Best of 2013

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Hey there dear listener!  I know 2014 is already two weeks old, but I think we should take a look back at 2013 for a moment and celebrate CJSR 100 most played releases of the year, don’t you?

All releases are placed according to the number of spins they received in 2013*.

Anything you see in bold is local. We are proud to say 7 of our top 10 albums of the year were from right here in #yeg, including our #1: The Lad Mags‘ debut 7″ Lover/You Don’t Love Me. A spooky slice of garage rock from the underworld that didn’t leave our charts as long as it was Gnu Wax. Right behind them were art-punks Energetic Action, whose 2nd album Becoming tore up our charts even more than their surprise first hit, Walls. Doug Hoyer released his masterpiece To Be a River in the summer as well, a delightful blending of Doug’s influences, referencing the Talking Heads, Afrobeat, and Jens Lekman-like pop. All must-have records, I assure you.

Check out all of our favourites below. Don’t forget to scroll down to our genre charts to see which albums made the cut for our Loud, RPM, Jazz, World, Hip-Hop, Folk/Roots/Blues, and Experimental programs.

Thanks for listening!

Chad Brunet
CJSR Music Director

*you might see a couple releases from 2012 on the list.  That means they were added to CJSR’s library late enough that year to earn spins in early 2013, hence their inclusion here.

TOP 100 of 2013
 
Artist
Album
Label
1
The Lad Mags
Lover b/w You Don’t Love Me
Self-Released
2
Energetic Action
Becoming
Energetic Action Recordings
3
Doug Hoyer
To Be A River
Old Ugly
4
Mikey Maybe
Honey + Bread
Old Ugly
5
Shotgun Jimmie
Everything, Everything
You’ve Changed
6
Various Artists
Radio Adventures In the Wild
CJSR
7
Ghost Cousin
Scotland
Old Ugly
8
Amy van Keeken
So Long
Self-Released
9
The Courtneys
The Courtneys
Hockey Dad
10
B.A. Johnston
Mission Accomplished
Mammoth Cave
11
The Homeshake
The Homeshake Tape
Fixture
12
Various Artists
Beating Strong
Heart of the City
13
A Tribe Called Red
Nation II Nation
Tribal Spirit
14
My Bloody Valentine
m b v
Self-Released
15
Zebra Pulse
Heh, Vay Bae-Bays
Ramshackle Day Parade
16
Yo La Tengo
Fade
Matador
17
Charles Bradley
Victim of Love
Dunham
18
Hooded Fang
Gravez
Self-Released
19
Alex Calder
Time
Captured Tracks
20
The Burning Hell
People
Headless Owl / Weewerk
21
Jr. Gone Wild
Less Art More Pop – Reissue
Self-Released
22
The Bicycles
Stop Thinking So Much
Aporia
23
Himiko
DethNoizzz
D-Trash
24
Hayden
Us Alone
Arts & Crafts
25
Ghibli
Clubs
Old Ugly
26
Daniel Romano
Come Cry With Me
Normaltown
27
Bloodshot Bill
So Blue
Transistor 66
28
The Ketamines
You Can’t Serve Two Masters
Mammoth Cave
29
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
II
Jagjaguwar
30
BRAIDS
Flourish // Perish
Arbutus
31
Various Artists
Arts & Crafts: 2003-13
Arts & Crafts
32
Krang / Shooting Guns
Split EP
Psychic Handshake
33
Ghostkeeper
Horse Chief! War Thief!
Saved By Vinyl
34
Kurt Vile
Wakin On a Pretty Daze
Matador
35
White Fence
Cyclops Reap
Castle Face
36
Nick Everett & Everybody
Elsethings
Self-Released
37
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
Push the Sky Away
Bad Seed Ltd.
38
Cousins / Construction & Destruction
Split EP
Noyes
39
Dirty Beaches
Drifters/Love Is the Devil
Zoo
40
Thee Ahs
Future Without Her
Self-Released
41
Pissed Jeans
Honeys
Sub Pop
42
Daft Punk
Random Access Memories
Columbia
43
Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet
Savvy Show Stoppers
Mammoth Cave
44
Brazilian Money
Old Bones: Rarities, Misfits, and Loose Teeth
Self-Released
45
Petra Haden
Petra Goes to the Movies
Anti-
46
Various Artists
Arts & Crafts: X
Arts & Crafts
47
Gold & Youth
Beyond Wilderness
Arts & Crafts
48
George Ireland & the Willy Nillies
Waning & Waxing
Self-Released
49
Neko Case
The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
Anti-
50
Rae Spoon
My Prairie Home
Self-Released
51
Deerhunter
Monomania
4AD
52
Shannon & the Clams
Dreams In the Rat House
Hardly Art
53
100 Mile House
Wait With Me
Self-Released
54
Ben Sures
Son Of Trouble
Self-Released
55
Cobra & Vulture
Grasslands
Self-Released
56
Royal Canoe
Today We’re Believers
Nevado
57
Little Miss Higgins & the Winnipeg Five
Bison Ranch Recording Sessions
Self-Released
58
Wilfred N and the Grown Men
I’m In Love With the City
Zonik
59
Zebra Pulse
Endings
Ramshackle Day Parade
60
Scott Cook
One More Time Around
Groove Revival
61
Field Assembly
Narco
Self-Released
62
Lab Coast
Walking On Ayr
Mammoth Cave
63
War Baby
Jesus Horse
Bummer
64
CROSSS
Obsidian Spectre
Telephone Explosion
65
By Divine Right
Organized Accidents
Hand Drawn Dracula
66
Bloodshot Bill
The Lonesome Road
Norton
67
Dead Ghosts
Can’t Get No
Burger
68
Kitten Forever
Pressure
Guilt Ridden Pop
69
Suuns
Images du Futur
Secretly Canadian
70
Various Artists
CITR Pop Alliance, Vol. 3
CITR / Mint
71
UBT
Ego Orientation
Psychic Handshake
72
The Seahags
Good ‘n’ Greasy
Self-Released
73
Lindi Ortega
Tin Star
Last Gang
74
Chelsea Light Moving
Chelsea Light Moving
Matador
75
The Sadies
Internal Sounds
Outside
76
Babysitter
Eye
Psychic Handshake
77
Julie Doiron
So Many Days
Aporia
78
The Men
New Moon
Sacred Bones
79
Colin Stetson
New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light
Constellation
80
Jom Comyn
Live at the Elevation Room
Self-Released
81
Rhythm of Cruelty
Still Life EP
Self-Released
82
Love Electric
Love Electric
Energetic Action Recordings
83
Three Sun Sea
This Is Not A Question
Self-Released
84
Shooting Guns
Brotherhood of the Ram
Teargas Recording Tree
85
Iceage
You’re Nothing
Matador
86
King Khan & the Shrines
Idle No More
Merge
87
Various Artists
RAT KING II
Killer Haze
88
Sean Nicholas Savage
Other Life
Arbutus
89
Mavis Staples
One True Vine
Anti-
90
Guided By Voices
The Bears For Lunch
GBV, Inc.
91
Alex Vissia
Young Love
Root Cellar
92
The Highest Order
If It’s Real
Idee Fixe
93
Low
The Invisible Way
Sub Pop
94
David Bowie
The Next Day
EMI
95
The Coathangers / Nu Sensae
Split EP
Suicide Squeeze
96
Boats
A Fairway Full of Miners
Kill Rock Stars
97
The Deep Dark Woods
Jubilee
Sugar Hill
98
Zachary Lucky
The Ballad of Losing You
Missed Connection
99
Tunji Oyelana
A Nigerian Retrospective 1966-79
Soundway
100
Mac DeMarco
2
Captured Tracks
Electronic / RPM
1
A Tribe Called Red
Nation II Nation
Tribal Spirits / Pirate’s Blend
2
Zebra Pulse
Heh, Vay Bae-Bays
Ramshackle Day Parade
3
Ghibli
Clubs
Old Ugly
4
Daft Punk
Random Access Memories
Columbia
5
Boards of Canada
Tomorrow’s Harvest
Warp
6
A Tribe Called Red
Trapline EP
Self-Released
7
Moderat
II
Mute
8
Born Gold
I Am An Exit
Crash Symbols
9
Various Artists
Verve Remixed: The First Ladies
Verve
10
Tim Hecker
Virgins
Paper Bag
11
Comaduster
Hollow Worlds
Tympanik Audio
12
Pick a Piper
Pick a Piper
Mint
13
Gold Panda
Half of Where You Live
Ghostly Int’l / NOTOWN
14
CFCF
Music For Objects
Paper Bag
15
Toro Y Moi
Anything In Return
Carpark
16
Spoke and Mirror
The Music Is the Message
Self-Released
17
Borys & Jeremy Greenspan
God Told Me To
Jiaolong
18
Mogwai RMX
A Wrenched Virile Lore
Sub Pop
19
The Knife
Shaking The Habitual
Rabid / Mute
20
Jessy Lanza
Pull My Hair Back
Hyperdub
Loud
1
Himiko
DethNoizzz
D-Trash
2
Pissed Jeans
Honeys
Sub Pop
3
Shooting Guns
Brotherhood of the Ram
Teargas Recording Tree
4
Iceage
You’re Nothing
Matador
5
Mortillery
Origin of Extincion
Napalm
6
Edge of Attack
Edge of Attack
Spread the Metal
7
Display of Decay
Display of Decay
Self-Released
8
Ghost B.C.
Infestessumum
Sonet
9
Death Toll Rising
Infection Legacy
Self-Released
10
Anciients
Heart of Oak
Self-Released
11
Fatality
Psychonaut
Self-Released
12
Ides of Winter
Minus 10°
Self-Released
13
Mongol
The Altan Urug
Self-Released
14
Chron Goblin
Life for the Living
Self-Released
15
Eye of Horus
Suffer Eternity
Self-Released
16
All Else Fails
Fucktropolis
Suicidal Bridge
17
Black Sabbath
13
Vertigo / Republic
18
Reanimator
Great Balls
Self-Released
19
Weapon
Embers & Revelations
Relapse
20
Death Valley Driver
Graveyard Dead
Diminished Fifth
Hip-Hop / Rap
1
Mikey Maybe
Honey + Bread
Old Ugly
2
DL Incognito
Someday Is Less Than A Second Away
Urbnet
3
Shad
Flying Colours
Black Box
4
Grand Analog
Modern Thunder
Shadow Cabinet
5
Derek Christoff x The Arkeologists
The D.Ark Tape
Urbnet
6
Classified
Classified
Halflife / Universal
7
Moka Only
Doctor Do Much
Urbnet
8
Janelle Monae
The Electric Lady
Bad Boy
9
Test Their Logik
Be
Self-Released
10
Maestro Fresh Wes
Orchestrated Noise
Fontana North
11
Sweatshop Union
Infinite
Urbnet
12
Joey Stylez
Feather + Rosary
Stressed Street
13
Ghettosocks
We’re Gonna Drink A Lot of Wine This Year, Boys
Droppin’ Science
14
Soso
Not For Nothing
Endemik
15
Theo3
Airplane Over One Way Streets
Self-Released
16
The Caravan
The Caravan
Self-Released
17
inc.
No World
4AD
18
J. Cole
Born Sinner
Roc Nation / Columbia
19
Sabo Forte
Prime Watson
Self-Released
20
The Lore
Emergence
4 A.M.
Jazz
1
Colin Stetson
New History Warfare, Vol. 3: To See More Light
Constellation
2
Three Sun Sea
This Is Not A Question
Self-Released
3
Jim Brenan Quartet
January
Death Defying
4
Land of Kush
The Big Mango
Constellation
5
Cory Weeds / Bill Coon Quartet
With Benefits
Cellar Live
6
Cameron Wallis
Calling Dexter
MupohMusic
7
Oliver Jones
Just For My Lady
Justin Time
8
d’Cana
Earthtone
Self-Released
9
Tyler Hornby B3 Trio
Locus
Chronograph
10
Chet Doxas
Dive
Addo
11
Hutchinson-Andrew Trio
Prairie Modern
Chronograph
12
Trifolia
La Refuge
Self-Released
13
Filipino Doctor
House Calls
Energetic Action Recording
14
James Danderfer
The Hummingbird Brigade
Reigning Parade
15
Curtis Nowosad
The Skeptic & the Cynic
Know-A-Sad Music
16
Kye Marshall Jazz Quartet
Pencil Blues
Self-Released
17
Organissimo
Dedicated
Big O
18
Amanda Tosoff
Live at the Cellar
Ocean’s Beyond
19
Barry Romberg’s Random Access
Part 12 – Crab People
Romhog
20
The Nightcrawlers
Volume 3
Cellar Live
World
1
Tunji Oyelana
A Nigerian Retrospective 1966-79
Soundway
2
Bombino
Nomad
Nonesuch
3
Dubmatix
Rebel Massive
Self-Released
4
Femi Kuti
No Place For My Dream
Knitting Factory
5
Lijadu Sisters
Horizon Unlimited
Knitting Factory
6
Rokia Traore
Beautiful Africa
Nonesuch
7
Eric Bibb & Habib Koite
Brothers In Bamako
Stony Plain
8
Hailu Mergia & His Classical Instrument
Shemonmuanay
Awesome Tapes From Africa
9
Garifuna Collective
Ayo
Stonetree / Cumbancha
10
Jerusalem In My Heart
Mo7it Al-Mo7it
Constellation
11
Esmerine
Dalmak
Constellation
12
Boogat
El Dorado Sunset
Maisonette
13
d’Cana
Earthtone
Self-Released
14
Adje Performers
Alale – Creator of Dawn
Self-Released
15
Drumhand
Cheer On the Sun
Wax-A-Hot-One
16
Iwango Jahfire & Strugglah
What Is Wrong With the World
Self-Released
17
Vieux Farka Toure
Mon Pays
Six Degrees
18
Chet Singh
Occupation Nation
Self-Released
19
Eccodek
Living For Live
Big Mind
20
Bassekou Kouyate & Ba Ngoni
Jama Ko
Out Here
Folk / Roots / Blues
1
Amy van Keeken
So Long
Self-Released
2
Hayden
Us Alone
Arts & Crafts
3
Daniel Romano
Come Cry With Me
Normaltown
4
Nick Everett & Everybody
Elsethings
Self-Released
5
George Ireland & the Willy Nillies
Waning & Waxing
Self-Released
6
Neko Case
The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
Anti-
7
Rae Spoon
My Prairie Home
Self-Released
8
100 Mile House
Wait With Me
Self-Released
9
Ben Sures
Son Of Trouble
Self-Released
10
Little Miss Higgins & the Winnipeg Five
Bison Ranch Recording Sessions
Self-Released
11
Scott Cook
One More Time Around
Groove Revival
12
Field Assembly
Narco
Self-Released
13
The Seahags
Good ‘n’ Greasy
Self-Released
14
Lindi Ortega
Tin Star
Last Gang
15
The Sadies
Internal Sounds
Outside
16
Mavis Staples
One True Vine
Anti-
17
Alex Vissia
Young Love
Root Cellar
18
The Highest Order
If It’s Real
Idee Fixe
19
The Deep Dark Woods
Jubilee
Sugar Hill
20
Zachary Lucky
The Ballad of Losing You
Missed Connection
Experimental / Classical / Avant-Garde / Spoken Word / Comedy
1
Zebra Pulse
Heh, Vay Bae-Bays
Ramshackle Day Parade
2
Zebra Pulse
Endings
Ramshackle Day Parade
3
Colin Stetson
New History Warfare, Vol. 3: To See More Light
Constellation
4
Tim Hecker
Virgins
Paper Bag
5
Land of Kush
The Big Mango
Constellation
6
Meat Force
Master of Two Worlds
Ramshackle Day Parade
7
Bitter Fictions
Bitter Fictions
Shaking Box Music
8
Esmerine
Dalmak
Constellation
9
Meat Force
Radio Promos
Self-Released
10
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
Constellation
11
Mark Templeton
Jealous Heart
Under The Spire
12
Pigeon Breeders
Luminous Debris
Ramshackle Day Parade
13
Lars Caillieou
Part-Time Comedy Star
Self-Released
14
Jan Lisiecki
Chopin Études
Deutsche Grammophon
15
Pigeon Breeders
Oblique Temperatures
Ramshackle Day Parade
16
Eybler Quartet
Haydn
Analekta
17
Citadel
Aquarian
Self-Released
18
Kronos Quartet
Aheym
Anti-
19
Christ Appearing As Sun
The Love Hour Series: Vol. 1
Energetic Action Recordings
20
Christian Lane
1st Prize – Canadian Int’l Organ Competition 2011
ATMA Classique