Friday, December 28, 2012

CJSR's Best of 2012


Once again, dear listeners, it's time to take a look back at our most played albums of the year.  Every record on this list is here based on the number of spins received in 2012 on CJSR.  Some of the albums arrived at the station in late 2011, but received the bulk of their play this year.    

This year, surprisingly, our own FunDrive compilation made the top spot, but if we're giving a crown to anyone, it's certainly Mitchmatic.  It's Probably Raining was easily our favourite release of the year, with the album finding a home on nearly every DJ's playlist, even earning Mitchmatic wider recognition outside of CJSR, from greater Edmonton audiences and NPR in the United States!  Well earned, Mitch.  Well earned.

Please enjoy our list of our favourites from 2012.  Bolded artists are local.  Scroll down to see our genre charts!


TOP 100 Albums of 2012
Artist Album Label
1 Various 88 ½ Ways to Love Life and Be Happy CJSR
2 Mitchmatic It's Probably Raining Old Ugly
3 Mac DeMarco Rock and Roll Night Club EP Captured Tracks
4 Cadence Weapon Hope In Dirt City Upper Class
5 Japandroids Celebration Rock Polyvinyl
6 Politic Live Ellipsis Music For Mavericks
7 Renny Wilson Sugarglider Old Ugly
8 Shout Out Out Out Out Spanish Moss and Total Loss Nrmls Wlcm
9 The Ketamines Spaced Out Mammoth Cave
10 The Famines The Complete Collected Singles 2008​-​2011 Mammoth Cave
11 B.A. Johnston Hi Dudes! Mammoth Cave
12 White Lung Sorry Deranged
13 Travis Bretzer Making Love Old Ugly
14 Mac DeMarco 2 Captured Tracks
15 KRANG Choke Hits Totally Disconnected
16 Michael Rault Whirlpool EP Pirate's Blend
17 Grimes Visions Arbutus / 4AD
18 The Give 'Em Hell Boys Barn Burner Self-Released
19 Brazilian Money Doug Nasty Gipper Tore
20 Purity Ring Shrines Last Gang
21 Cold Warps Endless Bummer EP Noyes
22 Antibalas Antibalas Daptone
23 Pizzarhea! Laser Bacon Eye Surgery Suspicious Pig
24 Scenic Route to Alaska All These Years Self-Released
25 Field & Stream Field & Stream Self-Released
26 Eamon McGrath Young Canadians White Whale
27 The Chantrelles "Ain't Nobody Home" b/w "Ooh Wee" Self-Released
28 Dub Vulture Brother, Can You Spare A Gun? Self-Released
29 Apollo Ghosts Landmark You've Changed
30 Chilly Gonzales Solo Piano II Arts & Crafts
31 Touch & The Dirty Sample The Fly Neferiu
32 Various RDP 2012 Ramshackle Day Parade
33 Petunia & the Vipers Petunia & the Vipers Self-Released
34 Sean Nicholas Savage Flamingo Arbutus
35 Cold Specks I Predict a Graceful Expulsion Arts & Crafts
36 Cygnets Dark Days Self-Released
37 Ghibli Rare Pleasures Old Ugly
38 Collage Party Selected Works Self-Released
39 Islands A Sleep & A Forgetting Anti-
40 The Lions The Lions Stones Throw
41 Black Mastiff Pyramids Self-Released
42 Hot Panda Go Outside Mint
43 John K. Samson Provincial Anti-
44 TOPS Tender Opposites Arbutus
45 Tyler Butler Violence Cabin Songs
46 Makeout Videotape/Collage Party Split Gipper Tore
47 Cygnets Prophets EP Self-Released
48 Fire Next Time Hungry River Hymns Self-Released
49 Nü Sensae Sundowning Suicide Squeeze
50 Bry Webb Provider Idée Fixe
51 Neil Young & Crazy Horse Americana Reprise
52 Parlovr Kook Soul Dine Alone
53 Michael Occhipinti & Shine On The Universe of John Lennon True North
54 Falklands Cold Favour Clamour
55 Jessica Jalbert Brother Loyola Old Ugly
56 Colleen Brown Dirt Self-Released
57 Doug Organ Trio Doug Organ Trio Edmontone
58 Peace The World Is Too Much With Us Suicide Squeeze
59 Deerhoof Breakup Song Polyvinyl
60 Brasstronaut Mean Sun Unfamiliar
61 Cold Warps Slimer 7" Fundog
62 Various Bloodstains Across the Prairies Mammoth Cave
63 Kathleen Edwards Voyageur Maple Music
64 Picture the Ocean Picture the Ocean Self-Released
65 Plants & Animals The End of That Secret City
66 Nick Everett Rocky Top Self-Released
67 Bahamas Barchords Brushfire
68 Cookie Duster When Flying Was Easy MapleMusic / Draper St.
69 Souljazz Orchestra Solidarity Strut
70 Del Barber Headwaters Six Shooter
71 Baroness Yellow & Green Relapse
72 Zebra Pulse Endings Ramshackle Day Parade
73 The City Streets Sawdust & Rum Clamour
74 Beach Velvet Beach Velvet Silver Ground
75 Shad Melancholy and the Infinite Shadness Self-Released
76 METZ METZ Sub Pop
77 Matthew A. Wilkinson Post-Namers Self-Released
78 Shuffle Demons Clusterfunk True North
79 Jim Cuming & the Rising of the Moon Jim Cuming & the Rising of the Moon Self-Released
80 Görgön Hörde Year of the Görgön Self-Released
81 The Men Open Your Heart Sacred Bones
82 Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti Mature Themes 4AD
83 Ty Segall & White Fence Hair Drag City
84 Elizabeth Shepherd Rewind Pinwheel
85 Graham Guest Relief Self-Released
86 Various Busy Doing Nothing! Mint
87 Cousins The Palm at the End of the Mind Saved By Vinyl
88 Eight and a Half Eight and a Half Arts & Crafts
89 Best Coast The Only Place Mexican Summer
90 Patrick Watson Adventures In Your Own Backyard Secret City
91 Sonny and the Sunsets Longtime Companion Polyvinyl
92 Elfin Saddle Devastates Constellation
93 Debo Band Debo Band Next Ambiance / Sub Pop
94 Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings Soul Time! Daptone
95 Rose Cousins We Have Made a Spark Self-Released
96 Alice Kos You Missed It All Self-Released
97 The Just Barelys Mad Bits Dead Bum
98 Hank & Lily Crank City Self-Released
99 Jesse & the Dandelions Time and Space and Everything In Between Esper
100 Diamond Rugs Diamond Rugs Partisan


And here's a closer look at our genre charts!

LOUD (Metal & Punk)


1 White Lung Sorry Deranged
2 Baroness Yellow & Green Relapse
3 Propagandhi Failed States Epitaph
4 Netherward Bloodmeal Self-Released
5 Cancer Bats Dead Set On Living Distort
6 High On Fire De Vermis Mysteriis eOne
7 Marry Me Murder Victimology Self-Released
8 Striker Armed To the Teeth Napalm
9 Mares of Thrace The Pilgrimage Sonic Unyon
10 Woods of Ypres Woods 5: Grey Skies & Electric Light Earache
11 Negation The Awakening Self-Released
12 Ékorchés, Les Frères de Sang Indica
13 Pith Fore Diminished Fifth
14 Sleep Dopesmoker [reissue] Southern Lord
15 Thoroughbred Racing Pigeon Continue Anyways Self-Released
16 Wretched Son of Perdition Victory
17 Negation Revelations Self-Released
18 The Great Sabatini Matterhorn No List
19 3 Inches of Blood Long Live Heavy Metal Century
20 Weapon Embers and Revelations Relapse



Electronic /  RPM
1 Shout Out Out Out Out Spanish Moss and Total Loss Nrmls Wlcm
2 Grimes Visions Arbutus / 4AD
3 Purity Ring Shrines Last Gang
4 Ghibli Rare Pleasures Old Ugly
5 Humans Traps Hybridity
6 Government Tribunal We Are the Government Tribunal [single] File Xader Rex
7 Rae Spoon I Can't Keep All of Our Secrets Saved By Vinyl
8 Spell Lull Self-Released
9 Matthew Dear Beams Ghostly International
10 The Orb with Lee "Scratch" Perry The Orbserver in the Star House Cooking Vinyl
11 VCMG Sss Mute
12 A Tribe Called Red A Tribe Called Red Self-Released
13 Dan Deacon America Domino
14 GreyScreen Thrillogy Self-Released
15 Trust TRST Arts & Crafts
16 Hiawatha Language Last Gang
17 Synthosaurus Intergalactic Hyper Friendship Squad Beautiful Unicorn
18 Stephen Hummel Meld Self-Released
19 Happy Trendy Die Young Orchid Tapes
20 Tycho Dives Ghostly International


Hip-Hop / Rap
1 Mitchmatic It's Probably Raining Old Ugly
2 Cadence Weapon Hope in Dirt City Upper Class
3 Politic Live Ellipsis Music For Mavericks
4 Touch & The Dirty Sample The Fly Neferiu
5 Shad Melancholy and the Infinite Shadness Self-Released
6 Quakers Quakers Stones Throw
7 Plex Demons Urbnet
8 Evil Ebenezer Penguin EP Camobear
9 Oddisee People Hear What They See Mello Music
10 Nas Life Is Good Def Jam
11 Gab'n Sanwidge Self-Released
12 Kid Koala 12 Bit Blues Ninja Tune
13 Moka Only Airport 6 Urbnet
14 Muneshine There Is Only Today Droppin' Science
15 Snak the Ripper White Dynamite Camobear
16 Flying Lotus Until The Quiet Comes Warp
17 deStar Reconstructed Memories Neferiu
18 The Lytics They Told Me Camobear
19 Oddisee Rock Creek Park Mello Music
20 Wordburglar 3rdburglar Urbnet


Soul / Funk / R&B

1 The Chantrelles "Ain't Nobody Home" b/w "Ooh Wee" Self-Released
2 Sharon Jones & the Dap-King Soul Time! Daptone
3 Calibro 35 Any Resemblance to Real Persons Or Actual Facts Is Purely Coincidental Nublu
4 Lee Fields & the Expressions Faithful Man Truth & Soul
5 Brownout Oozy Nat Geo




Jazz

1 Chilly Gonzales Solo Piano II Arts & Crafts
2 Michael Occhipinti & Shine On The Universe of John Lennon True North
3 Doug Organ Trio Doug Organ Trio Edmontone
4 Shuffle Demons Clusterfunk True North
5 Elizabeth Shepherd Rewind Pinwheel
6 Peter Appleyard Sophisticated Ladies Linus
7 Roberto Lopez Afro-Colombian Jazz Project Azul Curura
8 Susie Arioli All The Way Spectra
9 Mike Essoudry's Mash Potato Mashers Hooray Self-Released
10 Belle Plaine Notes from a Waitress 13th Ave
11 Brandi Disterheft Gratitude Justin Time
12 Jon McCaslin Sunalta Cellar Live
13 Don Cherry Organic Music Society [reissue] Caprice
14 Paul Rushka Quintet As It Happens Pagetown
15 Cory Weeds Up A Step Cellar Live
16 Craig Pedersen Quartet Days Like Today Self-Released
17 Keith Price Trio/Quintet Gaia/Goya Self-Released
18 Dr. Michael White Adventures in New Orleans Jazz Part 2 Basin Street
19 Ratchet Orchestra Hemlock Drip Audio
20 Joel Miller Swim Origin

World
1 Antibalas Antibalas Daptone
2 Dub Vulture Brother, Can You Spare A Gun? Self-Released
3 The Lions The Lions Stones Throw
4 The Souljazz Orchestra Solidarity Strut
5 Debo Band Debo Band Next Ambiance / Sub Pop
6 Battle of Santiago Full Colour Self-Released
7 KonKoma KonKoma Soundway
8 Roberto Lopez Afro-Colombian Jazz Project Azul Curura
9 The Bombay Royale You Me Bullets Love Hope Street
10 Various Future Sounds of Buenos Aires Waxploitation
11 Amadou & Mariam Folila Because
12 Jimmy Cliff Rebirth Sunpower
13 The Archives The Archives ESL
14 The Inversions "I Can't Stand These Lonely Nights" b/w "Rub The "Lamp Daptone
15 Ondatropica Ondatropica Soundway
16 Battle of Santiago Followed By Thousands Made With Pencil Crayons
17 Lijadu Sisters Sunshine Knitting Factory
18 Rocky Mountain Rebel Music Vic Sound System Self-Released
19 Gordon Grdina's HARAM Her Eyes Illuminate Songlines
20 Novalima Karimba ESL

Folk / Roots / Blues

1 The Give 'Em Hell Boys Barn Burner Self-Released
2 Petunia & the Vipers Petunia & the Vipers Self-Released
3 Tyler Butler Violence Cabin Songs
4 Bry Webb Provider Idee Fixe
5 Nick Everett Rocky Top Self-Released
6 Del Barber Headwaters Six Shooter
7 Jim Cuming & the Rising of the Moon Jim Cuming & the Rising of the Moon Self-Released
8 Graham Guest Relief Self-Released
9 Patrick Watson Adventures In Your Own Backyard Secret City
10 Sonny and the Sunsets Longtime Companion Polyvinyl
11 Rose Cousins We Have Made a Spark Self-Released
12 Corb Lund Cabin Fever New West
13 Ben Olson With Nothing Framed Manatees and Jack-O-Lanterns
14 Robin Hood Ensemble New Day Dawning Self-Released
15 Leonard Cohen Old Ideas Columbia
16 The AwesomeHots Wayfaring Stranger [single] Self-Released
17 Owls By Nature Everything Is Hunted Self-Released
18 Woody Guthrie Woody At 100 Smithsonian-Folkways
19 Zachary Lucky Saskatchewan Self-Released
20 Brenna Lowrie The Body Electric Esper

Experimental / Avant-Garde / Classical / Spoken Word / Comedy
1 Pizzarhea! Laser Bacon Eye Surgery Suspicious Pig
2 Various RDP 2012 Ramshackle Day Parade
3 Zebra Pulse Endings Ramsachkle Day Parade
4 Matthew A. Wilkinson Post-Namers Self-Released
5 Various PiXXX 3 Unit Structure Sound Recordings
6 Pigeon Breeders Luminous Debris Ramshackle Day Parade
7 Pigeon Breeders Nocturnal Reveries Ramshackle Day Parade
8 Godspeed You! Black Emperor 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! Constellation
9 Matthew A. Wilkinson sSs Self-Released
10 PROJECT Trio When Will Then Be Now Self-Released
11 Jon Mick Beardmilk Old Ugly
12 86 Sound Laboratories Sounds for Wax Museum Energetic Action Recordings
13 Johannes Welsch Sound Creation Deep Listening
14 Hannibal Buress Animal Furnace Comedy Central
15 Janel & Anthony Where Is Home Cuneiform
16 NON / Boyd Rice Back to Mono Mute
17 Johannes Welsch Schitzophonia Sonic Flame
18 Stewart Goodyear Beethoven: The Middle Sonatas Marquis
19 Hilary Hahn & Hauschka Silfra Deutche Grammophon
20 Fortner Anderson Solitary Pleasures &records


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