Yes, this is inane. But it’s also necessary. For me, if nobody else. Posting a Best of 2014 list in March of 2015 is definitely a who-the-fuck-cares proposition, but, whatever, I needed the sense of completion. Do with this what you will.
For the sake of posterity, I have tried to make this list as comprehensive as possible by including as much relevant information as I had on hand. Some of these records I reviewed at some point during the year. For these I have included a passage describing the work, as well as a link to the complete review in case you feel compelled to dig deeper. In other cases, I included snippets of and links to single or video reviews, which put together will hopefully help to illuminate why I believe a particular record is so worth listening to.
And in still other cases, you’ll find no additional information whatsoever, an admittance that I feel best reveals the inherent limitations of this site: namely, that not everything that deserves coverage actually gets it. Which, yeah, kind of sucks. Out of the thirty records listed here, five of them never received a write-up or review of any kind, including two in the top five and three in the top ten. Does this bug the shit out of me? Well, duh, yes. Should I have taken the time to add my commentary on each record here? Maybe. But in case you haven’t noticed, I haven’t exactly been killing it with posts this year (more on that soon, I promise).
But enough with the self-deprecation. The reality is that I loved Atlanta music in 2014. Hardcore punk saw a resurgence, reverb infatuation finally hit a decline, and, on the whole, bands seemed more willing to challenge themselves and their audiences. I could get into broader trends and connections, but at this juncture, why bother? What matters is these are the thirty local records that stood out the most to me last year. Feel free to agree or disagree. Tell me you love it or to shove it. At least I provide my proofs. Mostly.