Thursday, February 4, 2010

In December of 2009, I was consumed with best-of lists, celebrating my favourite music and bands from the last year and last decade. I just realized I forgot to post the playlist from my "Best Canadian Albums of 2009" show, which aired on CFCR on December 17, 2009. I started the show off with a song from my top album of 2008, and then blazed through this year's 10 best.

Here's the playlist:

1. Mercy - Plants & Animals
2. More Blood Than Sleep (After B.C.) - Maybe Smith*
3. Steamroller - Bruce Peninsula
4. Perception - Rick White
5. Demon Host - Timber Timbre
6. Holiday - Pink Mountaintops
7. Big River - Eamon McGrath
8. Winter Hours - Deep Dark Woods*
9. I Never Sleep - Peace
10. Lost Rings - Black Feelings
11. Young Hearts Spark Fire - Japandroids
*Local Saskatoon Artist

Here's a recap of the 2009 Top 10 list, with album details:

10. Maybe Smith - Another Murder in the Morning (2009 - Sir, Handsome)*
9. Bruce Peninsula - A Mountain is a Mouth (2009 - Outside)
8. Rick White - 1-3-7 (2009 - Bluefog)
7. Timber Timbre - Timber Timbre (2009 - Arts & Crafts)
6. Pink Mountaintops - Outside Love (2009 - Jagjaguwar)
5. Eamon McGrath - 13 Songs of Whiskey & Light (2009 - White Whale)
4. Deep Dark Woods - Winter Hours (2009 - Black Hen)*
3. Peace - Slow Children (2009 - Reluctant Recordings)
2. Black Feelings - Black Feelings (2009 - Alien8 Recordings)
1. Japandroids - Post-Nothing (2009 - Unfamiliar)
*Local Saskatoon artist

It was another great year in Canadian music and there were many albums that deserve credit. Here's a list of the Honourable Mentions:

Leonard Cohen – Live in London (2009 – Columbia)
Sunset Rubdown – Dragonslayer (2009 – Jagjaguwar)
Feral Children – Currents (2009 – Self-Released)*
Pale Air Singers – S/T (2009 – Flemish Eye)
Octoberman – Fortresses (2009 – White Whale)
The Famines – Free Love 7” (2009 – Reluctant Recordings)
Neil Young – Fork in the Road (2009 – Reprise)
Dog Day – Concentration (2009 – Outside)
King Khan & BBQ Show – Invisible Girl (2009 – In The Red)
These Hands – Home is Everywhere (2009 – Self-Released)*
*Local Saskatoon Artist

Thanks for having a look at the Faster, Leonard list-o-rama. It's been great looking back at all this great music over the last month. Stay tuned for more new episodes of the program in the New Year.

Happy Holidays! Support your local and Canadian musicians!

- the Jay of Spades.
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