Ottawa Showbox’s Top Canadian Releases 2012

Ottawa Showbox Best of 2012

‘Tis the season to look back on the year and recall some of the best music. Before we enter 2o13 (provided the world doesn’t end in a few weeks, which is so very likely) and wait in anticipation for new releases to come, we should reflect on the hard work, time and craftsmanship that went into so many of this past year’s albums. I often find lists arbitrary, because they are completely subjective and don’t always represent the best all-round music. In any case, these are my picks for 2012 — the albums that had the biggest impact on me throughout the year. There are so many other albums that came out this year that are worthy of mention, and I’m sure many different blogs throughout Canada will give them some well-deserved attention. I don’t expect everyone to agree, but enjoy anyways!

15. Metric – Synthetica

Ottawa Showbox Best of 2012

Must listen to: Breathing Underwater

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14. Parlovr – Kook Soul

Ottawa Showbox Best of 2012

Must listen to: Holding Onto Something

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13. Amos The Transparent – Goodnight My Dear, I’m Falling Apart

Ottawa Showbox Best of 2012

 Must listen to: Says the Spark

12. Crystal Castles – III

Ottawa Showbox Best of 2012

Must listen to: Plague

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11. Bahamas – Barchords

Ottawa Showbox Best of 2012

Must listen to: Lost in the Light

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10. Diamond Rings – Free Dimensional

Ottawa Showbox Best of 2012

Must listen to: Runaway Love

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9. Grimes – Visions

Ottawa Showbox Best of 2012

Must listen to: Genesis

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8. Stars – The North

Ottawa Showbox Best of 2012

Must listen to: Hold On When You Get Love And Let Go When You Give It

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7. Yukon Blonde – Tiger Talk

Ottawa Showbox Best of 2012

Must listen to: Stairway

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6. The Wooden Sky – Every Child a Daughter, Every Moon a Sun

Ottawa Showbox Best of 2012

Must listen to: Child of the Valley

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5. PS I Love You – Death Dreams

Ottawa Showbox Best of 2012

Must listen to: First Contact

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4. Purity Ring – Shrines

Ottawa Showbox Best of 2012

Must listen to: Belispeak

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3. Evening Hymns – Spectral Dusk

Ottawa Showbox Best of 2012

Must listen to: You & Jake

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2. Brasstronaut – Mean Sun

Ottawa Showbox Best of 2012

Must listen to: Bounce

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1. Japandroids – Celebration Rock

Ottawa Showbox Best of 2012

Must listen to: The House That Heaven Built

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