The Best Albums of 2019, #15

15. Pup, Morbid Stuff (Little Dipper) Back in 2016 when I was a member of the Polaris Music Prize Grand Jury, I was required to immerse myself in all ten short list finalists, as well as create a detailed endorsement and defense of one assigned title. At the time the Toronto punk band Pup was […]

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The Best Tracks of 2019, #18

18. The Interrupters, “Gave You Everything” As I’ve mentioned in the past, I hear mainstream rock radio at work every day. At first it was very anxiety-inducing: the limited, corporate-driven playlist, the relentless and aggressive advertising, the misogyny, the hetronormativity, the conservatism, the repetition is relentless. It still is an anxiety trigger, especially in December […]

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Honourable Mentions of 2018

The best of the rest, in alphabetical order: Amorphis, Queen of Time (Nuclear Blast) I’ve said it plenty of times before, but Finland’s Amorphis have become one of the most enduring metal bands of the last quarter century, and they continued their sterling post-2005 run with a 13th album that showcases their strengths masterfully: dynamic […]

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