Ohmpark’s Top 20 Atlanta Albums of 2010

It’s hard to dispute that Atlanta’s music scene grows more vibrant and dynamic every year. I used to have to dig deep and work hard to discover new talents and hidden gems in this city, but now I can hardly keep up with every intriguing artist calling the ATL their home. Of course, this high water mark in independent pop music isn’t unique to Atlanta as there is an insane amount of great music being produced across the entire globe right now. But just about every factor you can think of that is contributing to this musical renaissance is tipping in Atlanta’s favour. Geographically, Atlanta is a lone metropolis in the heart of the southeast US, which gives us a much larger recruiting range than most American cities. Many of the more prominent musicians that now fly the Atlanta banner originally defected from south Georgia or Alabama or much farther away. And as more people flock here to pursue a musical career, it creates a positive feedback loop that continues making Atlanta a more attractive location to be a musician. From hip new places like 529 and The Goat Farm, to art spaces like Wonderroot and Eyedrum, to enduring institutions like The Earl and the Drunken Unicorn, to the new places that seem to be springing up everywhere, healthy competition between venues creates a demand for more talented performers to play those venues. Also, because Atlanta is such a transplant city, and one of the fastest growing cities in the US, there is an extremely diverse audience to capture. There isn’t a single style of music that couldn’t create a niche for itself here. Even the local blogging community now features so many different but relevant voices. No matter what direction you look, there is something cool going on. Atlanta’s only weakness may be that the perception of our city beyond the perimeter doesn’t necessarily match up with the reality, but the Internet renders the hurdles of location more irrelevant by the day. It used to be anyone in the suburbs that wanted to be taken seriously had to move down to eastside ITP and pretend it was their home, but now you can claim Perry, Suwanne, or whatever the hell you want, and it doesn’t make that much of a difference. I mean, sure, Brooklyn is the epicenter right now, and if you can do well there you have a good shot at becoming a national buzzband at the very least. But taking into consideration the cost of living and the numerous support systems to the scene, I can’t think of a better place outside of New York to be involved with music than Atlanta.

Since 2010′s class of local records ran so deep, this was a difficult list to compile. There are many albums which got edged out that would have ended up high on a list just a couple of years ago. I want to go ahead and shout out some honourable mentions to records I really liked that didn’t make the cut: Free Ticket‘s All Thumbs, Time Wharp‘s Helvetica, Lid Emba‘s Terminal Muse: Red, A Fight To The Death‘s Gesture of a Gentlemen, Magic Apron‘s The Purling Waters, Conspiracy‘s The Medium Is the Message, both of Jeffrey Bützer‘s releases (Wild Is The Wind Soundtrack and his collaboration with Claire Lodge, Past Wanstead Flats), the four Atlas Sound Bedroom Databank volumes, and the multitude of different releases by Roman Photos, including side projects like Warning Light and Feast of Violet. It’s ridiculous how much good stuff came out of Atlanta this year.

So without further blabbing, here’s the twenty local records that I enjoyed most in 2010. Feel free to discuss and/or complain.

(FYI, anything that comes out after this list was posted will be eligible for my 2011 list, and this list includes one release that came out at the end of 2009)

20. abby gogo : abby gogo

19. Sealions : Strange Veins

18. Soft Powers : Bad Pop

17. The N.E.C. : Is

16. Dååth : Dååth

15. Cassavetes : Faja Blues

14. R_Garcia : Everything Ever

13. Levi/Werstler : Avalanche Of Worms

12. Jungol : Over The Sun And Under The Radar

11. Big Boi : Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty

10. The Back Pockets : Blissters N Basements

9. Sorry No Ferrari : Ternary

8. Red Sea : Weird Problem

7. Nomen Novum : Go Primal

6. Qurious : Planet Plant

5. Oryx & Crake : Oryx & Crake

4. This Piano Plays Itself : As the House…

3. Deerhunter : Halcyon Digest

2. Janelle Monáe : The ArchAndroid (Suites II and III)

1. Living Rooms : House Kid

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19 Responses to “Ohmpark’s Top 20 Atlanta Albums of 2010”
  1. Bret Phillips Says: December 8th, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Ace list Davy..that Janelle Monáe is such a beast

  2. 11-20 Says: December 8th, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    #’s 11-20 should not have been on this list. they all suck.

  3. Clint Miller Says: December 8th, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    srsly? janelle monae is garbage. what the fuck have you been smoking that your ears don’t hear hip hop correctly anymore?

  4. Living Rooms blows Says: December 8th, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    Living Rooms blows. What a bunch of talentless hacks. A bunch of button pressing and looping is not playing music. Hacks.

  5. r_garcia » Everything Ever makes Ohmpark’s Top 20! Says: December 8th, 2010 at 3:08 pm

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  6. Mike Says: December 8th, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    Where’s Kanye on this list? Denied!

  7. Stickfigure Recordings Says: December 8th, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Thanks for the plug for Sorry No Ferrari!


  8. Adair Park Recordings Says: December 8th, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    Thanks for the plug for This Piano Plays Itself!


  9. bs Says: December 8th, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    don’t you manage This Piano Plays Itself or have at some point? methinks that’s a little suspect.

  10. Davy Minor Says: December 8th, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    I’m glad there’s something on here for everyone to hate. ;)

    For the record, I have offered advice and helped out This Piano Plays Itself here and there because I believe in the band and love their music. Half the reason I started this blog in the first place was to highlight talented artists that others were overlooking. But, I freely offer advice and help to pretty much anybody who is smart enough to ask. My central motivation for this blog is that I am a music fan, and I want to share the music I enjoy with others. I have become friends with the guys in TPPI, but there are also plenty of people whom I consider friends whose bands I’ve never even mentioned on this blog. I try my best to be as objective as possible, but ultimately this list and this blog are about my subjective preferences, and if I didn’t honestly believe their record is as amazing as it is, I wouldn’t have placed it at #4 on this list. If you don’t like the record, that’s your thing, but I think it’s pretty fucking epic.

  11. melysa martinez Says: December 12th, 2010 at 2:02 am

    Man, this list makes me sad. Makes me realize that, while I know every single name on this list, I’ve only heard a few. My being out of touch with the music scene makes me feel old. *single tear.

  12. iblamesummers Says: December 14th, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Sorry No Ferrari is UNDOUBTEDLY the best band in the state of Georgia & David Norbery is the sexxxiest nigga in the ATL.

    the children need to learn to pay some dues & sho some motherfucking respect in 2011.

  13. Adam Bruneau Says: December 28th, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    I recorded the Back Pockets record, thanks for putting us on this list! I’m really super proud of that album and if you want to dl it just click here:


  14. Davy Minor Says: December 30th, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    So, it turns out you can stream or download every record in my top 10, so I’ve compiled a list of where to find those in case you aren’t familiar with some of those records:


  15. Pleased Says: January 1st, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    About seeing the Back Pockets and Red Sea.. but what about Dead Rabbits?

  16. Chad Says: January 3rd, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    I love how everybody gets on these lists and bitches about who is better… it’s fucking opinions people! I never heard of Living Rooms… good stuff. Thanks!

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