My Favourite Albums and Concerts of 2012


Top 25 Albums:

25. Shearwater - Animal Joy

24. Titus Andronicus - Local Business

23. Mount Eerie - Clear Moon

22. Beach House - Bloom

21. Sharon Van Etten - Tramp

20. Melody’s Echo Chamber - s/t

19. Lower Dens - Nootropics

18. Liars - WIXIW

17. Tallest Man on Earth - There’s No Leaving Now

16. Menomena - Moms

15. Islands - A Sleep and A Forgetting

14. Hot Chip - In Our Heads

13. xx - Coexist

12. Twin Shadow - Confess

11. Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory

10. Yeasayer - Fragrant World

9. Julia Holter - Ekstasis

8. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel…

7. Godpseed You! Black Emperor - Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!

6. Animal Collective - Centipede HZ

5. Grizzly Bear - Shields

4. Purity Ring - Shrines

3. Grimes - Visions

2. Tame Impala - Lonerism

1. Japandroids - Celebration Rock


Top 30 Concerts:

30. Tycho - The Gorge, Sasquatch Music Festival

29. Shins - The Gorge, Sasquatch Music Festival

28. Neon Indian - Republik, Calgary

27. Shearwater - The Gorge, Sassquatch Music Festival

26. Class Actress - Commonwealth, Calgary

25. Boris - Distillery, Sled Island Festival in Calgary

24. Smashing Pumpkins - Rexall Place, Edmonton

23. Tallest Man on Earth - McDougall United Church, Edmonton

22. Beirut - Prince’s Island Park, Calgary Folk Fest

21. Sloan - Wildhorse Saloon, Calgary Stampede

20. Leonard Cohen - Rexall Place, Edmonton

19. Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra - Republik, Calgary

18. Antlers - Republik, Sled Island Festival in Calgary

17. Purity Ring - The Gorge, Sasquatch Music Festival

16. Brand New - MacEwan Hall, Calgary

15. Dean & Britta (Galaxie 500) - Legion #1, MTT Fest in Calgary

14. Julia Holter - Republik, MTT Fest in Calgary

13. Beck - The Gorge, Sasaquatch Music Festival

12. Mount Eerie - Central United Church, Calgary

11. Tragically Hip - Fort Calgary, Calgary Stampede

10. Yamantaka//Sonic Titan - Theatre Junction Grand, Sled Island Festival in Calgary

9. Thurston Moore - Theatre Junction Grand, Sled Island Festival in Calgary

8. Bon Iver - Jubilee Auditorium, Edmonton

7. Jeff Mangum (Neutral Milk Hotel) - Prince’s Island Park, Calgary Folk Fest

6. Rural Alberta Advantage - Prince’s Island Park, Calgary Folk Fest

5. Japandroids - Starlite Room, Edmonton

4. M83 - Edmonton Event Center, Edmonton

3. Explosions in the Sky - The Gorge, Sasquatch Music Festival

2. Jack White - The Gorge, Sasquatch Music Festival

1. Paul McCartney - Rexall Place, Edmonton



KETAMINES @ LEGION #1 CALGARY AB MAR 24 2012 (MTT FEST)

KETAMINES @ LEGION #1 CALGARY AB MAR 24 2012 (MTT FEST)



KETAMINES @ LEGION #1 CALGARY AB MAR 24 2012 (MTT FEST)

KETAMINES @ LEGION #1 CALGARY AB MAR 24 2012 (MTT FEST)



DIRTY SILL @ LEGION #1 CALGARY AB MAR 24 2012 (MTT FEST)

DIRTY SILL @ LEGION #1 CALGARY AB MAR 24 2012 (MTT FEST)



FAMINES @ BROKEN CITY CALGARY AB MAR 24 2012 (MTT FEST)

FAMINES @ BROKEN CITY CALGARY AB MAR 24 2012 (MTT FEST)



FAMINES @ BROKEN CITY CALGARY AB MAR 24 2012 (MTT FEST)

FAMINES @ BROKEN CITY CALGARY AB MAR 24 2012 (MTT FEST)



ISLANDS @ IRONWOOD CALGARY AB MAR 6 2012

ISLANDS @ IRONWOOD CALGARY AB MAR 6 2012



ISLANDS @ IRONWOOD CALGARY AB MAR 6 2012
mr nick thorburn. islands has been one of my favourite bands for a while now. they played mostly the new album, which is much quieter than their previous stuff. it actually translated surprisingly well in a small, sit-down venue. i talked to him for a bit and got him to sign my screen printed poster too, so that’s cool.

ISLANDS @ IRONWOOD CALGARY AB MAR 6 2012

mr nick thorburn. islands has been one of my favourite bands for a while now. they played mostly the new album, which is much quieter than their previous stuff. it actually translated surprisingly well in a small, sit-down venue. i talked to him for a bit and got him to sign my screen printed poster too, so that’s cool.



IDIOT GLEE @ IRONWOOD CALGARY AB MAR 6 2012
this dude is from kentucky and opened for islands. not sure how he managed that for a young guy. he kind of sounded like panda bear but more glitchy and stuff.

IDIOT GLEE @ IRONWOOD CALGARY AB MAR 6 2012

this dude is from kentucky and opened for islands. not sure how he managed that for a young guy. he kind of sounded like panda bear but more glitchy and stuff.



SAMANTHA SAVAGE SMITH @ IRONWOOD CALGARY AB MAR 1 2012
samantha and her dad playing “twist and shout”

SAMANTHA SAVAGE SMITH @ IRONWOOD CALGARY AB MAR 1 2012


samantha and her dad playing “twist and shout”



SAMANTHA SAVAGE SMITH @ IRONWOOD CALGARY AB MAR 1 2012
i got to interview her (my first in-person interview!) for the gateway. she’s sweet. and nice. and has an amazing voice. you can read my article here if you’re interested. http://thegatewayonline.ca/article/view/samantha_savage_smith

SAMANTHA SAVAGE SMITH @ IRONWOOD CALGARY AB MAR 1 2012


i got to interview her (my first in-person interview!) for the gateway. she’s sweet. and nice. and has an amazing voice. you can read my article here if you’re interested. http://thegatewayonline.ca/article/view/samantha_savage_smith



DAN VACON @ IRONWOOD CALGARY AB MAR 1 2012
dan vacon is the dude from the dudes and he has a huge beard. he’s also one of the curator for sled island this year. i hope he gets some cool bands in.

DAN VACON @ IRONWOOD CALGARY AB MAR 1 2012


dan vacon is the dude from the dudes and he has a huge beard. he’s also one of the curator for sled island this year. i hope he gets some cool bands in.



KUMON PLAZA @ COMMONWEALTH CALGARY AB FEB 14 2012

KUMON PLAZA @ COMMONWEALTH CALGARY AB FEB 14 2012



KUMON PLAZA @ COMMONWEALTH CALGARY AB FEB 14 2012

KUMON PLAZA @ COMMONWEALTH CALGARY AB FEB 14 2012




KUMON PLAZA @ COMMONWEALTH CALGARY AB FEB 14 2012
Cool Edmonton talent, guys.

KUMON PLAZA @ COMMONWEALTH CALGARY AB FEB 14 2012


Cool Edmonton talent, guys.