My Top Albums of 2013

Merry Christmas Eve! I hope you’re enjoying this holiday season with loved ones.

We’re almost at my top albums of 2016 post, and I promise we’ll get there. BUT we’ve only reached halfway for my lists of years past. We’ve gone through 20102011, 2012. Now, let me show you 2013. This is the year I stepped up my A/V game. Enjoy.


2013 Manny: As tradition always insists, I will once again share a top ten list of my favourite albums from this past year. I’ll also include a favourite track (though it was hard to choose just one) per album as a nice listening sample. Here we go…

10. Said the Whale – hawaiii

(Guess who’s featured at the end of this song? Hint: He also features on this list… )

9. Kodaline – In a Perfect World

8. Lorde – Pure Heroine

7. Gungor – I Am Mountain

6. Phoenix – Bankrupt!

5. Royal Canoe – Today We’re Believers

(It was so hard to choose just one from this album… But on SoundCloud you are able to stream the entire thing! Check these local wonders out if you haven’t!)

4. Shad – Flying Colours

(You can also stream the entire album on SoundCloud… and yes, Shad features on “Resolutions” for Said the Whale!)

3. Jars of Clay – Inland

 2. Arcade Fire – Reflektor

ANNND my #1 album of 2013 goes to…

1. The National – Trouble Will Find Me

(2016 Manny: Where do I start with The National… One of my favourite groups ever. I finally saw them live at the inaugural Eaux Claires music festival in Wisconsin two summers ago. It was incredible. They’ve really figured out the emotional, synergistic power of music and lyrics together. It just fits perfectly. Their sound is mostly sombre and solemn, but the message is real and reflective in a way that’s inspiring to me. Listen to this album in full. It’s one of my all-time favourites)



Honourable Mentions:

Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City

Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience

Please, feel free to share your thoughts and suggestions.

Have a safe and fun New Year’s celebration!



My Top Albums of 2012

As this December rolls along toward my top albums of 2016 post, I’m introducing you to my lists of years past. We’ve gone through 20102011. Now, let me show you 2012.

It’s fascinating to think of these lists and realize how much time has gone by since these albums came into existence. Music partners with our memories much like the sense of smell does. You hear a song and it triggers your memory of a particular time, no matter how vivid it is.

All of a sudden, as I look back at this list, random memories of 2012 have come flooding back to me. It’s funny to think of these albums and remember the randomness from when I listened to this music. Vivid memories, like my Albertan ski trip that winter, but also mundane memories, like when I operated a large spray fan machine to battle mosquito larvae for the city that summer.

Anyway, music and memories are neat. Let’s get to the list.


2012 Manny: It seems like nowadays there’s a new artist or group that takes their turn in the limelight somewhat daily. Good, I say! It is a testament to the fact that everyone has the opportunity to write, share their sound to whoever is willing to listen, and ultimately revel in musical accomplishment.

This is a list of my favourite albums released in 2012 that I have found to be inspiring, captivating, impressive, and enjoyable as a whole. I hope you agree to a certain extent, and please give me some suggestions of your own! ENJOY:

10. Passion Pit – Gossamer

9. The Shins – Port Of Morrow

8. Imagine Dragons – Night Visions

7. The Lumineers – The Lumineers

6. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange

5. Andrew Bird – Break It Yourself

4. Ben Howard – Every Kingdom (re-released in N.A.)

3. Mumford & Sons – Babel

2. Patrick Watson – Adventures In Your Own Backyard

And my NUMBER ONE album of 2012 IS…

1.  Of Monsters and Men – My Head Is An Animal

Of Monsters and Men came out of the blue (the refreshing blue skies of Iceland that is), forming only two years ago to compete and win in a battle of the bands. We’re sure glad they won because they created a beautiful and masterful record this year.


Sigur Rós – Valtari

Young Oceans – Young Oceans

Stars – The North

Metric – Synthetica

Wish List (the albums I did not get to that might have made an impact on my choices):

Bahamas – Barchords (2016 MANNY SAYS LISTEN TO THIS ALBUM)

Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan

Beach House – Bloom

The xx – Coexist

Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city

Last year, I included Feist and The Antlers on my wish list and was blown away when I finally listened to their albums (Metals and Burst Apart respectively). Furthermore, I was completely awestruck by seeing both groups live in the summer.

I’m looking forward to what 2013 has in store! Happy NEW YEAR! CHEERS.

My Top Albums of 2011

As this December rolls along toward my top albums of 2016 blog post, I’m introducing you to my lists of years past. From 2010, we naturally move to 2011 in good ole chronological fashion.

2016 Manny: 2011 was quite the year for music. Let me take you down my musical memory lane. Our term’s almost done, Christmas is almost here, and rest is just around the corner. Give these suggestions a listen, if you so wish this season. The Head and the Heart burst onto the scene, Bon Iver blew our minds, M83 was the glorious sound of Red Bull, and The Civil Wars came down from heaven. However, my number one album in 2011 was not of the obvious… Have a look and a listen to these gems below.


2011 Manny: Let’s get right to it! Last year, I said that I don’t like to limit my selection to 10… so I didn’t. I felt the need to add a bunch of honourable mentions, and I’ll do the same here. I’m hesitant in regards to my ordering, so if you disagree, by all means, DISAGREE!


10. Foster the People – Torches

9. Florence + The Machine – Ceremonials

8. Manchester Orchestra – Simple Math  

7. Coldplay – Mylo Xyloto

6. M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming.

5. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues

4. The Civil Wars – Barton Hollow

3. The Head & The Heart – The Head and the Heart

2. Bon Iver – Bon Iver 

 AND my number one album of 2011 IS…



1. Sam Roberts Band – Collider 

A class act. Sam Roberts’s lyrics are mind boggling and his groove is never ending. I cannot choose a favourite track because all 13 are candidates! I saw them live in November and was in awe of how tight they were with their sound. They keep coming out with completely solid albums. I can’t complain one bit.


Lupe Fiasco – Lasers

Death Cab for Cutie – Codes and Keys
The Black Keys – El Camino
Thrice – Major/Minor
Switchfoot – Vice Verses
Winnipeg’s Best:
Saint Kris – BYOB
Imaginary Cities – Temporary Resident
The Liptonians – Let’s All March Back Into The Sea
Albums I haven’t listened to that may have made my list (and they’re definitely on my wish list):
The Roots – Undun
Feist – Metals (2016 Manny says LISTEN TO THIS RIGHT NOW)
Lights – Siberia
The Antlers – Burst Apart (2016 Manny says LISTEN TO THIS RIGHT NOW)
TV On the Radio – Nine Types of Light
Consider all of these selections as fine options for your listening list,
if you haven’t done so already!
Can’t wait for the solid albums of 2012!
(Hope you party partied)