Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires of the City
When the first Vampire Weekend album came out, I was like, ew I only like 2-piece hard rock bands from East Van, get this main stream stuff away from me. When the second one came out I made my non-music-snob friend Trish download it so we could listen to it in her car when she drove me places. Then when this album came out, I had no shame. I loved it, I probably listened to it every day in the summer. It’s such a fun album.
Neko Case The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
How perfect is she/this album? Totally and completely perfect.
Basia Bulat Tall Tall Shadow
It must have been 5 or 6 years ago when my friend Paul dragged me to a Basia Bulat concert. I was reluctant at the time, I liked my music fast and hard. None of this folk business. It took her about 8 seconds to totally melt and mesmerize me. And she only gets better with each album she releases.
The Dodos Carrier
I love how the Dodos are able to marry upbeat and melancholy in their music. This definitely isn’t my favourite album from them, but it was still easily one of my favourites of the year.
Charles Bradley Victim of Love
This guy got a lot of (deserved) play on CBC, in my favourite coffee shop, and on my office computer. I shoulder-danced to all of it.
Majical Cloudz Impersonator
I’ll be honest, I only just heard this band recently when it started appearing on all the best of 2013 lists and I probably won’t be listening to it six months from now. But for this gloomy and slow moving January, it’s perfect.
I was kind of underwhelmed (if that’s a word) by the musical releases of 2013. I just haven’t grown to love the 80’s influences and synthesizers and overproduction that is so popular right now. I guess I’ll just hang tight with my tried, tested and true 90’s Canadiana and hope for more blues and roots influenced sounds in 2014.