Saturday, December 31, 2016

Best Albums of 2016


1. Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool
2. The Veils - Total Depravity
3. Nine Inch Nails - Not The Actual Events
4. Suede - Night Thoughts
5. Jagwar Ma - Every Now And Then
6. Savages - Adore Life
7. The Last Shadow Puppets - Everything You've Come To Expect
8. Kula Shaker - K 2.0
9. LUH (Lost Under Heaven) - Spiritual Songs For Lovers To Sing
10. Autolux - Pussy's Dead
11. Kings Of Leon - Walls
12. Red Hot Chili Peppers - The Getaway
13. David Bowie - Blackstar
14. Desert Mountain Tribe - Either That Or The Moon
15. Ramin Djawadi - Westworld Soundtrack
16. Angel Olsen - My Woman
18. Night Beats - Who Sold My Generation
19. Massive Attack - Ritual Spirit
20. Wild Nothing - Life Of Pause


Honourable Mentions:

Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein - Stranger Things Soundtrack
Leonard Cohen - You Want It Darker
Richard Ashcroft - These People
Charles Bradley - Changes
Starwalker - Starwalker
The Avalanches - Wildflower
DIIV - Is The Is Are
The Early Years - II
Blossoms - Blossoms
Phantogram - Three
Dead Pretty - Dead Pretty EP
Band Of Skulls - By Default
Anderson Paak - Malibu
The Besnard Lakes - A Coliseum Complex Museum
Deftones - Gore
The Tragically Hip - Man Machine Poem
Sunflower Bean - Human Ceremony
Pete Doherty - Hamburg Demonstrations
High Highs - Cascades
The Rolling Stones - Blue & Lonesome
Nicolas Jaar - Sirens
Chairlift - Moth
No Sinner - Old Habits Die Hard
Wild Beasts - Boy King
Glass Animals - How To Be A Human Being
Conrad Keeley - Original Machines
Parquet Courts - Human Performance
The Strokes - Future Present Past EP
Green Day - Revolution Radio
Mystery Jets - Curve Of The Earth
SULK - No Illusions
The Kills - Ash & Ice
Soft Hair - Soft Hair
Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions - Until The Hunter
Tricky - Skilled Mechanics
Preoccupations - Preoccupations
Cat's Eyes - Treasure House
Banks & Steelz - Anything But Words
Paper Route - Real Emotion
Two Door Cinema Club - Gameshow
White Lies - Friends
Hinds - Leave Me Alone
Film School - June
Public Access T.V. - Never Enough
Thrice - To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere
Empire Of The Sun - Two Vines
Ty Segall - Emotional Mugger
Mark Kozalek - Mark Kozalek Sings Favorites
Slim Hawley - ...As You Were, Taciturn
Slim Hawley - Palpitation Station
Slim Hawley - All The Other Love Songs
Drive-By Truckers - American Band
Kongos - Egomaniac
Psychic Ills - Inner Journey Out
Bloc Party - Hymns
Moving Units - Damage With Care
Fat White Family - Songs For Our Mothers
School Of Seven Bells - SVIIB
Blue Rodeo - 1000 Arms
Catfish and The Bottlemen - The Ride
The Laurels - Sonicology
Garbage - Strange Little Birds
Kendrick Lamar - untitled unmastered.
DMA's - Hills End
Wolfmother - Victorious
Black Pistol Fire - Don't Wake The Riot
Eagulls - Ullages
The KVB - Of Desire
The Temper Trap - Thick As Thieves
BadBadNotGood - IV
The 1975 - I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It
The Duke Spirit - KIN
Minor Victories - Minor Victories
Iggy Pop - Post Pop Depression
Car Seat Headrest - Teens Of Denial
DJ Shadow - The Mountain Will Fall
Metallica - Hardwired...to Self-Destruct
Primal Scream - Chaosmosis
Kaytranada - 99.9%
Drowners - On Desire
Metronomy - Summer 08
Daughter - Not To Disappear
The Coral - Distance InBetween
Violent Femmes - We Can Do Anything
Mogwai - Atomic
Black Mountain - IV
Yuck - Stranger Things
Deap Vally - Femejism
Weezer - Weezer (White Album)
M83 - Junk
Frightened Rabbit - Painting Of A Panic Attack
Lush - Blind Spot
Nothing - Tired Of Tomorrow
Viola Beach - Viola Beach
The Dandy Warhols - Distortland
Childish Gambino - Awaken, My Love!
J Doll - Songs In The Key Of Repeat
Yak - Alas Salvation
Cub Sport - This Is Our Vice
PJ Harvey - The Hope Six Demolition Project
Sunns - Hold/Still
A Tribe Called Quest - We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service
Kaiser Chiefs - Stay Together
The Boxer Rebellion - Ocean By Ocean
Teenage Fanclub - Here
Avenged Sevenfold - The Stage
James Blake - The Colour In Anything
Kent - Då Som Nu För Alltid
Explosions In The Sky - The Wilderness
TOY - Clear Shot
Crocodiles - Dreamless
Jamie N Commons - Jamie N Commons EP
Merchandise - A Corpse Wired For Sound
Blood Orange - Freetown Sound
Bon Iver - 22, A Million
CRX - New Skin
Warpaint - Heads Up
Tom Chaplin - The Wave
Wintersleep - The Great Detachment

Friday, January 1, 2016

Best Albums of 2015




Top 10 of 2015 by Chris C.

1. Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color

Alabama Shakes could have gone the same route on their second album but decided to make a statement and release the best album of the year. Listening to "Boys & Girls" would not prepare you for the depth and soul of "Sound & Color". Perfection!

2. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Multi-Love

Unknown Mortal Orchestra released their 3rd album and completely changed their sound from complicated indie rock into a funk/soul juggernaut. With quite the story behind the album's title and source of the songs, read up on the what went into making the record and you'll appreciate it even more:


http://pitchfork.com/features/profiles/9646-love-is-strange-the-multitudes-of-unknown-mortal-orchestras-ruban-nielson


3. New Order - Music Complete

New Order surprised everyone with an album that hearkened back to their roots as one of the purveyors of dance music. Probably their best since "Get Ready".

4. Foals - What Went Down

Foals unleashed a monster in "What Went Down". Loved the intensity of the self titled single to the masterpiece of "A Knife In The Ocean".

5. Leon Bridges - Coming Home

Leon Bridges might be the hidden gem in the bunch but he is starting to get the recognition he deserves and rightfully so. Sounding like he's straight out of the Motown era and not missing a beat. If you're looking for a record that everyone one will love then this is it.

6. Twin Shadow - Eclipse

A hell of a follow up to "Forget" and would have launched him further had he not been in a near fatal crash. Gives the R&B rubbish on the charts a run for it's money with well crafted, giant love songs.

7. The Vaccines - English Graffiti

A stab at the rock n' roll stadium crown that Arctic Monkeys carry so well. A huge statement from The Vaccines that they are ready to play bigger shows with a much bigger sound.

8. Editors - In Dream

Have always like Editors and tend to listen to all of their music but with this album they stepped it up. They've always released consistently great songs but singles "No Harm" and "Marching Orders" rank among their best.

9. Cold Showers - Matter Of Choice

Loved their debut album and this record expands on their 80's inspired, synth sound. Doesn't sound dated despite their influences and is a solid sophomore release.

10. Tame Impala - Currents


Tame Impala constantly evolve as a band and have never sounded like they're treading the same waters on any album. With "Currents" they've gone from psychedelic troubadours to funky Bee Gees sounding funk machines. Kevin Parker continues to prove he's one of the more interesting musicians to come along in the last while.


And here are the guest contributors lists:


Top 10 of 2015 (Contributed by Anil R.)

1. D'Angelo & The Vanguard - Black Messiah
2. Dam-Funk - Invite The Light
3. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
4. METZ - II
5. Wand - Golem
6. Kamasi Washington - The Epic
7. Panda Bear - Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
8. Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color
9. Gaz Coombes - Matador
10. Tobias Jesso Jr. - Goon



Top 10 of 2015 (Contributed by Keith S.)

1. Northern Beauties - Self titled
2. Free the Cynics - Showtunes from the Basement
3. Dead Pretty - Death Row single
4. Dead Emperor - Self titled
5. Mammoth Grove - Sun Catcher
6. Twin River - Should The Light Go Out
7. Alexa Borden - Dynamite single
8. Sobcek - Your Eyes Don't Lie (Featuring Tamara Kaboutchek)
9. Walking With A Stranger - Escondido
10. Ghost Loft


Top 10 of 2015 (Contributed by Hef)

1) Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
2) New Order - Music Complete
3) Marilyn Manson - Pale Emperor
4) Graveyard - Innocence & Decadence
5) Butch Walker - Afraid of Ghosts
6) Refused - Freedom
7) Beach House - Thank your Lucky Stars
8) The Vaccines - English Graffiti
9) Disasterpeace - It Follows (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
10) Viet Cong - S/T


Top Album of 2015 (Contributed by Paige W.)

Meloria - Ghost


Top Albums of 2015 (Contributed by Rich P.)

Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly

Brilliant lyricist, phonetically perfect rapper too, brilliant production, he makes everything sound so easy, even with his mad helium voice

The Libertines – Anthems of Doomed Youth

Probably my favourite band ever behind The Beatles. Glad they didn’t disappoint, good to see some of the v old ones finally see some light too. You’re my Waterloo is heartbreaking.

Bill Ryder-Jones - West Kirby County Primary

Underrated gem from The Coral guitarist. Beautiful.

Miley Cyrus – ‘Miley Cyrus And Her Dead Petz’

Absolutely fucking mental. I love her and y’all can go fuck yourself

Florence And The Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful

Consistently great songs, always.

Young Fathers – 'White Men Are Black Men Too'

Not just because they’re from my home town. These guys work their ass off and it shows. Hip-Hop, pop funk, all blended perfectly

Father John Misty – ‘I Love You, Honeybear’

So sweet and surprisingly dark and his voice grabs me right away, can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.

Kurt Vile – 'B’lieve I’m Goin’ Down…'

This guy is a fucking genius. He’s fucking nuggets too, love him.

Chvrches – 'Every Open Eye'

Her voice is perfect, again not a Scottish thing, I just think they tread that line between synth-pop and indie really well

Free the Cynics – Showtunes from the Basement

Pretty much exclusively because of how Goddamn sexy the singer is.

Robot Workers

I still think you gotta see these guys live to really feel the full effect of just how much is going on, one of those bands where every single person in the band is ridiculously good at what they do.

Solid Brown - Our Rich Heritage

Never seen a band like them, mad vision and pushing boundariews in everything they do.

Dead Emperor – Dead Emperor

Brilliant psych, reminds me a lot of The Coral, though none of them have even heard of The Coral. Monday is one of the singles of the year.

Flowshine - Soak Me Like A Wave



Top Albums of 2015 (Contributed by Arron C.)

1. Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear

2. Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats - Self Titled

3. Houndmouth- Little Neon Limelight

4. The Wooden Sky- Lets Be Ready

5. Alabama Shakes- Sound & Color


Top Albums (Contributed by Kirstin J.)

Holy Wave - Relax
Ty Segall - Melted
Allah-Las - Allah-Las
Crystal Stilts - Alight Of Night
Froth - Patterns
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - II
Rolling Stones- England's Newest Hit makers
Dead Ghosts - Love And Death And All The Rest
Holy Mount - We Fell From The Sky
Cass McCombs- Big Wheel And Others
Mystic Braves- Mystic Braves


Top Albums (Contributed by Jay H.)

Blur - Magic Whip
Spoon - Gimme Fiction
Royal Headache - High
Screaming Females - Rose Mountain
Twerps - Range Anxiety
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Multi-Love
Swim Deep - Mothers
Lee Fields and The Expressions - Emma Jean Instrumentals
Foals- What Went Down
The Grounders- Grounder

And I'm adding two tracks:

This one goes out to my Calgary boys and it's The Dandy Warhols- Primary (from "Perfect As Cats: A Tribute To The Cure")
And this one by a group called Money http://youtu.be/OecJg2lav34


Top Albums of 2015 (Contributed by John D.)

1. Kendrick Lemar - To Pimp a Butterfly
2. Tame Impala - Currents
3. Jamie xx - In Colour
4. Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color
5. Future - DS2
6. Beach House - Depression Cherry
7. The Weeknd - Beauty Behind the Madness
8. The Dead Weather - Dodge & Burn
9. Sleater Kinney - No Cities to Love
10. Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear


Top Albums of 2015 (Contributed by Rob W.)

First off, I'm not a good writer (I can't spell or have any real grasp on grammar. Second I'm not a music critic. Third I didn't buy a lot of new albums this year and finally I like talking a lot so some of these reviews you may not enjoy. Some of these albums you may not have heard of and some of these artists may be completely foreign but I hope that some of what I write may inspire you to check out these albums. So here are my top albums of the year:

Lets Start with Honourable Mentions:

-We Are the City - Above Club

Anyone familiar with this band knows that they like to take risks and experiment. They are more focused on their art than singles. There are parts of this album that almost feels like they push that idea further than they should, pushing us to the edge and it seems that the band is barely holding everything together and just as we feel like it's about to completely fall apart the band takes a step back from that edge and allow us to breathe before plunging us right back.

It's not a record that will capture you right away but it's one that I find myself going back to over and over trying to figure out why. It's like my Ike Turner. It keeps on doing bad things to me but I just keep going back.

-Brand New - Leaked Demos 2006

Like the title suggests it was originally leaked in 2006, but it wasn't officially released by the band until this December. I won't get into all the reasoning and backstory of the album. Brand New is one of my favourite bands but I couldn't justify putting an album released last decade on my best of 2015 list. That being said I'm giving it honourable mention because it's really good.

If you are a Brand New fan you would have heard this album years ago and if you aren't a Brand New fan nothing I say will convince you to check them out.


Disappointments


-Refused - Freedom

Let me start off by saying that I love Refused. Let that sink in as I say I hated this album so much. It has a few (very few) bright spots and a lot of average moments. It's like watching golf on TV eventually you'll see something good but you'll most likely be bored before you do.

They sound like a band that is trying way too hard to sound like Refused. This was by far the biggest let down I have had in a long time. This is like the Phantom Menace of Refused albums, from the outside it looks better but once you're inside it's nothing but Jar Jar Binks with a tiny bit of Darth Maul.

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Albums of the year in no order:


-Side Saddle - Young Professional (ep)

A pleasant discovery of mine this year. It reminds me of Milo Greene's self titled album in ways. A little country, a little folk and a little roots an album that due to its short length begs for repeated listens. With each listen you discover something new that'll bring a smile to your face.

A soundtrack for late night drives in the country with someone special. A great record that won't disappoint fans of this genre. The band is able to take a music style that has been around for ages and make it sound fresh and new.


-Flowshine - Soak Me Like a Wave (ep)

The second best EP I heard all year by far. The problem with some bands with good musicians is that sometimes they let their ego get in the way of making good music. They figure that people would rather listen to this sweet (insert instrument here) solo than anything else. Flowshine is a band with fantastic musicians that know when to scale back the theatrics and solos for the good of a song. There are moments where you get to hear members of the band shine but they are more of a passenger in the song instead of the driver.

With this EP they are able to take us on a ride through different feelings and styles while remaining true to who they are and what is left is an album that shows a band capable of bending genres and taking us places we never have been before.


-I've Taken a Lover - I Wish Teenagers Weren't So Tough (ep)

This band has always been about being unconventional. Their last album was an experimental concept noise rock album that was recorded live off the floor in two days dripped in reverb and noise. So naturally they follow it up with this record. A "pop" record or as close as these guys could get to that genre.

Released on Valentines Day this record shows a growth in musicianship and songwriting. A band that always seemed burdened by trying to write concept albums put out a record where the only concept was to have songs with verses and choruses in them. They took all their noise soaked bridges and progressive songwriting and pushed them neatly into a dark corner and we were left with simple songs about love and adventure and being young.


-Sorority Noise - Joy, Departed

I love and hate the term Emo. When I think of Emo I think of Sunny Day Real Estate, Cursive, Mineral, Braid and The Promise Ring not the cheap copy from early 2000 with the black hair and eyeliner. So when I say that this is one of the better emo records that I've heard in a long time I'm comparing it to the bands that I listed above and not the MTV version.

It checks off all the boxes I look for in a good emo record. It's sad but in a brokenhearted way not in a "my parents don't understand me" way. The band that made this record obviously grew up listening to some of my favourite bands and have made a real good modern day version of those classic emo records. It doesn't come across like a rip off though it still manages to sound like a band that can stand on it's own but that isn't afraid to pay homage to those that came before.


-Windmills - Measures

To be honest I've known this guy for about five years but I couldn't think of putting out a best of list without including his newest album. First things first he is a solo artist that uses loops, samples and his guitar to recreate his sound live. He has a great voice and is capable of writing great lyrics. On this record he stepped up the production quality and spent more time crafting his songs.

Most of these are love songs but not in the traditional sense but a love of travel, family and of course women. Expect to hear something that isn't quite like anything you've heard before.


-le albatross - h.o.s.f.

I wrote this one and if I'm being quite honest this is the only way it was getting on anyone's best of list. Not because it's bad, no it's great, but the length and the recording quality turn most people off.

Some of my best lyrics and music I've put out and one of the better stories I have told but my voice is almost as bad as the recording. You won't like it but I do and this is my list so it's on it.


-Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell

It's a great record. It's a folk record that has been stripped down to just the bare necessities. It's a real sad record with a story he wanted to tell. Maybe that's why he went for the minimal approach with this record to remove any distractions from the listener.

Most of the record is just Sufjan and his guitar only adding other flourishes in certain places but they are done in a way that you almost don't notice them. They add just enough to remind you that you are listening to more than just a man and a guitar but a master songwriter who has spent years perfecting the art of surprising us with each new album and style even if he's just going back to his roots.


-Braids - Deep In the Iris

With Deep In the Iris I avoided it for awhile because of all the praise it was getting. I find that when albums get a lot of hype I am usually disappointed with them, on the other hand if I read a few bad reviews it can turn me off completely.

I finally got around to giving the album a listen to at the beginning and was blown away by it. In my opinion it's Braids finest album to date. A band that seems to be at the peak of their creativity. The songs are different and interesting but are catchy enough to keep the casual listeners interest. It sounds like something you've never heard before but at the same time something about it is familiar and comfortable.


-Reuben And The Dark - Funeral Sky (Deluxe)

I get mad at Reuben some times. First off he is incredibly handsome. Second he sings like an angel. He writes great songs and is very friendly and easy to talk to so it's also very hard to stay mad at him.

This album came out last year but the deluxe edition was released this year. It comes with a few alternate versions of songs which are almost as good as the ones used for the original release. With 17 song you definitely get the most bang for your buck with this release. Every song has a highlight and it doesn't feel as long as it should. You may find yourself surprised at how fast and easy of a listen it is.


-Dustin Kensrue - Carry the Fire

It's hard for me to put in word how good this record is. My first run through there were countless time where I had to stop the record and go back and listen to a certain part again because it was so good.

Parts of it remind me of his debut solo record but this record is so much more. It's has more of a rock vibe to it but not too heavy. There a parts that could appear on a folk record and there are parts that could even be played at a wedding yet no song sounds out of place but the songs compliment each other and show Dustin's rage as a songwriter.


Top Albums of 2015 (Contributed by Curt V.)

1. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly
2. Blur - The Magic Whip
3. Beach House - Thank Your Lucky Stars
4. Twin Shadow - Eclipse
5. New Order - Music Complete
6. Brandon Flowers - The Desired Effect
7. Viet Cong - Viet Cong
8. Editors - In Dream
9. Libertines - Anthems For Doomed Youth
10. Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color

Song of the year : King Kunta - Kendrick Lamar

Show of the year : Morrissey with special guest Blondie - Madison Square Garden - New York, June 27, 2015


Top 10 of 2015 (Contributed by Franco M.)

1) Thee Oh Sees - Mutilator Defeated At Last
2) Yonatan Gat - Director
3) Blind Shake and Swami John Reis- Modern Surf Classics
4) Godspeed You Black Emperor - Asunder. . .
5) Viet Cong - S/T
6) James McMurtry - Complicated Game
7) Kamasi Washington - The Epic
8) Metz - Metz II
9) Girl Band - Holding Hands With Jamie
10) Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color


Top 10 of 2015 (Contributed by John M.)

1. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
2. Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color
3. Songhoy Blues – Music in Exile
4. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Multi-Love
5. Protomartyr – the Agent Intellect
6. Royal Headache – High
7. New Order – Music Complete
8. Hiatus Kaiyote – Choose Your Weapon
9. John Andrews & the Yawns – Bit by the Fang
10. Tame Impala - Currents


Top Albums of 2015 (Contributed by Steve B.)

1. Blur - Magic Whip (Record of the year)
2. Beach House - Depression Cherry
3. Beach House - Thank Your Lucky Stars
4. New Order - Music Complete
5. Tame Impala - Currents
6. The Libertines - Anthems for a Doomed Youth
7. Bjork - Vulnicura
8. Metz - Metz II
9. Refused - Freedom

Show of the year: Jesus and Mary Chain, Vogue Theatre


Honourable Mentions:

The Maccabees - Marks To Prove It
Brandon Flowers - The Desired Effect
Gary Clark Jr. - The Story Of Sonny Boy Slim
Alberta Cross - S/T
Vince Staples - Summertime ‘06 Blackout Lights - Blaster
Belle and Sebastian - Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance
Mark Ronson - Uptown Special
Wolf Alice - My Love Is Cool
Bjork - Vulnicura
Pond - Man It Feels Like Space Again
Silversun Pickups - Better Nature
Metric - Pagans In Vegas
Peace - Happy People
Mercury Rev - The Light In You
Carl Barat and The Jackals - Let It Reign
A Place to Bury Strangers - Transfixiation
The Black Ryder - The Door Behind the Door
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Chasing Yesterday
Squarepusher - Damogen Furies
Dave Gahan & Soulsavers - Angels & Ghosts
Sleater-Kinney - No Cities To Love
Stereophonics - Keep The Village Alive
Paul Weller - Saturn's Pattern
Hardcore Superstar - HCSS
John Carpenter - Lost Themes
Matthew Good - Chaotic Neutral
FFS - FFS
Big Grams - S/T
Wilco - Star Wars
The Go! Team - The Scene Between
Drake - If You're Reading This, It's Too Late
Deerhunter - Fading Frontier
Puscifer - Money Shot
Foo Fighters - Saint Cecilia
Eagles of Death Metal - Zipper Down
Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I sit and Think, Sometimes I Just Sit
Dr. Dre - Compton
Lee Harvey Osmond - Beautiful Scars
Battles - La Di Da Di
The Cribs - For All My Sisters
Coldplay - A Head Full of Dreams
The Prodigy - The Day Is My Enemy
Death Cab For Cutie - Kintsugi
Lower Dens - Escape From Evil
David Gilmour - Rattle That Lock
Mew - +-
Mumford & Sons - Wilder Mind
My Morning Jacket - The Waterfall
Hot Chip - Why Make Sense?
Sun Kil Moon - Universal Themes
Muse - Drones
The Chemical Brothers - Born In The Echoes
Mac Demarco - Another One
FKA Twigs - M3LL155X
The Fratellis - Eyes Wide, Tongue Tied
Low - Ones and Sixes

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Best Albums of 2014



Wow what a year for great music yet again. Some albums came out of nowhere while some returning bands released some of their best work. TV On The Radio's last few albums have been great but haven't been as solid as "Return To Cookie Mountain". After the death of bassist Gerard Smith early this year from cancer. After the tragedy it must have been hard to carry on but the band sound reinvigorated and "Seeds" is definitive proof that their best work is not behind them but still to come. Interpol released some excellent albums since the departure of bassist Carlos D but with "El Pintor" it sounds like they have left the past behind and forged a new path with Paul Banks taking over bass duties on the recording.

Probably the best debut album in quite some time comes from Temples in the form of "Sun Structures". A blistering slice of psychedelic rock with smatterings of The Beatles, Kula Shaker and many more thrown into the mix, these guys will be ones to watch for the next while. Recorded in their bedroom, the album sounds as accomplished as any studio album and just as assured. If they aren't on your radar yet then they definitely should be. The Horrors continued to evolve into the band that they teased us with on "Primary Colours". Not the band everyone expected when "Strange House" was released in 2007. Fully embracing their dark roots and continuing to experiment with their sound, they will only get better from here.

Kasabian released probably their most divisive album to date in "48:13". Well some felt that they strayed to far from their humble guitar beginnings, others loved the twists and turns that each track brought. They have always been a guitar band with electronic elements and I think this album proves how well they've adapted their sound to be their own. The Raveonettes released one of their most personal records with the death of Sune Wagner's father contributing to a large part of the album material. Listen to "Summer Ends" and tell me it doesn't stir up some emotions. Love The Raveonettes for continuing to surprise us, album after album, with exciting and emotionally beautiful records.

Angel Olsen came almost out of nowhere for me and instantly placed herself firmly on the year end list. Wish I had heard of her sooner but glad I found out before too late. The 27 year old released a record that is lyrically and musically one of the best efforts of the last decade. Her voice moves effortlessly from rock growl to melodic songstress without missing a beat. Definitely a highlight album of the year that people need to check out. The Orwells brought back the intensity of the early days of The Strokes and some punk rock attitude to release a solid sophmore album. Their live performance on Letterman is what caught my eye and I am sure they are just starting to find their stride.

Well yet again another year begins and so much amazing new music floods my ears. I can't wait to see what 2015 brings with releases from Radiohead, Tool and many others to look forward to. As always continuing sharing the music you love and let others in on the music you love. Till next year...


1. TV On The Radio - Seeds
2. Interpol - El Pintor
3. Temples - Sun Structures
4. The Horrors - Luminous
5. Kasabian - 48:13
6. The Raveonettes - Pe'ahi
7. Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire For No Witness
8. The Orwells - Disgraceland
9. Bombay Bicycle Club - So Long, See You Tomorrow
10. Dum Dum Girls - Too True

11. Jack White - Lazaretto
12. The Smashing Pumpkins - Monuments To An Elegy
13. Beck - Morning Phase
14. Ryan Adams - S/T
15. Morrissey - World Peace Is None Of Your Business
16. Alt-J - This Is All Yours
17. Nothing - Guilty Of Everything
18. Johnny Aries - Unbloomed
19. Eagulls - Eagulls
20. Thom Yorke - Tomorrow's Modern Boxes

Honourable mentions included below (after concerts). Don't stop here...


Top 3 concerts of the year:

1. Slowdive at Le National in Montreal
2. Massive Attack at The Greek Theatre in L.A.
3. Temples at The Biltmore Cabaret in Vancouver


More exceptional shows:

Arcade Fire at The Saddledome
The Horrors at The Mayan Theatre
Beach House at The Republik
The National at Prospect Park
DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist at Flames Central
Kasabian at The Vogue Theatre
Jack White at X-Fest
Arctic Monkeys at X-Fest
Johnny Marr at The Republik
Ryan Adams at Southern Alberta Jubilee
Broken Bells at Jack Singer Concert Hall
Gruff Rhys at The Palomino
Gord Downie and The Sadies at Wildhorse Saloon
Dead Meadow at Electric Owl
Dum Dum Girls at The Biltmore
Kings Of Leon at The Saddledome
Black Sabbath at The Saddledome
Kool Keith at Dickens Pub
Band Of Skulls at Commonwealth Bar

Honourable Mentions:

*(Local/Canadian music)

Spoon - They Want My Soul
The Drums - Encyclopedia
Mode Moderne - Occult Delight
Nine Inch Nails - Seed Eight EP
Royal Blood - S/T
Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots
The War On Drugs - Lost In The Dream
Johnny Marr - Playland
Death From Above 1979 - The Physical World*
Merchandise - After The End
Let's Wrestle - S/T
Kent - Tigerdrottningen
Julian Casablancas + The Voidz - Tyranny
FKA Twigs - LP1
Wolfmother - New Crown
Mr. Little Jeans - Pocketknife
The Wytches - Annabel Dream Reader
Nine Black Alps - Candy For The Clowns
The Black Angels - Clear Lake Forest
Superfood - Don't Say That
Kele - Trick
Real Estate - Atlas
The Mary Onettes - Portico
Elephant Stone - The Three Poisons&*
Carsick Cars - 3
Kaiser Chiefs - Education, Education, Education And War
Jimi Goodwin - Odludek
Natural Child - Dancin' With Wolves
Coldplay - Ghost Stories
Bo Ningen - III
And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead - IX
Weezer - Everything Will Be Alright In The End
2:54 - The Other I
The Coral - The Curse Of Love
Zola Jesus - Taiga*
The Drowners - Drowners
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Only Run
Black Lips - Underneath The Rainbow
Pixies - Indie Cindy
Childhood - Lacuna
By The Sea - Endless Days, Crystal Sky
Ty Segall - Manipulator
Band Of Skulls - Himalayan
Gord Downie, The Sadies and The Conquering Sun - S/T*
The Rifles - None The Wiser
Timber Timbre - Hot Dreams*
Sun Kil Moon - Benji
Cheatahs - Cheatahs
Cherry Ghost - Herd Runners
Sleepy Sun - Maui Tears
Black Submarine - New Shores
Reverend and The Makers - Thirtytwo
Bush - Man On The Run
SOHN - Tremors
Fryars - Power
The Sunshine Underground - S/T
Foo Fighters - Sonic Highways
Iceage - Plowing Into The Field Of Love
Blonde Redhead - Barragan
The Afghan Whigs - Do The Beast
Ben Everyman - Subourbon*
Risky Endeavor - EP*
Stars - No One Is Lost
The Blue Angel Lounge - Sea Of Trees
We Were Promised Jetpacks - Unravelling
Philip Selway - Weatherhouse
Foster The People - Supermodel
Tricky - Adrian Thaws
The Flaming Lips - With A Little Help From My Fwends
Pink Floyd - The Endless River
Catfish and The Bottlemen - The Balcony
The Tea Party - The Ocean At The End
Mogwai - Rave Tapes
Caribou - Our Love*
Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers - Hypnotic Eye
In-Flight Safety - Conversationalist
Eels - The Cautionary Tales Of Mark Oliver Everett
Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra - Fuck Off, Get Free, We Pour Light On Everything*
Broken Bells - After The Disco
Maximo Park - Too Much Information
I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness - Dust
The Kooks - Listen
†††(Crosses) - †††
James Walsh - Turning Point
The Vacant Lots - Arrival/Departure
Alvvays - S/T
The Brian Jonestown Massacre - Revelation
Phantogram - Voices
Cold War Kids - Hold My Home
Wild Beasts - Present Tense
St. Vincent - S/T
Blood Red Shoes - S\T
Howler - World Of Joy
The Vines - Wicked Nature
Raised By Swans - Öxnadalur*
Counting Crows - Somewhere Under Wonderland
Hamilton Leithauser - Black Hours
Elbow - The Take Off And Landing Of Everything
Metronomy - Love Letters
Future Islands - Singles
Hookworms - The Hum
Mac Demarco - Salad Days*
The Hold Steady - Teeth Dreams
Swans - To Be Kind
The Black Keys - Turn Blue
Klaxons - Love Frequency
Manic Street Preachers - Futurology
Weird Al Yankovic - Mandatory Fun
Angus & Julia Stone - Angus & Julia Stone
Karen O - Crush Songs
Robert Plant - Lullaby and The Ceaseless Roar
U2 - Songs Of Innocence
Zulu Winter - Stutter
Gruff Rhys - American Interior
Haunted Hearts - Initiation

There a couple more albums that I have to listen to but there you have it kids...

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Top 20 of 2013


Well another year passes and another year of top notch releases from artists new and old. Nine Inch Nails, Suede, Mazzy Star and My Bloody Valentine released new albums that did not disappoint after long abscences and proved why they are and will always will be forces to be reckoned with. Jagwar Ma came out of left field and made one of the albums of the year bringing back a mix of baggy beat and electronic that harkened back to the early 90's Madchester scene. Arctic Monkeys released a flawless rock n' roll album that made them the band to beat and will be for some time to come. The National yet again took our breath away with another stunner of an album. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's new album sounded as though they had poured their heart and soul into making every song and let them get some heavy burdens off their collective chest. Sigur Rós released their darker side once more with an album that was heavier than previous efforts but still kept the disarming beauty that we have all come to love. Exit Calm released their sophomore album and showed that they are among a new crop of bands keeping guitar music alive and well for a new generation of fuzzed out fans. Finally White Lies continue to evlove as a band with an infusion of 80's synths and songwriting that has grown up as much as they have over their last several albums. Overall an exceptional year for music and I can't wait to see what 2014 holds with releases from The Horrors, Mogwai, Beck and many more on the horizon.

Top 20 of 2013:

1. Arctic Monkeys - AM
2. Nine Inch Nails - Hesitation Marks
3. Jagwar Ma - Howlin'
4. The National - Trouble Will Find Me
5. Sigur Rós - Kviekur
6. Suede - Bloodsports
7. Mazzy Star - Seasons Of The Day
8. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Spector At The Feast
9. Exit Calm - The Future Isn't What It Used To Be
10. White Lies - Big TV

11. Arcade Fire - Reflektor
12. The Boxer Rebellion - Promises
13. Outfit - Performance
14. Franz Ferdinand - Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action
15. Beady Eye - BE
16. My Bloody Valentine - MBV
17. Savages - Silence Yourself
18. The Virgins - Strike Gently
19. The Mary Onettes - Hit The Waves
20. Fidlar - Fidlar


Honourable Mentions:

Washed Out - Paracosm
Kings Of Leon - Mechanical Bull
Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires Of The City
Foals - Holy Fire
Primal Scream - More Light
Queens Of The Stone Age - ...Like Clockwork
Mad Palace - Troubled Sleep EP
The Black Angels - Indigo Meadow
Pearl Jam - Lightning Bolt
Tricky - False Idols
Atoms For Peace - Amok
David Bowie - The Next Day
Peace - In Love
Smith Westerns - Soft Will
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Mosquito
Cold War Kids - Dear Miss Lonelyhearts
Yast - S/T
Wolf People - Fain
British Sea Power - Machineries Of Joy
Villagers - Awayland
Charles Bradley - Victim Of Love
Var - No One Dances Quite Like My Brothers
Tribes - Wish To Scream
Palma Violets - 180
Cults - Static
Swim Deep - Where The Heaven Are We
Zola Jesus - Versions
Hollerado - White Paint
Pure X - Crawling Up The Stairs
Fryars - Radio PWR
Glasvegas - Later...When The TV Turns To Static
Weekend - Jinx
Wolf & Cub - Heavy Weight
The Strypes - Snapshot
Matthew Good - Arrows Of Desire
The Strokes - Comedown Machine
Splashh - Comfort
How To Destroy Angels - Welcome Oblivion
The Vaccines - Melody Calling EP
Two Door Cinema Club - Changing Of The Season EP
Placebo - Loud Like Love
Everything Everything - Arc
Yo La Tengo - Fade
I Am Kloot - Let It All In
The Joy Formidable - Wolf's Law
Toro Y Moi - Anything In Return
Suuns - Images Du Futur
Pure Love - Anthems
Toy - Join The Dots
The Courteneers - Anna
Frightened Rabbit - Pedestrian Verse
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - II
Eels - Wondeul, Glorious
Puscifer - Donkey Punch The Night
Starfucker - Miracle Mile
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - Push The Sky Away
The Flaming Lips - The Terror
Surfer Blood - Pythons
James Blake - Overgrown
The Knife - Shaking The Habitual
SULK - Graceless
Electric Soft Parade - IDIOTS
These New Puritans - Fields Of Reeds
Elephant Stone - S/T
Phoenix - Bankrupt!
Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
Miles Kane - Don't Forget Who You Are
Boards Of Canada - Tomorrow's Harvest
Black Sabbath - 13
Travis - Where You Stand
MGMT - MGMT
Chvrches - The Bones Of What You Believe
King Krule - 6 Feet Beneath The Moon
Jamie N Commons - Rumble and Sway
Johnny Borrell - Borrell 1
The Warlocks - Skull Worship
The Violet May - Strange Lives
Albert Hammond Jr. - AHJ
Babyshambles - Sequel To The Prequel
Bass Drum Of Death - S/T
Rob Zombie - Venomous Rat Regenration Vendor
Avenged Sevenfold - Hail To The King
The Airborne Toxic Event - Such Hot Blood
The Besnard Lakes - Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO
Beware Of Darkness - Orthodox
Big Black Delta - Big Black Delta
Gogol Bordello - Pura Vida Conspiracy
Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros - Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros
Bloc Party - The Nextwave Sessions EP
Blood Orange - Cupid Deluxe
Mark Kozelek - Like Rats
Cazadores - Hyperion Days
Midlake - Antiphon
Chapel Club - Good Together
Sterephonics - Graffiti Train
Hurts - Exile
Crystal Stilts - Nature Noir
Dead Meadow - Warble Womb
Cut Copy - Free Your Mind
Jake Bugg - Shangri-La
Pond - Hobo Rocket
Dead Sons - The Hollers and The Hymns
Slowness - For Those Who Wish To See The Glass Half Full
Deap Vally - Sistronix
Marnie - Crystal World
Delphic - Collections
Low - The Invisible Way
Neils Children - Dimly Lit
Diego Garcia - Paradise
Dinosaur Pile-Up - Nature Nuture
Johnny Marr - The Messenger
The Jungle Giants - Learn To Exist
Dutch Uncles - Out Of Touch In The Wild
Snowden - No One In Control
Echotape - Collective
Mona - Torches and Pitchforks
Editors - The Weight Of Your Love
The 1975 - The 1975
Yuck - Glow & Behold
Young Galaxy - Ultramarine
Electric Eye - Pick Up, Lift-Off, Space, Time
Iaceage - You're Nothing
Empire Of The Sun - Ice On The Dune
Steve Mason - Monkey Minds In Devil's Time
Giant Drag - Waking Up Is Hard To Do
The Orwells - Other Voices EP
The Olms - S/T
No Joy - Wait To Pleasure
Crocodiles - Crimes Of Passion
ELEVATION - ELEVATION
The Little Ones - The Dawn Sang Along
Esben & The Witch - Wash The Sins Not Only The Face
The Pigeon Detectives - We Met At Sea
Frankie & The Heartstrings - The Days Run Away
Porcelain Raft - Permanent Signal
Girls Names - The New Life
Majical Cloudz - Impersonator
Gliss - Langsom Dams
Shout Out Louds - Optica
Go For The Eyes - Six Through Twelve
Rockets & Dinosaurs - Angry Gnarly Love
Tanner James - How To Ruin Your Life With Women
The Growlers - Hung At Heart
Neov - Orange Morning
Summerays - Summer Daze
Guards - In Guards We Trust
New Canyons - Everyone Is Dark
High Highs - Open Season
Night Beats - Sonic Bloom
IAMX - The Unified Field
Picnic - The Weather's Fine
Sebastien Grainger - Yours To Discover



Until next year...


Monday, December 31, 2012

Top 20 of 2012







Wow what a year for music. If you didn't think there was anything decent then you didn't look hard enough cause it was coming out of the woodwork this year. This was truly one of the toughest lists I had to compile. Two Wounded Birds not only released the best album of the year but also broke up. The Maccabees made a statement with their 3rd album that they are only getting bigger and brighter. Beach House made a shimmery, hypnotic beautiful noise that was perfect for summer and fall. Sigur Rós went back to their musical soundscapes with a album that could soundtrack any winter. Tame Impala made a sonically brilliant new brand of psychedelia for a new generation. Martin Rossiter's album was a refreshing return from a voice that made many long for more Gene records. The Helio Sequence was a surprise listen that deserves more praise than it's gotten and more. Alt-J came out of nowhere to capture the Mercury Prize and bring their strange folktronica to the masses. The Chevin made a perfect debut record with not a trace of filler and slipped in under the radar but will hopefully get the attention they deserve. Peace released an EP that leaves the door wide open for them to take 2013 by storm. There's local CD's in there as well so keep your eyes peeled. Sorry if I missed yours. Well I hope you all enjoyed the list and found some new and old favourites. As always share the love of music with those that you know would appreciate it just as much. I know I missed some but that's why you're here.

Cheers!


1. Two Wounded Birds - S/T
2. The Maccabees - Given To The Wild
3. Beach House - Bloom
4. Tame Impala - Lonerism
5. Sigur Rós - Valtari
6. Martin Rossiter - The Defenestration of St. Martin
7. The Helio Sequence - Negotiations
8. Paul Banks - Banks
9. Two Door Cinema Club - Beacon
10. Alt-J - An Awesome Wave
11. Black Pistol Fire - Big Beat '59
12. Silversun Pickups - Neck Of The Wood
13. Neil Halstead - Palindrome Hunches
14. Zulu Winter - Language
15. 22-20s - Got It If You Want It
16. The Raveonettes - Observator
17. Cold Showers - Love & Regret
18. Peace - Delicious EP
19. Tribes - Baby
20. The Chevin - Borderland



Notable mentions:

Alberta Cross - Songs Of Patience
The Soundtrack Of Our Lives - Throw It To The Universe
The Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls
Muse - The 2nd Law
James Walsh - Lullaby
Gotye - Like Drawing Blood
Jack White - Blunderbuss
The Smashing Pumpkins - Oceania
Bloc Party - Four
Spiritualized - Sweet Heart, Sweet Light
The Killers - Battle Born
Mumford and Sons - Babel
Dum Dum Girls - End Of Daze
The UFO Club - The UFO Club
Fractures - Satyr EP
Metz - Metz
Twin Shadow - Confess
Mac Demarco - 2
Beware of Darkness - Howl EP
The Laurels - Plains
The Vaccines - Come of Age
Howler - America Give Up
How To Destroy Angels - An Omen EP
2:54 - S/T
Toy - S/T
The XX - Coexist
Wintersleep - Hello Hum
Motorama - Calendar
Willie Nelson - Heroes
Lawless Soundtrack
Wild Nothing - Nocturne
Life In Film - Needles and Pins EP
White Rabbits - Milk Famous
Whirr - Distressor
Jake Bugg - S/T
Allah-La's - S/T
The Whigs - Enjoy The Company
The Walkmen - Heaven
Walk The Moon - S/T
Savages - Flying To Berlin Single
Violens - True
The View - Cheeky For A Reason
Veronica Falls - Covers
The Vandelles - Strange Girls Don't Cry
Van She - Idea of Happiness
Caspian - Waking Season
Ty Segall Band - Slaughterhouse
Ty Segall - Twins
The Chap - We Are Nobody
Two Step Horror - Bad Sides & Rejects
Twisted Wheel - Do It Again
Black Phoenix Orchestra - A Manics Madness
Divine Fits - A Thing Called Divine Fits
Stagnant Pools - Temporary Rooms
Spector - Enjoy It While It Lasts
Trailer Trash Tracys - Ester
DZ Deathrays - Bloodstreams
The Tragically Hip - Now For Plan A
Titus Andronicus - Local Business
Citizens! - Here We Are
The Ting Tings - Songs From Nowheresville
The Temper Trap - S/T
Young Prisms - In Between
Tamaryn - Tender New Signs
Tales Of Murder And Dust - Hallucination of Beauty
Sun Kil Moon - Among The Leaves
Young Magic - Melt
Yeasayer - Fragrant World
Sun Airway - Soft Fall
Stars - The North
SPC ECO - Dark Notes
The Twang - 10:20
Trespassers William - Cast
Soulsavers - The Light The Dead See
The Soft Pack - Strapped
Dark Horses - Black Music
The Soft Moon - Zeros
White Laces - Moves
Soundgarden - King Animal
White Hills - Oddity III: Basic Information
Sleepy Sun - Spine Hits
93 Million Miles From The Sun - Northern Sky
Airiel - Kid Games
Alkatine - Red Silk Jacket
Natural Child - Hard In Heaven
Mystery Jets - Radlands
Moon Duo - Circles
Mono - For My Parents
Drive Soundtrack
And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead - Lost Songs
Arctic Monkeys - R U Mine/Electricity Single
Aqua Nebula Oscillator - Third
Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas
Bob Dylan - Tempest
Assemble Head In Sunburst Sound - Manzanita
Atoms For Peace - Default Single
Band Of Horses - Mirage Rock
Band Of Skulls - Sweet Sour
Air - Le Voyage Dans La Lune
Lambchop - Mr. M
Bat For Lashes - The Haunted Man
Beacon - For Now
Breton - Other People's Problems
BEAK> - BEAK>
Beck - I Just Started Hating Some People Today Single
Young Galaxy - Shoreless Kid
Shores - Leavening
Shiny Toy Guns - III
Nine Black Alps - Sirens
The Shins - Port Of Morrow
The Sheepdogs - S/T
The See See - Fountayne Mountain
The Cranberries - Roses
Seafoam - Seafoam EP
Sea Dweller - Signs Of A Perfect Disaster
The Rosebuds - Love Deluxe
Robot Monsta - Ghost
Ringo Deathstarr - Mauve
Richard Hawley - Standing At The Sky's Edge
Reverend And The Makers - @Reverend_Makers
The Raveonettes - Into The Night
Rachel Zeffira - The Deserters
Race Horses - Furniture
The Presets - Pacifica
Post War Years - The Bell EP
Post War Years - Glass House EP
Porcelain Raft - Strange Weekend
Pond - Beard, Wives, Denim
Placebo - B3
A Place To Bury Strangers - Worship
Paul Weller - Sonik Kicks
Paul Banks - Julian Plenti Lives
Paper Route - The Peace Of Wild Things
Palma Violets - Best Of Friends Single
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Acid Reflex
Outfit - Another Night's Dreams Reach Earth Again - EP
Other Lives - Tamer Animals
Other Lives - Mind The Gap EP
O. Children - Apnea
No Joy - Negaverse EP
Mirror Lake - The Last Of The Summer Wine
Mind Spiders - Meltdown
Miles Kane - First Of My Kind EP
Metric - Synthetica
Merchandise - Children Of Desire
Menomena - Moms
Memory Tapes - Grace/Confusion
Melody's Echo Chamber - S/T
Maximo Park - The National Health
The Mary Onettes - Love Forever
Mark Lanegan Band - blues Funeral
Marilyn Manson - Born Villian
Man Without Country - Foe
The Magic Castles - S/T
Mac Demarco - Rock N Roll Night Club
The Luyas - Animator
Lower Dens - NooTropics
Lotus Plaza - Spooky Action At A Distance
The Lost Rivers - Sin and Lostness
Blood Red Shoes - In Time To Voices
Graham Coxon - A+E
Lost Left - Levollinen
Little Comets - Life Is Elsewhere
Litmus - Slaughterbahn
Laurence and The Slab Boys - Lo-Fi Disgrace
Last Dinosaurs - In A Million Years
The Futureheads - Rant
Counting Crows - Underwater Sunshine
The Dandy Warhols - This Machine
Kent - Jag är inte rädd för mörkret
Father John Misty - Fear Fun
Keane - Strangeland
Garbage - Not Your Kind Of People
The Hives - Lex Hives
Passion Pit - Gossamer
Blur - Under The Westway/The Puritan Single
Imagine Dragons - Night Visions
Grizzly Bear - Shields
Mumford and Sons - Babel
Green Day - Uno!/ Dos!/ Tre!
Godspeed You Black Emperor - 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
Deftones - Koi No Yokan
The Big Pink - Future This
Birth of Joy - Life In Babalou
Black Market Karma - Cocoon
Black Market Karma - Comatose
Black Market Karma - Semper Fi
Black Market Karma - Easy Listening
Black Mountain - Year Zero: The Original Soundtrack
Black Tambourine - OneTwoThreeFour
The Blue Angel Lounge - Ewig EP
Born Blonde - What The Desert Taught You
The Boxer Rebellion - B-Sides & Rarities Vol. 1 & 2
The Brian Jonestown Massacre - Aufheben
British Sea Power - EP 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5
Brother Sun, Sister Moon - S/T
Candlebox - Love Stories and Other Musings
Carina Round - Tigermending
Castratii - Eora
Ceremony - Safranin Sounds
Chad Valley - Young Hunger
Chairlift - Something
Christian Bland & The Revelators - Pigboat Blues
Clinic - Free Reign
Clock Opera - Ways To Forget
The Cloud Room - Zither
The Cribs - In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull
Crocodiles - Endless Flowers
Cursive - I Am Gemini
Daniel Land & The Modern Painters - The Space Between Us
Delay Trees - Doze
DeWolff - DeWolff IV
DIIV - Oshin
Dirty Ghosts - Metal Moon
Disappears - Pre Language
Django Django - S/T
Echo Lake - Wild Peace
Eight And A Half - S/T
Elbow - Dead In The Boot
The Enemy - Streets In The Sky
Engineers - S/T(2012)
The Entrance Band - Fine Flow
Eternal Tapestry - Dawn In 2 Dimensions
Evil Eyes - Over My Shoulder
Evil Eyes - Keep Your Mind On Me
Evil Eyes - S/T
Exitmusic - Passage
The Flaming Lips - The Flaming Lips & Heady Fwends
The Fresh And Onlys - Long Slow Dance
Frightened Rabbit - State Hospital EP
The Ghosts - The End
Giant Drag - Twosie To Losie
Gliss - Hunting
The Growlers - Beach Goth
Guillemots - Hello Land!
Hacienda - Shakedown
Happy Hands Club - Parking Lot
The Heartbreaks - Funtimes
Ian Skelly - Cut From A Star
Ice Choir - Afar
Imperial Teen - Feel The Sound
The Invisible - Rispah
Jason Lytle - Dept. Of Disappearance
The Jungle Giants - She's A Riot EP
Kadavar - S/T
Last Days Of April - 79
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Magpies On Fire/Victorian Machinery Single
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Never Is A Long Time / Love Of Your Life Single
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Strange Man ⁄ Long Progression Single
Red Hot Chili Peppers - The Sunset Sleeps / Hometown Gypsy - Single
Hot Chip - In Our Heads
Mark Lanegan - Dark Mark Does Christmas 2012
The Deadlight Messenger - Demo EP
Egyptian Hip Hop - Good Don't Sleep
Smoke & Jackal - EP1
The Black Waves - First EP
Swim Deep - Honey
Mammoth Grove - EP 2
Neil Halstead - Palindrome Hunches Tour EP
Taken By Trees - Other Worlds
The Suppliers - S/T
Ancestors - In Dreams and Time
These United States - S/T
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Here
Flowshine - Mountain Queen
Wayfarer - Wayfarer EP
The Black Angels - Watch Out Boy/I'd Rather Be Lonely
Ty Segall & White Fence - Hair
+++(Crosses) - EP ++
A Place To Bury Strangers - Onwards Towards The Wall
Milk Music - Beyond Living
DZ Deathrays - Brutal Tapes

The End...

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Round And Round We Go


The name may evoke a hardcore or punk band but Go For The Eyes is anything but. Not to say they don't pack a punch. They have been around the local scene for some time now and are making waves with their brand of self described "circus rock". Go For The Eyes has had several incarnations to date but currently consist of Jeff Turner (vocals/guitar), Elise Roller (vocals/keys) and Nathan Raboud (drums) and their newest addition, bassist Scott Perrin.

Hot on the heels of their self titled CD released March of 2011, which had a record breaking attendance for a local show, the band unveils the One Through Four EP. Released in September 2011 the EP is a self produced and released effort that was mixed and mastered by former bass player Eric Svilpis. Starting off with a very strong track in "I Guess We'll Never Know" followed by "Two Storey Lies", "Esmeralda" and finishing with "Leave Me With Today", the 4 tracks are another showcase of the band's solid output so far. The influence of bands like Queens Of The Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys is undeniable but instead of sounding like a tired retread of those bands instead GFTE takes the best parts and infuses some of their own flavour into an exciting new sound.

"I Guess We'll Never Know" starts off with some jagged guitar and Jeff Turner's unique vocals that hook you from the first note. If you're toes aren't tapping before the first chorus then step away from the music as you may need to have your hearing checked. A rollicking kickstart to the EP, it sets the tone for those who have never heard of the band by letting them know that GFTE are here to have fun and rock your faces off at the same time. The second track on the EP "Two Storey Lies" showcases Elise Roller's singing abilities. Smoky and haunting vocals that draw you in and keep you entranced throughout the entire song. There's no denying that the interplay between singers is something that sets GFTE apart. A slow burner of a track that doesn't stall the EP but instead keeps an even pace and shows the band is more than a one trick pony. The bass is an unsung hero in this song and throughout. Three tracks in we find "Esmeradla", with it's hooky guitar line and thundering drums, it gallops along and features the dual vocals of Turner and Roller. What starts sounding like a another easy going track quickly changes pace when the punchy chorus comes ringing through backed by Raboud's signature drum smashing and the bass that subtlety guides you along with it's thick groove. Finally we have "Leave Me With Today" which ends the EP in strong fashion. Starting off with Roller's keys and slowly adding each instrument into a sludgy mix that is infectious from the get go, it builds into an all encompassing swirl of squalling guitar, haunting backing vocals, crushing drums and keys ringing throughout the chorus. It leaves the listener with a satisfied taste in their mouth and is a great closer for the EP. This could easily fit alongside any radio friendly song currently being played and in some cases even better those on the radio. The only drawback on the EP is the production which isn't as strong as their previous effort. Other than that you couldn't ask for more in an EP from any band.

To wrap up all that can be said is to keep your eye out as these guys continue to make waves. All around a great group of people to boot and that's never a bad thing to have going for you. Go For The Eyes will be releasing more new material soon so stay tuned...

Besides all being great musicians, they're also great humanitarians. In the next couple of weeks they will be releasing a new single, with all of the benefits going to their charity of choice, Women In Need Society. Do yourself a favour and help out a great cause. Read the article below for details:

http://www.calgaryherald.com/entertainment/music/Local+rock+Eyes+giving+back/6850687/story.html"/watch?v=a1nC-uyhg1c

Plus they were just featured on Ok Go's page as well:

http://okgo.net/news/watch?v=a1nC-uyhg1c


They just recently released a video for "Leave Me With Today" directed by Dave Wallace. A great concept and video. Have a look for yourself:



Here's their Facebook page for updates:


https://www.facebook.com/gofortheeyes/watch?v=a1nC-uyhg1c


If you like to tweet you'll find them here:


https://twitter.com/#!/goforthetweets/watch?v=a1nC-uyhg1c


To listen to some of their tunes go here:

http://soundcloud.com/go-for-the-eyes/watch?v=a1nC-uyhg1c

For their videos check out:

http://www.youtube.com/gofortheeyesband/watch?v=a1nC-uyhg1c

You can also purchase their music on Itunes at:

http://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/go-for-the-eyes/id441371075/watch?v=a1nC-uyhg1c

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

2011 Year End Best Of List
























Ok everyone after toiling over the list I have come to this my final decision. It was tough as this was another exciting year for music. Not including any of the bands in the Top 10 does not denote their music at all and again this is just my own personal list. Do not miss the notable mentions for some other great music by bands that will probably not make the Rolling Stone or Spin Top 10.

To explain why I decided to give The Horrors and Bombay Bicycle Club top honours along with the rest of the Top 10 well it's due to the fact that both these albums surprised me with how good they were. Both bands released solid previous efforts but nothing prepared me for the sheer brilliance of the new albums. The Horrors recorded and produced the album by themselves which also gives them extra points in my books. Bombay Bicycle Club made a poppy/sad/dancey album that demanded your attention and brought you back for more. Kasabian has had solid releases so I expected the new album to be as good as West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum or better. Also Radiohead at first surprised me with their choice for the direction of the new album but after repeat listens there was no way not to appreciate the subtle nuances that crept out upon multiple listens. S.C.U.M. are a brand new band and I have to say their album caught me off guard and remained in constant rotation for good reason. White Lies made a perfect 2nd effort and hopefully they keep the momentum going because they have only continued to get better. Glasvegas definitely took a risk releasing such a strange follow up to their highly successful 1st album but it paid off in a heartbreakingly honest record that shone through the strangeness and revealed the beauty underneath. Ryan Adams again did an about face and made one of his best albums in a while. The Vaccines made a bold statement by making guitar bands cool again and harkening back to old school rock n' roll to shake up the current blandness of pop music. Finally The Arctic Monkeys "Suck It And See" saw the band mature and write some love songs along with some psychedelic numbers that came from working with Josh Homme on previous album Humbug.

I have been doing this for a while now and always like the feedback and the reminders of things I might have missed cause it's so hard to keep up with all the great music out there. I hope you all can concoct your own lists cause I would be interested to see what everyone else's Top 10's were. Until next year ladies and gentlemen keep your ears to the ground and your eyes on the skies. Cheers all!!

1. The Horrors - Skying
2. Bombay Bicycle Club - A Different Kind Of Fix
3. Kasabian - Velociraptor
4. Radiohead - The King Of Limbs
5. S.C.U.M. - Again Into Eyes
6. White Lies - Ritual
7. Glasvegas - Euphoria ///Heartbreak\\\
8. Ryan Adams - Ashes & Fire
9. The Vaccines - What Did You Expect From The Vaccines
10. Arctic Monkeys - Suck It And See



Notable mentions:

Beady Eye - Different Gear, Still Speeding
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
Friendly Fires - Pala
Coldplay - Mylo Xlyoto
Brett Anderson - Black Rainbows
Hard-Fi - Killer Sounds
Big Talk - Big Talk
British Sea Power - Valhalla Dancehall
The Boxer Rebellion - The Cold Still
And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead - Tao Of The Dead
Cut Copy - Zonoscope
PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
The Dears - Degeneration Street
Yuck - Yuck
Elbow - Build A Rocket Boys!
R.E.M. - Collapse Into Now
The Suzukis - The Suzukis
The Strokes - Angles
The Pigeon Detectives - Up, Guards and At 'Em!
Foo Fighters - Wasting Light
TV On The Radio - Nine Types Of Light
Explosions In The Sky - Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
Gorillaz - The Fall
Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
The Antlers - Burst Apart
Matthew Good - Lights Of Endangered Species
Sons & Daughters - Mirror, Mirror
Battles - Glass Drop
Bon Iver - Bon Iver
Adele - 21
The War On Drugs - Slave Ambient
Washed Out - Within And Without
The Airborne Toxic Event - All At Once
The Young Knives - Ornaments From The Silver Arcade
Young Rebel Set - Curse Our Love
ZAZA - Sacred Geometry
Red Hot Chili Peppers - I'm With You
Zola Jesus - Conatus
Fool's Gold - Leave No Trace
Bjork - Biophilia
Kill It Kid - Feet Fall Heavy
Young Galaxy - Shapeshifting
Young Brother - Young Brother EP
Yellowbirds - The Color
Wu Lyf - Go Tell Fire To The Mountain
Wooden Shjips - West
The Wombats - This Modern Glitch
The Wild Swans - The Coldest Winter For A Hundred Years
Silversun Pickups - Seasick EP
Wilco - The Whole Love
White Fence - Is Growing Faith
White Denim - D
The Whip - Wired Together
Wet Paint - Woe
We Were Promised Jetpacks - In The Pit Of The Stomach
We Made God - It's Getting Colder
Waylayers - Weightless EP
Viva Brother - Famous First Words
The Violet May - TV EP
The Vines - Future Primitive
The View - Bread and Circuses
The Victorian English Gentlemen's Club - Bag Of Meat
The Veils - Troubles Of The Brain EP
The Tunics - Dabbler's Handbook
Troubadour Dali - Let's Make It
Tribes - We Were Children EP
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross - The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Soundtrack
Torpedo - We
Tom Vek - Leisure Seizure
This Will Destroy You - Tunnel Blanket
Thirteen Senses - Crystal Sounds
Tennis - Cape Dory
Surfer Blood - Tarot Classics
Sug(r)cane - It's Like A Monday But It's Not
The Subways - Money and Celebrity
Subrosa - No Help For The Mighty One
The Strange Boys - Live Music
Still Corners - Creatures Of An Hour
SPC ECO - You Tell Me
Sparkadia - The Great Impression
Sons & Daughters - Mirror, Mirror
The Soft Province - The Soft Province
Soft Kill - An Open Door
Snow Patrol - Fallen Empires
Smith Westerns - Dye It Blonde
Smith and Burrows - Funny Looking Angels
Skint and Demoralised - This Sporting Life
Sisters Of Your Sunshine Vapor - Spectre Spirit
Sin Fang - Summer Echoes
She Wants Revenge - Valleyheart
A Second Of June - Psychodrama
Say Hi - Um, Uh Oh
The Sand Band - All Through The Night
Royseven - You Say, We Say
Royal Bangs - Flux Outside
The Rifles - Freedom Run
Real Estate - Days
The Ravenonettes - Raven In The Grave
The Rapture - In The Grace Of Your Love
Puscifer - Conditions Of My Parole
UFO Club - UFO Club/Night Beats Split 10"
Night Beats - UFO Club/Night Beats Split 10"
Vacant Lots - Confusion/Cadillac
Pete And The Pirates - One Thousand Pictures
Parlotones - Eavesdropping On The Songs Of Whales
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Belong
Our Ceasing Voice - When The Headline Hit Home
One Night Only - One Night Only
Neon Indian - Era Extrana
My Morning Jacket - Circuital
Mutemath - Odd Soul
Moving Units - Tension War
Moonbeams - The Daisy Chain
Monogold - The Softest Glow
Mona - Mona
Mogwai - Earth Divisions EP
The Moderns - Descartes
Model Morning - Model Morning
Minks - By The Hedge
Mind Spiders - Mind Spiders
Miles Kane - Colour Of The Trap
Metronomy - The English Riveria
Mammoth Grove - Mammoth Grove EP
M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
M.A.G.N.U.S. - Transformations EP
Lowline - Lowline
Lower Heaven - Today Is All We Have
Low - C'mon
Locksley - Locksley
Little Comets - In Search Of Elusive Little Comets
Little Barrie - King Of The Waves
Blackout Lights - Blackout Lights EP
Lily Of The Valley - Aquatree
Let's Wrestle - Nursing Home
Le Albatross - Monticello
Le Albatross - Farmington
Ladytron - Gravity The Seducer
The Kooks - Junk Of The Heart
The Kills - Blood Pressures
Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds - Gorilla Rose
Kele - The Hunter EP
Kaiser Chiefs - The Future Is Medieval
The Joy Formidable - The Big Roar
Jónsi - We Bought A Zoo Soundtrack
Iroha - Iroha
Incubus - If Not Now, When?
IAMX - Volatile Times
I Break Horses - Hearts
Hyde And Beast - Slow Down
Howling Bells - The Loudest Engine
Howler - This One's Different
Gypsy & The Cat - Jona Vark EP
Guillemots - Walk The River
Gruff Rhys - Hotel Shampoo
Gruff Rhys - Atheist Xmas EP
The Nix Dicksons - Red Fox EP
Black Phoenix Orchestra - Black Phoenix Orchestra EP
Go For The Eyes - Go For The Eyes
Go For The Eyes - One Through Four EP
Girls Names - Dead To Me
Ganglians - Still Living
Frightened Rabbit - Frightened Rabbit EP
The Fresh And Onlys - Secret Walls EP
Frankie & The Heartstrings - Hunger
Foster The People - Torches
Flying Fox And The Hunter Gatherers - Hans My Lion
Florence And The Machine - Ceremonials
Flashguns - Passions Of A Different Kind
The Flaming Lips - Gummy Song Skull
Five Seconds To Leave - SoundScapeLandTracks
Final Days Society - Ours Is Not A Caravan Of Despair
The Features - Wilderness
Falcon - Disappear
Esben And The Witch - Violet Cries
Eleanor Friedburger - Last Summer
Efrim Manuel Menuck - Plays 'High Gospel'
Echo Lake - Young Silence
Dutch Uncles - Cadenza
Dum Dum Girls - Only In Dreams
The Duke Spirit - Bruiser
The Drums - Portamento
Dreams - Forgotten Thoughts
Does It Offend You, Yeah? - Don't Say We Didn't Warn You
DJ Shadow - The Less You Know, The Better
Disappears - Guider
Dirty Beaches - Badlands
Digitalism - I Love You, Dude
Devotchka - 100 Lovers
Delay Trees - Before I Go Go
The Decemberists - The King Is Dead
Death In Vegas - Trans-Love Energies
Death Cab For Cutie - Codes And Keys
Dead Skeletons - Dead Magick
Dead Electric - This Mind Of Yours
A Dancing Beggar - Follow The Dark As If It Were Light
Cut Off Your Hands - Hollow
Cults - Cults
Cuba Cuba - Where Else Is Safe But The Road?
Crystal Stilts - In Love With Oblivion
The Crookes - Chasing After Ghosts
Cold War Kids - Mine Is Yours
Cold Cave - Cherish The Light Years
Chikini - Bitten
Charles Bradley - No Time For Dreaming
Chapel Club - Palace
Cat's Eyes - Cat's Eyes
Cast - Troubled Times
Cage The Elephant - Thank You, Happy Birthday
Bush - The Sea Of Memories
Black Pistol Fire - Black Pistol Fire
Black Lips - Arabia Mountain
The Black Keys - El Camino
The Beets - Let The Poison Out
Beastie Boys - Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2
Bass Drum Of Death - GB City
Austra - Feel It Break
Asobi Seksu - Florescence
Art Brut - Brilliant! Tragic!
The Appleseed Cast - Middle States
Alexander Ebert - Alexander Ebert
Alex Turner - Submarine EP
Alberta Cross - The Rolling Thunder EP
Acrylics - Lives And Treasures