Monday, December 31, 2012

Steve McLean's favourite music of 2012

Albums

The top 10

1. Gentleman Jesse - Leaving Atlanta
2. Young Fresh Fellows - Tiempo De Lujo
3. Green Day - Uno!
4. Green Day - Dos!
5. Amy Gore & Her Valentines - In Love
6. Waco Brothers & Paul Burch - Great Chicago Fire
7. Archie Powell & The Exports - Great Ideas In Action
8. Redd Kross - Researching The Blues
9. The Stanfields - Death and Taxes
10. Sugar and the Hi Lows - Sugar and the Hi Lows


The next 10

The Royal Crowns - Volume Three
Little Barrie - King of the Waves
Chuck Prophet - Temple Beautiful
The Millwinders - Ladies and Gentlemen, The Millwinders
The Woolly Bushmen - The Woolly Bushmen
The Strumbellas - My Father and the Hunter
Bob Mould - Silver Age
Hacienda - Shakedown
Carolyn Mark - The Queen of Vancouver Island
Corb Lund - Cabin Fever

Honourable mention

Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Americana
Peter Buck - Peter Buck
Joel Plaskett Emergency - Scrappy Happiness
Boxer The Horse - French Residency
Jim Fidler - Up That River
Hospitality - Hospitality


 

 

Reissues, compilations, tributes, soundtracks, live albums and box sets (alphabetical order)

Blue Rodeo - Blue Rodeo: 1987-1993
Johnny Cash - Bootleg Vol. IV: The Soul of Truth
Donovan - The Essential Donovan
The English Beat - The Complete Beat
Firehose - "lowFLOWs" The Columbia Anthology ('91-'93)
Great Big Sea - XX
JD McPherson - Signs & Signifiers
Searching for Sugarman soundtrack
Various artists - A Tribute to The Monks Bad Habits
The Who - Live at Hull 1970


EPs

Michael Rault - Whirlpool
Stella Ella Ola - Stella Ella Ola EP
Stella Ella Ola - Stella Ella Ola 2

 

 

 

 

 

Concerts (chronological order)

Little Barrie, Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires - Feb. 11, Lee's Palace, Toronto
Hacienda, Heartless Bastards - Feb. 20, Horseshoe, Toronto
Dum Dum Girls, Crocodiles - Feb. 23, Lee's Palace, Toronto
Les Sexareenos - Feb. 24, Horseshoe, Toronto
South by Southwest Music Festival - March 13-18, various venues, Austin

Canadian Music Fest - March 22-25, various venues, Toronto
Frank Turner, Joel Plaskett Emergency - May 18-19, Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Toronto
The Royal Crowns - May 26, Dakota Tavern, Toronto
Jon Langford with Burlington Welsh Male Chorus, Skull Orchard and The Sadies - June 2, Horseshoe, Toronto
North by Northeast Music Festival - June 13-16, various venues, Toronto
Joe Pernice and Norman Blake, Catl - June 22, Dakota Tavern, Toronto
Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet (with Dallas Good) - July 14, Lee's Palace, Toronto
Monks Bad Habits tribute - July 26, Horseshoe, Toronto
Bloodshot Bill - Sept. 8, Horseshoe, Toronto
The Raveonettes - Oct. 2, Phoenix, Toronto
JD McPherson - Oct. 9, Horseshoe, Toronto
Stella Ella Ola, Michael Rault - Oct. 19, Horseshoe, Toronto
Various artists for Jeff Cohen 50th birthday party - Oct. 20, Horseshoe, Toronto
Yellow Dubmarine - Oct. 24, Horseshoe, Toronto

Blue Rodeo and friends - Oct. 29, Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto
Julie Doiron, The Grapes of Wrath - Oct. 30, Mod Club, Toronto
Men Without Hats - Nov. 7, Lee's Palace, Toronto
Tom Fun Orchestra - Nov. 8, Horseshoe, Toronto
The Rezillos - Nov. 22, Lee's Palace, Toronto
Lydia Loveless - Nov. 26, Drake Underground, Toronto
Joel Plaskett Emergency - Dec. 14, Horseshoe, Toronto
Unknown band in unknown bar - Dec. 20, Oaxaca, Mexico
The Sadies - Dec. 31, Horseshoe, Toronto

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mathesond said...

Big fan of Archie Powell, I've seem him twice in Toronto, and once in Chicago. 3 of the better shows I've seen in the past 18 months

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