Honestly I just want to give a great big giant shout out to Canada because they win music this year. Stars released yet another amazing record (The North) that I should really listen to more than I already do. I’m still suffering from partial hearing loss after seeing Japandroids this year and Celebration Rock makes me smile. The Weeknd is basically sex wrapped up into a three-disc set (Trilogoy). Grimes (Visions) is my spirit animal. Emily Haines (Metric, Synthetica) is a fairy princess from some magical part of Canada where sequins grow on trees. And although they didn’t release a new full-length this year, I finally fell in love with Tegan and Sara. Also, it would be wrong if I didn’t include the fact that I once listened to Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” four times in a row to feel better after I lost a game at bowling league. Okay, here are the rest (non-Canadian) of my best-of’s:
The Gaslight Anthem – Handwritten: Pure goodness.
Hit the Lights – Invicta: Not one single bit of shame. At all. Pop punk forever.
Now, Now – Threads: I love albums with reoccurring themes and the big one in this one is losing sleep over emotions. These songs have the best lyrics.
Pinback – Information Retrieved: Their first record in five years did not disappoint.
Purity Ring – Shrines: Ambient and pretty and dreamy and sleepy.
And here a few other awards because this is (half) my list and I can do what I want:
Best Single from an Album that Will Come Out in 2013: Tegan and Sara, “Closer”
Best Single from an Album that Came Out in 2006: Acceptance, “Take Cover”
Best New Record from a Band That Broke Up in 2012: Daytrader, Twelve Years
Best Cover: Trails & Ways, “Sure Thing”
Best Song to Listen to While on a Swing Set: Passion Pit, “Take a Walk”
Best Smooth Jam That Wasn’t by the Weeknd: The xx, “Angels”
Best Farewell Tour: Thrice
How to Dress Well – Total Loss: Lo-fi R&B from a nerdy white boy that sounds like a baby making choir.
The Jealous Sound – A Gentle Reminder: These underground emo heroes came back after a long hiatus with an album that was recorded in the Foo Fighters studio.
Daughter – The Wild Youth: London trio with a female lead whose voice haunts my soul in the best way.
Haim – Forever EP: A few sisters with harmonies as beautiful as their long hair and four songs I listened to on repeat for two weeks nonstop in August. Here’s a dramatic review of the album.
Macklemore – The Heist: He’s a ginger who went to college and can rap with such swiftness and style that it plain hurts my feelings because I will never deliver rhymes as well.
Best Cover Song I Discovered in 2012: Brian Fallon of The Gaslight Anthem singing Kelly Clarkson’s “I Do Not Hook Up”. I mean.
Best Music Festival I Couldn’t Go To: Iceland Airwaves (Spotify Playlist)
Best Music Website Discovery: Songza.com – Free, streaming playlists based on your mood.
Best Song to Have A Dance Party to During an Emotional Time: “Hold On When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It” by Stars