Classic Track: ” Telstar” by The Tornados (1962)

Space-age surf in its glorious original form. Notably for its use of the clavioline (a pre-synth keyboard) and produced by the esteemed Joe Meek, the British hit “Telstar” topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic, a feat that was almost unheard of until the arrival of The Beatles.

 

Nicholas’ Personal Best of 2019 – Top 20 Albums

Kitzl – 40 Moons That We Know Of [self-released]

Bombnivours – Metamorphonic [self-released]

Waxlimbs – The Autumn Bell [self-released]

Iamthemorning – The Bell [Kscope]

Mappe Of – The Isle of Ailynn [Paper Bag Records]

MIMICO – Hi-Action [Hand Drawn Dracula]

Devours – Iconoclast [Artoffact Records]

Clara Engel – Where a City Once Drowned: The Bethlehem Tapes Vol. II [self-released]

Most People – Call Me Up [self-released]

A Formal Horse – Here Comes A Man From The Council With A Flamethrower [self-released]

Mark Wylie – Moments [self-released]

Bent Knee – You Know What They Mean [Inside Out Music]

Bleu Nuit – Le jardin des mémoires [Michel Records]

Flore Laurentienne – Vol 1 [Costume Records]

Angel Bat Dawid – The Oracle [International Anthem]

Hymns57 – Peyote Road Burn [self-released]

Eric Thorfinnson – Qwag [self-released]

Warez – Warez [self-released]

Organ Mood – Indivisible [Dare To Care Records]

Courtney Swain – Between Blood and Ocean [self-released]

Honourable Mentions: nêhiyawak – nipiy [Arts & Crafts] / Archipelago – Archipelago [s/r] / Eine Kleine China – User Illusion II [Boat Dreams From The Hill] / Sunglaciers – Foreign Bodies [s/r] / The Moon Runners – Wakeless 2096 [s/r] / Sarah Pagé – Dose Curves [Forward Music Group] / Colliding Canyons – Desert Ballads [s/r] / Comedy For Airports – Ambient 1: Comedy for Airports [s/r] / Matmos – Plastic Anniversary [Thrill Jockey] / Darkroom – The Noise Is Unrest [s/r]

NOTE: This list is in nonhierarchical order 😉 ❤

Canada’s Best Albums of 2019 (According to Trinket Trance)

Snotty Nose Rez Kids – Trapline
Bart – Today, Tomorrow and the Next Day
Plumes – Oh Orwell
Tanya Tagaq – Toothsayer (EP)
Bombnivores – Metamorphonic
Colin Stetson – The First (OST)
Royal Canoe – Waver
Haviah Mighty – The 13th Floor
Jose Contreras – At the Slaughterhouse
Devours – Iconoclast
Jon Epworth – Hoser Couture
Colin Fisher Quartet – Living Midnight
Whoop-szo – Warrior Down
Ginger Lips – S/T
Waxlimbs – The Autumn Bell
Clara Engel – Where a City Once Drowned: The Bethlehem Tapes Vol. II
Jon Epworth – Pre-Millennial Tension
Graftician – Mandarins (EP)
Tim Hecker – Anoyo
Broken Social Scene – Here Comes the Afterglow (EPS 1 & 2)
Moka Only – Patina
Moka Only – Martian Christmas 2019
Big Wreck – …but for the sun
CFCF – Liquid Colours
Loopsy Dazy – Estuary
L CON – Whatever (EP)
Debby Friday – Death Drive
Braintree – Alive Inside
Devah Quartet – 2112

Nicholas’ Personal Best of 2019 – Top 20 EPs

Apollo Suns – Dawn Offerings [self-released]

L CON – Whatever EP [self-released]

Mark Wylie – Fable EP [self-released]

Low Kites – Maybe Its Because [self-released]

Wangled Teb – Seasonal Depression [TwoFifteen Records]

Future Machines – Future Machines [self-released]

NAVI – Cartography EP [self-released]

Clara Engel – Little Blue Fox [self-released]

Douleur Fantôme – Foi et Travail [self-released]

Aaron Novik – No Signal [self-released]

Glassreel – Unalike EP [self-released]

Algorhythm – Algorhythm EP [self-released]

Drunk at the Library – where do you see yourself in 60 years, do you see yourself helping me out of the bath? [self-released]

Hold My Hand Spaceman – Everyone Grows But Me [self-released]

iskwē – Acākosīk [self-released]

WITCHXHAT – WITCHXHAT [Glue Gun Records]

BIRMANI – EP3 [Cuchabata Records]

Silent Island – Rapa Nui EP [self-released]

MOUTHFEEL – demonstration one [3 Nines Compact Cassettes]

Isla Den – Acid Dream [Bedroomer]

Honourable Mentions: Sauna – EP [Idée Fixe Records] / Brave Moon – Wild Thing [s/r] / Tea Room – Dress Up [s/r] / Burnaby – Wasted Time EP [3 Nines Compact Cassettes] / Hosana – Hosana EP [s/r] / King Dice – Red Version [s/r] / GURTH – A Better End [s/r] / Transstar – Famous Door [s/r] / Blonde Heir – First Feelings [s/r]

NOTE: This list is in nonhierarchical order 😉 ❤

Baffled Octopi/Coast to Coast to Coast Top 25 Canadian Songs of 2019

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Baffleed 2019

 

 

25. “Cosmic Joke” by Crashing into Things
Electrifying psych-garage from Victoria.

 

 

24. “Sweet Little Thing” by Radiant Baby
Completely over-the-top saccharin-sweet electro-pop. Try to resist.

 

 

23. “Féminin Masculin” by Bleu Nuit
Doom and excitement, melded into a post-rock whole.

 

 

22. “Treasures of the Blind” by Braintree
Artsy garage with a killer arrangement.

 

 

21. “I’ve Been Waiting for This Moment” by Slut Prophet
Raw punk, served up with delicious wit.

 

 

20. “Hegemony” by Usse
Usse use a minimalist approach to create a menacing and edgy atmosphere.

 

 

19. “Sophie’s Dad” by Kamikaze Nurse
Noisy and melodic. Relentless and meandering. KC Wei and company are a band of contrasts.

 

 

18. “Nice Song (ft. Eliza Niemi)” by WLMRT
With the addition of Eliza Niemi (Mauno), WLMRT make a nice song. Uh-oh.

 

 

17. “Witch” by Man Meat
Sludge-heavy and razor sharp, from the Saskatoon power trio.

 

 

16. “Jim Says It’s OK If I Die” by TETRIX
Perhaps even more creepy than last year’s “Drugs in the Water”.

 

 

15. “Mostly Ocean” by Graftician
Soulful calm in an exotic landscape.

 

 

14. “It’s a Cruel World!” by FLOOR CRY
Hauntingly beautiful single from Winnipeg’s Felicia Sekundiak (aka Floor Cry).

 

 

13. “I Feel Unholy” by PROPERTY
There is something quite holy in the performance of “I Feel Unholy”.

 

 

12. “The Heaviness” by PAPAL VISIT
A bubbling pot of angst, dread and fear, but it’s a delicious stew.

 

 

11. “Dead of Night” by Orville Peck
Cowboy theme music for a David Lynch movie.

 

 

10. “FATAL” by DEBBY FRIDAY
A frightening collision of rock, hip-hop and electronic, thanks to the fearless Debby Friday.

 

 

9. “Amelia” by Sleeepy Dog
A countrified slacker tune about a dude whose girlfriend gets kidnapped by some guys he’s in trouble with. Poor Amelia.

 

 

8. “Money” by Polly Dactic
Bordering on glammish horror rock, but the gravity of the post-punk atmosphere makes the evil more sincere.

 

 

7. “Big Mouth” by Necking
The bounce of punk-pop, but with the kick-to-the-balls of hardcore.

 

 

6. “Candy BB” by Crystal Eyes
A dreamy track from Erin Jenkins (Crystal Eyes) that has a sense of endlessness.

 

 

5. “Hung Ron” by Cowbo Morsche
This track is so quirky that it seems literally warped.

 

 

4. “Rod Crowhop” by STOiK
Alarming beats and industrial grinds set an ominous tone in this exciting blend of traditional indigenous and modern electronic.

 

 

3. “Freeloader Feast” by Deliluh
Art punky approach, with an edgy down beat and an angular vocal delivery that’s unnerving.

 

2. “V” by Swim Team
The amazing trio known as Swim Team mesmerize us with an instrumental (mostly) that builds subtly and slowly.

 

 

 

1. “Shelley Duvall in 3 Women” by Greys
The Toronto-based band create a brooding base of uneasy grunge, with rising spires of gloomy elegance.

Baffled Octopi/Coast to Coast to Coast Top 25 Canadian Albums of 2019

by Mark Anthony Brennan

whoop-szo

 
25. “Allo Futur” by Claude l’Anthrope
Claude Sophie Périard indulges in delicious beats.

 

24. “DRI HIEV” by DRI HIEV
DRi HIEV’s debut full-length is packed with cleverly arranged industrial beats and noise.

 

23. “Honey” by lungbutter
Art-punk meets doom/sludge. It’s like thick, tasty molasses.

 

22. “Dark Beings” by LAL
Both dark and bubbly, this neo-soul/electronic album is slinky and satisfying.

 

21. “Salt” by Blessed
Blessed proves they are one of the premier alternative bands around. A poised album, with both warmth and edginess.

 
20. “Above All Else” by redress
Victoria experimental artist scores big with minimalist electronics and highly personal vocals.

 

19. “Dear Bongo” by Motherhood
Fredericton’s Motherhood manage to make a cohesive statement, despite pulling out everything from doom rock to electronica and artsy punk.

 

18. “V” by Swim Team
Vancouver trio like to play improv-style, but they always seem to have complete control of their avant-pop/experimental garage sound.

 

17. “Stillness and Stars 2” by Stillness and Stars
Prog rock never sounded as fresh and relevant as this.

 

16. “Pity Party” by Slut Prophet
Noisy and wild punk, with a wicked, sly sense of humour.

 

15. “Every House Has a Light On” by TETRIX
TETRIX combine throw-back accordion with current doom-laden psych.

 

14. “Le jardin des mémoires” by Bleu Nuit
Post-punk in attitude but catchy and engaging in its delivery.

 

13. “Have You Met Elliott?” by Hélène Barbier
Have You Heard Hélène Barbier? If not you are missing out on her quirky vocals and sly (sometimes dark) arrangements.

 

12. “Foreign Bodies” by Sunglaciers
Shoegazey, melodic, gritty and edgy. All smoothly delivered by Sunglaciers.

 

11. “The Same But By Different Means” by Yves Jarvis
Formerly known as Un Blond, Jarvis continues to expand his musical universe with transcendent coolness.

 

10. “A Gaze Among Them” by B I G | B R A V E
Experimental posr-rock with heavy emphasis on thundering percussion and bass.

 

9. “Significant Changes” by Jayda G
Intricate textures and intriguing beats are rife on this electronic/house/soul release.

 

8. “Metamorphonic” by Bombnivores
This Halifax duo crank out coolly modern, slick and groove-based music.

 

7. “The Strange One” by MNGWA
This Vancouver collective serve up feisty world music like you’ve never heard. Exciting and multicultural, with impressive progressive touches.

 
6. “C’est ça” by Fly Pan Am
Fly Pan Am are veterans, but ‘C’est ça’ beats the pants pants off any contemporaries in the realm of avant/post-rock.

 
5. “Flowers for S” by Usse
With a solid foot in free-form jazz, Usse come up with the most impressive experimental/electronic album of the year.

 
4. “Primitive Feelings” (Parts I & II) by The High Dials
A delightful and clever blend of styles that makes for a trippy, cool, exciting, and groovy ride.

 
3. “Age Hasn’t Spoiled You” by Greys
Waves of grungy noise punctuated with islands of relative calm. This is, however, a highly focused album with fierce intensity.

 
2. “When I say to you Black Lightning” by Common Holly
Brigitte Naggar’s sophomore effort varies from folk to slinky rock and never lets up on emotional content.

 
1. “Warrior Down” by WHOOP-Szo
The Guelph band reaches new heights (and depths) on this concept album. The emotional power pushes through the heavy weight of their devastating music.

Baffled Octopi/Coast to Coast to Coast Top 25 Canadian EP’s of 2019

by Mark Anthony Brennan

death drive

 

 

 

25. “X” by Bratboy
The name change from BB to Bratboy doesn’t disguise the fact that this is really cool dark surf,

24. “Instrumental EP” by hansmole
hansmole proves she’s just as formidable without vocals.

23. “Salade​-​Secte” by LOOK SACRÉ
LOOK SACRÉ master the art of gloom pop. Uplifting and depressing, in equal measures.

23. “Dirt Fight” by Man Meat
A nasty slice of post-punk, with hardcore viciousness.

21. “Where a City Once Drowned: The Bethlehem Tapes Vol. II” by Clara Engel
Engel is without doubt a Canadian treasure. Personal, artistic, mesmerizing, and, oh, so cool.

20. “A new American Classic” by Shirley & the Pyramids
Aron Zacharias has an almost uncanny ability to create engaging shoe-gazey psych.

19. “3 Songs for the Road” by HARSH
Gritty punk with a feminist/queer bent is damn fine with us.

18. “Spero’s” by Sleeepy Dog
A unique blend of garage rock and americana. Only a Vancouver band could pull this off.

17. “Toothsayer” by Tanya Tagaq
One of Canada’s prominent experimental artists entraces once again.

16. “Whatever” by L CON
Lisa Conways continues to produce intimate music on a fascinating palette.

15. “Open Up and Bleed” by Flatbed
Nanaimo’s masters of hardcore noise strike again. It’s like short blasts of pain that bring pleasure.

14. “Smaller Than Death” by Crashing Into Things
Edgy and disturbing, but what fun psych-drenched romp.

13. “Mes Amis” by BLVD NOIR
Instrumental forays into dub, jazz, house and you name it.

12. “Oath of Intent” by Deliluh
Toronto’s Deliluh manage to be as free-form and artsy as hell, and still be engaging.

11. “H2BH” by PROPERTY
Newfoundland’s Property strike a lovely balance between the music’s angularity and the breeziness of Sarah Harris’ vocals.

10. “Cut Your Teeth” by Necking
In a false pop package, this is some killer punk. Pretty hard to resist.

9. “Dip’n’Dot” by Purlicue
Purlicue expand their musical range to fantastic effect.

8. “2” by Virtues & Failings
The mysterious Virtues & Failings again mine the motherlode of high gothic post-punk.

7. “Alive Inside” by Braintree
Intriguing artsy trio produce music that’s as catchy as it is strange.

6. “Beat My Distance” by Anemone
Chloe Soldevila and company paint broad brushes of colourful psych-pop/kosmische.

5. “WLMRT Forever” by WLMRT
Noisy, discordant and abrasive. Add “clever” in there and you get the idea.

4. “Mandarins” by Graftician
From the mind of Roxanne Nesbitt comes something strange, soulful and deeply rewarding.

3. “Altering the Timeline” by PIQSIQ
Sisters Kayley Inuksuk Mackay and Tiffany Kuliktana Ayalik (of Quantum Tangle) create ethereal beauty.

2. “Half Nermal” by Polly Dactic
Wild, unpredictable and dark. Also deviously delicious.

1. “Death Drive” by Debby Friday
Electronic hip-hop with serious hardcore heaviness. A form of Messiah.