Archive for December, 2011
So here it is…in no real particular order, my best albums of 2011 list. It was definitely a great year for music. I had many of these albums of repeat for several days, if not weeks, straight. 2011 was also an amazing year for Canadian musicians — check out Spinner Canada’s article, “2011: The Year Canadian Music Broke.”
Adele – 21
Adele – Turning Tables
Bon Iver – Bon Iver
Bon Iver – Michicant
Drake – Take Care
Drake – Over My Dead Body
Wolf Gang – Suego Faults
Wolf Gang – Suego Faults
James Blake – James Blake
James Blake – I Never Learnt To Share
Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes
Lykke Li – Sadness Is A Blessing
M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
M83 – Midnight City
Mayer Hawthorne – How Do You Do
Mayer Hawthorne – Hooked
Kanye West & Jay-Z – Watch The Throne
Kanye West & Jay-Z – Otis
St. Vincent – Strange Mercy
St. Vincent – Surgeon
Washed Out – Within and Without
Washed Out – Amor Fati
Cut Copy – Zonoscope
Cut Copy – Need You Now
The Black Keys – El Camino
The Black Keys – Sister
Florence & the Machine – Ceremonials
Florence & The Machine – Shake It Out
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – Belong
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – My Terrible Friend
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – If I Had A Gun
The Decemberists – The King Is Dead
The Decemberists – Down By The Water
The Weeknd – House of Balloons
The Weeknd – Wicked Games
Frank Ocean – Nostalgia, Ultra
Frank Ocean – Novacane
The Vaccines – What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?
The Vaccines – Post Break-Up Sex
I have been so blessed this past year in all aspects of my life. I graduated this past June from the University of Toronto with an Honours B.A. I interned at one of Toronto’s most prestigious indie labels, Dine Alone Records. I had the opportunity to attend and provide media coverage for CMF 2011 and NXNE 2011. I created a Casting Call video for Much Music which I am so very proud of. It’s been a great year — its truly been eye-opening and has resulted in a lot of personal development. I am so thankful to be surrounded by great people that continually inspire me to be the best person I can be. I am also lucky to know some really amazing people and be able to call them my friends. I look forward in seeing what 2012 has in store for me.
4. Breakbot/Mayer Hawthorne/Chromeo, Sound Academy (Oct 28, 2011)
6. William Fitzsimmons, Horseshoe Tavern (March 23, 2011)
7. Craft Spells/The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Opera House (Aug 2, 2011)
Bon Iver – Holocene
The Naked and Famous – Young Blood
Lykke Li – Unrequited Love
Chromeo – Night By Night
Two Door Cinema Club – Something Good Can Work
William Fitzsimmons – Just Not Each Other
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Heart in your Heartbreak
Death From Above 1979 – Little Girl
Miami Horror – Holidays
City and Colour – We Found Each Other In The Dark
This is one of my favourite tracks from 2011 — this track has been floating around the interweb since summer. The band, T H E S L O W D O W N, has been making buzz under the name T H E B I G S L E E P for a while now. With the recent name change and reissuing of their track, “Sex,” I am looking forward to the Manchester quartet releasing a debut album soon. This song makes me want to sin a little.
Check out Brooklyn-based electronic duo, Holy Ghost!’s latest music video for their cover of the Ministry classic, “I Wanted To Tell Her.” The video pays tribute to the 1980’s BMX film classic Rad. The track features guest appearances from fellow DFA artists Nancy Whang of LCD Soundsystem and Juan Maclean. You can download the track for free at http://greenlabelsound.com.
Mark this down on your calendar, folks – July 14, 2012 at Downsview Park! I am still in awe with the stellar line-up of the 17 confirmed acts. Edgefest ’12 has a little something for everyone…definitely a must-see festival of 2012.
Rocking the main stage will be Billy Talent, Death From Above 1979, Silversun Pickups, The Sheepdogs, Young The Giant, The Dirty Heads, USS and The Pack A.D.. This past year has been a whirlwind for The Sheepdogs – having just been the first unsigned band to be selected by voters to be on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine to opening for The Kings of Leon to winning three CASBY awards – they do not show signs of slowing down anytime soon. And what a year DFA 1979 has had too – playing sold out shows all over North America and festivals worldwide…who can forget the DFA 1979 reunion gig that caused a riot that broke out at SXSW? The side stage will be graced with performances by some amazing up and comers including, Acres of Lions, The Balconies, The Coppertone, The Darcys, Hacienda, Indian Handcrafts, Library Voices, Said The Whale and Whale Tooth.
The Inside Edge pre-sale for $39.50 Early Bird tickets ($49.50 after) starts this Tuesday (Dec. 13) at 10 a.m. and goes till Thursday (Dec. 15) at 11:59 p.m., with the public on-sale beginning on Friday (Dec. 16) at 10 a.m. Ticket information is also available at www.EdgefestToronto.com and www.edge.ca.
Here is your complete Edgefest 2012 line-up:
Death From Above 1979
Young the Giant
The Pack A.D.
Said the Whale
Acres of Lions
Check out 102.1 The Edge for more info.