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Favourite Albums of 2008

I thought I’d write a little entry about 3 of my favourite albums of 2008. For me, there was one clear release that was hands down my absolute favourite of the year, and then there were quite a few other albums that I enjoyed a lot.

Parc AvenuePlants & Animals – Parc Avenue
I was unsure of this album at first, Bye Bye Bye is such a stand out track, and the rest of the album differs so much, it’s a lot more elegant and less anthem-esque. But then I saw P&A at LOLA, and the album immediately clicked with me. There’s so much instrumentation on this album, and some great arrangements. It’s quite incredible that three guys can capture what they recorded with a pocket-ful of musicians, on stage. Every song is a little orchestral movement. It’s a bit post-rock, and a bit neo-classical and I love it.
Favourite track: Mercy

Red, Yellow & BlueBorn Ruffians – Red, Yellow & Blue
This is one catchy album. Born Ruffians create the most complicated sort of simple music. Guitar, bass and a drum, what more do you need? Red, Yellow & Blue was easily the soundtrack to my summer, it’s upbeat, fun, a bit silly and tight. The drumming on this album is unbelievable! My heart is won over by their intricate rhythms, jerky melodies and sporadic harmony. I read somewhere that Luke (the lead singer) tries to model his voice after his opera singing sister, I think it’s quite effective!
Favourite track: Kurt Vonnegut

Into Your LungsHey Rosetta! – Into Your Lungs
(and around in your heart and on through your blood) I’m sure I’ve mentioned this album numerous times through out the blog and that’s because it is hands down my favourite release of 2008. Like Parc Avenue, the instrumentation on this album is fabulous and each song is like a little movement, and like Red, Yellow & Blue the melodies are terribly memorable. The best part about this album is it tells a story. Tim Baker has an interesting method of unraveling it, and I’ve spent undefined amounts of time trying to (unsuccessfully) reconstruct it.
I can’t pick one favourite track, but if you were going to listen to just one, I’d say listen to A Thousand Suns

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TOTW: Week of June 30

In light of tomorrow’s holiday, I’m going to try to pick some patriotic tunes for this weeks tracks.

1. Les Trois Accords – Saskatchewan
I can’t decide if I love or hate this one, but it’s a classic.

2. Constantines – Trans Canada
I think that the name of the song is self explanatory

3. Joel Plaskett – True Patriot Love
No Canada Day is complete without a Joel Plaskett

4. Born Ruffians – Red, Yellow & Blue
Definitely national anthem material

5. The Weakerthans – Tournament of Hearts
What’s more Canadian than curling?

Have an awesome holiday everyone! I’m rocking the beach!



TOTW: Week of June 2

1. Navet Confit – La Poste
It’s not that I don’t like music sung in French, it’s just that I don’t understand it! But this one movies nicely, and I like it.

2. Born Ruffians – Foxes Mate for Life
I just started listening to Red, Yellow & Blue.

3. Crystal Castles – Black Panther
There isn’t much to say about this one, it’s just a really fun electronic track.

4. Grand Theft Bus – Private Wars
Another easy listener, if I didn’t know better, I’d say I’m starting to go soft!

5. Ghost Bees – Sinai
These girls remind me of a high pitched, softer version of Tegan and Sara.



TOTW: Week of April 14th

1. Jane Vain and the Dark Matter – C’mon Baby Say Bang Bang
The vocals alone make this track dark enough to want a night light!

2. Constantines – Hard Feelings
Jump on the bandwagon! Kensington Heights officially hits the street tomorrow, but you can hear the album on their MySpace! (Did I mention I’m slightly obsessed with these guys?)

3. The Good Life – Keely Aimee
I’m also a huge admirer of Kasher, and the lyric “I love your suffering like gravity loves a stumbling drunk” is enough to keep this song in an infinite loop.

4. Born Ruffians – I Need a Life
I missed their show on Saturday night because Sunday morning exams are the spawn of Satan. This is how I cope.

5. Tokyo Police Club – Your English is Good
Reasons I like Tokyo Police Club: They’re good, they’re Canadian, they’re on Saddle Creek.

I swear, once May hits, I’ll give this blog the tender, love and care that it is worthy of. (Translation: I’ll play with it for a few days and probably forget about it a month later) But hey, I try.