Tomorrow! Atlanta Blog-a-thon begins!

[via Little Advances]

If you come here regularly, you know I’ve been taking it easy for the past 3 weeks due to real world stuff.  I haven’t been totally inactive, though.  Back in mid-November, I asked some of my favorite local music writers if they would be interested in participating in a collaborative year end piece.  They all agreed, and we have been working on it intermittently since then.

Basically, we set out to have a conversation about the year in music, with an emphasis on Atlanta music since that is where we are all based.  You are going to get to see the results next week, in a multi-part post that will be rolled out over the course of a few days.

I’m calling this a blog-a-thon, but some of the participants wouldn’t consider themselves bloggers.  It is more accurate to consider us a group of Atlanta-based music fans that maintain spots on the internet where we can write about music.  That doesn’t lend itself to a catchy name very easily, though, so I’m sticking with blog-a-thon.

Here are the participants and where you can find them on the internet:

Rube Ambler – Atlanta’s A-List

Moe Castro – Latest Disgrace

Emily Hogan – Wholly Roller

Tim Lampe – I’m a Bear! Etc.

Nadia Lelutiu – The Moon and Pluto

Davy Minor – Ohmpark

Chuck Norton – Dead Journalist

But you already had all of those bookmarked, right?

See you on Monday.

The final installment of my Favorites of 2010 contains all of the favorite music I found via the internet, more specifically on blogs. The world wide web is a beautiful place, especially with these guys and gals hanging around. All of the releases from these people definitely fit into the other categories, but I felt like making a special post just for them. And a special thanks goes out to blogs like Unholy Rhythms, Get Off The Coast, Yvynyl, Head Underwater, Gorilla vs. Bear and many more for introducing me and everyone else to lovely music from lovely people.

I found these bands/artists strictly on the internet and I think they represent some of the greatest people making music. They might have a physical cassette, album, CD or EP floating around out there, but for the most part their music can only be found online. I urge you to click the link and find out all you can about these amazing people.

Kiss Kiss Fantastic :: Antisocial Butterflies

Mutual Benefit :: Stargazer

PERSONA LA AVE :: Dunes

GOBBLE GOBBLE :: Seizure the Metronome

Teen Daze :: Everywhere

Teenage Reverb :: Double Exposure

Ghost Animal :: Change Your Mind

Purling Hiss :: Almost Washed My Hair

Blackbird Blackbird :: Heartbeat

Weed :: Shift

Foxes in Fiction :: Coffee Cups That Won’t Break Down

Mickey Mickey Rourke :: Voiceless and Floating

Solar Bears :: Inner Sunshine

Dent May :: Eastover Wives

Keep Shelly In Athens :: Cremona Memories

Waskerley Way :: Return of the Space Cat

Holy Spirits :: White Walls

Coma Cinema :: Gentlewoman

Gauntlet Hair :: I Was Thinking…

This is just the short list. Seriously. There are so many bands/artists out there that are creating amazing music. I urge you to visit the blogs I have linked on the side bar of Wholly Roller. They are finding good stuff that you should definitely be paying attention to.

Here’s to a happy, creative 2011.

And now a list of my favorite songs. I could seriously have about 100 songs on this list, but that might be a bit too much. This is a list of 20 songs that I instantly hit repeat when I heard them the first time. These are songs that got in my head and just wouldn’t leave.

1. Weed/Foxes in Fiction – Teenage Dream (Katy Perry)

2. Sprawl II: Mountains Beyond Mountains – Arcade Fire

3. Hope Child – Free Energy

4. Heart To Tell – The Love Language

5. All Yr Songs – Diamond Rings

6. Carolina – Girls

7. Infinity Guitars – Sleigh Bells

8. Mason Jar – Morning Benders

9. It Gets Your Body Moving – Suckers

10. Who Knows Who Cares – Local Natives

11. Waterfall – The Fresh and The Onlys

12. Anchorage – Surfer Blood

13. Down By The Water – The Drums

14. Meet the Frownies – Twin Sister

15. Waiting on You – Sun Airway

16. Marathon – Tennis

17. Castles in the Snow – Twin Shadow

18. Moonville Tunnel – Mutual Benefit

19. To Old Friends and New – Titus Andronicus

20. It’s Not Meant to Be – Tame Impala

Up next, Internet Famous. You’ll have to stay tuned to see what that’s all about.

13 favorite EPs and Singles released in 2010.

1. Girls – Broken Dreams Club

2. Family Trees – Dream Talkin

3. Cloud Nothings – Leave You Forever

4. Twin Sister – Color Your Life

5. Levek – Look on the Bright Side

6. Women – Service Animal b/w Grey Skies

7. tooth ache. – Skin

8. Titus Andronicus/Free Energy Spilt – Anxiety Block (Television Personalities) b/w I’m Going Down (Bruce Springsteen)

9. Real Estate – Out Of Tune b/w Reservoir

10. Sunny Ali and The Kid – Try Harder

11. Pains of Being Pure At Heart – Say No To Love

12. Dent May – That Feeling b/w Eastover Wives

13. Ducktails – Mirror Image

Stay tuned for part three, my favorite songs of 2010.

This is an alphabetical list (by band) of 40 albums that basically live in my headphones. I couldn’t get enough of these when they were first released and I still can’t get enough.

Crush – Abe Vigoda

The Suburbs – Arcade Fire

Before Today – Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti

Teen Dream – Beach House

Magic Central – Breathe Owl Breathe

Black Teeth and Golden Tongues – Burnt Ones

Sleep Forever - Crocodiles

Halcyon Digest – Deerhunter

Silver – Eternal Summers

Stuck on Nothing – Free Energy

Play it Strange – The Fresh and The Onlys

Relayted – Gayngs

All Day – Girl Talk

Hippies – Harlem

That’s How We Burn – Jaill

Mare – Julian Lynch

This is Happening – LCD Soundsystem

Root to Ruin – Les Savy Fav

Gorilla Manor – Local Natives

Libraries – The Love Language

Memphis – Magic Kids

Nothing Hurts – Male Bonding

FORTRESS – Miniature Tigers

Big Echo – The Morning Benders

Oryx + Crake – Oryx + Crake

One of Us – Pomegrantes

Clinging to a Scheme – The Radio Dept.

Prism Eyes – Reading Rainbow

Treats – Sleigh Bells

Let It Sway – Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

Wild Smile – Suckers

Nocturne of Exploded Crystal Chandelier - Sun Airway

Astro Coast – Surfer Blood

Innerspeaker – Tame Impala

The Monitor – Titus Andronicus

Forget – Twin Shadow

Contra – Vampire Weekend

King of the Beach - Wavves

Sand & Lines – Venice Is Sinking

Gemini – Wild Nothing

This list is part one of my four-part post regarding my favorite music of 2010. Stay tuned for my list of favorite 7″, 10″, and 12″ EPs and singles of 2010.