Favorites-of 2010:: Canadian LPs (20-11)

On with the show. To be fair, I would bet there are records that should have been in the Top 30 that slipped outside so I could give some shine to bands I love that are making big strides, but from twenty to number one, we have heavy hitters and top shelf efforts. So sit back and enjoy.

 


11:: Pat Jordache - Future Songs

 

This one is for me. I love this record, walked around Toronto in the blazing sun without being able to turn it off and honestly don’t care if other people give a quizzical look when they see it so high on the list. Patrick’s new alter ego is one that moves from confident to fractured seamlessly. Whether it’s spoken word, turning the microscope back on radio, or just honest admissions, Pat never lets his songs drift into sarcastic, melodramatic attacks. With all of the successful bands that Pat has played in, it’s not surprising that Future Songs is such a diverse and solid listen, but the cohesive way he pulls together those experiences certainly is. He can move in the shadows with dark arrangements or offer uplifting, blissful compositions – just give a listen to the almost Hezekiah Jones-like folk number “Gold BOUND” – and handle the transitions with a graceful touch.

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MP3:: Pat Jordache - gold BOUND
WEB:: http://patjordache.com/

 


12:: Olenka & the Autumn Lovers - And Now We Sing

 

A late entry to the list, and honestly one I didn’t expect to skyrocket this high. Leveraging a great voice, a super talented band and a back stroy destined to translate into gripping narratives, Olenka pushes the limits of the folk label. After hearing And Now We Sing, I challenge you to limit your praise of Olenka’s work to hollow sounds like throwaways. She’s ann artist on the rise, one that deserves more credit for forging her own sound.

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MP3:: Olenka & The Autumn Lovers - Odessa
WEB:: http://www.olenkalovers.com/

 


13:: Luke Doucet - Steel City Trawler

 

Luke’s ode to The Hammer is the first record where I think his voice and lyrics match his phenomenal guitar chops. The hometown pride (or residential pride) is a refreshing change of pace from today’s tendency to personify the suburban malaise and the energetic riffs make you reach for the volume nob every time SCT comes on. Hell, he owns a Lightfoot song and shockingly touches on New Order as an unexpected influence.

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MP3:: Luke Doucet - Some of You Folks
WEB:: http://www.lukedoucet.com/

 


14:: PS I Love You - Meet Me at the Muster Station

 

This Kingston two-piece was loud enough to deafen the most drunk VLT player at Gus’ Pub when they opened for Apollo Ghosts (seriously! what a show), but on record you get to hear the melodies and pop tendencies that Saulnier mixes with fuzz and pedal work. There’s a reason why Pitchfork loves these guys and they are popping up on almost every critical list. Paul’s neckbeard.

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MP3:: PS I Love You - 2012
WEB:: http://www.myspace.com/psiloveyouband

 


15:: D-sisive - Vaudeville

 

If you do a quick google search, you might think we are at worst, obsessed with Derek and his music or at best, a bit of a fan site. Derek’s one of Canada’s hardest working emcees and one of the most willing to experiment. Vaudeville shows just that; who else would be able to mesh a Ron Sexsmith cameo and a new found happiness with braggadocios battle rhymes and make it appealing to everyone in the Canadian scene? No one. Bottom line. A fitting swan song to the D-Sisive moniker.

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MP3:: D-Sisive – Ray Charles (Looking For A Star) (with King Reign)
MYSPACE:: http://www.myspace.com/dsisive

 


16:: Old Man Luedecke - My Hands Are On Fire and Other Love Songs

 

If asked, I’d say Chris is probably my favorite Canadian musician, certainly in the top 5. His songs make me smile, make me cry and his live shows are absolutely fantastic. He turns the mundane into heartbreak and whimsy and this record is laced with social and political commentary. There’s a reason we asked him to headline our NXNE showcase. This time around he teamed up with West Coast man about town and guitar wizard Steve Dawson to try a bigger, fuller sound and he pulled it off perfectly. Man + Banjo = good. Chris + Banjo = Legendary.

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MP3:: Old Man Luedecke - The Rear Guard
MYSPACE:: http://www.myspace.com/boatthemusicband

 


17:: The Beauties - self-titled

 

This record shows why The Beauties are a success story that every bar band should hold close. As is often the case with Six-Shooter bands, I have no idea why more people aren’t talking about these Toronto rockers. The songs are tailor made for a loud bar, but the band has the ability to slow things down and offer up honest emotion and heartache.

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MP3:: The Beauties - Hearts Are Down
WEB:: http://thebeauties.ca/

 


18:: The Minotaurs - Thing

 

“For long time percussionist Nathan Lawr, the decision to experiment with afrobeat rhythms isn’t that surprising, but the innovative way he and his all-star band fuse indie rock into the political charged African sounds certainly is. In a time where artists have picked the traditional sounds of the Mother Land – no Kish, not Japan in this case – as dry as the soil, Lawr’s journey never finds him losing his own, unique voice or resorting to upheaval and forced calls to action.”

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MP3:: The Minotaurs - Caught in the Light
MYSPACE:: http://www.myspace.com/nathanlawr

 


19:: White Wires - WWII

 

WWII is one of the funnest records I’ve heard all year. I would hope that would be enough for anyone, but who knows. It’s glorious, Queers/Lookout Records pop punk with huge guitars, cymbal crashes and elastic band plucked bass lines. Here’s my humble advice; buy this record ASAP and turn it up as loud as possible. Trust me, it will be worth it.

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MP3:: White Wires - Be True to Your School (Til You Get Kicked Out)
MYSPACE:: http://www.myspace.com/theewhitewires

 


20:: Fond of Tigers - Continent & Western

 

Admittedly, there are things going on on this record that I don’t fully understand, and my enjoyment probably only scratches the surface of intricate combination of noise and beauty. The thing is, that’s why FoT’s is so great. You can appreciate the songs on a casual listen or dissect each note to see the talent the band possesses but whichever way you digest the horns and strings, you end up satisfied.

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MP3:: Fond of Tigers - Soheb
WEB:: http://www.fondoftigers.com/

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