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The WildWorks Top 50 of 2012 / Best of Music 2012

Welcome to the 2012 edition of the year end countdown, The WildWorks Top 50.
This time, I am joined by co-host, Lauren as we counted down the top 50 Canadian Indie Music of 2012. There are no repeats from the artists and bands. It’s based on our favorite Canadian albums for the year.
The top 12 aired at CKCU-FM on December 26, 2012.
Included is the Top 12 Non-Canadian Indie Music of 2012 and it aired at CKCU-FM on January 2, 2013.
In part 3, there were extras after the countdown. The playlist for it is posted below.
Hope you will enjoy the list.

Audio for the Year-end Countdown/Best of 2012
Part 1 of the Top 50 of 2012 (#50 to #26) – Press play to listen.

Part 2 of the Top 50 of 2012 (#25 to #13) – Press play to listen.

Part 3 of the Top 50 of 2012 (#12 to #1) – Press play to listen.

The Top 12 Non-Canadian Indie Music of 2012 (aired on January 2, 2013) – Press play to listen.

The Top 50 of 2012 List

(Posted & aired on CKCU-FM on December 26, 2012)

1. Change The Sheets by Kathleen Edwards (Voyageur)
2. Youth Without Youth by Metric (Synthetica)
3. Hold On When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It – Stars (The North)
4. Genesis – Grimes (Visions)
5. Conditioning – Cadence Weapon (Hope In Dirt City)
6. Blank Maps – Cold Specks (I Predict A Graceful Expulsion) [Note: I messed up on her location, it’s London, England where she’s based in, not London, Ontario]
7. Loveless – Said The Whale (Little Mountain)
8. Stairway – Yukon Blonde (Tiger Talk)
9. The House That Heaven Built – Japandroids (Celebration Rock)
10. Robotic – Hannah Georgas (Hannah Georgas)
11. I’m Just Me – Diamond Rings (Free Dimensional)
12. Caught Me Thinkin – Bahamas (Barchords)

(Posted on December 20, 2012)

13. Lightning Bolt – Joel Plaskett Emergency (Scrappy Happiness)
14. Josie – The Darcys (AJA)
15. Someone, Somewhere – Wintersleep (Hello Hum)
16. Art & A Wife – Rah Rah (The Poet’s Dead)
17. If I Should Fall Behind – Rose Cousins (We Have Made A Spark)
18. No Glamour In The Hammer – Whitehorse (The Fate Of The World Depends On This Kiss)
19. Anything You Want Dear – Zeus (Busting Visions)
20. Big Blue Wave – Hey Ocean! (IS)
21. Take Me Out – The Wooden Sky (Every Child a Daughter, Every Moon a Sun)
22. The Day You Die – Lindi Ortega (Cigarettes & Truckstops)
23. A Mirror – Aidan Knight (Small Reveal)
24. Morning Sun – The Wilderness of Manitoba (Island of Echoes)
25. Lightshow – Plants & Animals (The End of That)

(Posted on December 14, 2012)

26. In The Belly of a Dragon – Jenn Grant (The Beautiful Wild)
27. Unsurfed Waves – Snowblink (Inner Classics)
28. Obedear – Purity Ring (Shrines) [Found that it’s Candice So’s favourite band]
29. Easy Come Easy Go – Great Lake Swimmers (New Wild Everywhere)
30. Spirit In The Sky – Evening Hymns (Spectral Dusk)
31. Princess Towers – PS I Love You (Death Dreams)
32. Let’s Fall In Love – Mother Mother (The Sticks)
33. Let It Go – Young Rival (Stay Young)
34. Into Giants – Patrick Watson (Adventures In Your Own Backyard)
35. When I Write My Master’s Thesis – John K. Samson (Provincial)
36. Where Things Go Wrong – Jason Collett (Reckon)
37. Holding On To Something – Parlovr (Kook Soul)
38. Fifty Fifty – The Luyas (Animator)
39. You Read My Mind – Ladyhawk (No Can Do)
40. No Crying – Islands (A Sleep & A Forgetting)
41. Canadian National – Inlet Sound (The Romantics)
42. Chase The Light – Matt Mays (Coyote)
43. In The Beginning/Give It Time – Tusks (Total Entertainment)
44. Stuck In The Middle – The Elwins (And I Thank You)
45. Would That Not Be Nice – Divine Fits (A Thing Called Divine Fits)*
46. Wrath of God – Crystal Castles (Crystal Castles III)
47. Side By Side – Cuff The Duke (Union)
48. All Boats Don’t Rise – Loon Choir (Fire Poems)
49. Electric PowWow Drum – A Tribe Called Red (A Tribe Called Red)
50. Inferior Ghost – Papermaps (Inferior Ghost)

* – Note in error: Divine Fits didn’t require MAPL for Cancon. Technically not Cancon.
Thanks to Russ Gordon of n2ds2w.com for telling me that they’re still acceptable, no matter what. That’s coming from an American who’s a fan of CBC Radio 3 and Canadian indie music.

Playlist after the Top 50 countdown in Part 3
(Posted on December 26, 2012)
Til The Sun Comes Up – Tim Chaisson (The Other Side)
Middle of the Night – Teenage Kicks (Be On My Side – EP)
On The Mend – Silkken Laumann (Not Forever Enough)
It Ain’t Over – Shad (Melancholy and the Infinite Shadness)
Let Me In – Paper Beat Scissors (self-titled album)
Reach For The Sky – Maestro Fresh Wes (Black Tuxedo EP)
Undone – Luke Lalonde (Rhythymnals)
Vichada – Kashka (Vichada)
Feel Is Good – Sandman Viper Command (Feel Is Good EP)
Do It In The Dark – The Balconies
Never Gonna Get My Love – The Sheepdogs (The Sheepdogs)

The Top 12 Non-Canadian Indie Music of 2012 (Posted on January 3, 2013)
1. Myth – Beach House (Bloom)
2. Blue Jeans – Lana Del Rey (Born To Die)
3. Gun Has No Trigger – Dirty Projectors (Swing Lo Magellan)
4. Origins – Tennis (Young & Old)
5. Feels Like We Only Go Backwards – Tame Impala (Lonerism)
6. Disparate Youth – Santigold (Master of My Make-Believe)
7. No One Like You – Best Coast (The Only Place)
8. Ho Hey – The Lumineers (The Lumineers)
9. The Hunt – Grizzly Bear (Shields)
10. Sun – Two Door Cinema Club (Beacon)
11. Home Again – Michael Kiwanuka (Home Again)
12. Your Hands – Ghost Society