The Top 15 Best Atlanta Albums Of 2008

It’s been a banner year for the Atlanta music scene. The international success of bands like Deerhunter, Black Lips, and Mastodon over the last couple of years has put a spotlight on our city and many other artists are beginning to reap the benefits. I still believe that too many of our best and brightest are being overlooked, but that’s exactly why I do what I do. Looking back at my favourite local albums from last year, it seems this year’s class of studio work runs substantially deeper. I felt our scene is so overpopulated by albums worthy of recognition that I extended my original top 10 to a top 15 and I’m still leaving off a ton of really good records from Inside The Perimeter.

A couple of notes, there are a few local albums that have been self-released over the holidays, but I’m rolling them into consideration for next year’s list, and one album on here technically came out in the holiday season of last year. I didn’t do write-ups for this list as many of these are going to make my top LP and top EP lists in a few days, but if you are unfamiliar with any of these acts, I urge you to click on the “tags” below to see all of our posts on the artist. I know someone is gonna complain about Bradford Cox being involved with 20% of this list, but the guy is kicking ass in both quality and quantity of work, so don’t be a player hater. Here is the best Atlanta music of 2008:


15. The Goldest : The Goldest

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14. Gringo Star : All Y’all

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13. Atlas Sound : Things I’ll Miss

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12. Today The Moon, Tomorrow The Sun :

The Lightning Exhibit

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11. No Face : You Mean So Much To Me

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10. Nomen Novum : Mantis Man 7″

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9. Parade : Ghosts

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8. The Liverhearts : Ornament

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7. Lid Emba & Bobcrane : We Substitute

Radiance

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6. All The Saints : Fire On Corridor X

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5. Dead Confederate : Wrecking Ball

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4. Atlas Sound : Let The Blind Lead Those

Who Can See But Cannot Feel

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3. This Piano Plays Itself : This Piano Plays

Itself

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2. Slushco : When I Met The Boss Of Nova

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1. Deerhunter : Microcastle/Weird Era Cont.

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5 Responses to “The Top 15 Best Atlanta Albums Of 2008”
  1. Jonathan Says: December 27th, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    Good list! Surprised that Goofer Dust wasn’t on it though. That’s been my favorite local release this year. Also missing are Janelle Monae’s Metropolis and Anna Kramer’s new disc. Then again I haven’t listened to some you listed so I guess I’ll have to check them out . . .

  2. Anonymous Says: December 28th, 2008 at 11:52 am

    Not you too Davy! Deerhunter is on the top of every frickin indie music blog list.

  3. no face Says: December 28th, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    honestly, that’s very sweet of you, but supreeme put out two different albums this year. did you hear american badass?

  4. kevin Says: December 29th, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    great list. love the bradford cox trifecta!

  5. alex Says: December 31st, 2008 at 12:24 am

    No Gentleman Jesse?

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