Turf War, Skin Jobs – Thursday, 5/12/2011 – 529

Florida’s Jacuzzi Boys manage to distinguish themselves from the ever-growing pack of garage-punk bands through grimy psychedelic touches and a knack for burrowing into catchy, primal hooks.  Seeing them at 529 on Thursday will also settle my toughest conflict at this weekend’s Secret Stages festival in Birmingham, where they’re scheduled to play a late night set at the exact same time as Hunstville’s G-Side.  Locals Turf War and Skin Jobs open.

Gold-Bears

Gold-Bears, Small Reactions, New Animal – Friday, 5/13/2011 – 529

Local dreamy twee-punks Gold-Bears are celebrating the release of their debut full length on the seminal Slumberland Records, which has been the ideal home for a dreamy twee-punk albums for over 20 years.  That’s a pretty big deal, so go celebrate the occasion with them.  The openers are excellent, too.  Small Reactions deliver good-time post-punk jams, and New Animal (who just recently rocked my backyard) will drop slabs of epic psych-pop.

From Exile

From Exile, The Humboldt Trio, Tricil – Saturday, 5/14/2011 – The Earl

This is a release show for local prog-metal combo From Exile‘s new Nine Inch Nails cover EP (listen to it here).  I’ve never been all that fond of NIN, but From Exile could melt faces in their sleep, so it balances out.  They’ll give a you a free copy on CD with the cover charge, which is a nice bonus.  The openers are The Humboldt Trio (pure, uncut math-rock) and Tricil (veteran local electronic dude).

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This week’s shows (3/28/2011-4/3/2011)

Cut Copy

Cut Copy, Holy Ghost! – Monday, March 28The Masquerade (Heaven)

There’s no way around it – Cut Copy‘s Zonoscope is the most disappointing album I’ve heard this year.  My expectations were really high, though.  I don’t think it’s a bad album, but I do think it’s several steps behind 2008’s fantastic In Ghost Colours.  With that said, tonight’s show at The Masquerade should still be a hell of a lot of fun.  Recent setlists appear to generously mix older tracks and Zonoscope highlights, and it’s not like the Australian electro-poppers make it through Atlanta all that often.  Plus, openers Holy Ghost! are definitely worth showing up early.  They’re on DFA, and they sound like it.

Free Moral Agents

Free Moral Agents DJ Set, DT performing The Yes Project, A: the Color, Roommate – Monday, March 28 – 529

If you’re not up for Cut Copy, this is a good alternative that will cost you a full $22 less (meaning it’s free).  Free Moral Agents is the side project of Mars Volta keyboardist Ikey Owens, and they’ve apparently stuck around town since their headlining show at The Drunken Unicorn on Saturday.  They head out tomorrow for a string of dates with locals Odist, and this show will act as a send-off party.  Before FMA starts spinning some records, DT of Clan Destined will perform material from his ambitious release The Yes Project, A: the Color will play some shifty prog-pop, and Chicago’s Roommate will occupy the space between glitchy electronica and live rock.  This is an early show – it starts at 8.

what Gobble Gobble sounds like

Gobble Gobble, Wowser Bowser, Qurious – Wednesday, March 30 – Drunken Unicorn

Canada’s Gobble Gobble built some strong buzz last year after a string of hyperactive electro-pop singles that sound like Dan Deacon with less music theory degrees.  The live show is supposed to appropriately crazy.  They’ll also have great support on Wednesday from locals Wowser Bowser and Qurious.

The Clap

The Clap, Mood Rings, Red Sea, Shepherds – Friday, April 1 – Noni’s

This show is a 4-way release party – all the performing bands are putting out cassettes on Pink House TapesMood Rings and Red Sea will be releasing their respective debut EPs on cassette (both of which I highly recommend), noise-poppers The Clap are putting out their new Juvenile Cassingle, and Shepherds are unveiling their Holy Stain EP.  Holy Stain was previewed in the form of a free 4 track teaser put out by Double Phantom Digital last week (get it here).  There will be box sets of all 4 cassettes available at the show.

Little Tybee

Little Tybee (album release), Venice is Sinking,  Do It Julia – Saturday, April 2 – The Earl

Little Tybee’s second album is easily one of the most anticipated local releases of the year.  It seems like everybody in town loves this band, and for good reason.  Their layered orchestral-pop is distinctive and undeniably well-crafted.  Athens’ Venice is Sinking and Asheville’s Do It Julia open.

More listings after the jump.

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Barroco Music Festival happens this weekend at The Goat Farm

I forgot to include this in my weekly show previews, but it’s definitely worth checking out.  It’s totally free and features 10 great local(ish) bands.  The last free festival at the Goat Farm was one of the best things to go down in Atlanta this year (more about that here), and I expect this one will be just as good.  This time around, the bands cover a different variety of sounds than the last group:  there’s some chamber pop, some folk, some electro-pop.  It’s a solid mix that shows the diversity we have in this town.