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Monday, April 28, 2008

Chad Radford's top 10 Atlanta releases from May '07 to May '08

In keeping with last year’s music issue I’ve compiled a list of my 10 favorite local releases that came down the line between May ’07 and May ’08.

If I had to single out the best Atlanta label for this year, thus far there’s no doubt that it would be Douche Master Records. But the label’s reach has extended far beyond Atlanta over the last year. Excellent singles in the DM catalogue by groups, such as Hex Error and Cheap Time, as well as the Black & White’s self-titled full-length are all worthy of note, but they don’t fit into the category of a “local release.” The one significant local release from Douche Master this year is the reissue of Carbonas’ “Black Out” single … Is it a faux paw to list reissues in the year’s best of list? I think so … But it’s worthy of an honorable mention. The “Black Out” single is a good companion to Carbonas’ third full-length, which shows a tremendous amount of growth on the group’s part. Vocalist Greg King’s voice sounds so much more controlled than it has on previous releases and the group’s grasp on tight, manic melodies in songs, like “Phone Booth” and “Ass Vogel” are so much more refined than any of the group’s previous records that it easily eclipses anything else to come out of Atlanta this year.

I also want to make a note about including the Selmanaires 7-inch in this list and not the album, The Air Salesmen. Whenever I play the CD I catch myself skipping to the tracks from the single. As soon as they’re finished I play them again, rather than letting the rest of the songs play out. For me, the single, “Just to Get Your Love” b/w “Verdigris Intrigue” are such powerful songs that they outshine the rest of the album.

So here’s my list…

1.) Carbonas — Carbonas (Goner Records)

2.) Atlas Sound — Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See but Cannot Feel (Kranky)

3.) Zoroaster — Dog Magic (Terminal Doom Records/Battle Kommand Records)

4.) The Black Lips — Good Bad Not Evil (Vice)

5.) Baby Shakes — “Tell Me Now,” “Baby, It's You,” “Come On, Babe” 10-inch (Rob's House Records)

6.) Anna Kramer & the Lost Cause – The Rustic Contemporary Sounds Of... (International Hits)

7.) The Coathangers – The Coathangers (Rob’s House Records)

8.) The Selmanaires — “Just To Get Your Love” 7-inch (International Hits)

9.) Noot d’ Noot – “Jiggle City” 7-inch (Solutionist)

10.) Daniel Clay – The Protestant (Self-released)

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