It’s Been 10 Years Already?

Sarah Slean - Day One

Ten years ago today, Sarah Slean‘s album Day One was released. Having been only somewhat familiar with Sarah through her Night Bugs album, Day One was the perfect mix of whimsical, theatrical and solemn songs that helped me through one of my most memorable years.

To mark that record’s ten years, here’s a list of albums that also turn ten this year. Brace yourself, like the list I posted last week on CDs that turned 20, it’s an eye-opening experience:

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Juno win or Juno fail

junos

The 43rd Juno Awards were held last night in Winnipeg, highlighting the best of Canadian music for the last year or so. Being a fan of many Canadian artists, the Junos have long held a special seat during awards season for me, even if I rarely agree with most aspects of how they work.

While the Junos are known by many to award the best in Canadian music, my biggest criticism has been that it often sticks with the most popular Canadian artists who have attained international fame within the period of eligibility. If an artist had a big year in the United States, by default they almost always have a good year at the Junos.

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Best of 2013: Top 30 Albums

Tegan and Sara - Heartthrob

I am but one person – with a taste in music that’s my own.

These albums are albums that I listened to in 2013 and placed into a best-of list that best represents what I liked this year. My music tastes have moved more in line with mainstream pop recently so there is an abundance of pop music but I believe 2013 to be the most varied year in “pop music” in quite some time.

Here are the 30 albums that I select as my picks of 2013.

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