Tuesday, December 15, 2009

December is a month full of lists and "Best of"s on Faster, Leonard Cohen, Die! Die!. As it turned out, I had trouble putting things in specific order, but it gave me a chance to look back on the last decade in Canadian music.

On the December 10th episode, I took a look at the best releases of the last decade from my home town of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Whether you're from Saskatoon or not, I highly recommend checking out all of these great artists. Here's the playlist from the show (in no particular order):

1. It Don't Bother Me - The Fjords (The Fjords, 2003)
2. Street Rain - Ride Til Dawn (Hearts of Worlds Forgotten, 2009)
3. Favours for Favours - Maybe Smith (Second Best Death, 2006)
4. It Goes - soso (Birthday Songs, 2002)
5. Come Down - Vicious Crystals (Vicious Crystals, 2007)
6. Class Action Lawsuit - Junior Pantherz (Death by Life, 2005)
7. Disappear - Golden Smoke (Golden Smoke, 2007)
8. It's Fine - Feral Children (Currents, 2009)
9. Terraform Mars - Carbon Dating Service (Reliquae, 2009)
10. Nancy - Deep Dark Woods (Winter Hours, 2009)

This is not a comprehensive list by any means. There were many albums I didn't have time to play on the show.


Last week's episode was a two-hour special edition of Faster, Leonard Cohen, Die! Die!, featuring a bunch of great songs from what I consider the best Canadian albums of the year 2000s. Though I counted down the top 10, the other 40 were played in no particular order. I was having too many fights with myself trying to number everything. Who needs stupid lists anyways? PS: on next week's show, I've got another list! It's the top 10 Canadian albums of 2009!

First, here's the playlist from the two-hour special:

1. Montreal -40C - Malajube
2. Tuff Ghost - Unicorns
3. Nature of the Experiment - Tokyo Police Club
4. Clinically Dead - Chad VanGaalen
5. Little Black Heart - Atlas Strategic
6. Cadillac Rosetowne - Eamon McGrath
7. Wear 'Em Out - Mohawk Lodge
8. Sissy Blues - Deadly Snakes
9. Beautiful Girl - Mark Sultan
10. Disaster - Besnard Lakes
11. Good to See You - Neil Young
12. Sorry We Missed You - Rick White
13. Shaking Hand - Women
14. Electro Rock - Simply Saucer
15. At Least You Got the Cake - Local Rabbits
16. Neighborhood #3 (Power Out) - Arcade Fire
Top 10 Countdown
17. Hearts Like Bears - Maybe Smith
18. The Boys are Leaving Town - Japandroids
19. Archaeologist - Wintersleep
20. All the Money I Had is Gone - Deep Dark Woods
21. Evil Ways - Black Mountain
22. S.T.H.D. - Ladyhawk
23. Feedback in the Field - Plants & Animals
24. You Are a Runner and I am My Father's Son - Wolf Parade
25. Maybe We Should Just Go Home - Joel Plaskett

Now here's my full Top 50 list. Again, the top 10 are in rough order, but the rest are just there alphabetically. I may have cheated a bit on a few of them. Check it:

Top 10
10. Maybe Smith – Animals & Architects (2007 – Sir, Handsome)*
9. Japandroids – Post-Nothing (2009 - Unfamiliar)
8. Wintersleep – Welcome to the Night Sky (2007 – Labwork)
7. Deep Dark Woods – Winter Hours (2009 – Black Hen)*
6. Black Mountain – In the Future (2008 – Jagjaguwar)
5. Ladyhawk – Shots (2008 – Jagjaguwar)
4. Plants & Animals – Parc Avenue (2008 – Secret City)
3. Wolf Parade – Apologies to the Queen Mary (2005 – Sub Pop)
2. The Constantines – Shine a Light (2003 – Three Gut)
1. Joel Plaskett Emergency – Down at the Khyber (2001 – Brobdingnagian)

The Other 40
Arcade Fire – Funeral (2004 – Merge)
Arcade Fire – Neon Bible (2007 – Merge)
Atlas Strategic – Rapture, Ye Minions! (2000 – Global Symphonic)
The Besnard Lakes – …Are The Dark Horse (2007 – Jagjaguwar/Outside)
Black Mountain – S/T (2005 – Jagjaguwar)
Broken Social Scene – You Forgot it in People (2002 – Paper Bag/Arts & Crafts)
Cadence Weapon – Breaking Kayfabe (2005 - Upper Class Recordings)
Leonard Cohen – Live in London (2009 – Columbia)
The Constantines – Tournament of Hearts (2005 – Three Gut)
Deadly Snakes – Ode to Joy (2003 – In the Red)
Deadly Snakes – Porcella (2005 – Paper Bag)
The Dears – No Cities Left (2003 – Maple Music)
Death From Above 1979 – You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine (2004 – Vice/Last Gang)
Despistado – The People and Their Verses (2005 – Jade Tree)
Julie Doiron – Woke Myself Up (2007 – Jagjaguwar/Endearing)
Fucked Up – Chemistry of Common Life (2008 – Matador)
Geronimo – Enlightenment in a Small Town (2006 – Self-Released)
Handsome Furs – Plague Park (2007 – Sub Pop)
Islands – Return to the Sea (2006 - Equator)
King Khan & BBQ Show – What’s For Dinner? (2006 – In the Red)
Local Rabbits – This Is It Here We Go (2001 - Brobdingnagian)
Malajube – Trompe L’Oeil (2006 – Dare to Care)
Eamon McGrath – 13 Songs of Whiskey & Light (2009 – White Whale)
MSTRKRFT – The Looks (2006 – Universal)
New Pornographers – Mass Romantic (2000 – Mint)
Mohawk Lodge – Wildfires (2007 – White Whale)
The Sadies – Favourite Colours (2004 – Outside)
Shad – The Old Prince (2007 – Black Box Recordings)
Simply Saucer – Cyborgs Revisited (r. 2003 – Sonic Unyon)
Stars – Heart (2003 – Paper Bag/Arts & Crafts)
Mark Sultan – Sultanic Verses (2007 – In the Red)
Telefauna – Their First EP (2005 – Self-Released)
Tokyo Police Club - A Lesson in Crime (2006 - Paper Bag)
Unicorns – Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone? (2003 – Alien8 Recordings)
Chad VanGaalen – Infiniheart (2004 – Sub Pop/Flemish Eye)
Chad VanGaalen – Soft Airplane (2008 – Flemish Eye/Sub Pop)
Various Artists – Jamaica to Toronto (2006 – Light in the Attic)
Rick White – Memoreaper (2007 – Bluefog)
Wolf Parade – At Mount Zoomer (2008 – Sub Pop)
Women – Women (2008 – Flemish Eye/Jagjaguwar)
Neil Young – Silver & Gold (2000 – Reprise)
*Local Saskatoon Artist

Thanks for having a look at what I think is great, though I'm still mentally adding more albums to the list. Remember to tune in next Thursday to hear my Top 10 Canadian Albums of 2009! Thanks for listening, and don't take my lists as anything but my own personal opinion on music. There's just so much great Canadian music out there, it's impossible to listen to it all, especially to include on a Best-of or Favourite list like this. Enjoy!

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