Top 50 of 2016: Part 1 (50-41)

It’s been quite a rollercoaster ride for 2016. Although there have been many (a few too many) downfalls this year in a variety of ways, and loss was high this year, there was still a lot to be thankful for and excited about from the past twelve months. The music world gained quite a collection of fantastic albums this year – hip-hop, electronic, rock, folk, and more have taken over this year’s Top 50 list and are cozying up to being some of my favourite albums of all-time. But with every…

Album Releases: Week of February 19th, 2016

Alternative / Rock / Indie Animal Collective – Painting With (Experimental art-rock) Seth Bogart – Seth Bogart (Bedroom pop) Jim Bryson – Somewhere We Will Find Our Place (Singer-songwriter) The Cave Singers – Banshee (Alternative rock) Deep Sea Diver – Secrets (Indie rock) Jack Garratt – Phase (Alternative pop/singer-songwriter) Golden Daze – Golden Daze (Psychedelic/lo-fi indie rock) Jordan Klassen – Javelin (Indie alt-folk rock) Lake Street Dive – Side Pony (Alternative soul/pop rock) LNZNDRF [Members of the National & Beirut] – LNZNDRF (Alternative new wave/rock) Rosie Lowe – Control (Future-pop/Electronic singer-songwriter) TEEN – Love Yes (Indie synth-pop) Ra Ra Riot – Need Your Light…

Top 50 of 2015: Part 5

10. Husky  – Ruckers Hill Husky Gawenda is an Australian-kept secret. His organic folk songwriting charms its way on the singer-songwriter’s second album Ruckers Hill, drawing from the best aspects of the genre. Rich in storytelling, captivating melodies, Ruckers Hill is a worthwhile listening experience, and will be years to come. (Read the review) 9. Foals – What Went Down Mercury Prize winning alternative rock group Foals have a done it again – their fourth album What Went Down can be seamlessly added to their list of intense, artistic alternative discography. The music takes…

Top 50 of 2015: Part 2

39. Hudson Mohawke – Lantern A little bit of trap, a dash of house, and a hearty serving of hip-hop and dance, DJ/producer Hudson Mohawke‘s release of Lantern brought new life to a genre that is quickly becoming an overly saturated, standardized-rave market. Incorporating varying elements of electronic music, the 14-track LP reshapes the boundaries into something hypnotic, glitchy, and pulsating with energy. (Plus the subtle transition between the orchestral track “Kettles” and cinematically sweeping “Scud Books” is outrageous when cranked to 11). 38. ON AN ON – And The Wave Has Two Sides After three members…

Top 50 of 2015: Part 1

Disclaimer: Arguments may (will) ensue. We are coming to the end of yet another year, which is why I believe we should all take a moment and give ourselves a pat on the back. *pat, pat* Every year there are successes and inevitable disappointments to go with it, (Adele setting records, The Flaming Lips willing to team up with Miley Cyrus respectively), but at the end of it all certain contributions to the music world stand out. And for each individual music fanatic out there, the task of choosing the best albums…