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.

Best of 2010 :: so far

Best of 2010 :: so far

I’m not good at putting stuff in numerical order. Mainly because I can’t choose just one thing that I think is the best. So, here’s my list of favorite 2010 releases, so far.

Local Natives – Gorilla Manor

Julian Lynch – Mare

Surfer Blood – Astro Coast

Morning Benders – Big Echo

Free Energy – Stuck On Nothing

Beach House – Teen Dream

Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Before Today

Delta Spirit – History From Below

Wolf Parade – Expo 86

Sleigh Bells – Treats

Venice Is Sinking – Sand & Lines

Broken Social Scene – Forgiveness Rock Record

Wavves – King Of The Beach (Only available digitally, physical release August 3)

Tame Impala – Innerspeaker

Oryx + Crake – S/T

Delorean – Subiza

Golden Triangle – Double Jointer

Indian Jewelry – Totaled

Suckers – Wild Smile

Male Bonding – Nothing Hurts

Cults – Go Outside 7″ EP

Sunny Ali & The Kid – Try Harder EP

So there you have it. My list of releases I could listen to all day, everyday. And then some.
Curious about what’s to come? I anticipate Best Coast’s Crazy For You (July 27), Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs (August 3) and Les Savy Fav’s Root For Ruin (September 14) will be added to this growing list of favorites.

Upcoming Shows in ATL + ATHENS :: Late Summer/Fall is going to rock!

Upcoming Shows in ATL + ATHENS :: Late Summer/Fall is going to rock!

All of these upcoming shows are Wholly Roller approved and I’ll do my best to keep you posted if they sell out. And I’ll add to this list and update it as more events are announced!

All of the shows listed are going to be amazing (obviously or they wouldn’t be on this list!), but there are some that if you miss them you should be smacked upside the head. If you see a * you should be slapped for missing it and if you see **, then you deserve a swift kick in the rear for missing it. If you see ***, don’t even bother talking to me or suffer the consequences for missing out. Seriously, DO NOT miss these amazing shows!

June 17 – Thao & Mirah with The Most of All, These United States @ The EARL*
June 19 – Modern Skirts with The Features @ The EARL**
June 26
– The New Pornographers with The Dodos and The Dutchess & The Duke @ Variety Playhouse
June 26
– The Howlies, The Coathangers, Balkans, and Mermaids @ Star Bar

1 – FREE SHOW! Carnivores, Abby Go Go, and Grenadines @ Star Bar
6 – Peter Wolf Crier is opening for Heartless Bastards, The Builders & The Butcher @ Masquerade
8 – EARL’s 11th Anniversary Weekend Featuring Gentleman Jesse & His Men, The Coathangers, and Grumpy
9 – EARL’s 11th Anniversary Weekend Featuring Man or Astro Man? and Twin Tigers
9 – Delta Spirit @ Masquerade*
10 – (There is literally something for everyone on this night. I wish I could be in 5 places at once!) EARL’s 11th Anniversary Weekend Featuring Man or Astro Man? and HAWKS; Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros @ Variety Playhouse**; Rooney @ Center Stage; Sleigh Bells @ Vinyl** SOLD OUT!; Venice is Sinking @ Drunken Unicorn**
12 – Free Energy is on the Summer Crushes Tour with Mates of State @ The 40 Watt** (Go for Free Energy, I’m serious, you won’t be disappointed!)
17 – The Selmanaires @ Star Bar*
21 – Little Tybee, Mermaids, and Night Driving in Small Towns @ The EARL
23 – Noot d’ Noot (album release) with Judi Chicago, DJ Gnosis @ The EARL*
24 – Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics with Young Orchids @ The EARL*
26 – Drink Up Buttercup @ The EARL*
30 – Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti with Magic Kids and Pearl Harbor @ The EARL***

– Launch Party Featuring The Selmanaires and Sealions @ The EARL
6 – Here We Go Magic with Beach Fossils @ The EARL**
9 – Ty Segall with The Baths and The Girls At Dawn @ The EARL*
11 – Arcade Fire with Spoon @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater***
17 – Twin Sister with Memoryhouse @ The EARL (Twin Sister will also play a free, all-ages in-store at Criminal Records at 5 pm!)**
20 – Miniature Tigers with Spinto Band and Guests @ Star Bar***
27 – Chromeo @ Masquerade
28 – Orynx & Crake (CD RELEASE PARTY!), Venice Is Sinking, Book of Colors @ The EARL***

– Bear In Heaven with Crystal Castles @ Masquerade**
9 – Those Darlins, Strange Boys and Gentleman Jesse & His Men @ The EARL***
10 – Best Coast with Cults @ Drunken Unicorn***
13 – Pixies @ The Fox*
19 – Laura Veirs & The Hall of Flames with The Watson Twins and Led To Sea @ The EARL
20 – Titus Andronicus with Free Energy @ The EARL***
22 – Jamie Lidell @ The EARL
26 PAVEMENT (!!!!!!!!!) @ The Tabernacle***

2 РYeasayer @  Masquerade**
5 – The National @ The Fox***
6 – The XX with Warpaint @ The Tabernacle
8 – Born Ruffians @ The EARL***
15 – Local Natives @ Masquerade***
16 – Matt & Kim @ Masquerade***
18 – School of Seven Bells with Active Child @ The EARL**

Venues. Ticket info and more shows are listed here:
40 Watt
Star Bar
The Tabernacle
Fox Theatre
Drunken Unicorn
Variety Playhouse
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

June 8th will be the start of something huge :: New Music Night AKA Soon To Be On Repeat @ Criminal Records

June 8th will be the start of something huge :: New Music Night AKA Soon To Be On Repeat @ Criminal Records

On Tuesday, June 8 at 7 pm my friend, Tim Lampe at I’m a Bear, Etc. and I will host New Music Night Soon To Be On Repeat at Criminal Records in Atlanta’s Little Five Points neighborhood.

New Music Night Soon To Be On Repeat with Tim & Emily is a listening party with a twist. Our goal is to offer up some great new releases from various artists and start a conversation. We will play a few tracks from each release and then discuss them.

The first New Music Night will feature new music from the following bands/artists:
Tokyo Police Club
Born Ruffians
Sleigh Bells
Blitzen Trapper
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
Delta Spirit
Here We Go Magic

Criminal Records is located at 1154-A Euclid Ave. Atlanta, GA 30307
We hope to see you there!