Exclaim!'s 20 Most Anticipated Canadian Albums of 2012

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> Jan 03 2012

Exclaim!'s 20 Most Anticipated Canadian Albums of 2012 -  Page 3
By Alex Hudson10. Plants and Animals
The End of That (February 28)
(Secret City Records)

The end of what exactly? We're not totally sure, but Plants and Animals' third album contains "catchy electric guitar riffs" with softer acoustic instruments. With its "multi-part excursions" and "anthemic monsters," we're pretty excited to hear what these Montreal indie darlings have cooked up.

9. Kid Koala
12-Bit Blues (release date TBA)
(Ninja Tune)

Eric San has always been an outside-of-the-box thinker when it comes to turntablism, and his latest album promises to be no different. He recently told CBC Radio 3, "It's kind of a blues turntable record. I'm fascinated with blues music and how it actually spawned most of the music I like. Whether it's hip-hop or rock, it all kind of leads back to the blues." We're imagining "Crossroads" with scratching.

8. Cancer Bats
Dead Set on Living (release date TBA)
(Distort Inc.)

What does the fourth Cancer Bats album sound like? Lead screamer Liam Cormier told Noisecreep, "It sounds like where we should be at, trying to really fuckin' go for it." We'd expect nothing less from these hardcore/metal Torontonians.

7. Yukon Blonde
TBA (release date TBA)
(Dine Alone Records)

Yukon Blonde scored big with their 2010 self-titled debut, which earned a long-list nomination for the Polaris Music Prize and sent these BC dudes on an endless string of national tours and high-profile opening gigs. Frontman Jeff Innes told Exclaim! that this follow-up has "some punk rock influences and a lot more harmonies."

6. Saukrates
Season One (release date TBA)
(Frostbyte/eOne)

"Anticipated"? More like "agonizing." The Toronto rapper's first album, The Underground Tapes, came out in 1999, meaning that this follow-up has been over a decade in the making. Even the slightly long-winded release plan -- two mini-EPs that include tracks from the subsequent full-length -- can't spoil how glad we are that this is finally seeing the light of day.

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What about Eamon Mcgrath???
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The Grimes album won't disappoint. It's her best yet.
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and what about Evening Hymns - Spectral Dust. I'm sure it will be one of the best of the year. I heard a rumor Julie Doiron will also have a new album.
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Over a "decease" in the making? COME ON, SON!!!
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I'm excited about the new Joel Plaskett album. It's going to be massive.
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Woods of Ypres.
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#21: Rush--Clockwork Angels. Hard to believe that these guys have been touring for about a year and a half essentially on the back of a two-song single with the promise of a forthcoming album.
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jeeeze - canada is like so lame this year
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Tragically Hip?
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Matt Mays
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Wintersleep
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Monster Truck?
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Donlands & Mortimer - New Mythology - Spring 2011
Brasstronaut - TBA - Spring 2011
Flotilla - TBA - Spring 2011
Run With the Kittens - Better When It's Planned - TBA 2011
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And by 2011, I mean 2012
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Sheepdogs record from the Rolling Stone Cover Win. What a year for that band
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Billy Talent is the most publicly anticipated album.
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Lol, Grimes in front of Leonard Cohen.

That's like putting LMFAO in front of Bob Dylan.
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yesss - CHAINS of LOVE
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LMFAO what a load of Crap this list is better Canadian music than this
crap LOL
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yeah that's a pretty weak list. a couple good picks but a couple that people could care less about. it'd be smarter to call this "Alex Hudson's most anticipated records of 2012"
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Hmm inclined also to be a wee bit perplexed by this list.
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Propagandhi!
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what about Metric? Seems like that is a pretty major one to leave off the list.
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also, rufus wainwright.
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What about the new Rush album?
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Someone mentioned the Sheepdogs. Watch a bumch of self-absorbed hacks. It's disappointing to hear that The Black Keys' Pat Carney is producing their next effort. They don't deserve his talent.
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What about Montreal's No Family? Does no one know about them?They're going to be releasing their debut album this year. Those folks are onto something.
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ZEUS, people.
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And Patrick Watson, where is he? Thought he had an album soon to be ready.
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jesus christ ... fucking GORGUTS much?
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VILLIPEND!
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What kind of list is that?!
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Eamon McGrath -- Young Canadians coming in the spring. Has to be on your list !!
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Rush, Wintersleep and McGrath get my votes.
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ladyhawk record.
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Propagandhi yes...
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Lookin forward to that new Metric album and FINALLY Saukrates.

Also Sebastien Grainger and Isis Salam(Thunderheist) are workin on solo albums too been fiendin for new ish, alot of projects comin in the next 10-12 months I expect about half of it to actually drop LOL.
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Uber boring list.
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Brian Borcherdt - Dusted!
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Gunna be a weak year for Canada if this is any indication. Last couple of years have been great (Tim Hecker, Owen Pallett, Destroyer, Arcade Fire, Women, Caribou, Colin Stetson, Weeknd, etc) so I figured this year would be slow. Japandroids is probably the only Canadian band I'm looking forward to this. My money's on a poor year for music in general.
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I lied. I'm also super excited about the new Ghostkeeper album. Testicles will explode.
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Bout time you separated the World and Soul music categories, dotcha think?
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I guess the music experts at Exclaim! are not anticipating anything in French this year...
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New recording from Toronto's Eamon McGrath coming up soon. Should be good and must be on your list.
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